Curl Warehouse Blog

Does Your Hair Need Protein?

Besides moisture, the one other thing that is talked about a lot when it comes to the Curly Girl / Curly Hair Method is protein. This topic seems to get the blame and the glory in equal measure.  So what is the right thing for you?

Hair that loves protein is usually higher porosity, finer texture, has colour/highlights, is dried regularly using heat or a combination of these traits.  The more damage that you have will mean your hair needs and likes those proteins to fill in the chips and cracks and help keep that moisture in.

The Best Brushes for Curly Hair and How to Use Them
Out there on social media you may have seen a lot about using a brush on your hair.  The original method for caring for curly hair has actually been around for many years, but it seemed to be more widely...
Hard Water and Your Hair

Maybe you notice the build up on a clear shower door or the film in your sinks. Perhaps your white clothes never stay white very long or you see the white residue on glasses after washing them by hand or in the dishwasher.  Or maybe your home is serviced by a well which are typically hard water.

With respect to hair, you may notice that your shampoo won’t lather much and you may need to use it twice to effectively clean hair and scalp.

Does hard water affect your natural curls and waves?  Yes it does. 

Great Products Under $20 for Curlies on a Budget
So are there products out there that don’t cost a lot to get started on the Curly Girl Method / Curly Hair Method???Yes! …. and we have quite a few here at Curl Warehouse.  Today I will focus on 5...
10 Tips to Heal and Prevent Hair Damage
I think all of us, at one time or another, have had some level of hair damage.  Those of us new to the Curly Girl / Hair Method are probably the ones with higher levels of damage because of what...
Refreshing Your Hair: Day 2 and Beyond
Since wash-day does involve a bit of time and effort, a lot of us like to enjoy the benefit of “refresh days”, or days without doing a full wash, that take less of both.Before I start with all of these...
Winter Care for Curly Hair
If you are reading this, winter is here.  Perhaps you’ve already noticed changes in your hair.  Maybe it is flat, dry, or frizzy but it certainly isn’t the same hair you had this past summer.  So now what to do?

The temperatures are dropping which will add an element of dryness to the air.  This is the time we need to start thinking about more moisture and film forming humectants. 
10 Tips for Troubleshooting Your Curly/Wavy Hair Routine
So you have just started the Curly Girl / Curly Hair Method, or you have been doing it for a while, but your hair doesn’t look or feel right…. Right?  We all experience this, even years into embracing our curls. ...
Why and How to Condition Your Curls
Conditioning your hair is pretty important… why? It is probably the most important step in a routine for curly/wavy hair because it helps to:- keep a thin film over the hair to protect it from tangling and frizzing- provide flexibility...
The Lowdown on Shampoo
You have probably read somewhere that shampoo and the Curly Girl / Curly Hair Method are a no go.  Maybe you’re in a FB group that doesn’t allow shampoo to be discussed.  Or you just don’t know which shampoo to...
Product Absorption and Low Porosity Hair

In your mind picture a pinecone.  The ones laying on the ground with wide open scales would be high porosity, the ones on the tree that are turning brown and not fully open would be normal porosity, and the ones near the top that are still tightly closed would be low porosity. 

Your products might not be absorbing well into your lower porosity hair.  

So how can you help your low porosity hair get the most out of your routine?

The Pros and Cons of Cowashing

Cowashing is simply washing with a conditioning cleanser or a regular conditioner.  A cowash is a specially-designed product contains ingredients to both wash and condition the hair. 

Let’s talk about the pros and cons of this original method of cleansing curly and wavy hair.

Oils and Your Hair

This week I saw a FB post that followed the advice of Lorraine Massey (creator of the Curly Girl Method / Curly Hair Method) and said the use of oils will just block your hair and cause problems.  There was a time that Lorraine encouraged the use of oils and now she does not.  But I digress… oils are still being used by many curlies and wavies.  Some love them, some do not. At the end of the day your hair (and scalp) will decide if this is for you. 

As you experiment and delve further into the Method, it is evident that even if you see and follow someone with hair that looks like yours – what they do may or may not work for you.

What is Flash Drying and Should I Avoid Aloe?
There are some of us who will experience what is commonly called “flash drying” with some ingredients. Aloe is one of them that usually takes the blame.  

Flash drying feels like all of the moisture is gone with contact of the product to your hair.  It then becomes hard, brittle, and difficult to manage.  So what is happening?  

Our hair will take in water and also release water frequently while wet or perhaps in a dry/humid climate.  Damaged or high porosity hair will do this even faster than medium or low.  The ability of aloe to do this is because of the starch molecules and the protein molecules made of essential amino acids that can hold (and also release) a lot of water. Is it always aloe that causes this flash-drying sensation?