The Perfect Curly Hair Routine
Your curls thrive when you follow a regular routine. However, it can take a little trial and error to figure it out the best way to cleanse, condition and style them. Want a shortcut? The following steps are a tried-and-true method mastered by curly hair pros. So go on—give your hair some love!
Cleanse with Care
Certain curl types may get frizzy from regular shampooing, so you may decide to co-wash instead—aka swap out your shampoo completely and just use conditioner. Believe it or not, conditioner also provides mild cleansing. While this method can help protect coarse kinks and coils from moisture loss, co-washing can leave other types of curls flat, lifeless and over-conditioned. So if you have waves or soft, fine or springy curls, opt for a shampoo that clarifies without stripping away natural oils. Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish Shampoo is a sulfate-free formula that gives a supple lather to provide a gentle cleanse that doesn't strip hair's natural moisture.
Condition and Detangle
After rinsing out your shampoo (start here if you co-wash!), it’s time to hydrate your curls. Slather on a rich formula like Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish Conditioner, which softens curls with a blend of macadamia nut, jojoba and coconut oils. Now take a few minutes to detangle your curls with your fingers or a wide tooth comb as they soak in the moisture. Do your curls feel crispy and dry? Transform your regular conditioner into a deep moisture mask by combining it with an oil like Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil Deep Nourish, that repairs and nourishes with Cupuacu and Brazil nut oil. Keep the treatment on for 15 minutes before rinsing.
Get Your Curls to Clump
Once your curls are clean and conditioned, add gel or cream to protect their shape and keep them lush. Garnier Fructis Crunch Scrunch Gel doesn’t weigh down curls and helps build full, frizz-free ringlets. If you have dry course curls that tend to shrink up, use Garnier Fructis Curl Stretch Loosening Pudding to nourish and elongate curls. Glide the product along the outside of your hair, then flip your hair over and scrunch more in the back to make sure your curls are evenly covered. Be careful not to break up any clumps, or your curls will separate.
The Best Way to Dry
Before you pick up a hair dryer, blot your hair with an old T-shirt (or use the plopping method) to remove excess water. This will cut down on frizz and heat damage. Set your dryer to the medium heat and low air settings, and use a diffuser attachment to dry your curls upside down until they are mostly dry. Allow them to air-dry the rest of the way.