Wash Day 101 With Irinel de León
Have you ever put serious thought into the shampoo and conditioner you use? We tend to overlook these steps, but the key to consistent curls really starts with what you reach for in the shower. Using the right shampoo and conditioner for our strands is much like choosing the correct skincare product. For example, if your hair is on the dryer side, you’ll need something gentler and moisturizing—like a facial moisturizer. To help you find the right foundation for wash days, I’m breaking down my favorite Ouidad shampoos and conditioners for various curl concerns.
If You Live in A Humid Climate
The Advanced Climate Control® line is a game-changer for all curl types, but especially if you live in a warm, humid climate. It completely transforms curls that battle frizz, starting in the shower. The Advanced Climate Control ® Shampoo and Conditioner are made with a protein derived from silk which seals the cuticle to form a barrier against frizz, protecting your bouncy curls so they can thrive and live their best life. Genius.
If Your Curls Fall Flat
If your curls crave more definition and volume, chances are you’ll love the new Curl Shaper™ Good As New Moisturizing Shampoo. It was made specifically with type 2A-2C curly girls in mind, or really anyone who has that ‘in-between’ (straight and curly) pattern. This oil-based shampoo is gentle enough for daily use and won’t leave strands greasy or weighed down. It mimics your hairs’ natural oils to cleanse, hydrate, and refresh loose curls, restoring essential moisture as you wash.
If You Have Tight Curls
My favorite shampoo for tight coils and kinky curls is the Curl Quencher® Moisturizing Shampoo. It infuses essential moisture back into the strands and provides mega-nourishment. Because this curl type needs the most moisture, it’s imperative to use a shampoo that both cleanses and hydrates. Follow it up with a conditioner like Curl Immersion™ Triple Treat Deep Conditioner.
If You Want A Gentle Wash
Specifically formulated for defined S-shape curls, the VitalCurl™+ Clear + Gentle Shampoo and Conditioner gently cleanse strands and balance pH levels to help retain moisture and smooth the cuticle (think: more definition and less frizz!). The conditioner is infused with a botanical Omega 3-6-9 Complex, made from chia seed, Japanese camellia, and sunflower oils that target dry areas to help curls retain moisture, bounce and elasticity.
Bottom line? No matter what your curl type or concerns, Ouidad has a cleanser and conditioner for you. If you don’t know what products are right for your hair, try shopping for products based on your individual curl type. Enjoy my curly girl recommendations and be sure to follow along my curl journey on social @hairnel.