What is the Laura Routine?
If doing a strict Curly Girl Method doesn't work for you and you've been plowing the internet for hours looking for other methods, you've probably heard about the Laura routine. It's not exactly the most popular routine out there, but many curlies swear by this method, and it's being recommended for those with limp or frizzy curls.
WHAT IS IT?
In a nutshell, Laura Routine by Laura Smith means applying an unusually large amount of products to your hair. We know this might freak you out (hello hygral fatigue), but when done right, this trick promises to get rid of frizz and moisturize your curls.
- Co-wash and massage your curls with a curl-approved Conditioner
- After washing, douse wet hair with about 2-4 handfuls of Leave-In Conditioner. Coat hair in conditioner the way you would in gel, with praying hands technique, then with rake and shake technique.[Photo from Refinery29]
- Plop and cover your curls with a t-shirt and leave it for 30 mins to 1 hr.
- Do a bit of scrunching, but not too much
- Use a generous amount of styling gel (yes, seriously, we mean a lot of it) with the praying hands technique.
- Diffuse your curls upside down.
- SOTC (Scrunch out the crunch). SOTC means scrunching out your curls to remove the gel cast.
PRO-TIP: Wear your curls in the buff at night to protect them from frizz.
One of our curlies, curly girl Pawi, has already tried this Laura routine. Pawi shares in her video that she followed Laura’s routine although she didn’t have as many products since her hair wasn’t too thick. She says that it really depends on your hair type and if you do use a large amount of products, make sure you apply it evenly.
The results were beautiful and consistent.
As the picture shows, Pawi's hair looked very moisturized and shiny after trying out the routine. Pawi even quips that she could use the routine every day if it weren’t that costly in products.
To see her try the full routine, you can watch her video below:
Unlike The Curly Girl Method, the Laura Routine may not be advisable for all curl types. Many wavies reported that this routine is not for them. The reason? The amount of products is just too heavy.
“There’s less frizz but it’s not okay as a regular routine since it takes too many products and it weighs down my wavy hair. But occasional use is fine, it’s really good if you have special events,” Angelyn, our wavy ambassador, told us.
The Laura Routine is just one of the many curl routines that have been popping out there. Remember that there is no one-size-fits-all routine that can make all your curl bucket lists come true. Don’t put so much pressure over yourself and just enjoy the fun in trying out different curl routines!
Convinced that the Laura Routine may be worth a shot? Try this duo as you test the method: