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Fall 2018

Winter Tips for Curly Girls

Hey Curlies! My name’s Sara and I was fortunate enough to be born with curly red hair! And if you were born lucky like me, you know that curly hair is both a blessing and a curse, but mostly the latter in the winter months.

Well don’t you worry! I’m here to help you have more good hair days and curl goals during those dreaded cold and dry winter days.

So here’s 10 Curly Girl Tips to help you out!

1.) Find out your curl pattern!

Finding your curl pattern will help you learn what products you can and can’t put in your hair. Your curl pattern can definitely change overtime and your curls can become more defined overtime with consistent good care to it, but finding out your curl pattern is a great place to start! If you need help finding yours, check out the chart below! For an example, I have mostly 3a curls with some 2c waves thrown in and sometimes on a really good hair day I can get some 3b curls!

visual chart of curl types. From left to right: 1, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c. Curls become curlier and tighter as the numbers progress

2.) Cut out the Sulfates and Silicones!

One of the first ingredients in most shampoos are sulfates. For deep cleansing, sulfates are great! But if used all the time, they can make your hair really damaged. Sulfates strip your hair of all of it’s natural oils and make curls less defined and into a frizzy mess.

Most conditioners contain silicones. They are used to create a fake sheen in your hair that the sulfates in shampoo stripped away. They also leave a residue on your hair that only something as strong as sulfates can get out.

Sounds gross, right?!

So next time you go shopping for new hair products, look at the ingredients on the back! If you see something ending in “sulfate” or “-cone,” put it back and get something with more natural ingredients for your hair!

If you’re totally lost in trying to find natural products, try Shea Moisture! I use their coconut and hibiscus line. You can find them in really any place that sells hair products or online 

Shea Moisture curl and shine coconut and hibiscus shampoo and conditioner set

3.) NO Heat!

Everyone knows that using heat tools is bad for your hair, but this is especially true for curly girls. So even though it’s cold during the winter months, try not to put super hot water, any heat styling tool, or a hot blow dryer on your hair. If your hair is still wet and you need to go outside without it freezing, try diffusing your hair with warm or cool air.

Here’s me back in 2014 when I used to heat style my hair almost everyday to re-curl my curls because of how self-conscious I was. My curls somehow survived, but I ended up having to cut off over 8 inches last year because of how damaged my hair was from all that heat.

Sara in 2014 with heat styled curled hair

4.) Co-wash as much as possible  

What’s co-washing? In basic terms, it means to just wash your hair with water and a silicone free conditioner. By not shampooing it, it helps keep the natural oils in your hair, therefore making your curls more defined. It may feel gross the first few times you don’t use shampoo, but trust me, your hair will get used to it pretty quick and love you for it!

 

5.) Squish to condish

“Squish to condish” is a way of rinsing your conditioner out and at the same time enhancing your curls

Here’s the basics of it:

  1. Add enough conditioner in your hair to make it slippery and a “seaweed” texture
  2. Comb through your hair with your fingers to get all of the knots out
  3. Place your hair in a bun or under a shower cap while you finish up your shower to give the conditioner time to soak in
  4. When your ready, put your hair under the water for just a few seconds, allowing it to get soaking wet
  5. Flip your head over and out of the stream of water, and squish your hair few times, getting the conditioner out
  6. Repeat the rinse and squish a few times until you get the desired amount of conditioner out
  7. You want to leave a bit of the conditioner in your hair

If you’re confused and want a visual tutorial on how to “squish to condish,” just look up “squish to condish curly hair” on YouTube and you’ll find lots of great demos

Here’s one I recommend watching!

6.) Don’t dry your hair with a plain ol’ towel

Regular bath towels create loads of frizz, and of course curly girls don’t want that!

Instead, try a t-shirt or a microfiber towel to scrunch your hair dry

7.) Find out what your hair likes!

Curly hair in the winter is a constant struggle to get a perfect balance of protein and moisture in order to obtain those perfect curls. My hair loves protein, but definitely craves moisture in the winter months. I use hair masques, deep conditioning, and oil treatments to help trap the moisture in.

Some curls also hate glycerin like mine, so experiment with different ingredients until you find something that’ll make your hair the bomb!

This masque is especially good for those with damaged or dry hair like me!

Shea Moisture raw shea butter deep treatment masque

8.) Finger-Coil the heck out of your curls!

Finger-coiling is a way of styling your hair after applying product and detangling your hair in order to get the most defined curls.

I recently learned the magic ways of finger-coiling, and look at those curls go!

Sara showing the back of her head to show how good her curls look after finger coiling

 

9.) Find a routine and stick with it!

Your curls are your baby and just like kids, they can sometimes be resistant to change. So if find something that works and makes your curls look popping, stick with it!

I co-wash every 2-3 days, shampoo every 2-4 washes, and deep condition or do an oil treatment about every two weeks.

Here’s my routine on deep conditioning days:

  1. Wet hair
  2. Apply hair masque (enough so it feels like seaweed!) to soaking wet hair and comb through all knots with fingers or wide tooth comb
  3. Plop in shower cap or microfiber hair turban for 1-2 hours (Usually about two episodes of a TV show)
  4. Rinse out masque and shampoo with sulfate free shampoo
  5. Squish to condish
  6. Keep head upside down and apply hair mousse with praying hands to soaking wet hair
  7. Apply a pea-size amount of hair gel with praying hands to soaking wet hair
  8. Flip right-side-up and divide hair into three sections (crown, and divide remaining hair in a middle part)
  9. Apply a pea-sized amount of gel to each section
  10. Distribute product with Denman brush
  11. Finger-coil
  12. Scrunch partly dry with t-shirt
  13. Plop in microfiber hair turban for about 20 minutes
  14. Scrunch dry again with t-shirt of micro-fiber towel
  15. Air dry and fluff hair when completely dry
  16. Partly blow dry with warm air if needed

Here’s my products:

From left to right: Aussie Instant Freeze gel, DevaCurl One Condition Original, Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus shampoo and conditioner, Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus hair mousse, 7 row Denman Brush with three rows taken out, wide toothed shower comb, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque

Saras hair products back row left to right, described above

10.) Love your curls for what they are!!

Sometimes even with all the hard work curly girls put in, curls don’t want to cooperate. And that’s okay! That’s part of the fun of having curly hair! So even on the rough days, be your own curly inspo  😘

Here’s some that I’ll leave you with:

For more inspo, join the “Curly Girl (Method) Support Group International” on Facebook! There’s over 100,000 members!

side view of brown hair curly inspored hair curly insposelfie of Saras curls. Snapchat caption "Loving todays curls, heart emoji, smiley" with "Flawless" filterblack hair curly inspo

Sara

 

Catch ya later, curlies!!

xoxo

— Sara ❤💖

Profile of Sara

 

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@merrycharacterphotography

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Fall 2018

How to Travel on a Budget

By Dina Merani

Howdy…  I know we all have a lot of things on our plate this semester. I hope everyone is doing well so far this semester. Don’t stress about your college life. iIf you find something in your life that you don’t like, or you’re having trouble achieving what you want, hang in there. Keep fighting for it and I believe you can do it. No matter what happens it’s life, and this is how the cookie crumbles. If you cannot do one thing that you want, try another thing that you like or something else that makes you happy. What makes you happy will make your life way better than what you had lost before. Exploring the world and traveling can be the best way for you to make you happier. While you’re traveling, you might find some new things. Speaking of traveling, you might say traveling is my Middle Name, and I always looking for new places to go. You may think that traveling costs so much money because you need a hotel and good food. First, if your goal is just to see that place, you are in the right place, because I am going to give 5 ways to travel on a budget.

Dina in an airport with luggage and stuffed animal

Dina in an airport, sitting at a gate

Photography by Zac Clough

1. Travel with friend

Dina and friend on railroad tracks

Dina and friend at Golden Gate Bridge

A friend is someone who is always there for you when you are happy and sad. They always support you no matter what happens to you. If you have that kind of friend (bestie), you can ask your friend to go traveling with you. Why your friend? By traveling with your bestie, you and your bestie and share some things together. For example, looking for a cheap hostel that you and your friend can stay in together. If you want a cheaper option, there is Airbnb. This type of accommodation is often way cheaper than hostel. You can look for the cheapest one and you and your friend can stay in same room and split the price. This is I did when I went to Seattle and San Francisco for the first time. I always go with my bestie and we always share everything, and if either of us needs food or money, we can help each other.

2. Make Friends

Dina and friends posing outside airport with luggage

Photography by Zac Clough

Make as many friends as you can, especially make friends from different countries. By making lots of friends you can travel to where they live more easily. They might help you with food or accommodations when you come visit them. Which means you don’t need to pay lot of money for accommodation and food. I did the same thing when I visited Portland. I have friends there, they helped me with accommodations (I stayed with them) and cooked for myself in their place, and it was so exciting that I could spend some time with them as well.

3. Join Club on Campus (Group Tour)

Dina and friends walking into airport with luggage
There will many different clubs on campus, and in those clubs there may be a trip to go somewhere. By joining and becoming an active member in your club, you might get a chance to go to a new place for a small amount of money and people in your group may help you with that. For example, I joined the University of Montana Pacific Islander Club last year and became active in it this semester by get involved in meetings and others club events. Through this club, I might get go to Hawaii next year over Spring Break. How fun and exciting! Oh my… I can’t wait for this trip. See? Some clubs at the University can give benefits for you and who knows? You might get the same chance like me .

4. Cook by yourself

If you don’t have enough money to buy food while you’re traveling, you can cook by yourself. That’s cheaper than you eating at a restaurant. Not only that, but  food that you cook by yourself can be more delicious than the food in five star hotels or restaurants.

5. Be brave

Oh yeah, without bravery, you cannot go traveling. You should have that bravery in yourself. Just makes sure you’re brave when you get stuck somewhere or your bestie is not with you. In my experience, I didn’t have enough money to buy an airplane ticket and I really wanted to travel. I decided to travel 11 hours by myself by bus and I did it. I arrived safety. All that I needed was to be brave.

Dina with coffee on a subway

Dina on a subway

All these experiences are just so amazing to me and I’m so happy that I got to share this with you all. Hopefully there is one or two tips that you can try on your trip whenever you wanna go. Thank you so much to spend time reading this. XOXO @dMerani95.