So, I’ve decided that it’s time to talk about some hair cure must-haves for my curly-hair crew! Especially now that in the UK the cold has well and truly hit us and I’m not sure about the rest of you but my curls are suffering!
My last hair care post where I discussed how having weaved saved my curls was followed by a great response from some of you who wanted me to do some more hair care stuff. As this is something which I thoroughly indulge in, I want to showcase the (many) products I use, particularly my fave ones for Autumn/Winter…so let’s get straight into it!
Firstly focusing on my ‘wash and go’ products, I consistently use the above. Shea Moisture is genuinely my most used and favourite brand. (Shea Moisture, I’m waiting for you to notice my loyalty to your brand!!!)
Currently I’m loving the HASK Monoi/Coconut Oil Nourishing Conditioner. Genuinely, it’s extremely nourishing and as a tip I’d say work from the tips of your hair, upwards. That way you avoid build up in product in your roots; especially important if you use a number of products like I do! The Jamaican Black Castor Oil range is genuinely my favourite out of all their ranges, simply because it’s rich in Castor Oil which is perfect for hair growth as it’s rich with Vitamin E!
If you struggle with your hair drying out (I do!) I’d suggest co-washing more regularly than you shampoo your hair. The Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo is one I’d highly suggest whenever you do shampoo. Invest in a small comb that you use only when in the shower, or bath, just to comb through your hair ensuring the product gets all the way through!
~Quick curl tip: Any product you use in your hair whilst damp, try the ‘scrunching technique.’ It helps with volume as well as creating more defined curls!~
After I’ve washed, rinsed and very slightly air-dried my hair, I use the above products. You can purchase any coconut oil, as you can see mine is from Tesco, literally any coconut oil will do the job. (Also really good for your skin!) If you haven’t used coconut oil yet…what are you waiting for?!? Honestly my biggest hair saviour. If you aren’t familiar with coconut oil, use it sparingly to avoid an overly oily build up in your hair which will cause your curls to weigh down and lose their natural curl. (Still really good for you, but just don’t drench your hair!)
The Garnier Honey restorer balm is one of my hidden treasures, I genuinely accidentally came across this product when I was given a sample a while ago. The instructions on the product state you use it in your hair whilst washing and rinse out after a few minutes. I usually place a little in my hand before hand-combing the product through my hair-potentially not as effective as the coconut oil but genuinely has the best smell!!
I also use the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Style Milk. I prefer to use this product whilst my hair is damp. I will feature a picture of it in a later clip!
At this point, I’m usually sitting at my beauty table doing my makeup, or potentially rushing around preparing for work so I slip on a head band just to keep my hair out of my face and let my hair air dry slightly. I prefer to naturally let my hair dry and then shake it up a little afterwards for volume, however sometimes time isn’t a luxury which I have so I often have to blow dry my hair a little. I try not to keep the hair dryer too close to my hair, to prevent heat damage, however if you’re like me and have to use a blow dryer, try blow drying your hair with your head down allowing your curls to fall forward and blow dry upside down..if that makes sense?! I don’t remember where I got this tip from, but I’ve noticed a considerable difference in the way my curls look when I try this technique.
After my hair has dried, I use a couple more products especially at this time of year. You don’t want your hair to be drowned in products, but you also don’t want your hair looking fuzzy and dry.
For the sake of variety, I’ll show you a couple of products which are great as ‘finishing products.’ If you have thick, curly hair and struggle with lack of moisture or even just find that your hair generally dries out really quickly, try the curl enhancing smoothie-thank me later!!
The Shea Moisture Curl enhancing smoothie is great for restoring limp curls and adding some richness. Although (and I’m not sure if I’m the only one who’s realised or perhaps I just received a bad batch?!) I recently re-purchased the curl enhancing smoothie and I’ve found that the formula is a little different? Either way, I love it. I would highly recommend and continue to re-purchase…
The Shea Moisture Curling Gel Souffle is a really good final touch because it gives you that coily effect without your curls feeling crunchy or leaving any pasty, white residue in your hair which I’ve found can happen with other gels. I know that drug stores have a variety of different hair gels but I’d recommend this one because it’s really hard to be excessive with this product because it adds both shine and that ‘seal’ that I think is so necessary for curly hair during this time of year.
Some other finishing products which I use are the Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Style Milk. This is one of the products I mentioned above which I use when my hair is damp and needs some extra moisture. However, if your curls can’t handle too much moisture and the Curl Enhancing Smoothie is too thick, try the milk instead.
I often use the Eco Style Argan Oil Pro Styling Gel. A massive factor is that it’s cheap as well as being another excellent gel which doesn’t leave a crispy, white-cast on your hair. I often use it to flatten the parted section of my hair as well as styling my edges or ‘baby hairs’ as some say.
The Loreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil is a product which I’ve used for years. It’s great for naturally curly hair, adding the right amount of shine and coverage and is perfect for slightly dryer ends/split ends. I also use this product when I (rarely) straighten my hair as well as when I had extensions-this is one of my staple finishing products!
The Twisted Sista 30-Second Curl spray is one of my FAVOURITES! It’s perfect for reviving limp curls and has the right kind of nutrients. It includes Coconut, Avocado and Almond oils which are genuine necessities for curly hair. The only downside to this product is the actual pump! For some reason the small tube/pump inside the product doesn’t seem to be big enough for the product to pump through and therefore I find that I’m having to unscrew the pump and apply with my hands. Genuinely not an issue, just be careful not to pour too much out, keeping in mind it’s meant to be a 30-second spray, you don’t want to over-indulge your curls in the product.
Finally….invest a few times a week, or even incorporate to your wash and go routine, with a hair masque! The above are my favourites as the left is perfect for that thorough, deep treatment masque and the other has the perfect properties for strengthening and restoring your hair. It’s really important to use a hair masque to soak and restore your curls a little, but again don’t drown your curls or overuse masques as they become less effective!
Although Shea Moisture is definitely more expensive than Twisted Sista, HASK or even coconut oil, it’s definitely a necessary brand giving you some of the best curly hair products imaginable. If you don’t want to invest in too many at one time, try one product out and see how it goes. They last a long time and if you use them effectively you’ll see drastic results. Another ‘cliche’ but genuinely important; it’s not just what you put on to your hair but what you put in to your body. Drinking water regularly improves the texture and moisture of your hair and has great benefits for your skin as well. Ultimately, it’s up to you what you use and although I’m no hair expert and don’t have the most perfect hair care routine, I’ve definitely found that my curls are benefiting from my new Autumn/Winter routine.
‘Invest in your hair, it is the crown that you never take off!’