My Curly Hair Routine

When the quarantine hit in early 2020, I decided it was time to start a new project, and had been wanting to try the curly girl method for a while. I had straightened my hair for years, and had been dying it often, so it was very damaged. I gave it a try, and 9 months in, I am loving the results.

You can check out an awesome full description of the curly girl method here. These are my favorite products and techniques that I have found along the way.

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Apple cider vinegar has been my go-to for clarifying. I try to do this 1-2 times a month. It is a great natural cleanser, and has been helping with my dry scalp. I mix 8 ounces of apple cider vinegar and 8 ounces of water in a large bowl. I dip my hair in, then pour over my head, scrubbing my scalp, then rinse with water. The smell is pretty strong, don’t worry it won’t stick. After I do an ACV rinse, I deep condition.

Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment is my favorite. I try to do this treatment once a week or every other week.

If my scalp is feeling extra dry and my hair needs some cleansing, I use this co-wash in place of shampoo.

It has Zinc Pyrithione, Olive Oil, and Tea Tree Oil in it, which does wonders for my scalp.

I use this Suave conditioner both as a co-wash and a conditioner. Pro Tip: I sometimes find it at the dollar store near me. My hair really likes protein rich conditioners, and this one is great and super affordable at the grocery or drug store, so when I want to dump half a bottle on my head I don’t feel bad.


After washing or co-washing I start with leave in.

Curls Blueberry Bliss is my favorite with lots of protein. I put about a half dollar amount on my hands, and using praying hands method on my soaking wet hair. I let it soak in for 1-2 minutes and then use a curl stimulator.

Giovanni Direct Leave In comes in a close second place. This one has Aloe in it, which my dry hair seems to really love.

This stuff lives up to it’s ‘curly magic’ name. Uncle Funky’s Daughter’s Curl Stimulator is worth the price, and a little bit goes a long way. I use about a nickel sized amount and put on my hair, head upside down using the praying hands method.

Now I ‘plop‘ my hair. I put a t-shirt around my hair and let the products soak in for 30 minutes.

Next up is gel. I am currently going back and forth between:

This Aussie one gives me a great cast (hard shell that forms around the hair when it dries), but with the blueberry bliss below I get a ton of volume

I scrunch the gel into my hair upside down. I let the gel sit for 20-30 minutes, then diffuse.

I use the one above, and love it. It comes with a diffuser attachment, so if you are new to the whole curly hair thing, this is a great one.

Someday I’ll get the dyson, as I hear this is the best, but it’s just not in the budget at the moment.

Any questions, let me know below!


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