Y’all, I get SO many questions about what I do to my hair everyday, which still makes me laugh sometimes because for years and years I had zero clue what on earth to do with the crazy beast! My natural hair is very frizzy, kinky curls, and styling it was a constant struggle growing up. The only hair tool I knew how to use what a straightener, so in middle school and early high school, I would fry my hair with that bad boy every. single. day — to the point that one day, I went to class with my natural hair, and friends I had known for years asked me how I was able to make my naturally straight hair so curly. HA. Little did I know.
Sometime in that process, I decided it was time that I embrace my curls. It took me literal years to figure out how to tame my hair enough to get looser curls, but around my junior or senior year of high school, I finally got into this routine, and I haven’t changed it since. So whether you’re a girl with a head full of natural curls or are trying to figure out how to get your naturally straight hair to hold some wave, hopefully this routine could work for you, too!
HOW I CURL MY HAIR
It all starts the night before. I wash my hair with a moisturizing shampoo (still haven’t find one that I absolutely love, but will keep you posted when I do) and follow it up with conditioner, which I leave on while I wash the rest of my body, rinsing it out right before I get out.
After I shower, I use BOTH a spray leave-in conditioner and a cream leave-in conditioner. If your hair is naturally straight or oily, DO NOT DO THIS. But because my hair is frizzy and dry on its own, it takes a lot to tame it down. My current non-toxic picks are the Honest Beauty Beyond Hydrated Moisture Milk (which smells like a dream and was voted best in beauty by Allure in 2017) and the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner (which is a great deal, works great, and lasts FOREVER). I then let my hair dry overnight, since my hair just gets frizzier and more damaged when I blow dry it. I’ve also found that it holds a curl better when I start on my natural hair.
The next morning, when my hair is completely dry, I’ll spritz a little more of the Honest Leave-In on my ends as an extra hair protectant. Then, I whip out my 1 1/4 inch Infinitipro Curling Iron and get to work. The key to curling your hair with a curling iron is to a) always curl your hair in layers (I do 3 layers) and b) always clamp at the top of each strand first, moving the iron down the strand like a straightener. Then, once you’re about halfway down the strand, roll the hair back up to the top, and straighten down again with the hair rolled around the barrel, repeating this straightening and wrapping process until you reach the bottom of the strand. This eliminates in frizz and kinks that might be in your natural hair, almost giving you a blowout effect without the work of a real blowout.
After I do all 3 layers the same way, I run my fingers through my curls to give it a more natural effect. And to protect my hair from too much heat, I always use the Prim Botanicals Hair Oil on my ends before bed each night (which looks pricey but you’ll probably only have to buy like once a year since you’ll only need to use 1-2 pumps at a time). This protects my hair and keeps it looking natural and healthy so that I’ll only need to touch up a few pieces each day until I wash my hair the next time.
I hope this routine is helpful to help you reach all of your hair goals! Once you get the hang of it, this whole process takes me only about 25 minutes (and I have a LOT of hair). Let me know in the comments if you try this routine and how it works for you! Happy curling!