Hey lovelies! It's time for a few curly hair tips from this kinky curly girl to help you transition into the season of these cooler weather months. I write about these tips every so often. So if you have followed my writing on the blog and the other websites I've written for, you may have seen these before. It is always good to have a curly hair refresher and to be introduced to a few products that can help you along the way.
The Basic StepsThis post will go into greater detail. For those who just want to know the gist of how to get great-looking curls that are frizz-free and defined, here are the basics:
- Clarify hair.
- Deep condition.
- Apply a light leave-in conditioner.
- Apply a curl-enhancing styling product like Royal Locks Pro-Curl Cream in sections.
- Twist hair to set.
- Let hair dry.
- Style hair as desired.
Those are the basic steps for you to use whatever hair products you like. If you want more detail for the process, read on.
Clarify Hair FirstI know there are clarifying shampoos out there and some of you may even use an apple cider vinegar rinse to get the job done. However, I am talking about clarifying hair to give it a good start and recharge. This is done with a clay wash or clay hair mask. If you don't have time to make your own clay wash every time you need to wash and can afford it, I highly recommend using Terressentials Pure Earth Hair Washes. For curly hair of all types, your safer bets are to try the Left Coast Lemmon or Lavender Garden washes.
For those of us on a budget or who prefer the DIY route, mix together a clay wash of your own. If you already have a clay mask formula you love, just add some hair-loving oils like coconut, olive, sweet almond, jojoba, argan, avocado, and grapeseed oils to it and make the consistency of the mask thinner. For my mask, I typically use either my Ghassoul or bentonite clay powder mixed in with water, lemon or lavender essential oil, fractionated coconut oil, argan oil, and rosehip oil. These ingredients remove buildup that my regular co-wash or sulfate-free shampoos don't remove without making my hair dry like the Sahara.
Apply to hair in sections and allow to sit for 10 minutes. You can also bake the clay on your hair by setting out in the sun with the clay on your hair for 30 minutes. Rinse hair thoroughly. If you have been using a lot of styling products lately, follow your clay wash with an ACV rinse for an additional clarifying treatment.
Deep Condition HairSince you went through the trouble of clarifying your hair, don't use a conditioner that has polymers, silicones, waxes, or any other ingredient that will stay on the hair. The reason for this is because you are most likely going to use styling products. You want to leave your hair as "free" as possible before you start coating it with those styling products.
Find a cheap conditioner made to be used with a clarifying shampoo or one that is for volume. These types tend to be free of ingredients that leave a coating on the hair because they don’t want to weigh hair down. Mix in extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, and argan oil with the conditioner. Apply to hair, Wrap hair in a warm towel or cover with plastic cap. Leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse out with warm water. Follow with a cool water rinse to close hair cuticle. Towel dry hair.
Apply a Curl Defining ProductNow it is time for your styling products. First, you want to moisturize and/or seal your hair. For many a leave-in conditioner is all that you need. For some you may need light leave-in conditioner and a hair butter to seal the moisture in.
Next, apply a curling cream like Royal Locks Pro-Curl Cream to the hair in sections. You should divide your hair into four sections at minimum. I find six to 10 sections to be an ideal range. Apply the Pro-Curl Cream to the section and create a two-strand twist or braid. Do this for the remaining sections. Leave your hair in the braids or twists overnight to air dry. If you want to speed up the drying process, blow dry your hair while it is still twisted or braided using a diffuser attachment.
Finger Style HairAfter your hair is dry, untwist/unbraid each section. Separate curls with your fingers. Do not rake your fingers through your hair, comb, or brush it, this will create frizz. Use your fingers to separate and scrunch to style your hair in the manner you want it styled. Your curls should be tightly defined. If you use Royal Locks Pro-Curl Cream, they will have lasting hold and be frizz-free.
Frequency of UseThe clarifying process should only be done no more than once a week for those who wash their hair daily. I would recommend clarifying at least once a month to remove buildup. For regular wash maintenance, just replace the clarifying part with your regular shampoo or co-wash and proceed from there.
About Royal Locks Pro-Curl CreamI have been using Royal Locks Pro-Curl Cream for a few weeks now from a sample the company sent me to try. The cream is lightweight and has good slip to it. I used it on freshly washed, damp hair and on dry hair. The product works well on both wet and dry hair. On wet hair, if you apply the cream and set your hair, you will have defined curls that have touchable hold with no frizz. Mine lasted for two-days without frizz or needing a re-set.
When I needed to set my hair again, I applied the Pro-Curl Cream to dry hair. My curls were not as tight, they were still very defined and the hold lasted about four days without frizz. For hair that is not as kinky as mine or is not afro-textured. The hold should last longer.
Can you commit to clarifying your hair on regular basis to help your curls stay gorgeous and frizz-free?
I received a sample(s) of the product(s) to keep for consideration in preparing this content.