Are you struggling to get your curls to clump? Having your curls separate out into several small strands can be annoying when you want well defined hair. Here's a routine to help encourage your curls to clump.
Comb your curls:
Whether it's with a wide toothed comb or your fingertips, you need to comb your curls. Start by washing and conditioning your curls as you normally would. While your curls are still saturated with water and conditioner, work your comb or fingers through your strands. Your goal is to carefully remove all knots and tangles, as this will stop your hair from clumping. You might break up some clumps while doing this, but that's totally ok.
Don't touch after conditioning:
Are you in the habit of combing or raking your fingers through your curls after rinsing your conditioner? If so, it's time to stop! Once your curls are rinsed, try to avoid touching them or running your fingers through them. While some people recommend combing your curls to evenly disperse styling aids, with clumping that would be counter productive to your end goal. Instead, use the palms of your hands to glide product over your curls, starting at the nape of your neck and working towards the ends.
Remove excess moisture:
Soaking wet curls will do nothing for your clumping efforts. To get your curls to do what you want, they will need to be as close to dry as possible before you start blow drying. You can also do this if you plan to air dry. Scrunch your curls individually in your hands to remove the extra moisture. The tighter you scrunch, the more water you'll force out. After you've scrunched with your hands, consider plopping your curls with an old t-shirt or microfiber towel to get out any remaining water. After you've plopped for about 10 minutes, you can follow this up with more scrunching, this time with the t-shirt or towel.
Diffuse if you choose:
After this you can let your curls air dry if you so choose. However, many curls opt to hasten along the process by diffusing. If you do, make sure you're doing it correctly. In order to clump while diffusing, you'll need to make sure you're doing it correctly. Cup each individual section of curls and allow them to completely dry on a low heat setting. Don't move the diffuser or rub it around on your head during the drying process, as this will disrupt your clumps and create frizz.