Hey there, Curl Enthusiasts! 🌀 Are you on a quest to revolutionize your Curly Girl Method routine? I’ve got just the thing for you – my top 3 curly girl-approved hair products! These gems are perfect for your Curly Girl wash day, designed to minimize hassle and maximize those fabulous curls!

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Shower Power

The Plop Drop

  • Wrap It Up: Use a Microfiber Towel for the Curly Girl plop. for half an hour. Give your curls 30 minutes of cozy wrapping time. Remember, this is the Curly Girl way of Damp Styling.

microfiber hair towel for curly hair shinewithjl review

Curl Parade

Diffuse Like a Diva

Curl Results: Ta-Da!

Behold my shoulder-length, brown, curly masterpiece! Frizz-free, voluminous, and oh-so-defined. What’s your cannot-live-without curl product?

Round Two

Tried it again a week later – still crushing on these products. A new parting can be as refreshing as a dash of lipstick – ha!

bonus: Quick refresh day

Facing a Day 5 crisis? No worries! A quick curl refresh with Curls Creme Brule Whipped Curl Cream and Kinky Curly Original Curling Custard followed by a diffusing session. The results might even top your wash day!

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👓 Glasses and Curls Alert: 👓 Flaunting my shoulder-length curls with stylish green glasses. Shine on, curly friends! 🌟👩‍🦱🕶️

Additional Curly Wash Day Results


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  1. After you plop, do you add more water to the product or just pray hand them into the already plopped hair?

    • Jennifer Leigh Reply

      Hi Maggie!

      I don’t normally add water to my product before applying to my curls. If I plopped too long and I notice frizz starting to form, I use my spray mist bottle to dampen that area. For my low porosity curls, I find applying product with less water works best for me.

  2. I have just started my curly girl method journey 😳 I’ve read so many blogs saying L.A. sport gel but when I wake up the 2nd day its flaking, my question however is this…. I’m trying to “scrunch the crunch out” but there are always crunchy places remaining near my roots and the none crunchy gets frizzy. It’s a hot mess, what am I doing wrong?

    • Jennifer Leigh Reply

      Hi Christie! Welcome to the curly hair journey. 🙂 I’m sorry to hear you are struggling with your curls. I haven’t tried L.A. sport gel so I can’t attest to the exact problems you are having. From personal experience, when my hair feels crunchy, dirty and limp after SOTC, either I did not rinse out enough of my deep conditioner or I used too much styling product. When applying your styling products, maybe try less on and near your roots. Frizz usually means your hair is reaching out for moisture. Do you use a leave-in conditioner or detangler? I have had great success with damp styling. https://shinewithjl.com/how-to-damp-style-wavy-curly-hair/ Let me know how it’s going!

  3. Hi! You said above that you only use the Shea Moisture conditioner occasionally. Does that mean you have another rinse out conditioner you use on most days or do you skip a rinse out conditioner?

    • Jennifer Leigh Reply

      Hi Megan (insert wave),

      I only use the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey Hair Masque for my deep conditioning days. Otherwise, I use a lighter conditioner that I rinse out. Surface Bassu Moisture Conditioner is my go to for normal, curly wash days. It does not weigh my curls down, yet still hydrates them.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog. Let me know if you have further questions.

      Shine with JL

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