Many of us, perhaps you too, discovered the world of Natural hair care a little late in life and suddenly realized that there are so MANY different types of Curly Hair Products.
Creams, gels, serums, dc’s, co-wash, mousse- How do you decide what to buy and what will work for YOUR hair?
Not everyone can experiment by buying multiple products without worrying about their wallet.
That’s why I want to make this confusing and overwhelming part of a Curly Hair Routine or a Wavy Hair Routine easy for you.
When you finish this article, you will be able to leave with exactly how many and what kind of products you need to start with.
First, quickly skim this post – Different Types of Natural Hair.
Find the picture (and corresponding hair type) that looks like your hair the most. Is your hair wavy, curly or coily?
This is very important to learn as it tells you how much moisture and styling your hair needs (some types are drier than others or lose definition faster).
And depending on how much moisture it needs, you will need a certain type of product. I’ll explain this in detail below so don’t worry.
It’s completely okay if you’re not sure- just find the closest picture and run with it.
After you start experimenting with a routine, you’ll soon learn what your hair type actually is- you’d be surprised what consistent hydration can do.
Table of Contents
- 1 What products do you use on naturally curly hair?
- 2 Cleansing Products -Shampoos
- 3 The Most Important Curly Hair & Wavy Hair Product- Conditioners
- 4 Deep Conditioners/ Hair Mask/ Hair Spa
- 5 What are Leave-in Conditioners?
- 6 Should I use Curl Creams?
- 7 Are Butters a hair mask or a styler?
- 8 Do I Have to Use Gels?
- 9 Can We Use Oils in CGM?
- 10 Are Serums Good for Curly Hair?
- 11 Protein Free Curly Hair Products
- 12 Glycerine Free Curly Hair Products
- 13 Start with these Products if you have Wavy Hair
- 14 Use these Products if you have Curly Hair
- 15 Get these Products if you have Kinky Coily Hair
- 16 Still Can’t Decide? I can help!
What products do you use on naturally curly hair?
Now a couple of things to remember for this post- we’re going to divide the products into 3 categories- Cleansing or Washing, Conditioning, and Styling.
You will also spot the term – ‘CG Friendly’. The Curly Girl Method refers to a popular, globally known technique of taking care of natural wavy and curly hair based on avoiding certain ingredients.
It is NOT the only way of taking care of textured hair but it’s a well structured system to start afresh,
In the original CGM Routine, you don’t use products with some ingredients at all (like sulphates, silicones, drying alcohols, mineral oils etc). This means no shampoos.
None. At. All. Not even ones without those ingredients. In fact, Lorraine Massey, the creator of CGM recommends using co-washes, and cleansing conditioners.
But people adapted and modified the technique according to their own hair’s needs and likes and CGM can mean different things to different people, depending on where they learned it from.
Many people don’t find the no shampoo (Pure CGM) routine suits them, something I also feel since I stay in a hot, humid, polluted city. I along with many other wavy curly hair people, use shampoos free of sulphates (Modified CGM) and continue with the other steps of the routine.
I honestly recommend that you don’t get too caught up in labels.
Starting with a CGM routine can bring an understanding of your hair in a step-by-step manner.
Start with it, see how your hair behaves, and then change it however way you’d like!
Remember, mix and match products after learning their function, but most importantly learn what it does for your hair.
For eg, if sulphates suit you- and they don’t leave your hair too dry, or you’re able to balance it with a good hydrating conditioner, continue to use it!
Or if you like silicones, follow the washing and styling techniques with whatever conditioner or stylers you like.
In fact, in my post- List of all Products in India for Wavy and Curly Hair, I have mentioned non-CG Friendly products as well!
As long as you’re comfortable with the results and know what is healthy for YOUR hair, it’s okay.
Let’s get started with the post now since I’ve rambled enough.
We’ll start with a clean base- literally.
Cleansing Products -Shampoos
It’s surprising to me still that many beginners think Shampoos are the most important product in your routine.
However, choosing the right shampoo can lead to less itchiness, dryness, and tangles– so it is important, especially for scalp hygiene.
But it won’t make a drastic difference in reducing frizz – that’s what conditioners are for.
Let’s figure out the advantages of each type of shampoo so you know when you need to add them to your routine.
What is a Clarifying Shampoo?
- These are shampoos that have sulphates or other cleansing ingredients but no silicones. Sulphates are detergent-esque ingredients that cause heavy lather.
- Common sulphates in such shampoos are- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Sodium, Laureth Sulfate Sodium, Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Taurate, etc
- That means they will be harsh on your hair but will clean it of all dust, dirt, and silicone build-up(a plastic-like ingredient that smoothes down hair and prevents frizz but can only be removed with sulphates).
- Use this shampoo when you start your curly hair journey to give your hair a clean fresh start and then once or twice a month.
- Clay masks or shampoos without surfactants and cleansers, and even acid vinegar CAN NOT clean as well as a clarifying shampoo. Those definitely remove impurities but not all of them.
- Wavy hair & loose curls (2a-3A) need more regular clarifying than other hair types since their roots get oilier faster.
- To conclude, buy one clarifying shampoo and use it once or twice a month to start if you don’t know how often is right for you OR whenever your hair needs a deep cleanse.
- You don’t need to look at the price here- literally pick any from this list of Clarifying Shampoos in India
- I currently use Pantene Advanced Hair Care Solution Lively Clean Shampoo
So what do you use to shampoo regularly shampoo IF you find sulphate shampoos drying? This is what I’ll explain below.
What are CG Friendly Shampoos?
- These shampoos don’t have harsh sulphates but gentler cleansing ingredients.
- Common, gentle cleansing ingredients you can spot in such shampoos are behentrimonium methosulfate, caprylyl glucoside, cocamidopropyl betaine, decyl glucoside, sodium cocoyl isethionate, etc
- They don’t have any silicones or drying alcohol
- I use this type of shampoo on a regular basis, around twice a week.
- They clean my scalp well but do not lather as much (which I know took time getting used to).
- They don’t leave curly or wavy hair dry and over time you’ll see so much difference in hair quality.
- Using gentler shampoos means your conditioner doesn’t have to work extra hard to moisturise either!
- Did you know that even using CG Friendly Shampoos is not considered part of a ‘Pure CG Friendly’ routine? In the actual, unmodified method by the creator Lorraine Massey, only conditioners are supposed to be used, with gentle cleansing ingredients. They are also called co-washes (discussed below).
- You can choose one from this list of CG Friendly Shampoos in India according to your budget
- Some of my favourites currently are- True Frog Shampoo for Curls (Discount code CURIOUSJALEBI10), Fix My Curls Cleansing Shampoo (Discount Code THECURIOUSJALEBI), Curl Up Curl Moisturising Shampoo & Ashba Botanics Hydrating Shampoo
What if you exercise and need to wash your hair daily? That brings us to co-washes.
What is a Co-wash?
- Think of these as conditioners first but with just a tiny amount of gentle cleansing ingredients.
- They are the gentlest ‘shampoo’ of all and a very unique curly hair product.
- If you want to follow a ‘pure CG Friendly’ routine, then you will use co-washes only and no other shampoo to cleanse.
- Since they don’t clean strongly, co-washes are great for when you have to wash your hair daily (working out or swimming regularly).
- But don’t use this too regularly (my personal suggestion) as in India with the dirt and pollution- you do need to cleanse your scalp and hair well. Let’s not forget the Indian practice of oiling and ‘champi’ – a co-wash will not remove oil well.
- If you do wash your hair too often, a co-wash is good to have handy.
- So in a week, say Monday, you used a CG Friendly shampoo. Then Tuesday or Wednesday if you need to wash, use a co-wash. Then on Friday or Saturday use the CG Friendly shampoo. Understood?
- If you do not wash your hair often and your scalp gets oily. dirty quickly, I recommend avoiding co-washes.
- If your scalp is dry (not dandruff), then a co-wash now and then will be beneficial.
- Choose from this list of Co-washes in India
- One of my favourites is Fix My Curls Evermore Shampoo For Every Day Moisture (Discount Code THECURIOUSJALEBI)
What About ‘Regular’ Shampoos?
- Most shampoos have many different sulphates, silicones, and drying alcohols
- But if you’re someone who prefers this and it suits you, feel free to continue.
- For eg, if your scalp loves a good lather through sulphate shampoos and you’re able to follow up with a moisturizing conditioner, you can make it work.
- You can simply incorporate the techniques of the curly girl method (like combing after conditioner, using a leave-in-conditioner, or any other styler) without worrying about ingredients. That is IF these shampoos don’t leave your hair feeling dry and hay-like.
- There is no need to follow a ‘Pure Cg Friendly routine’ – you do what suits your hair.
- (Pss- I used a regular shampoo all throughout college and simply followed up with a very hydrating conditioner and then applied a leave-in conditioner. I used the conditioner again as a leave-in conditioner. The conditioner was the Sunsilk pink tube if I remember right because that’s all my budget allowed and there weren’t many CG Friendly products available then)
- You can check out this list of Non-CG Friendly Shampoos for Curly Hair
- In this category, my favourite is the OGX Renewing + Argan Oil of Morocco Hydrating Hair Shampoo
Can I use Medicated Shampoos with the Curly Girl Method?
- Medicated Shampoos are not allowed in CGM because along with anti-fungal ingredients, they also have harsh sulphates.
- Since dandruff increases with an oily scalp (the fungus feeds on the oil and replicates faster), it makes sense that these shampoos will have ingredients like sulphates to remove excess oil from your scalp.
- So even if it’s ‘not allowed’ in CGM, I use it anyway because my dandruff flares up with the seasons and now I have learned to keep it at bay by using a medicated shampoo once or twice a month, depending on my scalp.
- If you have dandruff, check out this post – Treating Dandruff in Natural Hair. It explains what you can do to reduce it along with product recommendations!
The Most Important Curly Hair & Wavy Hair Product- Conditioners
Conditioners have special ingredients that get adsorbed onto hair strands and they smooth down the frizz. After shampoo, they bring the ph of our hair back to normal leaving them shiny and soft.
A conditioner is more important to your wavy and curly hair’s health than a shampoo. Repeat that to yourself until you remember!
What does CG Friendly Conditioners Mean?
- A rich, creamy, moisturizing conditioner melts tangles, reduces breakage, and has ‘great slip’
- This means, your hair strands can easily slide against each other and the knots are easily removed with your fingers or a brush/comb.
- Your curls thrive when you use a good conditioner, generously.
- And I mean generously- a common newbie mistake is to use very little quantity of conditioner. A dollop doesn’t do anything for our type of hair!
- So when you use a conditioner, separate your hair into sections and drench it with conditioner. When you think it’s too much, it’s probably just the right amount.
- Cg Friendly conditioners don’t have silicones (that build up on your hair and can only be removed by sulphates) and instead have other moisturizing ingredients.
- Check out this list of CG Friendly Conditioners in India
(psst- a reminder- buy closest to your budget. Just get one to start. You can always experiment later)
- Some of my favourite conditioners right now are- True Frog Everyday Hair Conditioner (Use my Discount Code CURIOUSJALEBI10) and Love Beauty & Planet Natural Argan Oil & Lavender Smoothening Conditioner
Can We Use Regular Conditioners?
- These have silicones and are the most common type of conditioners in the market.
- Most people in India are not aware that silicone-free conditioners are even a thing!
- If you’re using regular shampoos with sulphates even if it’s once in a while, you can continue to use regular conditioners. If it suits. I mean you do you!
- But if you are not using a sulphate shampoo regularly, avoid this type of conditioner.
- A silicone-based conditioner will smooth down the frizz better than CG Friendly conditioners. But they can also weigh down hair so people with light waves and loose curls should try silicone-free conditioners instead.
- I have this list of Non CG Friendly Conditioners made for Curly Hair you can check out!
Deep Conditioners/ Hair Mask/ Hair Spa
Psst- I’m not going to explain ‘regular’ versions of products from now on, I think I made my point from the above paras. If you need a reminder, these regular commonly available versions of a product type have silicones, drying alcohols and mineral oils that most curly girls tend to avoid.
- Think of deep conditioners as more powerful conditioners.
- You know that weekly 30 min or 2-3 hours champi you are used to with oil? Skip that and do a deep conditioning session instead. It will help your hair a lot more!
- They are usually richer, buttery, and thicker than conditioners and are usually meant to be used once a week (if you are new and your hair is really dry) or a couple of times a month.
- That isn’t the rule though. I know many girls, me included, who use a deep conditioner in place of a conditioner. If your hair is very thick and dry, this might actually help your hair get healthier faster!
- Some deep conditioners are rich in protein, some don’t have any protein and some are balanced. I’ll explain more about this in another post. If you are a beginner, don’t worry about this yet.
- Get any deep conditioner in your budget. Check out this list of CG Friendly Deep Conditioners or Non-CG Friendly Deep Conditioners
What are Leave-in Conditioners?
I get asked very often on my Youtube channel after someone watches my styling tutorial- should I wash this off after applying?
It can be confusing- the concept of leaving a product in your hair is very alien, especially in India where many mums and grandmothers accuse it of causing hair fall. Not true!
Leaving a conditioning product in our dry frizzy hair will keep it more moisturized for the next 2-3 days when you’re not washing them. It will stop it from becoming puffy and frizzy quickly.
Most of us with wavy and curly hair need some type of moisture-based leave-in conditioner after rinsing off the conditioner.
There are different types and I will explain how to choose which one below-
Leave-in Conditioning Spray/Mist/Detangling Spray
- This is the most watery leave-in-conditioner and comes in a spray bottle.
- You can spray this on damp hair and comb it if you want less pain while detangling.
- It provides moisture to your thirsty frizzy strands.
- It’s great for you if you have light waves (Type 2B, 2C- this is why I wanted you to find your hair type at the start of this blog post!) since it conditions WITHOUT weighing them down like other creamier leave in’s.
- Sprays are also perfect for when you wake up the next morning and want to refresh your slightly wonky frizzy hair. It’s normal for hair to get a little frizzier each passing day even with a leave-in. So each morning you spray your hair generously, shake it from its flattened roots and fluff it out a bit. Voila!
- If you have a curly-wavy child, this is a good product to have when you need to detangle their hair daily.
- You can check out my list of Leave-in Conditioning Sprays available in India
- My favourite in this category is the Arata Advanced Curl Care Detangling Spray (Use my Discount Code CURIOUSARATA on orders above Rs.999)
- A mousse is similar to a spray (both are lightly hydrating) but it foams up and provides more hold to your hair
- It doesn’t get adsorbed into your hair but forms a film of sorts between your hair strands, making them look fuller without weighing your waves down
- By that I mean it gives just a little more definition but without compromising on volume.
- For many wavy or loose curly hair girls I know, a mousse is a lifesaver.
- I’ve seen people using it in addition to other stylers or alone or with a gel
- You can choose from this list of Mousses for Wavy Hair
- Most leave-in conditioners are milkier and creamier and sometimes called by names like milk, lotion etc.
- They are also more moisturising than sprays or a mousse.
- But they might not leave your hair defined for very long but that’s not its job- just to hydrate it well.
- If you have curly hair (2C, 3A), a good leave-in conditioner alone is what you can use.
- Apply this like you applied a conditioner – section hair, smooth it on with your hair between your palms, and slide down its length (as if you are praying). Then scrunch up sections gently to encourage clumps. Try it once on damp hair and once right out of the shower when your hair is wetter. See what results you like more.
- You can also comb after applying it and then scrunch. Which result do you personally like more?
- Sometimes combing after a leave-in conditioner can break big clumps for wavy and loose curly hair. For me, it helps to break them into smaller clumps giving me more volume.
- Check this list of CG Friendly leave-in-conditioners in India
- Can’t afford to get one? That’s okay! Take a spray bottle, add 1 or 2 parts conditioner and 3 or 2 parts water. Mix and use!
Should I use Curl Creams?
- Curl creams are thicker than everything we discussed above as curl creams also have styling polymers (ingredients) that help your wave or curl remain defined longer.
- But they can also have heavier ingredients like oils and butters.
- Sometimes they can be heavy for loose curly hair types (type 2). I recommend a curl cream only for Type 2C and above and that too in small quantities.
- I do know some people with wavy hair who love using curl creams but they only need a small dollop for all their hair. Only experimenting will teach you how much is enough and how much is too much for your hair.
- If you have a curlier texture (type 3 to type 4), a curl cream can help tone down that frizz that remains after a lighter leave-in conditioner.
- Do you HAVE to use a curl cream? Nope. Some people use a leave-in conditioner AND a curl cream in smaller amounts. Some use either of them.
- I personally love curl creams– two of my favourites are Arata Advanced Curl Care Curly Hair Cream (Use my Discount Code CURIOUSARATA on orders above Rs.999) and Cantu Curl Activator Cream
- Here’s a list of Curl Creams Available in India.
Are Butters a hair mask or a styler?
- These are the richest, creamiest styling products out there.
- Hair butters are filled with different oils and butters and hence are great for tighter curls and coils like Type 4.
- It will smooth down the frizz more strongly than any other styler BUT if your hair type doesn’t need that much moisture (type 2- type 3), I suggest you use a leave in conditioner and a gel instead of a butter.
- There is an industry trend of calling some hair masks as hair butters. Formulation wise they can be similar. It’s just that since it’s so heavy, some companies sell it like a hair mask that can be rinsed after 30-40 mins of deep conditioning.
- Sometimes some brands call their curl creams as butter- the term can get confusing but as a general rule, take them as richer and heavier than leave-in conditioners.
Do I Have to Use Gels?
- A gel is different from all the products mentioned above- it’s not creamy or hydrating (unless you count DIY Flaxseed Gel or Aloe Vera Gel)
- It gives long-lasting definition and hold- so that the shape of the wave or curl lasts longer
- Gels also protect against humidity because of the cast it forms around your hair
- No, gels don’t cause hair loss. Or greying. That is a myth.
- I do recommend you use hair gels without mineral oils, drying alcohols, etc to keep your scalp healthy.
- If you’re nervous about trying gel, make this DIY Flaxseed gel at home and try it. It gives moisture plus light hold
- Aloe vera gel will not give any hold so while you can use it, don’t expect it to help your definition
- Gels are applied after any leave-in conditioner or curl cream and are often the last styler in a routine
- They leave a cast after your hair dries up completely and this is completely normal.
- You need to SOTC (Scrunch out the Crunch) – after your waves and curls are dry, remove that hard feeling by taking a few drops of oil in your palms (or do it without any oil) and take small sections of your hair and scrunch gently.
- This will remove the gel cast and leave your hair softer and more natural.
- Don’t forget to fluff out your crown for more volume!
- Here’s a list of CG-Friendly Gels in India
- Two of my favourite gels are Arata Advanced Curl Care Curly Hair Gel (Use my Discount Code CURIOUSARATA on orders above Rs.999) and Fix My Curls Curl Quenching Flax Seed Gelly
Light Hold Vs Medium Hold Vs Hard Hold Gels
- There are 3 types of gels- light hold, medium hold, and hard hold. It co-relates to how light or hard the gel cast is formed.
- Some wavy hair types love hard hold gels since they only need a gel after applying conditioner. It’s best to experiment here.
- For eg- Fix my Curl Jelly, Ashba Gel, come under light to medium hold (for me) and Giovanni LA Looks or Taft Gel are hard-hold gels.
Can We Use Oils in CGM?
- Is there an Indian who hasn’t grown up oiling their hair regularly?
- If you’re not Indian, we call this champi. Our grandmothers and mothers heavily oil our scalp and hair, and often keeping it overnight before washing it off the next morning.
- There is also a counter-movement in the CG Community which says oils should not be used.
- Since they only ‘seal’ hair strands and do not provide hydration (try using oil as a styler or leave-in, you will be left with greasy hair that doesn’t curl properly), some CG purists say it actually blocks your hair’s ability to absorb moisture.
- However, there are studies that show oiling before shampoo helps reduce protein loss when you wash your hair.
- Also, if you are using harsh shampoos, a layer of oil can protect them.
- I personally don’t oil regularly- maybe once or twice a month.
- Oiling your scalp (massage) and ends is a good bargain in case you don’t want to stop oiling completely. It will help increase blood circulation to your scalp and reduce split ends.
- If you apply your leave-in conditioner or curl creams properly, you won’t need oils in your routine.
- But if you have very coarse or dry curly hair/ kinky coily hair, then apply oil lightly after gel. This is called LCO (Leave-in Conditioner + Curl Cream + Oil) or LCGO (Leave-in Conditioner + Curl Cream + Gel + Oil)
- I also recommend you use light oils like jojoba and almond instead of heavy oils like castor or coconut oil.
- If you can get cold-pressed oils, that’s great.
Are Serums Good for Curly Hair?
- Hair serums launched in the Indian market (Livon, Silk-n-Shine) as the answer to reducing frizz, and tangles – something that a young me saw years ago and thought is the answer to my big poofy hair.
- I find it laughable that such a big lie is sold to people with frizzy, wavy & curly hair and the results showed are so dramatically different from reality. (Psst- Two of the actresses chosen for Livon’s ads actually have naturally curly hair but in the ad have blow-dried waves and curls! The blatant hypocrisy lol)
- Even now when newbies DM or email me, they often ask – What serum can I use for my curly hair? I can’t help but sigh in exasperation then I remember I used to think the same.
- See, most serums are made of silicones which are plastic-like ingredients that do tone down frizz (minimal) but they also build up on your hair.
- They need shampoos with sulphates to remove them. Since many curly & wavy girls avoid sulphates to reduce dryness, most serums automatically can’t be used regularly.
- Serums also do not hydrate naturally dry wavy hair – it just seals it, in a way like oils do.
- It does add shine – so if that’s your aim, and you use sulphates now and then or regularly, then you can add a serum instead of oil at the end of your styling routine.
- But please remember- SERUMS DO NOT DEFINE/HYDRATE/MOISTURISE/REDUCE FRIZZ naturally dry, frizzy wavy curly hair as you see in the ads.
- There is a new trend in the market now- products that are a mix of lightweight oils that are being called serums (hold-head-in-hands) that do not have silicones.
- You can check them out here- CG Friendly Serums in India
Protein Free Curly Hair Products
- I’m nervous about talking about this because I find this is blown way out of proportion, especially by over-whelmed beginners.
- Yes, there is something called protein sensitivity but most products out there suit almost all hair types.
- Before even figuring out the right technique or amount of product, newbies get scared of protein products and look for protein-free ones.
- Now I’m not saying some people will get better results using protein or protein-free products- that can happen.
- I’m trying to say it’s rare + most beginners need to focus on hydrating their curls and practicing the techniques before worrying too much about products.
- How do you spot a protein-free or protein-forward product? Stay tuned for a post on this coming soon!
- Also, a DIY egg mask is not a protein treatment – the molecules in the eggs are too big to actually penetrate hair strands. That’s a myth.
Glycerine Free Curly Hair Products
- This is similar to my explanation above. Glycerine is an ingredient that loved moisture.
- At times it can try to absorb moisture from the environment if it’s very humid, leading to frizz
- And sometimes it can absorb moisture from your hair itself if the environment is very dry, again leading to frizz.
- I find usually those living in high humid areas like Chennai or Mumbai might enjoy better results with glycerine-free products but it’s not a guarantee.
- Also please understand that many companies formulate the ingredients in such a way that they don’t cause extra frizz.
- I find this can get confusing so if you’re a beginner, please don’t worry about this. Get pocket-friendly products and practice the techniques and experiment with Glycerine Free Products later.
- You can check back on this post for a list of Glycerine-free products I’m working on soon!
Start with these Products if you have Wavy Hair
For my wavy hair people who come to me asking what routine/products to start with, this is how I go about it.
- I ask them to show me their hair pictures. I find a large number of people who check their Hair Type get it wrong.
- If I see their hair type falls under Type 2A, then I tell them to start with
– Clarifying Shampoo
– CG Friendly Shampoo
– CG Friendly Conditioner
- When I find it’s wavier -Type 2B- I recommend
– Clarifying Shampoo
– CG Friendly Shampoo
– Conditioner (Combing after drenching hair with conditioner)
– Gel (applying in smoothing motion and scrunching)
- If I find after their first few rounds of experimentation, their waves still need more moisture (there will be lots of frizz still), then I recommend them to add on a light leave-in conditioner.
– Clarifying Shampoo
– CG Friendly Shampoo
– Mousse/Leave-in Conditioner Spray/ Milk
- For wavier 2C hair type, that has wavy hair or loose curls, I recommend
– Clarifying Shampoo
– CG Friendly Shampoo
– CG Friendly Conditioner
– Leave-in Conditioner
– Curl Cream (optional)
(leave-in conditioners are lighter and can be used more generously. Since curl creams are heavier but can get waves to clump better, a tiny amount is enough. Too much curl cream and the waves will feel limp.)
- Remember, shampoo cleanses. Conditioner hydrates. In case you need more hydration, only then buy a mousse or a leave-in conditioner if you’re not sure of your hair type. Apply a small amount of curl cream if you have very coarse wavy hair.
- Use a deep conditioner once or twice a month, if you can afford to get it, otherwise in the beginning simply add a tsp of honey + a few drops of oil to your conditioner and keep it on for 30 mins.
Use these Products if you have Curly Hair
3A hair is often a mix of waves and curls. 3 B is visibly very curly, forming tighter ringlets, and often start from closer to the crown. 3C is the curliest. This hair type can get good results from many different types of curly hair products.
- 3A hair can follow a similar routine to 2C
– Clarifying Shampoo
– CG Friendly Shampoo
– CG Friendly Conditioner
– Leave in Conditioner AND/OR Curl Cream (Quantity should be experimented with)
- 3B and 3C curls will love curl creams. You can use leave-in conditioners too as a primer before your curl cream and you can be more generous with the amount.
- This hair type gives great results when you comb after applying your stylers as it distributed them better + forms multiple smaller clumps
- This hair type also loves deep conditioners so use them once or twice a month depending on how dry your hair is.
- Some even use deep conditioners as regular conditioners. There are no strict rules. Learn to see what works best for you.
Get these Products if you have Kinky Coily Hair
Now type 4A, 4B & 4C are the driest hair type. They’re often very coarse with tight coils that usually start from their crown.
- If this is your hair type, curl creams and hair butter – basically, rich, super moisturizing products will make your hair thrive.
- I would also recommend using deep conditioners in place of regular conditioners.
- Your routine can be like this-
– Clarifying Shampoo
– Cg Friendly Shampoo
– Deep Conditioner
– Leave-in Conditioner
– Curl Cream or Butter
– Oil (to seal ends)
Still Can’t Decide? I can help!
My blog posts get this long when I try to simplify steps – I break them down into several smaller points so its easy to digest and move to the next line.
I hope you have some clarity about the different types of curly hair products out there and how to figure out which of them will suit you.
However, if this process still overwhelms you, I can simply tell you exactly what products + steps to follow.
I offer paid video consultations where I address each concern and send you a routine to follow to wash, style, protect and refresh.
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