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Why Curlies Use the Condition-Wash-Condition Method
Why Curlies Use the Condition-Wash-Condition Method

If you love the moisturizing benefits of co-washing, but find that your scalp tends to itch, break out, or produce dandruff because of the sebum build-up, the Condition-Wash-Condition method is a great alternative. It enables you to give your scalp the cleansing that it needs, while simultaneously providing moisture to parched locks. This method can replace the co-wash in your regimen, or it can be used periodically.

You will need:

  • a gentle cleansing shampoo,
  • a moisturizing conditioner,
  • and a hair masque or deep conditioner (if desired”>.

Some great products to help you master the Condition-Wash-Condition Method include:

This method works on all curl types, but If you have tighter curls and coils, and/or longer hair that tends to knot easily, you may find that adding a pre-pooing step is the best approach for you. Pre-pooing, or using oils to help detangle your hair before shampooing, can reduce breakage and excessive shrinkage–and it can add a little extra moisture and sheen.

To Pre-Poo:

Working in sections, apply oil to your hair, avoiding your scalp. Detangle, and then twist or clip each section while you work on the rest of your hair. When your hair is completely detangled, start the Condition-Wash-Condition Method at step 2, below, taking each twist out as you apply conditioner.


  1. If you have not added a pre-poo step, thoroughly saturate your hair with water.
  2. Working in sections, apply a generous amount of conditioner to your hair, starting at the ends and working up the hair shaft. Massage the conditioner into your hair. If your hair is extremely dry, use a masque or deep conditioner for this step, and let it remain for 5-20 minutes before proceeding. Do not rinse out.
  3. Now it is time to apply the shampoo. Using a small amount of shampoo, gently massage the scalp. Gradually add more shampoo as needed. Work slowly and carefully. If your scalp is particularly oily, and your hair does not tangle easily, you may want to use a shampoo brush to help distribute the product and exfoliate your scalp.
  4. Work the shampoo through to the ends, and then rinse your hair thoroughly, ensuring that both the shampoo and conditioner have been removed.
  5. Condition your hair again, starting at the tips and working your way up the hair shaft, smoothing in the conditioner as you go. Ensure that you have reached all your strands. The conditioner you use in this step can be your regular moisturizing conditioner, or a heavier deep conditioner, depending on your preference. However, if you have already deep-conditioned your hair in step two, you should not do it again in this step.
  6. Using your fingers, or a wide-toothed comb, gently detangle your hair. If you have thicker hair, or hair that is prone to tangles, work in sections, clipping each section as you go.
  7. Rinse thoroughly, either by flipping your head upside down and placing it under the showerhead or faucet, or, if you have a looser curl pattern, by using the Squish to Condish method.
  8. Apply your favorite products, and style as you normally would.

Have you tried the Condition-Wash-Condition Method? We would love to know how it worked for you. Let us know in the comments.

To perfect your Condition-Wash-Condition method on a budget, see: 10 Drugstore Conditioners to Grab Under $10.

Natural Hair Growth Remedy: Black Seed Oil

black seed for hair

What is black seed oil?

Black seed oil is made from tiny black-colored seeds that are commonly known as “black cumin” but are scientifically called nigella sativa. It has been used in traditional medicine for centuries and is used in the natural hair community to help with hair growth. It is dissimilar from popular natural hair oils you may have used like coconut and olive oil because it is an essential oil. Essential oils are a popular tool in many naturalistas’ hair and skin routines, but it’s important to always dilute an essential oil with carrier oil before applying it to your hair or skin. Here’s a list of common carrier oils to try. 

Other common names for black seed oil

  • nigella sativa oil
  • black cumin
  • Roman coriander
  • fennel flower
  • nutmeg flower
  • black caraway

Black Seed Oil benefits

When it is 100% pure, unrefined, and cold-pressed, black seed oil is sourced from Indian or Turkish seeds made up of powerful Nigellone, and Thymoquinone–two antihistamines. Since it has anti-inflammatory properties, black seed oil is great when diluted with a carrier oil to soothe scalp conditions that cause inflammation, flakiness, and sensitivity. It also kills viruses and fungal infections, so those with lice can benefit. Like lavender, citrus, and rosemary essential oils, black seed oil is an adjuvant, meaning it works well with other ingredients to provide therapeutic effects. These antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties suggest that it could be effective in regrowing certain thinning areas on your scalp. So far studies have had relatively small sample sizes and there have been few studies that actually examine the direct link between black seed oil and hair growth, but Healthline reports that “A 2014 study indicated that a mixture of coconut oil and black seed oil was effective enough in promoting hair growth to justify further study. Also, a 2017 study indicated that an herbal hair oil containing Nigella sativa resulted in hair fallout reduction of up to 76 percent.”

If you are suffering from hair loss it is always best to consult a doctor first to explore underlying health conditions and the best course of treatment. Ask your doctor about black seed oil to determine if this is a viable option for you, and to confirm that it won’t interact with any medicines or supplements you’re currently taking. 

DIY Black Seed Scalp Massage

Giving yourself regular scalp massages is an excellent way to stimulate blood flow to the scalp, in turn promoting healthy hair growth. Many curlies use this ritual as a stress relieving treat in their curly hair routine. 

To use black seed in your next scalp massage, try massaging 1 part black seed oil with 2 parts olive oil (or a carrier oil of your choice”> vigorously onto your bald patches to encourage hair growth. Rinse out afterwards with a cleansing conditioner.

DIY Black Seed Hair Loss Remedy

Try this recipe from The Blessed Seed to regrow your thinning edges using black seed oil. 

  1. Add 2 handfuls of black cumin seeds to 5 cups of water.
  2. Boil for 10 minutes. Let it cool down.
  3. Strain the seeds.
  4. Pour the black cumin water into a glass jar.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
  6. Massage this mixture to your scalp at least twice a week.
  7. Let it stay on your scalp for 30 minutes to 1 hour and then wash your hair.
  8. Keep the mixture in the refrigerator for 2 weeks maximum (without preservatives”>.

Black Seed Oil Hair Products

Here is what reviewers have to say about these popular black seed oil products.

sweetsunnah black seed hair oil

Sweet Sunnah Organic Black Seed Rosemary Carrot Hair Oil, $11.99 

“This oil is truly amazing, I have hair loss and a bald area on the top of my head. I have been using this oil for 2 weeks, there is new growth in that area already. And my hair is getting thicker also. I am amazed and so happy with these results, when I researched this oil at the manufacturer’s website its stated that it would accelerate hair growth. But products don’t always live up to their hype. This is a genuine hair growth oil. The smell is a little strong, but I don’t mind it and it really moisturizes.” – M. Barth on Amazon

“I use this product when I do hot oil treatments and i will oil my scalp with it at night. I use it every other night to moisturize my edges before applying my scarf. I have not seen any additional or extraordinary hair growth. I think that it is a good moisturizer and very healthy addition to my regimen. Unsure if i will continue to repurchase, The container is small.” – D. Taylor on Amazon

as i am black seed hair oil

As I Am Pure Oils Virgin Black Seed Oil, $9.99

Nice light oil. Doesnt weigh hair down. I use this on my kids hair. The smell isnt fruity, just smells like an oil. I love the AS I AM line so this was nice to add in. Bonus, you can just rub it in to your skin as a moisturizer!” – Yahira B. on Amazon

carols daughter scalp oil

Carol’s Daughter Goddess Strength Hair & Scalp Oil, $11.99

“2nd bottle already. I love this product! I have really dry scalp with dandruff’s when am in braids. This product has helped with dandruff, itching and hair growth.” – Nkone on Target

“Would definitely recommend this! My child had very dull, dry hair and scalp and within hours of the first use her hair was much shinier and hydrated. Also super easy to apply, just sectioned her hair and rubbed it into her scalp/roots. She appreciated how easy it was.” – Grace on Target

Would you try black seed oil?

This article and the products mentioned have been updated.

This Is Why Your Hair is Dry, Damaged, And Dusty
dry damaged hair

Pssst. Your curls are dry and damaged. If you have been natural for a while, luckily for you, there are solutions to this problem. From products to a good cut, there’s a lot you can do to restore dry, damaged hair to full health. If you don’t want to big chop all of your damaged ends off and start over, re-evaluate your current hair care routine and tailor it to what your curls need now. But first, you must know what damaged your hair in the first place, and what will bring your curls back to life.

Natural progression

Hair damage can happen even if you do not realize it. It could be the shampoo or conditioner you have been using. You notice that your hair is limp and lifeless, with a ton of split ends and strands that just don’t curl right.

Chemical over-processing

When it comes to constant hair coloring and bleaching, your hair might not appreciate that perfect shade if it took you five tries in a matter of weeks. Depending on your hair type, there is a way of restoring your hair.

Heat styling tools

There are extreme ways you can absolutely ruin your hair. Burning your hair either via birthday candles or a hair straightener is definitely one way. Constant heat will dry out your hair over time. If this is your hair, there is a cure.

Do a hot oil treatment

Damaged curly hair responds well to hot oil and deep conditioning treatments. It is recommended you practice one at least once a week. This recipe is easy enough for beginners:

1. Start with extra virgin olive oil and add another carrier oil that will give attention to your specific hair issue.  2. Heat oil in a microwave safe bowl for about 1 to 2 minutes. Place a paper towel over the bowl to avoid splattering. 3. Slowly add any other ingredients you want in the hot oil treatment and mix well.

4. Wet hair thoroughly, section your hair, and apply the hot oil to each section. Brush through with a detangling brush or your fingers to ensure that it gets evenly distributed from root to tip. 

5. Wait 45 minutes before hopping into the shower and washing it out. Some naturals have to shampoo twice to get the residue out completely.

  • Optional: Apply a leave-in and a styling pomade after washing your hair to help condition and seal in moisture and vitamins from the hot oil treatment.

Extreme Measures

Unfortunately, there’s only one cure for irreparable hair damage: a good haircut. There are many hair products that boast restorative properties, but split ends, fried hair, or colored hair never really go away, and a haircut is the only way to start over. A hot oil treatment is a great way to restore damaged curly hair, but it can only take you so far. If your hair is not illuminating after a hot oil treatment, it is time for extreme measures.
  • If you color your hair or tend to expose your hair to a lot of heat, one way you can have healthy hair is by simply taking preventative measures.
  • Use color-safe, heat resistant conditioners and shampoos.
  • Apply Jojoba oil to your hair before spending the day out in the sun.
  • Moisturize your hair daily with a hydrating leave-in.
  • Use a deep conditioner once a week, and if your hair needs a protein treatment, try that once a month till your curls bounce back.

These treatments are formulated to treat damaged curls:


What processes and treatments have helped you restore your hair? Or did you just big chop?

This article was originally written in 2011 and revised for grammar, timeliness, and clarity.

The ABC’s of Detangling Knots

Sometimes something as simple as skipping a wash can knot up your hair like ropes on a sail. It’s not the greatest situation, especially if you want that healthy sheen. Knots can drag you down, but there are plenty of ways to defeat these hairy foes. With a little patience and a bit of time, detagling those nasty hair knots is as easy as ABC.

Preventing Knots with ABC


APPLY conditioner and lots of it to de-knot. There are directions on the back of every conditioner bottle, but the longer your hair, the more you need. Work the conditioner from root to tip, making sure it’s evenly coated. If your hair is particularly curly or coily, try leaving it on for an extra couple of minutes.


BEFORE you get into the shower, detangle. This little trick of the trade makes it easier to work through both a shampoo and a conditioner. What’s more, you can find the small knots beforehand so you’ll spend less time de-knotting your hair in the shower by working on any problem spots.


COMB thoroughly. Once you’re out of the shower, apply a leave-in conditioner, we love the leave-in and detangler Holy Grail Kinky-Curly Knot Today, and use a wide tooth shower comb. Starting at the bottom, work your way through your conditioned hair while it’s still wet, taking extra care with problem spots.

There are plenty of other options to prevent knots. Placing hair in braids or a silk scarf before bed will prevent friction and tangles. You can also use detangling in-shower products and conditioning treatments. If you’re taking all precautions, you should succeed in preventing bad tangles.

RELATED: Curly Beginner’s Guide: Detangling Without Brushing


How to Detangle

That being said, sometimes all the preventative measures in the world won’t stop knots from forming. It’s a sad truth, but in this case there’s no time for tears. Literally, the longer you wait, the worse a knot gets. The sooner you untangle the beast, the better. Here are some steps to help you in the battle against knots.

  1. Find the tangle or tangles. Work your fingers through your hair, pinpointing the problem area.
  2. Hold the knot in question with one hand. You should get a feel for the knot to better de-knot, and if possible, what it looks like. The more you know about how it’s knotted and where, the better chance of success with your hair.
  3. Comb your fingers through the knot as much as possible while holding the knot. If you can loosen hair from it, try to pull it out of the knot without breaking the strands of hair.

Tip: If you cannot loosen the knot whatsoever or the knot is fairly large, wet your hair before proceeding to step 4.

  1. Apply hair conditioner, hand lotion, warm olive oil, or a special detangler product to de-knot. All have been proven to work towards detangling anything from a minor snarl to a massive rats nest.
  2. Finger comb the product through your hair and let the conditioning item sit for a few minutes.
  3. Gently comb your hair with a medium or wide tooth comb. Avoid pulling your hair and roughly working the comb through your hair. This can lead to breakage and more knots in the future.

The Worst Knots

If it seems not even the best TLC is cutting it, you may have to cut that knot out of your life. But don’t de-knot it yourself, especially if it’s is toward the back of your head. Sometimes the knot is so severe that it’s time to take a trip to the hair salon. A stylist should have the professional know-how to cure whatever hair disaster ails you. And if there is no cure, they have the talent to create the perfect, albeit somewhat shorter style just for you.

RELATED: DIY Hair Detangler Remedies

Do you have any secrets for staying virtually knot-free or getting the knots out of your curls?

This article was originally published in June 2012 and has been updated for grammar and clarity.

How to Dip Dye Hair

Dying hair can be more of a chore than anything else, but there are ways to make the experience enjoyable, and even fun. For instance, you can always dip dye your hair. Dip dyeing doesn’t take as long or use as much coloring product, saving you money and letting you go as fun and funky as you want!

2013 Update: The dip dye, or ombre look, is back and more popular than ever! See how celebrities are rocking the dip dye look in 2013.

It is described as a gradient or gradual effect, giving the hair a faded look. In order to get this look, most professionals recommend using bleach or highlighting kits. However, based on the fact that bleach damages your locks, we suggest paying special attention to how you apply, and for how long you apply, the bleach to protect your curls! For the prep and products, it is important to keep in mind what ingredients are in those products and pay special attention to how you apply them.

Let the Dip Dyeing Begin!

The easiest way to begin is with highlighting kit instructions, followed by the coloring instructions. Although those steps are made as easy as possible, a few pointers might help. For one thing, this is a DIY project, but when you dip dye hair it’s always nice to have a friend helping you. Even if you’re just treating the tips of your hair, you’re still using bleach and harsh chemicals.

Warning: bleach is very potent and dangerous. Keep out of eyes, do not ingest and make sure the room is well ventilated.

What You’ll Need

  1. Prepare the area. Make sure you have everything laid out on a counter top. Cover yourself with a waterproof poncho (you can make one by cutting a whole out of a plastic bag”>, old cloths, and a an old towel wrapped around your neck. Before beginning to dip dye hair, place latex or plastic gloves on your hands.
  2. Follow the highlighting kit instructions explicitly. Mix the bleach solution as instructed, making sure it is mixed well.
  3. Place the tips of your hair on folded aluminum foil or a plastic bag. Brush the chunk of hair evenly with the bleach mixture before folding the aluminum foil over the hair, or spread the bleach on the tips of your hair evenly before covering your tips with the plastic bag and securing it with a rubber band. Keep in mind that if you use aluminum foil, the directions may call for using a hair dryer. However, regardless of the instructions, a highlighter kit should always give you directions on how long to leave the bleach mixture in your hair based on your hair color. Pay close attention!
  4. Double check your hair color every several minutes. It’s important to not over-bleach your hair in order to get a gradient affect.
  5. Remove the bag or foil to check the dip dye hair and wash your hair. If you have dark hair and want the bleached hair to be lighter, consult the kit to check if it recommends bleaching a second time right away. If that’s the case, repeat the first five steps again before proceeding to the next.
  6. If you want a color that differs from the usual brown to blonde gradient, like red or blue, switch to new gloves and apply color to your hair. Follow the instructions from the coloring kit.
  7. Style your hair as you like it and enjoy.

The Aftercare Manual

There are some aftercare tips for you to keep in mind if you’re dip-dyeing your own hair.

More than anything else, your hair will be damaged; it is the nature of the bleach beast. Choose a specially formulated shampoo and conditioner for damaged, bleached, color treated, or dip dyed hair. Try a deep conditioning treatment every week, as well, to bring your hair back to life. As always, moisturizing and strengthening hair is the key to preventing and nursing damaged hair back to health.

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Get the color you want with natural hair dyes!

Final Thoughts

Dip dye hair highlights are more popular than ever. Everyone, from Lauren Conrad to Drew Barrymore, has been seen rocking the ombre hair. Now, Dianna Agron from the hit show “Glee” is sporting short, blonde to pink ombre hair. Some people even dye and wear extensions instead of their own hair just to achieve the look.

Try it out, and let us know how it looks!

All Natural Hair Products
looking at organic hair product ingredients

It’s difficult to find products that are both right for you and still eco-friendly, organic or that simply even contain natural ingredients. Luckily, some natural hair products, have become more easily accessible.

What to Avoid

Completely natural products are hard to come by. Though a product might say “natural” somewhere on the bottle, it can still contain some not-so-natural ingredients. There are several ingredients you should avoid when looking for your natural curly hair care products. Although many people still swear by these ingredients, some hair care professionals would agree that it’s important to avoid petroleum/petroletum, mineral oil/paraffin liquid and parabens. Natural products  should also be free of several other ingredients, including propylene glycol, diethanolamine and triethalnolamine (DEA and TEA, respectively”>, ethoxylated ingredients, imidazoldinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea.

Top Picks

With so many new natural products popping up, it’s difficult to choose just one top pick for each category. There are, however, three top notable brands for natural hair products: Aubrey Organics, Carol’s Daughter, and Burt’s Bees. They’re fantastic options as natural hair care products. The following are three categories for individual natural products:

Bigger Brands

If you thought that only small name brands are getting in on the “au natural” game, it’s time for another trip to your average grocery store. Recently, Garnier Fructis unveiled a 2 in one fortifying shampoo and conditioner, Pure Clear 2 in 1. If you look at the back of the bottle, the product boasts that it’s 92 percent biodegradable, has no silicones, paraben or dye and the container is 50 percent recyclable plastic. This is one of many natural products from Garnier Fructis that states it’s for normal hair. However, Garnier Fructis is known for its hydration and conditioning properties, making this product an honorable mention in the user pick for natural hair products.

Final Thoughts

Even though these are popular choices, there are so many more natural, organic and eco-friendly hair products out there. From the new products that have popped up recently, to the older more familiar ones, there are plenty of great natural products that might be in your top picks.

What is your favorite go to natural hair care product?

DIY Curly Wedding Hairstyles
Bride with curly red hair smiling and looking up

Curly hair is actually a great base to start with when you want a look for a wedding or formal event. A lot of the time, those with straight hair are looking for curls and volume in a formal hairstyle. Naturally curly girls are at an advantage, because you can start by working with what you’ve already got. From there, the choices are limitless.

Down and Out

No matter what length of hair you have, you can always find a curly wedding hairstyle that’s right for you. For shorter curly hair, it’s all about using the right products to get great down and out look. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Wash your hair and comb it in the shower, generously conditioning your locks. Try the condition, wash, condition method which will hydrate your hair and make your curls pop for a great down and out wedding hairstyle.
  2. Manipulate your hair as little as possible once you’re finished washing and conditioning.
  3. Use a wide tooth comb and then towel dry gently with a microfiber towel so that it’s not dripping wet, but still very damp.
  4. Follow the directions for applying your favorite styling product. You will want to choose a styling product with some hold so that your curly hairstyle will last throughout the day.
  5. Use a diffuser to stop frizzing that can occur during air drying. You can also let it air dry if you prefer.
  6. Fix any fly-away strands with either a curling rod or by taking that section of hair and adding a bit of water and more product and smoothing or twirling with your fingers.

Make this look special by pinning back the hair on one side with a flower or a clip. You can also gather a few locks from the front and pin them to the back with bobby pins or other embellished accessories. Any hair accessories such as birdcage veils, tiaras, flowers or decorated clips are great finishing touches for this down and out look.

The Side Bun and Side Ponytail

The words side bun or side ponytail might bring to mind thoughts of a half cinnamon bun (like Princess Leia’s”> or a scrunchie-adorned style from the 80’s. But, we’re talking a subtle, low, off to the side bun or ponytail that is easy to do and that compliments type 3 curly hair. Here’s how to get the look:

  1. To avoid frizz, start the same way you would for the down and out look. Remember to avoid excessively touching your hair, and always using a wide tooth comb to detangle.
  2. Smooth your hair back and to one side of your head just behind the ear. Twist it into a low bun or gather it into a ponytail and secure it with bobby pins or a seamless hair tie.
  3. To dress up this look, twist or braid a section of hair on either side or both sides of your head before gathering it to one side. You could also add a pompadour by clipping the roots at the front of your hair (for volume”> and pinning that front section back to create a bump in the front. Gently remove the clips when hair is dry.

Embellished accessories or veils will also work well with this look. You can place flowers clips or even an elegant headband with feathers in the front of your hair or towards the back by the bun or ponytail.

Final Thoughts

These DIY curly wedding hairstyles are easy to do with lots of simple options to add flair to your look. Now you can create the hairstyle you want, with your own hands that will make you feel even more elegant on your special day!

What is your favorite way to dress up a simple hairstyle for a formal event?

DIY Coily Wedding Hairstyles
Bride smiling with coily hair

Whether you’re a bride or a guest, aside from needing the perfect dress or formal outfit, you will also need a great coily hairstyle to match. There are many different mixes of hair texture among coily haired individuals, even on one coily head of hair! The trick to creating great coily wedding hairstyles is to find one that suits your individual hair texture and length.

The Twist-and-Curl

When it comes to coily hair, there are so many options for formal hairstyles. When you are doing it yourself, you may want to keep it simple and add hair accessories. One of the most popular curly hairstyles is a twist-and-curl:

  1. Take a section of hair, approximately an inch and a half to two inches in diameter, dampen it with a spray bottle (or start with freshly washed hair”> and apply your favorite leave-in conditioner or styling product. Work the product from root to tip.
  2. Twist or braid the section of hair.
  3. Repeat steps one and two with all of your hair.
  4. Use flexible rods (you can find in any beauty supply store”> and wrap the braids or twists onto the rods. Be careful and make sure that you don’t wrap the braid or twist too tightly.
  5. Wrap your head in either a silk scarf or sleep on a silk pillow cover overnight, or leave the rods in for several hours.
  6. Undo the rods the next morning or several hours later. You can smooth on a little oil at this point before carefully unwinding or unbraiding each twist or braid.
  7. Then, pull apart the curls more or less to achieve your desired look. This gives you the option of leaving your hair smoother in defined curls or separating the twists or braids and fluffing the hair for more volume.

After you have stlyed your twist-and-curl, you can add accessories like flowers, ribbons and beaded or rhinestone embellished barrettes, headbands or hair combs.

Chignon and Buns

One well-known formal hairstyle might be the easiest to achieve. The chignon and other buns are as simple as twisting hair in on itself and pinning in when it reaches its desired round shape. You can even start with a twist-and-curl or a simple twist out so that your coils will stretched enough to achieve this style or just to give your hair a defined curly texture for this style.

  • Begin by smoothing out the front of your hair. You can gather the hair more tautly or more loosely depending on the look you want.
  • If you have bangs, you can leave them out or pin them back with the rest of your hair. You can also create a small pompadour with your bangs by turning them backwards and pinning the ends of the bangs closer to their roots so they do not lie flat but pucker up at the height of your choice.
  • From there, it all depends on where and how you would like it to rest on your head. A chignon translates to the “nape of the neck,” but you may choose to do a high bun, a low bun or even a side bun. With this style you can easily add accessories like a small hat, a flower or a birdcage veil.

Final Thoughts

Often times, weddings are about embracing who you are and who you will become. So, as long as you do you, you can pull off any hair style!

What is your favorite formal coily hairstyle?

DIY Wavy Wedding Hairstyles
Bride with wavy hair

Wavy hair is different from head to head, but in general it can be very versatile. When it comes to formal or wedding hairstyles, wavies have the option of smoothing hair into a straighter style or working the waves!

The Half Updo

There are several wavy half updos out there, many of which are very simple to do. The first half updo is simply braiding or twisting two sections of hair from near your temples and holding them back with either clips or other accessories. If you are a bride, this is a great style to wear with a veil.

Other half updo, wavy wedding hairstyles can be done by twisting or lightly braiding back sevral sections of hair. To get the look, braid or twist three and four sections of hair on each side starting from the temple up and lightly pin them at the back of your head. Use bobby pins or other embellished hair accessories to secure the hair.

The Full Updo

A full updo is a great option for a formal or wedding style. If you’re worried about frizz, an updo will allow you to use enough hairspray or other strong hold products to keep the style in tact since none of the hair needs to be out and flowing freely. Nobody wants to wear their hair down if it’s stiffened with hairspray, but you can get away with that if you choose an updo. No matter what style you choose, it’s important to start with a clean slate. Here are a few tips for the perfect French twist or bun.

  • To begin with any DIY formal wavy hairstyle, wash and condition your hair, detangling in the shower with a wide tooth comb. The cleaner and more conditioned the hair, the easier it will be to achieve this look.
  • Towel dry and add whatever products you desire. A light leave-in conditioner and anti-frizz serum are a definite plus for this look. Products with a least a light hold will help the style to stay put enough for an intentionally undone sort of updo look. If you are doing a more sleek updo with the hair gathered more tautly, use a product with a stronger hold to ensure that the hairstyle remains smooth.
  • For any kind of bun: After combing your hair and parting it to your liking, comb it back to an angle slightly higher than the desired height you want it to rest at. Gather your hair into a seamless hair tie for better hold. After that, you can twist your hair while holding it straight until it begins to twists into itself and then twist it around the base of the twist and secure with bobby pins to create a chignon. You can also create a looser, undone-looking bun by holding the hair less taut and twisting lightly. Then, place gems, flowers or clips on or surrounding the bun or in the front of your hair.
  • For a French twist: Comb your hair and part it to your liking. Remember to leave out your bangs or a couple of strands of hair before proceeding to the next step. You should have some hair combs or bobby pins handy to secure your hair as you twist it. Twist your hair from the nape of your neck up towards the crown of your head and secure it to the cente of your head as you go. Once your hair is fully twisted, push the loose ends underneath the twist and secure with a hair comb or more bobby pins.

When it comes to a full updo, the hairstyle can be as formal or as informal as you desire. The best way to dress up these wavy wedding hairstyles is by using a product with some hold to smooth the hair and by using fancier accessories.

Final Thoughts

You can always take any of your favorite wavy hairstyles and dress up the look with accessories that are embellished or hand painted. Most styles can also be changed up with a pompadour or side swept bangs in the front. If you’re looking for a way to get more volume in your wavy wedding hairstyle, you can pump it up with some volumizing hair products. With a little bit of patience and a bit of hair spray, any wavy hairstyle can be make you formal-ready. It’s only a matter of finding the right look for you and knowing that you can own it!

What are your go-to formal wavy hairstyles?

Best Shampoos for Type 3 Curls
Woman shampooing her hair

Cleansers are equal to conditioners in importance. The job of a cleanser or shampoo is to rid hair of excess muck that builds up over the course of a day (or days, depending on how often you cleanse”>. Without a shampoo, conditioner wouldn’t do as good of a job conditioning hair, especially if it can’t get to the hair follicle due to excess dirt. And without proper conditioning, styling products would be pointless because your hair would be dry and frizzy!

Cleansing is highly important to the curly hair care process. Everyone has their own opinion on what the best of the best is, but a select few products make it to the top of the list. From specialized shampoos to the overall top picks for shampoo, you are sure to find the right product for your type 3 hair.

Top Picks for Specialized Shampoos

Everyone has their own reasons for choosing one shampoo over another. Like any hair care product, different shampoos have different purposes. For type 3 hair, there are several different kinds of shampoos including specialized shampoos.

      • Thick and Curly: Most of the time, type 3 hair means thick hair. For shampoo, one notable type 3 hair user pick is Tigi Bed Head Superstar Sulfate-Free Shampoo for Thick Massive Hair. This shampoo gets thick hair clear of dirt and grime, which makes it a great choice for a shampoo because it lessens the work and the amount of shampoo needed for cleansing your curls.
      • Curly and Oily: Several shampoos are top picks for those with oily hair including Nexxus Sleektress Sumptuous Smoothing Shampoo as well as a variety of different Pantene Pro-V shampoo products.
      • Dandruff Shampoo: Another choice shampoo for type 3 hair is one that has dandruff control. There are few different top picks for dandruff shampoo, including Head & Shoulders, Pantene Pro-V and Pert Plus Anti-Dandruff shampoo. The one that may be the best bet to rid hair of dandruff is Head & Shoulders, but many would choose Pantene Pro-V instead because they preferred the smell.
Overall Top Picks

Two brands that stand out above the rest for shampoos are the Garnier and Tigi Bed Head brands. Both offer general care for all kinds of hair, as well as a variety of different subcategorized products for curly hair. However, the one that tops the list is Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo. This is mostly because it’s not just a clarifying shampoo for the average person, but also contains a lot of nutrients that condition the hair in the process. Of course, if you have curly hair, you want to choose a shampoo that has conditioning properties. After all conditioning is one of the most important aspects for healthy, shiny hair.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to shampoos, there are many choices, even on a top picks list. But it all comes down to what’s right for you and your hair. If your scalp is a bit dry, try moisturizing shampoos. If you feel like you need something to curb the excess oil, Nexxus and Pantene Pro-V are excellent choices as well. Remember, it’s up to you to make the right choice for your hair.

What are your personal top shampoo and cleanser picks? 

Calming Curly Cowlicks
Woman with a curly cowlick

Sometimes it’s the little things that irritate us and cowlicks are no different. By definition, they’re that annoying tuft of hair that sticks up, like Alfalfa’s in the “Little Rascals” movies. Some would describe it as the uncooperative way hair bends in the front where bangs are. Either way, it’s hair that won’t do what we want and male or female, that little piece of hair is going to bother you all day.

What Not to Do

Cowlicks aren’t always that noticeable but we know they’re there. People will do anything to get rid of that tuft but as always, there’s a right way and a wrong way. Here are some tips on what NOT to do:

  1. DO NOT cut that piece of hair. If you cut that hair short, it is more likely to stick up, not less. Furthermore, if your hair and tuft are at different lengths, that one short chunk may end up looking even more awkward.
  2. DO NOT over slick it with gel. This is a popular tip and it can work. However, many times, the gel will take some time to harden and set and during that time, that tuft can stick up without you realizing it.
  3. DO NOT give up! It may be a small thing but it’s your hair. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
What You Can Do

That being said, there is plenty you can do to flatten a cowlick. Again, gel can work but it’s important to always check to make sure it sets properly. Here are a few more tips to get rid of cowlicks:

  1. Wash your hair. Sometimes hair becomes oily and dirty and a cowlick is a sign that your hair needs a wash. This is probably the first and easiest step you can try.
  2. Use petroleum jelly. If washing does not work, a quick fix to try is a little bit of petroleum jelly. Take the tuft of hair and put some petroleum jelly, working it through that piece of hair with a fine tooth comb. This may work to weigh down the hair.
  3. Cover with longer hair. If your hair is long enough, this is a simple and easy fix worth trying. Weigh down the cowlick by covering it with longer strands of hair. This especially works if it’s near your bangs but it is possible to do this anywhere along the scalp.
  4. Blow dry your hair. After placing leave-in conditioner and other styling products in your hair, use a hair dryer and work against the angles of the cowlick. Take a chunk of your hair including the cowlick and with a round brush and hair dryer, work the hair towards the left, followed by the right. This will not only help the products dry faster, it will also help train the cowlick to go in the desired direction.
  5. Use a flat iron. If your cowlick happens to be a part of your bangs, there are cowlicks toward the front of your scalp or if the hair dryer did not have the desired effect, try using a flat iron. Repeat the same process as you would with the hair dryer, taking small chunks each time and working the hair first to the left, then the right. This should help flatten any unwanted tufts.

Final Thoughts

When all is said in done, that tuft is your hair, so embrace it. Use products and tools to make your cowlick work for you. If all else fails, don’t chop off your hair because of some cowlicks. Be adventurous and try a new updo or consult your stylist for more information. They may just have the down-low on a new product or method that you haven’t tried.

How do you handle your curly cowlicks?

Easy Homemade Hair Treatments

It’s easy enough to throw a concoction together for a remedy at home but the real question is not just whether it works. The question is: what do people like to use and why? From solid fats to liquid oils, there are plenty of household items that work in hair. Here are some homemade hair treatments to use (and not use”> from users around the globe.

The Ones That You Love

Although you can find many homemade hair treatments for all kinds of hair, very few top the list in the best of the best. The top three user picks are: eggs, oils and vegetable shortening.


Many people use mayonnaise for their hair and seem to love the results. But broken down into its simplest form, mayo is mostly whipped egg and oil. If you hate the smell of mayo but can tolerate the smell of egg, break down the product wall and go with this simple homemade hair treatment.

Egg and oil is a great combo but even though egg is a user pick as one of many homemade hair treatments, you should be careful as to how you use it. Raw egg always has the chance of containing salmonella, so you should properly disinfect when cleaning up after using it. Remember to choose eggs from a source you trust. Also, never wash out the remedy in a shower with really hot water. Otherwise, you’ll end up with scrambled eggs stuck in your hair!


There are a variety of oils you can use in your hair. Olive oil, almond oil, castor oil and the solid or melted (liquid”> form of coconut oil are all top user picks. And it doesn’t matter what type of hair you have either. The oil for homemade hair treatments is used as a treatment and washed out at the end just like a regular shampoo or conditioner.

To use any kind of oil, make sure your hair is wet and well-conditioned before applying. You can even heat the oil a little bit and work from the roots to the tips. Users also love to mix and match oils including jojoba and avocado oils as well as other products such as aloe vera for their unique hair types.

Vegetable Shortening

Vegetable shortening, such as Crisco, contains the vitamins and minerals (including antioxidants”> of some of the more popular liquid oils for homemade hair treatments. If you have ever made a pie crust, you know it’s usually an opaque, white and solid substance akin to the feel of butter or lard. This means the product should be whipped into a softer substance for easier application.

Like olive oil and other liquid oils, vegetable shortening can be used as a sealant and emollient for hair. The fatty acids and vitamin E it contains are perfect for strengthening even the thinnest of hair. As long as you whip it into a softer substance and add honey or some sweeter smelling essential oils, your hair will sop up the vegetable shortening love without the bad odor.

User Myths Debunked

As many homemade hair treatments as there are, there are many more that users know are myths. For instance, lemon juice not only does little to lighten hair but it also dries and damages hair due to the high acid content. Smashing fruit into your hair does little to help your hair, especially since it’s in the least concentrated form. The best way to get those nutrients into your hair is to eat the banana, not to wear it.

Final Thoughts

Lastly, if you think an homemade hair treatment will solve the problem but it doesn’t, consult a hair care professional such as your stylist for more information on at-home remedies. A good stylist will know what to use and how to use it, even if it’s as simple as an homemade hair treatment.

Which homemade hair mixes do you love to treat your curls to?

Perming Wavy Hair for More Curls

For the wavies out there, you have three options. Your hair is probably fine the way it is in spite of what you think, but you can also try straight or curly hair. Straight hair is easy enough. When you get out of the shower, blow dry and use a straightening iron. Even if it curls at the edges, it will still look pretty sleek given that waves aren’t difficult to straight out.

Getting curlier hair, however, is a whole different ballgame. Type 3 and 4 hair both have an easier time molding their hair and curls (aside from their battle with excessive frizziness and need for strong hold products”>. But for type 2 hair, curlier hair can be more difficult to come by. If you’re one of the wavies who want more curl, a perm is an excellent option. If you want curlier hair, or simply have a desire to embrace your natural waves and just want more of them, a perm on wavy hair may be worth a try.

Why Perming Wavy Hair Works

Perming is a process by which the hair is chemically altered. The perming process can do everything from straightening to curling hair by softening the proteins that make up your hair in a chemical bath.

If you are desperate for more curl in your wavy hair, a perm or a partial perm is one solution. The perm lasts for as little as two months and as many as up six months, which is a great time saver for wavies in the long run. And if a perm on wavy hair is done properly, there are an infinite number of choices for hair styles. Aside from the overblown fried look of the 1980’s, as long as you have a photo in hand, a good stylist can recreate that curly look.

The Drawbacks of Perming

Although there are plenty of positive reasons for perming, there are some drawbacks. Because perming causes the chemical alteration of your hair, it can also cause significant damage. For one thing, this means a perm may do more harm than good especially if you do not choose your stylist wisely. In this case, you should take caution in a perm on wavy hair and any other treatments or products you use to prevent excessive drying and damage. Find hydrating shampoos, conditioners and styling products and begin using them before and after you receive a perm. This will reduce dryness which can lead to significant tearing and breakage, and in extreme cases, hair loss.

It’s A Choice

In spite of the pros and cons to perming, it all comes down to choice. Your personal preference should be what drives you and not the newest fads to hit “the scene.” Perming, like any other chemical treatment, is a long process, and a perm on wavy hair can be caustic to your hair. So if you feel that the issues are too high even if you want those curly locks, opt for some inexpensive alternatives such as a curling iron and hair products that are dedicated to curling hair. But if you’re one of those people who loves the idea or has permed in the past, go for it!

Need to Know Tips

  1. Research for your perm beforehand! Call salons to see if there is a perming specialist on board or if you have a friend that does it, ask them.
  2. Once you’ve received your perm, remember that moisture and using products that are dedicated to permed hair are important for maintaining those curly locks.
  3. Because perming alone can cause damage, never perm your hair if you’ve been coloring or using other chemical treatments. That’s a sure fire way to lose that curl and your hair!
Wavy Manifesto: Waves Need Strong Hold Products Too!

When you’re searching for the best hair products, do you ever get the feeling that you’re being pigeon-holed? If you have coily hair, it’s definition. If you have curly hair, it’s strong hold. And if it’s wavy hair, you are almost always looking for volume. But those with wavy hair need strong hold products as well. It’s not just about what your hair does, but rather how it does it. All hair types should be allowed these options, and wavy hair products with strength should be no different.

Problems With Strong Hold Products

Products that boast of strength are meant for their positive aspects. Some products are better than others, and strong-hold products are no different. But like every product type, products meant for one type of hair usually mean that there are drawbacks, if not damaging effects, for other types.

Strong-hold products are usually meant for curly or coily hair. After all, curly and coily hair types need that strong hold to keep their shape. But wavies know that strength can mean a heavier product where the hold actually drags the hair down. And because strong hold products are usually meant for curlier hair types, those with wavy hair can often feel out of luck.

How To Use Strong Hold Products

The application of the product is just as important as which hair type is best suited for the product. Here are some tips for using strong hold products on wavy hair.

If you use products that contain silicones, you will need to be sure to use a clarifying shampoo at least once a week to rid your scalp of any products buildup, which will weigh down and possibly straighten out your waves.

  1. If the product is a gel or mousse, work it through your wet hair with a wide tooth comb. That way it will reduce the likeliness of frizzing and clumping. Regardless of product, make sure it is applied evenly throughout the hair.
  2. There are several different kinds of products, including strong hold products, for wavy hair. If it is hair spray, place some in the palm of your hand for a more even coat. If you choose to spray, make sure the can is the instructed inches away from your head.
  3. To avoid excessive frizz, make sure to touch your hair as little as possible once all of the products are applied. Frizz increases the chance of unmanageable and unruly hair, which reduces the effect of strong hold products.
  4. Remember to read the instructions carefully. Often times, the product has tips for better use — and usually less is more.
  5. Which leads us to: don’t overuse any kind of strong hold product for wavy hair. This goes hand in hand with reading the directions, but overusing one or more products will only make your hair look like a wet, crunchy mess and that’s not always the best style or look.

Take A Look At Ingredients

All wavy hair benefits from strength, inside and out. Although shampoo and conditioner are the first steps to strong hair, strong hold products should contain nutrients that compliment your hair and hair type. Keratin, a natural building block of hair, fills in any gaps within the hair cuticle. This means less breakages and frizz. It also means that if it’s in a strong hold product for wavy hair, it will double the strength of the product.

Strong hold products also contain collagen and silicone which protect the hair from the environment. This helps keep the wavy hair in place as nutritious proteins like keratin fill in gaps.

Remember, if you use products that contain silicones, you will need to be sure to use a clarifying shampoo at least once a week to rid your scalp of any products buildup, which will weigh down and possibly straighten out your waves.

Products to Try

Although there are not a lot of strong hold products for wavy hair, there are a couple of notable styling products that you may like to try. For an anti-frizz treatment, try John Frieda Frizz-Ease Extra Strength Hair Serum. Used sparingly, this clear liquid calms frizz, flyaways and provides an easier palate for hair styling. For any strong hold product for wavy hair, remember to use in small quantities and comb through wet hair. Otherwise, it will look greasy.

For a strong styling product for wavy and curly hair, many love Keratase Nurtitive Elasto Curl Aqua Mousse by L’Oreal. Mousse is a notoriously light substance and this gives extra strength and hold to curls and waves while maintaining the bounce. Again, use sparingly and work through your hair for those perfect waves.

Have you found any strong-hold products that don’t weigh down your waves? Let us know about them!

Wavy Beginner’s Guide: Hair Product Ingredients

Ingredients are integral to the making of any product, including hair care products. For every kind of hair, including wavy hair, there are great ingredients perfect for your own respective hair type, and those that are not so great. As someone with type 2 hair, there are the usual suspects, but it is really so much more. Not only do you have to worry about moisturizing and shine, but the weight of the product can directly affect the look of your hair as well.

Strength in Numbers

One of the best things you can do for wavy or fine hair is to strengthen it. There are several hair product ingredients that accomplish just that. Keratin is a natural building block for all hair types (including wavy hair”>, and as an ingredient, fills in gaps of the hair cuticle, strengthening the overall strand of hair. Ginseng root also strengthens hair and prevents split ends, leading to less breaks in the hair. Wheat protein is another ingredient that strengthens hair.

Of course, it isn’t just about the inner strength of your hair, but the outer strength too. While keratin, ginseng and wheat protein all help build up the hair, other hair product ingredients including silicone and collagen can create a protective film around the hair cuticle. These ingredients are in hair products for a couple of reasons. For one thing, they keep wavy hair in place, but they also cover and prevent breaks, tears or split ends. In the end, silicones and collagen provide more slippage leading to easier combing. If your hair is damaged or if you have fine hair, silicones will add a protective barrier to protect the follicle in all weather.

Emollients for Wavy Hair

Overall, as long as you have moisture in your waves, you won’t have unhealthy frizz.

Simply defined, an emollient is usually an oil or form of fatty acid that helps your hair absorb nutrients and moisture. Emollients are perfect additions to hair care products for this very reason. Ceteryl alcohol is not only an emollient, but an emulsifier, conditioner and thickener as well, which is great for wavy hair. It’s thickening and conditioning properties are a good component for wavy and fine hair. Sweet almond oil, in contrast, is a lighter emollient and moisturizer that does not weigh down hair, leaving more defined waves.

Other emollients to look for include olive oil, shea butter, avocado oil, and sesame oil.

Reduce Frizz

To many, frizz seems like a secondary issue, but frizz may be the result of an underlying problem. Frizz isn’t just a bad hair day for your waves. It’s a direct result of dry and even damaged hair. That’s why many hair products, including wavy products, contain anti-frizz and pro-moisture ingredients.

Of all the ingredients that control frizz, aloe vera is number one. Aloe vera moisturizes the hair and scalp, reduces inflammation of the scalp and protects hair against heat damage. Ginseng root emollients also help battle frizz, while other ingredients such as glycerin provide slippage for ease while combing.

Overall, as long as you have moisture, you won’t have unhealthy frizz. To keep moisture in your waves throughout the day, be sure to add a light leave-in to your hair care routine along with an emollient. Do this, and your frizzy wave days will be SO yesterday.

Coily Beginner’s Guide: Conditioner Roundup

There are three integral parts of hair care: combing, shampooing and conditioning. But when you’re walking down the hair care aisle, it’s easy to become confused, especially if you’re new to natural hair care. And for type 4s, the multiple methods of conditioning can only add to that confusion.

Luckily, there are a variety of conditioners, from crème rinse to deep conditioners, that are right for your coils.

Types of Conditioners

There are three distinct categories of conditioners: daily conditioners, deep conditioners and leave-in conditioners. All three serve a different function for your hair.

A daily conditioner, or crème rinse, is a light conditioner that is used in the shower. As part of a deep conditioning treatment, deep conditioners are heavier in weight and are usually meant to stay in your hair for several minutes before you to wash it out. Last, leave-in conditioners can vary in weight, but are true to their name. Their purpose is to be left in your hair, as opposed to washing it out.

What Your Coils Need

Type 4 hair is not just curly, it’s kinky. That is why it can hold the weight of hair products and still look well-managed. If you have type 4 hair, you already know it can suffer from dryness and breakage. But because it can hold heavy product, coily hair benefits from all types of conditioners.

When you’re first looking into conditioner, more is better for type 4 hair. Use a specialized crème rinse in the shower to curb split ends. After you hop out of the shower, slather on some leave-in conditioner before combing or applying product. This helps hydrate the brittle strands of hair. If your hair is still frizzy, try deep conditioning treatments weekly or biweekly for added moisture and nutrients to the innermost parts of the hair follicles. With all of that conditioning, you’ll soon discover that healthy shine you’ve been admiring on other naturals.

What to Use

Now that you know the type of conditioners to use, you should look for key phrases and ingredients on the bottles. This means that the conditioners you choose need to be specialized for type 4 hair. Conditioning products do not need to be labeled for a specific hair type such as kinky or coily hair, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

Try to find conditioners that help prevent and “repair” breakage due to the brittle nature of type 4 hair. All conditioners should contain vitamins and extracts that boast of adding shine, moisture and smoothness to hair.

Recommended Products

There are several different brands that are great options dedicated to kinky/coily hair. Curl Junkie, Aubrey Organics, Redken and Kerastase all have great reviews that reference type 3c-4c hair. It all depends on what you need at the time.

For instance, if you’re looking for something that smooths out frizzy, coily hair, brand name products including Redken Smooth Down Conditioner and Curl Junkie Assurance Smoothing Conditioner are fantastic options. Aubrey Organics 100% Organic Jojoba Oil and Curl Junkie Repair Me! Reconstructive Hair Treatment work well to moisten or strengthen damaged hair, respectively.

Wavy Beginner’s Guide: Conditioner Roundup

Conditioners are important to everyone’s hair care regimen. Kinky hair needs conditioner to avoid breakage with deep moisturizing. Curly hair needs it to hold in moisture and prevent frizz. Finally, wavy hair uses conditioner to lock in nutrients to create those glistening waves that denote health and vitality.

But for those wavies new to the wavy hair scene, the conditioner world can be a bit overwhelming. No worries. We’re here to break it down for you!

Conditioners for the Wavy Girl

For the look of health, people first look at the face and hair. If your hair is wavy, there’s this idea that the waves need to hold a blinding shine. This stereotype is easy enough to achieve since all you need to get that shine is to find the best conditioner for your type 2 waves.

Of the three categories, there are only two kinds of conditioners that can benefit wavies. Daily conditioners are great for ridding the hair of shampoo’s sometimes harmful, drying effects on wavy hair. Aside from a daily crème rinse, a light leave-in conditioner is a good options for wavies who find themselves fighting against the elements; dry, cold, or extremely hot weather can leave hair limp and lifeless.

Should You Deep Condition?

If you have type 2 hair, deep conditioners may not be the best option. Unlike crème rinse or leave-in conditioners, deep conditioning treatments can weigh down your hair. Although this brings a new lively element to curls, deep conditioners will drag down type 2 hair and straighten it out.

Even so, deep conditioning is an important part of healthy hair care. In the case of wavy hair, it’s important to use lighter conditioning treatments to give waves lift and body. If you prefer a heavier deep conditioner, use it sparingly; once every couple of months should suffice.

Applying Conditioner

Type 2 hair is so sensitive to the weight of hair products, that it can easily become limp. When you apply conditioner, make sure you use volumizing conditioners. Even if your hair is thicker, your hair still has to negotiate between the light waves and the weight of conditioner. In this case, the more volume you can get, the better.

However, the way you apply volumizing conditioner can change the state of your wavy hair. If you apply conditioner roots to tip, your hair style will only work if you have a time machine back to the 1980s. Instead, try to give the top of your head some breathing room from your volumizing conditioner and apply the product more to the ends of your waves. This will cut down on the greasy look and still give your waves that perfect amount of lift.

Wavy Conditioner Brands We Love

I can’t stress this enough: if you have type 2 hair, you have to be careful about a conditioner’s weight. Luckily, there are several popular products that make light leave-ins or daily crème rinses perfect for wavy hair.

Curl Junkie’s Beauticurls Argan Olive Oil Daily Hair Conditioner as well as their Coffee Coco Curl Crème Lite both contain hydrating ingredients, but are light enough on the hair that waves can keep their form. Though lesser known in the naturally curly realm, Joico’s K-Pak Conditioner is light, but still gives type 2 hair strength and volume.

Curly Beginner’s Guide: How to Use Conditioner

Well-conditioned hair looks easier than it is, and that goes double for curly hair. Type 3 hair is unique in that it often does not hold its natural oils. Without natural oils, hair becomes dry, potentially leading to significant hair follicle damage. This leads to dry and unmanageable hair, spelling disaster for any curly girls out there.

Even so, those who are new to the realm of wearing their curls naturally may be surprised to hear that there is a perfect set of conditioners made just for you.

What is Conditioner?

Conditioner is a hair care necessity, and it can simple be defined as one or more products applied to the hair for the purpose of adding moisture. However, conditioners can do so much more than hydrate. Conditioners can also lock in moisture and nutrients, preventing frizz, fly-a-ways and split ends.

There are three distinct categories of conditioners. Crème rinses or a daily conditioners help in the hydration process and is light enough on the hair where it won’t weigh down the hair.

Leave-in conditioners have a similar job to a daily conditioner in that they hydrate and lock in nutrients. But unlike crème rinse, this conditioning treatment stays in your hair, locking in moisture for longer.

Last on the list are deep conditioners. Deep conditioners are heavier on curly hair than the average conditioner and can weigh down your curls. If you’re having issues with your damaged hair, try a deep conditioner every couple of weeks. Your hair will soon regain that healthy sheen.

Oil Her Up (Lock in That Moisture!”>

One of the most important things you can for type 3 hair do is lock in moisture. The best way to achieve hydration is to find conditioners that contain certain kinds of oils. Shea butter and a variety of oils including coconut and olive oil are major pluses for your hair. Alongside the enhancement of oily nutrients, the conditioner should also have key words like “for curly hair,” “ultra moisturizing,”  or “conditioning” and  “anti-frizz formula” on the product label.

Your Conditioning Friend

Now that we’ve established the types of conditioners and the ingredients and labels to look for, it’s time to take a look at the best conditioner for you. For someone with type 3 hair, all kinds of conditioners are important. You want conditioners that curb frizz and help to prevent damaging environmental effects. You also want conditioners that lock in moisture without significantly weighing down hair.

Co-washing or the condition-wash-condition method are highly recommended for type 3 curls. This helps develop and sustain the natural oils in your hair and scalp. The conditioners also work to weigh down the curls for a cleaner look, but won’t cause frizz or fly-a-ways that can often occur from over-shampooing. If all else fails and your hair is falling short of your expectations, try the occasional deep conditioner. Type 3 curlies benefit most from deep conditioning treatments at least once a month up to once a week.

Great Name Brands

When it comes to specific brands, a few stand out for those with curly hair everywhere. Curl Junkie, including their Beauticurls Strengthening Hair Conditioner, works wonders on detangling and frizz. For a deep conditioning treatment, try Carol’s Daughter Olive Oil Infusion Set. That’s a great option for locking in moisture and nutrients. DevaCurl, Infusium, and Tigi Catwalk are a few other notable brands with various daily, leave-in and deep conditioners.

Happy styling, curlies!