Update: I’ve moved to a CG Friendly routine now. Will do an updated curly hair routine shortly. 🙂 – 17/08/17
My hair won’t curl up like yours, it’s too frizzy.
I straighten my hair everyday because the frizz just makes it look very unkempt.
Which shampoo should I use to get my hair like that?
*Gasp* You mean you don’t comb your hair after you wash it!?
These are just some of things I hear people say when they see my hair & they ask me if it’s natural or permed. And the astonishment at it being natural, without the cloud of frizz makes me honestly quite annoyed. Not at the questioner but at the fact that most girls are brought up with Oil, Comb, Plait routine that we never think about how different hair types would require different ways of caring for it. And the Indian media doesn’t really show (except perhaps Dove) women happy with their coily, curly hair. All of them are usually chasing that silky straight ideal. Which is surprising because majority of the people in India have either wavy or curly hair.
I was lucky enough to figure out how to take care of my hair in college (thank you google & this brilliant blogger who started it all) & through so many product trials and experiments, I’m finally happy with my hair care routine. It’s easy, no you don’t need expensive products & yes it will take time for your hair to become healthy and bouncy again (especially if you have straightened it), so please have patience!
Here’s a basic rundown of what I do to get well moisturized, soft curls:
While shampooing, make sure you don’t over do it. Limit it to your scalp and the ends & this will reduce dryness, in turn minimizing the frizz!
This is the amount of conditioner I use:
That instruction on the back “Use a coin sized amount” is absolute crap. Again, all hair’s the same right? Humph. Curly hair requires generous amounts of conditioner to keep it well moisturized. Without it, your hair will seek water from the environment, hence the frizz!
So please, take a good dollop of your conditioner (you can adjust the amount after a few trials) & spread it through the hair with your palms. Not just the ends, from mid hair to the ends. Part your hair & de-tangle gently with your fingers first- this reduces breakage.
Then take a wide- toothed comb & always begin with the bottom of your hair and comb upwards or you’ll end up breaking your curls. Many curly haired girls don’t need a narrower comb after this- but I tend to have really tiny knots so I use one.
Hairbrushes are a complete no no! Stick to combs.
Now wash off the conditioner gently & wrap your hair in a t shirt or a microfiber towel. A normal towel will give you frizz.
When the hair is still really damp, take your leave in conditioner & do the same as you did with the conditioner inside the shower. Use your comb to spread the leave in equally through your hair & then tilt your head downwards with all the hair in front of your face. Take a tshirt and gather your hair & scrunch upwards for 2-3 mins.
And it’s done! Let it air dry (avoid a blow dryer unless you have a diffuser) & don’t play with the curls much. Just let them be & enjoy!
It takes me 15 -20 minutes every time I wash my hair. I know this looks incredibly time consuming but you learn to race through it.
These are the products I use. All of them are easily available in India! You can find them on Flipkart or Amazon, try them & let me know what you think.
First Day of The Month: John Frieda Dream Curls Boucles Coutoure or OGX Quenching Curls Coconut Shampoo (Extra points for the delicious coconuty smell & it’s surfactant free)
When I’m Broke: (Loreal , Sunsilk)
First Day of The Month: John Frieda Dream Curls Boucles Coutoure or OGX Quenching Curls Coconut Conditioner
When I’m Broke: (Sunsilk Pink Conditioner – Absolutely brilliant for its price)
First Day of the Month: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Intensely Smooth leave in Conditioning Cream (Smells incredible) or Org Moroccan Argan Oil Curl Prefector Cream
When I’m broke: BBlunt curl defining cream
Hair Oil: Parachute Coconut oil, Almond Oil
This is how my hair looks after I’ve air dried it for at least 3-4 hours
Watch out for my video on my curly hair routine in which I’ll show you how much and the way I apply these products!
If you have any questions about it or the best products for your hair type, don’t hesitate to drop a comment!
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