Curly/Wavy Hair Care

Lets talk hair care.

Looking into different hair products and methods can be a bit overwhelming but it shouldn’t be. If you have curly or wavy hair, I am sure you have heard of the “Curly Girl Method” and thought that you were doing it all wrong (at least I did. haha!). The most important tip for keeping your waves nice and healthy is to not put too harsh of heat on them and to not brush them. I’m not saying you can’t use heat on your hair, just try to keep the heat setting on low or try not to use styling tools as frequently. I only brush my hair before my shower and while I am in the shower and it makes a HUGE difference in my wave pattern.

If you aren’t sure about your hair type/pattern, take this free, short quiz here.

For reference, my hair type is 2B waves and I have very thick hair. I will dd a few pictures of my waves below.

So what is the Curly Girl Method? This particular method discourages the use of harsh shampoos, sulfates, silicones, and heat. By avoiding products with these chemicals, your hair is not being stripped of its natural oils which is a great thing for wavy or curly hair since those hair types tend to lean on the more dry side. If you are like me and saw that you have to avoid shampoo.. you might be scared. I was! I still use shampoo but I just try my best to make sure that the chemicals within it are safe and not too harsh. I also use a co-wash every so often. A co-wash is similar to a conditioner in that it is a cleansing cream. When using a co-wash, you use it in place of a shampoo. It is extremely important to make sure that you rub your scalp for quite some time to make sure that you are thoroughly cleansing it. The only real way to find products that are “curly girl approved” is by reading all the ingredients on the back of the bottle (frustrating, I know) and avoiding ones with sulfate and silicone. (If interested in the Curly Girl Method, you can buy the book here or just watch a bunch of videos and read tons of articles about it for free).

What are the best products for wavy or curly hair? A brand that I LOVE that is completely Curly Girl Approved is Deva Curl. The entire brand is sulfate and silicone free which is awesome but that brand tends to be on the pricier side. If I wasn’t a broke college student, I would be all about Deva Curl. Fortunately, since this method is becoming a lot more popular, drugstore brands have started picking up on it and started to produce Curly Girl Approved products as well. Garnier just recently launched three styling creams that are EXTREMELY affordable and are also Curly Girl Approved (woohoo!!). I will attach a link here. There are yet to be many shampoos and conditioners that are sulfate and silicone free at the drugstore but I am hopeful that they will be there soon. A Co-Wash that I love is the AS I Am Coconut Co-Wash that I purchase from Target. As for shampoo and conditioner, I use the brand Healthy Sexy Hair which I purchase from Ulta. I have been using that brand for a few years now and I really enjoy it. As for a hair mask, which I think is important to use once a week to once every two weeks, I love the SheaMoisture masks which I also purchase from Target. I will attach the link to my particular favorite mask from SheaMoisture.

Here are my current products that I am using and loving:

I have been using Healthy Sexy Hair for my shampoo and conditioner for about 2 years now and love it. It is very moisturizing and thick which I love because it allows for easy detangling.

The “Wet Brush” is the only brush I will EVER use! It is amazing!!! For my co-wash (which I use sparingly) is the As I Am Coconut Co-Wash and it leaves my hair feeling SOO soft and hydrated. And as for my styling cream, I use the Garnier Fructis Smoothie Defining Cream. This is a great styler because it never leaves my hair feeling heavy or crunchy. (P.S. sorry my brush is gross. I have had it for a while and am due a new one sometime soon)
Last but not least, this Deva Curl Build Up Buster is a MUST! I use it maybe once a month to really cleanse my hair of all the product that has built up over time. It smells amazing and leaves my hair seriously so soft and smooth. After a while of using products, you might notice some dandruff build up and this product will remove it immediately. I would recommend this to ANYONE no matter what hair type!

I hope that this was insightful and helpful. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. I am no expert by any means but I have looked into hair care for quite some time so I feel that I have a solid understanding.

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