It’s been a little while since I’ve had a chat about my curly hair. It’s a pretty major part of my daily routine, and if you have curly hair, you know what a pain it can occasionally be. My friend Nicole has recently started wearing her natural curls again, and we keep having all these conversations about caring for our curls. I’ve developed a bit of a routine in terms of caring for my curls, and while I do try different products from month to month, my general routine is the same! I love my curls and caring for them is just another part of that. I used to find it a little bit of a struggle, but when my hair feels great, I feel great! I’ve learned a lot about caring for my curls over the years, and I’d love to share them with you!
When it comes to caring for my curls, there are a few steadfast rules I like to follow, as well as a few tips and pointers I’m keen to try out! Everyone’s hair is different though, so some things will work better than others! I actually have two different curl patterns within my hair, so I’m trying to accommodate both. It can be a little tricky, but following these rules hasn’t lead me astray yet!
Shampoo once a week
Sundays are my wash day. I shampoo my hair with a sulfate free shampoo to help get rid of build up. Sometimes I rinse and repeat if my hair has had more product than usual. Once upon a time, I used to wash my hair several times a week, with whatever products were available. My hair, though still fairly healthy and long, was always frizzy and just had no life in it These days, I know a little better! I only wash my hair once a week and I make sure I’m only using sulfate-free products. If you’ve got curly hair, sulfates will be your worst enemy and leave your hair a frizzy mess!
Deep conditioning is your best friend
Curly hair is notoriously dry, so deep conditioning is an absolute must! I like to deep condition after washing my hair, usually in the bath, so the heat helps open up my follicles! I wash my hair, apply conditioner, comb out my hair and leave it for 10 minutes. About this time, I lie back in the bath, and give Instagram the old scroll through. My hair is much happier after deep conditioning! I also sometimes do a mid-week comb out with my deep conditioner if my hair is struggling to make it through the week. It’s mainly about listening to what my hair needs!
Deep conditioner I’m using at the moment:
Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Multi-Benefit Hair Masque
Doing an ACV Rinse (that’s apple cider vinegar, btw) is a relatively new thing I’ve added in terms of caring for my curls. Sometimes my scalp gets very dry and itchy, and doing ACV rinses helps with that, I usually do it on wash day after I’ve rinsed out my shampoo. Dilute with water, pour over my scalp, massage and leave to sit for a few minutes before rinsing out! Apple cider vinegar does have a strong smell and it fades as your hair dries, but it’s worth trying a few times to help balance the pH of your scalp. I don’t do it every single week, but it’s a helpful part of caring for my curls!
What I’m using at the moment:
Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Stick With Air Drying
This is definitely something that is easier in the summer than in the winter. I’ve stopped using any kind of heat on my hair because it always ends up frizzy and damage. I don’t even own a hairdryer! I utterly destroyed my hair this one time by overusing straighteners… long story). These days, I leave it to air dry. I only takes like five hours, so no big deal, right? Right?! I use a cotton t-shirt to help dry it (makes it MUCH less frizzy than when using a towel! There’s a tip for you!) It absorbs more water without making my hair frizzy! There’s a little tip for you!
Anyone with curly hair can tell you that sometimes it can be a lot of work. From finding the right products to exploring protective styles, everyone has a system that works for them. I’m definitely always curious about what other curlies are doing! I love my curls and I’m always looking for tips and tricks to make sure my mane stays at it’s best!