Each morning I section my hair into two sections on the right and left sides of my head. I wrap a ponytail holder around the right side. I spritz my tresses with water until it's damp using a spray bottle. (This water bottle can be a solution composed of a conditioner of your choice and water.) I change up my water solution often. This week, I am using pure water. Depending on how defined I want my curls, I may further divide the large section into three to four subsections. I typically do subsections when I go out at night. Next, I finger detangle my curls. If my hair was poofy or too dry before I sprayed it down, I will use a wide toothed comb to detangle. Once again, depending on how defined I want my curls, I will use the leave-in conditioner or the styling custard. The styling custard leaves my curls intensely moisturized (kind of wet slick) and very defined. The leave-in conditioner loosely defines my curls and allows the hair to slowly swell as the day continues. Repeat on the other side.
Can you see the difference?
To keep my hair moisturized and free from damage, I wash my hair weekly. Because it gets some type of conditioner daily, I don't feel the need to co-wash often. I shampoo bi-weekly with Herbal Essences Totally Twisted to remove all of the products I put in it throughout the course of two weeks. I co-wash with the CurlyKids and Riveting Reds conditioners on the weeks I do not use shampoo. (I use these conditioners after shampooing as well.) I deep condition my locks weekly. Sometimes I will sleep with the deep conditioner in the hair under a plastic cap and a bonnet or wear the deep conditioner all day on a Sunday. I wash and rinse my hair in cold water only, mainly to preserve my bright red ends and to prevent it from bleeding as quickly. Next, I apply leave-in conditioner depending on my mood. I haven't seen a big difference between using it and not using it after washing. Then, I sit under a hooded dryer until my net and real hair underneath the weave is completely dry. (This can sometimes take two hours, depending on how wet my hair got.) Lastly, I style as usual.
My Leave Out
To blend my hair with the texture of the weave, I use the flat twist method [pictured right]. I spritz my leave out with water, then apply Curly Kids Mixed Hair Curly Creme Conditioner. I let it set overnight. When I unravel it in the morning, I coat my finger tips with Organix Extra Penetrating Moroccan Argon Oil for Dry & Coarse Hair.
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It seems like I use a lot of different products (I do lol I'm a product junky!) but you do not have to. As long as you grab the basics, you should be fine. Make sure your shampoo, conditioner, leave in and deep conditioners were all formulated for curly hair. Remember, what works for me may not work for you. If you have any questions, leave them below. I love to talk about hair!
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