10 Steps For Curly Hair Routine
1. Start a Pre-shampoo Treatment routine for your Curly Hair
Pre-shampoo Treatment is a step which is performed directly before using your shampoo. Pre-shampooing softens, moisturizes, conditions and detangles your hair directly before shampooing. It prevents unnecessary roughness and damage during the shampooing process, especially if hair is extremely dry and worn out.
Use a multiple kinds of oils for pre-shampoo; it includes jojoba oil, argan oil and coconut oil.
Then, apply it to dry hair and scalp.
Divide your hair into sections and work the oil mixture into your hair thoroughly, using your fingers to separate your curls and work the product in.
Leave it on for at least 20 minutes and we recommend that you wear a head cover to ensure equal division of heat throughout your hair. You can also use a warm towel. This step provides natural moisture and softening to your hair.
This step may actually save you time in the long run because your hair will be much easier to detangle post-shampoo.
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2. Don’t wash your hair with shampoo daily
Curly hair doesn’t need to be shampooed as frequently as straight hair.
Excessive shampooing can stretch and stress out fragile strands, and dry out thirsty curls.
However, conditioner is your friend. Welcome that friend into the shower with you frequently, applying conditioner even if you don’t shampoo your hair.
3. Choose the suitable shampoo for curly hair routine
- Think of your curly hair as a silk shirt. You wouldn’t wash your silk shirt with a harsh detergent.
- You shouldn’t cleanse your curls with a harsh shampoo.
- Use a mild shampoo or a low-lather cleansing conditioner that will refresh your hair and scalp without stripping away too much of its natural moisture and oils.
- Many curly girls even go a step further and dilute their shampoos or cleansing conditioners with distilled water.
We recommend: THE HAIR ADDICT NATURAL SHAMPOO
4. Section Your Hair For Tangle-Free Washing
Rubbing, scrubbing, swirling or piling your hair on top of your head while shampooing can be disastrous for curls. This type of manipulation leads to the type of tangles you don’t even want to think about. Instead, break it down. Divide your hair into four sections—more if it’s super thick. Twist or clip away all but the first section. Apply a small amount of shampoo or cleansing conditioner to your scalp and work it in thoroughly. Then gently squeeze it down along the lengths. Repeat on each of the sections. Then rinse in the same sequence—section by section, starting at the scalp and squeezing the suds out of the lengths from top to bottom.
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5. Don’t use hot water
Yes, a cold water shampoo and/or rinse don’t make for the most luxurious hair washing experience. But cold water will snap those cuticles shut, which in turn will lock in moisture, make your hair shinier and reduce frizz.
6. You Have To Use Deep Conditioner or Hair Mask
- After washing your hair with shampoo, apply a deep conditioner or hair mask.
- Choose a formula that satisfies the needs of your hair. Is it dry? Pick a moisturizing formula that contains humectants like glycol, glycerin or good quality oils. Is it weak? You’ll need a protein reconstructor with silk amino acids or keratin to restore strength.
- As with your shampoo and pre-shampoo formulas, work this formula into your hair in sections to be sure it’s applied thoroughly.
- Avoid applying it to the scalp that’s not where you typically need moisture.
- Use a wide tooth comb to distribute the conditioner evenly. Then let the conditioner go to work. Place your hair under a plastic cap or hood dryer for 10 minutes, or cover it with a towel for 20 minutes and let your body heat do the work.
- If you’re using a moisturizing conditioner, and your hair has absorbed most of it, you may not want or need to rinse. But if you’re using a protein conditioner, rinsing is essential. These formulas could cause your hair to become brittle and lead to breakage if left in the hair. In these cases, if you feel you need more moisture, opt for applying a leave-in conditioner after rinsing out the protein conditioner and before styling your hair.
We Recommend: CANTU SHEA BUTTER CONDITIONER
7. Use Micro-fiber Towels or Soft Cotton Shirts
- Most regular towels will rough up the cuticle, which leads to frizz and general curl catastrophe. In order to keep curls intact and avoid frizz, you got to go for micro-fiber towels or a soft cotton t-shirt to remove excess moisture.
- Flip your head over and gently place your curls in the shirt or towel.
- Grab the ends of the towel and start twisting, creating towel twists on each side.
- When your curls are secure, pull the twists back and tie them or clip them together.
- Wait at least 30 minutes, before removing the shirt or towel. Excess moisture will be absorbed and your curls will remain defined and frizz-free.
8. Everything that touches your dry hair must be Satin
- Rough cotton pillowcases can cause your coils to tangle and frizz.
- Cover your bed (or at least your pillows) with smooth satin pillowcases.
- Wrap your hair in a satin scarf or bonnet to keep curls sleek and intact.
- If you are veiled, then you have to wear a satin veil with underlying satin cover and a silk scrunchie.
- Tie your hair with a silk scrunchie
We Recommend: BLESS SATIN PILLOWCASE
9. Comb Correctly
- Comb with care and use seamless, snag-free combs. Invest in the best possible quality comb.
- Don’t pull or rake.
- When detangling your hair after shampooing, use a very wide-tooth comb and detangle gently, section by section.
- Always detangle your hair when it’s wet, preferably when it’s protected with a coat of conditioner and start finger coiling your hair with the help of your curl activator while it’s still wet.
- Just don’t comb your hair when it’s dry. It will damage your curl pattern by breaking up the hair strands and creating a frothy, frizzy mess.
- You also risk yanking the hair out at the root or breaking it midshaft or creating split ends with a brush.
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10. Initiate a Heat Free Routine
- Blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, babyliss—all of these thermal tools lead to breakage
- If you must style with heat, consider switching to a diffuser.
- It minimizes frizz by evenly distributing heat, and it’s much gentler than direct heat from a blow dryer.
- To diffuse, start at the roots using circular motions, moving in the same direction.
- Continue drying, keeping the dryer at a 90-degree angle to your scalp.
- Finally diffuse the ends. Finally, when your hair is just about dry, hit the cool button on your dryer to lock in shine.
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