I have been on my curly hair journey for over a year now and it has really been a real journey. From buying a range of products that wasn’t Curly Girl friendly, to spending a gosh darn fortune on conditioner, I’m hoping to shed some light to help you guys out! Here is what has helped when looking after curly hair.
The Curly Girl Method
If you’re just embarking on your curly journey, then google Curly Girl Method.
It’s all about finding products that don’t have nasty products like silicone and sulphates and putting moisture back in your hair. It can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be! It’s also a lot of trial and error because your hair might not like the products that someone has recommended for you.
Don’t forget – Curly Girl should be used as a base of knowledge. I used shampoo once a week to get rid of all the products I put in.
It’s all about moisture! Curls are thirsty strands of hair so put in as much moisture as possible. When you put conditioner in your hair, make sure your hair is wet. Don’t squeeze the water out! I also like to put in my conditioner and then leave my hair in a shower cap to help it really soak into the hair.
I cannot tell you how many bottles of leave-in conditioner I’ve gone through since starting my curly journey in August 2018 (and how much money I’ve spent on it!)
Know Your Hairbrush
I know this is weird, especially if you’ve been straightening your hair for a while. Curly girls can only brush our hair when it’s wet because it’ll pull the hair from our scalps.
I use Denman brushes – the Shower brush and the standard 7-line bristle brush. I’ve removed every other row of bristles so it’s not as harsh when I try and get the tangles out. There are so many videos on YouTube that show you how to use the Denman brush to define your curls.
Sleeping on silk pillows is good for your skin and reduces frizz, but it can be a bit hit and miss. I’m currently using the Jasmine Sleep Pillow from Amazon and it’s brilliant.
Just be a little careful if you’re sleeping with your hair loose because the oils from your hair get on to the pillow and then transfers to your skin… Not great. So the best thing to do is sleep in a bonnet.
If you only take one piece of advice from this post, make it this one: wear a bonnet when you sleep.
Bonnets keep your hair from dragging all over the pillow and getting in your face which ultimately stops your curls from becoming a matted mess. Depending on the type of bonnet you use, it can keep your hair tight against your scalp, or give it a bit of room and allow it to gain volume.
looking after curly hair
Looking after curly hair is really blooming difficult and that’s ok! Don’t look at the people on Instagram and hate your hair for not looking like that. Everyone’s hair is different. Different products work for different people (which is why I haven’t included any products in the post).
Try a product for a couple of weeks and see how your hair reacts. If it’s lank and feels horrible, then move on.
What do you find helps when looking after curly hair? Any go-to products?