First of all, I’d just like to put out a tiny disclaimer stating that although though these products and techniques may work for me, it may not necessarily work for the next person. Please don’t hunt me down and threaten me by gun point because my tips didn’t work. Every individual has unique curls and what may work for me may not work for you.
What I do
Once I wash my hair with my usual shampoo and conditioner, I leave a hair mask on my hair for about 5 minutes. While the mask is on my hair, I brush it out with a “tangle teezer” (this is a dupe that I purchased at a salon in Canal Walk. It was about R20.00 whereas the normal one costs around R250.00) to get rid of any knots. I brush from the bottom upwards and not from the roots down – I find that this method helps to prevent breakage. I’d also just like to add that I don’t like using the same shampoo and conditioner duo from month to month because I feel that my hair becomes immune to it and can actually look dull after a while, so I like to switch it up every couple of months.
Once the mask has been thoroughly rinsed out and I’ve gotten out the shower, I towel-dry the hair and apply a generous amount of conditioner. My hair is especially dry at the back of the head and on the ends, so that’s where I tend to focus most of the product. I know that some say that conditioner dries out your hair, but it doesn’t have that effect on my hair. In fact, it keeps it looking fresh and healthy.
As the hair slowly air-dries (I don’t use heat on my curls such as a diffuser), I like to add a few products to different areas of the hair, depending on what it’s need is. Because my hair has been with me for 22 years, I know which products work and which areas to apply it. For example, the ends can become a bit dry so I like to add moisture to it by applying Moroccan Oil’s Intense Curl Cream to keep the curl locked in. I apply the cream from the bottom-up in a scrunching motion.
I like to add a few sprits of a leave-in conditioner. This one from Schwarzkopf is really something else and it smells amazing! I sprits a generous amount on my roots and then rub it in circular motions with two fingers to massage it into the scalp.
Lastly, I add one pump of Moroccan Oil Treatment in the palm of my hand, rub my hands together and place in all over the curls in a scrunching motion.
The reason I use a scrunching motion/technique instead of running my fingers through my hair is to prevent the curls from separating. By running your fingers through the curls causes separation and that ugly “poofiness” that every curly girl hates. You know – when it’s not an actual curl, but rather just a few strands clumped together that kind of resembles a sad curl. By scrunching the hair from the bottom up allows for the natural curl to form and actually encourages more of a curl to the hair. It’s pretty difficult to explain this in writing (typing) but I hope that the way I’ve explained it helps.
I really hope that this helps you out if you’re a curly girl like me or have kids with curly hair.
Let me know your thoughts as well as products that you use to maintain healthy curls? I’m pretty keen to hear what other ladies or gents use. If you have anymore questions, please ask me below and I’ll definitely try to help!