Hi there! I’m Pallavi, a curly hair blogger from Delhi, India. Welcome to my blog where I show you how to take care of your naturally wavy curly hair with easy tips, video tutorials and product recommendations.
Chances are if you grew up with poofy, frizzy hair, you too were bullied throughout school and hated your hair.
Medusa, ‘jungli‘ (wild), jhaadu (broom) unkempt, frizzy, maggi are all nicknames many of us with naturally frizzy hair got while growing up.
Media didn’t show women with our type of hair, unless it was to show how to transform it with serums and products, which never worked.
This self loathing led to low self esteem and confidence. I remember a friend asking me- why can’t you take care of your hair properly?
I mean, I wanted to- I just didn’t know how, except to drench it with oil and tame it to some level or neatness.
Here’s a picture of how my hair used to look a few years back, if I dared to keep it open-
Cue the Hagrid comments!
I so desperately wanted to feel good about my hair that I even got it chemically straightened one day which gave me silky straight hair for only a few months…
And then it became extremely damaged. I lost a LOT of hair.
Also, all those compliments I got, once I did straighten it left me feeling low, because that’s not what I looked like, in reality.
Then one day, I found a video by another curly girl abroad on how exactly I should be combing and styling naturally dry & frizzy hair.
That led to tons of research and I can easily say, it was life-changing.
To the point that while travelling to work in the metro, I had girls coming up to me, telling me what lovely hair I had and how ‘lucky’ I was.
The tips in this blog are from years of experimentation that led to loving my hair, even on its wild frizzy days.
Over time, my tips have also become simpler and less rigid- those of you who are worried about having to strictly follow a routine, needn’t worry.
Take what you like, do what suits- after all, it is YOUR hair.
Don’t let anyone police how you should take care or feel about your hair, especially online.
Try the tips out- I promise, even following some of these tips can help you enjoy hair that’s soft, moisturised, even on it’s ‘bad’ days!
You don’t HAVE to straighten your hair each time to ‘look good for functions’ or get keratin, rebonding or smoothening done, only if you want to- which makes a ton of difference, believe me.
If you’re a newbie on your wavy hair journey or curly hair journey, start by reading through the blog posts I have linked below.
Want to see what other women have said after trying my tips?
Check these testimonials!
Ready to start? All the best and welcome to a wonderful new journey!
Curly Hair Essential Knowledge
You can begin your natural hair journey by reading through posts in the order given below–
- Different Types of Natural Hair- First, find out if you have wavy hair, loose curls or tight curls? Finding your hair type will tell you what routine to follow.
- How to get your Curls back from Chemical Straightening – Got keratin or smoothening done and regret it? The post will tell you what to do.
- What is the CG Method For Curly Hair_– The world famous technique of curly girls across the world and what I follow.
- How to Start CG Method for Curly Hair with Pocket-Friendly Products – An easy guide to starting a curly hair routine.
- How to Start CG Method for Wavy Hair with Pocket-Friendly Products– An easy guide to starting a wavy hair routine.
- Curly Hair Products in India For Different Budgets– CG Friendly shampoos, conditioners, leave in’s, stylers – I’ve got them across budgets starting from options BELOW Rs.500!
- Deep Conditioning Curly Hair – Using hair masks to speed up your journey
- How to Dry Curly Hair For More Volume and Definition
- Protect Your Hair at Night With These Techniques
- What to do with your Waves & Curls on Day 2,3,4 -How to Refresh
- How to Remove & Prevent Dandruff in Curly Hair
Discount Codes + Curly Hair Products in India
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- Apply CURIOUSJALEBI10 at True Frog for 10% OFF (Shampoo is gentle and both conditioner and deep conditioner are slippery and hydrating. CG Friendly and made in India!)
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- Use CURIOUSJALEBI10 at Ashba Botanics for 10% OFF (on individual products, not sets). You can read my review of India’s first curly hair brand here.
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Hi Pallavi, thanks a ton!! i got inspired by your blog and hv been following it. I was tired of my cu ft ky,frizzy, fried hair. Now my hair feels the difference just in a month. Still a long way to go but will reach there.
I wanted to know if i can colour my hair? My hair is already too dry. Wil coloring take me back to where i started?? And if colouring is fine the can I use Garnier Colour naturals?
Hey Supriya, Thank you, so glad you liked it. Colouring can lead to drier hair, esp if you bleach it. It def gets damaged and curl pattern can get spoilt. I would recommend getting it done after your hair is moisturised, strong and healthy for some time. If you do still get it. get olaplex treatment done in the salon to reduce the damage, and put extra effort in deep conditioning often. Whatever brand you use, make sure its ammonia free- quality does matter here
Just read some of your content. Since last few days I am having some issue with curly hair. It falls flat after drying and also the ends seems to be brittle and straw like after I apply fix my curls conditioner. And also it feels straw like and cannot comb through my hair when dry. Can you suggest something. I have tried almost every deep condition but the hair gets more brittle and flat.
Hi Megha,I can’t zero in the issue with this- send me an email at pallavijuneja92(@)gmail.com with your hair picture
Hey pallavi , im planning to get my hair coloured ,im having a virgin hair so can you recommend a best colour for me .
Any colour is fine as long as its ammonie free and doesn’t require bleaching. If it requires bleaching understand that a change in hair texture is possible along with more frizz and dryness so you’ll need to put in more effort in maintenance
I have been on my curly journey for 3 months now and I am seeing results . but I was wondering if my waves/curls are being stretched out or weighed down. My hair length is past my butt, and when I scrunch/put in all my products I have 2b-ish hair but for my baby hairs and shorter hairs I have around 2c and 3a hair, do I have a combination hair or is it being weight down by the length?
Both can be true but length definitely stretches out the pattern, more so in wavy or loose curly hair.
Hi Pallavi, I am looking for a salon having experience in curly hair cuts and styling for men. Can you please recommend a few?
I don’t know which city youve asked for but I recently tried Happy in the Head in Mumbai and loved it. There’s Deepak Jhalhan in Delhi and there’s a curly hair salon in Hyderabad (Curl Code) and Pune (My hair lady by Liz).
Thank you for sharing this
You’re welcome, so glad you liked it!
I have long frizzy wavy hair… using cgm products and done protein treatment with rice water… but not much gain… none of gels give me cast 🙈. Please help… just to mention I cannot cut my hair…suggestions for fixing this will be helpful
if frizz is the issue- condition hair properly. After that, apply a leave in – mousse, spray or something light like Ashba leave in
Please help! I swim everyday in a salt water pool. My curly 2c hair is rapidly turning to frizzy straw. What would you suggest? Are any of the products you suggest available in the US or something that is comparable? Thank you so much.
Try to wet your hair and apply leave in – if its absorbed enough leave in,it might not absorb a lot of the salt water. Also, two swimming caps on top of the other. The US might have chelating shampoos- check for those!
Hi, I recently started following ur blog n will soon implement also 2c/3a ✌️ Can you please write on hard water also 🙂
Will do! All the best!
How often should I wash my hair if I m new to CG method?
This depends on your hair- how sweaty your scalp gets mainly. I usually wash twice in a week if I am not feeling lazy 😛
Hey, great blog! Its been almost 3 months I am following all steps suggested by you and have seen drastic differences in my hair from day 1 <3 Could you please also put some suggestions for different types of oils and which ones can get better hair volume?
Thank you Shivani! Will do a post on oils. I find lighter oils are better since removing them also won’t require excessive shampooing. As for hair volume, try to reduce amount of leave in and apply more gel. You might lose out on some definition but volume will increase. Next, try using a diffuser (with your usual amount of leave in and gel). Diffusing gives a lot of crown volume when done right.
Hi Pallavi ,
LOVED your blog and information . Really I was hating my hair too, as I did not know the right techniques, products and I started to follow CG method (since June 2020) for my very color treated dry straight hair , which has turned out to be wavy now (omg I did not know I have wavy hair ).Now they are more softer , shinier.
Please suggest some good tips to manage hair at a beachy vacation or at a humid place , my hairs looked like mess in my vacation photos.
BIG THANK YOU,
Hi Sakshi, thank you! Glad you liked the blog! As for humid places, try to avoid products, especially styling, that have glycerine as an ingredient. Next, always use a gel last to keep definition longer! Also, messy hair on vacations is absolutely normal. Learn to groove with it haha!
Hi pallavi! I am planning to start my cgm journey. You are the most promising and real youtuber i could find. My question is is the new loreal Paris 6 oil hair serum cgm friendly?
Is the serum to be applied after using gel?
Aw thanks Alisha! I will be more regular on Youtube this year so stay tuned! Also, no that serum is not Cg Friendly. Most serums have silicones. You can skip serums and add a few drops of light oils like almond, jojoba at max if you want some shine
I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t plop for too long or else my (already flat) hair gets super flat and weird around the crown of my head. 10 minutes max of plopping. My hair is on the thinner side but I do really love Curl Keeper original!
I plop for 5-10 mins as well and then diffuse 🙂 Curl Keeper Original is fantastic.
Can we use oil weekly when we start curly hair routine?Also what to do for girls with 3b curls to reduce frizz and doesn’t want much defined curls
?Can U recommend a DIY deep conditioner ?Can we use remedies with egg?
You can oil whenever you want, but I suggest don’t do heavy champi oiling too often as the amount of shampoo needed to remove all of it will actually dry out your hair. So oil lightly before shampooing, wash and style as usual.As for reducing frizz – moisturising the curls and defining them with a conditioner, leave in is what will reduce the frizz. You can also try this- shampoo, rinse, apply creamy conditioner generously to all your hair, finger detangle, wide tooth comb, rinse, squeeze out excess water, smooth on DIY Flaxseed gel. However, if your hair is really 3B, it will benefit from following a proper curly hair routine.
DIY Deep conditioner- Mayo, Curd+banana+honey+few drops of oil, Conditioner + few drops of oil . You can use eggs but dont expect it to act as a protein treatment. That’s a myth. It’s the eggs fatty content that leaves hair shiny. It doesn’t do much beyond that.
Hi Pallavi, do you apply this DC to shampooed wet hair? And shampoo again? Or just wet hair is fine?
Yes to shampooed, rinsed hair. and no, don’t apply shampoo again unless your dc is like a DIY with banana etc that gets messy
I really relate to your blog posts. They are really useful. I was searching around the net for the most appropriate website which can guide me. This is the best one I found. Thankyou so much for an amazing blog☺
By the way, I have the same nicknames😜
Haha thank you Sanvi! Also most of us do I think 😀
Perfect timing for this post! Appreciating the time and effort you put into your website and in-depth information you offer. You’ve really covered up almost all the possible info that every female should follow. Worth sharing! Please do continue sharing updates! Thanks!
Thank you Brooke! 🙂
So excited to finally begin my wavy journey! Sadly, I am a law student and my dress code requires braids or updos. Can you do a post about styling braids and buns in both wash and non-wash days, pretty please?
Yes I’ll do one! But until then, just do this. Follow the full routine = shampoo+ conditioner+ comb+rinse+ apply leave in/curl cream and then comb once and then comb into a plait. Combing with product on and when it’s wet will take care of the frizz and hydration
Hi, Thank you for your wonderfully guided blog and videos. I recently realized that I have 2c/3a wavy type of hair.SHOCKER😅. But can you write a blog on Wavy hair Cg friendly products in India for different budgets like the one you wrote on curly hair.Please.
That’s a great idea! Will do! I would recommend you go through these posts here first – https://thecuriousjalebi.com/category/wavy-curly-hair-care-india/wavy-hair-care/
Hi, I saw your blog just yesterday. It’s refreshing. . . . . all pictures are amazing. . saw your video about curly hair method. . . .budget friendly!!!!!!!!!! Thank you fr such a cute blog.
Thank you Vibha! I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog & the routine! Do share how the tips worked out for you. 🙂