I have 3a/3b type curls and I've hated my hair for a long time. I rocked the curl from birth to high school. Then I chopped it all off and have done Locks of Love twice. In the past 10 years I've straightened it, relaxed it, colored it, keratin treatments, a Brazilian blow-out... you name it, I've tried it. I was always trying to change my hair. All of this abuse led to limp curls, dry hair, and a ton of frizz.
For the past few months I've been looking for the best hair routine. I watched so many videos. Scoured pinterest. And eventually turned to facebook spawning a very long, drawn out conversation amongst my friends and their routines - most of which I had tried.
- sulfate free shampoo or no shampoo at all.
- Co washing or conditioner
- leave in conditioner
- do not towel dry
- (insert a gabillion product recommendations)
I did these things for weeks and my curls really weren't coming back. Finally in all my research I found a local "curly hair expert salon" and discovered the Deva Cut and Steam Hydration.
Steam Hydration is a God-send for lost curls. It's basically a conditioning treatment that sets with heat. It will help un-do all those horrible things you've done to you naturally curly hair and bring the bounce back. Trust. Me. The Deva Cut is a technique they use to cut curls. One at a time. In short layers. It was worth every penny.
It's been two weeks, so what's my routine now?
Deva Curl: No-Poo once a week
Ouidad: Climate Control Conditioner every 2-3 days
AG: Fast Food leave in conditioner anytime I wash my hair
On wash days: While my hair is sopping wet, before I dry off I use the Fast Food Leave in, Miss Jessie's Quick Curl and weather permitting, Ouidad Climate Control Gel or sometimes LA Looks Gel (for those 'I know I need extra hold' days)
I still haven't dried off from my shower, I plop my hair with a t-shirt and that's it. I go on with my getting-ready routine... clothes, make up, etc... I leave me hair in the shirt as long as I can before I have to leave the house then at the last minute, let it down. I don't even use a mirror. I shake it out, set my part, and just let it do it's thing.
On non-wash days: I barely rinse my hair while I'm in the shower. One pass under the water is usually enough. I do a top-bun to get my hair out of the way while I dry off. Then I use Frizz Ease: Curl Reviver Mouse and that's it.
So here we are today. Exactly two weeks later. This is second day hair below, as in I washed it yesterday and just fluffed with water and curl reviver mouse today. I love my hair now but I'm still curious to find THE EASIEST curly hair routine. What's your routine?