My goal for 2018 is to simplify and streamline as much of my life as possible. What do I really need to be healthy and happy? This is why I was so excited to stumble across a method that allows people with curly hair to have a SIMPLE AND AFFORDABLE routine that restores their natural hair and takes much less work on a daily basis. No high-priced, "high end" products here, guys.
I am going to give you my exact routine with just the products I personally use. You will have 1-2 wash days a week, and every day in between is a refresh day. Wash days will take about an hour, refresh days take about 15 minutes haha. This can and should be adjusted as you get to know your hair, and with further research on your specific texture and curls. Some hair types will need more or less of certain products. Use this as your quick start guide.
Here we go!
First: What will you need. You can order online but honestly you can probably find everything at your local grocery or drugstore. It will feel pricey at first if you get it all at once but this shit is real good and will last you a good while.
Shower (or any source of water, whatever)
Plastic hair caps
Tshirt for "plopping"
Spray bottle with water
Rice Water (Boil rice in a lot of water until its soft, strain rice out, keep water and let cool)
Hair dryer with a diffuser
SUNDAY - WASH DAY
You will do this entire process with your head upside down - good luck.
Part One - Wash:
1. Soak your hair, massaging the water into your scalp and squishing it into your curls. Use your fingers to gently detangle.
2. Squish out excess water and try to somewhat section your hair into 2-4 parts.
3. Scoop up a solid handful of As I Am Cowash, massage into scalp and hair. Take your time and enjoy this self-care, taking some deep breaths and relaxing.
4. Squish all your hair flat onto your head, stand back up, and put a plastic hair cap on for about 5 minutes. Now you can shave, wash your body/face, drink some coffee, whatever.
5. After 5ish minutes, take the cap off, flip back over, and rinse. Again, massaging and squishing and taking your time. Do not pull at your hair.
Part Two - Rice Water and Deep Conditioning
I'm including rice water instructions on the Sunday wash day but only do it every other week.
1. Take your rice water and using two bowls, slowly pour the water over your head from one bowl to the other. Massage into scalp. I like to set my curls into the bowl and then squish the rice water in.
2. Take a heaping scoop of the Masque, rub between your palms, and massage and squish.
3. Press your hair against your head, preferably on the top, and put the cap back on.
4. Stand up, and wait 30 minutes. At this point, I usually finish my shower and get out to moisturize my body and finish my face wash routine.
5. After 30 minutes, take off the cap and gently rinse and massage everything out.
Part Three - Final Products and Dry
1. Squish out excess water with your hands, scrunching your curls as you go
2. I like to put in the Leave-In Conditioner before I plop, but you can do it after. So take a big handful, squish and massage per usual.
3. T-shirt plop: here's a video, it's easier than explaining.
4. After your hair feels less soggy, take the tshirt off your head
5. Use the Styling Gel and squish into curls.
6. Air dry! Or use a diffuser to speed up the process.
You did it! It seems tedious but it's not so bad - especially if you use it as self-care time.
Now - the easy part.
MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY - REFRESH
1. Take a spray bottle and spray your hair until its damp/wet. You don't need it soaking wet.
2. Scoop Cantu Curl Cream, squish into curls
3. Use a little bit of Garnier Fructese Pure Clean Gel to keep your curls from being too soft and frizzy
4. Air dry the whole way or air dry and diffuse
I freakin love refresh days. It's so easy and takes no time at all.
THURSDAY - WASH DAY
Repeat Sunday's routine, but skip the rice water and masque. Should take way less time.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY - REFRESH
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There you have it! It's pretty simple if you're willing to dedicate the little extra effort and take a solid break from your heated styling tools. For me, the experience has been really empowering and freeing. I have wavy hair that has been bleached, and I also lose hair about once a year because of my chronic illness. So embracing my natural beauty and focusing on making it a ritual of self-love and self-care has really affected me. I also love to camp and travel, so having a simple routine I can do without any heating tools is gonna be sick. Below I will link the website that has helped me the most. Let me know how it goes for you, take before and after pics, and tag me in your Instagram posts! Here is my hair just a few weeks ago (getting a tattoo in Dublin - but that's a story for another time).
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