As I have got older, I have become more aware of the environment and the products I use on my body and noticed that I wasn’t doing the same when it came to my hair. My hair began to lack the luster it used to have and I really wanted to embrace a more natural look. I decided to embrace my curls 8 months ago and as much as I love them I feel as though my hair is appearing very mat and is not as shiny as it could be. I’m looking forward to Kurlify helping me discover what hair products and routine will bring out the best in my curls.
My current hair routine
My current hair care method consists of shampoo and conditioning with Aussie Mega Cleanse and Moisture rich products twice a week. I tend to shampoo twice to make sure my scalp is completely cleansed as I have dense hair. I then move on to the conditioner. I use a good palm full, which I work through mid lengths and ends and then my scalp. I use my fingers to comb through my hair to detangle any knots. I leave the conditioner on while I shower and wash then I rinse out until it doesn’t feel slippery any more.
Once this is done, I squeeze out as much water as I can then wrap in a towel (my hair holds a lot of water). I scrunch the hair in the towel to take out as much water as I can. I then apply Twisted Sista Curl Activator Crème and scrunch it in from ends to root.
I then apply Wella Shockwaves Volume 5 Mousse and repeat the scrunching method. I wrap my hair back into a towel, while I get dressed. When I take my hair out of the towel I apply a bit more activator and mousse and tip my head forward and use a diffuser to dry (not bone dry just past damp). I then fluff up my hair and apply hairspray to keep it in place during the day.
KURLIFY’S ANALYSIS OF JANE’S CURRENT PRODUCTS, ARE THEY CG PROOF?
Time for the truth… Are Jane’s products Curly Girl proof?
- Aussie Mega Moist Shampoo: Nope, this shampoo contains non-soluble silicones as well as harsh sulphates.
- Aussie Mega Moist Conditioner: Not approved, as it contains non-soluble silicones.
- Twisted Sista Curl Activator Crème: Not approved, unfortunately this product contains non-soluble silicones and also non CG-approved mineral oils.
- Wella Shockwaves Volume Mousse: This product contains parabens, due to potential health risks it is considered questionable in the CG world. We would recommend you use this product until you run out and then switch to a more healthy product.
KURLIFY’S CUSTOM RECOMMENDED FIRST TIME ROUTINE FOR JANE
Jane, when it comes to the your current hair care routine rather then all the gear and no idea, it seems you have all the idea, but not the gear! You have all the steps it takes to love your curls and here at Kurlify we’d like to recommend some products that will support your routine and maximise the health & beauty of your curls.
The Final Wash – Start with a deep cleanse of your hair with a final wash. This is a one-off treatment that will wash out any product build that you may have on your scalp and hair. Use this shampoo before you start your Curly Girl Method routine. The product we recommend for you contains sulphates that will wash out any existing silicone build up.
We recommend: My Little Star Baby Shampoo
Co-wash with conditioner – Once you have completed your first Curly Girl routine including the final wash, the following step will be the first step of all your following wash day routines.
Use our recommended conditioner to wash through your hair. Use a palm size amount to work through your mid lengths and ends. Rinse out with cool water until the water runs clear and there is no suds. Squeeze out the excess water.
We recommend: Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Banana Conditoner
Deep Condition with a hair masque – Now let’s get the moisture back into your curls! Generously apply a hair masque to your hair, combing it though with your fingers from root to tip. Clip back and let it work its magic for 30-60 minutes. Depending on how much care you feel your hair needs, you could even leave it in over night.
We recommend: Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Banana Hair Mask
Rinse with cold water – Cold water seals the cuticle to keep the moisture in, and makes your hair easier to finger comb during the styling process. Once it’s dry, your hair should be shinier and more defined!
Squeeze and Wrap – Squeeze out the excess liquid and wrap in a cotton T-shirt for 20 minutes. This will help draw out any excess water. Cotton T-Shirts are kinder to your locks, a towel can often be very abrasive and causes frizz.
Leave in Conditioner – Once the majority of the water is drawn out, apply a leave in conditioner just through the mid-lengths and ends. Use a 50 pence size amount, that should work wonders.
We recommend: Noughty Intensive Care Leave-in Conditioner
Gel – Now’s time to activate and cast your curls! Whether its a mousse or a gel you prefer, use a generous amount and scrunch into your hair from your ends upwards. As you have thick hair we suggest sectioning and applying the gel so you do not miss any. The gel will set your curls and any fly away ends into a cast.
We recommend: Cantu for Natural Hair Twist & Lock Gel
Diffuse or air dry – If you prefer to use a diffuser, set it at its coolest setting and diffuse from you ends upwards to dry your curls into place.
Scrunch out the crunch – Once your hair is 100% bone dry, you are ready to scrunch out the crunch. Your hair will be very stiff and crispy from the gel. Using a crunching motion from the ends of your hair upwards, crunch away the gel. It will begin to dissipate and your hair will become soft.
Refreshing your curls – To boost your curls and bring them back to life in the days after your wash day, we suggest mixing a little leave in conditioner and water together in a spray bottle. Just give your hair a little spritz and that should give it a little pick me up.