Do you ever have those mornings where you don’t feel like putting the effort into styling your curls?

My goal for this curly girl wash day was to simplify the process while obtaining decent results. I knew I had a busy week ahead and wanted my curls to last at least 4 to 5 days before the next wash.

Out of all my hair styling products, I picked 3 items. I wanted a leave-in conditioner, curl cream and gel. Here’s my minimal curly hair wash and style routine with my results!

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in the shower

  1. Cleanse hair with Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo. I can feel my scalp tingling as it cleans and the scent is heavenly. It has worked wonderful for my low porosity hair! For a super clean scalp, add a scalp massager to your regimen. It’s worked wonders for a dry, itchy scalp!
  2. Condition with Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque for 10 minutes while still in the shower. Completely rinse out. This conditioner does have protein in it. I only use it occasionally.
  3. Squish to condish with Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner/Detangler.


Using a 100% cotton t-shirt, plop for half an hour. Normally, I suggest adding all styling products before plopping, but I decided to try something different (damp styling). I find that plopping removes much of my product. That is why I reapply my curl styling products halfway through my diffusing process.

2/4/2022 Update: Reviewed plopping with a fast drying microfiber towel.

Curly hair Styling

  1. Scrunch in Curls Creme Brule Whipped Curl Cream. Whenever I use this product, my husband says the bathroom smells like a giant cupcake.
  2. Scrunch in Kinky Curly Original Curling Custard.


Immediately diffuse hair. I diffuse my hair using the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Portofino. I absolutely love this hair dryer. However, it does not come with a diffuser but can be purchased separately (I included the link for you). With my thick, 2c 3a curls, it takes me about 30 minutes to almost completely dry my curls.

The technique I use is to dry in 60 second intervals. I use warm and cool settings while flipping my hair from side to side.


As you can see, my layered curls are well-defined, frizz free and voluminous. I even decided to go makeup free to celebrate my simple curly hair routine.  What do you think? Do you have a couple products you just can’t live without?

I tried this routine a second time one week later so you could see that I still love the results from these three curly hair styling products. Sometimes, parting your hair on the opposite side can give you a whole new look just like a little lipstick! ha ha!

bonus: easy refresh day

Today was day 5 for my curls and I desperately needed a refresh. I hopped in the shower, wet my hair thoroughly, finger combed the Curls Creme Brule Whipped Curl Cream and scrunched in Kinky Curly Original Curling Custard. I immediately diffused until dry. Here’s my results! I think I like them better than wash day on Sunday.

shoulder length curls and green glasses shinewithjl

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. 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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