There are so many benefits to using rice water for hair, it’s a case of why wouldn’t you use it?! Here are some of the amazing benefits, but it takes time, patience, and consistency to see long-term improvements in the hair. If you want to get the best results from using rice water, you need to do it consistently (weekly) for at least 4-6 weeks, sometimes longer.
- Increases hair elasticity, and bounce
- Strengthens and thickens the hair
- Adds volume, softness, curl definition and shine
- Smooths hair cuticle
- Reduces dandruff
- Promotes and stimulates hair growth
- Dissolves hard water build up
- Reduces hair loss
- Relieves dry, irritated, itchy and flaky scalp
- Penetrates the hair shaft to repair the hair from within
- Continues to repair damage after use, shampoo and rinsing
- Moisturising, antioxidant and repairing properties
- Improves manageability
- Prevents hair from future damage
- Gentle, mild cleanser
- Improves overall condition of the hair
- Stimulates blood flow to the scalp
- Nourishes hair follicles at the root
Putting it all together
If you want consistent results, you have to have a consistent routine. You can’t be switching up your wash day line up all the time. Somehow expecting your hair to look good each time. I listed each product category in the order you’d use them. Apart from your final wash and monthly clarifying, you need something to cleanse, condition, style and hold. Hopefully from my tips, advice and recommendations, you can figure out what products will suit your hair best. So you can build your curly hair routine.
Trying New Products
When trying out new products, use one new product at a time to determine if it works or makes a difference to your hair. Or keep one half of your wash day routine consistent. For example, if you want to try out different styling products, keep your cleanser and conditioner the same. You also need to try something out consistently for at least 2-3 weeks before you see any signs of improvement. But more like 4-6 weeks to see long-lasting improvement.
The final step in the styling routine is something to seal everything in and hold it all together. For this you can use a gel, jelly and/or custard. If you just want hold, go for a gel. If you want definition, clumps and hold, go for a jelly or custard. But I often use both, if I want great clumps, definition and hold.
You can get lightweight to strong hold gels. Gels, jellies and custards work best when applied to wet hair. For extra clumps and definition, you can give your hair a final brush through with a Denman Paddle Brush before you scrunch and diffuse. CURLMAVEN for 20% off the Denman Paddle Brush at Look Fantastic, who ship worldwide.
To get long-lasting hold, you need to let the gel, jelly or custard dry fully on the hair, creating a cast. This cast will give you hard, crunchy crispy curls at first, which is what you want. You then need to gently break the cast, or “scrunch out the crunch” to reveal the soft, defined curls underneath.
Top Tip: If your hair is covered in white flakes after using a gel, it’s most likely because you used too much.
Gel, Jelly & Custard Product Suggestions:
- Light Hold:
- Aveda Confixor Liquid Gel – CURLMAVEN for 20% off
- Bouclème Curl Defining Gel – CURLMAVEN for 20% off
- Medium Hold:
- Innersense I Create Hold
- Aussie Instant Freeze Gel
- Umberto Giannini Curl Jelly – CURLMAVEN for 20% off
- Bounce Curl Light Creme Gel – CURLMAVEN for 10% off
- MopTop Curly Hair Custard – CURLMAVEN for 10% off
- Strong Hold:
- Bouclème Super Hold Styler – CURLMAVEN for 20% off
- Jessicurl Spiralicious Gel
- Giovanni Styling Gel – CURLMAVEN for 20% off – the strongest gel I’ve found
- TréLuxe Hi! Definition Gel – CURLMAVEN for 15% off – my favourite gel of all time!
Also available in my Amazon Shop. Use code CURLMAVEN for 10% off Innersense Organic Beauty and Bounce Curl at The Clean Beauty Edit, who ship worldwide. You can get TréLuxe at Sari Curls or Le Curl Shop in the EU. Naturalistic Products, House of Curls UK or Kiyo Beauty in the UK. Curl Warehouse in Canada or The Curl Store in Australia.
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I know this was a really long post, with a lot of information and product recommendations! But hopefully you feel much more confident now on how to build a curly hair routine. As well as figuring out what products, or types of products, will work best for your hair. Like with anything new, it’s daunting and overwhelming at first. But once you get started, you’ll realise how simple it actually is. And hopefully by then, you’ll start seeing really great results too. You can follow me on Instagram @curlmaven for more daily curl chats and lifestyle content. I’ve also got lots of helpful info in my stories, highlights, reels and IGTV. Or Check out my YouTube channel for more tips & advice, washdays and tutorials.
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