Every curly girl knows the struggle of trying to get soft, bouncing curls. Today I’m sharing 15 Things You Can Do Today To Get Perfect Natural 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
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The curly girl method can be a little overwhelming so I created “The Ultimate Curly Girl Method Cheat Sheet” (including a guide to my favorite affordable drug store products) to help simplify the process.
I grew up with a curly frizzy mess. In high school and college, I straightened my hair because straight equaled beautiful.
…..or so I was told by many people.
The years I spent under a straightening iron, left my hair extremely damaged.
Once I began a journey to learning to love my curls, there were a few key habits I needed to learn. I am sharing them with you today in hopes of helping you love and take care of your curls.
15 Things You Can Do Today To Get Perfect Natural Curls
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1. Give The Curly Girl 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.
It can be a littler overwhelming getting started so I created a “Getting Started With Curly Girl Cheat Sheet” (including a guide to my favorite affordable drug store products) to help simplify the process and get you the curly results you want quickly.
2. Add collagen and 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.
Adding collagen and hair skin and nails supplement to your daily routine will help your curls grow healthy and strong.
I started seeing noticeable hair growth within the first 30 days of taking these.
3. Incorporate A Rice Water Rinse Once Per Week
Like anything with curly hair, how often you use rice water will depend on your hair type and specific hair needs. I do a fermented rice water treatment once per week.
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.
The purpose of a pre-poo is to add moisture, repair hair shaft, and detangle curls before washing.
You can easily create your pre-poo mixture full of delicious oils. See my DIY recipe here.
If you want to purchase one, I love and use this one daily.
7. Deep condition once per week
A deep conditioner will do wonders for your curls especially if they are damaged. Incorporate a weekly deep conditioning to help restore health to your curls.
If a deep conditioner tends to be too heavy for your hair, try moving it up in your hair routine. Use your deep conditioner before you shampoo.
As everything with curly hair, you will need to experiment to find out what works best for your specific curls.
I use and love this brand and would highly recommend it.
8. Stop using heat
Heat is very damaging to your hair. The less heat your curls are exposed to, the healthier they will be.
If you want healthy curls, you are going to have to say goodbye to chronically straightening your hair. That’s not to say you can’t ever straighten it. But limiting heat exposure will do wonders for your hair.
Always use a diffuser when blow drying and keep it on the cool setting.
I use and love the orchid diffuser.
9. Style while wet
Applying styling products to wet hair typically yield the best results because curly hair is the smoothest when it’s wet.
Apply a good amount of your favorite styling products and scrunch your hair using your preferred method. You can read more about different scrunching method’s here. This helps distribute the product better and created less frizz.
Once applied, use a high-end microfiber towel to scrunch hair and remove added moisture before drying.
Keep in mind that there are no rules when it comes to curly hair. Some curlies apply product to damp hair and have great results. But typically speaking, your hair should be wet.
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 styled, and crunched, 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.
I use righteous roots oil to scrunch out the crunch. It helps break up the curl cast and seal the ends.
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 love this gentle low poo cleanser.
12. Protect your curls while you sleep
This is a gamechanger when it comes to keeping second, third, and fourth-day curls.
A silk nightcap or pillowcase is non-negotiable for curlies.
Silk helps you to retain more moisture and allows your curls to glide smoothly over the material which eliminates breakage and reduces frizz.
I sleep on a silk cap on day one and two curls, and switch to a silk pillow case until I wash my hair again.
- This is my favorite silk cap by far. You can read my full review here.
- 100% Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase Standard Size 2
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.
Note: Choose a high-quality microfiber towel. Lower quality microfiber towels can cause frizz as well.
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.
Scalp Messager: These are bomb. I use them every single day.
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.
There is no magical product when it comes to curly hair. It’s all about establishing healthy, consistent routines and experimenting with what works for your hair.
By implementing the tips above, you will be on your way to healthy, bouncing curls.
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.
P.S Don’t forget to download your getting started with the curly girl method cheat sheet <3
Next check out some of my most popular curly girl posts:
- How To Start The Curly Girl Method | Beginner’s Guide
- What You Actually NEED For Curly Girl Method On A Budget