Here's how an online group named Indian Curl Pride is showing you how to embrace your curls
Right from Kangana Ranaut at the recent Cannes 2018 wearing her naturally curly mane with a feisty catsuit to Kerry Washington walking the red carpet at the Met Gala in a Ralph Lauren outfit and her crown of curls - some of our fave celebs are celebrating the twisty and swirling tresses. To mane manage and rock those curls we find that many social media communities and its influencers, are rooting for the look too and offer their followers oodles of inspiration and some troubleshooting tips.
Curl Girl Community
Asha Barrak started Indian Curl Pride, a Facebook group exclusive for people with curly hair in an attempt to have conversations about curly hair care. Her haircare hack for the summer is to use a hair gel with styling polymers which help prevent hair getting frizzy due to higher content of moisture in the air. With over 16,000 members from all over the country, the group discusses queries related to routines, products and also hair transformations. “I never get tired of my curly hair as I always feel that it gives me an edge among people with straight hair,” says the 36-year-old who is based in Singapore and dropped her IT job to manage the group. “It goes with my spirit and defines my true identity. It lets you embrace the real you,” she says. The group gets an average of 1,000 posts a month and here’s the catch - you need to have curly hair and answer a few questions to be a member!
Finger combing is best
Instagram blogger Pallavi Juneja (@thecuriousjalebi) posts tips for beginners, product reviews, hair care routine videos and styling hacks. Her number one tip to girls struggling with curls, especially in the summer, is to stop combing and brushing curly hair when it is dry. “Instead, comb damp hair with your fingers, or a wide tooth comb after applying a conditioner followed by a leave-in conditioner.” She works as a social media marketer at EazyDiner, a restaurant reservation app in Delhi. She also runs a blog named The Curious Jalebi, and has always been an advocate for curly hair. After a disastrous experience post a keratin treatment, the 25-year-old decided to embrace her naturally curly hair and started this Instagram page in 2016.
Shivani Singh started her blog All About Curls one year back, while juggling an IT job. The 24-year-old from Lucknow features several DIY hair masks, salon reviews and hair care routines on her Instagram page of the same name. "I generally use aloe vera gel and flaxseed gel with water to refresh my hair,” she says. “In India, curly hair is usually not considered beautiful in the conventional sense. People think that only silky straight hair can be healthy.”
I want to Break Frizz
For those curly-haired damsels in distress this summer, the best way to make sure your curls stay healthy and smooth is to invest in a good serum and conditioner says Mumbai-based Adhuna Bhabani, celebrity hairstylist who has worked with the likes of Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta. Curly haired herself and an advocate for curls, the Founder and Creative Director at the BBLUNT Salon chain, her advice for this summer is to, “Keep product use to a minimum, and work with a light-weight product to avoid perspiration overload.“ She also recommends treatments like a deep conditioning ritual to stimulate the scalp and promote blood circulation. “This helps to nourish your scalp and hair, keeping it healthy."
Top five curl-care potions
1. Oil - Morrocan oil Apply one/two pumps to hair
2. Hair Masks - Mayonnaise Apply 15-20 minutes before shower
3. Leave-in conditioner - Aloe vera Juice/ Coconut Milk Spray on hair after shower.
4. Serum - BBLUNT HD Curl Defining Leave-In Cream Add to wet hair and scrunch for well-defined curls