For Cherub Curls


For Cherub Curls

1. Stand under the shower and cup your hair so the water flowing through it doesn’t disrupt or straighten the formation of this delicate curl type. Resist the impulse to start scrubbing your head and disturbing your hair’s basic shape. Wet hair thoroughly.

2. Cherub curls do not need as much cleanser as other curl types because they’re so baby-fine and too much product can weigh them down. Cup one hand and apply a mounded tablespoon of water soluble sulfate-free cleanser along the pads of your fingers, and evenly distribute the cleanser to the fingertips of the other hand. Starting at the temples, use firm circular massaging motions down the sides of your head, then move to the top of the head going gently toward the crown. Finally, move down the back of your head, finishing up at the nape.

3. Rinse your hair by cupping it in your hands and allowing the water to flow through your fingers like a sieve.


For Cherub Curls

4. Take a mounded tablespoon of water soluble silicone-free conditioner and evenly distribute it between your hands. Apply it to the entire canopy of the hair making sure no curl is left behind.

5. Apply a dollop of conditioner under the hair at the nape of your neck, the spot most prone to tangles and knots. Even though Cherub curls are a very delicate hair type, they require lots of hydration to stay flexible and prevent breakage. Then gently comb your fingers through your curls from underneath to gently detangle.

6. Stand away from the shower’s water stream, cup your hands under the water, and splash it over your hair a couple of times. This “trickle rinse” method ensures that you don’t remove too much conditioner from the canopy of the hair, which needs extra hydration because of its constant exposure to the elements. If you’re looking for more volume to your hair, rinse conditioner out of the hair more thoroughly by standing under the water stream while cupping your hair in your hands.


For Cherub Curls

7. With a paper towel, bamboo towel, or an old cotton T-shirt, scrunch-squeeze sections of hair upward, tilting your head from side to side.

8. If you’ve used the trickle rinse and left conditioner in your hair, bring your head to an upright position and look up to the ceiling. Shake your hair back and forth to help your curls settle into place. Take a shallow palmful of gel, evenly distribute it in both hands, and very lightly graze down the canopy to ensure that the outer layer is covered.

9. If you rinsed out most of the conditioner, keep your head tilted forward after scrunch-squeezing your hair. Take a generous palmful of gel, evenly distribute it to both hands, and squeeze it into the hair from the bottom of the curl toward the scalp in an upward motion, making sure every curl is covered. Bring your head upright, and shake it gently back and forth to help your curls settle into place.

10. Cherub curls tend to get flat at the roots. To give the curls on the top of your head a little volume, you need to lift the hair at the roots. Our Pik Me Up Volumizing Piks are designed specifically to support this step. This method releases the top layer of hair from its own weight, allowing it to dry faster and in an even curl pattern from roots to ends. Don’t interrupt the curls while they’re drying or you will disturb them.

11. It’s best to let your cherub curls air dry, because they are so fragile and heat will evaporate the gel prematurely. If you don’t have time to air-dry your hair, you can use a low temperature device like a diffuser, hooded dryer (they’re surprisingly inexpensive and portable), or, if you’re on the go, just put the heater on in your car. This creates the same kind of drying microclimate that you’d get from a hooded dryer.

12. When your hair is completely dry, remove the Pik Me Ups very gently. Lean over, place your hands under your hair and on your scalp and spread your fingers. With the tips of your fingers, very lightly shake your hair at the roots to open up the curls. Note: You can skip this step if you like to preserve the gel cast.