Now that you have a basic understanding of the Curly Hair Method's principles, let's break down the steps to create your curly hair routine. Keep in mind that every curly head is unique, and you may need to adjust the routine to suit your specific hair type and needs.
Step 1: Clarify and Begin the Transition
Before you embark on your curly hair journey, it's a good idea to start with a clarifying wash to remove any residual silicones and product buildup from your hair. Use a clarifying shampoo to thoroughly cleanse your curls and prepare them for the method.
After clarifying, it's time to transition to sulfate and silicone-free products. This may involve replacing your current shampoo, conditioner, and styling products with curl-friendly alternatives.
Step 2: Co-Washing
Co-washing, short for 'conditioner washing,' is a vital step in the Curly Hair Method. Instead of using shampoo every time you wash your hair, use a silicone-free conditioner to cleanse your scalp and hair. Gently massage the conditioner into your scalp and work it through the lengths of your hair, then rinse thoroughly. Co-washing helps maintain moisture and prevents stripping your hair of its natural oils.
Step 3: Condition and Detangle
Following co-washing, apply a generous amount of silicone-free conditioner to your hair. Use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to detangle your curls while the conditioner is still in your hair. This step helps minimize breakage and ensures that your curls remain smooth and well-defined.
Step 4: The Squish to Condish Technique
After detangling, it's time to implement the Squish to Condish technique. While your hair is still saturated with conditioner, cup your curls in your hands and gently squish them upwards. This encourages curl formation and helps distribute the conditioner evenly.
Step 5: Rinse
Rinse your hair thoroughly to remove the excess conditioner. When doing so, use lukewarm water to help close the hair cuticles, which enhances shine and reduces frizz.
Step 6: Plopping
Once you've completed your shower, it's time to plop your hair. Plopping involves wrapping your hair in a microfiber towel or a cotton T-shirt to absorb excess moisture and encourage curl formation. To plop, lay your towel or T-shirt on a flat surface and flip your hair over so that it falls onto the fabric. Then, wrap the fabric around your head and secure it, leaving your curls nestled on top.
Step 7: Apply Styling Products
After plopping for about 10-20 minutes, it's time to apply your styling products. Start with a curl-enhancing cream or gel, and use the 'praying hands' method to smooth the product over your curls. Next, scrunch your hair to encourage curl formation.
Step 8: Drying
There are two common methods for drying your curly hair: air drying and diffusing. Air drying involves allowing your hair to dry naturally. To reduce frizz, avoid touching your hair while it dries. Alternatively, you can use a diffuser attachment on your hairdryer to gently dry your curls.
Step 9: Scrunch Out the Crunch
Some curl-enhancing products can leave a slight 'crunch' on your hair when they dry. To remove the crunch while preserving your curls, use the 'scrunch out the crunch' method. Cup your curls in your hands and gently scrunch upwards to reveal soft, well-defined curls.
Step 10: Maintain and Refresh
Once your curls are dry, it's important to maintain and refresh them. To maintain your curls, sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce friction and prevent frizz. Between washes, you can refresh your curls by using a mixture of water and conditioner in a spray bottle to revive their shape.