Curly Hair Care

10 Things To Learn About Curly Hair That Will Change Your World

June 4, 2016
Curly Hair Pattern

Sick & tired of managing your frizzy wavy & curly hair and always reaching for the straightening iron when there’s an ‘important event’?

What if I told you you’re taking care of it completely wrong?

It’s unfortunate that we don’t grow up learning what I have listed below or we could have saved us years of trouble.

Our hair texture is beautiful, wild, perfect; you just need to learn how to take care of it properly. And to do that you need to understand first- why it is how it is. Which is why this post is incredibly important to read if you have wavy or curly hair.

Find them below. Prepare to be astonished!

Curly hair is naturally/structurally/inherently DRY

Dry Curly Hair vs Hydrated Curly Hair

Dry Curly Hair vs Hydrated Curly Hair

Because of its spiral structure, the natural oils from your scalp can’t reach the ends. It is also why so many of you complain – my scalp is really oily and ends are dry. This gives you rough brittle hair & split-ends, more so with longer hair. That is why conditioning is incredibly important.

The picture on the right of my mothers hair is taken just hours apart from the picture on the left and how most curly girl’s hair will look if left to dry naturally. Continue reading below to see how to get hydrated, shiny curls!

Using a regular shampoo will damage your hair

You know how detergents affect your skin? After you wash your clothes, your palm feels rough & really dry? It’s because of harsh sulphates that make the soap.

The same is used to make shampoos and this strips your scalp+strands of moisture & it’s natural oils, when it was already deficient!

Either you shampoo less (like once a week) or use a non-sulphate shampoo. This is part of CGM or Curly Girl Method. Read more about it here: What is CG Method? Do I Use This?

Want recommendations for shampoos? Find them in this post: Curly Hair Products in India

Don’t comb curly hair dry

When you brush or comb it dry, the strands get separated forcefully & cause frizz! That is why you should ALWAYS comb your hair after applying conditioner inside the shower and after applying a leave in conditioner/curl cream on wet hair outside the shower.

This keeps curly hair clumps hydrated and defined. Look at the two pictures of my hair below, taken a couple of years ago.

The picture on the left is when I would comb it dry and not use a leave in conditioner. The picture on the right is after combing after conditioner & leave in conditioner!

Curls combed dry Vs curls combed after conditioner

Quite the difference na?

That is why on humid days, you have more frizz than you would in winters. Even if you can’t get rid of it completely, you can reduce it with a good curly hair routine & using a conditioner, leave in conditioner and gel.

Curly hair shrinks

Curly Hair Shrinkage

Pull a curly strand straight down & measure – that is your actual length. Curls elongate when they’re wet and shrink when they dry because of its shape.

Remember this when you go get your hair cut next! The hairdresser will wet your hair and comb to cut it. But when it finally dries, it’s shorter than you thought it would be!

Heat damage, Keratin & smoothening treatments is a curly girl’s worst enemy.

Keratin Treatment Damaged curly hair

Our hair thrives with water, not heat. After having a naturally dry texture, frying it even more with straightening irons, blow dryers will lead to heavy breakage and roughness. Chemical treatments will also last only a few months and you will soon have a lot hair fall, breakage and a very weird texture.

I got it done and regret it to this day. In the picture above, the left one is taken a year after I got a keratin treatment done. You can see how wonky it became and how much thickness I lost. But thankfully, I found what to do.

If like me you have gotten this done and want to get your healthy curls back, read this post: Transitioning from Chemically straightened hair to Curly Hair

And yes, those everyday ten minutes of “harmless” straightening of your bangs to make it look “neat” also damages your hair shaft leaving it dry & rough.

Why not just put in that time and effort to take care of your natural hair?

Conditioners, leave in conditioners, hair masks will become your best friends

Keep products that provides moisture to your hair close!

When readers come to me and ask ‘what shampoo should I use for my curly hair’ with no intentions of ever conditioning, I sigh, deeply.

That’s not what your hair needs to be healthy! Remember less shampooing, more conditioning!

Read: What is a Leave-in-Conditioner and how do I apply it

Texture Typing – different types of natural hair exist

Brown curly hair bloggers

Is it wavy, curly or coily/kinky? How dense or porous is it? Will be it be easier for you maintain short or long hair healthily? Do you need to get light conditioners and stylers or invest in rich, buttery ones?

All of this can be found after you learn more about your individual hair type.

I have a mix of 3A & 3B. Find out your curly hair type hereTexture Typing Quiz

This is important to remember because wavy and loose curls need lighter conditioning while people with tighter curls need heavier stylers! Also, how you style your hair changes.

Normal towel causes frizz

Don’t dry your hair with a normal towel. It will create friction with your hair strands and you’ll end up with more frizz.

Instead, use a microfiber towel or an old t Shirt (my go-to) after you’re done styling your curls. If you scrunch up with the t shirt after styling with a leave in conditioner/curl cream/gel, your curl pattern gets activated & becomes tighter too.

A t-shirt is also used in a technique called plopping which really helps your curls to coil better. You can check this out to learn how to do it : How to Plop Curly Hair

Avoid touching or playing with it


How to use diffuser on curly hair step 2

Leave your hair alone! Let it dry naturally or use a diffuser. Messing with your hair before it dries will make it super frizzy. And you’ll be left wondering – I did everything right and I still have frizz!

You are incredibly lucky to be a curly girl!

It is beautiful & you can grow to love the hell out of it if you learn how to take care of it properly. Please don’t think straight hair is the only kinda beautiful.

Deep Conditioning Curly Hair

And considering most Indian women, especially South Indians have curly, wavy hair, lets learn to flaunt it, not reduce it to a haystack with chemical straightening & blow drying.

Give it a chance, watch how from frizzy waves & curls, they transform to healthy, soft & bouncy curls !

Ready? Here’s what you should do next:

Read my posts – Curly Hair Tips for Beginners & 20 Tips to Reduce Frizz.

This will teach you all the easy techniques that I incorporated that will transform your hair too!

Then, hop on over to this post where you can choose curly hair products in your budget: Curly Hair Products in India

If you don’t want to read, get a crash course by watching my video tutorials on my Youtube channel.\

You can also ask me any questions you might have on my facebook group- Ask Jalebi or Dm me on my Instagram @thecuriousjalebi!

  • Reply
    June 25, 2019 at 1:30 am

    i have wavy hair. have lost a lot of hair and my hair have thinned quite a lot. I am using kerastase discipline. is it a wrong shampoo to use because i didnt see it in any of your lists?

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      July 18, 2019 at 11:22 am

      Its not in my lists because its not CG Friendly, that is it has sulphates. Using them is a personal choice. Read this for more-
      Otherwise Kerastase is a great brand. But remember, for curls, shampoo doesnt make a big difference, its conditioner.

  • Reply
    Divya Bansal
    November 8, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    3.Detangle using fingers, then using wide tooth comb
    4. Wash off the conditioner
    5. Leave in conditioner
    6.finger Detangle, then comb
    7. Gel on the ends of hair . Comb
    8. Scruch using t shirt/ microfiber cloth
    9.serum ( if wanted )
    10. Diffuser/ air dry

    Did I get the steps right ?

    A. Do you oil your hair ? If yes which oils do you prefer ?
    Oil doesn’t get removed easily from the hair so co washing wouldn’t help . What do you do then ?

    B. But when we go to the gym , the scalp becomes oily / greasy . And the hair gets tangled , so we don’t comb even then ? And would these products make the hair more oily when doing physical activity ?

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      November 19, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      I just saw this on Youtube, have replied there to your comment, do check! 🙂

  • Reply
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    March 9, 2018 at 7:20 pm

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    What is the CG Method For Curly Hair? Do I Use This? – The Curious Jalebi
    March 27, 2017 at 12:32 pm

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  • Reply
    August 17, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Hey! Enjoyed your blog 😊 I too have curly hair, and over time, have learned to love it and enjoy it. I was wondering if you have any specific routine before going to sleep. I tie it up in a bun to avoid knots but that crunches up the curls. Is there anything you do to maintain the curls?

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      August 18, 2016 at 6:45 am

      Hi Athira, thank you for stopping by! Glad you liked the blog. 🙂

      You can protect the curls before sleeping like this:
      1.’ Pineapple’ your hair, i.e I gather all my hair in front of my face like this: or this: & tie it with a scrunchy. This protects the curls from getting squashed & tangled.

      2. Wrap your loose bun or the pineapple with a satin scarf/headcap: or use a satin pillowcase.This reduces frizz & tangles!

      3. Lastly, the next morning, open your hair, overturn your head & spray some water on your strands. Then fluff around the curls like this:

      Hope this helps!

  • Reply
    August 13, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Hey, amazing post.. Can you please suggest some leave in conditioners.. I don’t have hair as curly as yours, but yes my hair are curly towards the end.. And they get too fizzy depending on their own mood..

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