Embracing your natural hair texture has become more mainstream over the past few years, but our curl specialist Cameron Lane Lugo has been passionate about curls for their entire career. They are definitely who you want to be taking curly hair care advice from, after years of advanced education in curl care, and graduating from cosmetology school with honors for curls.
Just like in our last curly series blog, we are going to use “The 4 R’s” as we define the different routines needed for curly hair care. They are:
- Reset: This refers to a clarifying wash. Think of it as if you completely shut down and unplugged your computer. A complete restart for your hair routine.
- Restyle: This refers to when you are washing your hair, but not including any clarifying products.
- Refresh: More of a daily check in before walking out the door. What does your hair need so you can move on with your day?
- Rest: It’s really important to protect your curls while you sleep. This routine focuses on how to care for your hair when you’re hanging around the house.
What is Curly Hair?
In each category of texture, there is a multitude of textures that fall into that category. Curly hair is defined by when your hair actually begins to form a spiral shape.
Curly Hair Care Reset Routine:
A reset routine is important to include in your routine to make sure that any excess product build up is being removed from your hair. For curly hair care, Cameron recommends a reset routine every 3rd to 4th wash.
- Detangle your hair before getting into the shower. This will make it easier for the water and product to get into every part of your hair. It will also prevent your hair from getting too tangled while washing.
- Once your hair is fully saturated with water, use a clarifying shampoo, like Solu, and shampoo just the roots of your hair. You don’t want to scrub the ends of your hair with shampoo because it will dry them out and cause excess frizz. When you rinse the shampoo from your roots, it will travel down the hair strand and grab anything that needs to go on it’s way.
- If it has been a significant time since your last reset, Cameron recommends a second shampoo with cocktailing your clarifying shampoo and a hydrating shampoo, like Love Curl, to remove excess build up.
- Wash with a gentle curl cleansing cream to remove the last of any product build up while also being gentle on your curls.
- Mixing a hydrating conditioner with a conditioning mask will give your curly hair the amount of moisture it needs. Cameron recommends apply the mixture generously, enough to make it feel slimy and leave it in your hair for at least 10 minutes.
Curly Hair Care Restyle Routine:
For your curly hair care, when you need to wash your hair but you don’t need to clarify, Cameron recommends are really simple routine.
- Shampoo with a gentle curl cleansing cream such as Love Curl Cleansing Cream, focusing at the roots of your hair.
- Follow up with your hydrating conditioner.
After a Reset or a Restyle routine, you will follow up with more products for your specific hair type. Always apply water based products first, and then oil based products second.
Curly Hair Care Refresh Routine:
Your curl pattern isn’t the only factor to take into consideration when you are deciding your refresh routine. Cameron would recommend seeing a professional that can help you lock down your curly hair care routine with exactly what your hair needs.
Curly Hair Care Rest Routine:
To avoid having to restyle your curls daily, Cameron recommends using as many of the rest routine tricks as possible.
- Apply 1 to 2 drops of Oi Oil over curls if you are needing some extra hydration.
- Protect hair by wrapping it with a satin or silk hair bonnet or scarf.
- Use a satin or silk pillowcase to ensure that if your scarf/bonnet falls off, your hair is still protected. (It’s good for your skin as well!)
Next in our series we will address how to care for your wavy hair. Stay tuned for even more amazing tips and tricks from Cameron.
Until Next Time,