After spending almost a year experimenting with products and techniques, I finally have a method of curl care that works for me. Here’s my technique:
- Wash hair upside down using sulfate-free shampoo. (Click here to see why I wash upside down.)
- With hair still upside down, work conditioner in from ends. First, I smooth it through my hair and finger comb to remover tangles. Next, smooth all the hair back together as if you are pulling it in to a ponytail (still upside down). This encourages the curls to clump together. Then scrunch hair upwards, tilting from side to side, making sure all the hair has been scrunched.
- Rinse, right side up.
- When you are done showering, dry your face and body, wrap with a towel. Otherwise, all the water on your face will run in to your eyes for the next step.
- Flip hair upside down and work styling crème through hair, making sure to coat the hair, ends to roots.
- Scrunch hair upwards, tilting in all directions (don’t forget the back of your head).
- Using about a lime-size dollop of mousse, scrunch product in to hair, making sure you get even coverage.
- Still upside down, waddle over to the sink where you will lay out a pillowcase, t-shirt, or other non-terry cloth-drying towel.
- Lower curls on to the fabric, allowing them to lie naturally.
- Gather the back of the fabric and pull around to the nape of your neck. Twist sides together and secure ends with a hair tie. Leave in plopped position for 5-20 minutes.
- At this point, you have two options
- Option 1: Gently blow dry, upside down with a diffuser till about 80% dry. Flip upright and twist, arrange curls into place. The major benefit here is that you will get tighter, more voluminous curls. The downside is that it can take up to 15 minutes to dry hair.
- Option 2: Arrange wet curls by twisting into place, making sure you go all the way around the head. If you have flat spots, use duck clips to lift hair at the roots. Clip hair into place, if needed, and remove the duck clips before you leave the house. The benefit of air drying is that you will have shinier, more uniform curls. They will be a little looser than if you were to blow-dry. The negative is that there is a bit less volume at the root.
Here are the products that work for me:
Conditioner: Suave Naturals Conditioner, Tropical Coconut
Shampoo: Living Proof PHD Shampoo
Conditioner: Living Proof PHD Conditioner
Leave-In: Living Proof PHD Styling Cream
Note: I’ve previously noted that Living Proof was too heavy for curls. Actually, it can work great as long as you use only a tiny amount of product (I use a pea-sized amount).
So that’s my method! Hopefully you found something you can use and are off to a great hair day!