My fine curly hair routine: how to care for and style fine curly hair for defined, frizz-free curls!


I may have mentioned that I have curly hair. You know, just the odd time. I’ve always hated my hair – I think most curly girls do. I eventually realized that it’s never going to be the hair I want so I decided to make the best of it and develop a fine curly hair routine. About a year and a half ago I discovered the curly girl method and decided to try it out.

The Curly Girl Method

The Curly Girl Method (“CGM”) was created by Lorraine Massey. The basic idea is that girls with curly hair should do the following:

  1. stop using shampoo and cleanse with conditioner (co-washing);
  2. avoid products with sulphates,
  3. stop using any kind of heat on their hair;
  4. stop using towels to dry their hair; and,
  5. use only gel for styling.

Deva Curl

I read her book Curly Girl: The Handbook last January and decided to try the CGM for myself. Not one to do things by half, I ordered the DevaCurl Super Curly Moisture Oasis set from Sephora and the DevaCurl Devatowel. The first time I did a wash day using the CGM I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I co-washed, scrunched in gel and let my hair air dry (which takes ages). I slept with my hair in a pineapple pony that night to protect my hair and the next day I had well defined, if slightly flattened, curls. Overall, I was pleased.

After a month or so of using the DevaCurl products I’d initially purchased I began to notice quite a bit of build up on my scalp and my hair felt quite weighed down. Mr. P&P and I visited Calgary two springs ago and I had my first Deva Cut while we were there. It was amazing. One of the best things about the cut was that the stylist explained that I was using the wrong products. My hair is very fine and no poo is just too heavy for it. I switched to the low poo instead and noticed immediate improvement. I ended up buying a large bottle of the Deva Curl Low Poo and conditioner, which while quite expensive, lasted a year with me washing my hair every second day or so.

Fine curly hair routine

Once I finished off the Deva Curl products I decided to try a drugstore sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. I decided on the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo and the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Conditioner. Shea Moisture products are cruelty free, all natural and sustainably produced. This combination has been working beautifully and I will definitely repurchase once they run out.

Washing and styling

I now wash my hair two to three times per week. First, I shampoo normally, rinse and then smooth a generous palm full of conditioner all over my hair, starting at the ends. I comb through my hair while it has the conditioner in it and then proceed with the rest of my shower. Once I’ve finished everything else I rinse about 90% of the conditioner out of my hair. I then flip my head over, run the comb through my hair once more, and fill my cupped hands with water and squish it into my hair. This is my version of squish to condish.  I repeat this about five times.

Finally, I add my styling products to sopping wet hair while I’m still in the shower. With my head still flipped over I apply about five sprays of leave-in conditioner, I’m currently using this one from It’s a 10 Haircare and I love it. Next I finish everything off with a curl cream. I apply a quarter sized dollop of Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream. It’s affordable and the bottle lasts absolute ages. I know this all sounds quite complicated and involved but in reality it only takes a few minutes.

Fine curly hair routine: it's a 10 miracle leave-in

Finishing Up

Once I’m out of the shower, I wrap my hair loosely in my Deva Curl towel. I leave it in the towel while I do my skincare routine and makeup. Then I take it out of the towel, give it a shake and I’m out the door! It dries quite crunchy but I scrunch out the crunch once it’s dry and I’m left with shiny and defined curls! To preserve my curls over night I sleep with my hair in a pineapple pony –  a loose ponytail at the front of my head secured with a scrunchie. On day two I add a curl activator, I’m currently using this one, to revive everything.


So that’s my fine curly hair routine. I’ve perfected it after quite a lot of trial and error but it works for me. The thing about curly hair is that no two curly girls have the same hair. What works for me may not work for you, however, I think this routine is a good base to start with. I encourage you to play around with different products until you find a balance that works for your hair. Start with the curly girl method and tweak it until it works for you! It’s a process, the main thing is not get discouraged. Good luck my fellow curlies!

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15 thoughts on “My fine curly hair routine: how to care for and style fine curly hair for defined, frizz-free curls!

  1. I’m another curly haired girl who used to hate her hair until last year. Like you mentioned, what works for one person, doesn’t work for the other.

    I also loosely follow the curly girl method and found that finger curling my hair works the best (which is how I started to like it). My go-to products would be AG Recoil, Deva Curl Gel and Maui Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. Wasn’t a big fan of Shea Moisture products.

    1. I haven’t tried those products but I’ll have to check them out!

      Every curly girl is different for sure:)

    1. I do. I know it’s probably not the best but my hair takes hours to dry. I don’t have much choice unfortunately.

  2. Thanks for sharing what works for you Sarah. I’m always looking for advice on what to do with my mop of fine n frizz. Do you have a good stylist to recommend as well? I would drive to Vict for one. Good to see you here. I hope everything is happy and healthy in your world 🙂

    1. Hello! Oh my gosh – it’s been a while! I’m back home in Yukon now, so I can’t recommend a stylist in Victoria unfortunately! Hope you are well!

  3. Really like the simplicity of your wash day routine. I’m finding that lessons more with my routine too and co-washing makes a huge difference on dry curly natural hair. I’m gonna need to check out that leave-in conditioner, I hear it’s great as a heat protectant too.

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