Today I am sharing how I wash and style my naturally curly hair. I change the products that I use constantly, and according to the season, but this is what has been working best for my hair this Winter.
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Before I get started, here is a little background on my hair. For many years when I was younger, and at an age where I thought I knew it all, I was frequently using hair relaxers to try and make my hair straighter because I absolutely did not embrace my curls or think that they were “cool”. I also colored my hair a lot, and constantly styled it with heat and definitely paid zero attention to the ingredients that were in the hair products that I was using. Let’s just say sulfate and alcohol were probably in the first three ingredients listed,YIKES!
I now make it a priority to take good care of my hair (a.k.a Mufasa), and pay close attention to the ingredients I am choosing to use on it.
Ok, now let’s start my current Winter curly hair routine.
Step 1. Saturate hair with water: If I apply product to my hair before wetting it, it just feels pointless unless its a hair mask or oil.
Step 2. Apply shampoo: When I shampoo my hair, its really important that I focus it on my scalp and roots and work it only up the the middle, and let the rest just run through the ends while rinsing. I tend to use shampoos that are very hydrating, and sulfate free. The one I have been using and almost finished is the Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Shampoo. It smells fabulous, and leaves my hair hydrated even without applying conditioner.
Step 3. Apply a TON of conditioner #curlyhairproblems!: I have always laughed when I read “apply a dime sized amount” on the back directions of hair products. Let me just say a dime sized amount wouldn’t even cover the top portion of my hair. I use at least 2-3 palm fulls of conditioner at a time, and that is why I always finish my conditioners much faster than shampoos. I have been using the Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Conditioner, and actually ran out of it. After coating my hair with conditioner, I start to gently comb my hair from the bottom and work my way up to the roots. This prevents any harsh tugging on the hair from tangles which will save you from breakage. I start out with my wide tooth comb, and then switch to the Wet Brush Detangling Comb. This next part isn’t necessary, but I like to apply a thicker conditioner, currently the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grow Conditioner, from the middle of my head down to the ends and partially rinse it out.
Step 4. Wrap In A Microfiber Towel: Before wrapping my hair up, I gently flip my hair over and finger comb through it. Then I wrap it up into a microfiber towel. You can use a tee-shirt too! These are less harsh on the hair because they cause less friction than regular towels, and also absorb water much faster.
Step 5. Apply Leave-In Products: After my hair is semi-dry, I section my hair and apply the Renpure Coconut Whipped Creme leave in conditioner, and Madam C.J. Walker Coconut Oil. I work these from root to end making sure to use a scrunching motion when I get to the ends to help define my curls.
Step 6. Apply Styling Products: I have been using two gels lately to help tame frizz, and hold my curls. One is the Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel, and the other is La Bella Super Hold Styling Gel with Coconut Oil. They give a nice hold without that hard, crunchy feeling. I also use the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie for that extra bounce. Plus it smells like a piña colada!
Step 7. Diffuse, Flip, Diffuse: Using a diffuser is a total curly hair game changer. I use the CHI Dura Handshot dryer with diffuser. It is pricey, but so worth it. I tend to splurge on certain hair styling tools because they last a longer, and my hair needs all the help it can get. To diffuse, I make a part however I want my hair to lay, and start scrunching the ends of my hair up to my scalp with the diffuser, also flipping my hair over while doing the same motion. I do this all around my head until I am satisfied with how dry it is. If I waited for it to air dry, I would be waiting a LONGGGG time.
Step 8: Tame Baby Hairs: Oh baby! The struggle is real with my out of control baby hairs and short side pieces that have a mind of their own. I actually use the oldest trick in the book to help keep them in place. A good ol’ toothbrush and a styling product. I am using the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment. It’s like a jelly texture and hold those babies in place throughout the day.
Step 9: Work It!: Embrace your beautiful curls and hair texture and work it honey!
What products do you use on your hair during the Winter months? Let’s chat in the comments!
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