My Curly Hair Routine

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

4. Sleeping
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

brush or comb curly hair(2)

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. I also do deep conditioning treatments often – Deep Conditioning Curly Hair

You can read about my curly hair journey – My curly hair journey. If you have wavy hair, read this also – Wavy hair routine – How is it different from a curly hair routine

Products

Confused over the many products mentioned on the blog? Here are the products you can start with. The kit has 1 conditioner, 1 cream and 1 gel recommendation for each curl type. Easy! For people who’ve just started, this kit will help you pick up some basic products so that you can start your curly hair journey right away – Beginner friendly products – Curly Hair Starter Kit

If you have got the basics right (that is your hair looks defined, clumped and hydrated but you feel like it can maybe look a little better), check this – CG Method and CG Friendly Products in India (Intermediate and Advanced Curly Hair Care)

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

Say NO to chemical relaxers and straightening irons – How to transition from chemically straightened hair to your natural curly hair and Heat damage in curly hair

The above 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 🙂

Curly Hair – Frequently Asked Questions
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
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!

 

 

63 comments

  1. Hi Anjana!!

    It is so nice to see a co-blogger who blogs for the same reason – the love of Curls.. 🙂 You look beautiful and the curls add so much charm to it!! <3<3

    I follow a totally different hair care regimen, but curls are what we both stand by!!

    Loved your blog, you have a nice way of writing….Keep up the awesome work!! Hope we can inspire more and more beauties to fall in love with their curly or wavy hair!! 🙂

    Cheers!!

  2. Hi Anjana
    I have a few doubts.
    1.My mom tells me combing increases blood circulation. If I don’t use a comb, will my hair grow?
    2. What are some of your everyday hairstyles ?
    3. Do u still use hair oils before hair wash if so how long do u keep it?

  3. Hi Ashly!
    1. Blood circulation can be brought about by massage with fingertips also.
    But if you want to use a comb, there is no problem in using comb before
    your hairwash or during the wash. No combs after the hair has dried post
    washing.
    2. I normally leave my hair open, or tie a pony tail or put it up in a
    messy bun(on day 3 mostly).
    3. I use oils before shampooing only if I feel my hair is too dry or rough
    (than what it normally is). I use coconut oil or olive oil and leave it on for about 30 mins to 1 hr.

    I will write detailed posts on all these soon!

  4. Hi Anjana, your posts are so much convincing. I too have curly hair and acne prone skin, so your post are very useful for me :). Thanks for such a beautiful blog. Keep posting !!

  5. Hi Anjana,
    I have gone through the same hair care process which ended up making my hair very frizzy from young. It is amazing to come across your blog and know better how to look after my curls. My two daughters are so influenced by models that they want sleek straight hair whereas they have beautiful wavy hair. I want them to appreciate what they have. After reading your blog I am excited in trying out all the hair care regime. Where can I buy sheamoisture , Cantu products and all products you use? Can I buy them in India? Thanks a lot for all the information ….

    1. Hi Sushma 🙂 I am glad you have decided to embrace your natural hair. Hope your girls do so too soon! I’ve linked where you can buy the products from in their respective reviews. Did you check them out?

  6. Hi anjana ,
    Its been year since i started naturally curly hair journey . Recently found your blog and read all articles its really informative .I have doubt , after applying styling cream and gel can I wrap tee to dry or i should air dry my hairs. I first apply cream and gel then plop my hair with micro fiber towel, i think it takes out all moisture . Air drying takes lot of time .

    1. Thanks Tanisha. Here’s what I think :-
      1. The natural curls are going to be less silkier than your processed hair for obvious reasons. Curly hair structure is like that. Make use of emollients like fatty alcohols and aloe gel that will soften hair and oils and butters like jojoba/argan/shea for sealing in the moisture and for shine.
      2. I think you will be comfortable wearing your hair down after the big chop!
      3. Here are 2 ways you can detangle your hair easily – http://www.curlsandbeautydiary.com/2-ways-detangle-curly-hair-dry-wet-detangling/
      4. Here’s a post for your humidity induced frizz – http://www.curlsandbeautydiary.com/humidity-cause-frizz-6-fixes/
      5. Do you pineapple your hair at night?

    1. Hey Ashvitha, Shampoos really don’t make much of a difference. You can use any that you like. It is the conditioner, styling products and more importantly your hair routine that matters 🙂

  7. Hi Anjana,

    I just completely read your hair category from start to end and it was very very helpful. I have just started caring for my hair in little ways that i can and have already seen a huge difference.

    I live in a area that has hard water :(.. so i cannot skip the shampoo too often.
    Loreal Spiral Splendour cream works best for me, OGX Curl definition cream was a disappointment.
    Going to try the Enliven conditioner for co-washing soon. As of now i use the Herbal Essence Hello Hydration. Do share any recommendations.

    Looking forward to more posts to help the rest of us ‘Embrace our Curls’
    Thank you for helping us fall in love with our hair.

  8. Hi! First time looking at your blog. I was looking for curly hair routines because I like to change it for the different seasons. I have to say, I’ve never seen a indian girl with curly hair and that’s awesome. Curly hair is the best. I love my curls!!

    I have a blog called A Curly Mess…acurlymessblog.wordpress.com. I write about fashion, beauty and curls. Soon there’s going to be an interview session from people I know who wants to talk about their curls. I invite you to check out my blog and like my facebook page and other social media.

    🙂

  9. Thank you so much…. I have very curly and frizzy hair… I thought they were never going to look healthy… This blog gave me hope… KEEP IT UP… 😊

  10. I am trying to love my curls for last two years …. but still no hope …. Can we please help me with the products …. please …. Right now I am using – Johnson and Johnson tip to toe wash to wash my hair Enliven/Suave natural as my conditioner and as well as leave in … And Gel -LA look … Using T-shirt for propping and all … But still my hair is frizzy and my curls loose it’s definition very easily…., please help …. trying for last two years but frizzzzzzz …. uhhhhh 😔😢😢😢😢😢

  11. Hey! Love your hair <3

    Starting the journey and getting all the info I can possibly get. A small question, I was watching your hair routine, and I saw how you squish the conditioner onto your hair and do not rinse it off. Isn't it going to leave your hair greasy or heavy? And aren't their any concerns with leaving conditioner onto your hair like that?

    Love.

  12. Hey,
    Accidentaly bumped into your blog while looking for solution for my curly hair woes. I am delighted to find a blog for Indian curls…and so envious of your gorgeous hair.
    So I have curls, mid-waist length and i coloured my hair few months ago. I now have a disaster on my head. My hair has become rough, dry and curls flat out by the evening of the hair wash. I’ve been averse to products (just use JohnFreida curl conditioner and BedHead curl control ocassionally) but I see you use and advocate whole lot of products. Is it not possible to have curls minus products and are they harmful in the long run (read dry/damaged hair or hair fall).
    I am currently tying my hair in a bun as they become frizzy and wirey with no shape, texture. Plus Delhi heat is ao dry that my curls don’t stay if there is no humidity. I am totally upset with my hair at the moment 🙁
    Would love to hear back from you. And i am gonna try your suggested routine.

    Love ~ Shweta

    1. Hi Shweta, there is a huge misconception that products damage hair – my hair hasn’t looked this healthy ever since I knew what kind of products to use! I guess that says something. The right nourishing products will help hydrate and define your curls 🙂

  13. Great blog Anjana. I finally decided to embrace my curly hair and get away from my braiding and dry combing and my dreams of straightening my hair. i have never chemically straightened my hair.
    I followed the steps as indicated in your routine, pre poo with coconut oil, suave almond shampoo + conditioner, leave in suave conditioner, squish to condish, curl enhance with set wet curl and patanjali aloevera gel in wet hair. I see that my hair is frizzy and has really lot of volume (the uncontrollable vol look). I feel as if the clumping has not happened that well.
    can you please give me hints on where I may have gone wrong ?

  14. Hello! Thank you for the amazing tips, your hair is lovely!

    I have a question. You mention you wash your hair at night so that it can dry into beautiful curls. You also say that you go to the gym everyday.
    I’ve been having a hard time reconciling both of these because I would usually shower after the gym in the morning (which most likely doesn’t give me the definition I want as I run out of time) and wanting to not be all sweaty throughout the day until I make it to the shower at night. What’s your routine like? Do you just use a shower cap? Do you just wipe down?

    Thank you!

    T.

  15. Hi Anjana, thanks for inspiring me to embrace my curls. I found all your tips useful and the great thing is it worked for me!!!!
    Third day messy bun for sure though!!!!

  16. Hi Anjana!
    First of all I just want to say Thank-you!! Finding your blog was probably the best thing that has happened to my hair. I feel like I was living my whole life in a hole! I have 2c/3a hair (I think) And omg I used to think I have the worst hair possible till I found you. I have now fallen in love with my hair and I actually want to do everything possible to nourish it. The density of my hair is kinda low. It’s genetic I guess. But I want to look after whatever there is.
    I have just started the curly hair routine.
    I am using Tresseme Botanique and conditioner. I also use the same conditioner in the diluted form as a leave in. I am applying the squish to condish method to rinse the conditioner. I finish with applying aloe vera gel and I tried set wet -wet look medium hold gel for the first time today. I applied both the gels using the prayer hold and a bit of scrunching. I plopped my hair for about half an hour and then left it open to air dry. And finally once the hair was completely dry I did SOTC to remove the gel cast. The curls were fine in the beginning. But soon the top section of my hair started losing the definition and started to frizz out a bit. And now I am noticing more frizz happening. I don’t have curls throughout the hair beginning from the roots although some sections curl that way. What else could I do to retain the shape of the curls? Also I have begun oiling once a week and washing twice a week
    PS – I am from Bangalore too. I would love to meet you someday 🙂

  17. How do you put up your hair when you are not washing them ?
    I tried claw clip but then I have to roll my hair to put them in the claw clip.
    And putting them in a bun changes the curl pattern…

  18. Hi! How do you go 2-3 days without combing or brushing your hair? I am a college student and I cannot leave my hair as it is, I have to tie it up and considering I go to different places during the day, when I do let my hair loose, it’s kind of hard to not comb thru it.

    1. Because there will be no need to brush hair once you realise that they look prettier without combing – which you will after following a good routine

      1. Haha, it’s not about looking prettier. Of course I’d want my hair to look pretty but currently, my hair tangles very easily and forms knots if I don’t comb it. Do you think that won’t be the case if I follow a good hair-care routine?

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