Wavy & curly hair products: Briogeo Curl Charisma

briogeo curl charisma products for curly wavy hair

Finding good hair products for naturally curly hair, that is more on the wavy side, is hard. Especially conditioners. And curl creams or gels as well, actually. I also feel like it’s a bit hard to find products here in Finland. We have lots of naturally curly haired beauties here, but it’s not really a thing. Usually people want to smooth out their curls and the products are advertised to do just that. Usually with silicones. There aren’t that many “for naturally curly hair” products and lines that are meant to enhance the curls and actually make the best out of them. Or maybe there are, but I have missed them.

I am interested in products made especially for naturally curly hair. On top of that, I prefer products that are mostly made with natural ingredients and definitely without silicones. A good conditioner needs to be very smoothing and slick so that I can untangle my hair with it, but it can’t make my hair too sleek – otherwise my curls won’t get as defined.

And since you already saw the title, you know that I have good news. I have found great new products for naturally curly and wavy hair. These are actually so far the best that I have tried. And best of all, they are available not only internationally, but in my own country as well.

Hallelujah.

briogeo curl charisma products for wavy curly hair

Briogeo Curl Charisma products for naturally curly and wavy hair

Briogeo’s ideology seems perfect for me. Briogeo’s products are 6-free, meaning that they don’t contain sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, DEA and synthetic color. Now I’m not an expert on ingredients, but I do like to avoid ingredients, that are questionable and possibly toxic (like like phtahalates and DEA). I also feel like some of the ingredients are just unnecessary – like silicones and synthetic colors. These are some of the reasons I prefer using more natural cosmetics. Their ingredients rarely come up negatively in a google search. And as I’ve been using conditioners without silicones, I can definitely say you don’t need silicones to make your hair smooth.

Briogeo’s products are also cruelty-free and mostly vegan.

curly wavy hair

In these photos I have used the Briogeo conditioner and the gel on my hair and let my hair air dry.

Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Shea Curl Defining Conditioner

The Curl Charisma Conditioner is wonderful. It’s made for type 2A to 3C curls. Basically what that means is that it’s for those that get loose waves, to those that get spiral curls. Here’s a good photo to check your curl type.

This conditioner makes untangling my hair easy and leaves me with soft hair. At first I thought it was gonna be too heavy for my curls, because it felt so sleek, but it’s actually perfect. Turns out, my hair does need a lot of moisture (shocker for a curly girl, I know).

It contains ingredients like rice amino acids, shea butter, quinoa extract, tomato fruit ferment and almond oil that moisturize, protect, create definition and prevent frizz. What I like about the ingredients, is that there’s not too much oils (they are are quite in the middle of the INCI list) and that there’s not coconut oil. I feel like coconut oil in my hair just doesn’t work.

All in all, this conditioner is great. I’m so happy I found it!

Briogeo Curl Charisma Conditioner*

Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Quinoa Frizz Control Gel

This product, as well, is recommended for type 2A-3C curls.

This gel is so nice, because while it gives me some hold, it also seems to give me some shine and moisture. It’s very lightweight and doesn’t really dry down to a stiff cast, as gels tend to do. I would say this is definitely beginner friendly as well, since you can’t accidentally end up with crazy stiff curls. It looks and feels very natural on the hair. It’s very hard to overdo it.

I also like that this product doesn’t really have a scent. It doesn’t smell like anything in my hair.

How I use it: After shower, I scrunch it on either wet or towel dry hair in upward motions.

Briogeo Curl Charisma Frizz Control Gel*

 

Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-in Defining Creme

I also recently bought the Curl Charisma Leave-In Defining Creme and it’s been great as well.

If you need even more hold, you could try Curl Charisma Leave-In Defining Creme. That gives nice texture and hold. It’s a bit thicker than the gel, but it still doesn’t leave a cast. It’s a creme, but a bit gel-like. It’s also recommended to use together with the Frizz Control Gel to get the best results. I usually just use one of those though, because I’m scared of using too much of product.

Curl Charisma Leave-In Defining Creme*

 

Briogeo conditioners for curly hair

Besides these I bought the Blossom and Bloom Conditioner*, because I was curious to see if the other Briogeo conditioners would work as well. And the conditioner is nice! It’s more lightweight than the Curl Charisma one, but it untangles my hair well and leaves it nourished. If your hair is dry and curly, I would still choose the Curl Charisma one. But if your hair is not that dry and gets weighed down easily, you could try this one instead. But all in all, all Briogeo conditioners would suit curly hair, since they are all for example silicone free.

briogeo curl charisma products for curly wavy hair

What are your favorite products for naturally curly hair? I’m on a mission to find lots of great products.

 

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I haven’t brushed my hair in a year

tips for naturally curly hair

A year of embracing my curls

Here’s something crazy: I haven’t brushed my hair in a year and it’s been amazing. I haven’t missed my brush. I haven’t missed that frizzy huge hair that brushing gives me.

This has been the year of treating my naturally curly hair the best possible way – and brushing it hasn’t been part of the program.

Yes, really. Though to be perfectly honest there are a few times my hair has been brushed by my hairdresser and maybe a few times, where I’ve brushed it just to remind myself that it’s just not a good idea. Altogether there have been less than ten times my hair has been brushed this year. I have travelled, swam, run, slept and lived with my hair like normal – just without a brush.

fake leather fall style

There was this one time I travelled to another city with my friend and she asked me for a brush. I answered that I didn’t bring one. She didn’t believe me at first and thought I was joking. “Ha ha”, like I wouldn’t bring a brush with me on a trip. Yup, I really didn’t.

I actually travelled for two weeks and did not bring a brush with me. My hair looked amazing – especially in Martinique, where the climate was hot and humid.

At this point you probably get the idea. I don’t use a brush.

Why you shouldn’t brush curly hair

My hair brushed. Yikes.

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My hair unbrushed – as in all of the other photos in this post.

Getting definition on natural curls and waves is where most of us struggle. If you have naturally curly or wavy hair you know this. It doesn’t look the same, ever. There are good curl days and there are not-so-great curl days. But once you commit to the curly hair method, the good curl days win.

Not brushing your hair is one of the most important things you need to remember, if you want your natural hair texture to show. Curly hair is dry and it can break easily. You need to be gentle to it and brushing it dry is not gentle enough.

Whenever I brush my hair, the curl pattern is ruined. My hair doubles in size and becomes this huge frizzy mess. Brushing it doesn’t help. It actually looks curlier, better and smoother when it’s not brushed.

 

If your hair has a tendency to forming natural curls and waves, I’m telling you. You don’t need a brush!

good hair day

A good curl day in the summer.

How to detangle naturally curly and wavy hair without a brush

Yes, my hair gets tangled. My last name almost literally means tangled hair and it’s no joke. It’s normal. Even though I’m not using a brush, I still need to detangle my hair and keep it in line.

The secret to detangling curly hair (and I went over this on my naturally curly hair 101 routine post) is to detangle it in the shower. You simply use your conditioner and your fingers to smooth down any knots. I know hair stretches when it’s wet and it might sound scary, but hey, I’ve done it for over a year and my hair is fine. If you’re careful and don’t pull on your hair, but rather let the conditioner do the work, it works perfectly.

The best conditioner I’ve found so far is Briogeo Curl Charisma Conditioner*. It makes detangling my hair easy and it leaves me with beautiful well maintained curls.

 

good curl day

I actually prefer my hair a bit shorter: it looks fluffier and more voluminous.

If you do brush, do it wet!

As always, there are some exceptions. Some hair types might need some brushing and that’s fine. To minimize hair breakage, you should use a wide comb or brush your hair in sections, so that it doesn’t break the curls so much.

Some also like to brush their hair after the shower (when it’s still wet, though). But through my own experience I would still suggest brushing your hair in the shower, while you have lots of conditioner on. That is, if you feel like you must brush it.

Tangleteezer has this Detangler Brush* that is great for wet hair. I still sometimes (very rarely) comb my hair through with that. But usually I just use my hands. There are also these wide tooth combs* that are good for wet hair.

Weirdly, I don’t get that many knots. I would have expected my hair to get more tangled this way, but no. It’s actually quite effortless and easy to detangle.

naturally curly hair diffuser

One more thing to note about curly hair

Hair renews and falls down naturally, so you might notice it more, when you’re not brushing it. A hair brush is a good tool to gather that fallen hair, you see. So don’t get scared when you lose some hair in the shower or during the day. When you have naturally curly hair and you’re not brushing it – it doesn’t quite fall down and get picked up in the brush like ‘normal’.

So you might think you’re losing a lot of hair, but 50-100 hairs a day is normal. For example: when I’m washing my hair every three days – and that is when I detangle my hair using my fingers – I’m gathering all the fallen hairs of those three days. Rather than seeing it in three parts, if I did brush my hair every day. So that’s just something to keep in mind! 50-100 strands a day is normal.

 

Ha – I didn’t think I would write this many words about not brushing my hair. But I guess it’s been a big revelation. And it usually raises questions amongst people, so I wanted to explain the reasons and logic behind it.

I don’t miss my brush and I don’t see myself brushing my hair any time soon.

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