Curly Hair Self-Care Routine

One of the most surprising and effective forms of self-care is your hair-care routine. Taking care of your curls improves your hair, sure. But that’s not the only reason to do it. Your curly hair routine can also serve as “you time”, which is essential for reducing stress. Plus, it’s customizable around your schedule and lifestyle.

When establishing a curly hair-care routine, some products you’ll want to use include: 

  • Scalp clarifier
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Curl treatment
  • Hair mask
  • Finishing oil

The order of these products is basically the order in which you’ll want to apply them. Refer to product instructions for proper usage, as Ouidad has hair masks that you leave in and those that you rinse out. Each product also specifies what curl type it’s best for.

You can, of course, work more products into your routine based on your curl needs and styling preferences. For example, you might apply a styling product such as a curl-boosting mousse after nourishing your strands. Check out these additional tips for mastering your routine.

Scheduling Your Routine

No matter if you’re an early bird or night owl, schedule your curly hair routine when what works best for you! This goes for intensive self-care Sunday curl-care sessions and your daily hair-care routine.

Soothe Your Senses

Caring for your hair can serve as an effective distraction from everyday stressors. Also, stimulating the scalp with fingertips or hair tools during your routine has a soothing effect. Then there’s the benefit of using hair products, which not only optimize your curls but also provide sensory delights through texture and scent.  

Practice Mindfulness

As you dispense a hair-care product into your hands—whether it’s an airy foam or silky cream—take note of how it feels. Pay attention to the texture and color, then to the sensations in your hands as you rub them together. Luxuriate in the scent of the product and try to distinguish fragrance notes.

Enjoy the Experience

Applying the product to your hair feels good and is likely to release oxytocin. Which, by the way, is the same happiness hormone that flows when you fall in love or pet a puppy. Taking self-care time to give your curls some TLC is good for you in more ways than one.

Having a curly hair routine can be beneficial for bouncy, hydrated curls and your mind. Schedule a self-care Sunday on your calendar each week—your curls (and stress levels) will thank you for it.

Why Have a Hair Care Routine?

It’s important to have a hair-care routine for curly hair. Just some of the reasons to implement one include: 

  • Damage repair and prevention
  • Easier styling 
  • Fuller, bouncier curls 
  • More curl definition
  • Stress relief

Over time, hair can incur damage from blow-drying and heat-styling. And if you don’t use hot tools or only use them occasionally, your curls can still become damaged from environmental aggressors and UV rays. Sweat and product build-up can accumulate, which weighs hair down and deflates curls.

Your curly hair routine can make a big difference in how easy it is to style your hair on a daily basis and how healthy it appears. In addition, you’ll find that with proper styling, your curls are more defined, voluminous, and bouncy.

Even if you’re the low-maintenance type, taking a little time on self-care Sunday for curl care can actually shorten your daily styling routine. Healthy, moisturized curls are easier to style, saving you time in the long run.

If your happy place is the salon or spa, recreate that atmosphere at home while performing your curly hair care routine. Take your time and practice mindfulness during each step, focusing on all the sights, scents, and sensations. Light your favorite candles and wrap up in a fluffy white robe—and don’t forget the fuzzy slippers and ambient music.

Self-Care Sunday

Need some inspiration for creating your own self-care Sunday? Check out an at-home curly hair care routine on Instagram for a peep at the products—and the jaw-dropping results. Here are the recommended products for achieving the bouncy, hydrated curls of your dreams:

  • Ouidad Curl Therapy Lightweight Protein Foam Treatment: Strengthen strands with this foamy formula, which absorbs quickly and works in only 3-5 minutes.
  • Get Hydrated Ultra-Moisturizing Splash Mask: This leave-in treatment is in spray form, so you can spritz and go. Refresh curls and hydrate between wash days with this innovative mask.
  • Curl Reboot Strengthen + Nourish Leave-In Mask: For intensive hydration and strengthening, work this mask into damp hair from root to tip—no rinsing required. There’s a version for fine and thin curls and one for medium-to-thick curls.

Curly Hair At-Home Treatment Collection

In addition to the above-referenced products, Ouidad has Curly Hair At-Home Treatment Collection that contain everything you need to pamper your curls between salon visits. Some of the products in this at-home hair care line include:

  • Ultra-Nourishing Intense Hydrating Mask: This hydrating mask imparts vital moisture to curls in 2-5 minutes. Apply it to clean, wet hair, wait, and then rinse for strengthened strands.
  • Mongongo Oil Multi-Use Curl Treatment: Every curl type can benefit from this versatile hair oil. Use it as a heat protectant, leave-in conditioner, finishing product and even to protect against UV rays.
  • Moisture Lock® Leave-In Conditioner: Hydrate curls and prep for styling with this moisturizing conditioner. It seals the hair cuticle for a healthy look.
  • Bye-Bye Breakage!® Strengthening + Thickening Scalp Serum: This multitasker balances the scalp’s pH and adds moisture to curls. Essential nutrients in this scalp serum encourage hair growth and less breakage.
  • Ready, Set, Clean!® Pre-Shampoo Scalp + Hair Rinse: Clarify the scalp and hair with this cleansing rinse, which removes build-up for voluminous curls.
  • Heavy Lifting® Bubbling Scalp Mask: This foaming scalp mask bubbles to whisk away impurities from the scalp. It helps reduce irritation and prevent dryness to keep your curl pattern in its natural shape.


These are just several of the curly hair care routine essentials from Ouidad. Create your own hair care routine with products designed for your curl type

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