Every curly girl knows the struggle of trying to get those perfect curls.
While products and techniques vary
depending on what type of curls you have, some core habits are true for every curly girl.
Healthy curls begin with healthy habits
But first, I would love for you to head over to my Instagram and say hello @curly_colleen!
I offer daily curly hair care tips and LOVE connecting with other curlies around the world! <3
15 tips you can start doing today to keep your curls in the best condition.
1. Give The Curly Gurl Method A Try
If you have not already tried the curly girl method, I highly recommend it.
It’s essentially a method to embrace and promote your natural curls by using clean products and creating healthy hair routines.
I saw a significant change in my curls in the first 30 days following this method.
There are a plethora of different application techniques that are specific to your curly type.
You can read a more detailed post about the curly girl method here.
I also create a getting started with the curly girl method (cheat sheet) because it can be a little overwhelming. #becauseILoveYou
2. Add collagen and/or hair skin and nail supplement to your daily routine
Collagen has been growing in popularity and for good reason. It has many benefits for your overall health but particularly for your hair skin and nails.
3. Incorporate A Rice Water Rinse Every Three Days (or once per week depending on your curls needs)
Rice water has a plethora of benefits (read more about rice water here).
Incorporating a solid rice water rinse into your routine can do wonders for natural curls including hair growth!
4. Rinse with cold water
I’ll admit this doesn’t make for a luxurious shower experience. But rinsing with cold water helps close the hair cuticle and hold in moisture.
5. Do an apple cider vinegar rinse
Apple cider vinegar does wonders for curlies. It works as a gentle cleanser while moisturizing and detangling hair. Read more here about how to make your rinse.
A pre-poo” is an oil treatment applied to before shampooing or cleansing. It can also be applied overnight. The purpose of a pre-poo is to add moisture, repair hair shaft, and detangle curls before washing. You can see my pre-poo video here.
You can easily create your pre-poo mixture full of delicious oils! I used coconut oil, Argan oil, and Jamaican black caster oil. Read more about the benefits of Argan oil here.
7. Deep condition once or sometimes twice per week
It depends on your hair type, but using a deep conditioner is a must for curly hair. Experiment to find out what works best for your specific curls.
8. Stop using heat
The less you use heat on your hair the more healthy your curls will be.
9. Style while wet
Be sure to apply your styling products to your hair while it is wet. This helps better distribution of the product and creates less frizz.
10. Do not touch your hair until completely dry
Repeat after me: I will not touch my hair until it is COMPLETELY dry!! Once you’ve applied your products, do not touch, crunch, or run your fingers through it until it’s completely dry. After it is dry, gently smooth or crunch out the crunch. Read more here.
11. Stop using shampoo
Shampoo tends to be harsh on your hair and causes frizz and even breakage. Opt for a low poo option or a co-wash.
I make my apple cider vinegar rinse to clarify my hair. More about ACV including recipe here.
12. Protect your curls while you sleep
A silk nightcap or pillowcase is non-negotiable for curlies. They will protect your curls from frizz, and help to keep moisture in.
13. Use a t-shirt or microfiber towel to dry your hair using the pulsing method
A regular towel will destroy your curls before you’ve even gotten started. Use a microfiber towel to remove moisture by pulsing and scrunching.
14. Message scalp before bed every night
Beautiful curls begin with your scalp. Make a daily practice of message your scalp each night before bed. This will awaken your hair follicles and encourage regrowth.
15. Keep your favorite oil with you at all times
Curls are unpredictable. Keep your favorite oil on hand to use to smooth frizz and rehydrate throughout the day.
Remember, that all curls are different and have a mind of their own.
It’s important to experiment and find out what works best for your curls.
Need more curly hair tips?
Hop over to my Instagram and say hello!
I offer daily curly hair care tips and would love to connect with you! @curly_colleen
Because life is better with curly friends <3
P.S Don’t forget to download your getting started with the curly girl method cheat sheet <3
Next check out my favorite DIY’s for curly hair:
- The Beginners Guide To Making Flax Seed Gel
- How To Make Rice Water For Hair Growth
- How To Make Rice Water
- A Complete Guide To Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse For Beginners