The Search for the Perfect Curls

This post was inspired by Bridget’s “Frugal Beauty: Apple Cider for Shiny Hair.” I really love her posts on frugal beauty. I really wish my hair was long and straight like Bridget’s, so I could follow some of her tips. But it’s not. I have really curly, brunette hair. Did I mention I have a lot of hair? It’s not the thin, curly brunette hair. I have LOTS OF thick, curly brunette hair.

Here’s my attempt to photograph my curly hair.


I couldn’t figure out how to get a good picture of my hair. I tried to take a picture upside down, sideways, and from another weird angle. My photography skills definitely need some work. Do you like the cascading waves of curly hair? LOL

20130504_16260820130504_162639I like to say I’m frugal. I actually pride myself in being frugal. But the older I get, the more I realize it’s hard to be frugal with curly hair.

When I was younger, I remember my hair being so difficult. I hated it. It was always tangled and frizzy. In middle school, my hair was waist length, and I always wore it in a braid because it was the easiest thing I could do with so much hair. One of my friends jokingly called it wolf hair. I didn’t really get it, but I guess it was just so crazy?

Some of the mistakes my mom made during my childhood included:

  1. Not getting it cut or trimmed often enough. Funds were limited, so nice haircuts probably only happened twice a year. My parents, also, believed my hair was beautiful and hated it cutting it. I think it’s a Hispanic thing to worship long, beautiful hair. I always wanted to get it cut shorter, so I didn’t have to deal with it.  Now that I have a job, I try to get it trimmed every two months. I only started this practice this year though. My haircut is $45.
  2. Shampoo and conditioner matter! My mom did not splurge on shampoo and conditioner. VO5 shampoo and conditioner is not good enough for curly hair. I won’t blame her because she’s not super into beauty products, and she has straight hair.
    I, have, also tried Tresseme, and Herbal Essences. All products failed to keep up with my curly hair. Recently, I started using Matrix Redken for Curly hair. It left my hair dry; probably due to the sulfate.
  3. Leave in Conditioner is really good for your hair. It keeps it soft. Something I didn’t realize until my 20s.
  4. Styling products are extremely important. I remember using gel from dollar general once. Sigh…epic mistake. I hate looking at myself in those pictures. I, also, used Herbal Essence mousse for curly hair. It costs about $4 at a grocery store, but it’s really not good enough.
  5. Curly hair is smarter thank you think. it adopts to the environment, and it will always figure out how to outsmart all hair products. Hence, the ever lasting search fort he perfect curls.
  6. Maybe being frugal hair with curly hair is not such a good idea? 

Mom’s if your girls have curly hair, and you do not, pay close attention to the hair regimen below. Girls with curly hair, every hair regimen is unique. You will have to find out what works for you. Your hair is probably not like mine or the girl next to you. Hopefully, this will give you some guidance.

4 Golden Rules for Curly Hair

  1. Trims are a must. I recommend getting a trim every 6 to 8 weeks. I often forget when my last haircut was, so I end up going after 8 weeks.
  2. Conditioner is heaven. I recently started using Deva Curl One Condition. I love it, and I’m probably going to add their products to my hair regimen.
  3. Leave-In-Conditioner is necessary. I use Rusk Multi 12 In 1 Miracle Treatment. Just spray a little bit on your hair and comb through it your fingers. It smells great.
  4. Mousse. I am using Biolage mouse but I’m probably going to switch it to a Deva Curl product. I’m trying to get away from products with a bunch of chemicals.

It has taken me a long time to start loving my hair. 22 years to be exact. But as soon as I started spending some money on maintaining my hair, I realized curly hair is amazing. I mean who else can go to the office with wet hair, and an hour later have dry, and wavy hair?

Do you have any tips for curly hair? What is your favorite hair regimen?

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  • Ok, not sure if you’re up for this but I heard it’s really great for curly hair: have you tried washing your hair with ONLY conditioner? (no shampoo)

    Shampoo is pretty hard on hair because it strips a lot of natural oils, so this leaves your hair frizzy, especially if your hair is curly. By reducing how often you shampoo and using a milder wash like conditioner, your hair doesn’t get so dried out and so your curls will be more defined.

    I only wash my hair with shampoo if I’ve exercised and it’s sweaty, otherwise I only use conditioner. I also skip washing my hair every day and only do it once every 2-3 days (I just put it in a high bun and do my very best not to get it wet in the shower.. challenging, but manageable).

    Here I googled to find a blog on it gorgeous right??

    • Savvyfinanciallatina

      I actually don’t shampoo my hair every day. I should have mentioned this! But, I do wash my hair every day. I workout almost every day, and I sweat a lot. Most of the time I do really intense cardio, and by the time I finish my hair is a dripping mess, along with the rest of my body. For me, I just have to wash it every day. But definitely recommend not washing your hair every day.
      Thanks for stopping by! And yes, the hair in the site is beautiful!

      • I don’t wash my hair every day too (I usually skip a day, max 2). I have naturally wavy hair, but I’m under the impression that those with naturally curly hair only need to wash their once or twice a week.. but I guess it all boils down to your lifestyle and environment.

        Bridget’s ‘conditioner-only’ tip is a good one. I do it from time to time (especially if I’ve been washing my hair a couple of days in a row).
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  • Pro naturals moroccan argan oil is great for curly hair, very moisturizing and smoothing. I recommend it

  • thank u for the info, I use argan oil from pro naturals to keep my hair soft, frizz less and resilient. :)

    • Savvyfinanciallatina

      You are the second person to say this, I should look into it. Maybe try a sample.

  • One of the best and affordable hair care lines I have used is Giovanni, (I live in Dallas too and buy it at Sprouts and Whole Foods, and they always have sales on it) I’ve worked in a hair salon and I’m picky about products but you can easily spend lots of money on them (boo!). Its sulfate/paraben free, and have a very light fragrance. They have products especially for curly hair, which I haven’t personally used but everything else I’ve used by them is awesome!

  • So I have Dominican and Puerto Rican heritage and my hair is the super tight tiny curls I use organic coconut oil twice a week leave it in over night it seals in moister then i use conditioner to wash it out i do not use shampoo at all ever and i take multi vitamins every day i also do a hair mask of avocado egg whites and honey once a week leaves hair shinny and soft I also try not to wash my hair every day i use leave in conditioner every day to my ends to keep them tamed no gel or anything else i went through a phase as a child where my mom would perm my hair and use pink lotion in it i hated it then she gave my a crew cut so i try to keep the stuff i put into my hair natural and to a limit

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