Beginners Guide

starting your journey

Starting off on the curly hair journey can be daunting, not knowing where to start or how to start.
But thankfully, the Internet is a wonderful place when it comes to curly hair, full of helpful tips and
tricks to care for and manage one’s curls. Here’s a step by step guide to getting you started.

Step 1: Do your research
Start by hopping on social media and following and subscribing to curly hair experts and
influencers. These women and men are a wealth of information about how to care for your
hair, whether you’re a beginner or a little more experienced.

Step 2: Using the right products
Using the right curly hair products is crucial for your hair. It really makes or breaks a washday. Start off
by using a CG friendly curly hair shampoo and conditioner. The difference between “regular”shampoos
and conditioners and the CG friendly ones is - and I cannot stress this enough - a huge one.
The “regular” products strip your hair of all its goodness under the ruse of keeping it squeaky
clean. Even with straight hair, it makes hair dry and brittle over time. Curly hair is dry by
nature and needs products that nourish and moisturise while cleansing it.

Step 3: Patience!
The saying “All good things come to those who wait” is a mantra you have to keep chanting
when you’re first starting out; because it’s a long road to getting those perfect curls. It is
absolutely achievable. Your hair needs time to recover from damage and improper care and
that realistically takes six months to a year for most people. But I promise you, it’s worth it!
So stick with it, with every CG wash day, you’re getting closer!

CG - Curly girl (good for curls)

Praying hands - a method of product application. Both palms are brought together in a praying hands stance to apply creams
and gels.

Plop - a method of letting styling products saturate into curly hair after application

Diffuse - a hair dryer attachment that allows for equal distribution of air to allow curls to dry
faster without over drying it

Deep condition - applying a hair mask made for curly hair for a duration of 5-30 minutes

Protein mask - a hair mask that is rich in protein needed to strengthen hair from damage.
Usually applied once a month

Moisture mask - a hair mask rich in moisturising ingredients needed to moisturise hair.
Usually applied to hair once a week.

Porosity - refers to the hair’s ability to absorb and retain water. In the curly hair world, there are three types of hair porosity; low, medium and high.

Pineapple - refers to a method of tying up one’s curls on top of the head to avoid damage
while sleeping or even while at home.

Raking - using your fingers to apply conditioners or styling products into curly hair

Refresh - a method to revitalise days old curls with moisture or definition by applying styling products or just plain water

Gel cast - a hard coating of protection given by CG friendly gel to protect curls and
retain moisture in one’s curls while drying

Scrunch out the crunch (SOTC) - a method to break the gel cast in curly hair once it’s dry using oil or plain water. You use your hands to literally scrunch your hair in your hand to break the cast or use praying hands method to break the cast

Shrinkage - refers to the amount curly hair shrinks once dry.

Silicone - an ingredient commonly used in “regular” shampoos and conditioners to induce a lathering action and give it a smooth texture. It’s bad because it’s difficult to remove and builds up in hair causing dull and limp hair

Squish to condish - a method of adding moisture to curls during a wash day using water. You have to cup water in your palms and squish it into hair in sections.

Sulfates - an ingredient that is an absolute no no in the curly hair world frequently found in “regular” shampoos and conditioners that remove essential naturally occurring oils in hair.

Transitioning - the period of time where one is recovering from damage to curly hair caused
by straightening or colouring hair

Hydral fatigue - refers to a state of curly hair that is overly moisturised with creams and
butters used for styling or the over-use of moisture based deep conditioners. A good way
to reset this is by applying a protein hair mask.

Finger coiling - manipulating curly hair using your fingers to create a tight spiral pattern.
A good method to train curls, when you’re starting out, to fall into a natural curl pattern.

Co-washing - a method of cleansing hair without using a CG friendly shampoo but using
a cleanser that conditions more than it cleanses.

For the wash day of your dreams

By honestlizhere