For low porosity curly hair and type 3A curls, here is my curly hair method and tips for refreshing hair for up to four days after wash day. I hope the painful detail helps you and gives you as much joy as it has brought me lately.

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A word about how to refresh curls after sleeping

This curly hair refresh business is so much easier than a hair wash. It takes less time, gives results AND it’s healthier for the scalp to go longer between washes. So after Day 1 wash day,

  1. Sleep on a satin pillowcase or use a satin bonnet to protect hair during sleep.
  2. After waking up, spray your hair with 1:3 part conditioner and water mix.
  3. Use curly hair after wash products like a cream, a gel or both, rake them in.
  4. Scrunch … a lot.
  5. Use a diffuser (the right way) to dry or air dry.

Day 1: Wash day

Shampoo

Clarified hair with Pantene Lively Clean Shampoo.

Method: Put your curly hair upside down and apply only on the inside, NOT on top of the head. Rhea Joe from the Indian Curl pride group suggests a gentler way: take only a small amount of shampoo, dilute it in half a mug of water and use this to clean your scalp only. The water will trickle down to the length of your hair anyway. I’ve found this method to be quite helpful.

Note: This shampoo can be “harsh” because helps you “clarify” all the build up so use it sparingly. I use it only once or twice a month. NOT every wash.  The “Curly Girl” (CG) method has no shampoo at all.  I use it because low porosity curly hair causes a lot of build up and oil residue.  

Hair mask

Method: Applied honey + glycerine + amsarveda hair mask (1+1+3 tablespoons) Section hair first and “rake” the paste in your curly wet hair. Use a wide tooth comb to distribute. I kept it till I scrubbed my bathroom clean (that long but you can keep it longer if that’s what your hair needs). Using the Swish to condish method (STC) wash the mask away with warm water.

Note: Low porosity curly hair needs warm water to help open the hair cuticles.  That way, more product can go into the hair and stay moisturized. Here’s a great video for the science of low porosity curly hair.

Conditioner

Take a BIG dollop of conditioner and apply on top of the head and on  the tips, without disturbing the curl clump formation from the mask wash.

Step away from the shower, fill your palms with water and throw it, on the top of the head, three times. This keeps most of the conditioner in. Squish squish squish.  Srcunch scunch scrunch. 

This is the CG method described in the Curly Girl Handbook by Lorraine Massey. If you don’t have it yet, I recommend you get it ASAP.

Style

Use styling products, I used Eco styler gel and kinky curly custard on wet hair. Not towel dried or t-shirt dried hair, but right there on wet hair, in the bathroom. Squish squish squish the excess water out and scrunch scrunch scrunch a lot more. Low porosity curly hair is tight, scrunching a lot helps the product to penetrate the hair. The products help conceal the moisture

Air-dry.

I have a Chroma diffuser but I’m still learning how to use it the right way. I didn’t use it this time.

Day 2

It’s happened, you guys. It’s finally happened. I was so excited with this result, I did not refresh at all. Well, I should have because by Day 3 my hair was coarse, dry and had a lot of frizz.

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Second-day hair after sleeping in a Pineapple – No Refresh

 

Day 3

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Day 3 Curly Hair after refreshing it the wrong way

I refreshed with Kinky Curly Custard (KCCC) and Cantu Curl Activator. I did not refresh curly hair the right way, which is:

  • first section hair,
  • then, use a hair spray to complete wet hair,
  • “rake” the products in and scrunch.

But I didn’t and that’s why it looks so frizzy here.

Day 4 

Used only Cantu curl activator here. It took a long time to dry but now that it has, my hair is soft and defined.

  1. Spray your hair with 1:3 part conditioner and water mix.
  2. Use curly hair after wash products like a cream, a gel or both, rake them in.
  3. Scrunch … a lot.
  4. Use a diffuser correctly to dry or air dry.
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Elizabeth Alex Day 4 Curly Hair after Refresh

Mistakes:

  1. I should’ve followed with eco gel or KCCC to fight the frizz.
  2. I should get a hair spray to make a water+conditioner base for leave in before I used any product.

Being a minimal person, I discovered Bouncecurl Light Creme gel and its a great product to refresh curly hair on non-wash days. Here in this post, I did all the right things and got great DAY 3 hair.

Lessons+ The Right Way to Refresh Curly Hair

This works for me:

  1. Filled a spritz bottle with part leave-in conditioner + rose water + filtered water.
  2. Sprayed it into dry hair to wet it completely; dripping wet, you guys!
  3. Detangle and section hair. The leave-in helps to detangle and form a  base for the products.
  4. Use the Denman Brush for clumps.
  5. Apply little Bounce Curl and scrunch or generous amount of Eco Styler Gel and scrunch a lot.
  6. Air-dry 90%
  7. Apply Bounce Curl little bit again and diffuse the rest.
  8. SOTC with Cantu Curl Activator. It’s better than using dry hands or even oil to SOTC.

All this may feel like a 100 years to do, but no, it takes less than 5 minutes to refresh. So, don’t be disheartened. You can do this. You can spend 5 minutes for groom your hair, please.

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