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Curly Hair Tips For Beginners

September 23, 2017
Curly Hair Tips For Beginners

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.
Pantene Lively Clean Shampoo

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

The Bodyshop Rainforest Moisture Shampoo For Dry Hair Review

The Bodyshop Rainforest Moisture Shampoo For Dry Hair

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.

Innis Free Camellia Essential Conditioner

Innis Free Camellia Essential Conditioner


My favourite conditioners are: Innis Free Camellia Essential Conditioner, Inatur Tahitian Monoi Oil ConditionerThe Bodyshop Rainforest Moisture Conditioner & Loreal Smooth Intense Conditioner

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).

Leave in Conditioner For Curly Hair

Miss Jessie Leave in Condish, As I Am, Cantu Curl Activator

Another favourite curl cream is my Cantu Curl Activator Cream. You can read the review of it here.

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

Crowd favs are: Matrix Biolage HydrasourceShea Moisture Manuka Honey

You can also make your own deep conditioner at home! Read Mrinalini’s Top 5 DIY Hair Masks.

Deep Conditioning Curly Hair

After Deep Conditioning with Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter

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. 😉

If you have any questions, DM me on my Instagram (@thecuriousjalebi) or drop me an email at!

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    March 9, 2018 at 7:26 pm

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  • Reply
    January 17, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    does curly co diffusser fits in braun satin hair series?

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      January 20, 2018 at 7:10 pm

      Can’t say Swetha! Please check diameters of both before getting!

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    Shivani Priyam Kumar
    December 24, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Hey Pallavi.

    After such a long, long period of trial and error have I discovered a way to care for my curls thanks to you and Anjana from Curls and Beauty diary. I have always loved my curly hair, but since everyone around me flaunted their staright, glossy locks I knew not what to do with mine. So naturally I did what they did. Combing out the tangles when dry, not using enough conditioner and (gasps!) using everything that had sulphate and silicones because why not.

    I was introduced to Lorraine Massey’s CG method but was hardly able to pull out products that would suit the method. Frustrated I gave up only to find you guys. These days I am taking baby steps in order to care for my hair. I use the no-poo method for cleaning my build up which is basically baking soda and warm water. And if I have oil treatment them any shampoo diluted with water. And for conditioner I use the L’Oreal Smooth Intense conditioner and round it off with an oil-in-cream from Garnier.

    While I am happy that my curls are transitioning and I know I need to be patient; I can’t help but want my curl pattern to tighten up. I was browsing through my childhood pictures and found my curls use to be 3A. But now they have loosened to 2C/3A, predominantly the latter. I wanted to ask how to tighten them back? Also I do suffer from frizz, minor, but frizz. How to control that? Add to it I work out every day for two to two and half hours and it is not a happy sight for my hair. How do I help my hair could back to its original texture and avoid the fizz? I really need help on this one.

    Regards Shivani.

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      Shivani Priyam Kumar
      December 24, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      Trust the keyboard to add certain glitch to the comment. My hair was a good type 3B which is now loose. I want my old pattern back. So help please. 🙂

      • Pallavi Juneja
        December 26, 2017 at 2:04 pm

        Haha no worries! Send me your hair pictures if you like on Instagram if that will help.

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      Pallavi Juneja
      December 26, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      Hi Shivani!

      Glad to see you’re being patient and motivated in your curly hair journey! Is the Oil in Cream CG friendly though? I think it will have silicones, please check.You should exchange it with a nice leave in conditioner instead which won’t weigh down your curls. The loose curls you are talking about, is that new curly hair or damaged hair from chemical treatments? If it is old hair that was under treatment, that won’t go back to your old texture. Best to slowly grow out new curly hair and take care of that well and chop off the damaged parts. It will be worth it in the end. Also, you can use an alcohol free gel like Taft, Set Wet (Blue) to decrease frizz. Please also deep condition once a week!

      • Shivani Priyam Kumar
        December 27, 2017 at 11:19 am

        I have never chemically treated my hair, and I have never had it straightened either. It was always me combing it and combing it and combing it some more. Thanks to all the years of abuse my hair has turned fine in structure and loose in texture.

        About sending you a picture on Instagram, would it be okay if I told you I have no account there. 😅

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    Riana Ann
    October 13, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Hello Pallavi,
    I’m a curly haired lady and only recently have I begun to embrace curly hair in all its splendour . I use Dove products on my hair – I have noticed considerably less frizz but find that my hair gets way too dry by the second day or the third . I wash my hair every 3 days only . The shampoo I use is Dove nourishing oil care . I condition with the same series of conditioner . After that , I use Dove intense repair all day repair cream. This cream is what works wonders the moment I am out of the shower . Hair is springy , glossy and curls are defined , I detangle my hair while conditioning . So I don’t comb my hair once I’m out of the shower .After an hour , my hair starts poofinh up and the curls frizz up , losing definition and shininess also. Hair tangles and I do find a lot of knots too.I sometimes use Dove serum at the ends of my hair . But I find it’s a temporary solution and quite depressing . What do you suggest I can do ? I don’t use any hair styling techniques or tools . Neither do I color my hair or do anything on it . Please let me know how I can manage my curls better . Also, I work out almost everyday and have to admit , am lazy to wash it . What can I do about that ?Do help me out .


    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      October 21, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      Hi Riana, I suggest you stop using Dove if you still have dryness, especially the cream. Instead use As I Am Leave in Conditioner or Cantu Curl Activator. For extra frizz you can try eco styler gel. Pls note that you need to comb after the conditioner as well. Don’t use a serum, it causes breakage over time.
      Clarify once with pantene lively clean then shift to wow acv shampoo or any sulphate free shampoo. Conditioner, you can try loreal smooth intense or matrix biolage. Are you deep conditioning every month? Please DM me your hair pictures on Instagram (@thecuriousjalebi) or email me at so I can see your hair structure. I also hope you are deep conditioning every week?

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