Simple routine with 4 products for curly & wavy hair

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If you’re looking to make the best out of your natural curls and waves, simplicity works. I know that a lot of people don’t even give their curls a chance, once they get overwhelmed by the information overdose regarding The Curly Girl Method. I understand.

But for now, forget about all the rules and intricate techniques. Just try this simple four product routine, I urge you. It’s not rocket science to tame and define those natural waves or ringlets! Here’s a four product routine to prove that.

My sister Jasmin’s before and after this routine. I applied gel to wet hair and a bit more after drying it with the turban.

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My sister Annika’s before and after using the 4 product routine mentioned in this post. I applied gel after drying the hair with the turban.

Simple four product routine for naturally curly or wavy hair

I washed and styled my hair using the methods and products of this post. I also tested this routine on two of my sisters, who have wavy hair (and who normally don’t treat their hair like this). The results are amazing, as you can see. It really doesn’t take that much more for the curls and waves to appear. You might be surprised!

4 products for naturally curly hair:
*Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Replenishing Shampoo
*Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Replenishing Conditioner
*Briogeo Curl Charisma Gel
*Aquis Rapid Dry Turban

+ a satin *Invisibbole sprunchie for style and night

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1.Wash with Be Gentle Be Kind Apple Replenishing Shampoo
This shampoo is gentle, yet cleans well without drying out the curls. Really massage your scalp and rinse out the shampoo.

If your scalp feels oily or your hair has some product leftover, shampoo twice. Double shampooing might be good technique for anyone who struggles with scalp problems. I swear it’s not too much, especially with this shampoo.

 

2.Condition with Be Gentle Be Kind Apple Replenishing Conditioner
Be Gentle Be Kind conditioner is ideal for different hair types, because it offers a good slip to the hair, smooths down any tangles and is very lightweight. Work the conditioner in the lengths of your hair and untangle any knots so that your hair feels sleek. Rinse out the conditioner.

If your hair is very dry, you can rinse out the conditioner lazily, leaving a bit of conditioner on the hair.

 

3.Dry your hair using Aquis rapid dry turban
After shower, scrunch out excess water from your hair. Then dry your hair using Aquis rapid dry turban. Using this special towel really makes a difference, because it absorbs water from the hair faster than a regular towel, it’s more gentle on the hair, gives the hair more shine and helps define those curls! I know it all sounds too good to be true, but Aquis turbans are actually awesome. I have raved about them multiple times here. Ever since I started using these towels on my hair, it has become shinier and healthier. I’m never going back to regular towels.

How to dry your hair to bring out the curls: Scrunch out water from your hair with the narrow side of the turban. It’s all about squeezing and scrunching, no rubbing. Then gather your hair in one pile on the wider side of the turban and wrap it up to let your hair dry inside the turban for 10-30 minutes.

4.Scrunch in gel to either wet or towel dried hair
The best styling product for waves and curls is a gel. Briogeo’s Curl Charisma gel is a trusted product, which I’ve used for years. I’m pretty sure this is my fifth tube already. The gel is easy to use, because it’s so lightweight yet it offers a nice, soft hold. I love that, because I like my hair to feel like there’s not really product in it.

If you notice your curls forming better when they’re more wet, you might want to try adding the gel to wet hair, instead of towel dried hair (so before wrapping up your hair in the turban). If the curls are fine towel dried, then add the gel then. My waves seem to like it more that I add a bit of gel to quite wet hair. And then after drying my hair in the turban I add a bit more. That’s how I did my hair for the photos in this post.

How to add gel for curls:
To add the gel, flip your hair upside down and to the side, and scrunch in the gel. You can also carefully slide your hands on the hair to get it evenly on the hair. And then, either let air dry or diffuse. Once your hair is dry and the gel is dry, you can just fluff up your hair and break out the curls a bit, whatever your preference.

 

invisibobble slim ballerina sprunchie

+ Satin sprunchies for style & night

I’m not the best at hairdos, but I love styling my hair with beautiful scrunchies. A soft fabric is the most gentle for your hair. So at the same time, you can preserve your curls and look fabulous! I love Invisibobble’s satin sprunchies.

*Sprunchie Slim Ballerina Ribbon
This has to be the prettiest sprunchie I own. It comes with a detachable ribbon.
*Sprunchie Slim True Golden
Black & golden satin sprunchie set. I really like these for half updos.
*Sprunchie Swim With Mi Simply The Zest
This cute sprunchie is made from swimwear material. It dries quickly making it ideal for swimming/wet hair.


For night, I recommend tying your hair in a high loose ponytail to save the curls!


Briogeo + naturally curly or wavy hair = perfect match

I’m very happy that I got to do this post with Briogeo. Every once in a while I try different products, but I always go back to this brand. Briogeo uses a lot of natural ingredients (90-100% depending on the product) and the products are gentle and moisturizing on the hair. My hair feels luxurious after using these, like I had just used professional hair care products. Briogeo is also cruelty free and vegan.

Be Gentle Be Kind Replenishing products are awesome, because they work for different types of curly hair. They look like delicious green smoothies and actually do have a lot of fruit extracts in them. The line also includes *Moisture Superfood Mask, which I like to use every once in a while to pamper my hair. The products have a fruity scent, that is not too strong for my (sensitive) nose.

My sisters also liked the products. Jasmin was amazed how little conditioner was needed even for long dry hair.

Basically all the products work with the curly girl method, since they don’t contain sulfates or silicones. So they are an easy option for anyone with curly or wavy hair. The shampoos wash the hair well, without harsh sulfates. With the conditioners, you don’t miss the silicones, because these make the hair feel wonderfully sleek. I know that washing your hair can feel like such a task, especially if your hair is long, but these help by really smoothing any tangles and making the hair soft.

A few of my other Briogeo favorites

Briogeo has a big selection, so there is something for everyone.

*Be Gentle Be Kind Aloe + Oat Milk Soothing fragrance-free
Fragrance-free line! I’ve tested these a few times and compared to this post’s products, these are lighter.
*Scalp Revival Micro Exfoliating Shampoo
I deep cleanse my scalp with that about once a month. The fresh clean feel it leaves on my scalp is super satisfying.
*Don’t Despair Repair Treatment Oil
Sometimes I scrunch and fluff up my curls with a bit of this oil in my fingers. Oils are tricky for fine hair, but this actually seems lightweight enough to work. I used a drop of this for Jasmin’s hair also.

I might have said this before, but I think natural waves and curls are so beautiful. Yes they’re unpredictable and they don’t look like they’ve been made with a curling iron, but that’s the point! I love how soft and bouncy my waves feel. I like how they represent my personality. And best of all, ever since I started to take care of my hair, my hair became so much healthier and longer.

Tips for naturally curly hair

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Managing naturally curly and wavy hair is a struggle. One that is worth it, though. I have learned a thing or two during this year of getting to know to my natural hair texture and I’m so happy for the results. Who would have thought beautiful curls are possible without any heating tools?

I have written this longer post about naturally curly hair, where I go through things more, well, thoroughly. But today I wanted to focus on the easy stuff. Tips and tricks that come in handy in managing that frizz and getting the best out of your curls and waves.

Here are some easy things that you should keep in mind if your hair is curly.

TIPS FOR NATURALLY CURLY AND WAVY HAIR

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Say bye to your hair brush.

In other words, don’t brush your hair. It’s funny when I’m travelling and my friends or sisters are asking me for a brush or a comb. At first they didn’t believe me when I answered: I didn’t bring one. Yes, you can manage without brushing your hair. And no, that doesn’t mean your hair will become this one huge tangle. There is another post coming up about this subject, since it’s so important!

And yes, obviously I still detangle my hair somehow. And that way is wet hair + conditioner. So I “brush” my hair in the shower with my fingers with the help of a conditioner. The best conditioner I’ve found so far is Briogeo Curl Charisma Conditioner*.

why you shouldn't brush curly hair

Here are good (or bad) examples of why you should not brush curly hair. It gets frizzy and shapeless. In all the other photos in this post you can see how my hair looks unbrushed.

Put down your hair straightener and other heat stylers (except a diffusor!).

Once you put them away it’s easier not to think about them. Curly hair is naturally quite dry, so it’s wise to not make the situation worse with heat. Also, not being able to style your hair with heat stylers also give you a motivation boost to work even harder to learn to style your hair naturally.

Oh, and diffuser is your hair’s best friend (assuming you use cool air). Read more about diffusing your hair here!

You can buy a hairdryer with a diffuser – or buy a diffuser to your hairdryer.

Diffusers* $24-> at Sephora 

naturally curly hair diffuserMy hair when it’s diffused.

Use scrunchies instead of hair-breaking elastic hair bands.

I’ve been using scrunchies for years now. They are so much more gentle on my hair than the basic elastic bands and I also like how they look. I also occasionally use invisibobbles, but after switching to scrunchies I have to admit they are not as gentle as scrunchies. But recently invisibobble came out with a scrunchie – perfection, let me tell you.

Scrunchies* $8 at Sephora
invisibobble scrunchies

Sleep in a pineapple.

Sleeping in a high ponytail keeps my curls nice and bouncy for the next day. I sometimes try to loosely tie my hair in a bun, but I always seem to end up with messy curls. Pineapple never lets me down!

Scrunchies* $8 at Sephorahow to pineapple hairHow to pineapple.

pineapple curly hairstyle

Cut your hair regularly.

Ouch,  I know. I used to hold on to my long hair no matter what. To be honest it took quite a long time to realize that the dry ends didn’t do me any favors. Like, seriously. Just cut them – and let your curls live their best life. You already know curly hair is dry and the ends are possibly the first victim in dryness. Keep them fresh and cut, and your hair will look so much better, I promise.

 

Here is a good example:

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My hair, when I wanted to keep it long. You can see my ends are so dry they don’t curl, but instead look very straight compared to the rest of my hair.

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 And this is how they look cut! Curlier – and better.

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What is your best tip on managing naturally curly hair?

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