My Curly Hair Styling Routine

Sharing my curly hair styling routine was long due. You won’t believe that these pics I had clicked in August last year….but I didn’t want to post coz my nail polish was chipped (lol!). I had thought that I would click another set of pics. But I never got around to clicking those. So, if you don’t mind the chipped nail polish, here is the basic routine.

I use different products, but the styling routine is pretty much the same. I will also share few other routines or variations that I follow for styling..but then these pics took about 8 months to be up on the blog…so for the next set you can anticipate the expected time of that post!! LOL ๐Ÿ˜€


Anyway, let’s start….

In the shower, I used

  • Giovanni Smooth as Silk Shampoo (it is sulfate-free)
  • Loreal Smooth Intense Conditioner for detangling and as a rinse off (it is silicone-free)

After the usual Shampoo and conditioning routine in the shower, I follow the below steps. I shampoo, detangle, apply conditioner, and wash it off completely. I apply the leave-in conditioner once I am outta shower.


Steps for Styling

Step 1

On dripping wet hair, I start applying my leave-in conditioner. During the time of these pics, there was so much humidity in air so I had been using thicker conditioner as a leave-in. I have used Nyassa Hibiscus Conditioner.

  1. I take the required amount of leave-in conditioner in your palm and rub together
  2. Then I rake-in the product onto your hair section-wise. Seeย below in Pic numbered 2. I don’t just run my fingers down, I take hair between fingers and press then tight and run them through the entire length ~~This gives even product distribution and controls frizz
  3. Once all sections of hair are covered, I start scrunch my hair.
  4. I scrunch all sections several times. ~~This enhances curl formation, clumps hair and helps in product being socked up and squeezing out excess water.

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Step 2

After applying the leave-in conditioner, I take a lot of hair gel and apply it all over my hair. I used the Set Wet Cook Hold Gel.

  • First, I apply the hair gel with my head upside down.
  • I scrunch in the gel all over. Usually I start from near one ear and section-wise move towards the other ear
  • Then I also apply more gel once I turn upright – extra gel scrunched on my bangs and the graze slightly on top of my hair
  • Since I have already started scrunching my hair while applying leave-in conditioner, I do not rake-in my gel. ~~ raking at this stage will break the clumps. So I prefer scrunching in the gel.


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Step 3

Here I am done with applying products. Now is the time to dry hair.

  • At this stage, I usually plop my hair with a t-shirt for about 15 minutes. (I don’t have pics ๐Ÿ™ ) ~~ this enhances curls and fastens the drying process. It is best suited for wavy haired people, I feel
  • Once I take down my hair, I let it air dry ~~ which takes ages.
  • You can diffuse your hair for fast drying.


Step 4ย 

  • If my hair gel gives a gel cast, once my hair is 100% dry, I break the gel cast by Scrunching Out the Crunch(SOTC). ~~ this gives volume and makes curls pop!!


On this day, I had air dried my hair.

This is how my hair looked on drying:

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Hope this post helps!! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. These pics are of Aug 2016. My hair has grown now and a lot of those damaged flatter ends are gone!! Yay!!ย 


14 thoughts on “My Curly Hair Styling Routine

  1. Did not work for me. Used the exact same products and method xD raking made my curls into thin small curls instead of big wavy ones that I like and usually have. So fed up of my hair. Can’t learn to manage it at all ,wanna go bald

    1. Hey Gautami… Come on…Don’t be so disheartened… it just takes some trial and error to work out a perfect routine for each type of hair….

      If you feel that raking gives you thin and small curls, then you can totally skip the raking part and scrunch in the products onto your hair on very wet hair and in clumps…… or may be smooth it on…. just experiment a little with the styles of applying gel and it would work…..

  2. You have such pretty, pretty, pretty curls Divya. The crown of your head is so neat without any frizz. I am so annoyed with the little hair that frizzes all over my crown. I use extra gel on it…does not seem to work. Any ideas on how to make my crazy flywaways co-operate?

    1. Hey JM.. thank you so much!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Did u try to apply the gel once your hair was all dry? Sometimes it happens with me too, with all the humidity here… Once my hair dries up 100%, I fluff it up and then apply gel at the frizzy crown or spots…. try it and let me know…

      Another thing that you can do it use leave-in conditioner before your styling product… it helps control the frizz….

  3. Hello Divya…
    Please suggest a diffuser other than revlon rv544. This is the first time iam purchading a dryer or diffuser… TIA

    1. Hi Shwetha, I have this dryer from Wahl which comes with a diffuser attachment, I have linked it in this post under the Diffuse topic. You can see the diffuser in the pic too.

      This diffuser is good but veryyyy powerful (so it can induce frizz while diffusing….and is not suitable for very fine hair). If your hair is fine, then you can go for a dryer with less Watt than 2000W.

  4. Hi Divya,
    can you pls tell me can i use Keratherapy Keratin Infused Moisture shampoo and conditioner for dry,frizzy,curly hair?

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