Easy and Fun Curly Hair Routine: How to Video Guide

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Curly hair demands a different kind of care, one that includes both routine and flexibility. What works best for one curly may be the worst for another, especially if you’re going for different types of curls. But there are some general rules that every curly should follow to keep their locks healthy and gorgeous. Here is a handy video guide to help you get started on your curly hair routine.

Curly hair is a different ball game than straight hair. It takes effort to take care of it while straight hair just needs a few combs and brushes in your toolbox. I have long curly hair (the texture is 2A) and it has taken a lot to learn how to manage it appropriately. Curly hair seems to be a rare and unusual phenomenon for many people so I wanted to share my experience dealing with this wavy, curly mane!

Everyone wants to know how to take care of their curls, but most curly hair routines don’t help, and they can be complicated. How many times have you watched a YouTube video and still felt confused by what kind of conditioner or gel to use? I did, for years! It seemed like these YouTube videos focused on the products and not really how to style your hair. That’s why I put together this Curly Hair Routine: How to Video Guide.

Have you ever wondered what the best curly hair routine is? If you have naturally curly hair like me, I’m sure you have. In this guide, I give you a rundown of my day to day curly hair routine for absolutely silky and healthy curls.

Curly hair routines are just one of the many things that matter when it comes to having good looking and healthy curly hair. From how you brush your hair to how you apply your products, there are many things that can affect the appearance of your tresses. But did you know there’s an effective curly hair routine?

Curly hair is beautiful, sensual and defines your personality. Some say that it’s a real pain to manage. The good news is that you can have the best of both worlds: well-groomed waves and soft shiny curls. Here is our curly hair routine video guide for your convenience.

  1. Wet hair

    The first step in all hair routines is always the same. No matter how long it takes, you should never skip this step: wetting your hair! Whether it’s a one-second splash under the sink, or fifteen minutes of being submerged in a tub, everyone should always start out by getting their hair as soggy as humanly possible. Add an inch of water for every inch of hair length. The goal isn’t to drown yourself—you just need enough to give your curls some weight and validity.

    You can rinse it with water or even better, you can apply some sort of cleansing product like shampoo or a co-wash to get rid of any leftover products from the previous night or day.

    Starting off any hair routine with wet hair is important since you don’t want to add any products onto your hair when it’s dry. If you must shower at night, wet your hair beforehand and throw it into a bun. The next morning, take down your bun and you’ll have soft, clean hair to start your day.

    Your daily curly hair routine always starts with wet hair. Why? Because water is the best conditioner on the market. So, whether you’re using a product or not, make sure your hair is wet before you start in with your routine.

  2. Section hair

    Once your hair is wet, take large sections from the bottom of your ears to the top of your head and divide it into even smaller sections. I usually work with four small sections, but you can always start with less or more depending on the size of your head and how thick/coarse your hair is… As a general rule, the smaller, finer the hair, the more sections worked best for me. If you cannot make individual sectioning work for you no matter what technique you try, just separate hair into two big sections and curl from sides to back (e.g. first section all hair on right side of head towards back then do next section all hair on left side of head towards back). This might seem overkill to some.

    Section your hair into four parts. Three of the sections will be the top, middle and front on either side of your head. The fourth section will be the back of your head which you can split into two equal sections. On each section, apply a dime-sized amount of curl cream to the third and fourth fingers of your non-dominant hand. This will give you softer fingers when styling so your hair isn’t as likely to tangle.

    Sections are usually measured in inches. Typically the larger the sections, the smoother the curl will be. Since my hair is on the thinner side, I typically use 1 inch sections. To make sure my hair was sectioned correctly, I used a fabric measuring tape and first pinned one end to the hair tie on my head. Then I wrapped it around the hair and pinned it to the other side of the hair tie.

    Curly hair is all about the sections. To get maximum curl and volume you want to section your hair into long vertical bands on the sides and at the top of your head. Anywhere with tension from pulling will give you curl, which means you can section a smaller chunk at the nape of your neck and get just as much curl as a chunk in front.

  3. Apply curl cream

    Curl cream is definitely the third step in curling your hair, but this is also the most critical and important part of the process. Curl cream is what helps you form those beautiful little curls at the bottom of your hair. Ideally this should be a light liquid that will add shine, define and hold your natural curls in place while keeping it looking sleek and shiny.

    So, this is probably my favorite step as the curls really come out with this one. After towel drying I find a suitable sized curling wand and put a heaped teaspoon size blob of the curl cream at the base of my hair.

    Everyone has different methods to styling their curly hair such as the “no heat” method, co-washing, etc. However, I use a cream product to naturally curl my hair. This boosts the volume and bounce I like in my curls. Curl cream helps achieve this look by applying to damp hair and scrunching with a t-shirt for around five minutes. Rather than adding too much volume directly to your curls from root to tip, using curl cream allows you to gradually lift up the weight from root to tip. After rinsing out, I style my hair with a little hairspray or rocking with no product at all!

    Curl cream will help to prevent frizz without weighing down your curls. It is also an important factor in maintaining your curls which is vital if you’re playing around with frequent temperature changes. I like to use mild curl creams and light-hold gels because I find they work best for my hair; however, they might not be the best choice for a friend whose strands are stick straight and can’t hold any volume.

    Ideally, you should use a product that contains a combination of Glycerin and Gluconolactone. Gluconolactone is great for thick, coarse curly hair, using it at a 5% concentration can help your curl cream be more efficient and effective.

  4. Apply gel

    After you’ve done steps 1-3, you are ready to apply your gel or cream. You should never apply gel to soaking wet hair. It could cause your hair to break since there is no way for it to absorb the product in that case. Water and vinegar will be enough to rid your hair of any leftover soap scum or shampoo/conditioner residue.

    Apply the gel to the ends of your hair and not to the roots. This ensures it will hold for longer. Gels made specifically for curly hair tend to be lighter and less greasy than ordinary gels.

    Gel is essential for high quality curly hairstyles. It helps hold your curls together and form a neat look. I prefer using gel on my curly hair to ease the styling process and encourage my curls to do their thing. If you’re after a wet look, try applying gel from roots to ends to get the maximum definition. To create the tight coils you need for a bouncy finish, apply gel in upward movements, starting at the bottom of your hair and working towards the roots.

    To apply the gel, I use a comb to part my hair. Then I comb one side of my hair into neat layers about three inches wide and apply all the gel in one go. I repeat this on the other side. After that, I comb all the hair off my face and let it chill while I continue showering.

  5. Comb

    Armed with a good curl creme, conditioner, and styling gel, the next step in your curly hair routine will be to use a denman brush. You want to keep your curls looking their best. If you pick up a generic comb at any market, chances are it won’t be the right tool for the job. Combing curly hair requires a denman brush.

    It is time to define curls! But first, let’s cut off the tangles. You will need a lot of patience for this section. Start by combing in an upward direction from the ends to the roots. The idea is to use the teeth of your comb (the part that isn’t sticky) to gently remove any knots and tangled hair strands. Be careful not to pull on your hair too hard – this will lead to breakage. Also, be sure you are using a wide tooth comb, as it will minimize friction on your hair. Repeat this step until you have combed out all the tangles from your ends upwards toward your roots.

    This double-duty brush helps you blow out curly hair, and then define and maintain the style with a few strokes. Combing curly hair is not the most fun part of your routine, but it’s important. The denman brush should have wide, teeth shaped like a paddle. You should be using this after you’ve combed your hair with the wide-tooth comb in order to get out all of the knots and more of a uniform curl pattern.

    The fifth step of the curly hair routine is one of the most important. While this doesn’t actually give your hair that beachy wavy look, it’s a great way to maintain your curls. Before starting, be sure to have at least 30 minutes of time. This will ensure that you give both the gel and mousse enough time to set.

  6. Finger coil

    In this step I’ll be showing you how to finger coil your hair. Finger coils are great for most types of curly hair. I find that the smaller my finger coils, the tighter my hair curls. The bigger my finger coils, the looser and more defined my curls are.

    Using your fingers to make natural hair products helps build strength in the hair. Since finger coils are made from homemade flaxseed gel, I thought including it in my rollerset routine would promote strength and prevent breakage at the same time.

    After defining and separating the curls you’ll want to begin finger coiling the hair in a zigzag pattern beginning from the front of your head to the back.

    Finger coiling is another way to master the natural look with your curly hair. It is not only great for work or everyday wear, it can also significantly reduce breakage when done correctly and maintained properly.

    Finger coiling involves taking three strands of hair and wrapping them around two fingers (middle or pointer) of your dominant hand. The width you wrap the hair around your fingers should be enough to be able to curl in a downward motion but not so narrow that it creates an awkward shape when you remove your fingers from the hair.

    This will give a bit more fullness to your hair making it appear thicker. The benefit of using this method is that this curl is sectional – meaning it will last longer on the 2nd and 3rd day, and even on the 5th day if you have not shampooed!

    The majority of my curls are achieved with finger coils, forming tight ringlets at the end of the coil. This is quick and easy and looks amazing. I don’t use any products at this stage and curl my hair when it’s damp but I apply some heat after about 10 minutes or so.

    The finger coil is a great way to finish off the natural, elongated look you may have been aiming for when you first started your style.

  7. Diffuse roots

    The next step to naturally curly hair is to diffuse your roots. If you have been reading our blog for the last six steps, you will know how much we LOVE diffusing curly hair. Diffusing allows you to create loose curls while also acting as a dry shampoo, which evens out your curls and cut down on frizz.

    You’ve moisturized, you’ve deep conditioned, and you’ve colored; now it’s time to diffuse your roots. Simply twist it up, scrunch it up and diffuse for around 45 seconds using your diffuser on medium/high.

    When I diffuse my hair I focus on the roots. I mostly go over the roots with a round brush ensuring that they are lifted and dry. Since I started using this method of diffusing, I have noted that my roots will stay much more natural looking for much longer periods of time.

    This step doesn’t only apply to curly hair, but to all hair. Just like when you straightened your bangs, the roots will get a little messy after drying. You can use your hairdryer at this stage to let them dry quickly, but I prefer to leave it natural and separate the strands with my fingers. A diffuser will be gentle, since curly hair tends to be more delicate and prone to breakage. Diffusion also helps the strands stay separated rather than clumping together, as it prevents heat from building up in one spot.

    Using a diffuser is a very popular option for curly hair. Diffusing allows you to dry your hair without using a ton of heat which can damage your curls. This is something I do as instructed after shampooing and conditioning, but don’t end up doing too often. It is common to diffuse your hair for 10 to 15 minutes, but that can be difficult if you are occupied by an activity and/or in a rush.

    Diffusing your hair is a two-in-one step. Not only will you dry your roots, but you’ll also give them lift. It’s important to have volume if you have curly hair, especially at the crown. Divide the top section of your hair into 3 or 4 subsections and clamp in 1 inch hair diffuser clips . Now clamp the clips over the sections of dry hair that are already on the diffuser. Then flip your head over and allow air to flow through the back of your hair.

  8. Diffuse upside down

    In this step, you need to blow-dry the hair upside down with a diffuser attachment that comes with many of the most popular hair dryers. Hair dryers infuse moisture in your hair when they blow hot air, and diffusers disperse that hot air more effectively than the concentrator nozzle on regular blow dryers.

    If you’re following my curly hair regimen and have a diffuser, the next step is to use it upside down. Though this method may seem a little odd, it actually helps to dry your hair. The heat from above dries out your roots quickly which leaves the underneath of your curls to dry that much longer. It also creates an amazing volume and a fuller looking style.

    If you have fine hair or medium to thick hair, I suggest you skip the plopping process and jump straight to this step instead. A diffuser is a great way to add volume!

    This is a great step for those who want to see volume in their naturally curly hair. Doing this step will allow your hair to air dry but stay in its natural state for more volume. It also works well as an alternative to air drying with any heat at all.

    If you’ve found it hard to get your hair curly, this is the step for you. It’s a great tip for getting some volume too!

  9. Oil

    This step in my curly hair routine involves applying a few drops of oil to my hair. I then scrunch this in. Shocking I know. I do this when I’m ready to leave the house and unlike the other steps this one can be done on dry hair if needed.

    One of the reasons why I love oiling my hair is that it also gives me an opportunity to keep my hair in tact. One of the (rarely talked about) negative things about dry shampoo is that it produces a lot of crunch. I usually try to spray it a little further away from my head, so that when I twist up and scrunch the crunch doesn’t come through as much. Then I add the oil and scrunch again. This helps to get any strays down and out of sight, before they can dry into a crunch.

    Ok, so now that your hair is conditioned and moisturized, it’s time to add a little moisture at the end. If you go from the conditioner to the gel like I do, then you’ll need a lot of oil for this step; otherwise, you only need about a pump or two. I usually don’t measure this, but I’ve also been able to eyeball it and be just fine. Run some oil from your ears down to your ends for softness and shine; oil is so underrated!

    So you’ve made it this far in your curly hair journey! With some time and dedication, I have no doubt you’ll achieve the lovely ringlets you’ve always wanted.

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