Overwhelmed after reading countless blogs on how to take care of your curls? Check out my Top 15 Curly Hair Tips For Beginners below!
All product recommendations in this list are ones I usually suggest to my readers. Since many of you are looking for a CG friendly routine, I’ve incorporated only CG Friendly products. Over time, you can tweak and try different products & routines to see what works better.
Step 1: Keep aside all heat tools
That means no more blowing hot air on your hair to dry them. No straightening your hair, even if it is just the bangs. I’m not saying never use it again, but it’s especially important to avoid in the beginning.
If you’re trying to recover from heat or chemical damage, read this post: Transitioning From Chemically Straightened Hair
Step 2: Do a last cleanse by a silicone free shampoo that has sulphates.
This will remove past buildup of harmful products from your hair like serums (yes they are bad for curls), conditioners with silicones etc. A budget-friendly option is Pantene Lively Clean Shampoo. Remember, you only use this once before you start your CG friendly routine.
Step 3: Get a sulphate free shampoo for further cleanses
Once the buildup is removed after Step 2, you will need a mild shampoo to keep your scalp clean but doesn’t strip your hair of its natural oils. This means you need a shampoo without harsh, drying sulphates. So remember that shampoo only your scalp & less is always better. I shampoo twice a week.
You can try: Wow Organics Apple Cider Shampoo/The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Shampoo/Fab India Daily Wash Shampoo/Shea Moisture Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo
Step 4: Co wash
Gym every day & don’t want to shampoo each time? Use a conditioning cleanser like the As I Am Coconut cleansing conditioner or a pocket-friendly one like Enliven conditioner. Basically, you use a conditioner to clean your scalp with your fingers.
I do not follow this step as it does not suit me as I have low porosity hair. But many curly girls do. Like I said – try and see how your scalp & hair feels!
Step 5: Get a slippery, moisturizing conditioner
This is the most important step. Once you have finished shampooing, gently divide your hair into sections. Take generous amounts of conditioner & apply it from the top to the bottom of your hair. Please note that you don’t apply this directly on your scalp.
Step 6: Finger Detangle
Use your fingers to remove the knots, always starting from the bottom going up. If your conditioner is creamy and has good slip, this step will happen faster. Take care not to yank or pull your hair hard as your hair is weak in this state.
Step 7: Use a wide-toothed comb
A wide-toothed comb will remove all the knots in your hair more gently than a narrow one. Again remember, from the bottom going up. You will already notice that your curls are more defined.
Step 8: Leave the conditioner in
Leave it in for 5 minutes or so while you finish the rest of the shower & then rinse it out. Some girls rinse out only 80% of the conditioner as it helps keep the hair moisturised and untangled until Step 9.
Step 9: Use a Leave in Conditioner
Refer to this post for more detail: What is a Leave in Conditioner & how to use it on curly wavy hair
My favourite CG Friendly leave in conditioners are: As I Am Leave in Conditioner / Miss Jessie Leave in Condish / Loreal Smooth Intense Conditioner (Use this watered down if your curls are very thin).
Step 10: Take a t-shirt or microfiber towel & scrunch up your hair
This helps your curls to clump together faster. Refer to this video to see how I do it.
Step 11: Plop your Hair
I love this step because not only does it encourage bouncier curls, it also keeps your hair safely tucked away when you finish wearing your clothes & putting on your makeup! Read how to do it here.
Step 12: Air Dry /Diffuse
You can simply let your curls air dry & don’t touch them while drying or it will get frizzy. You can also buy a diffuser attachment (what I do) and use the cold setting to dry your curls. You can watch how I diffuse my hair in this video.
I currently use The Curly Co Diffuser. You can buy it here. Do remember to check the diameter of both your hair dryer & this diffuser to check if it will fit.
More popular dryers with diffuser available in India are Wahl, Agaro, Braun & Chaoba, Nova
Step 13: Deep condition Once a Week
Read this post for learning how to deep condition your curly hair.
My favourite deep conditioners are: The Bodyshop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter & Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
You can also make your own deep conditioner at home! Read Mrinalini’s Top 5 DIY Hair Masks.
Step 14: Protect Your Curls at night
Don’t let your curls get too tangled & mussed up when toss & turn at night. Use either a satin cap or buy satin pillowcases. Also, put your curls into a ‘pineapple’ like I’ve shown in the video below.
Step 15: Refreshing Your Curls Every Morning
Make your curls last longer by simply reviving them with a DIY mix of water, conditioner & an oil. Watch the video below for my recipe.
That’s it! You won’t always have great hair days & that’s okay. Your hair is only a part of you. Don’t let that get bigger than yourself.
And frizz? A little bit will ALWAYS be there. I have it too. Make it a friend you’re okay chilling with. 😉
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