Curating the perfect haircare routine can be a bit of a challenge. And just when you think you’ve found the perfect product combination, in comes the weather to throw you off your game.
Curly hair in particular can be substantially harder to cater to. There are so many mistakes you can make in trying to care for curly hair that sometimes it feels like a higher power is calling the shots on whether your curls will behave or go haywire.
As winter approaches, you’ll no doubt be battling endless frizz, split ends and a scalp dryer than the Sahara desert.
So we’ve created an everyday haircare guide to help you on your way to the perfect curly hair day.
Keep washing to a minimum
Yep, you read that right.
Your hair (or more accurately, your scalp) produces natural oils to keep your strands hydrated and healthy. Washing your hair too much will strip these oils away, leaving your hair prone to damage and breakage.
Washing once or twice a week with a sulphate-free shampoo should do the trick. And if you find your scalp gets a little too oily, add an exfoliating shampoo once a week to remove any buildup of sebum or dirt.
Oh, and don’t skimp on the conditioner — it’s essential to keep your locks looking healthy, feeling nourished and staying protected from the elements.
If you’re feeling like your current wash routine isn’t doing the trick, try TikTok’s go-to curly girl method for frizz-free, healthy curls.
Don’t skip the curl cream
When your hair is freshly washed, apply a generous layer of curl cream. This will hydrate your hair cuticles whilst also clumping your waves together for a natural, beachy curl.
The right curl cream will also smooth your waves and prevent strands from tangling.
Hask Curl Care Curl Defining Cream, $15.99 at Priceline
Briogeo Curl Charisma, $33 at MECCA
Ditch the brush
Using a brush on curly hair can damage your strands and lead to unwelcome frizz. Opt for a wide-tooth comb instead, and only comb when your hair is wet.
To get rid of stubborn knots, start near the ends of your hair to work out any tangles and then work your way up to the root, one section at a time. You may even want to comb through your conditioner or a weekly mask to make the process easier.
Abyssian Crystal Jade Comb, $56 at Sephora
Masking is a must
Just like you would for your skin, applying a hair mask once a week, or even once a fortnight, is essential to keep your curls bouncy and sleek.
For deeper hydration, apply your hair mask in the evening following your wash routine and leave it in overnight.
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Mask, $57 at MECCA
Use a diffuser
If you often end up with a halo of frizz when blow-drying your hair, you’re doing it wrong. A diffuser is essential for drying curly hair and will help tame frizz as well as dry your hair into beautifully-placed curls.
For best results, twist a handful of hair around your finger for definition, then place it into the diffuser and dry on low.
Alternatively, if you’re not into (or just can’t be bothered) blow-drying your hair, try hair plopping. It sounds odd, but throwing your hair up in a cotton t-shirt works wonders for curly hair, helping your locks curl and set — sans the frizz.
Oil it up
Hair oiling has long been a go-to beauty practice across South Asia. The traditional practice typically happens before taking a shower or going to bed and works by massaging natural oils into the scalp and hair to reduce dryness and boost strength, thickness and shine.
The practice has become commonly known as “hair slugging” on TikTok, and results in some of the shiniest hair we’ve ever seen.
Adding a nourishing hair oil to your weekly curly hair routine offers a great leave-in treatment. Try the slugging trend for even more hydrated and shiny mane.
Main image credit: @emmy
Do you have curly hair? What’s your curly hair routine?