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My curls and I have a love and hate relationship. I hate my hair in the summer, but I love it in the fall/winter. When you have curly hair, it screams for constant moisture (it’s so needy!) and if you don’t give it what it wants/needs, you won’t be happy with the outcome. In the summer, humidity is high and it causes curly hair to frizz. However, in the colder months, moisture is easily kept in our hair, at least for mines. I use the least amount of products in colder months and I mostly wear my hair out (wash-n-go). Now, let me show you my fall curly hair routine!

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Curly Hair Routine (Co\wash and Wash-n-go)

curly hair routine

For a good curly hair routine this fall, it’s important for us naturals to co-wash (washing your hair with conditioner) instead of using harsh shampoos. Shampoos that contain sulfates strip the hair of it’s natural oils which leads to breakage, dry and weakened hair. Conditioning the hair more often will provide your hair with the necessary moisture it needs. The products I use in the fall to do my curly hair routine (co wash and wash and go)  all cost under $7! Girls are spending way too much on unnecessary hair care products, but that’s another post! The products I use are:

  • hot water
  • V05 moisturizing milk hair conditioner
  • Oil
  • Hair Moisturizer (optional)
  • Gel (optional)

Fall Curly Hair Routine: Steps while in the shower

  1. Part my hair in 4 sections (the more sections, the more defined your curls will be)
  2. Soak my hair with hot water ( I have low porosity hair, this helps open up my hair cuticle; blog post on porosity coming soon)
  3. Apply conditioner to my scalp and massage it in for 5 minutes (creates circulation of blood flow to allow hair follicles to “breathe” leading to growth)
  4. Section by section, I add more conditioner throughout my hair and I finger detangle (I find that combs don’t work to well with the knots in my hair)
  5. I let the conditioner sit in my hair while I finish my shower routine (2-5 minutes)
  6. Rinse the conditioner out

Fall Curly Hair Routine: After the Shower

(These are pictures of my hair 80% dry. Next I stretch my hair using heat)

It is very important you are working in sections. This makes sure that each area of your hair is being moisturized and it leads to the ultimate definition of curls

  1. I make sure I squeeze out ALL EXCESS water (since I have low porosity hair, I need as much space in each hair cuticle as possible to create space for a moisturizer)
  2. Add your moisturizer by sections OR what I love to do is use my conditioner as a moisturizer! It honestly gives me the same results.
  3. Add your oil (make sure the oil you choose is a sealant oil and not a moisturizing in order to seal in the moisture!)
  4. Add gel for definition (optional) – My low porosity hair is protein sensitive, so gels make my hair extra hard. I am currently trying to find other options to further my curl definition.
  5. Instead of Gel for right now, I add a glossing spray with hold. It gives me defined curls without too much crunch.
  6. Add Heat (Optional) If you have the time to let your wash and go dry naturally, do so. If you are in a rush, you can blow dry your hair after it is about 80% dry.

Final Result After Stretching With Heat

curly hair routine

 

After I do all these steps I like to stretch my hair to retain the most length after shrinkage. If you want to know how I stretch my hair let me know in the comments down below. Or you can reach out to me once again on my Twitter and Instagram! Thank you guys so much for reading my post. I hope I helped one of you out today with starting your own fall curly hair routine. Stay tuned for my next natural hair post!

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