My Curly Hair Regime!
Since starting my blog last October I've had numerous enquiries about which products I use to enhance my curly hair!
One of the most important things I find with having good curly hair is that you need to find the right products to suit your type and texture of curls. It will also depend on what type of look you want to achieve. For me, the perfect curly hair day means having lovely spiral curls with plenty of volume at the roots. My hair is actually quite fine, which means I can't have afford to grow it too long or the curls can really drag.
Curls are quite complex and temperamental. The typical curl scenario is that you'll have the best hair day ever when you have nowhere to go! So, it's basically like a personal journey trying to find what products work for your curls. Often what might work for my hair may require a little adjusting for someone else's hair! So I hope you find this useful and I would love to get your feedback.
1. Washing My Hair
I only use shampoo and conditioner every second time I wash my hair, as I find it goes quite limp if I use shampoo and conditioner for every wash. The best day for curls is when I just wet my hair. See tip number 8 for more details.
2. Post Hair Wash
Directly after washing my hair I wrap my hair with a 100% cotton cloth (usually just an old t-shirt or a muslin cloth). I don't use a towel as it absorbs too much water out of the hair. I find it's better to keep your hair very wet before you put the styling products in.
3. Brushing My Hair
When possible, I try not to brush my hair after washing it. However, when I don't use shampoo and conditioner I have to give it a quick brush as it can get quite knotty.
4. Adding The Styling Products
For me, this is the most important stage. I have been using the Umberto Gianni mousse for years and I think it works best for my curls. I have tried others products throughout the years but I always end up going back to it! I generally use three large handfuls of mousse. I apply it at the root and pull it through to the end.
Once the hair is soaked with mousse then turn your head up side down and use the muslin cloth to scrunch up the curls. Again it's important not to use a towel here as I think it absorbs too much of the product.
5. Pinning My Hair
Once you have finished scrunching your curls, it's time to pin it up using the claw clips. This is an important stage for me as I need plenty of volume because I have fine hair. But it's also handy if you don't fancy scrunch drying your hair straight away. I often repeat this stage after my hair is dry to create even extra volume. When pinning your hair, divide your hair into 8/10 sections and roll the curls into individual sections and pin it using the claws.
6. Drying My Hair
I use a diffuser dryer called Babybliss. I bought it in Boots pharmacy for about €40 and it seems to do as a good a job as any! I generally put it on full heat and full power. I personally don't like the look of jelly curls (i.e curls wet with product) so it's important to me to fully dry out my hair so there is no look of product left in the hair. While drying my hair my head is usually upside down.
7. After Drying My Hair
I often repeat Step 5 by using the claw clips to pin up my hair giving it even more volume.
General Tips for Curly Hair
- The claw clips are the best way to achieve a spiral curl and add volume to a curly head.
- Use the claw clips at night to pin up your curls, sometimes day 2 or even day 3 are even better hair days.
- Don't use a towel to dry your hair, use a cotton t-shirt or a muslin cloth
- Avoid using shampoo and conditioner each time you wash your hair!
- Go to a hairdresser that understands curls! I go to Laura at Raymond Skelton in Galway. I think it's best to cut curly hair when it's dry and curly!
- Fully dry your hair so there is no evidence of the styling product as to avoid jelly curls!
- Once a week use the Umberto Gianni intensive conditioning treatment.
- I currently use L'Oreal Elvive colour protect shampoo and conditioner, I have tried so many specialised curl products and the only one to beat it is an American label called Deva Curl. Most shampoos contain dehydrating detergents, Deva Curl offer a non-lathering shampoo alternative. Unfortunately it's only available in the states but it is possible to buy online.