Hair Care Routine For Curly Hair
Hey You Guys! I finally finished my hair care routine article!!! :yahoo: It took a while, but now that it’s complete, I’m so excited to share this with you guys. I’m going to jump right into it, so here goes.
I wash my hair every day. Yes, everyday, but, I don’t use shampoo. I co-wash every day and use a shampoo only if my hair feels particularly dirty or if I’ve gotten stuff in it by accident, or if people have touched it during the day (I HATE it when people don’t even ask before they touch your hair!!!) and yes, I am a pretty obvious germaphobe. Now, what is co-washing, you may ask. Well, “co-wash” stands for “conditioner-wash.” That’s right, I wash my hair with only conditioner.
You may be skeptical and might wonder whether conditioner is sufficient to clean hair effectively. The answer to that question? Absolutely! More than the conditioner itself, it’s the scrubbing action that really lifts all the dirt off my scalp and takes it away to be rinsed off.
This is how I co-wash:
- I take a good amount of silicone-free conditioner in my palm and water it down a bit with water till I get a thinner, but not watery consistency.
- Then, I apply it generously all over my scalp, and make sure every area is covered.
- Now, I proceed to the scrubbing part of it. With my fingertips, I gently but firmly and in circular motions, scrub the conditioner into my entire scalp for about 10 minutes. I make sure to not use my nails, but only the pads of my fingers.
- If I have sweated a lot that day, I add a bit of baking soda or lemon juice into the conditioner (if I have sweated crazy a lot, then I just shampoo :tongue: )
- Now that the 10 minutes are up, I rinse it all out of my hair, and use conditioner one more time, this time in the normal way you would use it.
This makes my hair feel very clean, without stripping it of moisture, and I haven’t suffered any problems by doing this. Around once a month or so or whenever I feel my hair has gotten particularly dirty that day, I use a shampoo. Now here, I try avoiding a shampoo with sulphates and silicones; silicones definitely no, and sulphates are fine if I don’t have any other choice, even though they’re a bit drying.
In the 5th step of co-washing that I wrote above, I said that I use conditioner again. This time too, it is a silicone-free conditioner. First, I make sure my hair isn’t dripping wet, or else all the conditioner I put in further will merely run down my body and not really act upon my hair. I gently get the excess water out of my hair with my hands, and then apply it on my hair till my roots, but not on my scalp. Of course, when you apply anything on your hair till your roots, it will touch your scalp. What I mean is that I don’t specifically put it on my scalp, as it’s my hair that needs the moisture, and not really my scalp. I rinse it out after say 5 minutes or less.
Once out of the shower:
Once I’m out of the shower, having rinsed off all the conditioner completely, my hair is super-soft and, well, wet. It is curly, but I want to define my curls even more. This is what my hair looks like right after the shower with nothing in my hair.
It shouldn’t be dripping wet, but should still be wet, fully wet. Just see it doesn’t drip or else all the product you put in after this will just drip all over your house, and you’ll have nicely conditioned hardwood floors instead of regular ones. :toothygrin:
Next, I take a good amount of conditioner in my hands, and proceed to define my curls.
I take a big dollop of conditioner and that may seem like a lot, but it isn’t, really, considering it has to actually get distributed on each and every strand of my hair.
This is how much I take for one use:
Aaaaand, it’s falling off the side of my palm, and I didn’t even notice, I was too busy fiddling with my camera :toothygrin:
Now, I’ve scooped it back into my palm :tongue:
To define my curls, I basically first apply the conditioner to all my hair and work it through. Note – great workout for arms. :tongue:
Then, I rake all my hair downward, so that any tangles that might have remained are eliminated. When I first started doing this, I used to have loads of tangles at this stage. Then, as I got used to it and my hair became healthier, I started seeing a reduction in the number of tangles in my hair. Today, for instance, I sometimes find absolutely no tangles in it. Don’t worry if you find a whole load of tangles in there, it takes some time getting used to 🙂
Then, I scrunch my hair. By doing this, I obtain frizz-free, defined curls. Imagine holding a scrunched-up piece of paper in your hands, and trying to get it to be even more crumpled. You’d kind of make a fist and scrunch it together, right? It’s the same with my hair, I grab sections of my hair (yes, this is as fun as it seems to be :)) ), and scrunch in an upward motion. I do this for each and every part of my hair.
When my hair was shorter, after I scrunched it, my hair would be a mass of ringlets tightly adhering to my head. Now that it’s longer, the length weighs it down, and it doesn’t stick to my head so tight, but instead forms spirally curls. See?
At this point, your hair should still be wet, and not even half-way dry. It should be fully wet.
Oh, I don’t know why I was pulling that face. I think I was annoyed with my camera. :haanji:
After this, there can be two things I do. If I want more defined curls, I let them dry for about an hour and then go on to the next step. If I want them a bit loosened and longer (because of the loosened curl pattern), I go directly to the next step, with my hair still pretty wet.
Then, I wrap my head in my regular (currently henna-stained) towel. It has doggies and doggy bones on it too!!! :toothygrin: This I do directly if I want looser curls or I wait for an hour or so if I want tighter curls, as I said above already.
The Next Morning:
I normally wash my hair at night. I sleep with my towel on. Yes, this does flatten my hair a bit, but it isn’t a problem. In the morning, I just take the towel off, fluff my hair up and I’m done!!! I don’t mess with the length of my hair at all, by fluffing my hair up, I mean I stick my hands gently under all my hair, and fluff up only by waving my hands about in the roots for a bit, very weird sentence! :tongue: and tah-dah!!! :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:
It will take you some time to find out what works for your hair. It took me about a whole five months to figure out how much conditioner I needed, how to wash my hair, how often to co-wash it, how wet it needs to be when I apply my leave-in etc.
Though this seems utterly tedious, I promise it’s not. It takes me only five minutes to do, because I’ve gotten so used to it. Initially, it will take you a lot more time, but with practise and as you understand better what YOUR hair needs, you will take less time, I promise.
I have shared my hair routine here in the hope that those of you who have curly hair and are unsatisfied with it may find something that finally works for you, to show off those gorgeous curls of yours!
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