Kinky hair is in and of itself curly. If you have ever examined a “nap” closely then you too have arrived at this conclusion. So, why are black women spending millions of dollars annually on puddings, creams, gels, sprays, and other concoctions that promise what they already have? There is nothing wrong with seeking a product to tame frizz, or define YOUR natural EXISTING curl pattern. But you will not find springy spirals in a jar, if you never had them to begin with.
Understand that many of the products promising curls, contain glycerin and other humectants. Humectants are products that absorb moisture from the air. For hair that responds kindly to water, you will be fine. But if your hair shrinks or frizzes when wet, then you will most certainly get what you pay for.
Don’t fight nature, embrace it. Start with healthy hair. After all, haute hair, begins with healthy hair. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Trim every 3 months. Choose protective styles whenever possible. Avoid heat like the plague. Once you have mastered these principles, explore styling options that work with your natural curl pattern. If your hair is very kinky, roll with it…literally. Styles like finger twists and comb twists will produce awesome lasting texture with ease. These styles also tend to look better as they age. Gently separate the twist after a few days for greater volume and variety.
If you have a looser curl pattern the tried and true two strand twist will elongate and unify your curls. The springy corkscrews can be worn for up to two weeks, depending on their size. Larger twists will show their age a little faster. Use a light oil when doing your twist out. You should enjoy natural spirals that age beautifully. If you have wavy hair, try Bantu knots. The knots alone are Avante Garde and exotic. When twisted out they will provide you with big bold waves.