BEAUTY: From straight to curly

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I said I’d update you on using the Paul Mitchell’s curl products.

Here’s the routine I use on my (just re-done) chemically straightened hair.  I’m no expert or hairdresser – just sharing what I do and what works for me…


1.  Shampoo the hair.  I started with the Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo.   I try to avoid sulfates in shampoos so it was a plus that this is sulfate free too.  Tip: Stay away from any that have SLS sulphates as they are known to be the most drying on hair.

Paul Mitchell curl confession

2.  Do not rush the shampoo bit.  Tip: I usually shampoo twice.  The second time gets the hair ‘squeaky’ clean on rinsing which I don’t feel on the first. I think it helps get rid of product build up better as well.

African American Curly Hair

3.  After the basic conditioner. Use the Paul Mitchell Full Circle Leave-in Treatment.  For me this is where I see a difference either way in the finish of the hair – the leave ins.

Paul Mitchell Full Circle Leave In Treatment

4.  Section hair and apply the leave-in. Tip: I concentrate on twisting it from mid to ends which is the driest part – especially with me having permanent colour.

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5. Finish with Twirl Around Crunch-Free Curl Definer.  I used less than shown below, scrunching it mostly into the ends.  Tip:  I avoid using too much of any leave in products so that it doesn’t feel or look weighed down – a quarter is usually enough (that’s about a one pound coin to us Brits).

Paul Mitchell Twirl Around Crunch-Free Curl Definer

6.  Air dry the hair for a few hours.  When going curly I avoid heat and let the hair dry naturally.  After a few hours it turns to this.  Tip: If you have chemically relaxed hair like mine, avoiding heat when you can is huge which is why I don’t use diffusers.  Plus with permanent color – even more reason to avoid heat. Going curly means a break from dryers.

Curly hair

7.  From straight to curly with no heat!  I just had my hair chemically straightened last week which leaves it thin and limp which I hate. Big natural looking curls is an alternative I like switching back and forth between to give volume and to play with two completely different looks : -)

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Tuxedo Blazer: Zara. White dungarees: Vintage Levis (similars on sale). T-shirt: Tea & Sympathy in the west village.  Leopard wallet used as clutch: Random NY shop.  Similars by Clare V  or DVF! Shoes: Chuck Taylors

So there you have it.  My straight to curly routine in a nutshell but this time with the Paul Mitchell products I told you I was going to try.

You can pick them up at any Paul Mitchell salon and leave your own #curlconfession on the Paul Mitchell Truth About Curls facebook page.

Would be interesting to read if anyone with hair like mine gives these a try.

ps. A curl confession truth for you:  I use distilled water from a bottle for the last hair rinse. Best tip I got once to counteract the hard water I live with.  It makes the hair dry softer.

pps. Check out my usual hair care routine (here).

Want to know why I cut my hair? Read (this post)!!

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