Curly Hair FAQ

Here are some of the frequently asked questions related to curly hair care and hair products. This will be updated as and when reader doubts increase ๐Ÿ™‚

1. โ€œMy curls look great when wetโ€ โ€“ How to make them look good after they dry

Iโ€™ve had so many of you tell me this! That your hair looks great, defined and frizz free just after a wash. But as it starts to dry, it starts loosening and frizzing up. So how can we lock in the wet definition? 2 things โ€“ Right routine + Right products. If you have tried all the great products of the curly world, yet never manage to make your hair look good, your routine ainโ€™t right – My curly hair routine. On the other hand, if your routine is quite good and yet you are not seeing results, it may be time to switch your products – Beginner friendly products – Curly Hair Starter Kit. Now what if your routine and products are both right? Check these – 16 mistakes you might be making in your curly hair routine

2. Won’t all these hair products damage my hair?

So much of cream and (especially) gel! Won’t all these chemicals damage hair? The word โ€œchemicalโ€ might make you think of scientists in white lab coats making potent concoctions in test tubes. But thatโ€™s not entirely correct. Yes, those things are chemicalsโ€ฆ but so are most other things. Almost everything is made of chemicals! That includes the water you drink, the oxygen you breathe, everything you eat, supplements you take, the cat you cuddle, and yes, YOU. Humans are made of millions of chemicals. The purest water collected from a Himalayan glacier is 100% chemicals (specifically, dihydrogen monoxide). Read more – LabMuffin : Natural vs. Chemical โ€“ Which Is Better?

Things that DO damage hair:

  • Bleach
  • Ammonia hair dyes
  • Chemical relaxers
  • Keratin treatment (the ones done in salons for “smoothing” the hair. Hydrolysed Keratin in your hair products is meant to add strength to your hair)
  • Heat
  • Products high in SD alcohol, SD alcohol 40, Alcohol denat, Propanol, Propyl alcohol and Isopropyl alcohol. (These are good alcohols – Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol, Lauryl alcohol
    Myristyl alcohol)

Check this – Herbal, Natural and Organic Products – Are They as Good as They Claim to Be?

3. I have so much hairloss once I started following the curly hair routine

This is my hair after detangling with oil. My last detangling was 2 or 3 days ago

Losing 50-100 strands every day is normal. Once you stop combing your hair daily because of starting the CG method, the dead hair strands from each day donโ€™t fall off easily until you wash your hair and just sit in between your curls. So when there is a gap of say 4 days after your last wash, almost 400 strands fall off all at once making it look like you lost a lot of hair on that day. More than that or if you have bald patches, that’s a serious problem and you need to consult a doctor. Check this – Hair fall – Causes and Remediesย and Do hair products cause hair loss?

4. How to treat split ends?


Split ends are caused by lack of moisture, excessive heat tools, hair dyes, brushing or combing (dry or wet hair), rubbing harshly with towels, sun damage, nutritional deficiencies, shampooing too often. Once your hair is split, it cannot be repaired. You can temporarily mask the split using products with PEC – Beauty Brains – Split ends remedy. The only real fix is to snip off the split end before it keeps splitting till your scalp.

To prevent split ends:

  • Shampoo less
  • Cowash instead
  • Condition after every wash
  • Limit heat tools, brushing, hair dyes
  • Use a tee for drying instead of a towel
  • Use hats and scarves if you are going to be out in the sun for too long
  • Correct your diet

5. My crown is so frizzy!

Read this – 7 Ways to Make Your Crown Area Frizz Free + Tackle Baby Hair

6. My curls become so tight after they dry – I want length!

(I used to wish for tighter curls and here you are wishing for looser curls ! Grass is greener on the other side and so we should start embracing what we have.) Shrinkage = Healthy hair. Your hair being able to shrink back to its normal state after being stretched down shows that they are in their healthiest natural state. Tighter the curls, more the shrinkage. A new rubber band comes back to its original state once the stretching is stopped. Have you seen the condition of old rubber bands that are permanently in the stretched state even without any force? They are sticky and gritty. Similarly, hair that doesn’t shrink back is damaged hair. So thank god for that shrinkage! But if you slightly want to stretch them, try leaving in more products to weigh your hair down, comb your hair through after applying products, do not scrunch and let it air dry. For tips on hair growth, check this – 7 ways to grow healthy hair

7. Should I wash off the cream and gel after application?

Nope. Only shampoo and conditioner are meant to be washed off. Some conditioner should also be left in(for moisture) and that’s how leave in conditioners came into being. Creams and gels give shape, hold, definition to your curls so you want them to remain in your hair.

8. How much time will it take to get curls like yours?

If you don’t have heat damage or you haven’t chemically straightened your hair, you will start seeing results almost immediately (from your first wash routine!) which will continue to improve as you get better with the routine and get to know your hair better.

9. Is curly hair care expensive ?๐Ÿ’ธ

If you already use a conditioner, you can start by using the conditioner as a leave in and just buying a gel. If you want to build a full kit including a conditioner, cream and gel, you can do it for under 1500 INR – Beginner Friendly Products- Curly Hair Starter Kit. You can also buy budget products – List of curly hair products in India (for every budget). You can read the testimonials of my readers under the Readers’Diary section of my website. A lot of them have really budget routines.

10. Is curly hair care time consuming?โŒš

I have a full time job and don’t get much time too just like most of you. Washing my hair and applying products takes me around 10-15 minutes. Then either put it into a plop or let it air dry while you do other things.

11. There are so many products! It’s confusing.

Check this Beginner Friendly Products – Curly Hair Starter Kitย and this 10 types of curly hair products

12. How often should I wash my hair?

As often as you feel like. Once in 2-3 days is a good count. You can either co-wash or shampoo but remember to shampoo once in a while to prevent product build up especially if you are using silicones.

13. Should I repeat this routine every time I wash my hair?

Yes, if you want defined and hydrated curls. No, if you don’t mind frizzy curls for a day or 2 (for e.g if you are going to be at your home all day).

14. My curls open up and become frizzy a few hours after my washing and drying

You are not using enough product. Clumping of curls is brought about by moisture and products. Once all the water dries off, the clumps open up. So adding products will keep the curls intact. Leave more conditioner in, add more cream and gel.

15. My curls get so hard and crunchy after using certain products, especially gel

That crunchiness is called a gel cast and if often desired to help your curls remain intact till they dry. After your hair is 100% dry, scrunch out the crunch to reveal soft curls. Explained here – Curly hair gels – Everything you need to know

16. My curls looks oily, greasy and flat

It could be because of any of these – you are using too much oil, you are using oils to style instead of creams, the creams you use (Beginner Friendly Products โ€“ Curly Hair Starter Kit) are too heavy for your curl type, you are using too much product, you are co-washing too often and not using a shampoo in between to clarify product buildup.

17. Are parabens harmful for your hair?

No, parabens are not ingredients that dry out hair or damage them in any way. They have no effect on hair whatsoever. Plus parabens are water-soluble and do not cause any buildup on hair. Then why all the scare surrounding them? A study in 2004 found that there were parabens in breast cancer tissue โ€“ this study received a lot of media attention and suddenly everybody was scared. But there were many flaws in their study – no comparison was made with healthy tissue, and parabens were detected in blank samples without any tissue in them. Another study found that parabens were weakly estrogenic in rats. Many researchers say that they are so weak and used in such small concentrations that it should be of no concern.ย Parabens have been around for almost 100 years, are used everyday by billions of people, and there are lots of studies showing their safety. Yet there still hasnโ€™t been a study showing a convincing link between paraben use and negative health effects. If you do want to avoid parabens, it’s a personal choice. There is a great article by LabMuffin on parabens – Should You Be Avoiding Parabens? The Science.




  1. Hey! I have another question to add to this! Oops ๐Ÿ˜‹ I have began using cg products since a month and Im witnessing a change in my hair texture. Its becoming curlier but its more of tighter curls. My hair is 3a and high porosity. I observed that when I used Orgx conditioner my hair was clumping well and with loose curls. Orgx is not cg friendly! Dont know if its the product impact or my routine. It’s just an observation so thought of sharing with you. Please enlighten me ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

    1. Hey Shruti..I am a little confused ๐Ÿ˜‹ What exactly is your concern? Do you want loose curls? Do you not want to use silicones?

        1. Hey Shruti, like I’ve mentioned in the post, embrace the shrinkage because that is your hair type ๐Ÿ™‚ CG will give you tighter curls because shrinkage is a property of healthy hair and CG method is a very healthy approach to hair. I hope that makes sense ๐Ÿ™‚ To slightly elongate curls, comb your products through and don’t scrunch after that.

          1. Ok that sounds great! So relieved to hear that!! Will avoid scrunching this time. Thank you so much Anjana! Keep up the good work of inspiring so many of us! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Hi, I was wondering when you refresh Your hair 2nd Or 3rd day My soaker metod for ex, Doesnt water everyday to the hair dry it out?

  3. Lovely blog! Simple and lucid explanations! You have answered every curly hair question I ever had. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Hi Anjana,

    First of all thank you for taking time and making such a nice blog, you are helping lot many people out there to embrace frizz and get back the curls eventually.
    I had 2 questions to ask
    1) Can you please suggest a good parlour for curl hair types in Bangalore, The most I tried are not aware of curly hair types even few branded ones around the city. I have heard that the curly hair needs to be cut only when its dry and not soaking wet else we loose length and most places I have visited wet it completely and then trim and the only solution they recommend for frizz is keratin treatment.

    2) The second thing is since keeping hair wet for some longer duration is giving a head ache either cause of the sinus or since its a new process & taking time to get used to, it would be nice if you pls suggest a hair dryer and diffuser and about the heat settings.
    Thanks and have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hello Anjana,
    I have the habit of oiling my hair before shampooing. Now that I am thinking of starting cowash does conditioner alone help in removing the oil on my head?
    Thank youโ˜บ

    1. Hi Sari – that depends on how much oil you use and how well your conditioner cleans your scalp. So give it a try and see ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hey anjana,
    I brought shampoo and conditioner which are sulphate and paraben free but they have silicon. So how can i remove buildup couse by silicon as i avoiding sulphate ๐Ÿ˜•… Very confused

    1. Hey Elena, I am not aware of the products and brands available in Italy. If you can share some products with their ingredients list, I can help you pick some good ones though ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hey anjana, I have fallen in love with your hair dear ๐Ÿ˜ it’s like a dream to me.. Plz tell how to get fat clumps like yours? My curls like to mess with each other very much though

  8. How do you take care of your workout curls ?
    All the sweat and messed up texture..
    And how do you wear your hair while working out ?

  9. Started loosing thickness after using a shampoo for repairing heat straightened hair. Lots and lots of hairloss happening.Help me with it please!

  10. Omg your blog is a life-saver for a 2c girl like me! I guess my question is if I have pretty damaged hair from straightening for so many years, will it take a while for my โ€œdesired curlsโ€ to come out? Will it be a longer process and what should I do until then?

    2nd question: ever since trying to embrace my curls and putting down the heat products and just using my curly girl products, I get a lot of dandruff ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ˜ญ I clairified one this week but it just seems to be an ongoing problem. What should I do?

    3rd questions: tangles tangles tangles. How do you combat tangles with curly hair without causing frizz? This is one of my biggest frustrations

    Thanks so much! -Megan

  11. I shampoo and condition every other day with a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. My hair gets oily fast ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

  12. Hi Anjana! Thank you so much for all the information!
    My hair is too fine and curly and my scalp becomes oily and curls become frizzy in 24 hours after washing! Can you suggest me good leave inns or creams which will help??

  13. Hi… I have been using enliven conditoner for about 6 months along with b blunt leave in cream. Curls look better but my hair gets unbelievably tangled very easily. I have waist- length hair. Help.!

  14. Hii Ma’am, please help me out!
    here’s the thing… I’m a 20 year old girl, currently in college.. my hair has always been frizzy and all over the place( literally like Hermione) since the very beginning. i never gave a thought about it and have been treating it harshly, brushing it all the way and using lice combs( yes, that fine toothed comb). i had done enough damage to my hair when it started becoming really dry and frizzy and lifelessly limp. it was an year ago when i started treating my hair less harshly, using only wide toothed comb but still the problem remained. Until a few months back.. i searched online about hair n all.. and found my hair is somewhere between 2b-2cand3-a. it’s all messed up. i searched online about the healing and found out about the CG thingy and started following it, but here’s the deal.. a) my hair becomes all rough and really hard to touch after gelling, and when i scrunched them after drying.. they would fall off straight and separate. b) the sleeping habit? a total no no! idk y and how… whenever i have tied the pineapple thing while sleeping.. it always results in me getting restrained roots at the crown.. making me literally look like a pineapple for the rest of the day.(its like kahinse shock khaake aaye ho) c) my hair won’t stay! i’ve read everywhere u shouldn’t comb curly hair after it’s dry….. for day 1, it’s fine.. but after that… everyday without combing.. my hair gets knottier and i literally end up looking like a naga who haven’t combed since ages. i have even been to my classes looking like that just for the sake of maybe surviving this and getting somewhere with it. but it ended bad. d) some of my hair would curl up in tight knots… and some would be frizzy and lie here and there.. a total disaster!!
    totally disheartened, i gave up the CG thing few months back and went back to normal life with ultra frizzy hair obviously minus the sulphate shampoo, the brushes, the thin bristled combs and plus lots of oil. Currently, my hair is a bit more under control than before and i m not following CG method.. but just after shower.. everytime… when my hair starts drying up and i look at them.. i fall in love with them hair which is curly and put together.. but the very next day i have to unwillingly destroy it all myself( by combing them) too afraid to repeat the disaster that happened with me earlier. so please, can u suggest me about the problems stated above? i would really like to folllow the CG method but these issues i’ve faced, no where on the internet i got any real solutions for them.
    Thankyou for reading.. and i’ll be waiting for the response. please do reply. ๐Ÿ™‚

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