Embracing your natural curls or waves is something that takes long to get used to. Apart from that, deciding to take the plunge is the biggest thing. You have never done that yourself. More often than not, considering how desperate we curlies and wavies are to tame our hair, you might be the only person planning to try this out. That means there is no one to tell you what to expect and what not to expect. Worst part, there will be more people to discourage you than to make you believe in your true Curlacious self!!
Considering all this and after spending some time following this method, I have few pointers to share with you. In case you are considering to quit (Please don’t quit), hope it helps you in continuing your Curl Journey!! 🙂
- When you shift from Sulfate-containing shampoo to a Sulfate-free one, your scalp tends to get more oily during the initial few days.
If you had been using a sulfate shampoo for long, then your scalp would be used to producing oil based on the amount of oil being stripped by your usual shampoo. Sulfate shampoos are very drying to the scalp, so our scalp is used to producing excessive oil to combat the dryness. Once you switch to milder cleansers like sulfate-free shampoos or silicone-free conditioners, the scalp is not stripped of its natural oils as much, but the scalp being used to producing the usual amount of oil, ends up producing almost same and the scalp feels oily. It takes few days or weeks for the scalp to get used to the new routine and to produce oil accordingly. After which your hair and scalp both will get used to it.
- If you are planning to follow the curly/wavy hair care (mentioned in this post) partially, know the basics!
Switching to a sulfate free shampoo while continuing to use usual (silicone loaded conditioner) will be nothing short of a blunder. Sulfate-free shampoos are very mild and do not remove the silicones from hair. So, if you are switching to a sulfate-free shampoo, make sure you use a silicone-free conditioner or else it will lead to frequent build ups and it is not good for your scalp and hair too. If you are following the Silicone-free regimen, try to be a little cautious of the ingredients of your products. If you use silicone-containing products unknowingly, use a clarifying shampoo once and then you are good to continue your usual regimen of sulfate-silicone free hair care.
- The results are not instant!! Be patient!!
Once you start following the silicone and sulfate free regimen, you got to be aware that the results are not instant!! You will not get the full Curl Power of your hair in one wash!! We have been torturing our hair with heat damage, chemical damage, if not both then surely environmental effects are unsaid factors, the consistent brushing/combing of dry hair and above all the moisture stripping hair regiment for realllyyyyyy loooonnngg. To adjust to the new regimen and to bounce back to its full CurlPower, our hair will need its own sweet time. But one good thing is that compared to the number of years you have tormented your hair, the time it takes to bounce back and be its curlacious self would be pretty less!! 😉 It might take few weeks for some people and few months for others. But at the end, it will all be totally worth!! Be patient!
- Getting a haircut that suits your hair properties makes your hair more curlacious!!
depending on your hair’s length, density and curl pattern, do a little research and a loooooooooottt of thinking thennn go and get a haircut that looks good on you when you style hair in their naturally curly or wavy state. This makes a lot of difference in the overall appearance and look of our curls and waves 🙂
- Learn to read product ingredients before buying a hair product
Be it shampoo, conditioner, styling products(Gel/Mousse), deep conditioning treatment….anything…anything that goes on your hair, needs to have it’s ingredients to be scrutinized first. I have learnt over time that this point really makes a lot of difference (I will do a post on how to read ingredients soon… or may be a quick reference list!) Till then, you can refer these list and choose:
List of Silicone-free Styling products in India
Hope these help you in justifying the few discouraging or nitpicking reasons that you get