Though I have separate articles for what exactly I do with my curly hair, very often I am asked for “My curly hair routine”. So I thought of including all applicable curly hair articles under a single post so that you can easily look up what my curly hair routine looks like 🙂
1. Washing – Shampoo + Cowashing + Conditioning
Since curly hair is extremely dry, it is best to avoid washing your hair every day. You have to create a schedule that balances off sweat and grime on one hand and hydration on the other. What works best for my hair (with my daily gym visits) is washing every 2 or 3 days. I always wash my hair at night because it dries taking its own sweet time which gives me well defined curls the next morning. Here is the full post – How to wash & condition curly hair
2. Applying products and scrunching
There was a time when I used to come out of the shower after washing & conditioning, tee dry my hair, stand straight and apply styling products(serums, leave ins) to my hair just like that. More than half the hair strands wouldn’t even get the product. Pooh. And the next morning, after my hair was dry, I would apply some more product because my curls didn’t look defined or hydrated. These are 2 bad practices that I stopped once I found out about scrunching. Read all about it here – How to apply products and scrunch curly hair
3. Drying – Tee drying + Plopping
As most people around me, I also grew up drying my hair with a towel the usual way – rubbing the towel into the hair over and over till I made sure there was no water dripping from my head. After almost 20 years of commiting the mistake of ruining the curl definition and inducing a great amount of frizz, this is how I dry my curly hair – How to dry curly hair
You followed a perfect curly regimen to define and hydrate and form beautiful looking curls, only to find that it doesn’t look so great on the 2nd or 3rd day after a sleep. Not sleeping properly can crush your curls causing them to look flat and out of definition. During your sleep, your curls are squished and rubbed giving you frizz, fly aways and undefined curls. Here are 4 ways to sleep with curly hair – 4 ways to sleep with curly hair
5. Never brush or comb curly hair once it is dry
There was a time when I used to brush the life out of my hair. It was also a joy to buy all the fancy brushes in different shapes, sizes and colors *girls*. Having read somewhere that brushing over and over again results in silky straight hair, it was a ‘joy’ I indulged in. And did it help me? Of course not. My hair still looked like hay. Once I learnt the dynamics of curly hair, I realized that this ruined my curls and that one shouldn’t brush or comb curly hair – Why you shouldn’t brush or comb curly hair
Here is a video of my curly hair routine.
6. Refreshing 2nd and 3rd day curly hair
Wash night is my favourite night with respect to curly hair care. My curls look bouncy and full of life the next morning. Oh how I wished they stayed that way for more than just a day! Since it is not possible to wash your hair every single day, we need to look at ways to refresh curly hair on the 2nd or even the 3rd day. Refreshing curly hair means getting back the bounce in them. Read the full post – 3 ways to refresh curly hair
7. I oil my hair at least once a week. Sometimes before every co – wash or at least defintely before every shampoo – Oils and curly hair – Benefits, types and ways to apply. I also do a protein treatment every 3-4 weeks with gelatin. You can find out if your hair damaged and in need of proteins here.
The above 6 articles will give you an idea about your hair care routine on a day to day basis. Here are a few more articles that will help you take care of your curly hair 🙂 If you have wavy hair, read this also – Wavy hair routine – How is it different from a curly hair routine
List of curly hair products in India
List of Silicone free conditioners in India (with reviews/purchase links)
List of Sulphate free shampoos in India (with reviews/purchase links)
List of Silicone free hair styling products(leave ins,creams,gels) in India
2 ways to detangle curly hair – dry and wet detangling
14 mistakes you might be making in your curly hair routine
Haircuts for curly hair
11 easy everyday hairstyles for curly hair
Types of curly hair
How to transition from chemically straightened hair to your natural curly hair
Hair fall : Causes and Remedies
7 ways to grow healthy hair
What makes curly hair curly (or straight hair straight)
Why is curly hair dry?
22 Indian celebrities with curly hair
Hope this helps you to create a curly hair routine that’s perfect for your hair!