Do you have disobedient, uncontrollable frizzy hair? Were you wondering how to get bouncy curls without heat? How to get bouncy curls naturally? Looking for bouncy curls products? Or How to get natural curls back? Here is a tried and tested method.
The Day 1 pictured hair is damaged and uncared for. By that I mean I used all the wrong products and did not follow a proper washing method for my curly hair. Wondering which products were they? That deserves a separate post. For now, let’s focus on doing everything right.
Journey of My Curly Hair Transformation
It only gets better from here!
How to get bouncy curls back without heat
I’ve been so stressed and LAZY that my curls broke up with me. Now that I’ve turned 30 and had two babies in two years, my mommy brain wouldn’t let me remember what I did in my teens to have that perfect head of curly hair.
In a bid to bring back my curls *quickly* I went to a L’oreal sponsored salon. The “L’oreal’s Mythic Oil treatment” did that to me. Picture #1 was right after I got back home from my salon appointment. No need to scroll up. Here is that ghastly picture again. Ugh.
I was not only stressed but also desperate to do something about this hair disaster or popularly known as “chidiya ka ghosla” – a bird’s nest of a situation.
As an old millennial, I naturally turned to Social Media to solve my life’s problems and lo behold! I found this awesome curly hair Facebook group called the “Indian Curl Pride”.
Go join them now and come back to read the rest of the post.
No, seriously. Join them now.
Did you do it?
Fine. Let’s get to the juice of this article.
How to get natural curls back *Steps*
Step #1: Remove all products from your dry curly hair.
Before you start asking questions on the group or in comments here, observe the existing queries and answers. I did that and found this wonderful piece of advice that every curly beauty was giving.
Use a Clarifying Shampoo to remove all the “product build-up”. All that white itchy powdery stuff in your curly hair is not always dandruff. Product build-up also commonly disguises itself as dandruff. It’s residue from all those harsh chemicals you may be using. So, I used Pantene Lively Clean Shampoo first to strip my hair of all that mythic oil and other non-sense from my curly hair.
A word of caution: Clarifying shampoos will strip everything from your hair, that means even your oils. So use it sparingly – only once or twice a month.
Step #2: Deep condition. Over and Over.
If your hair looks anything close to my Picture #1 then it is extremely dry and damaged. It needs nourishment and tender loving care ASAP. Tenderize it with the right products.
You can either use natural ingredients from your kitchen and garden to deeply nourish your hair. Or if you don’t have the patience or skills to DIY deep conditioner then use organic curly hair friendly products.
I used fresh coconut milk mixed with a tablespoon of honey to deep condition my hair. I did this two days in a row and in two different ways.
- Pour coconut milk mixture on your wet hair right after the clarifying shampoo.
- Slather the coconut milk mixture on your dry hair and keep it for 30min and then wash it away with cold water.
After a few days, I used Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Mask as a hair mask and followed it up with a Giovanni Deeper Moisture conditioner.
Step #3: Wash curly hair the right way.
This is one of the biggest mistakes I made while (not) caring for my curly hair. I was just washing it like as though its straight hair. I’ve listed four other curly hair wash methods in another post.
If you have very dry and frizzy curly hair then you need to know about the “Squish to Condish” method of washing. Here’s a video from an Indian curly hair guru Asha Barrak:
Step #4: Follow an after-wash care routine, after every wash.
You need to follow up all that shampoo and conditioning with more organic products. I usually follow the LOC method. These include:
- Leave-in conditioner
- Coconut or almond oil
- Homemade flaxseed gel or organic gel
Key principles of curly hair care
- Use a wide-toothed comb to remove knots in the shower only. Do not comb your dry curly hair.
- Naturally air-dry or use a diffuser on “cold” switch. Not hot air to dry your curly hair.
- Use organic hair products without harsh ingredients like sulphates (sodium laureth sulphate) silicones (dimethicone) and alcohol. Here’s a video from my favorite curly girl Penny explaining more about chemicals in your hair products.
Did you watch the video?
No? DO IT NOW! I’ll wait.
No, seriously. Watch it.
Easy-Peasy, no? Doing this really worked for me as you can see in this last picture. You will have to try and see what works you.
Let me know what worked for you!