Hello everyone and happy Friday!
I’m excited not only because it’s Friday, but also because for the first time, you voted on what post you wanted to see this week. When you ask, I answer, so this week I bring to you my curly hair routine!
Before we get started with the steps, I want to give you a little background on my hair. I am biracial, so my hair is naturally curly. From what I can tell, my hair type is between 2C and 3C, so while this method works very well for me, it may not work for everyone. It is also important to get the right cut, not only for your face shape, but for your hair type. Don’t be afraid to experiment! (I used to hate my short hair, grew it out, cut it off again and now I’m never going back to long hair)
Like I’ve had to learn, curly hair is a whole bunch of trial and error, so if you have any questions about what I am doing or my experiences, please feel free to ask. Also I’m not sponsored by any of these products, but I didn’t have to tell you that.
Step 1: The Wash
Ok, so it all starts with a nice shower. I shower and wet my hair down almost every day. Notice I said wet, not wash. I perform something called co-washing which many curly ladies know about. Of course if you don’t, I can explain:
Co-washing, or “conditioner only washing,” is the technique where one washes their hair with only conditioner, skipping the traditional shampoo step.
I’ve been co-washing for the last few years at the suggestion of my incredible stylist, Patty. I refuse to let anyone else cut my hair, so when she says co-wash, by golly you co-wash!
I always start with my hair in the shower. If it’s a wash day, I rub in my No Poo Shampoo from DevaCurl, taking care to rub through my scalp with my fingers to make sure I loosen any product that is stuck in my hair. If it’s a co-wash day, I skip right to using my conditioner, also DevaCurl brand, leaving it in my hair til I finish the rest of my shower routine, then rinsing.
Now, one of the most life-changing tips I have learned for curls is DON’T DRY YOUR HAIR WITH A TOWEL! The best thing to use is a microfiber towel. DevaCurl has a great one that you can find here, but if you’re like me and are ballin’ on a budget (or left you towel in a hotel bathroom), a cotton t-shirt works just fine.
This shirt is where my hair stays for most of my morning. I like to give it a chance to dry a little bit before rubbing product in. So, I would now take this opportunity to eat breakfast, as well as put on my makeup for the day. Sometimes I’ll get dressed as well, but I’d rather spend as much of my morning as braless as possible.
Step 2: Comb, Comb, Comb
Here’s a secret that’s not really a secret. I don’t own a hairbrush and I haven’t owned a hairbrush since I was 14. For anyone who doesn’t have curly hair, it may seem weird to not own a hairbrush. But let me tell you yet another secret.
You cannot brush curly hair.
You can’t. It just doesn’t work. It pulls apart the carefully defined curls that we work so hard for and creates frizz. So, this is my chance to get out any tangles and also get my hair smooth and ready for product. With a wide-tooth comb, I comb my hair backwards away from my face so it all flows in one direction.
Step 3: Conditioning
Yep, more conditioner. I have color treated hair, so it’s incredibly important to me to keep it hydrated and healthy. The last thing I want to do is damage my hair and ruin my curls, so this is my opportunity to add a little more moisture with my Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Leave-In Conditioner.
I’ve been using this conditioner for a several years. The smell is super nice and it makes my hair feel soft. What more could you ask for? Sometimes I’ll use it to smooth out any frizzy bits when my hair is dry, but we’re not there yet.
Step 4: Volumize
Something I learned with having short curly hair is that volume is everything. My favorite thing is to have big, bouncy, curly hair, which means I need to add a little volume.
Time to break out the L’Oreal Boost It Volume Inject Mousse. Shaking the can well and squirting a generous amount of the foam in my hand, I run this through my hair, concentrating on the roots to help them lift. This is also where I start the scrunching process, trying to revive the curls from the flattening that comes with combing.
Step 5: Curl Cream
This step is where the magic happens. I recently switched to Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Curls cream and honestly, I’m never going back. This stuff smells incredible and is good for you with no parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, animal testing, among with other things. Not to mention it holds my curls.
After pushing my bangs forward and re-positioning my hair, I rub a quarter sized amount of product between my hands and scrunch it throughout my hair. This will help activate the curls and allow the product to help form and hold the curls in place.
Step 6: Drying
Ok, so I’ll be honest with you. I blow-dry my hair. I know, I know, it’s terrible for my hair. While I take precautions with using a low heat setting, drying this way isn’t for everyone, especially if you have already damaged hair. When I have the time, I like to air dry, but since I shower before work, I need to move a little faster.
Like I said, low heat setting and starting with the underneath sections, I do a quick once over and then flip my head upside down (still scrunching) to finish the process. What this does is help my hair to get volume as it dries, adding to the mousse I put in previously.
Step 7: Flip It and Flaunt It
Once the hair is dry, I flip right side up, shake my hair out, and I’m ready to walk out the door. Sometimes I may need to put a little bit more conditioner in to help with any frizzing, but other than that my curls are ready to wear.
I hope this helped give you a little insight into how I do my hair. Like I said at the beginning, this method works from me, but may not work for everyone. Curls are a trial and error process, so don’t be afraid to try new things, whether it be a new style, color, or product.
Do you have a favorite curly hair product? Lemme know down below!