2018 Curly Hair Care Routine (Minimal + Affordable)

I already did one of these a couple years ago, but my routine (and my hair!) have both changed since then. I’m using different products, and my hair is longer. So I thought I’d give a little update on what’s new since my last hair post.

STEP 1: SHAMPOO + CONDITIONER

Let’s start with the basics. I use Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo, because they finally started selling Shea Moisture near me and I’ve had my eye on this product for a while now. And I’ve only been using it for about a week or two now, but it’s pretty good. I find my hair is a little softer than with my previous shampoo, and it has a unique (but nice!) smell to it I haven’t encountered in a hair product before.

Due to the fact that I was going through a bottle of conditioner about every 3 weeks (and curl-specific conditioner can be expensive), I decided to switch things up. I use this huge 1L bottle of Down Under Naturals Argan Oil Therapy Conditioner I can pick up at Walmart for about $3 CAD. Yeah, I have to use a little more than normal, but it’s a ginormous bottle, and for the price, it’s pretty awesome. I almost have a chance of using up my shampoo and conditioner at the same time now!

STEP 2: STYLING

I use the Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Leave-In Treatment on my hair once I’m out of the shower. I have a lot of fine, 3A/B curls, so it’s hard for me to find a leave-in that’s a) moisturizing enough that my hair doesn’t go frizzy; b) lightweight enough that it doesn’t weigh down my hair; and c) affordable. Thankfully, this product does all three of those things pretty well. It was a bit of a learning curve—I’m not used to spray products, and I have to spray it into my hands and then work it through first—but it works better than most products I’ve tried. I think I usually use about 10 sprays for my hair in total; I try and concentrate most of it on my ends, and then work whatever’s left on my hands closer to my roots.

After I’ve used my leave-in, I use about a quarter-sized amount of Ouidad’s Tress Effects Styling Gel on my hair, starting from the ends and working my way up. This gel has an interesting smell to it—almost cinnamon-y—and it’s an unusual one for a hair product, but I like it. Ouidad’s products have always worked well with my hair, but this one I think is the best so far.

STEP 3: UPKEEP + CARE

I honestly don’t do as much to keep up with my hair as I should. I wash my hair every other day (yikes, I know, but I only really “deep” shampoo it about every four days), so I don’t worry too much about extending styles beyond the second (or occasionally third) day. I sleep with my hair in a silk bonnet, which looks kinda crazy, but whatever. I might try and make my own silk scarf to wear sometime in the future, but this works for now.

If my hair is looking a little too crazy, I take a spray bottle filled with plain water and spritz it on the more “problem” areas of my hair. I usually don’t have a lot of luck with refreshing my hair, but I found that the gel I use actually helps to reset the curls more than anything I’ve tried before, so I’m having a little more success than usual.

I already did one of these a couple years ago, but my routine (and my hair!) have both changed since then. I’m using different products, and my hair is longer. So I thought I’d give a little update on what’s new since my last hair post.
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