Generally, the shampoos we stock are sulphate-free. Some sulphates are a harsh stripping agent that strip your scalp of its natural oils. Because curly hair tends to be dry and needs as much natural moisture and oils as it can get, it's advisable to avoid using sulphates in your routine.
Sulphates are also responsible for creating foam, so sulphate-free shampoos create little to no foam and take some time to get used to.
Some people prefer to avoid shampoos altogether and opt for cowashes which are cleansing conditioners. These are conditioners specifically designed to very gently cleanse the scalp. Cowashes are ideal for very dry scalps, or people who wash their hair regularly and don't want to always shampoo. If using a cowash, it's advisable to cleanse your hair with a shampoo at least twice a month.
It's best to wet your hair completely before applying any product. Shampoos are for your scalp, so apply a small amount directly onto your scalp and massage well either with your fingers or using a scalp massager.
We recommend shampooing twice. The second time, your shampoo will usually foam a little more; once you see the foam, you know your scalp has been cleaned.
*Tip: Try an apple cider vinegar rinse once a month to keep a healthy pH balance of the scalp.
A crucial step in every wash day routine, conditioners detangle hair and provide much-needed moisture for your curls. The conditioners we stock are free from non water-soluble silicones and drying alcohols. Non water-soluble silicones can coat the hair strands in order to block anything from entering the hair.
Instead, our conditioners contain hydrating and moisturising ingredients that are water-soluble and usually derived from plants, like coconut oil, honey and rose water.
As well as conditioning your hair, we recommend using a mask or deep conditioner once a week because curly hair suffers from dryness and needs a little extra love every now and then!
Conditioners and deep conditioners help to fight frizz and strengthen the hair. They can be the difference between a good and a bad washday.
Spread the product well between the palms of your hands and apply onto soaking wet hair, avoiding the scalp. If using a detangling brush, this is the time to get it out, starting at the ends and working your way up. Alternatively, you can use your fingers to detangle your hair.
*Tip: Rinse your conditioner off with cooler water, allowing the cuticles of the hair to close and retain the moisture.
As curly hair tends to lose moisture very fast, you can use a Leave-In Conditioner/Cream in your styling routine. A Leave-In Conditioner is a conditioner that is not rinsed out and is designed to add much-needed hydration and moisture to curls for longer. A cream acts in the same way but has more curl-activating properties and is designed as a styling product to help with curl formation and shape.
Once you've rinsed out your conditioner or deep conditioner, squeeze your hair with your hands to remove any excess water and finger comb a small amount of leave-in or cream into your hair. If your hair tends to get oily, stay away from the roots. You can use a brush to ensure even distribution of the product and you can scrunch the hair upwards to help with curl formation.
*Tip: Apply with your head upside down if you're looking for more volume.
Styling Gels are important to lock in all the good work that your leave-in or cream has done. Gels give your hair hold and definition and they fight frizz. They range from gentle to strong hold and you can use more than 1 if you are looking for extra hold.
As gels dry, they will form a hard cast around your hair. This is completely normal! The cast will set the curls in place and will protect you from heat if you dry with a diffuser. Once your hair has completely dried, you can scrunch your hair with your hands to break the cast and reveal soft, natural curls.
After applying your leave-in or cream, you can put your hair in a gentle towel before applying a gel, or move straight onto your gel.
There are many different ways to apply styling products and you need to find what's best for your hair.
Some common methods are visualised here:
- Raking: this method ensures even distribution as you comb the product through your hair with your fingers
- Scrunching: by cupping your hair into your hands and scrunching upwards, this method helps enhance your curl pattern
- Praying Hands: by flattening your hair with your hands, this method helps smooth the hair and reduce frizz
- Finger Coiling: this is a great method if you are looking for definition
- Brush Styling: if you want defined results but would rather use a brush, you can use the Scrunch It Brush to style your hair
You can let your hair dry naturally, gently pat it dry with a gentle towel, or wrap it in a towel. Normal towels cause a lot of frizz, so make sure you're using something soft to dry your hair and minimise frizz.
Alternatively, you can also use a diffuser, but it's important to know how!
Here's a great video on the dos and don'ts of diffusing. Remember to use a low heat setting and start at the roots, leaving the ends until the end in order to minimise heat damage!
Once your hair is dry, remember to scrunch out the crunch from the gel.
*Tip: For more volume, diffuse with your head upside down.