We all know that wash day can be a chore, literally! It can be time consuming, tedious, and if you don’t know what you’re doing you could end up with wasted hours and frizzy, mopey curls. However, that does not mean that you have pelo malo (bad hair). You have a crown of curls that reign supreme, and the following tips and tricks will have you gleefully honoring your crown on the new favorite day of the week: Wash Day. It’s time to unleash your curl power with All About Curls products to keep your do and your attitude bouncing all week long.
1. No Shampooing!
Arguably one of the best and worst parts of wash day is getting your hair wet. It’s amazing because you’re instantly transported to a fresh paradise, but it’s also a risk because you’ve now committed to styling your hair or worse, throwing it in a ponytail for the rest of the week.
The best way to look at it is that washing and styling your hair is an opportunity to reset your week. It’s your chance to rinse off all the stress, pollution, weight of the world, and your curls all in one go! You deserve to take the time to center yourself and rock your locks. To give your rizos (curls) the best chance of bouncing back all week long, you need to set them up for success from the beginning.
Start off wash day with All About Curls No-Lather Cleanser. This fresh, no-lather cleanser will gently cleanse all curly types while adding moisture for soft, smooth, and frizz-free curls that are ready to jump into the day! If you need a little more of the sudsy feeling, then opt for their Lo-lather Cleanser to clean those locks. Either cleanser you use, you’re giving your hair the best starting point for success. Personally I enjoy combing through my curls with the shampoo in to make the detangling process even easier!
2. Less is more vs. more is more
More product, more problems? The age old question. To glop on the styling creams and gel? Or to add dime-sized amounts and cross your fingers that the weather is absolutely perfect for the week ahead (which is 72 degrees, no humidity and a light breeze, if you’re wondering). It really all depends on your hair’s porosity, curl pattern, and many external factors, but in general it’s best to start with less and work your way up! Your hair will tell you what you need as you work through your styling, so best not to overwhelm it with too much product that will weigh it down potentially from the beginning. Try using All About Curls Boosting Foam, which delivers a lightweight and volumizing hold that offers the perfect base to set your style while providing that extra fullness every curly head loves.
3. Detangle, Brush, Diffuse – The Trifecta
Learning how to use a brush with curly hair is key! For the longest time I thought that curly hair was never to be touched by a brush as that would unravel my poor, frizzy and frailed curls. But now, thanks to more awareness and great products, such as Zoto’s line of curly hair products, I know better!
One thing I’ve learned is that detangling with a wide tooth comb in the shower preps the hair to take hold in its most natural form. Now, as a firm believer in the power of brushes, I’ll shout from the mountain tops that you need a brush to style your curls! Styling with a brush has been a catalyst in disrupting my hair routine, in the best way. After spreading in a detangler, like the All About Curls Luxe Leave-in, you then want to work in a curling cream or Zotos All About Curls High Definition Gel.
After unraveling your curls with All About Curls’ Luxe Leave-in Detangler, you can then work in their alcohol-free high definition gel to prep the hair for a round styling brush.
Take your brush and individually wrap each curl strand through it and around the brush head before unraveling into the most beautiful set of ringlets that you ever did see. Once you’ve honored your crown and gone all around your head, set your style with a diffuser. Diffusing your hair is key to dry your curls quickly and lock in their shape, putting a STOP to weather and natural disasters getting in the way.
4. Silky self-care while you sleep
Spending your precious time unleashing your curls to have them all unraveled the next morning is the biggest face slap heard across the world. Save your stresses with a silk sleeping cap, bonnet or pillowcase! The soft and gentle fabric will keep your curls in place and not disrupt their pattern, unlike cotton or terry cloth.
For years, I was so self conscious to sleep with my little bonnet, until I finally woke up one day, literally and figuratively, and decided my beauty is not defined by my sleep wear! I am Curly to the Core and so is my hair! This small step into your self-care routine will refresh and extend the life of your curls while feeling fresh and maintaining bounce.
5. Not all curls are the same
Have patience my curly siblings – the curly hair journey is different for every soul! From wavy 2a to coily 4c, every head thrives from a different process. It might take time to figure out what works best for you, but the journey is well worth the effort. As the curl pattern begins to develop and receive nourishment, so will your soul! Taking the time to learn more about the curly hair you were blessed with will let that light inside shine through. And as the age old saying goes it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. So preparate mija and let your culture and roots break free; Unleashing your curl power is more attainable than ever.
All in all, when you’re working with great products for your hair, you can focus on doing what’s healthy for your mind and heart. So turn up your favorite music playlist, get into your coziest of outfits and start those self care days by polishing your crown and being Curly to the Core!