Ok people, I have had a lot of time this summer to experiment with my curls and make them look their best ever. And those of you with curly hair know that it’s not always easy, and there’s always a cocktail of products involved. The issue is that curly hair always tends to be very dry but also prone to limpness if overloaded with too much moisture. So you want healthy shiny hair, but without making the hair sag under the weight of all that product.
Here’s what I use these days to keep my hair looking great. Keep in mind that I do live in an extremely dry climate where humidity isn’t an issue. If you’re in a very humid city, I would suggest using a strong hairspray after your hair has set. My favourite is Moroccan Oil Luminous Hold Hairspray in Strong, because it offers strong yet movable hold, and leaves your hair soft not crunchy.
Ok, so first we begin with a pre-poo. A pre-poo is what you put into your hair before shampooing it. This is a product that’s meant to nourish your hair but also protect it from being stripped when you’re in the shower. These days I am saturating my hair with Garnier’s Smooth and Sleek Moroccan Oil Treatment. I usually put it in my hair about an hour or two before I wash it (clearly, I don’t have time to do this daily, but I definitely try to do it weekly). I have also put it in right before I shower and that seems to work well too.
I also really like Ojon. I have used it on and off for about 5 years now, and I really do believe it works. If you’ve struggled with your hair before, I suggest you give it a try. You can pick up lots of Ojon products from TheShoppingChannel.com.
I then use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner, preferably one that’s sulfate-free. Right now I’m using Carol’s Daughter Monoi Reparing Shampoo and Conditioner and really like it. I have to shampoo twice to make sure that all the pre-poo is washed out, and when I use the Garnier Treatment, the shampoo doesn’t lather a lot even on the second time. Still, I shampoo twice and that’s it. Trust me on this one.
I also love L’Oreal Professionnel’s Intense Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, or Ojon Shampoo and Conditioner (I have tried them all, but you really can’t go wrong with the hydrating duo). These are the two brands that I always come back to.
After shampooing and conditioning I use a leave-in conditioner. I really like Live Clean’s Damage Therapy Restorative Spray because it leaves my hair super soft. I’m on my second bottle right now. I also like the spray because it’s light and no matter how much you use, it won’t weigh down your hair. That’s the advantage of using a spray rather than a cream. If you’re blow-drying your hair, then you definitely want to use a spray so that you can get nice volume and air into the blow-dry.
Into the ends, I apply a couple of pumps of L’Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Leave-In Treatment. It is slightly greasy so it’s best used in moderation and only on the ends. When and if I have a bad hair day (usually when I try a new product), this is what I go to as my quick fix. I cover my hair in it, and it defines my curls just enough so that I can make a casual messy bun without anyone knowing about the product that I’ve been playing with.
And THEN… I use Dove Style+Care Cream-Serum and saturate my hair with it. I have hair that goes down to the middle of my back, so I use about 4 pumps – you may need more if you have thick hair, or less if your hair is shorter. Play with it, but this is a lovely product for curly hair because it provides conditioning and gloss like a serum, but also definition like a traditional curl cream does. It’s the perfect product for curly hair.
And that’s it. I like to air dry my hair when possible, so often I’ll do the cocktail of haircare at night, and if I’m in a rush I’ll skip out on the pre-pooing.
If there are ladies out there who have curly hair and have a routine or product that they swear by, let us all know in the comments! I know we’re all interested in knowing how everyone makes their curly hair work!