Aleja Briles on Her Everyday Wash-and-Wear Curl Routine
Fact: Everything's bigger in Texas. Big fact: Everything's frizzier in Texas too. So how's a girl with curl supposed to wash and go without frizzing up? We asked Colombian blogger and model, Aleja Briles, who lives in Dallas, to show us her everyday wash-and-wear routine. Keep scrolling for Aleja's step-by-step including the products that keep her curls bouncy and block the heat from wreaking havoc on curl definition.
Don’t let the name fool you—there’s nothing quick and easy about the curly hair process! First: In the shower, I make sure and use a shampoo that will be cleansing, but not too “heavy” or full of sulfates so that my hair doesn’t get dry and brittle. Next, I use a nice and thick creamy conditioner to penetrate my hair and take out all the tangles. My go-to as of late has been the OUAI Curl Shampoo and Conditioner.
Pro tip: Detangle in the shower to shorten detangling time and reduce breakage.
Next: I ALWAYS get out of the shower with soaking wet hair after rinsing with cold water so that my hair is ready to be styled. It’s best to put products in your hair while your hair is wet so you don’t use too much product and end up with a crunch.
Styling time: Like I said before, I style my hair while it’s soaking wet, if some parts of your head have dried make sure you have a spray bottle on hand to re-wet those dry strands. I always start off with a little bit of leave in conditioner as this helps keep my curls nourished and moist.
Next, I split my hair into at least four pieces, to make it so that product is evenly distributed and my hair lasts in the style longer. Starting from bottom to top, I add a curl cream (my favorite is the Cantu Coconut Curling Cream), then I go in with a light gel. Some of my favorites are the OUAI Curl Jelly, Briogeo Rice Amino + Quinoa Frizz Control Gel or the DevaCurl Light Defining Gel. It’s best to test out some products to find your favorite. Usually I use a light gel, but if the humidity is really trying to come for me, I use something with a little extra hold.
The methods of styling differ from person to person, but my favorite is the shingling method—this is where you “comb” the product into your hair with your fingers, it usually leads to defined, frizz-free curls.
Now for the fun part: WAITING! Unless I am absolutely in a rush and have to diffuse, I let my hair air dry. Diffusing can be unpredictable and can cause unwanted frizz so if I have the time, air drying gives me the best results.
Pro tip: DO NOT TOUCH YOUR HAIR DURING DRYING TIME (thank me later).
Once my hair is about 90% dry, I add an oil to seal and add shine. You can use a natural oil like coconut, or for more ease (and a delicious smell) I use the OUAI Rose Hair & Body Oil. When I'm about to head out the door, I take a hair pick (I have tons around the house so just find your favorite) and I pick out my hair at the root and the base to give me extra volume (I can never have enough!).
Now I’m ready to hit the town! Thanks for reading. For more hair and styling tips, follow me on Instagram @alittlealeja and my website alittlealeja.com.