Wednesday, June 24, 2015

DIY Curly Girl Success: 4 tips to cut and style your own hair with confidence

CurlyGirl DIY Success: curly before, still curly after

I'm remembering that traumatic moment at the hair salon when I realized I'd just lost all my long curls. And the hairdresser's response, "You just haven't got curly hair."

Ever been there?

That was April 2011. After an hair-endous follow-up conversation with the hairdresser as I sought to help her and myself figure out what went wrong, I have not stepped inside a hair salon. No thinning scissors have come near my head. No more stylist-induced split-end distress for my tresses. No more uneven length. No more hair grief, waiting for my freaked hair to recover from shock.

Now my hair is in the best condition of my life. I've been on a journey of discovery to get here, a journey kick-started by emotional abuse from a hairdresser. One day I'll write a book about it.

In the meantime, here's my best advice for you if you're a curly girl, or think you might be if you but knew how to care for your hair, and if you could keep it safe from straight-styling hair cutters!

Narelle's Top Tips for Hair Care (curly or straight)

1. Read this book: "Curly Girl: The Handbook".
Get book now on Amazon. Kindle version also available.
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2. Educate yourself with curly-girl tutorials. A DVD comes with the "Curly Girl" book. Browse on youtube. Google forums where people chat about hair like yours.

3. Experiment with hair care methods to find what works best for your unique hair and body.

4. Get yourself a set of CreaClip hair cutting tools so you never have to trust (or pay) a hairdresser again. It's so easy at Video tutorials provided.

5-minute DIY trim over the sink using CreaClip and scissors
The "after" photos in this post were taken about two hours after I'd cut my own hair using my curved CreaClip hair cutting tool, a process that took just five minutes. The ends of my hair had air-dried when I cut them. They had not been brushed or combed straight prior to cutting.

After cutting, I re-moisturized the ends by lightly twitching on a little extra non-toxic conditioner.* Remember, it's mid-winter here in New Zealand, so TLC is a good idea anyway.

*MY REGULAR HAIR CARE PROGRAM: During my twice-weekly cleansing program, I use Neways non-toxic cleanser for my scalp, and leave-in conditioner for the ends of my hair. After showering, I gently wrap my wet hair in a teeshirt until I'm ready to style it. While styling my drying hair, I control frizz by spraying it with water+conditioner that I mix in a small spritzer bottle. This spray is all I use to keep my curls moisturized and frizz-free during the rest of the week.

Curly Girl is not just a hair care style. It's a lifestyle.
This fresh-cut appearance is a great contrast to how it would look during my pre-Curly Girl years. Back then, whenever a hairdresser cut my hair (wet or dry), my hair lost its curl for four to five days, and took weeks to regain ringlets. Now, as you see, my hair has as much curl and body after cutting as before it.

The curly girl method works, but it's not just a cutting style, it's a lifestyle. All the best with discovering the joy and freedom of the right lifestyle for YOU. You and your hair deserve it.

Fiat lux!


Deborah Makarios said...

I read that book! I used to have really long straight hair, but it went curly in my early teens - or tried to, but the weight held it out straight. I finally got the chop last year, and boof! curls.
I'd like to cut it myself - the hairdresser I've been going to gives me a shorter cut every time - but I don't think it's long enough yet (not quite shoulder-length on the few bits that grow down). I am too chicken to try cutting hair I can't see, so I'm torn between growing it out and getting someone (hairdresser? brave friend?) to cut it shorter again.
I love your blog, by the way - it's always a delight when I stop by and see you have another post up.

Narelle Worboys said...

Thanks for stopping by, Deborah! Thanks for the encouragement. I love hearing your story, and being reminded of the "too short" part in my journey. And navigating out of my hairdresser-induced trust issues.

I nervously started by asking my sister (home on a rare visit) to fix things by the method described in Curly Girl. She took her time and did a good job, but I recall my main comfort was that my hair would grow, whatever the outcome.

The next time I wanted a trim, I showed my mother a couple of Creaclip tutorials and then she bravely followed my directions to tidy my ends. By the following year, the length was sufficient for me to do it myself as described in my post. I intend to keep it long so the scissors remain in my control. =)

I hope you'll let us know how you and your curls get on. I comprehend the challenge, and wish you all the best with it.

Viva la curly girl!