I have a love for natural ingredients. Although silicones have been my best friend for a long time, I started to avoid them 2 years ago. After seeing the amazing sunkissed alba on YouTube I changed my haircare regime drastically, and I still thank her for that.
Before my adventures of watching curly hair tutorials on the internet, my hair regimen consisted of shampooing and conditioning my hair two times a week. Styling with a curl cream and a mousse. I dried my hair by plopping overnight. I always had major build up issues, so my curls were dull and lifeless. After my regime came to a turning point, I can say that my curls transformed.
I have to be honest: I’ve been a product-junkie. As soon as I saw someone raving about a hair product my brain instantly went to one thing: I need to try! Especially in the beginning I was searching for THAT amazing product. Resulting in that I had a ton of hair products to choose from, it made me crazy.
I entered the trial & error product stage, and I got discouraged I saw someone raving about a product and it didn’t work as well for me. But I learned that it takes a while to really figure out what my hair liked and didn’t liked.
I eventually realised that not every curly hair product was specifically created for my hair. Also, by rotating out products after every wash, I couldn’t figure out what did work and didn’t work for my hair. Cutting back on products made it a lot easier for me.
In order to find products that worked for my hair I had to get to know my hair. I had to watch a lot of inspirational videos, do research, learn about ingredients and test a ton of products. It has been a lot of trial and error, which can be frustrating. But once I got to know my hair, figured out what my hair liked or didn’t liked and which curl pattern I had, it made it a lot more easy to narrow down products.
I love moisturising shampoos. I’ve tried co-washing but it didn’t seem to work for my hair, because my hair is fine it can easily be weighted down by product build up. So I like to have my hair clean before applying new products. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo is my all time favorite. It cleanses very well, but is also very gentle to my hair. It’s so moisturising that I could even detangle my hair with it. Another favorite is the Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Shampoo. Once a month I use a clarifying shampoo. I like the Kinky-Curly Come Clean to make sure the heavier products that I use, especially in winter time, won’t get a chance to build up.
As far as conditioner I’m not that picky. Because my hair is fine I do have to look for a conditioner that is not too heavy and has a good amount of protein. Good slip is a priority for me, it is the key for easy detangling. I love my EO essentials rosemary & mint conditioner because it comes in a big jar. Boucleme Curl Conditioner is great because it’s light and has an amazing slip, so the detangling process is easy peasy. This product is also great as a leave-in.
I love natural ingredients so for my deep conditioning routine I mostly use a DIY deep treatment. I’m a big fan of my homemade protein mask which recipe I share on my IG @curlsandblondies. I use it once a week and try to alternate with a normal deep conditioner. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Treatment Masque and Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Mask are my favorites. They have a good balance between moisture and protein. I think you should never underestimate the power of protein. I think it’s the building block for our hair. My hair loves protein and it really helps to strengthen my fine strands.
Leave-in and cream
Even though my hair is fine I always use a leave in. In summer time when it is humid outside, I use Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner, which glycerin free or Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner, which is low in glycerin. Because my hair is high porosity I have to cut back on glycerin when there is a lot of moisture in the air.
When the temperature is low and the air becomes more dry my hair loves glycerin. Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie is my staple product during the colder months. It’s a quite heavy product, so I only use a tiny amount as my leave in. Another Cream I love to use in winter is Boucleme Curl Cream. This product gives me so much moisture and constant frizz free results, but again: less is more with this product.
My homemade flaxseed gel is my ultimate secret to definition and frizz free results. It’s the best curl enhancer I’ve used so far. I would recommend this to every curly woman because it’s glycerin free, protein free and cheap in the pocket. Not to mention, it’s all natural. The recipe is on my page
Custard and gel
I couldn’t live without gels, it plays an important role in how long my curls will last. The first gel I used was the Ecostyler olive gel and it is still one of my favorites. It’s moisturising and gives my curls the perfect amount of hold. I often recommend this gel to my followers because it’s affordable and a good products to start with. For frizz free results and flexible curls I love Boucleme Curl Defining Gel, I’ve never used a gel that moisturises that well. For instant good results I use my bouncecurl light creme gel.
In the summer I look for glycerin free gels. Giovanni LA styling is my holy grail. It has a very strong hold so most of the times I mix it with another gel like Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly. I love using custards in summer, for me it’s the key to fight frizz. Kinky-Curly Curling Custard and Design Essentials Natural Curl Forming Custard With Honey & Chamomile are my favorites. I always use them after my leave in and before my gel.
You can definitely learn from the best, but keep in mind that everybody’s hair is different. Their regimen may not work the same way for your hair. Looking at curl guru’s and curly hair bloggers can be encouraging and inspiring. You can admire someone else’s curls but you should never question your own. Embrace your texture and your pattern. Celebrate the good hair days alongside the not-so-good ones and rock your curls.