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Curly Cocktails: A Beginner’s Guide

By January 27th, 2021No Comments
Curly Cocktails: A Beginner's Guide

Quick True or False Quiz:

Your bathroom houses a LOT of hair care products.

When you see a new curly product on the shelf, you HAVE TO buy it.

You’re creative.

You like options and variations.

You have so many products, you could put “CVS” above your bathroom door.

If you answered true to three or more of the above, you’re probably a Product Junkie AND you like to experiment with hair products. We like to call this process “cocktailing” (sorry, no Grey Goose included). The NC forum CurlTalk has endless resources for cocktail recipes, but here is a quick introduction into the science of curly cocktails.

Top Products Use to Make Hair Cocktails-

What is Cocktailing?
Curl Cocktails are mixtures of store bought products and raw ingredients you can find in the kitchen. Cocktailing is an easy and affordable way to try out new looks for your curls and waves. The best part is that if you don’t like them, you can simply tweak them to your liking or start over from scratch.

Which Products Work?
A good way to know if products will “like” one another is to combine them and spread a bit of the mixture over the back of your hand (or a small section of hair) – some combinations will create white flakes or messy mixes – things we want to avoid, of course.

A staple ingredient for every cocktailer to have on hand is oils. Nourishing oils can provide the luster and shine to your curls that tends to fade away in harsh outdoor temperatures and dry, conditioned air indoors.

Stock up on:

Jojoba Oil
Olive Oil
Coconut Oil
Argan Oil

KCCC Butter
Kinky Curly Curling Custard (KCCC) is a popular cocktailing product for Type 3C and Type 4 curly girls. It mixes well with Shea Butter (try Cantu Shea Butter Leave In) and jojoba oil is another favorite. These are good cocktails for curlies and coilies who want definition without crunch. Again, experiment with the amounts that work for your hair type.

Gel Smoothie
Lots of curly girls love the mix of Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl Smoothie with their favorite gel.

How to:

Combine the amount of smoothie that you regularly use with a smaller amount of gel than you normally use.

Caution: some gels don’t “play” well with the smoothie. Gels that work: Lots of Curls from La Bella and LA Looks Curl Gel.

Coconut Shea Butter
Coconut oil and raw shea butter are a tried and true combination that not only does wonders for curls but smells delicious too. You can even mix in a bit of your favorite conditioner with this to create the consistency you’re looking for.

On the Run
If you’d like to treat your curls to a cocktail but are short on time, just add coconut oil (or any oil that your hair prefers) to your favorite daily conditioner. Wash and condition as you normally would.

Moisturizing Oil Rehab
Now that you know what a cocktail is, try enriching to your weekly deep conditioning treatment with new ingredients. Coconut oil or jojoba oil both work well in treatments like Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Treatment.

Experiment with what you have on hand, or, add an oil or conditioner to your usual combo for something new and different. You just may come up with a perfect curly cocktail!

Do you cocktail? What are your favorite mixes?

CN Says:
I remember I used to mix coconut oil into Fantasia IC Gel for a softer hold on my wash & gos… circa 2006. Worked like a charm! 

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