There are so many curly hair rules I stick to. Here are the 3 that I swear by...

Curly hair rules – there are quite a few!

Curls are such a personal journey but we all need little bit of help. I know I did and I always want to learn more! The curly hair community is amazing and sharing tips is a huge part of it.

I’m going to share my own 3 Big Rules (capital B, capital R).

These habits gave me the wavy hair I’ve always wanted

curly hair rule 1

Use sulphate free shampoo

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I have been using sulphate-free shampoo for about 7 years.

I used to be a Charles Worthington girl  (I know they have a sulphate- free range now and maybe one day I’ll give it a go..old habits die hard!). It was called Dream Hair and I think it has been discontinued.

When I started working at the hair salon they stocked one line of products – Kevin Murphy. I was told that I had to switch because it was amazing.

sulphate free and paraben free shampoo

This was the line. This was one of the many selling points of this range. 7 years ago I hardly even knew what this meant.

I didn’t really understand what a sulphate was..or a paraben for that matter. They weren’t widely talked about about. This meant that I had to learn! I was explaining what it meant to clients several times a day. KM were ahead of the curve.

Sulphates are like detergents added into shampoo. They are there to lather up nicely and to get rid of any product build-up.

This can be good if you are using lots of products which do build up..but the trouble is that they remove too much…

Sulphate-Free is Good For Curly Hair!

Curly hair rules say that our hair needs moisture and we need that same moisture to stay put.

Curly hair has a tendency to be dry in texture and this is why we spend so much time moisturising it!

Sulphates will strip away the natural oils produced by our scalp. No Good. When curls are de-hydrated they are vulnerable to breakage. Curly hair needs moisture to stay healthy.

Sulphate-Free Is Good For Coloured Hair Too

Huge plus here, in addition to the curly benefits!

I colour my hair and I hadn’t really considered that my shampoo could be affecting my colour.

I have done a little research and it isn’t so much the sulphates themselves which cause colour loss but they can speed up the rate at which it fades..

colouring curly hair with root colour and highlights

Sulphates will remove oils and conditioners which we use to protect coloured hair (coloured hair is weaker so it needs these protective layers of moisture).

Once these conditioning layers are removed, water can penetrate the hair. It is the water that will actually cause the colour to fade and this is aided by the sulphates.

Also, you know that old thing about needing to change your shampoo every so often? This isn’t true when you are using products that won’t build up on your hair.

I now use either Kevin Murphy Hydrate.Me Wash (and Hydrate.Me Rinse which is moisturising and full of vitamin C!) or Noughty’s Wave Hello range – both amazing!

kevin murphy hydrate me wash and rinse


Wave Hello Curl Defining Shampoo And Conditioner

Sulphate, silicone and paraben free! Amazing products

I vowed I will never use sulphates again…please don’t let me forget to pack my shampoo when I next go on holiday!

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