I get asked pretty consistently, “What do you do to your hair to get it to look like that?”, and although everyone’s hair is different (especially when it comes to curls!), I thought maybe including a detailed description of my routine might be helpful for others trying to branch out into a sulphate-free, Curly Girl Method territory.
Although I do reviews of products from time to time, I have a fairly consistent routine that I tend to stick to, including the products. Sometimes it depends on the time of year (obviously, during the winters I tend to choose more moisture-rich products), but I’ve been pretty consistent for a winter, spring, and summer, and see no reason why this would change too dramatically.
Wash/Co-Wash: I wash my hair twice a week, at the very most. I try to go as long as possible in between washings because my scalp feels better, and my hair can retain a little more moisture. When I DO wash, I use one of two products: Dermorganics Conditioning Shampoo (review here), or I co-wash with Nature’s Gate Tea Tree Calming Conditioner (note: this is not the conditioner that I leave in my hair; rather, I use it to wash my scalp. Sometimes it gets dry, so, while I find the tea tree calming for this, the smell is quite strong and not something that I’d prefer to use as a leave-in). I alternate between these guys. This process usually takes me around 7 minutes.
Conditioner: once I’m all washed up and clean, I take a massive glob of conditioner (shown here) and slather it on the outer layers of my hair, like I’m icing a cake (my hair is a cake of awesome!). My go-to conditioners switch between Tresemmé Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner (review here), and Yes to Carrots Pampering Conditioner. I also smother the hair underneath with this stuff (where it tends to dread), and let it sit while I’m washing my face, etc. Once it’s penetrated the hair, I start to slowly detangle – working my fingers through and gently getting rid of knots or tangles. This is what takes me the longer – up to 10 minutes, depending on how knotted my hair is. When it’s easy to run my fingers through it, I bend my head over (away from the shower stream) and squelch my hair from the ends up to my scalp, to help with the natural curl formation. I cup my hands and splash a little bit of water onto the top of my head to rinse just a bit of conditioner out, then step out and wrap my head in an old t-shirt (usually I stick my head through the neck hole and wrap the rest around haphazardly. It’s rarely, if ever, a pretty sight). The conditioner that I put on in the shower? It stays on my hair.
Product/Style: I let the t-shirt absorb excess moisture for 10-15 minutes; I like my hair to be more voluminous. If you prefer a sleeker look, take it off after about 5 minutes (it will, however, probably take longer to dry). I take it off and, bending over, apply about a quarter-sized chunk of gel (I always use Giovanni L.A. Natural Styling Gel in Strong Hold) from the ends to the roots, squelching the curls again. I come up, shake my head a little and gently arrange some of the curls, then let it dry. It often takes my hair upwards of 4 hours to dry completely, even with some help from the diffuser. I try not to touch it as it’s drying.
Maintenance: lavender spray whenever it’s looking a little too frizzy or flat and smooshed from the pillow. It instantly brings my hair to life (and even works for my mom, who has fine, straight hair). I find my hair to be incredibly low maintenance; now I almost never put it back into a ponytail, but will instead pin it into some cool braids or even a fro hawk, if I’m feeling dramatic. That’s it! It’s honestly a lot to describe but once you get the hang of it, it’s the easiest thing ever. My hair has never been so easy to manage and look so hawwwt all the time. Werk, curls.
What’s the hair care routine that works best for you?