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I received a question recently on how I make my short thick hair curly, and I was inspired to write this post. I know it’s been a while since I wrote  my hair care routine post (read here). But I must say, quite a number of things have changed in my routine since I last wrote it. For instance, I now use henna every 4 weeks, which has made my hair grow faster than ever before. As a result, I cut my hair more often, typically every 3-4 weeks. And as I have mentioned in my prior post, I do cut my hair myself, and always ensure that only my new growth is left before I ever begin with my curling process. So I start by cutting my hair into short locks, then I follow the below steps and products to make my short thick hair curly.

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1-Dark & Lovely Healthy Gloss 5 Shea Moisture No Lye Relaxer: To texturize my hair, I now use this No Lye Relaxer by Dark & Lovely and apply it using a peak comb, which I use to comb the product through my hair as I apply it. The only key difference is that as soon as I put the relaxer on my hair, I rinse it off almost immediately. I never allow the relaxer to remain on my hair longer than the application time, which in my case is 5-10 mins tops. I only use the relaxer to loose my natural curls and not to straighten it. This is easy to do, because my hair is super low at this stage.

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2- Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner: After I am done washing and conditioning my hair with the neutralizer shampoo and conditioner items in the relaxer kit, I nourish my hair with my favorite leave-in conditioner, Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner. I have used this product for ages now, and I am still obsessed with it. I find that it makes my super thick hair fluffy and curly, leaving me with baby soft hair. I also use this product for my daily hair maintenance. Every morning, I rinse my hair with just water and I use this conditioner afterwards.

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3- Care Free Curl Gold Instant Activator: Don’t be alarmed! This activator isn’t like the greasy activators depicted in the Coming To America movie :). Totally not your typical eighties oily activator at all. This activator is super moisturizing and doesn’t leave hair drenched in oil. It smells really good, while giving hair a superb luster and sheen that I absolutely love. I also use this every morning, after applying my Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner. These are the only 2 products I use for my daily maintenance.

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That’s all folks. Here are the products I use to curl my short thick hair. I also think my hair has gotten much softer ever since I started using henna on it (read here).

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Let me know if you have any questions on my hair maintenance.

Enjoy life joyously & deliciously,


The PinkJoy



  1. Comfort
    October 23, 2015 at 2:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you soooooo much for the updated info. One more question, how often do you out the relaxer on your hair? Every 4 weeks when you cut it or still every 6-8 weeks as before. And what is a peak comb???
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  2. Adedoyin
    November 27, 2015 at 12:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Doyin,
    Thanks for the information,
    Is there any difference between the texturizer and relaxer

  3. Hope
    December 4, 2015 at 1:21 am (2 years ago)

    Hair Muse!
    Thanks! Can you come by and just do it for me. Thanks, love.

  4. Joy Akonye
    June 10, 2016 at 2:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Joy your hair is beautiful, pls do you use comb on your hair after applying the activator,how do you style it. I love the curls. Thanks.

    • Joy Doyin Ogunneye
      July 9, 2016 at 8:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Awwww thank you so much Joy. I actually don’t use a comb to style my hair. I use my fingers :). I apply the activator and leave in conditioner, and run my fingers through it to shape my curls. Then I let it air dry. Basically, it’s a wet, style and go :)

  5. Tope
    July 5, 2016 at 2:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi. Just saw this post. I want to know why you switched from botanicals texurizer to a relaxer. I actually saw your old post stating that you use botanicals.

    • Joy Doyin Ogunneye
      July 9, 2016 at 8:47 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Tope,
      I just found that the relaxer works better to enhance my curls. A former hair stylist of mine used relaxer on my hair, so I continued doing the same which has really worked well for me. But to avoid straightening my hair, I rinse it out as soon as I put it on. Hope this helps :)


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