If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know that I’ve been on quite the journey with my hair over the years. I’ve gone from professional haircare only, to using whatever I feel is best, to strict curly girl method, back to my cult faves, and now to recommended hair care from my hairdresser specifically for my type of curls with some faves added in too!
I’ve been sticking with my current hair care routine since the start of 2021, and I have to say I’m really enjoying the products and the results I’m getting. Of course, haircare will always chop and change, but at the moment I can’t see myself deviating from these core products and the routine I’ve developed.
The first thing (and the most important thing), I like about my current routine and the one thing I recommend when curating your hair care routine, is that I’m happy to be flexible. The curly girl method had too many die hard fans with strong opinions on what you should and shouldn’t be doing and invited a lot of shame if you deviated from the system and to be honest, I felt restricted. Even if I wasn’t happy with the products I was using I felt I had no choice but to continue doing what I was doing.
I finally realised that this wasn’t the way to go after seeing a hairdresser (something you’ll also know I don’t do very often), and she explained to me that there are pros, but also a lot of cons to the CGM so I scrapped it and went rogue haha! The hairdresser I went to swears by Aveda, a brand I already know and love for other products so I was really excited to try some of their haircare and I’ve been really happy since I took the plunge. On hair wash day I use the Aveda Sap Moss Shampoo and Aveda Sap Moss Conditioner, both have quite an earthy scent, but I actually really love this smell.
I use Olaplex number 3 before shampooing probably about once a month, give or take, and I leave this on for at least 45 minutes if I can. I love to do this when I’m cleaning the house so I can shove my hair up in a bun with Olaplex doing it’s thing. I used to leave it on overnight but after chatting with a hair care specialist, she informed me that there’s no harm at all leaving it on, but it stops working after 45 minutes so there’s no need to keep it on longer.
Once I’ve washed and conditioned my hair, I like to take time to remove any knots in my hair while it’s wet. If you have straight hair this part of the process will be so much easier for you than us curly girls! Fighting through my curls is my least favourite part of the process and one of the reasons I hate washing my hair and also the reason it takes so long!
I use my fingers and tease it out until I can use my Tangle Teezer to get rid of all the tiny tangles. Once it’s smoothed out and still quite wet, I part it down the middle and section it into four, with two sections at the bottom and two on top. I then take Aveda’s Be Curly Style Prep, which is designed to add moisture and tame the hair and use prayer hands to apply the serum to all the strands.
I follow this immediately with Aveda’s Confixor which is essentially a liquid gel. I use the same technique, which is prayer hands covering all strands of hair to create a cast. I then use my Dyson hairdryer and the diffuser attachment and dry each of the four sections individually and then eventually a couple of sections together so I don’t end up with a four way parting at the end. I dry each section for around 4 minutes or so until as dry as possible without moving the diffuser too much. At this point the cast should be quite dry, meaning that my hair looks very coated in product and crispy to touch.
I always wash my hair in the evening before bed so that I can then let my curls stay tight in the cast and dry fully overnight. I take any really loose or particularly long curls and pin them up using bobby pins and then wear a silk bonnet. My boyfriend loves this step… haha!
I wear my bonnet overnight and then take it off in the morning. At this point my curls look pretty bad! But don’t panic, this is all part of the process! I think this is why I didn’t get on with curly hair products and gels before, because it’s a scary moment when you see crispy dry curls, but you just need to take out any bobby pins and ‘scrunch out the crunch’. If you just keep scrunching then your curls just bounce back to life and you’ll have the best curls yet! Some days I have to scrunch for a good while to get rid of the cast, but it’s super simple and the results are great.
If I want to use any product to finish off my hair, I use Moroccan Oil, a real oldie in my hair care collection. This adds a bit of shine, some extra moisture and of course, the classic Moroccan Oil scent that everybody knows and loves. Is there anything better than catching the smell of Moroccan Oil when the wind blows through your hair? I think not!
I hope this was helpful to my fellow curly girls, and any of your wavy or straight girls looking to add some texture to your straight hair. The same methods and products can be applied and the results will just vary depending on how much natural texture your hair has.
If you’ve got any other amazing products you swear by, let me know as I’m excited to add some other products to my routine and to have some alternatives. A few I’m really looking forward to trying out are some more of the Olaplex treatment masks.