Hey curlfriends! I’m Bianca; I lead the NaturallyCurly social media team. My hair is mostly 3a curls with some 2b waves that like to terrorize me around my hairline (mostly at the nape and around my ears). It’s medium porosity, medium density and about as average as curls can get, and I’ve always loved them! Last year I thought it’d be fun to dye my hair fantasy colors, a deep purple and blue. But, I realized very quickly how much I missed my natural color (and how badly damaged my hair could get after dyeing it a single time). So, I chopped off the majority of my length and opted for a fun little bob.
Now, I’m growing my hair back out and am happy to see how healthy it is with a fairly minimal regimen. I’ve learned minimalism is key when it comes to my hair and my lifestyle. I wash my hair about three times a week, sometimes only twice (especially during the winter). Here's my full regimen featuring the 2019 Best of the Best picks to get my defined springy curls.
Step 1: Shampoo with Sashapure Healing Shampoo
This is such a nice moisturizing shampoo. It’s gentle on the scalp, cleanses really well and doesn’t strip the hair. That said, I typically do rinse and repeat because of the sheer volume of hair that I have.
Step 2: Condition with Sashapure Healing Conditioner
This is my favorite conditioner. It’s silky smooth and allows me to easily detangle my hair with my fingers. Once I’ve finished detangling, I rinse out most of the conditioner by cupping my hands into a bowl shape and squeezing the water into my hair from my hands (with my head upside down). This technique helps keep my curls clumped.
Step 3: Apply a few drops of Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment
This is the perfect scalp treatment to keep your scalp hydrated and feeling refreshed. I use a few drops on my scalp and take some nice deep breaths in while it gently cools. Sooo good!
Step 4: Squish to Condish Mielle Pomegranate & Honey Leave-In Conditioner
While my hair is still soaking wet, I add my leave-in conditioner. It’s pretty luxurious and adds to that fresh from the spa feeling. I use a nickel-size amount to cover all of my hair. The squish to condish technique helps me begin to get rid of the excess water in my hair without creating frizz.
These products are both great on their own, but they make a killer combo… at least, for my hair. I use about a quarter size of each product and swirl them together in my hands. They blend together like they were made to do just that. The scent from the Kevin Murphy Killer Curls takes over a bit, but I actually love it. I scrunch the product from the ends up keeping it away from my roots. I can use this combo any time of the year, and whether it’s dry or humid out I know my hair is going to be moisturized and frizz-free.
Step 6: Plop with AQUIS Hair Turban Chevron Weave
If wet hair on the back of my neck didn’t bother me so much, I’d probably air dry completely. But, it’s one of those things that drives me crazy. So, I use this towel to plop my hair in and leave it on anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. I let my hair air dry the rest of the way and this takes the longest. Once I know it’s completely dry I give my head a shake side to side (doing my best not to get dizzy) to break up any crunch from the gel and give it the volume I want.
Step 8: Flora & Curl Jasmine Oasis Hydrating Hair Mist
This mist is great for lazy naturals. And, when I say lazy, I really mean it. I keep a travel size bottle of this in my car because sometimes I forget to refresh my curls in the morning. Give my hair a few spritzes and a little tousle and I’m good to go!
Do you have Type 3a? Let me know what your regimen must-haves are, or if you like to keep your regimen as minimal as mine!
To see the rest of the Best of the Best winners of 2019, check out the full list here.