Renee after her curly conversion.
Renee is a friend and was the perfect candidate for curl conversion. A couple of years after following this blog’s suggestions, her hair is looking more gorgeous than even I could have predicted. Let’s hear how she did it!
Curly Q&A: Before you became a dedicated curly girl, what was your hair care routine?
Renee: I would use Tresemmé shampoo and conditioner, a second conditioner of Nexxus and then would use Biolagé as a leave in. Once out of the shower, I would use a detangler with a Sexy Healthy Hair cream to style, and top with hairspray.
CQA: Sounds crunchy! What made you decide to ditch the ‘poo (traditional shampoo)?
R: My hair was starting to get frizzier, impossible to comb, and I had to brush it. I started talking to other curly heads about it.
CQA: How long did it take to feel comfortable shampoo-free?
R: Probably a couple weeks to a month, I didn’t have the itchiness issues but it was just getting out of the old routine.
CQA: If you didn’t have itchiness, your scalp was probably screaming to be left alone and it sounds like you were finally hearing its cries. What is your hair care and styling routine now?
Renee before her curly conversion!
R: I wash it with Deva Curl No Poo once a week if that, and rotate days with using Aussie Moist conditioner and MoroccanOil conditioner. Other days I follow with Biolagé as a leave-in. If the weather is humid, I will use DevaCurl Angel light defining gel in the shower to finish. To style it, I use a mixture of Devacurl styling cream and Redken Curvaceous Ringlet and add Moroccan Oil curl styling cream if it’s humid out. Once a week I will also use a Moroccan oil conditioning treatment.
CQA: Sounds like you’ve really found a formula that works for your hair! It takes a village. What are some of the biggest differences that you’ve noticed in your hair health and appearance?
R: My hair isn’t as hard to finger comb, it’s softer and lasts longer between cuts. The curls are also much healthier.
CQA: Has it affected other parts of your life at all?
R: It’s made my hair routine so much easier and shorter.
CQA: Was there ever a time in your life when someone made your curls seem unprofessional or inappropriate in a situation?
R: I’ve had a lot of people constantly ask me if this is my natural hair and it made me feel uncomfortable when they’d respond with, “because most white women do not have as curly hair as you do.”
CQA: I just love when people feel totally comfortable remarking on women’s physical appearances in such ignorant and nonsensical ways. Is there anything else you’d like to share with would-be curly converts?
R: If you must straighten your hair, be sure to use a heat protector first as that was one of my biggest mistakes around my wedding; it damaged my hair and took months to get the curls back to normal.
CQA: Thanks so much Renee! You truly are a story of success and I so appreciate your taking the time to tell us about your journey!