Continuing our series of sharing Indian curly hair routine of our fellow Curlies …Today we have Shubhada sharing her curl story 🙂
Like me, my hair always had a mind of its own. I was always frustrated because of the frizz. I was jealous of the girls around me who had naturally straight hair and in height of desperation, I straightened my hair. Twice.
A year after my second hair straightening, I started losing hair at an alarming rate. I went to a salon to get a haircut and for the first time in my life, the hair stylist didn’t sell one of their straightening packages but in fact told me that my hair is reacting to hair straightening chemicals. He told me that curls can look extremely beautiful and I simply need to find the products which suit my hair. That day I went for a big chop and decided never to straighten my hair again.
I searched online and to my surprise found tons of posts and videos on the ‘Curly Girl’ method where I got to know a lot of things about curly hair. The major things I instantly stopped doing:
- I stopped combing my hair; only finger detangling.
- I stopped using shampoos with sulphates i.e. SLS and SLES.
- I stopped using conditioners with silicones.
- I stopped using hair serums.
I remember after stepping out from my first hair wash when I switched to curly girl method. Almost every person I came across asked me if I got my hair artificially curled. They were not ready to believe that those were my natural curls. I had my validation.
Now I try to use products which are natural or have curly-girl friendly chemicals. My weekly routine is:
- On Tuesday night, I massage my scalp with Amla oil and apply a little on my hair as well. I co-wash every Wednesday using Flex conditioner which is silicone-free.
- On Saturday night, I apply Coconut oil on my scalp and hair. I shampoo and and deep-condition my hair every Sunday. I shampoo using Himalaya Baby shampoo which is sulphate-free. I shampoo only my scalp not hair. Currently I deep-condition using Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque; this product is really good. My sister bought it when she was in New York. However, Shea Moisture products are quite expensive if you buy online in India, so once that product is finished, I will use my own DIY deep conditioner. (My DIY deep conditioner: equal parts Mayonnaise + thick yogurt. I use original Mayonnaise i.e. not eggless as egg is good for hair.)
- An important step which has added shine to my hair is cold water rinse at the end of every wash since it closes the hair cuticles and prevents frizz.
- After every wash, I soak excess water using a cotton t-shirt. I apply few drops olive oil followed by Patanjali Aloe Vera gel on my partially wet hair and then I scrunch them.
- I tie a satin scarf before sleeping.
Second day routine: If I feel that my hair have lost their curl pattern, then I spray water on my hair and apply a dime sized amount of my regular conditioner followed by Aloe Vera gel.
Third day routine: I simply wear a protective style like a bun or braid.
My hair growth has been very encouraging in the 12 months following my big chop thanks to these steps and a consistent high protein diet. My only problem is keeping hair moisturized since I have high porosity hair so I am constantly searching or experimenting for that.
To all girls who suffer from frizz:
“Behind every frizz is a curl waiting to happen.” – Lorraine Massey (the original ‘Curly Girl’)
Please understand your hair and keep trying till you figure out what works best for you. By the way, now straight-haired girls come to me and say that they are extremely jealous of my hair!
I agree with Shubhada, when we start wearing our natural hair, people around stop believing that these are our natural curls. They always ask have you permed them. Nobody believes that natural curls can look so beautiful. I just hope we spread the awareness around and help other Curlies to get back to their natural self.