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Guide to Managing Curly Hair
Beauty
Published Thursday Oct 31, 2019 by Sara Lesher

Taming the Mane: My Guide to Managing Curly Hair

Beauty
Personal Growth
Motivation

If you have curly or wavy hair, you understand the struggles of battling weather, frizz, product overload, and unpredictability of your look. For years, I have tried tons of different methods, products, and tools for controlling my mane. I always looked at my straight-haired friends with envy as they effortlessly tossed up a beautifully sleek pony or walked in the rain without fear of the frizz

Wasn’t there an easier way I could embrace my natural curls instead of trying to flatten them? That’s when I began my research and discovered the Curly Girl Method, a list of dos and don’ts that help restore your natural curl pattern to its healthiest form. Sounds simple, right? Not really.

 

"Frizz is just a curl waiting to happen."

- Lorraine Massey

 

I learned that if I were to fully embrace this method, I would have to give up heat, shampoo, and color. I was ready to embrace my natural curls, but I still wanted to use styling tools on special occasions and couldn’t fathom cutting out shampoo in my active, sweaty lifestyle. So I decided to start small, with all of the things that seemed doable for me.

 

Here's what I did...

Swapped my pillowcase

I have always used a traditional cotton pillowcase. I never realized that when I move around in my sleep, I’m rubbing my head against it and causing frizz and breakage. Switching to a silk pillowcase is much more gentle on my hair. When I toss and turn, my hair glides over the material rather than breaking into small strands. Plus, it makes me feel like royalty

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Swapped my pillowcase

I have always used a traditional cotton pillowcase. I never realized that when I move around in my sleep, I’m rubbing my head against it and causing frizz and breakage. Switching to a silk pillowcase is much more gentle on my hair. When I toss and turn, my hair glides over the material rather than breaking into small strands. Plus, it makes me feel like royalty

Tossed my hairbrush

If you have curly hair, you know brushing turns your locks into one giant poof that engulfs your entire face. However, I did brush it while it was wet. I gave up brushing outside the shower and purchased a Vitagoods scalp massager/shampoo brush, and let me tell you, I love this thing. This vibrating tool fits in the palm of your hand and makes for an amazing scalp massage, stimulating hair growth and removing any dryness or dead skin from your scalp (gross).

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Tossed my hairbrush

If you have curly hair, you know brushing turns your locks into one giant poof that engulfs your entire face. However, I did brush it while it was wet. I gave up brushing outside the shower and purchased a Vitagoods scalp massager/shampoo brush, and let me tell you, I love this thing. This vibrating tool fits in the palm of your hand and makes for an amazing scalp massage, stimulating hair growth and removing any dryness or dead skin from your scalp (gross).

Quit towel drying

I used to wrap my hair up in a bath towel to dry it, as many people do. But just like the pillowcase, the material of towels leads to breakage and frizz, especially if you wrap it tightly on top of your head. I stopped towel drying altogether and begun scrunching my hair dry with a cotton T-shirt—or you can use a microfiber hair towel. I immediately noticed a difference in the way my hair looked! It was smooth and shiny with much less frizz than before. 

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Quit towel drying

I used to wrap my hair up in a bath towel to dry it, as many people do. But just like the pillowcase, the material of towels leads to breakage and frizz, especially if you wrap it tightly on top of your head. I stopped towel drying altogether and begun scrunching my hair dry with a cotton T-shirt—or you can use a microfiber hair towel. I immediately noticed a difference in the way my hair looked! It was smooth and shiny with much less frizz than before. 

Said goodbye to chemicals

When I began to read about sulfates, silicones, and parabens, I was mortified by what I had been putting in my hair! Obviously, my hair will look damaged if I consistently cover it in toxic chemicals. It is so easy to read the ingredients of products before you buy them to check for those three things. Many shampoos and conditioners will say right on the bottle if they are free of these chemicals, so be sure to read before you buy (plus, it’s better for the environment!).

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Said goodbye to chemicals

When I began to read about sulfates, silicones, and parabens, I was mortified by what I had been putting in my hair! Obviously, my hair will look damaged if I consistently cover it in toxic chemicals. It is so easy to read the ingredients of products before you buy them to check for those three things. Many shampoos and conditioners will say right on the bottle if they are free of these chemicals, so be sure to read before you buy (plus, it’s better for the environment!).

Cut down on washing

Although I wasn’t ready to quit washing completely, I knew I should cut back. Hair is not supposed to be cleaned every day, and doing so makes it look dry and lifeless. I thought I had to wash my hair every time I worked out! Wrong!  I cut back on shampoo and started using As I Am’s Coconut Cowash. This, combined with my daily scalp massage, left my hair feeling clean—even after sweating. Although I noticed a little extra grease at first, my hair quickly adjusted to the new routine, and now it looks better than ever.

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Cut down on washing

Although I wasn’t ready to quit washing completely, I knew I should cut back. Hair is not supposed to be cleaned every day, and doing so makes it look dry and lifeless. I thought I had to wash my hair every time I worked out! Wrong!  I cut back on shampoo and started using As I Am’s Coconut Cowash. This, combined with my daily scalp massage, left my hair feeling clean—even after sweating. Although I noticed a little extra grease at first, my hair quickly adjusted to the new routine, and now it looks better than ever.

Stopped comparing

My biggest mistake during the beginning of this journey was comparing my hair to other types. I wondered why my methods didn’t give me the same results as the girls I saw on YouTube. I took this quiz to determine my hair’s pattern, type, porosity, density, and width, which allowed me to have a better understanding and appreciation of my hair’s unique qualities. After just a few months, I'm now straightening less and loving my curls!

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Stopped comparing

My biggest mistake during the beginning of this journey was comparing my hair to other types. I wondered why my methods didn’t give me the same results as the girls I saw on YouTube. I took this quiz to determine my hair’s pattern, type, porosity, density, and width, which allowed me to have a better understanding and appreciation of my hair’s unique qualities. After just a few months, I'm now straightening less and loving my curls!

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?
Fitness
Published Monday Sep 21, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the frayHas a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 

So, why should we care about online gym memberships? 

There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.

Let’s break this down: 

1. Scheduling convenience 

A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine. 

2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19 

And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.  

With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room. 

3. Variety 

We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.  

With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours. 

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

 

4. Working out without a commute 

My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work. 

5. Community 

Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?  

We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind. 

 
Interested yet?

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).