As I mentioned a few months ago, I’m currently using the curly girl method to try and improve the health of my hair. It’s actually my second try as I did give it a go a while back but gave up when I was pregnant as my hair wasn’t doing well at all. I thought I would run through my current curly girl routine as I’ve been doing my research and have finally started to find products that work for my hair.
A few months ago I worked out that I have very low porosity hair. This explains why products usually look and feel like they are sitting on top of my hair and can also make it look greasy. And it explains why my attempt at co-washing only was a complete disaster. Low porosity hair needs to be properly cleansed regularly to get rid of built up from products which haven’t been absorbed properly.
Shampoo and Conditioner
I now wash my hair twice a week. Once on a Wednesday after Dylan’s swimming lesson to get rid of chlorine and a second time on the weekend when I also deep condition as I have more time. I’ve been using the Shea Moisture Low Porosity Protein Free Shampoo and Conditioner which are working really well. My hair always feels squeaky clean afterwards and the conditioner feels very light but is moisturising without me needing to use half of the bottle at once. They have an odd smell – it’s not unpleasant, just a little strange but don’t worry as it doesn’t linger anyway.
I’ve been using the Shea Moisture Superfruit 10-in-1 Hair Masque to deep condition as part of my curly girl routine. I have seen a gradual improvement in my hair since I started using it but I’m probably not going to repurchase it when I get to the end of the tub. Mainly because it’s the first one I’ve tried so I’d like to give a few others a go as I feel like there might be a deep conditioner out there that is better suited to my hair.
To style my hair, my current favourite combo is the Flora & Curl Leave In with the Boucleme Curl Defining Gel. I apply both using the praying hands technique while my hair is soaking wet and leave my hair to air dry. The gel leaves a cast on my hair and because I usually wash in the evening I don’t touch the cast until the morning. I sleep with a satin headscarf over my pillow but don’t pineapple my hair. In the morning, I’ll pineapple my hair while I have a quick shower which is enough to break the cast and I’ll apply a little more leave in to the bits that need some extra taming.
Working with the Weather
In the hot weather that we’ve had recently, my hair seemed to be losing all moisture over the day and turning into a mop of frizz by mid afternoon. After reading an Instagram post by the wonderful @honestlizhere, I tried applying just a couple of drops of the Flora & Curl Hair Oil to my ends in the morning and it worked miracles! I also found that I could get the same effect using the Flora + Curl Hair Butter if I used a tiny amount combined with water. I had thought I wouldn’t be able to use the tub of Hair Butter that I had so I’m pleased that I’ll get to finish it – I hate wasting products!
Not Everything Works
One product that I was so excited to try was the Jim + Henry Eight. It’s made with just eight ingredients and I’d heard amazing things about it. One of my favourite Instagram curlies @ingecurls has had fabulous results using just Eight with no other styling products needed. I’ve tried it a few times now, both on it’s own and combined with other stylers, but unfortunately can’t seem to get good results with it. My hair always feels a little dry and it also seems to sit on top of my hair a bit too much. I’ve not totally given up on it yet and plan to try some different application techniques to see if they help.
I’m definitely starting to see my hair health improving and even though it looks shorter because the curls are getting tighter, it’s actually feeling like it’s starting to grow faster than it ever has and has fewer split ends. I trim my own ends which I’ve done for years – since I was in university I think. I stopped trimming during my first curly girl attempt as I went to a hairdresser for the first time in years who told me that my hair was too wonky and made me feel like I’d messed it up but I decided to start again recently after I saw @honestlizhere doing her own. If her hair looks that good and she trims her own ends then it can’t be all that bad an idea! Much easier than trying to find time to get to a hairdresser with a nearly 1 year old in tow!
So that’s my curly girl routine. I still don’t feel like I’m 100% there and there are still lots of days when my hair just won’t play ball. You’ll notice that there’s nothing about refreshes in my routine and that’s because I still haven’t figured them out! Most days I’ll damp my hair and add a little extra leave in and some days I’ll fully wet my hair and reapply leave in and gel. The results are very hit and miss but I’m hoping to figure out something soon!