Have you ever wondered how your curls are different than those of people who wear their natural curls with utter confidence? How their curls are so well formed and on the other hand you have never had the courage in your life to leave your hair open without a hair tie or bun. Are their curls different than yours and they are born with that well formed curls shape and wear t-shirt with tag lines like “I woke up like this” :).
The answer is a big “No”. The only difference is the way they use products to style their curls and do not treat them like straight hair. Curly hair is completely different from straight hair and hence the curly hair care routine should be different too.
Have you noticed that your curls look better right after shower when it is wet and after it get dry and you comb it then it converts into a big mess. This is the thing where you need to stop. By combing your hair you separate your curls and make it frizzy, unmanageable and poofy. Then you have to tie them up. So, first of all stop combing your hair when it is dry and read on to know the complete routine that will make you fall in love with your hair.
Wash your hair by massaging your scalp and let the shampoo rinse through rest of your hair. Most shampoos in market contains sulfates which are very harsh on your hair and leave it dry. So, its a good idea to switch to sulfate free mild shampoo to wash your hair.
Apply conditioner and keep it on for 2-3 minutes. As I told you earlier that you should not comb curly hair when it is dry. So, this is the part where you detangle your hair and take out any knots or loose strands from your hair. While your conditioner is on, detangle your hair using your fingers or a wide tooth comb. Once you are done then do not run fingers or comb through your hair after this. Rinse your conditioner off by massaging your scalp and keeping your head upside down. It will help you to make your hair lift from roots and give volume on top.
Once you are done washing your hair, do not use a towel to wrap your hair, this is what you normally would be doing. Squeeze out excess water from hair using your palms and start your styling routine in wet hair. If your hair is very dry, apply a leave-in conditioner in smoothing motion without running fingers through your hair as it will separate your curls.
Curly hair takes its natural shape when it is wet so to keep its natural shape we should use a styling product like gel, mousse etc that provides hold and keeps its shape through out the day once hair is dry. Section your hair into 4-5 sections and apply the styling product in smoothing motion on each section as shown in the clip above. Always apply products by keeping your head upside down to get the voluminous curls. If you are not comfortable with that then apply products by moving your hair away from roots so that it does not stick to the roots and lifts up. Now scrunch your hair 2-3 times. You can also use an old cotton t-shirt to scrunch your hair to remove excess water. Do not towel dry your hair as it can make your hair frizzy and disturbs the curls pattern.
Now you are done!! Leave your hair to air dry and do not touch it at all.
Once your hair is completely dry, then you will feel the crunchiness of the styling product. Do not worry about it just flip your head down and give it a final scrunch. It will remove all the crunchiness from hair and give you bouncy curls.
This is how hair looks when you follow this routine of apply products in hair.
How to choose products for curly hair
Other than following the above routine, you should take care of what products you use on hair. Stay away from products that contains sulfates and silicones. Sulfates are cleansing agents present in shampoos that are a bit harsh and drying for curly hair. Most marketed products contain sulfate as the main cleansing agent but now the trend is changing and more sulfate free products are coming in market. You must have already heard about sulfate free shampoos but staying away from silicones might be be new to you. Silicones are film forming agents that can be present in shampoo, conditioner or styling products like serums (Serum are made of only silicones, so are worst for curly hair). Silicones coat your hair and form a film which can not be removed using water only and sometimes can not be washed off using a mild sulfate free shampoo. Because of this they build up on hair and do not let the moisture penetrate into your hair and eventually makes hair dry over time. Depending on the type of silicone, it can take around 2-3 washes to get rid of them. Also because of the build up, your hair does not curl up very well and looks weighed down and lifeless. To remove silicone build up from hair, you have to use a shampoo that contains sulfate which you already know are drying for curly hair. So, the best way to start your curl journey is to switch to products that are sulfate free and silicone free.
To identify these kind of ingredients in your products, it becomes very important that you read your product ingredients and label before buying. Silicone names generally ends with -one, -conol, or -xane like Dimethicone, Amodimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane etc. In shampoos, you can easily identify sulfates by their names like sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate etc.
So, it all comes down to how you use products on hair and what kind of products you use. It will definitely help you to get the beautiful looking curls and waves.
I hope this routine will help you to maintain your curly and wavy hair better. For more information on curly and wavy hair care you can visit my website Right Ringlets.