UPDATED: 12/02/2020 with new photos! Click the link to scroll to the bottom.
September. The month we all begin to dream about pumpkin spice, hot cider, warm color palettes and leaf peeping. While I love this month for all those reasons, I am excited to start this season with my new curly hairstyle with highlights!
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them. Thanks for supporting the free content on this site!
Finding A Curly Stylist Near You
Check out the Curly Hair Artistry. It is an advanced education company teaching stylists to work with all forms of curly hair.
I searched the curly hair stylist locator and found three stylists in my state. Check it out to see where your local curly stylist near you is!
New Hampshire Curly Hair Stylists
If you live in New Hampshire and are desperately searching for curl specialists, look no further than Merlin’s Ultimate Images. Ask for Catherine Kimpton, the owner, Amy Beckman or Fausto DI Ianne. They are all Deva Stylists and Curly Hair Specialists. I was fortunate to have Catherine work her magic on my hair.
My Latest Curly Hairstyle with Highlights
Whenever I visit the stylist I share my latest haircut for curly hair with you. My goal for every salon visit is healthy curls, complimentary shape, and lots of volume! (Who else loves big hair like me?!)
On this visit, I was looking for a curly hair with highlights style. Last December, my virgin hair experienced color highlights for the first time. Due to a few grey curls here and there, I wanted to add a few more highlights.
Cathy began my first curl by curl cut with loads of questions. Specifically, how I part my hair, curl goals, curl type, and curly hair products. Only then did she begin to trim by curls one at a time adding layers in my long hair.
Curly Hair Highlights
Once my curly hairstyle had its shape back, she moderately applied curly hair highlights. Her recommendation was minimal highlighting for a natural look.
Cathy painted on my highlights using a pintura highlighting technique. Pintura is when color is painted on textured hair without foils. These highlights add dimension to curls. As a result, it is an easy to maintain, universally flattering look.
Curly Hair Products: Clean, Plant-Based Ingredients
After my highlights were done, Cathy washed and styled my hair with Innersense Organic Beauty products. Innersense is committed to a cleaner, healthier lifestyle: Toxin-free beauty.
All their curly hair products are gluten-free, cruelty-free and non-GMO. Learn more about these healthy curly hair products used on my 2c 3a hair.
Curly Hairstyle Revealed
Cathy dried my roots first and then used this Black Orchid Large Hair Diffuser to completely diffuse my curly hair. (I’ve since purchased this diffuser and have a Black Orchid product review here!) She prefers the extra long fingers for root to tip drying. This blow dryer diffuser has a 1.8 inch diameter and attaches to any hair dryer with the same diameter.
Never touch your curls if they are still damp. Once my curls were dry Cathy Scrunched Out the Crunch (SOTC). Here are my curly hairstyle results with my curly highlights.
Day 2 Curls: Refreshed
I received so many compliments that afternoon. Maybe it was the fact that my mask hid the rest of my face so everyone noticed my curls? I don’t know. ha ha!
While I was shopping at Target, I picked up a bottle of 100% Pure Argan Oil. Recently, I read that it works great for low porosity curls. I emulsified it between my hands and then applied it lightly over my roots and tips using praying hands for a beautiful refresh day.
Curly Hairstyle Conclusion
While you might be adverse to traveling long distances for a curl cut, I highly recommend it. It’s worth it when you look in the mirror each day and love what you see!
PS: Additionally, if you prefer gluten free, organic beauty products, check out these blog posts. The natural makeup looks in my photos are using products from these posts.
Curly Hairstyle Update
It’s been a couple months since my curly haircut. Unfortunately, my curls took some time to normalize after the chemical treatment from the highlights.
During this phase, I continued to use my every day curly hair product routine. My hairdresser sent me home with several demo products from InnerSense Organic Beauty.
See my list above for all wash day products. Here are my curls before I scrunched out the crunch!
My favorite InnerSense curl products are the shampoo and gel. The Hydrating Cream Hairbath leaves my hair feeling hydrated and detangled. Unlike most curly hair shampoos that leave my hair tangled and dry.
The Quiet Calm Curl Control goes on like water! You almost feel like you need to add more, but hold your horses. A little goes a LONG way!
As can be seen from the photos, my curls almost look wet from the gel. I usually wait 24 hours to SOTC as it gives me an extra day between washes. My curls kept their shape and hydration several days after.