Curly hair washing techniques

Curly Hair Washing Techniques

Having defined and shiny curls is not about spending too much time or using too many products. It is all about applying the right techniques and using the appropriate products that will not dry your hair and will help you get great curls. 

Naturally curly hair tends to be dry by nature. Washing your hair and cleaning it is essential if you want to clean your scalp and keep your curls fresh. Product build up can weight your curls down and will make your curly hair look flat and lifeless. 

Wash your hair using the right products:

You should try to stay away from sulfate at all cost. Sulfate can dry your curly hair and will make it look frizzy. This means that it will be more difficult to style. Instead, wash your hair using a cleansing conditioner that will help remove the oil and product build up but would still be gentle on the hair. 

Some people prefer to go au natural. You can cleanse your hair using baking soda after mixing it with water. This mixture will help clean your scalp without using any chemical packed products. After that, you will have to prepare an apple cider vinegar rinse that is made using equal parts of vinegar and water. This mixture will help neutralize the effect of the baking soda and is great to add shine to your hair. 

You should always make sure that your curly hair is properly moisturized. Go for a weekly deep conditioning treatment to keep your strands moist. You can always have a hot oil treatment to restore your hair’s natural flexibility. If your hair has low porosity, apply some heat using your blow-dryer or a hot towel to help raise the cuticle of your hair. This will help the treatments be more effective. 

Dry your hair but keep it moisturised:

After you have washed your hair, you need to dry it properly without stripping it off its natural moist. Rubbing your hair using a cotton towel might absorb the water but will turn your hair to a frizzy mess due to static. Instead, wrap an old t-shirt around your hair to make sure that it is dry. 

Apply your favorite leave in conditioner along the strands of your hair. Pay special attention to the dry ends. Next you can apply your favorite hair oil or you can it with your leave in conditioner. This will give your hair a sleeker look and will minimize the frizz. 

Define your curls:

You will have to use some styling product to create and define your curls. Make your own flaxseed gel or buy a gentle gel or mousse to keep your curls intact. Scrunch your hair to create curls and coil the straight ends around your fingers. Let your hair air dry or use a diffuser with your blow-dryer set to cold. 

Washing your hair the right way will help you get amazing curls without having to go through a lot of hassle. Try and experiment with products until you find the best hair routine that will give you amazing curls in no time.

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity
Zunammie K.

How to naturally define your curls using flaxseed gel

You can easily have great curls using the right products and techniques. But some people don’t feel comfortable about using too much gel or mousse. Hair gel and mousse are made of chemicals that define your curls and keep them intact. This means that while you are trying to protect your hair and to keep it well moisturised, the chemicals in these styling products can be over drying. 

Curly hair is usually dry by nature and shouldn’t be washed too often. Washing strips the hair off its natural oils that moisturize the hair strands and the scalp. But unless you clean your hair properly, the products build up can weigh your curls down and make your hair look dull. 

Flaxseed gel is a natural styling product that you can use to add shine to your hair and keep your curls intact. It is a natural gel so it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals that you might be skeptical to use. Flaxseed gel can be easily made at home and stored in your fridge so that you can use it every day. It is one of the best solutions that will keep frizziness at bay and will help you get defined and beautiful curls. 

How to make the flaxseed gel?

To make the flaxseed gel you will only need two ingredients; water and flaxseeds. You can get flaxseeds at any organic store and they are actually very good for your health. The steps are super easy: 
  • In a pot, add 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds. 
  • Get the water to boil. You will start to see some white gel forming. Stir it in using a wooden spoon. 
  • Lower the heat and let it simmer for a few minutes. Set it aside and let it cool off. 
  • Get a strainer and a transparent piece of cloth. Put the piece of cloth over the strainer and pour the gel into another pot. You can also use your old stockings. Squeeze the cloth to make sure that all the liquid has passed through. 
  • You can add some of your favourite oil. Stir the gel in. Put it in a glass jar and let it cool then keep it in the fridge. It is now ready for use. 

How to use the flaxseed gel? 
Wash your hair as you would normally do using a cleansing conditioner or a gentle sulphate free shampoo. 

Dry your hair using an old t-shirt instead of a cotton towel. Apply a moisturising leave in conditioner. You can also add some of your favourite hair oil to add shine and smoothness to your hair. 
Add some of the flaxseed gel and coil the unruly strands around your fingers. Scrunch your hair as much as you can. 

You can either let your hair air dry or you can use a diffuser to help create defined and long lasting curls. 

Flaxseed gel is actually good for your hair, unlike other products that are packed with chemicals. It promotes hair growth and will nourish your hair because it is rich in Omega3. It is also a cost effective option that will keep your curls looking great all day. Learn to make it the right way and you will never have to worry about styling your hair again.

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity 
Zunammie K.