My CHEAP, EASY AND QUICK Curly Hair Routine For Long Mixed Race Hair

Welcome, my friends, to the post that is only going to be relevant to 0.02% of my readers – my haircare routine. (Or, for Google: my simple, quick and cheap curly hair routine for long and thick hair!) You may be wondering “Mia, why are you sharing this with us? We don’t have curly hair!”. As always, I have many motivations.

A: Uh, Pinterest traffic. My last hair related post resulted in some pins that, quite frankly, blew the fuck up. It was great. If you missed it, the post was: My Top Tips For Growing Long, Healthy and Thick Hair – FAST.

Now seems like an appropriate time for a Pinterest plug, Pin this for me babies!

B: A few people have been commenting about my hair recently and I thought that you guys being able to see how much effort I have to expend dealing with it would make it seem less appealing.

C: Aside from curl activator, a lot of the products I use, you guys can theoretically use too. I say theoretically because I am not suggesting you actually pile oil onto your straight, fine hair – but more that if a conditioner or moisturising treatment has been curly girl approved . . . you know it’s going make your hair shimmer. It’s going to make your hair silken strands of molten gold. It’s going to cure your depression and clear your acne.

D. And finally because . . . curly hair is a bitch to deal with. It’s difficult, it’s expensive as hell and finding what works best for your curl type can feel like trying to break Enigma. (If you didn’t get that reference, go watch The Imitation Game; it’s great.) Us curly girls aren’t born with innate knowledge of “aaaah, Tresemme conditioner and Wella curl mousse”; it’s a lot of trial and error and, usually, a lot of awkward and embarassing years. So I thought that this post may actually help someone! Let’s go.

What Type Of Natural Curls Do You Have?

First off, all my curly girls already know how important this is. There are more curl types than types of guys you will meet in your life (#TrueStory). My curl type is I think 3B.

I have mixed race hair (my mama is black; my dad is darker than me, but allegedly a white guy) that is thick as hell. It needs a lot of moisture and can handle heavy products pretty well, but doesn’t necessarily NEED them all the time.

My Easy Daily Curly Hair Routine

*Dis-fucking-claimer* My daily routine is lazy as hell. It is easy and quick because most of my haircare is maintenance; for a good 3 or 4 days out of the week, my hair is up in a bun with a conditioning treatment or oil on it. This means when my hair is down, I’m usually starting on good hair karma.**

Guys . . . I made a video and I think you should watch it and subscribe to me. Okay? Great.

Step 1 – Comb & Condition

First of all, I get in the shower, wet my hair and scoop that conditioner all up on it. Then it’s twisted to the top of my head and left to condition while I wash, listen to music and cry dramatically because Sense8 was cancelled.

My conditioner of choice is always the fantastically cost-efficient Tresemme because . . . you get so much of it. And, even better, it’s genuinely really high quality!

Tresemme Salon Silk Conditioner 0.9L (Pack of Two) – Amazon UK – £5.90

Tresemme Salon Silk Conditioner 0.9L – Amazon US – $14

Once that’s all done and the conditioner has had time to soak in and make my hair pretty, I get my wide tooth comb and, as I’m washing the conditioner out, I comb my hair. I don’t even touch my hair without conditioner. Brushes and combs have genuinely snapped in that savage wildnerness.

After my shower, I literally wring the water out my hair like some sort of limp and useless dish towel. One that will drip down my back for the next hour. Then, because I’m classy like that, I wrap it in my fluffy pyjama bottoms or a t-shirt. (It’s actually because normal towels are very rough and you generally don’t want to dry your hair with them.)

Then I go about my business and get dressed, allowing my hair to somewhat towel try.

^See? Me all dressed up . . . with wet hair.

Step 2 – Define The Curls With Curl Activator

First product up is my curl activator. I have two favourites (both of which are insanely cheap). Number one makes my hair look like a perfect ringlet headed doll and that is the Wella Curl Mousse (and it cost me literally £2). This makes my hair look amazing, but I wouldn’t say it’s particularly moisturising.

WELLA Shockwaves Curl Mousse – Amazon UK – £1.90

My second curl activator is Soft-N’Free and it’s also an insanely cheap curly hair product, being less than £5 for a massive bottle. It keeps my curls nice, soft and frizz free . . . but I wouldn’t say it’s particularly great at helping them curl more than they already would. If you’re like me and your hair does naturally curl, but it needs help staying moisturised and not getting frizzy, Soft’N’Free is super affordable and leaves your hair in really good condition.

Soft’N’Free Curl Lotion with Vitamin E and Panthenol 2-in-1 Activator 750ml – AMAZON UK – £4.99

Soft’N’Free Curl Lotion With Vitamin E and Panthenol 2-in-1 Activator 1L – Amazon US – $12.99

Step 3 – Lock In Moisture

Next up are my moisturising products. This varies depending on what my mum and I have lying around the house, but they’re usually leave in conditioning treatments and/or oils in cream version. We usually have one of these floating around.

Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner (Pack of 2) – Amazon UK – £8.85

Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner (Pack of 2) – Amazon US – $14

Olive Oil Miracle Leave In Conditioner – Amazon UK – £5.42

Olive Oil Miracle Leave In Conditioner – Amazon US (3 Pack) – $15

You may be wondering “but Mia, you’ve already used conditioner and a curl activator – you can’t seriously need more?”. You are factually incorrect.

Curly hair is dry. That is a characteristic of our hair type; everyone with curly hair knows the key to keeping it looking and feeling in good condition is moisture. The first steps are to help my curls defined and give them a bit of jazz – this step is to keep them from frizzing up and to keep my hair in good condition.

Last but not least I go in with my Aussie’s spray in conditioner. This smells like heaven on earth and isn’t too heavy on my hair. I know what you’re thinking: “Oh, now you care about products being too heavy.”

Yes, yes I do. Because the rest of my products are concentrated on the ends of my hair, whereas my Aussie’s spray conditioner is sprayed all over, root to tip. You don’t want heavy products on your roots or you’ll get no volume (or worse, the dreaded mushroom look). So take that!

Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Spray Leave In Conditioner – Amazon UK – £5.99

Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Spray Leave In Conditioner – Amazon US – $6.56

I know most people diffuse their hair, but I kind of like the wet look (and I’m lazy) so if it’s warm enough I just kind of leave my hair to air dry. Well kids, 1288 words later and my hair care routine . . . is finally done! I don’t quite know what you guys could have gotten out of this other than possibly sympathy towards me, but hey ho.

What did you think of my video? Do you use any of these products? Is our haircare routine even remotely similar? Let me know your thoughts down below!

Peace,

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50 thoughts on “My CHEAP, EASY AND QUICK Curly Hair Routine For Long Mixed Race Hair

  1. SimpleSerenity – My name is Azra, welcome to my blog SimpleSerenity. I'm from Bosnia and Herzegovina, 24 years old chemical engineering student that works as a beauty journalist. I hope you'll enjoy spending time on my blog and enjoy my content. It would mean a world to me if you would subscribe and leave me any feedback that you have! If you want to ask me something you can email me at simple_serenity@outlook.com.
    SimpleSerenity says:

    Even though I don’t have have hair like yours, I still enjoyed this blog post and actually found out good product to try and that’s Aussi leave in conditioner. I hope I’ll find it here. Lovely post. xx

    1. Thank you lovely! I definitely recommend Aussie’s products 🙂 xx

    1. Thank you so much lovely! x

  2. StyledbyMcKenz – Just an eighteen-year-old shopaholic that is passionate about sharing her love for fashion on the internet while navigating college life.
    StyledbyMcKenz says:

    I don’t have curly hair or even thick hair at that but I really enjoyed reading this. Your hair is so beautiful, enjoyed reading!

    1. Aww thank you so much lovely! x

  3. Avant-garde – Hi I am Ritu… just an average girl who is a makeup & fashion enthusiast and who love playing with different looks and colors. Avant-Garde, is all about my personal ‘style and beauty’ journey and a way to share everything I know (related to Fashion and Beauty), with all of you with similar interests. I would be super excited if you will decide to be a part of my blogging journey :) Stay tuned!
    Avant-garde says:
    1. Thank you lovely <3

    1. Thank you so much lovely! xx

  4. “Curly hair is a bitch to deal with” haha, most relatable thing I’ve read today! Love this post

    1. You’re so sweet! Thank you lovely x

  5. Bless Ive – Blessing Iveren Kumagah, popularly known As Ive Is a Nigerian. She's known for her entrepreneurial drive and her love for writing; her desire and pursuit of excellence is second only to her love for family. Being a keen person, she draws her passion from blogging. She Is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. Using her blogging as a tool to bring the world a better insight. In whatever she does, Ive ensures that she puts in more than her best. Writing is just one amongst the things she loves to do; she also loves to spend her day by the pool, reading, and enjoying natures gift.
    Ives Trendy Blog says:

    Oh wow! Enjoyed reading this.
    hair goals.

    Are you on Pinterest?

      1. Bless Ive – Blessing Iveren Kumagah, popularly known As Ive Is a Nigerian. She's known for her entrepreneurial drive and her love for writing; her desire and pursuit of excellence is second only to her love for family. Being a keen person, she draws her passion from blogging. She Is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. Using her blogging as a tool to bring the world a better insight. In whatever she does, Ive ensures that she puts in more than her best. Writing is just one amongst the things she loves to do; she also loves to spend her day by the pool, reading, and enjoying natures gift.
        Ives Trendy Blog says:

        You’re welcome honey, I’ll follow now.

  6. I need to start doing this! My sisters take such good care of their curls (pretty similar to yours!) but mine are completely fried from blow drying and using a curling iron for years and years haha

    1. Oh god girl NO – I avoid heat nowadays lol i used to use those straighteners FAR too much when i was younger! x

  7. Rossy Galaxy – Pacific Northwest – I'm a full-time SAHM to an energetic 5 year old boy and I'm married to my best friend. / / I love makeup, photography and cars.
    ayrgalaxy says:

    I love your hair but i also know how much work goes into maintaining it and these are great products! I hope I’m able to find an array of products that work for my wavy frizzy hair too lol.

    1. Aww thank you & literally, it’s like caring for a pet on top of your head, it takes so much flipping time! I hope you do find your holy grail products girly (although, let me just say, your hair never ever looks frizzy in photos so you must be doing something right!) x

      1. Rossy Galaxy – Pacific Northwest – I'm a full-time SAHM to an energetic 5 year old boy and I'm married to my best friend. / / I love makeup, photography and cars.
        ayrgalaxy says:

        I agree! 🙂
        I hope I find them too, and believe it or not, my hair is so crazy! I purposefully try to find a good angle to avoid showing the craziness that is my hair LOL

  8. You should see these specimens on this train carriage. If you want a history lesson you could see what you sent over here around .
    I think they’re democracy revolves around whose turn it is with the tooth.

  9. Diva Named Dom – Just a girl on a full time journey of procuring the best version of myself. I consider my hometown, South Florida, paradise. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you stay a while! www.DivaNamedDom.com
    Diva Named Dom says:

    I use the African Pride Conditioner blah blah treatment stuff because it smells SO good! I don’t have your hair texture but I have dealt with children with your hair texture in the past and it is NO JOKE. You literally have to make a grave decision whether to let your arm fall off so you can quickly detangle your tresses before they dry or whether to just say, “fuck it,” and let it dry into a gnarly, tangled mess for the week. I feel for you but at least you got your routine poppin!

    Dom | http://www.DivaNamedDom.com

    1. Girl, THANK YOU FOR APPRECIATING MY STRUGGLE. It’s honestly a risk to take a comb to the mane! x

  10. Oh my god! Your hair looks gorgeous and super shiny! We love a pretty hair SISTER <3 And I had no idea you had a Pinterest, just followed! xx

    1. Thank you girly! You’re such a sweetie! And I’ll follow you back now! <3

  11. ameliacdowling – England – 18 year old from South East England. Passionate about health, reading, nature, veganism and self love. Random ramblings from the heart.
    ameliacdowling says:

    Ahhh my hair type is such a nightmare, it’s defo straighter than yours but handles like curly hair.. all of my proper ringlet type curls are underneath and then it’s more wavy with a few ringlets on top… might try a curl activator to see if I can get the textures to merge I’ve always tried to treat my hair like it’s straight but maybe it’s time to start doing some research into curly hair products

    1. Girl, it sounds like a curl activator is exactly what you need tbh

  12. pagesbymaki – Maki - A woman well on her way to greatness. A bold & unapologetic yet humble lover of life, creativity and all things beautiful. Family oriented and exceptionally loving mom, wife, sister, daughter, career woman, all things natural enthusiast and friend with unmatched ambition and passion to DO BEST - ALWAYS!
    pagesbymaki says:

    You’re such a vibe <3

    1. Thank you lovely! <3

    1. You’re honestly too sweet, thank you girly! <3

  13. First of all I’m literally obsessed with your hair it’s so beautiful even though my hair isn’t curly like yours, I still really enjoyed reading this post xx

  14. Kalia – Human being, female, mexican. A soul still trying to figure things out, but having a hell lot of fun in the process.
    Kalia says:

    I feel you so much! My hair is curly and super spongy. It is so hard to find a rutine and products that fit your hair, because there are so many types of curls out there. Me, I cant live without coconut oil, but defenetly I will check this products out 😉

  15. Damn your hair sounds like hard work. I feel like I can relate though, my hair is pretty thick and can turn to frizz at any moment. I normally just keep it scraped up because it’s way easier and I’m too lazy lol
    Alys
    https://alysjournals.com

  16. I have straight hair but this post was very useful. I use shampoo and conditioner and after showering conditioner and a spray. I love your hair

  17. K.M. Sutton – I am a country girl living on the Upper East Side of the concrete jungle. My friends call me a modern day Renaissance woman. I have dabbled in a little bit of everything, from being a yoga instructor to holistic chef, to skating coach, to glorified nanny, to student. I am a self admitted coffee junkie. A wannabe mermaid. A wanderluster who dreams of other countries. A fashionista who really does need a bigger bank account. But most important of all, I dream of living in a bungalow by the ocean and being a published writer (in style of course) sipping coffee in the morning and a martini in the evening. I love to meet my readers, so feel free to comment or email me. Happy reading!
    K.M. Sutton says:

    Your hair is gorgeous beauty! And your videos are always so amazing! <3

  18. Hannah – Hello there! My name is Hannah and I am a 22 year old lifestyle blogger who loves travelling, coffee and social media. Welcome to my corner of the Internet.
    Hannah says:

    I don’t even have curly hair so I’m not entirely sure why I’m reading this but I think your curls are absolutely beautiful! xx

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