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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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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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.
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)!!