Learning to Love My Curly Hair with Joico's New Curl Line
If you take a look at any of my social media accounts within the past few years, you'd probably think I have naturally straight hair. But the truth is, I've been hiding my super big, super curly hair with an arsenal of styling tools like blowdryers, straighteners, and smoothing products galore. I've had tons of people tell me I'm crazy for not loving my curls and throw me the whole "people pay tons of money to get it" spiel. What they don't understand is, I feel more like myself with straight hair. Curls make me feel unkempt, and if I'm being really honest, put me in a grumpy mood. But maybe it's because I don't "style" my curls right? Professionals tell me I just need to use the right products to make them look good, so when the new Joico Curl Line landed on my desk, I thought, "why not"?
There are six products in the line: a sulfate-free shampoo that also moisturizes your hair (Curl Cleansing, $15), a frizz-fighting conditioner (Curl Nourished, $17), a frizz smoother (Curl Perfected, $18), a curl reanimating mist (Curl Refreshed, $18), a contouring foam wax (Curl Defining, $17), and a styling cream that loosens up kinky curls (Curl Controlling, $14). Pretty straight-forward, but how do you use them?
There are some perks to being in the beauty industry and one is getting tips from people like celebrity hairstylist Paul Norton who demonstrated how to do a curly hairstyle using the products on me. Check it out below!
After the shoot, I was given the products to test out for myself at home. And as soon as I tried the shampoo, I knew I was in for a treat. My hair already felt conditioned after that first step and was even softer after I used the conditioner. I'd recommend the shampoo and conditioner to pretty much everyone no matter their hair type. It's that good.
Then, I moved on to the Curl Perfected to smooth out my frizzy curls. It has a pump spray that doesn't spread very far, so to avoid overdoing it I just sprayed some in my hands and ran it through my hair with my fingers. Next, I decided to go with Curl Defining to sculpt my curls. It looks like a mousse when you spray it and then you work it between your hands before you apply it to your hair. It really keeps my curls together, so they don't look so frizz-tastic. I put my hair in a half up half down hairstyle to keep my hair out of my face and here's the final result...
I have to say there's nothing like social media for positive reinforcement. I got a lot of comments saying how great my hair looked, so I think I'll try the natural look more often (but it could also have been the presence of little puppy Mason too). I'm still experimenting with the other products, but they're sure to be great if the ones I have tried are any indication.