Living Proof Curl

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Living Proof Curl

This is the story of how Living Proof's Curl Collection changed my life... seriously... hear me out! I was born with naturally curly hair... after much processing and damage, those curls turned into waves and then eventually just a frizzy old mess! For years, i opted to wear my hair straight.  This meant countless hours of heavy arm workouts to contradict my hair's natural ways.  My hair however, has always been quite unruly... surely you've heard me say this a thousand times. Looking back, i wonder if it was just rebelling against the lack of sensitivity on my part! I can't tell you how many times i nearly broke my arm straightening my locks only to walk out the door and have it swell into a frizzy hot mess!  All that work for nothing! I remember dreaming of what it'd be like to just be able to air dry my hair.  I envied the girls that could just wash n' go!  For me 'wash n' go' meant hiding under a hat or simply not ever leaving the house because my untamed coif became an interesting mix of super curly underneath, layered with a frizzy wavy brillo pad effect.  Not exactly the look i was aiming for if you know what i mean!  

A while back, after cutting my hair significantly shorter, i decided that i loved my new haircut way better when i styled it curly.  However, styling it curly meant turning to my favorite curling wand for help because my hair could never simply do that on its own.  Thing is, i'd worn my hair straight for so many years that i simply didn't know what products to use to embrace my new curly do.  I asked plenty of advice from my curly haired girlfriends... thank God for girlfriends right? Little by little, i began attempting to re-train my hair to go back to its natural curly ways.  Then one day, a package arrived at my door.  Little did i know that this package would essentially change my life!  I was so intrigued by this collection that i quickly put it to work.  Wow Nelly... the results were uhhhhmazing

The first product i used was the Curl Conditioning Wash which gently washes and conditions your hair.  This non lathering formula is sulfate-free and combines cleansing ingredients with a conditioning base giving you smooth, hydrated curls that are clean and healthy.  It starts defining curls in the shower and is great for all types of curls!  I followed this step with the Curl Detangling Rinse.  This water-activated, clear gel-like formula instantly detangles and defines hair the moment it hits water, prepping hair for frizz-free styles. Both of these products are designed to lengthen the life of the curl which is so major for us curly haired gals! 

So the styling part was quite tricky for me because i'll be honest, i'm not used to using products with any kind of 'hold'.  While this is a bit of an adjustment for me, i quickly learned the best combination for my hair.  The first product i use after towel drying my hair is the No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream although another fantastic option is the No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner which I've also used and loved.  Either one of these products will keep your hair smooth and lessen frizz.  The next product i use is the Curl Defining Styling Cream.  This product actually has a bit of 'hold' to it which turned me off at first... but this is where i initially went wrong with styling my curly locks.  You kind of need a bit of hold because this is what holds the curls together and keeps them nice and defined! I find that the combination of the No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream or No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner and the Curl Defining Styling Cream makes my hair soft and easy to manage.  There is no crunch!  Sorry but i hate crunchy hair!  Another great option is the Curl Enhancing Styling Mousse which you can use in place of the styling cream or in addition to if you need it.  I actually prefer using the mousse when my hair is dry for a quick touch up.  I spray a small amount on my hands and work it into my hair by scrunching it.  Personally though, because I'm just not used to mousse, i can easily just use the styling cream and be OK!  I think it's really a matter of preference here.  Thanks to these products, i can now just air dry my hair and never worry about a bad hair day again! I never thought I'd see this day but couldn't be more excited particularly because summer is almost here and the thought of blow drying my hair in the heat and humidity is less than pleasing to me so air drying will be a welcome change!  When i need to speed things along, my diffuser does the job quickly and efficiently!  Also noteworthy, these products are formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, and are silicone free and color safe!  Honestly, this collection has changed my life!  While my wonderful friends at Living Proof sent these products for me to try, i just placed an order replenishing the entire collection because I'm pretty sure that i could never live without this entire line of products ever again.  So this is my plea to Living Proof... whatever you do, please don't ever stop making the Curl Collection products!  My hair thanks you in advance for this consideration! 

Thank you so much for reading!  You can shop the post below! Xo, Carla - FMM