By Gigi (pic­tured above) of GigisMeanderings.com

I have been on my nat­u­ral hair jour­ney for about  14 years. Pri­or to that I was bound to my Revlon mild relax­er like clock­work, I did not even know what my own hair tex­ture was any­more. Now every­where you look wom­en are embrac­ing their curls.  I have watched this nat­u­ral hair move­ment explode, from the pletho­ra of curly hair prod­ucts avail­able, to all the curly girls in the media.

To get con­sis­tent results with my hair, I do my rou­tine once a week. Big, fluffy, defined hair is my pre­ferred style, which usu­al­ly hap­pens day two. “Nat­u­ral” hair takes a lot of TLC and patience. You have to be will­ing to go with the flow and accept that nat­u­ral hair has a mind of its own and lots of fac­tors can influ­ence the end result ie. weath­er, pro­duct cock­tail, and work­outs are just a few things that can dra­mat­i­cal­ly change your “do”.

1. Oil the Night Before

My rou­tine starts the night before with an oil treat­ment, this week I used ojon oil, some­times I use olive oil, or coconut oil. My hair is nat­u­ral­ly dry and high­lights make it even dry­er.

This is my end of the week “need to do my hair do”. It is still looks dry even though it is sat­u­rat­ed with oil.

2. Dry Detangle

The first step I do is detan­gle my DRY hair with con­di­tion­er. I take it in sec­tions and use my fin­gers to detan­gle, usu­al­ly I use an inex­pen­sive con­di­tion­er like Suave Coconut, but today I used Gio­van­ni Tea Tree Triple Treat. I find that after a week of wear­ing my wash and go my hair is some­times super tan­gled.

As you can see from this pic­ture I have dif­fer­ent hair tex­tures, the back is kinky and the front is a looser curl pat­tern. Once you under­stand your “head of hair” and what prod­ucts work on your hair tex­ture, con­sis­tent results will be eas­ier to achieve.

This is my hair after detan­gling with con­di­tion­er.

This is an impor­tant step for me because my hair is a pain to “comb out” and I want to hold on to as many of my strands as pos­si­ble. Also I try  to lim­it my use of  combs or brush­es in my hair and just use my fin­gers most of the time. 

3. Cleanse

I now rin­se my “detan­gler” out and cleanse my hair with a no sul­fate sham­poo, today I used Hair Rules dai­ly cleans­ing cream. My favorite is Devachan No Poo, but I am all out, I go through a ton of pro­duct, most of which I order online.

4. Deep Condition/Top Knot

Now I apply a deep con­di­tion­er, today I used Curl Junkie Curl Rehab, I rotate a bunch of dif­fer­ent ones, some of my favorites are Carol’s Daugh­ter hair smooth­ie, and a new one I just picked up Obliph­i­ca spi­ral hair mask. Depend­ing on my time I sit under the dry­er / heat­ing cap for 30 min­utes, or sit in my steam show­er, today it was so hot I just went out­side.

I put my con­di­tion­er soaked hair in a top knot which is a good “con­di­tion­er do” in case I have to run to the store or some­thing.

5. Cold Final Rinse

Back in the show­er to rin­se con­di­tion­er out, my final rin­se is always cold and I don’t EVER use a tow­el, I just step out soak­ing wet.

6. Apply Styling Product

Once the con­di­tion­er was rinsed out I applied a gen­er­ous amount of Kinky Curly Knot Today. This is a core pro­duct for me that I nev­er sub­sti­tute and it is always in my cab­i­net.

I then sep­a­rate my hair into large sec­tions and apply styling prod­ucts to super wet hair, I use a water bot­tle to make sure my hair stays wet. My com­bi­na­tion of prod­ucts varies by what is in my cab­i­net. I am always adding new prod­ucts, since I am eas­i­ly influ­enced by what I read on oth­er blogs. Today I used Curl Junkie Smooth­ing lotion, with a lit­tle bit of Curly Q’s Gel-les’c, topped off with Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing smooth­ie. I apply with my fin­gers mak­ing sure to get pro­duct from my roots to the ends, mak­ing sure to use more pro­duct in the back and less to the front.

7. Diffuse with Dryer

My dry­ing method depends on the time of year, where I am going, and what I am wear­ing. Today I used a dif­fuser and dried my hair about 70%. If I am in a rush I will use one of my hus­bands work­out shirts, the kind that are designed for absorbing mois­ture, I care­ful­ly wrap my hair with it and keep it on for about 15 min­utes and shake my hair out and dif­fuse for about 5 min­utes. When I can I prefer to air dry, which can take half a day some­times.

8. Flip Hair/Dry Upside Down

I always flip my hair, to avoid the “flat top”. Notice how much pro­duct is on my hair, it is sort of white, all the pro­duct will be absorbed by the time my hair dries.

9. Do Not Touch!

My hair still needs to dry. It is impor­tant NOT to TOUCH at this point, in order to pre­vent frizz.

10. Air Dry

Now I am just wait­ing for it to dry com­plete­ly. I now can go about my day and just let my hair dry.

Big and Fluffy!

 

As you can see all the pro­duct has been absorbed and my hair is light, fluffy and has move­ment. Tonight I will “pineap­ple” it (loose scrunchie) and pull all the hair up, and sleep on a sat­in pil­low case. Day two I will spritz with a lit­tle water and shake and go. When the weath­er gets cool­er I will do twists outs to avoid wet­ting my hair mid­week. This process takes about an hour and a half to com­plete from start to fin­ish.

Day 2 Hair

Just added this pic­ture to show how each day is slight­ly dif­fer­ent.

Are you a nat­u­ral curly, coily, kinky girl? What is your rou­tine?

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62 Comments on "10 Steps to Achieve the Perfect Fluffy, Curly Fro"

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Mariah Clay

Works WONDERFUL on your hair. Would this work on 4c hair?

Jacky

LOVELY,thanks for the tuto­ri­al

Hottie Dottie
Great tuto­ri­al! I too have nat­u­ral­ly curly hair quite sim­i­lar to yours, my mom is black and my dad is eng­lish with curly red hair; leav­ing me with an assort­ment of curls. I have used a sim­i­lar tech­nique that I learned on curlylikeme.com but I have ran into a few com­pli­ca­tions. It takes me so long to do that it’s hard not to just throw it up in a pony­tail; cer­tain sec­tions of my scalp are flakey and itchy and oth­er sec­tions are pastey and itchy; my hair is not per­fect­ly fluffy when I let it dry nat­u­ral­ly; I have… Read more »
Magda

I too have nat­u­ral­ly curly hair. I’m just weary of putting so much pro­duct in my hair as I believe that it would weigh my hair down. I use Gio­van­ni as a detan­gler, Noo Poo as a cleanser, then Knot Today by Kinky Kurly. I’ve always won­dered why ppl put even more than that. Is there a rea­son for that?

Ifrah

You and your hair are so gor­geous! I couldn’t but think, ” What a beau­ti­ful wom­an,” as I was read­ing your blog. We have the same hair tex­ture, and I chuck­led read­ing because I do some of those things too. I shall incor­po­rate a few more prod­ucts ( I was try­ing not to be a pro­duct junkie : fail!). Thanks!

Ifrah

Dabney

I have 4a hair and if you co-wash you can style with your con­di­tion­er. I flat twist with Hel­lo Hydra­tion. It dries clear and my hair is mois­tur­ized. The curls are defined. The next day i just water and twist again. I seal with oil.

valarie

Did you get the Devachan cut? I have been con­sid­er­ing get­ting it done myself so my hair will have a bet­ter shape.

Danielle

Do you have high­lights or col­or your hair?

Gerald

This is exact­ly what I want my daugh­ters hair to look like. As a sin­gle Dad it’s hard to fig­ure the­se things out. Prob­lem is that I don’t see her sit­ting still long enough for me to do all the­se steps. Regard­less, you are beau­ti­ful!

Nyree

Love this … we have very sim­i­lar hair!

linnie

I like how she gave such great details. Some­times it is hard to find some­thing like this for those with curly naps.

Sarah

wow great hair!i like the col­or too.beautiful wom­an

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CurlsForTheGirls

Final­ly tips from some­one with my tex­ture

Diana

It works on u per­fect­ly how abt the real negro afro how can i make mine soft­er and fuller

Toni

Can i use reg­u­lar con­di­tion­er or a soe­cic leave in con­di­tion­er?

#GoingNatural

I’m 14 and i did it at night so I’ll get the resin the morn­ing but I loved how you explained it and i love how it looks on your hair
I’m try­ing to go nat­u­ral instead of always going to the perm

Denasia

Love the tuto­ri­al I’m just going nat­u­ral 4 months ago and I’m look­ing for a rou­tine that works for
my hair and this is per­fect my hair is just like yours you are very pret­ty

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