My Simple Curly Hair Routine
I've been asked a billion times for my hair routine and I've finally gotten my life together to do it. Starting 2018 off with a bang! I'm introducing my new style for the Gram, going to be more active on the blog, and doing my best to give y'all better quality. I'm truly excited for what this year has in store.
Let me take you back to wear it all started: Growing up, I had big hair. Having a white mother and me being the only person in my family with ethnic hair, she had no idea what to do with my kinky, coarse hair, so she always brushed out my curls and put it in ponytails. The older I got, the more I wanted straight glossy hair because my hair was so difficult to manage. The amount of hair ties I had to cut out of my hair was ridiculous!
The first time I straightened my hair was in 7th grade. I got hooked. I started straightening weekly and relaxing my hair religiously. I desperately wanted to fit into the early 2000s standard of beauty. I fried and ruined my curls for the next four years in high school. I wasted so much time trying to be someone I'm not and I regret it today. Today, my curls are nothing like what they used to be. They're much looser and finer and I'm so sad about that! I think that's honestly the biggest thing I would go back and change.
So this is what I do on a daily basis. I've watched a ton of natural hair tutorials and they have so many products. I had a ton not too long ago, but I found some that really work for me that I'm sticking to until I find something better.
My wash days are mainly on Sundays. I found this awesome shampoo and conditioner from Trader Joe's (Nourish Spa Shampoo and Conditioner). These feel really cleansing and nourishing and seem great for any type of hair. They're about $3 each. I detangle in the shower with this brush and comb the conditioner through my hair. After that I rinse, but I make sure not to rinse all the conditioner out. Then—here's a key move for curly girls—I wrap my hair on top of my head with a big cotton t-shirt. This has seriously reduced the amount of frizz throughout the week. I let my hair sit in my towel for about 20 minutes and then start running DevaCurl SuperCream through my hair. This smells like coconut and leaves my hair really soft and detangled. I stopped using other DevaCurl products because my hair started falling out and thinning. I end my product routine with Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream. This has been my holy grail because it keeps my curls really defined throughout the week. I use a diffuser when I have time to dry my hair, but most of the time I just air dry and scrunch throughout the drying process. I touch up my definition daily with a spray bottle of water and my DevaCurl cream.
My hair can get really tangled on it's own, so I sleep in a silk bonnet every night on a silk pillow case. This helps reduce frizz and tangles and helps keep your curls defined. And that's about it! I keep my products minimal and my routine simple because I'm so busy throughout the week and because I hit the gym daily. At the gym I usually put my hair in a large clip half up, make a pineapple, or wear a large headband to keep my hair out of my face. When I really need a break or need my curls to bounce back a little more, I use protective styles like twists or slicked back ponytails (about one week a month).
My curls haven't made much sense to me growing up, but I recently discovered my Creole heritage after a relative contacted me. So now I know that my family is mixed, which explains my hair texture and features! It was an awesome discovery for me, because my entire life, my classmates told me I was black, or I was always questioned about my ethnicity. 2017 was definitely a year of discovery, loving myself, and working on myself, and I'm happy to have had you all who read my blog and follow my Instagram. You are truly appreciated. I wish you all love and success and hope you all have an amazing year!