For today’s product review I will be looking at the Color Me Happy Dry Shampoo from Herbal Essences.
As a curly girl, trying a dry shampoo can be disastrous. The residue from the spray can actually worsen frizz by sucking away all the moisture. It also has the potential to make your hair look dirty from all the built up residue on the scalp.
For this dry shampoo, it accomplishes staying away from those bad occurrences. It does a wonderful job of sucking the greasy second or third day look out of your hair. By the end of the day, my hair still looks fresh and clean.
However, the shampoo is meant to be brushed through your hair, and as a curly girl we all know that is impossible. Sometimes the spray leaves a grey tint wherever applied.
Luckily, this can be easily fixed by bending over and gently massaging the scalp. The only other downside is it feels heavy on your hair. Your hair probably won’t feel as fresh and clean as it looks. It doesn’t look heavy, but by the end of the day you will feel the need to wash your hair (which is probably how it is with all other dry shampoos).
Best of all, it makes your hair smell fresh. This is one of the hardest things to find in dry shampoo. Most of them don’t come scented and your hair won’t smell rejuvenated. This dry shampoo packs a rose scented punch and hides any hint of a lazy hair day. Be careful not to spray too much though, it could take your breath away.
Overall, this dry shampoo does what it is supposed to do plus a little more. It costs only $4.47 at Walmart and I would definitely recommend it for everyone. I’m not big on dry shampoo, but if I ever feel the need to freshen up a bit, Herbal Essence’s Color Me Happy Dry Shampoo will be my go-to product.
Every curly person has gone through the tunnel of curly confusion. Some don’t escape it for years. Frustration arises. You just can’t figure out how to style your hair! Questions surround you. What product should I use? Should I leave it down? Should I straighten it? Why does every other person with curly hair look perfect? Am I the only freak who just can’t get it?
Don’t worry if you are stuck in that tunnel. There are so many other people out there who are going through it too and people who can help you! People with years more of experience (they practically have a PhD in curly styling). I’m just one of those small mentors guide you along the way to YOUR PhD.
These are just a few tips I would like to give you to set you on your way towards conquering your curls.
1. Use very little heat.
Don’t straighten your hair everyday. I know a lot of people who try to use this to mask their curly hair, but it isn’t the right way to go. Embrace your curls and don’t try to hide them! Straightening your hair everyday ruins your curls, flattening them. One day when you are older, you will want to go natural, but you can’t because you destroyed your curls!
2. Don’t brush your hair dry
Brushing your hair causes frizz and you can’t go back after you’ve committed this bad crime. Only brush your hair when it’s wet. Even if you notice a little bit of dried hair, don’t brush it.
3. Try to steer clear from products with parabens, sulfates, and silicons.
These are harsh chemicals that strip your hair of its natural oils and build up a layer around your scalp. You need your natural oils to moisturize your hair and keep it from frizzing. If you’ve been using these kind of products, do a cleansing mask for your hair. It will get rid of that layer of plasticky chemicals around your scalp and re-moisturize it!
4. Don’t use too much styling product.
I see many curlians (people with curly hair. Yes, I made that up. No, don’t call this weird) make the mistake of using handfuls of mousse, spraying hairspray generously, coating their hair with a layer of gel. DON’T do that. First of all, it ruins your hair and makes it frizzier. Secondly, it doesn’t look good. Your hair is crunchy and looks like plastic.
5. Stick to gels or creams. Don’t use hairspray or mousse.
Hairspray dries out your hair and, honestly, I haven’t seen any hairspray do justice for curlians. Mousse is usually over-applied and doesn’t spread evenly across your hair. With gels and creams, you can evenly spread through your hair by brushing it and moisturize your hair to perfection!
6. Style your hair when it’s wet.
As soon as you get out of the shower, style it. After its dry, there is no going back. Even five minutes of waiting is a big difference in curly hair time.
7. Invest in a defuser.
Most of the time, people tell you to air dry your hair. During my freshman and sophomore year in high school, I always showed up with wet hair. It looked terrible. I regret it so much. I thought I couldn’t blow dry my hair because I would end up with a frizzy fro. I was half-right. I had to use a defuser to evenly distribute heat across my hair. Without using this tool, your dryer centralizes too much on one spot and makes it poofy. The defuser avoids “the poof” and gives your hair a very natural look.
8. Don’t go to bed with wet hair.
This squishes your curls, giving a flat look when you wake up. Wash your hair in the morning. BUT wash your hair every other day so you won’t have to wake up early everyday to wash your hair.
Please don’t give up on your beautiful hair! Ask others for advice and experiment with different ways to style it. #EmbracetheCurls
What tips can you give to people stuck in the tunnel of curl confusion? Leave a comment or send me and email!
Still want more tips on the best hair products for curly hair? Click here for my top favorite hair products!
Just like straight haired people, we curly people must have tools to help tame our hair. Now, our hair NEVER turns out the same each day, but these tools will help you reach a better hair day.
1. Wide Tooth Comb
This is the number one thing you need. It is IMPOSSIBLE to brush your hair with a brush, unless you want to tear out chunks of hair out of your head. Having a wide tooth comb is so much more gentle and should only be used when hair is wet, and preferably with conditioner. You aren’t tearing hair out and it separates curls easier to evenly spread conditioner and styling products.
2. Microfiber/ Cotton Towel, Rag or Shirt
Using either one of these decreases the chances of frizz. A non-cotton towel sucks out the moisture in your hair and takes all of the hair products with it. A cotton shirt or microfiber towel absorbs EXCESS moisture without completely drying your hair. Your hair will still keep the moisture it needs. This is just a way for you not to have soaking, dripping hair while you get ready, while retaining moisture.
For those mornings you HAVE to dry your hair, this helps keep the heat from the blow dryer away from centralizing on one spot and drying out all of the moisture, causing frizz. The defuser evens out the heat distribution and allows your hair to retain moisture, which is what all of us curly people are about! However, don’t defuse your hair too often. Even with the even distribution, your hair could receive damage over excess heat usage.
4. Satin Pillow
Okay, we ALL wait to wash our hair until the third day, or even later. But the issue we have is FRIZZ. We move in our sleep and our hair rubs against out pillow causing static, which means the frizz storm is coming. A satin pillow decreases your chances of a frizzy mess. It is softer and gentler on your hair. Invest in a satin pillow and you will be happy.
5. Nylon hair tie
This trick can be used for BOTH curly and straight hair. We ALL get the ponytail dent. Once we put our hair up, we commit to it all day long. Take a pair of old nylons and cut a small circle out of them. Use the circle as your new hair tie! It doesn’t stretch a lot so that means it doesn’t stretch then shrink, closing in on your hair, causing the dent. It’s loose, and you will have to loop it around your hair multiple times, but no more dent!!!
I know lame. Curly people shouldn’t curl their hair! We don’t have to! BUT on those special occasions where you notice that a couple of your curls have failed on you, use a wand to curl them again. A wand looks more natural as it follows your curl pattern easier than a curler or straightener. Again, use this sparingly as over-usage of heat can damage your hair.
7. Bobby Pins
We are lucky that one bobby pin goes a long way with our hair. The ratio of bobby pins a curly hair person uses to a straight haired person is 1:10. One bobby pin can hold our hair in a bun for hours. Invest in these little things and you can do so many different styles to your hair!
8. Half up clip
I use this ALL THE TIME. Sometimes I don’t want my hair all the way down, but I don’t want it all the way up. So I pull out my hand dandy clip and put my hair half up. It’s beautiful and so useful. You must get it!
9. Shower Cap
Second day hair = no washing. You still have to wash your body though! Get a shower cap and save your hair from getting wet and then having to redo it again. I forget sometimes that I have my hair up and if I don’t have my shower cap on, my hair gets soaking wet. Great, I have to actually wash it now. Shower caps =life saver.
Everyone needs scissors for your hair, but we REALLY need it. We have lots of hair and split ends. Sacrificing our months of growing hair one inch to a hair dresser for a “trim” is not ideal. Practically no one knows how to properly cut our hair and a “trim” ends up being 4 inches of hair cut off. It’s easier to cut a split end ourselves if we see one. No use going to a hairstylist with one or two split ends. Also, some hair ties are impossible to take of, so we need scissors to cut it off. Scissors have saved me many times.
What other tools do you use for your hair? Leave a comment at the top of the page and share your wisdom!
Want to know how to manage your hair with tools like these? Click here to check out my post “How to Manage Curly Hair.”
Finding the perfect product can be difficult. It takes years of experimentation and hundreds of dollars. I believe I have discovered the best curtly hair products for you! I have narrowed down the top hair products I have tried to 5 and have ranked them based on price and their effectiveness on my curly hair. Don’t be afraid to try all of them yourself! It’s a fun experience!
Okay, I will start with the good. It really does a great job of making your hair beautiful. It controls frizz and it is known to keep hair fresh up until the third day. It smells good, and comes in a cute, compact bottle. The downside: it is SUPER expensive. You have to use a lot of their product for effectiveness. For me, its effects only lasted until the second day. For an 8.5 oz. bottle of their clarifying shampoo it costs… wait for it… $18.00. I DEFINITELY can’t afford that. It only lasted a couple of weeks for me, so if you add conditioner and a styling product to the shampoo, I would be spending about $100 a month! Sorry, this is why I am ranking it as number five. BUT at least it is part of my top 5 curly hair products! AND I have to give them props for their Wide Tooth Comb that I use EVERY SINGLE DAY! Thank you Ouidad!
#4. Garnier Fructis
So, the price is, by far, THE BEST! It costs $4.99 for a 25.4 oz. bottle of Shampoo and it lasts 3 months. The $4.99 25.4 oz. bottle of Conditioner lasts 2 months.AND for a styling product like their Curl Sculpting Cream-Gel, it is $2.84 for 5.1 oz and it lasts a bit over a month. You are not even spending more than $5 a month for their product. Talk about a DEAL! Their product is thicker and their shampoo crazily lathers. It does an OK job of containing frizz, you will definitely need touch ups every other day. BUT this is perfect for those on a budget. It gets the job done while costing practically nothing.
#3. Paul Mitchell’s Awupuhi Shampoo, The Detangler, and Sculpting Foam
The smell. The amazing aroma. It is delicious! I seriously want to eat my hair (okay, that’s just a little creepy). It’s conditioner is very light and it’s effects last up to three days. Your curls will be controlled and the pyramid head becomes easily avoidable. Each bottle of shampoo or conditioner costs about $22 and the sculpting foam about $20. Your monthly expenses will add up to about $40-45 a month depending on how long it takes for you to use the product (about a month and a half for new). It is a bit on the expensive side, BUT it helps restore hair. You will notice instant results! By the end of a month of using it, your hair will be so clean and your curls will be the best they’ve ever been.
If this product was ranked by effectiveness alone, it would be my number one! It is so smooth and completely de-frizzes your hair! You can actually run your fingers through the top of your scalp when your hair is dry. Its effects last the longest out of all the others and has a unique (but AMAZING) smell. Its smell can only be described as the “DevaCurl Smell,” it is WONDERFUL! The only downside is that its expensive because you have to use A LOT of their product to get the best results. It costs about $44 for a 32 oz of their No-Poo Original Cleanser. That can really add up, especially when it lasts barely two months. If you include conditioner and one of their style and shaping products, you are looking at around $80 a month. YIKES! I can’t afford that, but it is worth it for such a great product if you want a little treat! Not only is their product best for effectiveness, but they have the best customer care. I have talked to representatives online multiple times to ask questions and they are always kind and helpful. AND their website offers tutorials for curly hair! I love you DevaCurl!
#1. Shea Moisture
At just $10 a bottle for shampoo OR conditioner, the price is a steal for its effectiveness! With a styling product, it will cost around $20-25 a month. However, you can get it for cheaper! I go to Ross and Marshall’s and sometimes they have these products for $5 of an 8 oz. bottle of shampoo and $5 for their styling product, the Coconut & Hibiscus Hair Smoothie (their biggest container of the smoothie lasted two months). At this deal, you can get to spending as low as $15 a month. While using this product, my hair is practically frizz free and it smells SO GOOD! It is light and a little bit of their products goes a long way. Your hair lasts till the second or third day. You can also use their products to touch up on those days you don’t feel like washing your hair again. This is my number one because its price and effectiveness balance out enough to where you will be most content with this product above all the others! You are the winner Shea Moisture!!!
What is your favorite curly hair product? Leave a comment! Share your wisdom with all of us!
Need tools to go with these products? Here is my article on “10 Things Every Curly Person Needs.”
Admit it. There are so many difficult things we curly girls have to deal with. It can be a bit much sometimes. Yes, we love our hair and would probably never wish for anything different, but managing this beautiful work of art comes with a price.
Here are 50 struggles that ALL of us have to deal with:
Waking up with seriously bad bed head EVERY morning.
You can’t escape it. EVER.
2. Going to school or anywhere in public with wet hair.
People try not to hug you.
3. The Awkward Hair Stage.
We’ve all been through it. Especially during freshman year in high school.
4. The All-Natural Stage.
You know what I’m talking about. The No-Poo diet. The coconut oil conditioner. The apple cider vinegar cleanser. Honey, eggs, and avocado? Yup. Admit it.
5. Frizz. Just FRIZZ.
Never is this NOT an issue.
6. The Water Bill.
You dread when the water company increases its rates. You will suffer financially.
7. Hair in the Shower Drain.
You have to call the plumber multiple times in a year. Sometimes you let a little clump of hair form in the corner of your shower.
8. Conditioner to Shampoo Ratio.
You just bought both of them that day. The Shampoo lasts a month. The conditioner: 1 week.
9. Spending Too Much Money $$$.
Anything that says “curly” on it is a must buy. And, of course, the one product that works for you is $30 a bottle, and it only lasts a month.
10. Being a Human Science Experiment.
You should have been used for testing hair products. You’ve gone through probably 50 different products to find “The One.”
11. Being a Walking Weather Radar.
Your hair can tell you whether its going to rain, snow, be windy, sunny, or cloudy.
12. Everybody wanting to see you with straight hair.
They don’t get it. We DON’T WANT TO STRAIGHTEN OUR HAIR! It takes an hour and a half!
13. Straightening your hair and nobody recognizing you.
But we cave in to their requests one time and actually take time to straighten the beast. BUT they don’t recognize you.
14. Constantly being told people would pay a lot of money to have your hair.
All those elderly ladies at the grocery store ESPECIALLY like to tell you this.
15. Not being able to brush your hair like Rapunzel.
You saw Tangled. You know its impossible to brush your imaginary beautiful long locks of gold.
16. People always wanting to touch your hair.
They just always feel a need to touch it, don’t they?
17. People not understanding that they ruin your hair by touching it.
When they do touch it you get a little irritated. They make your hair frizzy.
18. Having more bad hair days than everybody else on earth.
Everyone else can easily fix their bad hair days. We have to completely start over and rewash our hair.
19. Being known only for your hair.
Even strangers know you as the “curly haired girl.”
20. Not being able to hide from someone you don’t want to talk to at the grocery store.
You know those days you just don’t feel like talking, or you are trying to hurry up. Yeah, there is no turning your head quickly away so they don’t recognize you. They KNOW who you are!
21. Not being recognized when your hair is in a bun.
No poofy hair, no recognition.
22. People constantly asking if you curl it everyday.
Really? Yes, I use a wand on every single one of these little curls every day. It takes me five hours.
23. When your hair is in someone’s food, they KNOW it’s you.
The twirly hair is always yours.
24. Basically wherever single strands of hair find themselves, people will know it’s you.
On the couch, shirt, floor, or food. If its curly, its yours.
25. Once it goes up in a ponytail, there is no taking it out until you wash your hair.
The dent you get will stay the rest of the day.
26. People talking to the mini curls surrounding your face as if they were little children.
Those little Jane Austen era curls around your face seem to extract the baby voice from everybody.
27. People trying to see if your curls can perfectly go around a finger or pencil.
They always do this. They do this to see how perfect your ringlets are.
28. The pencils getting caught in your hair when this happens.
When they do the pencil thing, it always gets caught in your hair. It’s worse if they use a mechanical one.
29. Your hair catches EVERYTHING.
Pencils, armpits, food, fuzz, paper, etc.
30. Going shopping is your worst nightmare.
Every time you try on a shirt it rubs your hair. Your hair starts out perfect, and ends in a frizzy mess.
31. Swimming is pretty bad too.
Once you are done taking a dip, your hair will dry and turn again into a frizzy mess.
32. Being compared to Taylor Swift ALL THE TIME.
People automatically assume that Taylor Swift is the only curly haired celebrity. What about Whitney Houston? Bernadette Peters? That lady from Doctor Who?
33. Being mad at Taylor Swift for leaving the curly sisterhood.
She turned on us. She went to the dark side and only ever straightens her hair. Traitor. *But we still listen to her music…
34. Having an emotional connection to your hair.
Sometimes you talk to it. When it’s sad, you are sad. When it’s happy, you are happy.
35. Having an emotional connection to other people’s curly hair.
You feel for others’ curly hair. You empathize with their friziness and the years of struggle they have also dealt with.
36. The time it takes to get ready in the morning.
Minimum: 1 hour. JK. 1 1/2.
37. Not being able to sleep in.
Because of the time it takes to get ready, you have to get up early.
38. You are only allowed to shower in the morning.
Psh. Going to bed with wet hair? Ain’t happenin’.
39. Slow hair growth rate.
Its been a year and your hair hasn’t even grown an inch.
40. Never having the same outcome for your hair after you wash it.
Everyday is different.
41. Never knowing how it will turn out.
Because everyday is different, you can never expect how it will look the next day.
42. The short time you have after you shower until your hair wigs out on you.
About 5 minutes until frizz takes over.
43. The amount of Pinterest boards dedicated to “curly” hair when they are full of people who just curled their hair with a wand.
You can’t really do the hairstyles they demonstrate.
44. Beach waves? Yeah, right.
The hit in hair fashion is this lazy beach wave look. No way we can replicate it.
45. Being considered either Jewish or Greek if you are white.
They automatically think you can only have curly hair if you are Jewish (or Greek).
46. Crazy hair expectations set by Beyoncé for you if you are black.
She always has it as a blow out or straightened. We can’t look like that superstar!
47. Wind being your worst enemy.
There will be no signature Pocahontas pose for you.
48. Difficulty finding a trustworthy hairdresser.
Great Clips is not our #1 choice.
49. Rain is also your worst enemy.
Second shower for you?
50. The Problem of the Pyramid Head.
It is exactly as it sounds.
Even with all these struggles, its worth it. Isn’t it girls? Face it, our hair is FABULOUS!!!
Every curly girl knows the risk of leaving second hair day down. It’s frizzy, flattened, and basically just a curly mess. Sometimes you set your alarm clock a little later than usual just so you don’t have to get up as early to wash your hair. 7:30 comes, you get up, go to the bathroom, and look in the mirror. OH NO!!! Your hair did not plan out the way you wanted. You only have 30 minutes to get ready! No time for washing your hair, so up in the messy bun it goes!
Don’t you wish you could avoid this stressful morning routine? Guess what!? I finally figured out on Tuesday the perfect way to restore your second day hair and sleep in as long as you want!
I woke up Tuesday morning, I didn’t feel like putting my hair up in a bun and I didn’t want to waste more water and wash my hair. I wanted to smooth through my “getting ready process” in under 30 min so I could get on with the stuff I needed to do that day. I went to my friend, Pinterest, and looked up “second day hair curly” in the search bar. Nothing truly satisfied my need, but I saw on multiple websites to use a squirt bottle. So I decided to try it, but I made my own “Second Hair Day Fix Recipe” that was PERFECT! I am never going back! Hello sleeping in!
Step 1: Fill a squirt bottle with water and a couple of pumps of conditioner.
I used Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Conditioner with a little bit of their Coconut & Hibiscus Moisture Mist.
Step 2: Spray hair until lightly damp (most websites said to completely dampen it. I did not like the idea of drying my hair for half an hour again).
Make sure to put a towel underneath you, the mist gets on the ground.
Step 3: Scrunch your hair gently, moving in an upward motion to your roots with your favorite styling product (preferably a gel or cream).
I used Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Smoothie. Use small amounts!
I also sprayed more of the Shea Moisture’s Moisture Mist.
Step 4: Flip your head upside down and quickly defuse your hair with a blow dryer to add volume.
Step 5: Look at yourself in the mirror and Voila! Enjoy your freshened curls and save time next time you don’t feel like washing your hair! 🙂
Any tips you guys have for rejuvenating second, or even 3rd, 4th, or 5th, day curls? Please tell us and leave a comment at the top of the page!
Are you a beautiful, curly haired, freak like me? Check out another one of my posts “50 Struggles of a Curly Haired Person.” I hope you can all relate with these problems.
4. NEVER straighten you hair more than once in a week.
If you like to straighten you hair once in a while, I understand. Some of you may like to change things up. However, in order to retain your curls, you must minimize your heat usage. Blow dryers, straighteners, etc. These burn your hair and suck it of its moisture. Your hair will become more frizzy and your curls will start to become dull.
5. NEVER EVER EVER touch your hair.
This is a sacred rule. If you touch your hair, you will turn into a purple Minion from Despicable Me. Don’t let others touch. DON’T TOUCH IT. Did I already say that? Don’t. Touch. It.
6. NEVER scrub wet hair with a towel.
Scrubbing will cause frizz. Scrunch instead and use a cotton t-shirt to get excess water out. Also, you can use the DevaCurl Microfiber Towel or just buy a microfiber towel in the car accessory/cleaning section in a store.
7. NEVER regret having curly hair.
Your hair is unique, beautiful. God created you and He knew that curly hair was meant for you. #EmbracetheCurls
What is the worse thing you have done to your hair? Curls or no curls. Any embarrassing haircuts? Stories? Leave a comment at the top of the page!