As the daughter of a Puerto Rican mother and a Chilean father, you can imagine the natural state of my hair. Growing up in Puerto Rico, where the beauty of its people comes from an alluring fusion of Spanish, Africans and indigenous Taínos that once inhabited the island. I was always fascinated by the many textures of hair from strangers I observed each day. My mother always told me my thick, curly, black hair was something to be proud of and that it should be embraced as a symbol of my heritage. However, I always found myself struggling to accept my natural hair. As a child, I watched movies and saw captivating actresses with hair so shiny and golden, it could blind whoever looked at it for too long. I saw multiple magazine ads which exhibited thin models with gentle locks, not a hint of humidity to cause them stress. I looked in the mirror and wondered why my hair looked so different. Little Elisa could only presume that what she had, was not deemed beautiful by society.
After years of struggling with my appearance, I’ve finally learned to embrace and fall in love with my curly hair. Even though it may not always be easy to maintain, it’s a transparent characteristic of my nationality that I’ll never stop being proud of. I’ve learned that with the right products and routine, I can enhance my curls and remove the frizz as much as possible. So without further ado, let me share with you my routine for gorgeous beachy waves.
The right products
In order to achieve these curls, you must find the right products that are compatible with your hair and enhance the spiraled effect we’re trying to create. You must also use something that leaves your hair shiny and holds the curls in place. The first step is to wash your hair with a shampoo and conditioner of your choosing, My favorite picks at the moment are the OGX Keratin Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. Let your hair air dry until it’s about 90% dry.
Choosing your method
There are a few ways you can achieve curls (if you don’t already have them naturally). The first one is with a curling iron, I recommend this iron by Conair. Simply section your hair and curl each one, finish with a light hairspray and a small amount of argan oil for your ends. The second method is achieved with absolutely no styling tools. Start by adding a curl smoother to your hair, I recommend this one by Maui. Then, grab any long and thin (approx 1 or two inches) piece of fabric (I used a scarf) and bobby pin the middle of it on the center of your hair. Take a strand of hair from the front and start wrapping it around the fabric. Continue to do this until you’ve wrapped your entire hair onto the fabric. Secure it with a hair tie and wrap it into a bun. Finish by spraying everything with a good oil mist to set the curls in place.
The Wait and Reveal
I recommend waiting a few hours before removing the fabric, you could also sleep on it for better results. After waiting for a good amount of time, remove the fabric and comb over your curls. Add Argan oil to your ends and run your fingers through them in order to separate the curls.
That’s it, you’re all done! Enjoy your gorgeous curls and don’t forget to show them off by going outside (safely of course).
Feel free to share how your beautiful hair comes out by posting a selfie and tagging @blushmagfit on Instagram!