(This article was first published on www.curlsandbeautydiary.com)
A lot of lovely ladies have asked me about my curly hair routineâ€¦! Iâ€™ve often been told, â€˜Oh you have curly hairâ€¦ it must be a tough job maintaining themâ€™â€¦ and frankly, it makes me laughâ€¦! Simply because, in my mind, curly hair requires the least amount of maintenance and things to doâ€¦ and when I say that to people, they think Iâ€™m being modest and donâ€™t believe me! But itâ€™s true! Hence, I thought of sharing my curly hair routine with you guysâ€¦ but let me warn you guys, it really is no fancy affair!
Now, I have classic Indian black hair. Though curly, I donâ€™t have the noodle-like, well-defined curls. Itâ€™s mostly loose curls, which means that if I donâ€™t treat them right, my curls could open up and make my hair look more wavy than curly, thereby, losing their edge!
Frequency of wash:
I wash my hair almost every alternate day, i.e. at least 3 times a week. My hair isnâ€™t all that oily and I could probably do with washing it a little less often, but I always feel that my hair tends to look the best when itâ€™s freshly washedâ€¦ hence, I do it a little more often than necessary ðŸ™‚
Oiling: I coloured my hair, red, about 7 months ago and now itâ€™s in a situation where the colour has become almost light brown and makes the hair look damaged at the ends. This step, hence, has become all the more important to me.
I try and oil my hair every time before a wash. Obviously however, since I wash my hair quite often, it becomes difficult and inconvenient to oil it every single time.Â However, I do try to keep the oil on, even if itâ€™s for just 30mins before the bath.
On a regular basis, I simply use Parachute coconut oil. I love the fact that it has a nozzle-like mouth, which makes it very easily to directly pour oil onto my scalp and makes the application process easier and very quick. I simply massage my hair for 3 – 5mins and then leave it on till I get into the shower.
On weekends however, I do try to do a slightly more elaborate oiling routine. I mix my Bipha Ayurvedaâ€™s neelibhringadi oil and almond oil (Rogan Badam Shirin) or castor oil, and keep these on for about 3-4hrs.
Iâ€™m not someone who can keep oil on overnight and sleep with it. Iâ€™d probably just suffocate on the smell in my sleep! Hence, I simply do it as soon as I wake up on Sundayâ€¦ Coz holidays obviously mean late showers! ðŸ˜€
Shampoo: Iâ€™ve currently been using Garnier Ultra Blends, Royal Jelly and Lavender. However, I donâ€™t just stick to one shampoo continuously because, firstly, I feel that hair gets used to it pretty quickly and stops responding to it. And secondly, I get rather bored using the same thing continuously L
Hence, I shuffle between the Garnier and TIGI Catwalkâ€™s Curls Rock Shampoo. Now though getting rid of â€˜coconutâ€™ oil is not that difficult and just shampooing once is sufficientâ€¦ ayurvedic oils are a stickier story! Both the stickiness and the smell shall prevail if you donâ€™t wash properly! Hence, on days that I use these, I do a double wash (shampooing twice in the same bath).
And yes, I try not to use castor oil if I have a shoot or a party that day. Thereâ€™s always a chance that the castor oil hasnâ€™t left your hair completely even after the double wash.
Conditioner is an absolute MUST for me because thatâ€™s the only thing that detangles my hair (especially coz I donâ€™t comb my hair)! At times, if I feel my hairâ€™s too dry and I donâ€™t have time for oiling, then I just give my hair a conditioning wash. And Curly hair means you need twice the amount of conditioner that other women need.
I apply the conditioner on my entire hair, not just the ends as they usually sayâ€¦ but make sure not to touch the scalp with it, keep it on for 3-4mins and then rinse it off. I usually use the TIGI curls rock conditioner though off-late Iâ€™ve been using The Body Shopâ€™s Rainforest Moisture Conditioner for Dry hair which is damn good.
About once a week though, I also use Schwarzkopfâ€™s Spa Essence masque for dry hair. It basically acts like a thicker and creamier conditioner which I leave on for slightly longer i.e. 5-6mins before washing off. Ideally people say I should be doing the hot-towel and keeping it longer, etcâ€¦ but Iâ€™m damn lazy to do all that, and this short-cut pretty much seems to work for me. ðŸ˜‰
Towel Dry: I only towel dry my hair. No blow drying since the hot air tends to frizz-up the curls and no combing!
Leave in conditioner: After towel drying, I use a leave in conditioner. On an everyday basis, I use something light like a few drops of Kiehlâ€™s dry argan oil. On days of my shoots however, I use TIGI Catwalkâ€™s Curls Rock curl amplifierâ€¦ and on days when I need a more dramatic hold, I use TIGI BedHeadâ€™s Small Talk.
And all these, I apply on damp, towel dry hairâ€¦only on the hair ends and scrunch my hair with my fingers and my palm.
And thatâ€™s it! Am all set to go!
Oh and on the days when I donâ€™t wash my hair, itâ€™s even easier. Coz I need not do anything to it at all! ðŸ˜€