Natural Hair Routine

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Having naturally curly hair has its perks, but it can be a challenge finding the right products and routine to enhance your curls and eliminate frizz. I get asked daily to share the exact steps in my hair routine, to get such ‘perfectly defined curls.’ Not so sure about my curls being perfect lol—but I’m more than happy to share my routine with you.

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When I first started my journey my number one question to ask fellow naturalistas was “what products do you use in your hair?” Little did I know, what works for one curly gal may not work for another (I learned that the hard way). I had no clue which products to use to bring out the full potential of my coils, and overtime I stopped copying routines and went through a process of trial and error and I think it’s now safe to say that I finally found products that I love and my hair loves. I hope this will help some you curly haired gals, but remember what works for me may not work for you and if it doesn’t work for you don’t be discouraged, you can always take away some tips and techniques from my routine. Enjoy…

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The Breakdown

• I always pre-poo (pre-shampoo) my hair with coconut oil either the night before shampoo day or 15-30 minutes before hopping in the shower. I get in the shower and I thoroughly saturate my hair with water and divide into two sections (left and right).
• Once my hair is divided I apply about two handfuls of a conditioner with lots of slip, my faves are, Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner, or Aussie Moist Conditioner. (I co-wash with these same conditioners once a week or twice a week if I have an event, special occasion or if my scalp is sweaty from working out).
• After coating my hair with conditioner I pin everything up and take down one side and section off a piece at the back near my neck. I Pin up the rest, then detangle that section thoroughly using a wide tooth comb. I continue this step section by section and by the end I am left with about 3-4 sections on either side, then I rinse thoroughly with warm water.
• I then shampoo my hair with whichever cleanser I’m using at the time. (BTW, I cleanse my hair once every two weeks usually with Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo).
• After rinsing with warm water, I apply Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque to the sections of my hair, then clip my hair up and out of the way, cover with a shower cap to help generate heat while I complete the rest of my shower rituals. (I deep condition every two weeks—usually on shampoo days).
• After about 20 minutes I take my hair down and gently use a wide tooth comb to detangle some more and get all the shed hairs out. Once it’s all detangled, I rinse out the Deep Conditioner in cool water to help close the hair follicle and I hold my head upside down under the pressure of the water to encourage volume at the roots. I eliminate excess water by smoothing my hair between the palms of hands using what many naturalista’s refer to as “the praying hands method.

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Next is the LOC or LCO method

I switch between LOC method (Liquid, Oil, Cream) and LCO (Liquid, Cream, Oil) method.

L (Leave-in)– While my hair is still soaking wet (and still upside down) I apply Giovanni Direct Leave In Weightless Moisture Conditioner or African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Moisture Intense Leave-In Conditioner. [For special events or if I want my coils to look even more defined I’ll use Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner and my Leave-In, and Yes, you can totally use the Raw Restorative Conditioner as a leave in – it works for me and I’ve been doing it for almost a year)].
C (Cream)- After my Leave-In is applied I then apply my Cream-Moisturizer to small sections of my hair while smoothing and stretching hair with the palms of my hands. My favorite is Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, which also doubles as my styler,
O (Oil)-  & finally I add 100% pure coconut oil to seal in moisture.

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• After applying hair products to soaking wet hair I grab my microfiber towel and plop my curls up into it and leave it on, while I get ready for my day ahead (aka MAKEUP TIME LOL). This allows me to reduce drying time, since the towel will help soak up any excess water.
• Once I’m through getting ready I remove the towel and begin smoothing my hands over the entire length of my hair almost as if I am flat ironing my hair with my hands pressed together. This helps stretch the hair a little while allowing my coils to become tight as they spring back into place each time my ‘prayer hand movement’ goes over a section.
• I get my hair shape by flipping my hair back and forth, alternating between hanging my hair upside down, shaking it to the left and switching over the right, this encourages the curls to separate from one another, resulting in amazing curl definition. It also really helps with volume at the roots. I then flip my head up to normal and fix any stray curls into place.
• I follow that with some more coconut oil for added shine or I spray a bit of Giovanni High Gloss Hair Mist for added shine.
• I personally always air dry but you can opt to use a blow dryer diffuser (on cold) upside down to dry your hair if you’re in a rush.
• & I’m good to GO!

From start to finish this generally takes me an hour or so, but this routine is only done once or twice a month. I promise you its actually not as time consuming as it seems I just wanted to be as detailed as possible for you and I also just like to write a lot.

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Daily Routine & Maintenance

Since I am a wash and go type of gal, nightly maintenance is pretty important to me especially if I plan to rock my wash and go for the majority of the week. I pineapple my hair nightly, by placing my hair in a loose high ponytail to help prevent my curls from being flat and lifeless in the morning. The following day, I’ll take my hair down and then spritz with cold water, apply one of my go-to Leave-In conditioners, then my cream styler to bring back some life into my curls and finally and seal with coconut oil or castor oil and coconut oil mixed depending on the humidity.

Products Mentioned

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Coconut Oil- Here

Castor Oil- Here

Herbal Essence Hello Hydration- Here

Aussie Moist Conditioner- Here

Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo- Here

Giovanni Direct Weightless Leave In- Here

Giovanni High Gloss Hair Mist- Here

African Pride Shea Butter Leave In- Here

Shea Moisture Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque- Here

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner- Here

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie- Here

Micro Fiber Towel- Here

I hope my natural hair routine was helpful to everyone, whether you are just starting out on your journey, seeking a new routine or products to try out, or maybe you’re just curious in what my hair regimen is like. If you have any questions or have any suggestions for a future blog post, please let me know.

Good Luck…

43 Comments

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    October 5, 2014 / 9:16 am

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    • October 5, 2014 / 9:37 am

      Thank you so much Tina. I can’t express the love I have for you. Thank you for always being there for me whether directly or indirectly. I really do appreciate it. You’ve really given me hope. Thank you.

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  9. Toi Q.
    October 24, 2014 / 12:47 am

    Thank you for sharing your curly hair routine!! I have coily hair as well and wanted to ask you how long you’ll wear your wash n goes before re-doing again?

    • October 24, 2014 / 10:45 am

      Your welcome hun. Roughly 3/4 days. 😉

  10. mischy
    November 7, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    loving these tips. been searching high and low for a good wash an go routine. I have all three type 4 hair. will def give this a try, tweaking the products a Lil tho. thank u.

    • November 10, 2014 / 11:00 am

      Happy you loved the tips. Good Luck on your journey. Update me if this wash and go routine helped you 😉

  11. Lennia
    December 5, 2014 / 12:17 pm

    Hi..I love ur routine and I tried the products u recommended and they work wonders for me..some a bit pricey but I don’t mind cause they get my curls right.
    OK so I have really bad spilt ends problem …I’ve had them when my hair was permed and I still have them now (been natural for 2 yrs now)..I even trimmed my hair to get rid of them but they still come back. Ive tried almost everything. Are there any products that u could recommend me trying?

    • December 5, 2014 / 8:24 pm

      i dont think any products can just help split ends like that. you have to go to a salon and have them cut all of the split ends off love. It’s better to have healthy short hair than long hair with splits. Also if you get split ends easily try doing more protective hair styles more often so you protect the ends of your hair more.

      Oh and I’m so happy you liked my recommended products, and yes I do agree that some of them are pricey but at the moment those are the only products that I’ve tried and liked. But I plan to venture out a bit and test new hairlines, and maybe do small reviews on them, and hopefully I’ll find thats inexpensive and you know I’ll definitely share with you when or if i do.

  12. Slim
    December 26, 2014 / 8:28 pm

    Wait, so you don’t use any type of gel in your wash and go routine and still get these results??!! That’s amazing! I love your blog and IG page btw. Keep it up!

    • December 26, 2014 / 9:58 pm

      thank you love. and no I actually don’t use gel in my routine. Ive tried the shea moisture gel before but my hair looked no different.

  13. January 18, 2015 / 3:43 am

    This is amazing I’ve been dying to kow how you do your hair!I follow you on instagram 🙂 But follow up question.. How do you maintain your wash and go’s at night? do you pineapple and then shake it out in the morning or..?

    • January 18, 2015 / 9:25 am

      thank you huni, so happy you enjoyed the post. For your question- I don’t exactly pineapple because my hair is pretty thick and once completely dry its too hard to get up into a high loose ponytail lol. What I do is flip my head over and just tie a scarf around it, the next morning I’ll remove and shake it out. Oh and I wear my wash and go’s for three days or so.

  14. tbri
    January 18, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    Hi!
    Do you have any tips on preventing shrinkage?

    • January 18, 2015 / 7:49 pm

      hey love, I struggle with shrinkage myself and have just learned to completely embrace my shrinkage. only when i do a twist out i get my hair to look for elongated. In the upcomming weeks I’ll try and do a post about shrinkage

  15. DEW
    February 6, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    love your blog and routine.. its quite similar to mine except I shingle.Where do you find Aussie Moist products? I have the conditioner but I got it overseas.

    • February 8, 2015 / 6:45 pm

      I always get it when I travel and literally stock up on it. As in i buy maybe 6 bottles lol

  16. Natasha Briggs
    March 6, 2015 / 12:14 am

    Hi Natasha, I recently found you and love how you embrace your coils.

    I was wondering, have you ever tried the clay mud wash or have you been consistent with the method above? Maybe I can ditch the clay. I’m having problems with frizz and I can’t shake it. Any tips would be appreciated. My curls look very similar to yours.

    • March 6, 2015 / 10:03 am

      Hey hun, I have never tried the clay mud wash, although I do want to give it a go eventually just to see how it works with my hair. I just use shampoo or ACV either works for me. & with frizz I’ve just learned to embrace it. I have been using Cantu’s Leave in and Custard along with coconut oil and that combo has given me the least amt of frizz, so you could try that since your curls are similar to mine.

  17. Amoy Kerr
    June 3, 2015 / 4:53 am

    Hey Natasha, I swear from you came over Edna to help with the fashion show I fell in love with your hair lol finally found your blog and now I’m stalking your hair x.x lol

    • Amoy Kerr
      June 3, 2015 / 4:59 am

      BTW have you ever tried the no shampoo method? Thinking of doing it but not sure if it works. Please let me know

    • June 3, 2015 / 2:33 pm

      hey amoy! yay! happy you found me…oh yes and no for the no shampoo method. I like my hair feeling completely clean and so far only shampoo’s have done this. Nonetheless I realy only shampoo once a month. BUT I have gone about three/four months of using Apple cider vinegar as my cleanser. It works well and my hair does feel clean, but I personally just prefer shampooing once a month.

      I do however have friends who don’t use shampoo at all and it works for them. So you should by all means try going without shampoo for a few months and if it works for you great if not, then just simply go back to your usual cleansing routine.

  18. Teeh
    January 13, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    Do you have problems with getting single strand knots or your hair knotting up when you wear it out the way you do? If so, how do you prevent knots?

    • January 21, 2016 / 10:51 pm

      I do. But I’m still trying to find a way how to deal with them. I’ve actually just been ignoring them but I must add, I recently cut quite a bit of my hair (to get rid of bad ends etc) and I’ve realized that this has helped with the knots and tangles.

  19. Shania
    January 14, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Although it was great reading about in your in depth routine, I would love to see you actually doing it! And I’m sure other naturals would as well. I think you should make a YouTube channel! It would help so many naturals who might have a similar curl pattern to you or even those who don’t but could still use some advice. Please consider my suggestion😊 Xoxox

    • January 21, 2016 / 10:43 pm

      Thank you and I am considering it love. So happy you came by and I really do appreciate this input. kisses.

  20. March 31, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    Great great post! I have naturally curly hair too but my texture is a lot different; however my 7 year old daughter’s hair texture is a lot like yours. I will try this routine in her hair and I love the Giovanni Direct Weightless Leave In.

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  21. Daisy
    April 8, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    At what point in these instructions do you actually coil/twist/curl your hair?

  22. Daisy
    April 8, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    At what point in these instructions do you actually coil/twist/curl your hair?

    • April 8, 2016 / 4:07 pm

      Hey there. I have naturally curly hair. So I don’t coil or twist my hair at all to achieve my curls. After washing, I applying my products using the praying hands method which helps to elongate my curls and also allows my curls to clump together. Other than than no coiling or twisting takes places unless I’m doing a twist out.

  23. K
    June 14, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    Hey lovely! My step daughter has thick curly hair and I’m determined to help her love her curls, your hair is very similar to her’s and so beautiful so we’re going to try your routine 😊 one question, you said you only do this one or 2x a mo, which part? The LOC? Or

    • June 14, 2016 / 10:40 pm

      Hey K! Thats amazing. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you are teaching your beautiful daughter love her hair at such a young age. I shampoo twice a month. I’m no longer as strict with shampooing, now I just listen to what my hair needs. So I shampoo once I have build up on my hair. Typically this is usually every two weeks nonetheless. All the best!