My Curly Hair Journey

If you're a curly girl, you can understand the frustration some days with trying to get your hair to do what you want it to. I used to hate my curls, HATE them! Every day throughout middle and high school I would straighten my hair as flat to my head as possible. Growing up my hair was curly off and on, but it wasn’t until middle/high school that it really started to curl. As a girl, middle school is hard enough. You’re trying to figure out who you are as a person and fit in, curly hair was not what I was expecting, nor was that the “in” thing.

In college, I finally gave up. I started to wear my hair curly more and more. I noticed the more that I did, the healthy my hair looked and felt. My curls also began to form better each day when I was being consistent. Fast forward 4 years to today. I want to embrace my hair for what it is. As easy as it is to complain about something that people pay money for, it’s also the biggest blessing. I can wake up, shower, put product in, and walk out the door. I don’t have to spend hours blow drying and straightening my hair. Now, of course, I do like to style it on special occasions, but on the day to day having curly hair is such low maintenance.

About 3 years ago I started using Devacurl, it’s a line for curly girls. I hated it! I used it for 3 weeks and could not stand what it was doing to my hair. After having gone through cosmetology school and doing some research, I decided to give it another shot. There are a lot of things that I have learned the past few years and I think with knowing what I know now, I can use Deva Curl again and really love it this time.

In deciding how I wanted to go about sharing my curly ways, I decided starting off with a Q&A would be the best way to cover all the basics and the questions that you guys have asked. As I stated, I just started using Devacurl again. I will be answering these questions with both products I currently use and stuff I’ve tried before and loved. Honestly, I’m a product hopper. I love trying new things! I also know not everyone can afford the same types of things, so I will try and cover a wide enough variety of items in different price ranges to help as many of you as possible.

This coming post is not a step by step of what I do on the daily, that will come in a later post next week. This Q&A is simply to help prepare you. I will go over everything from shampoos, to the product, combs, brushes, towels, techniques, and more.

Remember, this is a process. It’s not going to happen overnight. Your curls will start to look better and better over time, but it takes commitment. My hair did not use to be this curly back when I was frying it up with my hot tools. The progress sucked, but it was worth it. I’m not at all where I want to be and I know that there is a journey ahead. But I can’t wait to fully get to a spot when I love the curls God gave me and a spot where my hair is really thriving.

I hope that through this you will learn to embrace your curls for all that they are. Be happy with who you are and the person God created you to be. You are so unique. Why try and be like someone else when you were specifically created to be set apart.

Before I go any further, I want to mention that there are many types of curls. Some patterns are more beach waves or wavy, some curls are tighter, and others are really tight. Don’t ever exclude yourself from the “curly girl hair” just because your curls may look different than someone else’s. This is something that I struggled with for a long time and on occasion still, do. My hair is a mix of spiral curls and waves, but so often I would hate my hair because I was comparing it to someone else’s curls. Comparison is the thief of joy.

Tomorrow I will be launching the Q&A for you guys, but I wanted to start with the short post to fill you in on my journey. I also wanted to remind you of who you were created to be. I hope that you too can find your confidence through this process and that I can help encourage you along the way.

Although I’m looking to make a lifestyle change, don’t feel like you can’t join along if you aren’t looking for a long commitment in wearing your hair curly. Even if you just want help in styling your curls and getting rid of frizz, join the journey.


- Samantha Richard