Hope you have read the little intro of the Curly Girl Method Here.
If you tried to google CG to start on your own in India, you probably ended up finding very little information on it or ended up being disheartened.(I really hope you are not disheartened). Well, in any case don’t worry! Nowadays, it is more than easy to start following CG hair care routine in India than ever. There are so so sooo many products easily available in indian markets, especially now that the online shopping is at an all time high!
If you are wondering where to start with this method, read along to have an idea. Here I would mention the detailed steps with how you can follow the most apt curly hair routine in India to manage and maintain your curly or wavy hair awesomely.
If your current hair care routine resembles anything like what I have mentioned in this post then you should really consider revamping your routine and follow what I am about to share in this post.
Here is what you need to do step wise:
- Use your sulfate containing shampoo one last time. If your Shampoo contains Sulfates, use it one last to clarify your hair and scalp from all the silicones or unnecessary product build-up. What shampoo to use? Just read the ingredient list. If it contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium laureth sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, you are good to go. From the next wash, you can replace your shampoo with a sulfate-free shampoo.
- Get hold of a silicone-free conditioner. Use it for Co-washing your hair. Use a 10rs coin size amount onto your finger tips. Spread it onto the finger pads of both hands. Start massaging at the temples in small circular motions. Take more conditioner on your finger tips/pads and slowly work your way through to the mid and then to back and end at the nape of the neck. Feel free to add more conditioner as and when required. Rinse off the conditioner thoroughly from the scalp and hair to remove the conditioner and the dirt. Note: Use small circular motion which must be firm yet not very hard. If your conditioner is thick, dilute it with water to get a runny consistency so that it is easy to spread on the scalp. Silicone free conditioners available in India: Enliven Natural Fruits Extract Conditioners (Rasberry & Red Apple, Kiwi & Fig, Coconut and Vanilla, Mango & Passion Fruit), L’oreal Paris Smooth Intense Smoothing Conditioner Silk Protein, Revlon Flex Regular Protein Body Building Conditioners, Revlon Flex Extra Body Protein Body Building Conditioners, Giovanni Root 66 Max Volume Conditioner, Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Conditioner, Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture (available at Health & Glow stores), The Body Shop Rainforest range conditioners(it has three: Moisture, Shine & Volume).
- Apply the same conditioner from the mid shaft till the tips (like a usual conditioner). Detangle hair, using fingers, start detangling from the hair tips and work your way up till the roots. Be patient and gentle. If any knots, add more water and conditioner and softly detangle without being harsh. Hair must be detangled when hair is soaking wet with water plus conditioner. If not, the detangling will damage hair and cause more breakage. Once all strands are detangled, part your hair the way you want and comb through the hair using your fingers or a wide toothed comb. It will help close the hair cuticles. Here, I usually scrunch my hair towards the root just to enhance my hair’s curl pattern. Leave the conditioner on for 10-15 minutes or even longer. Curly hair needs loads of moisture in hair so leaving a conditioner on for a long time is needed for the conditioning effect to take place. While rinsing off, leave in some conditioner in the hair. It will help keeping our thirsty for moisture hair in retaining some moisture.
- If hair feels dry to the touch. (how can wet hair feel dry huh? Lol) I mean if hair feels rough, add a little bit of the same conditioner as a leave-in and scrunch it onto the hair.
- Ditch your usual towel and replace with a microfiber towel or an old cotton t-shirt. Tilt you head to a side and soak up the extra water by using a scrunching motion. Take a bunch of hair and place the tips onto the towel/t-shirt and crush it towards the scalp in a scrunching motion. i.e., the way you would crush a paper in your palms. Scrunch random bunches of hair using the t-shirt so that the excess dripping water is soaked up. Do not over do this step as it might cause frizz. As soon as you see your curls starting to frizz, stop scrunching. This towel drying can be done either after applying styling gel or before depending on your preference.
- While hair is still wet, take generous amount of silicone-free styling product (usually a gel) and spread all over the hair. Do not disrupt the curl pattern. Do not run fingers through the hair. Because touching your hair will separate the hair strands and cause frizz. Also will de-clump the curls which, believe me, you really don’t wanna do. Take the product in hand and rub between both palms and try smoothing on the product over the hair from the roots moving downwards till the end. Do this softly and try not to pull out the curls. Then scrunch hair towards the roots using palms. Do this until you cover all strands. Once all hair are covered with the gel, scrunch all hair to enhance the curls. Take a section of your hair placing the ends on your palm and scrunch it upwards towards the scalp. The motion resembles the action of crushing a paper in your palm. The gel forms a cast over the curls. The gel cast helps in retaining the curl pattern while the hair dries and keeps the curls from frizzing after drying.There are various ways of applying hair styling products. I will discuss those later on. Silicone-free Styling Gels in available in India: Giovanni LA Natural Styling Gel, Giovanni Natural Air Turbo Hair Mousse, Garnier Fructis Styling Gel All Day Hold. You can also use homemade Flaxseed Gel which is very effective, easy to prepare and cost-effective.
- Wait for the hair to dry. Air dry your hair to get the best results. Blow drying with a round brush or comb is a complete No-No. In case you are impatient or your hair takes veryyy long to dry, you can use a blowdryer with a diffuser attachment once your hair is 70-80% dry. It also helps in enhancing the curls for wavy haired people.
- Once hair is 100% dry or wait till your hair is 110% dry, you would need to do a final scrunching to shape your curls. On drying, your hair might have crunchy feel from the gel cast. Once completely dry, scrunch your hair one final time to relieve the gel cast and give your curls body and volume.
- That’s it. Enjoy your beautiful curls.
- If you cannot ditch your shampoo altogether, switch to a sulfate-free shampoo. That is what I do. I use sulfate free shampoo and cowash only intermittently. Also, if you have been using sulfate shampoos for long, I would suggest to switch to a sulfate-free shampoo first and then to contemplate if you want to go completely Shampoo-free. Here is a list of Sulfate-free shampoos available in India: I use Giovanni Roots 66 Max Volume Shampoo. There are two more variants of Giovanni Shampoos which are sulfate free. There is a whole range of Khadi products which mention as “SLS and paraben free”
- Initially, your hair might need a very large amount of conditioner, which I promise will reduce with time and consistently moisturizing hair. At the end, all the conditioner that flows down your drain will feel so much worth it. 😀
- If you want to start co-washing on a budget, you should grab Enliven Conditioners. They are silicone free, very conditioning and more quantity for less price. However they contain Parabens. I don’t mind using parabens, if you do then you can look for L’oreal Smooth intense smoothing conditioner.
- Patience is the key. It takes time, patience and practice. I am still in the transition phase and I know how difficult it can be to wait for the result or to wait for the hair to dry. Being highly impatient myself and being mommy to a highly huggy-huggy toddler, I surely know what time and patience means.. hehe.. If I can try and do it, you can surely do it too. 🙂
- Last but not the least, welcome to the world or curls and waves. Hope you fall in love with your naturally curly or wavy hair.
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