for the love of curls

Natural hair care can be a headache at times, but healthy, bouncy hair is always worth it in the end. The journey to healthy natural hair consists of much product sampling, and a lot of trails and errors to find the perfect routine or routines to maintain your curls.

Have you noticed how curls are coiled like DNA? Well, like our DNA, not every curly head is like the other. There’s a reason why there are  hundreds of curl routines on the internet; no two curly heads are the same. Even the same person might have several routines to follow. I’m one of those people.

Last time we discussed my beginners/travelers routine, today’s routine involves some high-end brands, and a lot splurge. Accordingly, I do save this one for special occasions: a new job, a party, etc…I also save it for when I feel my hair needs a switch up of products. I find my hair needs a switch up from time to time. Hey, hair is a living thing! It gets bored, too!

You can find all the upcoming Kerastase products in high-end hairdressers and Al Sagheer Boutiques.

Step 1: Cleansing

[right] Cleansing Conditioner Curl Idéal; [left] Bain Fluidéaliste Sulfate Free
Cleansing, not shampooing. Remember sulfates are bad! Kerastase has another, supposedly “curly hair” line, but that one has sulfates. It’s these 2 cleansers that they’d released recently that are actually sulphate-free. You just use either of them as you would a regular shampoo.

Optional Step: Deep Conditioning

[left] Kerastase Masque Hydra-Apaisant; [right] Bonawell Repair Formula
Depending on the state of your hair; if you have very dry, damaged hair, you could deep condition your locks. If you want the maximum benefit of deep conditioning, keep the cream in your hair overnight [or for an equivalent amount of time]. I know it says 5 minutes on the packaging, but its way more beneficial when you keep it in longer. Don’t believe me? Remember when your hairdresser used to make you an amazing “hammam cream”? Well they’d use deep conditioners, with heat to intense the effects, to get you going in around 30 minutes. Since we don’t have those fancy heat things at home, we make up for it by time. The Kerastase deep conditioner here is silicone-free.

The Bonawell hair treatment is one of my old favourites that really does treat your hair, and the apricot version leaves it smelling amazing. Personally, I find any deep conditioner to be better than none when you have dry, damaged hair.

Step 2: Leave-in Cream

[far-right] Kiehl’s Strengthening and Hydrating Hair Oil-in-Cream; [middle-right] Kerastase Crème Oléo-Curl; [top-left] Macadamia Healing Oil Spray; [bottom-left] Kerastase Crème Magistrale
Flip you hair to the front and dry hair by cupping curls in a towel. Then smooth the leave in conditioner on to the dry, frizzy parts of your hair. Scrunch the product from the ends, towards the scalp. The quantity of product you use varies according to the thickness and density of your hair, but it’s better to start with small quantities as you’ll probably be using the product for re-styling throughout the week.

My verdict on the top products:

My all-time favourite, and I can’t emphasise this enough, is the Kiehl’s Strengthening and Hydrating Hair Oil-in-Cream. It’s amazing. It’s sulphate, silicone, and paraben free. It styles my curls. I can re-use it every day without worrying about it clumping or overloading my hair. I can even use it for styling my hair sleek when I need a tight bun, as it keeps the frizz down. It’s a miracle cream. The bad part: I don’t find it in Egypt! So, I scarcely use this product as I have to buy it while traveling only!

The Macadamia Hair Healing Oil Spray, is another one of my favourites. I like it as a light daily nourishment for my curls, and it adds shine on those dull hair days. However, it’s another product that is very hard to find; even more than the Kiehl’s cream. Currently, I have a limited amount, so I’m being very sparse with it. But if I don’t find it soon, sadly I’ll be out of reach to this amazing product.

The Kerastase Crème Magistrale is a conventional alternative to the other products that I can’t find locally. It’s a good nutritive alright, but a bit on the heavy side, so I do advise you to lighten it up with an oil like jojoba before daily application.

You might have noticed I did not recommend any curl enhancing creams so far. That’s because I find curl defining products more drying than styling. I strongly prefer nourishing leave-in creams to curl defining ones. The Kerastase Crème Oleo-Curl is my least favourite on this list since I feel it doesn’t nourish as well as the rest, but to be fair it is the only curl defining cream that does not dry out my hair. It helps when I can’t find the others. Sometimes I switch up between this one & the Crème Magistrale since this one is not on the nutritional side of leave-ins, but more of a curl defining cream.

Well, that’s my splurge routine. It’s quite flexible, so I think almost everyone can work around it. If all else fails and you simply can’t afford these high-end products, check our other routines for more pocket-friendly alternatives.

What do you think?

What are your favourite luxury products that you can’t help splurging on?