The perfect curly hair routine

Curly hair thrives when you follow a regular curly hair routine. However, it can take a little trial and error to figure it out the best way to shampoo, condition and style curls. Want a shortcut, and some curly hair tips while you’re at it? The following steps are a curly hair routine mastered by the pros. So go on—give your curls some love!

Cleanse Hair with Care

Certain curl types may get frizzy from regular shampooing. If that’s the case, the best curly hair shampoo is not a true shampoo but actually a co-wash instead—a.k.a. 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, kinky and coily hair 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, the best curly hair shampoo is a clarifying shampoo that doesn’t strip away natural oils. Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish Shampoo is a sulfate-free shampoo formula that gives a supple lather to provide a gentle cleanse that doesn't strip curly hair's natural moisture.

Condition and Detangle Hair

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-toothed comb as they soak in the moisture. This usually does the trick for a fine curly hair routine. If your hair is thicker, though, your curls may still feel crispy and dry. If so, one of the best curly hair tips is to transform your regular conditioner into a deep moisturizing hair mask by combining it with a hair oil formula. Look for hair oil formulas with hydrating ingredients like avocado oil and almond oil. Keep the hair treatment on for 15 minutes before rinsing.

Get Your Curls to Clump

Once your curls are clean and conditioned, add curl cream or gel to your curly hair routine to protect their shape and keep curls defined. Garnier Fructis Curl Scrunch Controlling Gel doesn’t weigh down curly hair and helps build full, frizz-free ringlets. It’s especially good for a hair routine for wavy hair, since it’ll give more shape and structure to looser shapes. If you have dry or coarse 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. Curly hair tip: Be careful not to break up any clumps, or your curls will separate.

The Best Way to Dry Curly Hair

Before you pick up a hair dryer, add this step to your curly hair routine: Blot your hair with an old T-shirt (or use the plopping method) to remove excess water. This will cut down on both hair 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. Curly hair has never been more gorgeous—or easier to get.

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