The above question is one that I get asked at LEAST once daily. I generally respond with the simple, “It’s naturally like that-I don’t do anything.” People (mainly women) give me the side-eye before inquiring about mousse, gels and other curl enhancers. To all of this I again repeat, “no, nothing,” but in all actually there is a basic, easy regimen that I swear by that I will share with you all here.
While my curls are natural, the biggest thing I do for my curls is not combing them or disrupting them after exiting the shower. While in the shower I wash/condition/co-wash (whatever is scheduled for that day) and comb my hair out with conditioner in it. Afterwards I rinse the conditioner out and allow the water to drench my hair-I literally stand underneath the shower and let the water run all in my hair. If I want part of my hair to fall to the side, I will part my hair in the shower, then allow the water to run over my hair in the direction I have the part. After getting out of the shower I gather my hair at the nape of my neck, wring out the excess water, then wrap my hair up in a towel. Within 5 minutes of my hair being in the towel I take it off-I still want my hair pretty wet when it begins airdrying.
The next thing that I will do is grab my Jojoba oil (it’s usually my oil of choice because it closely resembles sebum, the natural oil our bodies already produce) and lightly mist it throughout my hair. This step is extremely important because it locks in the moisture from all the water that just hydrated my tresses. To make sure it’s evenly distributed throughout, I will gently pick up sections of my hair and spray inside my mass of curls as well so that it’s moisturized, but I’m always very careful to disrupt my curls as little as possible.
My final step is taking an aerosole can of hairspray (right now I’m using John Frieda Frizz Ease) and while I count to 5, I rapidly spray my hair all over. Side-to-side, upside down and everything in between will get sprayed within those 5 seconds. This is easily the most unhealthy thing I do to my hair (besides rarely sleeping on a silk/satin pillowcase/bonnet) but it helps my curls last more than 1 day. Yes, they would probably last longer if I invested in a satin pillowcase but I have yet to do that (so quit judging me lol).
One thing that is important to note is that during the summer time, I will co-wash and leave the conditioner in my hair. When I do this, I am able to skip spraying Jojoba oil and hairspray because the conditioner that was left in does all of that for me. I don’t practice that in the colder months because I don’t like walking around with wet hair in cold temperatures-leaving conditioner in my hair takes longer to dry.
So there you have it folks; I really do not use any sort of curl enhancers, mousse or gels. By simplifying my routine and messing with my hair as little as possible, my curls are flourishing.