My Updated Curly Hair Routine + Favorite Products (Vegan & Cruelty-free) | The Curly Girl Method

October 2, 2018

Lifestyle

By: Jasmine Briones 

Hi all! I am so excited to finally dive into my updated curly hair routine and share with you everything that I do and use to maintain happy and healthy curls. In this post, I am going to go over my hair routine, my favorite products, and my favorite resources that have helped me develop this routine! There is SO much information online and sometimes it can get a little messy, so I will try to help you steer through all of that and get a more clear approach and explanation.

I go over everything first and then I have my full routine at the bottom of this post 🙂

I want to mention that I do have another vegan hair routine post which you can find here, and that this is an update in my routine since then. I still highly recommend you take a look at that post if you would like to update their hair routine as I would also recommend that you explore various routines and methods to see which works best for you. The one thing to keep in mind is that all hair is different and that there isn’t a be-all and end-all routine that you should follow. Of course, I recommend to keep it all vegan a cruelty-free 🙂

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I have always had wavy/curly hair (obvi), but I haven’t always loved it. Growing up, societal norms taught me that straight hair was beautiful and that it was the ideal when doing my hair. When I wanted to glam myself up, straightening my hair was always the FIRST step for me without hesitation. I even considered getting my hair permed straight! It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I really started to love and appreciate my hair. And since then, I have been experimenting with different routines to help emphasize my natural hair.

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So where did the change in routine come from? And why curly hair routine? Couldn’t this be applied to all hair?

My hair got very dry and damaged after I got it colored in July, it was sitting flatter and wouldn’t curl as well (above). I started browsing the internet for vegan and cruelty-free masks and hair solutions. I was somehow introduced to “The Curly Girl Method” and I got sucked in. This routine and my previous one have a lot of overlap, but what changed was my newfound knowledge of the different needs of curly hair. I have learned over the past few months that there are actually routines and products specific to curly hair. Curly hair should NOT be treated the same as straight hair because, well, it’s completely different!

First up, here are my favorite Curly Hair Resources

  1. Curly Girl: The Handbook aka The Curly Girl Method: Written and created by a “curly hair evangelist” Lorraine Massey, the book is packed with curly hair-care methods (with chapters for all curl types), product recommendations, testimonials, inspiration, and an empowering pro-curl attitude. She coined the term “co-washing” and discusses why shampoo should be avoided (more below), and her book is what caused me to make changes in my routine.
  2. Atoya of @atoya_thecurlyhairstudio: I cannot even explain to you how amazing this woman is! One of my awesome followers recommended her to me and following her has changed my mindset on hair COMPLETELY. She posts photos, videos, stories, live streams, etc. regarding curly hair routines and products she recommends and uses, for all different types of curly hair. She is actually a curly hair specialist and I found out that she is local to me so I will be visiting her as soon as my hair is due for another cut 😉
  3. Penny Tovar aka Curly Penny and Curly Susie: these two YouTubers have a TON of video on their personal experience with almost all things curly hair related and they are both great resources to check out.

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Hydration is KEY

Curly hair tends to dry out easily, so it is important to focus on bringing more hydration and moisture to your locks! Doing things like hair masks (below), co-washing (below) and avoiding sulfates are key!

Ingredients to Avoid

Make sure you choose good quality, curl-safe hair products. This basically means using more natural products. The ingredients you should be avoiding are parabens, sulfates, and silicones.

  • Parabens: These synthetic compounds are used as preservatives that fight bacteria and fungus in a wide variety of beauty products such as shampoos, conditioners hair masks, face creams and even body lotions. It prolongs shelf-life and prevents fungus from growing on your shower-bound shampoo bottles. Unfortunately, you can develop allergic reactions to this range of ingredients. However, parabens are estrogenic, meaning they mimic the function of the naturally-occurring hormone estrogen. Exposure to estrogens has been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and as well as reproductive problems.
  • Sulfates: Sodium lauryl sulfate, the key ingredient in most traditional shampoos, is both a salt and a detergent, and is used to separate excess oil and dirt from your hair and skin. The problem is that they can be a little too effective, stripping the skin of oil and proteins and causing an irritated scalp and dry, frizzy locks as a result. Sulfates are too harsh of a cleanser for curly hair.
  • Silicones: These are usually easy to identify on product ingredient list: look for ingredients ending in -cone. Many silicones are synthetic additives that are not water-soluble, which makes them harder to wash out of your hair unless you use harsh detergents. The silicones will end up building up on your hair and scalp.

Washing My Hair

I have wavy/curly hair and over the years I had noticed that it was always prone to getting frizzy, dry and damaged, even though I had tried to avoid using heat on my hair. I eventually learned that over-washing my hair can actually be damaging as it strips away the natural oils and proteins that are needed to keep my hair and scalp healthy. I thought the opposite for so long–that washing my hair often and using highly marketed products (ahem…Garnier and Tresemmé) would help repair my hair!

So now, I wash my hair 2 times a week. On Sundays or Mondays, I wash it with shampoo and conditioner, and on Thursdays, I wash it with ONLY conditioner. Also, I wash my hair with lukewarm (not hot) water.

  • On Sunday or Monday, I wash my hair with shampoo and conditioner. I don’t use much shampoo, but just enough to scrub on my scalp. If there is any leftover shampoo on my hands or hair, I just gently rub it through the rest of my hair. I rinse the shampoo out completely, and then I condition. I go INNN with conditioner, making sure to thoroughly moisturize both the scalp and body of my hair. A good tip is to condition and let it soak for a little while. In the meantime, wash your body and when you are done, gently rinse out the conditioner. I also hold my hair up towards my head while I am rinsing it so that the water does not weight it down. I scrunch my hair all over to squeeze out any excess moisture before exiting the shower and then proceed to my normal hair routine (below).
  • On Thursdays, I co-wash. Co-washing aka conditioner washing is exactly what it sounds like. I ditch shampoo that day and scrub my scalp with conditioner instead.
  • On the days that I am not washing my hair, I use a leave-in conditioner. I use the DIY recipe (below) and spray it all over my head until it is damp. I dry out excess with my microfiber towel and then proceed to my normal hair routine.

Shampoo and Conditioner

DIY Leave-In Conditioner/No Wash Days

If you have wavy hair like me, sometimes I feel like after just one day it becomes limp and loses it’s body, especially if I style it up. What I do to fix this and maintain its body throughout the week is to spruce it up with a DIY leave in conditioner: 8-10 oz. water + 1 tablespoon conditioner of choice. Add both of these into a glass spray bottle and shake it until well combined.

I apply it when I shower to make clean up easier as it may get all over the floors if I don’t do so. I clip my hair up before entering the shower and make sure to bring in my leave-in conditioner spray. Once in the shower, I only wash my body and face. I then step away from the running water and spray in leave in conditioner all over my head. I like it best this way as the running water cleans up any excess leave-in conditioner and will help prevent the floor from getting slippery.

The DIY Leave-In Conditioner is also great for sprucing up your hair after styling it. If you have any stray curls that are flat or did no curl to your liking, spray them with a diffuser and scrunch them up with your hands. You can diffuse them as well.

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STOP using a regular ol’ towel on your hair. Towels can cause frizz and remove moisture, which is what we don’t want. Instead, turn to a microfiber hair towel OR just a regular cotton t-shirt. These will prevent friction which will decrease frizz and help prevent breakage. I squeeze out excess water before exiting the shower and then I scrunch the remaining out with my microfiber towel or shirt. Refer to the photo above! I then proceed to the rest of my hair routine (below).

Hair Masks

I do hair masks once a week on Sundays. There is no reason for this particular day, it’s just the day of the week I chose!

There are two products that I do masks with Jojoba oil (known to be great for hair growth and conditioning) and Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 Repairing Treatment (for at home bond building and structural repair). I alternate between the two, so I do the jojoba oil one week and then the Olaplex the next week. The reason I alternate between the two is 1. price difference 2. Olaplex adds a lot of protein into the hair which is great, but I have read that only to a certain extent. It is not the only key ingredient required for hair; healthy hair needs water, moisture, and protein in balance for optimal health.

For the jojoba oil, I just saturate my hair with it completely, usually about 1-2 tablespoons or so. I rub it all over my hair and make sure to get the ends as those are the driest part of my hair. I clip or tie my hair and allow it to sit overnight and then wash it out with shampoo and conditioner in the morning. I also make sure to time this up with my hair washing schedule so that I am not adding an extra wash day to the week.

For the Olaplex, I apply a generous amount to damp hair and leave on for a minimum of 15-30 minutes. Keep in mind, the longer it’s on, the more effective it is. I then rinse it off and wash my hair with shampoo and conditioner.

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Hair serum isn’t necessary, but in my experience is helpful. I only use a tiny bit (2 pumps–which is about 1/2 teaspoon-ish) on my hair after getting out of the shower. It is the first product I apply and I focus on applying it more so on the top and outer layer of my hair to control frizz. I use a Franklin and Whitman Hair Serum.

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Curl Cream

I use curl cream both as a hydration boost and as a sort of light gel on my hair. After I get out of the shower, I apply the hair serum (above) and then follow with curl cream before I diffuse my hair (below). I love to use either Shea Butter or Innersense Quiet Calm Curl Control. The former more affordable than the latter.

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To apply curl cream, I scrunch mine in but some people spread it out like a lotion if that makes sense.

  • Shea butter: add a pea-sized amount to your hands. Run a VERY light stream of water and bring your hands underneath. Begin rubbing the shea butter between your hands with the water to create a light cream. Once it is translucent, scrunch it into your hair. I do this twice. I choose to do it in two batches so I can properly water down the shea butter, or else it gets sticky.
  • Innersense: I do the same routine as above, but it does not take as much water as this is already a light cream. You can apply this as is or water it down, so I would try both and see which works best for your hair.

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I choose to diffuse my hair instead of air drying it because it allows for more defined curls and less of a flat top (if you have curly hair, you know what I mean).

A diffuser is that circular tool that comes with some hair dryers. When it is applied to wet hair, the air circulates around the curl and allows it to mimic the properties of air drying curly hair, which results in more clearly defined curls. It allows the curls to dry without any added weight so they are at their best behavior lol. I never knew what it was for and I actually got rid of my last one because I never used it. instead of buying a new hairdryer, I found this universal diffuser on Amazon which is compatible with a lot of different hair dryers.

When I diffuse, I make sure to do it on low power to avoid frizz and poofy hair and on low heat to prevent the least damage.

Learn how to diffuse hair here.

Brushing My Hair

I actually don’t brush my hair, at all. If I feel I need to brush, I usually do it in the shower with my fingers to gently remove any knots or tangles. With my waves, I have found that they look their best when they are not brushed out. When I brush out my hair, it becomes very frizzy and poofy, which I don’t prefer.

Avoiding Heat

I use heat minimally on my hair — I’m talking once or twice a year max. I personally love wearing my hair natural, and I have found that after removing heat from my hair routine, over time it has grown to be SO much healthier and softer.

Use Fabric Hair Ties and Clips

Tight elastics can indent hair and snag hair out, especially those with metal! Fabric hair ties are much softer and kind to your hair. Although I am not very adamant about this as I do I have lots of regular hair ties left from previous purchases, I just make sure that any new ties I buy are fabric!

I try to avoid tieing my hair though and turn to clips first if I have the option. My hair is short, so I can get away with just clipping it to the side and having it out of my face while I work out, cook, etc. Plus clipping is the least abrasive and won’t (usually) leave any dents!

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This ties in with a lot of the above, but basically:

  • Avoid using a towel on your hair and instead, use a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt. To dry your hair, scrunch it up with the towel/t-shirt, do not dry it by rubbing it all over your head (more info above in the “Drying My Hair” section).
  • Keeping hair moist (using hydrating products) can make a huge difference.
  • Try using a sea salt spray. I use the Franklin and Whitman East Falls Sea Salt Hair Mist on my hair after diffusing and styling. I spray a bit on it and lightly rub it on the outer layer of my hair to weigh down the frizz.
  • Avoid using the blow dryer on high power. Also be sure to use a diffuser on your hair (more info above in the “Diffuser” section).
  • Do not brush your hair, or at least not when its dry. If you need to, brush it with your hands or a wide tooth comb in the shower.
  • Use a hair serum and curl cream! These both not only add hydration to your hair, but they also work well in taming frizz (more info above in the “Hair Serum” and “Curl Cream” sections).

Hair Cuts

I know this is standard, but I think this needs to be mentioned to give a full list of everything that I do! I try to trim my hair regularly, abut once every three months or so. I also do this to maintain it’s length as I enjoy having short hair! You can totally do this yourself, but I choose to get it professionally done as I do not trust myself in cutting my own hair lol.

I know that this is not the norm and some of you may think I’m cray cray, but I would recommend cutting your curly hair when it is dry and in its natural form. Why? Well because not are all curls different from person to person, they are also different from strand to strand on your head. The variance in curls will depend on how tight or lose your curls are, but for wavy/curly hair like mine, they are all so different. I never really thought about this until I discovered the Curly Girl Method, but it makes sense!\ I got it my hair cut when it was wet and it looked symmetrical, but once it dried I realized it was longer on one side. I didn’t think anyone would notice, but a few of my followers on Instagram asked me if I got an asymmetrical cut LOL.

I would suggest asking your hair stylist to cut your hair dry. If you want to take it a step further, check out this link to search for curly hair specialists in your area.

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Eat Healthfully

Just like for your skin, what you eat affects the condition of your hair! Eating a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet is always a great idea when you are trying to improve the health of your hair. Choose whole plants foods and avoid processed foods as best you can! Not only will your hair be improved, but you will also feel great!

Soooo now that we have all of that covered, here is my Weekly Hair Schedule and Routine (with details)

  • I only wash my hair on Sunday/Monday and Thursday.
  • The rest of the days are my “No Wash Days”. On these days, I don’t wash my hair but instead, just use leave in conditioner. I clip my hair up, grab my bottle of leave in conditioner and get into the shower. I wash my body, being sure to avoid wetting my hair. I shut off the shower and then I douse my hair with leave-in conditioner until it is very damp. I then use my hands to squeeze out any extra liquid that I can.
  • My General Hair Routine (these are things I do every day regardless of whether or not I wash it):
    • Dry my hair with a microfiber towel or a cotton t-shirt and scrunch my hair to remove more liquid.
    • Apply 2 pumps of Franklin and Whitman Hair Serum.
    • Grab my curl cream (Shea Butter or Innersense) and add a pea-sized amount to my hands. I run a VERY light stream of water and bring hands underneath. I rub the curl cream between your hands with the water to create a light cream. Once it is translucent, I scrunch it my hair. I do this twice. I choose to do it in two batches so I can properly water down the curl cream, or else it gets sticky. You do not have to water down the curl cream but this yields the best result for my hair in my opinion.
    • I then move on to diffuse my hair. I grab my blow dryer with the diffuser attachment and diffuse my hair until it is pretty dry. I use the blow dryer on the lowest power and heat settings. After I diffuse my hair, I check if there are any stray curls that are flat or did no curl to my liking. I spray those with the DIY Leave-In Conditioner and scrunch them up with my hands. You can re-diffuse them as well. 
    • I then spray my hair with the Franklin and Whitman Sea Salt Mist and pat it down to remove frizz. 

Sunday:

  • In the morning, I douse my hair with leave-in conditioner and then more on to my “General Hair Routine” (refer to above).
  • Later in the day, I apply either a Jojoba oil hair mask (I alternate weekly).
  • For the jojoba oil, I just saturate my hair with it completely, usually about 1-2 tablespoons or so. I rub it all over my hair and make sure to get the ends as those are the driest part of my hair. I clip or tie my hair and allow it to sit overnight.
  • For the Olaplex, I apply a generous amount to damp hair and leave on for a minimum of 15-30 minutes. Keep in mind, the longer it’s on, the more effective it is. I then rinse it off and wash my hair with shampoo and conditioner. I don’t use much shampoo, but just enough to scrub on my scalp. If there is any leftover shampoo on my hands or hair, I just gently rub it through the rest of my hair. I rinse the shampoo out completely, and then I condition. I go INNN with conditioner, making sure to thoroughly moisturize both the scalp and body of my hair. A good tip is to condition and let it soak for a little while. In the meantime, wash your body and when you are done, gently rinse out the conditioner. I also hold my hair up towards my head while I am rinsing it so that the water does not weight it down. I scrunch my hair all over to squeeze out any excess moisture before exiting the shower and then proceed to my “General Hair Routine”.

Monday:

  • If I did a jojoba oil hair mask overnight, I rinse it off in the shower and wash my hair with shampoo and conditioner. I don’t use much shampoo, but just enough to scrub on my scalp. If there is any leftover shampoo on my hands or hair, I just gently rub it through the rest of my hair. I rinse the shampoo out completely, and then I condition. I go INNN with conditioner, making sure to thoroughly moisturize both the scalp and body of my hair. A good tip is to condition and let it soak for a little while. In the meantime, wash your body and when you are done, gently rinse out the conditioner. I also hold my hair up towards my head while I am rinsing it so that the water does not weight it down. I scrunch my hair all over to squeeze out any excess moisture before exiting the shower and then proceed to my general hair routine.
  • If I did an Olaplex hair mask, I do not wash it this day but instead, I douse my hair with leave-in conditioner and then move on to my “General Hair Routine” (refer to above).

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday:

  • No washing! In the morning, I douse my hair with leave-in conditioner and then move on to my “General Hair Routine” (refer to above).

Thursday:

  • On Thursdays, I co-wash. Co-washing aka conditioner washing is exactly what it sounds like. I ditch shampoo that day and scrub my scalp with conditioner instead. I rinse out the conditioner and then proceed to my “General Hair Routine” (refer to above).

Lastly, Eat Healthfully

Just like for your skin, what you eat affects the condition of your hair! Eating a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet is always a great idea when you are trying to improve the health of your hair. Choose whole plants foods and avoid processed foods as best you can! Not only will your hair be improved, but you will also feel great!

 

I hope that this post gives you a better sense of my hair care routine and helps you out in some way! If you have any questions or if you would like any more guides like this, please let me know below 🙂

xo Jasmine

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  1. GIULIA says:

    I need something similar with my new haircut, thanks for all tips in thi s post:D

  2. You have such beautiful and healthy-looking hair, Jasmine! My haircare routine is nowhere NEAR as complex–I have long straight black hair that’s pretty thick and can shed easily. I would love to try wearing a hair mask someday just to see what the effects will look like!

  3. Colleen says:

    Do you have any recommendations for wrapping your hair when you sleep with the jojoba oil in? or do you use a special pillow case?

  4. colleen says:

    do you have any recommendations for hair wraps or pillow cases for when you use the jojoba oil?

  5. colleen says:

    Also I’m a bit confused about how you say that you do both the “No Wash” and “general hair routine” for tuesday wednesday friday saturday. your general hair routine consists of washing your hair, but no wash contradicts that… which aspects of the “general hair routine” do you do when you aren’t washing your hair?

    • Hi Colleen! So neither of those include washing my hair. I do the no wash routine which is spraying my hair with leave in conditioner, and then I move on to the general routine with the hair serum. etc. I updated it so I hope it makes more sense!

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