Did you know? There are more than just shampoo-condition method of washing curly hair. Were you looking to change your curly hair wash method?
I typically wash my hair a day before an important (public appearance) day, like Tuesdays and Saturdays.
On a side note, you must know that (unless you sweat profusely) unwashed hair does not smell at all. It has your natural smell and men are attracted to that too 🙂 So be confident and to let your hair secrete all those natural oils, without any other intervention and keep it healthy.
Wavy or Curly Hair Washing Options
You can take your pick from a variety of options. Remember that any change you bring to your routine will usually take a while before your hair starts to accept it. So be patient; try and see what method works best for you before you settle on a preferred method.
- NO-POO – This method uses only natural ingredients; saying no to shampoo or conditioner for your hair.
- LOW-POO – This method uses commercial organic shampoo or conditioner which has very low concentration of chemicals.
- CO – This is Conditioner Only. Yes, you can use just conditioner to wash your hair. This is my preferred method!
- WO– This is Water Only method wherein there is absolutely no intervention of any products, be it commercial or organic. I followed this for the first year of my daughter’s life and I highly recommend this for all babies.
OK, now concentrate – this is the juice
How to WASH Curly Hair
This is the Curly Girl Method originally made popular by Deva Curl Founder, Lorraine Massey. You will find this chronicled in her book, The Curly Girl Handbook, get it, it’s one of the must-have curly hair essentials!
Stand under the shower while the water gently pours over your hair.
If you prefer to bathe, then gently pour water over your hair. Do this WITHOUT violating your hair – like when we woosh-and-swish the hair all over the place, trying very hard to get it all wet. NO. Stop that.
Get a nice big blob of organic shampoo or conditioner on your fingertips.
Massage your scalp
While the water runs through your hair. Be careful not to disturb the curls, just focus on the scalp. Doing this will get you all that stimulation you’d miss from those 200-strokes of combing hair ritual you had stopped doing. Besides, it will leave your hair feeling soft too.
Get all the conditioner or shampoo out of your hair. Continue massaging while it rinses.
Get a nice big blobs of conditioner on your PALM
Spread the blob on both your palms and then coat your outer layer- the top layer of your hair. Get all your hair to one side and then gently run your fingers through your hair. Doing this with the conditioner would help remove any knots.
Use that Wide-tooth Comb now
I just use my fingers, but using a comb at this point would help spread all that conditioner evenly throughout your hair.
Now do the other stuff in your shower
Cleanse your body, shave, have sex, or masturbate with your spouse, whatever it is that you typically do, do it after you’ve got all that conditioner in your hair.
Step AWAY from the shower
Yes, take a few steps away and stand right in front of the shower. Collect water in your palm and shove it on your forehead/top of the head area. Do this three times. This will help get all that “extra” conditioner out so you won’t feel your hair sticking to your scalp later.
The Squish To Condish (STC) Method works great for wavy or curly hair too.
Here’s a great video by one of my favorite Curly Hair Gurus, Asha Barrak.
Curly Hair Tips
Wash it twice weekly
Ok maybe thrice, but that’s the maximum limit. When you limit the number of times you wash your hair, you are keeping in and locking in all the moisture and the natural oils your curly hair needs to thrive and look shiny.
Use organic shampoo and conditioner
Yes! By all means. Curly hair already has wide pores in the texture and when you use products that contain Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Alcohol, Fragrance – all this gets trapped inside your hair, causing further damage.
After-wash care for curly hair is a must.
Don’t assume that washing and conditioning are enough. Once you are out of the shower you need something more natural curly hair products to lock in that moisture. A dab of coconut oil, a curling milk, light creme gel or the LOC method goes a long way.
Refresh your hair on non-wash days
Water and natural curly hair products give immediate moisture and restore shine much-needed on the non-wash days too. It took me a while for me to figure out my routine but now I use only one product to refresh your curly hair!
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