What’s up guys? I am super happy to have you here on my first-ever blog on all things curly hair.
Most of you guys wanted to see my curly hair routine as opposed to the other 4 suggestions I posted on Facebook and Instagram so get ready because I am spilling the tea on all my secrets to achieving curly defined hair or achieving #cjscurls!
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I’ve listed down 5 simple steps to make my routine super easy to adopt but I must mention that everyone is different ok? So your hair pattern will be different, your lifestyle is different, the way your hair reacts to certain products or natural ingredients will be different. My experience has taught me to appreciate my hair, love it, try to understand it and test a lot of different things to find out what works and what doesn’t. And my journey has not ended. It is still continuing and I am still learning and testing. So my advice is to test and find what works for YOU and what doesn’t. But I am happy to guide you in your journey with my experiences.
Step 1: Washing My Hair With a Sulfate & Paraben-Free Shampoo Once or Twice a Week
Depending on where you live, whether it is in Port Moresby where the sun is usually very hot and the weather is very dry or if you live in the highlands where it is a bit cooler, your hair may need to be washed more or less depending on how your scalp feels, how exposed your hair was to dust or dirt during the day or how much more moisture your hair needs.
When I was in high school to college, I used to wash my hair nearly every day and tie it up into this tight hair bun that was too hard on my scalp. The result at the end of the day? Hair breakage. At the time, I had long relaxed hair that was simply plain dead. Ten years of applying chemicals on a monthly basis was just hurting my scalp and it was not healthy at all. To top it all off, I was pulling my hair with a comb every day. How stupid was I? 🤦♀️
This is a picture of my attempt to make my relaxed, straight hair, curly.
When I started my journey, I discovered that I didn’t have to wash my hair. Every. Single. Day. With shampoo, because it was stripping my hair of the moisture and oil that my hair so desperately needed. According to Garnier, curly hair benefits from the natural oils produced by your scalp, which is why you need to be careful about how often you shampoo your hair. Over-cleanse and you may end up stripping those natural oils from your scalp and, therefore, your hair.
Having learned that, I now wash my hair once a week or twice if I feel that my scalp is greasy and in need of a cleanse. This is especially when I’ve been very active during the day.
I use Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Moisture Rice Shampoo
Or Palmer’s Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo
You can find them at the RH Supermarket for under K20.00. They are both sulfate and paraben-free. These shampoos have been designed especially for curly hair girls like you and I.
Step 2: Detangling My Hair
To detangle my hair, I use Aunt Jackie’s Knot On My Watch Detangling Therapy. This product really helps detangle my hair and makes it easier for me to apply my other hair products. I use it either before my deep-treatment or after, just before styling. It is available at City Pharmacy, Trends Beauty International and Beauty World.
Step 3: Deep-Conditioning My Hair Weekly
This is one of my favourite steps in my routine. I love to deep-condition my hair because the result is absolutely fabulous. I mean, my curls come out bouncier and healthy and so easy to style. Now I know what you may be thinking if you are new to this. What exactly does it mean to deep treat your hair?
According to Craving Yellow, Deep Conditioning refers to the process of treating (healing/restoring) your hair with a moisturizing or protein-based conditioner. The conditioning product that is applied to your hair might be specially formulated for deep treatment or it might even be simply a “boosted” regular conditioner or even a DIY concoction! Deep Conditioning adds extra moisture or protein to our strands so as to ensure that they are strong and healthy!
Mouthful right? Let me break it down for you. Deep conditioning basically means applying a conditioning product to your hair, for a period of time, designed to help strengthen your hair in terms of moisture or protein. The conditioning product can be bought from your local store or can be home-made. Does that make sense now?
Notice that in my explanation I emphasized on moisture and protein. Our hair needs a good balance of protein and moisture to thrive. Just like when we eat. Our body needs both food and water to be energized, strong and hydrated to enjoy our day.
Cosmetology license clearly states the benefits of using a protein-based deep conditioner and a moisturizing deep conditioner:
Protein-based deep conditioners strengthen the hair, improve elasticity, and prevent breakage
Moisturizing deep conditioners bring moisture back into the hair
I usually deep condition my hair with Aunt Jackie’s Coco – Repair Deep Conditioner which is available at City Pharmacy, Trends Beauty International and Beauty World
or Cantu Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque which is exclusively sold at Trends Beauty International.
Both products work well for my hair. I apply the conditioner to my hair and leave on for 30 minutes to an hour or sometimes I leave it on overnight and rinse off the next morning. I do the overnight treatment when I feel that my hair needs more moisture than usual because it’s drier and brittle.
Step 4: Defining (Styling) My Hair
Now to defining my hair for that curl definition. I love to use Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La – Defining Curl Custard because it is super light weight and gives my hair that curl definition that I want. Again, this is also sold at City Pharmacy, Trends Beauty International and Beauty World.
I also use Cantu Define & Shine Custard but this is more heavier on my hair so I only use this when I’ve run out of my Aunt Jackie’s curl custard.
Step 5: Leave-in Conditioning for Extra Moisture (Optional)
Before I leave the house, and after I define my hair, the final step is to use a leave-in conditioner. I use Aunt Jackie’s Quench Moisture Intensive Leave-In Conditioner. This final step is optional. You don’t have to apply this leave-in conditioner after defining your hair but I prefer to do this to keep my hair from super moisturized during the day.
Few things to note, I do this hair routine once a week especially on Sundays because that is when I have my “me-time”. Sometimes I do this (steps 1-5; skip step 2) in the middle of the week when my hair experiences dryness or is reacting to the weather. On the mornings of my week, I usually just spray my hair with a bit of water in my spray bottle and touch up with my leave-in conditioner so I don’t have to apply my full routine every day. As you can also see, I am a big fan of Aunt Jackie’s hair products but I would love to test other hair products that is Papua New Guinean made so if you know any, leave a comment below.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Please comment below, what was one thing that you learned today? And if you have some recommendations for me to add to my hair routine please share so I can learn from you too☺️.
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