When I first started my curly girl journey, I tried a lot of different products, but I did my best to avoid spending a fortune because it can really add up quickly. I know this line up looks like a lot, but I have found that as I've treated my hair better, over time I can go many days between washes, refreshing in between wash days, and generally using a lot less product. It also helps that I cut a foot of hair off. Someday I'll write a post about the products I used in the beginning, but if you want to start simple, I would strongly suggest getting yourself to Trader Joe's and getting the Tea Tree Tingle body wash (yes the body wash) and the conditioner. because you can use it as both your conditioner and your leave in.
Quick tip: you can buy a lot of these products in travel sizes at Target and Ulta. That's a great way to try something new without committing to a full-sized bottle of a product you might hate. These stores will usually take these products back if they are really not working for you.
Alright! Here we go!
You're going to need something to clean with. I was about every third or fourth day and I do need to cleanse every wash day. Not all curly girls do, and you'll have to see what works best for you. This is a no-poo, which means no lather, and it does take a bit of getting used to, but I found that my hair really responds well to this DevaCurl No-Poo Original formula.
After cleansing, I apply this conditioner and make sure to really squish it into my hair. This is also the only time I use a comb. After that, no more combs or brushes! When I'm done showering, I make sure to rinse this out really well. Then I flip my hair upside down and rinse some more before applying my next product.
After rinsing out the conditioner, I use a leave in. I like it because it's not heavy, and doesn't seem to weigh my hair down. I apply this from root to ends.
I've used a few different creams, and I got this one free with purchase, and I really like it! I've also used the Shea Moisture Curl Enchancing Smoothie, and I will go back to that when I'm done with this bottle because I want to use up what I have. But after that I will probably go back to the DevaCurl cream because, again, it's not too heavy on my hair. I apply this to the section of my hair that I would gather in a ponytail and down to the ends. More details in a future post.
I've been using this Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse for some time now. I don't know why it works so well for my hair, but I can tell the difference when I don't use it! So I do apply it every wash day and refresh day, and I apply it liberally.
I've tried a million gels. Of all the curly girl products I've used, this particular category is the one that has caused me the most angst. Too much or too little can completely change the way my curls form and hold their shape. I really like the Kinky-Curly Curl Custard, but the price point isn't always my fave. I'm currently working through this bottle of Goddess Curls, and it's good and higher up on my list of gels I like. Though I would like something that would give me a better cast without weighing down my hair. I might try the Kinky-Curl stuff again now that my hair is shorter and I'm not blowing through products as quickly.
Next week I'll share some of the extra things I use to style my hair, like clips and diffusers and are you overwhelmed yet? I hope not!
Remember, you can go back and ready the beginning of my curly girl journey, and I have lots of resources linked there if you're interested in starting the curly girl thing.
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