Basics: How to Plop or Plunk?

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Hi curlies!! So, here is a quick pictorial tutorial on Plopping or Plunking for you. What is plopping or plunking? Plopping/Plunking is rolling or putting up your hair in a t-shirt or cotton cloth. Reasons to Plop/Plunk: cuts down the drying time enhances curl pattern and gives tighter curls (Wavy haired people will love it!) keeps hair frizz-free while drying prevents us from touching our hair while it dries. When to Plop? On freshly washed hair, after applying all leave-in and styling products, follow it with scrunching using a dry t-shirt….then take another dry t-shirt and plop your hair. How long to Plop? You can plop from 10 mins to as long as you want. Many people even plop overnight. How to Plop: (at the risk of looking funny and oh-so-tired..here is a pictorial tutorial!!) Step 1: Spread a cotton t-shirt or microfibre towel on a flat surface like bed, stool, […]

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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 😀   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 […]

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Basics: What is “Scrunch out the Crunch(SOTC)” and “Fluffing”? How to get volume once hair dries!

I hate the hard gel cast Gives a wet and weighed down look to my hair Kills my hair volume I don’t know what to do That is why I avoid gels You know the hard crunchy hold that strong hold gels give? *yuck* Many curlies hate that!! Well, know what? I personally like hard hold gels. The gel cast formed by such gels are so good for frizz control and retaining definition!! So, here is the routine that I follow: After my usual washing and  conditioning routine, I apply my styling products aka gels on soaking wet hair. Techniques that I use to apply the styling products are mentioned in this post. Once gel is applied, I leave my hair alone!! :-p I don’t touch it at all till it dries completely. If I touch or mess my hair before it is dry, that is the sure shot way to infuse […]

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Read Ingredients Before Accepting a Brand’s 100% “Natural” claim!!

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The Hindu’s magazine Metro Plus’s (Bangalore Edition) first page news by Sriya Narayanan (the one clicked in the pic!) resonates every word of what I keep telling all you dear curly/wavy haired people!!! Do NOT accept any brand’s claim of being 100% “herbal” or “natural” or “organic”. Look at the ingredients list. Learn to differentiate between what truly is an organic or natural product than just fake claims that include one or two natural extracts or oils towards the end of the entire ingredients list!!! If  you are okay with using products with chemicals, then fine!! But if you are buying a product coz of its claims of being natural or herbal, then you need to think and look twice before you buy these products…… Typical conversations I have with some readers 🙂   A: Can I use hair product X, it says it is all natural. Me: Umm.. cannot […]

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DIY Deep Conditioning Idea for Curlies Living in Hostels

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Hello Curlies!! I often get asked by many young curlies staying in hostels to give simple DIY deep conditioning ideas.   I am  in hostel… do not have multiple kitchen ingredients at my disposal and above all, do not have a blender or mixie to create a smooth blend Hmm… I can understand that….to be frank, even though I have all this as one-step distance from my couch, I am too lazy to pick up 2-3 ingredients, blend them and then apply!! So, more often than not, I end up doing deep conditioning with the most simple and ready-to-apply ingredients. So here is the quick tip: Choose ONE ingredient which BLENDs easily using bowl and spoon APPLY all over your hair WRAP in plastic cover RINSE off Makes sense? Umm.. lemme explain..I apply one of these packs: DIY Curd Hair Pack: Take Curd, quickly blend it in a bowl and apply. […]

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Curly Hair Journey…2016

What an year 2016 was!! ………this post…rather than talking, I would just say it though pictures………. Professionally, I have been super busy Personally, it has been a roller coaster ride Blogging-wise it has been smooth Last two months of the year went by in a daze *still don’t wanna talk about it* Let’s look at the Hair Journey of 2016……..                         I don’t really have pics from November and December My hair routine has been totally off but hair has been behaving better… so I clicked this ‘just outta bed curls’ today (I am at mommyland so Sunday morning be like) ..in Mom’s nightie.. …waking up to good hair… ….piping hot cup of tea served at the table…. …..now this is called an awesome start to the new year….. How did your year start? I would love to know… […]

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Curly Girl Method: Before-After (Part 2)

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To make up for no posts in the last many manyyyy weeks, here is a comparison pic that I was supposed to post before going MIA…..   The pic in green top was taken in September or October, I think…..and the before pic is of 2015… month I need to track back..(this is the only proper click that I have of the before curly)….   Just want to quickly highlight the importance of proper and consistent hair care, getting rid of the damaged ends as much as possible, staying away from direct heat and above all, Curl Love!!! <3   P.S. I still have those stringy damaged ends, I had a plan to get my next  cut at a particular salon but then that plan got splashed too!! So, you and I need to wait a little more before I jump on to completely damage free hair!! 🙂

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Basics: What is Transitioning? Hair Regimen for Transitioning (from Chemical/Heat Damaged to Natural Hair)

This is totally a personal choice. But I personally and from few more feedback that using sulfate-free shampoo does make a HUGE difference...skipping sulfates means by default skipping silicones. Using too  much of silicones in the long run does dry out our hair more. BUT, the choice is yours. Many curlies love silicones, many totally hate it. If you are not on a tight budget, I would suggest following the sulfate-silicone free regimen as mentioned here. It makes a lot of difference to the scalp and hair.

I have been wanting to write many many posts on Curlacious. But there are just wayyyy too many reasons to postpone writing a post. Usually, 2 of my friends always call and ask if I am alive since nothing is up on the blog and then I rushhh and write…  😉 This time, I am writing a post for you curlies out there…. Day before yesterday, I had a nice long chat with another curlie who was new to my blog (that’s the best part about blogging..I get to talk and interact with such sweet & awesome people!!). She had landed here looking to revive her straightened hair. She wants to grow out her hair and was asking about ways and steps to do that. Since this question is something that I often get asked and this post was already due for really long, I thought why not to write a whole […]

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What is “Hair Elasticity”? Key to Protein-Moisture Balance!

Hair care is a lot about knowing few nuances of your hair properties…that’s why I like to discuss and explain few of the basics of our hair properties which affect of hair and the hair care regimen that we follow. After Curly Hair Typ(Pattern), Density & Width and porosity,  now I am gonna be writing about another important property: Elasticity.   Elasticity is probably one of the most important properties of hair that we need to keep in mind while doing protein treatments or deep conditioning treatments. What is Hair Elasticity? The general definition of elasticity is applicable to hair too. The ability of our hair strands to stretch and to get back to original shape is called hair’s elasticity. Why is Elasticity important? Hair Elasticity determines hair’s health and strength. It helps us know whether our hair needs moisture or protein. Gives an idea on how much manipulation our […]

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Basics: What is “Cowashing”?

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I just recently realized that I had not written a post specifically for “cowashing”. Well, I do explain it in this post on “How to care for naturally curly/wavy hair in India“. But, then this topic of Cowashing is something that needs its own post and I am rather late in writing it up. 🙂   What is Cowashing? Conditioner-only washing. Yes! it is as simple as that! Cowashing refers to a method of using conditioner instead of shampoo to wash our hair. We totally skip the shampoo in our hair was regimen and replace it with a silicone-free conditioner.   How to cowash? The only thing you need for cowashing is a Silicone free conditioner. Get your hands on a good silicone-free conditioner and you are good to go. The steps to follow for cowash as just like shampooing. You can read a step-wise post here: How to shampoo. […]

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