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Finding The One: What Curly Routine is Best For Me

Are you on the lookout for THE ONE? The ONE hair routine that’s most hiyang for you? 

Don’t worry because it’s not as mysterious as falling in love.  There’s science behind it and we’re here to help you on your curl journey!

BUT FIRST– What is your hair pattern? Are you more wavy or more coily? If you don’t know, take our What's your Curl Type Quiz.

Routine for each hair pattern 

The routines here are based from Lorraine Massey’s Curly Girl Method which are the best practices on taking care of curly hair. You can also read our the beginner’s guide to CGM

 

FOR WAVY HAIR

Wash: Use a sulfate-free shampoo, but don’t use it daily. You can do it every other day or only as often as you need. 

Moisturize: Use a silicone-free conditioner and apply it to your ends. Because your hair is wavy, you may opt to dilute the conditioner with water so it’s lighter on the hair and won’t weigh down your waves. 

Treat: To treat damage and make your curls extra moisturizing, use a deep conditioner about 3-5 times a month. Apply it to your hair and leave for anywhere between 15-30 minutes.  

Style: Make your waves more defined by applying leave-in conditioner after washing your hair. You can do extra scrunching for definition. If you want the shape to last longer, you may also opt to use a gel for better hold. 


FOR CURLY

Wash: Use a sulfate-free shampoo about 1-3 times a week. Between your shampoo days, you may opt to do co-washing (using a conditioner as an alternative to shampoo) but make sure that your conditioner has cleansing properties too. 

Moisturize: Make sure to use conditioner for every wash days. Avoid conditioners that contains silicones because such ingredients may cause more product build up on the scalp.

Treat: To treat damage and make your curls extra moisturizing, use a deep conditioner at least once a week. Apply it to your hair and leave for anywhere between 30 mins to 1 hr. 

Style: Avoid frizz after wash days by using a leave-in conditioner. It provides more moisture and also provides some hold so your curls become more manageable. You may also opt to use a mousse or gel to make your curl definition last even longer. 


FOR COILY

Wash: Use a sulfate-free shampoo sparingly. Alternatively, you can do the  co-washing method (using a cleansing conditioner to wash scalp and hair). 

Moisturize: Because coily hair is the one most prone to dryness, you should condition your hair as much as possible. Apply a conditioner to your hair for at least 15 mins so your coils absorb the moisture better. 

Treat:  To treat damage and make your curls extra moisturizing, use a deep conditioner at least once a week. Apply it to your hair and leave for around an hour. Some people let it sit overnight by wrapping their hair in a shower cap. Some also apply heat while using the deep conditioner. These are extra steps you can take to moisturize your coils even more but keep in mind that there’s always the risk of moisture overload. 

StyleAvoid frizz after wash days by using a leave-in conditioner. It provides more moisture and also provides some hold so your curls become more manageable. Using hair oils is also another great idea to keep frizz at bay. 

 

 

Now that you know the steps and products for each hair pattern, what you need to know next is what kind of CONDITIONER you need. 

The question here is: what is your hair porosity? If you don’t know, take our What is your Hair Porosity Quiz.

For starters, your hair porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb moisture and it determines how much protein you need. Unlike hair patterns, hair porosity is more caused by damage than genetics. 


LOW POROSITY

Low porosity hair makes it harder for water to saturate your hair when it's washed, so the curls are likely to repel moisture and are more sensitive to protein. Following this, it’s ideal for this hair type to avoid protein as much as possible. 

What to use: Protein-free Conditioner


MEDIUM POROSITY

Having normal hair porosity means your cuticles are neither too packed nor too wide, so your hair shaft’s ability to absorb moisture is at a balanced level.  

What to use: Protein-free Conditioner and Protein-rich Conditioner (for balance)


HIGH POROSITY

Your cuticles are spread out so it absorbs moisture almost as quickly as it lets go of them. This is often a sign of damage from heat styling, bleaching, and other chemical application to the hair. 

This means you need more protein to strengthen your strands. 

What to use: Protein-rich Conditioner 

 

IMPORTANT: No matter what your hair porosity is, it’s still important to keep the protein level in your hair balanced. Proteins and moisture, after all, work together to keep your hair healthy.  If you have low porosity hair and you don’t need protein much, you can still apply protein treatments once in a while. 

Likewise, if you have high porosity hair and you need protein most of the time, you can take a break from it once in a while too. 

 

What's the perfect curl routine for you? Comment below!

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