Going natural? Got all your CG products and ready to begin? Start your curly hair journey with a routine.
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My Top Tips to start a routine
Schedule wash days! For example, Laura Marie Smith’s wash days are Sunday and Wednesday.
Since I experiment with new products all the time, I wing it depending on how my hair feels. If some products don’t work for me, get my hair feeling weighed down or get a bad reaction on my scalp, I wash every 4 days. If everything goes well, I can stretch up to 7 days without washing. Yes, the products and techniques I use keep my scalp and hair stay clean through the week.
That is definitely what you want.
You want to stretch more days between washes to keep your scalp healthy and encourage faster hair growth. If you travel to work a lot and exposed to the bad environment (or bad habits/products) then you have to wash every 3-4 days. If you don’t know how to start, consider these options.
Curly Hair Essentials you need for a full routine
- Sulfate-free and silicone-free shampoo/cleanser
- Deep Conditioner
- Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)
- Essential Oils
- Spritz bottle
- Stylers > Leave-in conditioner, Curl Cream, Gel
Day 1: Sunday: start with the final wash.
Say what? Yes, it’s called a final wash because a clarifying shampoo removes all the buildup from your old products, oil residue, dirt, and gunk from your hair.
Why Sunday? Curly girls with healthy hair get better hair after wash days. Besides, doing it on a Sunday allows you to just relax spend time on yourself, put on a face mask, do a DIY pedicure, gather your bearings and prepare for the week ahead.
- Final wash with clarifying shampoo or DIY Bentonite Clay Mask
- Condition CG conditioner to detangle and add moisture to freshly cleansed hair.
- Deep condition for 20 minutes
- Style as usual.
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Day 2: Light refresh
Refreshes are meant to bring back the glow in your hair just like wash day BUT without washing your hair. Day two is the best for most curly girls with healthy hair. If your hair dries up the very next day, then seriously consider switching to natural hair products. Here are a few combinations and ideas for a light refresh:
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- SOTC with Derma-e Radiant Face Glow Oil.
- Homemade flaxseed gel on dry hair and scrunch.
- Spray water lightly mixed with Jojoba oil and scrunch.
- Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie on dry hair and scrunch.
- Fluff roots and scrunch with Righteous Roots Oil or a light oil of your choice.
- Spray the Flora and Curl Mist and scrunch (Use code HONESTLIZ to get 15% off!!)
Day 3: Refresh
I love my day 3 the best, so I generally just leave it alone. Are your the curls totally destroyed by day 3? This is clear indication you have unsafe products. Safe, natural products promote hair health, not destroy it. Anyway, before you wash again, pause. Do a refresh instead. This way, your natural oils are still intact. Follow with a scalp massage before sleeping to cleanse your scalp.
It took a while for me to figure out a winning refresh routine. Read about my refreshing mistakes and how to avoid them in another post.
A Complete Refresh for Day 3 Curly Hair
Wet hair with a spritz bottle and style, as usual, using the exact products you used on wash day. If you have CG products, you can play around any of these combinations, in this order.
- Leave-in > Curl Cream > Gel
- Leave-in > Oil > Gel
- Curl Cream > Gel > Oil
- Leave-in > Oil > Curl Cream
- Curl Cream >> Gel
- Curl Cream >> Oil
How I refresh curly hair without washing! VIDEO!!
Why use a spritz bottle to refresh?
You don’t want to wash away your natural oils that a forming at the roots on your scalp the past couple of days you haven’t washed. Do a Scalp Massage on the same day with little essential oils to promote hair growth.
- Few drops of your favourite essential oil.
- Rub your palms together so the oil gets warm.
- Massage your scalp for five minutes with your fingertips, not nails!
- Remember to mix your essential oils with a carrier oil.
- Use little so your hair does not weigh down the next day.
Day 4: Wash your hair with water only
It’s normal to wash your hair twice in a week but if you want to stretch a few more days then this is a great option. Get into the shower massage your scalp with water only OR cowash. Likewise, let water drizzle all over your hair gently and scrunch your hair to remove excess product from the previous days. This method works only if you have CG approved products. CG approved products are safe and don’t cause a lot of build up unlike non-CG products. Style as usual.
On my Day 4 hair these days, I use the Flora Curl Hair Mist to scrunch any broken curls and then use Flora Curl Oil to a gentle scalp massage.
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Before any wash day, Prepoo!
Prepoo is what you do to your hair before-you-shampoo or cowash. There Are many ways to prepoo so you have to see which method works the best for you. Here are a few ideas. Try one by one to see what works for you:
- Massage your scalp, apply our favourite oil liberally on hair and keep it overnight.
- Apply oil from mid-length and then your conditioner over the oil. Keep it for 20 minutes and cowash.
- Apply oil from mid-length and then your deep conditioner over the oil. Keep it for 20 minutes and cowash.
Apply oil, then a deep conditioner over the oil and leave it overnight. It works for some girls but not for all. This is because keeping products like conditioner or a deep conditioner for a long time can over moisturise your hair and you don’t want that. Try to see if it works for you but I don’t recommend it.
Day 5: Doing Nothing Day
Only you will know what is needed for your hair. But sometimes I want to let my hair be in its natural state. You can leave your hair alone for just one day a week, no products.
- Scalp massage and detangle your hair in the morning and leave it alone.
- Put it in a stylish bun or braid if you’re up for it.
- For this day, I shove all my hair in a stylish satin scarf and let it be.
Day 6: Wash day!
You will know what your hair needs. If it doesn’t need much, just cowash and style. If your hair is extra dry and frizzy then deep condition. Your hair feels limp and hasn’t been curling properly, then it’s a sign you need to clarify. Here are ideas and combinations you could try. Wash Day Ideas for low-maintenance hair. This is what I do for my medium porosity curly hair
- Prepoo > Cowash > Style
- Prepoo > Cowash > Deep condition > Style
Wash Day Ideas for bad hair days!
Are you having a Bad hair? Too much frizz, feels too greasy or dry? Then it’s time to bring out super ammunition to bring back the bounce and shine in your hair! Here are super combinations that work remarkably.
- Bentonite > Condition > Style
- Prepoo > Cowash > ACV Rinse > Deep condition > Style
- Gentle Cleanser > Condition > Deep condition > Style
- Prepoo > Gentle Cleanser > Condition > ACV > Deep condition > Style
These are just some ideas that have worked for me and I can stretch more days between washes using these methods. Don’t do everything all at once though that would be crazy. Try each combination for every new wash to see what worked for your hair or what didn’t!
Let me know if you have any tips for me and if you find this article helpful, please share and help another curly find her routine – Only empowered women, empower women 🙂