When it comes to curl care, there isn’t a one size fits all routine or method for caring for them. Each curly girl has different needs when it comes to finding a routine that works for them and their type of curls. For our type 3a girls, here is a routine that might help you get the most out of your gorgeous curls!
Pick the right cleanser: We often talk about how great cowashing is, but sometimes that can be too heavy for finer curls. Instead of cowashing, you can use a sulfate free shampoo. Some curlies with finer hair also need to wash their curls more regularly, about every 3-4 days instead of weekly.
Moisturize: No matter your curl type, moisturizing is very important. However, in order not to have weighed down curls, you’ll need to pick out the right type of moisturizer. You can pick a couple of different kinds of conditioners based upon how your curls feel that day. For example, if they’re feeling dry you might want to pick up something a little heavier that can deeply moisturize.
Detangle: While you’re conditioning your curls is a great time to begin properly detangling them. Use the slip created by the conditioner to your advantage to work through each knot and tangle individually. Use your fingers or a wide toothed comb to rake through your curls without damaging them. If you are prone to really tangly curls, you can also divide them into sections to apply conditioner to and to work through.
Clumping: Type 3a curlies can sometimes struggle with getting their curls to clump. To get your curls to take a shape, avoid touching them as much as possible once you rinse out your conditioner. The only touching necessary will be to apply products, but once your curls are dry, try to avoid running your fingers through them or fussing with them too much. Once your curls are totally dry, you can gently touch them.
Product application: To keep your clumps together, apply your gel and product gently along the shape and texture of your curls. Once your product is applied, flip your curls upside down and gently scrunch more product in as needed, to make sure all curls get covered. Scrunching will help evenly distribute products and remove excess water.
Dry correctly: If you start blow drying your curls (with a diffuser!) while they’re still sopping wet, this can lead to frizz and difficulty with clumping. Instead, use an old tshirt or towel to start the drying process before turning on your diffuser. Wrap an old, soft tshirt around your curls and allow it to sit for awhile to start the drying process. Once some of the excess water has been absorbed, you can start diffusing your curls by section while hanging your hair upside down.