Curly Hair PT 3: Three Tips for Flawless Hair
Welcome back to the Curly Hair Care Series!
If you haven’t read Part II, go back, right this second, and read it. Trust me, none of this will matter if you don’t. Now, that you’re all caught up, here’s my personal curly hair routine. I truly believe many of the tips and tricks below are universal, and will work for many of you.
Before shampooing my hair I do what many curly girls refer to as a pre-poo. Instead of using a store bought pre-poo, I craft my very own right in my Harlem apartment. My pre-poo is easy to make and is great for ladies who suffer from dry scalp, are looking to grow their mane and would like to hydrate their hair.
DIY Jojoba & Coconut Oil Recipe: The ingredients in my Pre-poo are Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil and Peppermint Essential. Jojoba Oil is fantastic for curly hair because it closely resembles the oils your scalp naturally produces. Coconut Oil is wonderful at hydrating and locking in moisture. Rosemary and Peppermint essential oil are both known to promote hair growth while Tea Tree essential oil kills bacteria and reduces dry scalp and dandruff.
- ½ cup melted Coconut oil
- ½ cup Jojoba Oil
- 10 drops Rosemary essential oil
- 10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
Directions: Thoroughly massage the pre-poo serum into your scalp and hair strands. Let it sit for 20 minutes under a conditioning cap or hair steamer. Wash out with shampoo.
2. Deep Condition
To be completely honest, I don’t deep condition my hair as often as I should. When I began transitioning from relaxed hair to natural hair I deep conditioned religiously. Every Sunday I’d deep condition my curly hair for 20 minutes under my steamer. It seriously works wonders and I highly recommend it for moisturizing and growing long, healthy, curly hair.
DIY Avocado Deep Conditioning Recipe: Avocados aren't only delicious in guacamole, they're also great for deep conditioning dry or brittle curly hair because they’re rich in vitamins and other essential fatty acids. Honey is a natural emollient, and when combined with moisturizing oils, it allows your hair to retain moisture, strengthen and soften.
1 avocado, mashed well
2 tablespoons organic honey
1 tablespoon avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil
plastic conditioning cap or hair steamer
Pro Tip: Don’t have time to make a hair mask? No worries, I love the Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex Hair Masque. Apply it thoroughly to your hair, use a conditioning cap or a hair steamer for 20 minutes.
Protective Styling is where it’s at, period. Buns, braids, wraps, and twist outs work wonders for curly hair. I’m all about it even if I look like a 15-year-old teenager on the regular. #BlackDontCrack But don’t worry you can seriously dress protective styling up! I’m talking killing it at party with your red lipstick and bantu knots or rockin’ waist length braids in some trendy streetwear.
Here’s how one of my all time favorite YouTubers, Naptural85, rocks protective stylin’:
- Wearable Threaded Bantu Knots
- Edgy Twisted Office & Gym Protective Natural Hairstyle
- The FAUX Up-do 2 Ways
Now that you’re in the know about protective hair stylin’, you’re probably wondering which products to use to achieve these looks. Well, if you haven’t noticed Shea Moisture is EVERYTHING. I’m currently in love with the following styling products.
- Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Edge Treatment
- Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave In Conditioner
Cantu products are also life. Their creams and leave in styling products are a godsend.
Pro Tip: I tend to mix Shea Moisture and Cantu products for better results. I also alternate between fours styling products I find that my hair becomes accustomed to them and they aren't as effective. What tip will you incorporate in your mane care routine? Leave a comment below.