Curl Diary: Beginner Tips by Miel
Guest article by: Mariel Eno (Miel) Nkanta
Hey curlies, jumpstart your healthy natural hair journey!
If you’re overwhelmed with all the information you see in the internet about the “curly hair routine” or with the “curly girl method (CGM)”, here are some easy tips for beginners that can help guide you and jumpstart the road to healthy, natural hair.
1. Comb, brush, and detangle textured hair when it’s wet.
Textured hair refers to the hair strands that have shape (wavy, curly, and coily).
Textured hair clumps together, which forms those amazing curves, waves, spirals, or zigzags. Brushing textured hair while it’s dry will separate the clumps and would cause frizz. Also, brushing while dry can damage the hair strands which could lead to breakage and split ends.
2. Use a microfiber towel or a cotton t-shirt.
The usual “terry cloth” towels have long fabric loops that can come in between the hair strands, thus causing friction and damage when used to dry hair. A microfiber towel or a cotton t-shirt can absorb excess water from your hair and is gentler for your hair strands.
3. Protect your hair while you sleep by using a silk/satin cap or/and a silk/satin pillowcase.
Cotton pillowcases can absorb the hair’s natural oils and can cause friction with your hair strands. With silk/satin, your hair will glide smoothly without creating frizz.
You can also tie your hair up in a “pineapple” by flipping your hair all the way at the top of your head and secure it into a loose ponytail.
4. It’s not necessary to wash your hair daily.
Not washing daily would help your hair produce its natural oils that will help boost the health of your hair, keeping it moisturized.
Unless you’re constantly out during this pandemic, you don’t have to wash daily. Depending on your hair type, you can wash 1-3 times per week. Use a conditioner in all of those washdays while shampoo should be used less. For example, if you wash 3 times a week, use conditioner in all of those days and then use shampoo once in that week.
5. As much as possible, use a mild shampoo that doesn’t contain sulphates.
Sulphate is a cleansing ingredient commonly found in regular shampoos, but this ingredient is quite harsh and can really strip off the moisture of the hair. Textured hair is already naturally dry so it would be best to avoid any more dryness.
Shampoos without sulphates are sometimes called “low-poo.” Don’t be surprised if you notice that it doesn’t lather too much, it’s normal and you will still have clean hair even without the soapy lather since it has gentler cleansing ingredients.
6. Use conditioners regularly.
Conditioners are the Holy Grail of hair products. Conditioners provide moisture that is badly needed for textured hair. Make sure to use conditioners every time you wash.
Do keep in mind that most regular conditioners contain silicones. Silicones are chemicals that provide a smooth finish to your hair strands, giving the illusion of silky smooth hair. In the long run though, silicones can stick and coat your hair, thus it dehydrates your hair strands, not allowing any moisturizing nutrients in. This build up can leave your hair dull, dry, and it could possibly disrupt your natural hair pattern too.
Although, not all silicones are bad for the hair; there are those called “water soluble” silicones that are easy to wash off. But it may be quite overwhelming to figure out which silicones are okay and which are not, so it’s generally safer to just avoid them for now until you have full understanding about it.
For those wondering, here’s the list:
Non-water soluble silicones
- Pheryl Trimethicone
- Ceteraryl Methicone
- Stearyl Dimethicone
Water soluble silicones
- Dimethicone Copolyol
- Lauryl Methicone Copolyol
- PEG-8 Dimethicone
- PEG-12 Dimethicone
- Dimethicone PEG-8 Succinate
Always remember that whatever type of hair you have, it’s important to love and appreciate it. However way you take care of your hair, if you don’t even appreciate it, all the effort won’t be worth it.
Not sure what your curl type is? Read on to our previous blog post to know your curl type and learn what methods work for your hair!
You can also try our curl quiz below!