How Much Product to Use in Curly Hair?

How Much Product to Use in Curly Hair

Do you have curly hair and ever wonder exactly how much of your favorite hair product you’re supposed to use? The directions, while never helpful, can lead you to a hair disaster. While there are no golden set rules for how much product you should use, there are guidelines according to hair type and texture. For example, fine hair curls will require less hair product than thick hair curls.

Top 7 Hair Products And How Much To Use

If you’ve got a head full of curls and are unsure how much product to use, John Fredia hairstylist Harry Josh has made a handy guide to help.

Hair Gel

Per usual, section your wet strands into quadrants based on hair thickness.

  • Fine Hair

Warm a nickel-sized quantity between your hands and apply it to each quadrant.

  • Thick Hair

Use a silver dollar-sized amount for thick, coarse, curly hair. Then it’s back to business as usual.

2. Hair Serum

  • Fine Hair

If you have finer hair, use little more than 1/2 a pump or around the size of two rice grains to avoid oiliness.

  • Thick Hair

Use a quarter-sized amount for medium to thick hair that can handle more.

3. Mousse

Fine or thick hair, Josh advises making sure every strand is coated. Divide your hair into four quadrants and apply an egg-sized amount to each. Finally, style it as usual by massaging or brushing it through.

4. Wax/Pomade

Wax and pomades are great for shorter curly styles. A dime-sized amount will suffice for shorter styles. Warm the product between your fingers, take a hair section and swirl it around your fingers to form an amplified curl texture.

5. Hair Oil

On wet hair, apply this product to the ends of your strands so it will penetrate the deep layers of your strands.

  • Fine Hair

Apply the equivalent to one grain of rice.

  • Thick Coarse Hair

Use a nickel-sized number.

6. Hair Masks

Hair masks are great if you have medium to thick dry curly hair that has been battered by over-processing and color treating. They say to apply generously, but what does that mean? Josh says scooping a clementine size should be enough.

  • Fine Hair

Wanting to treat your frazzled fine hair, use half of that clementine size and apply only from the mid-length to the ends.

7. Thermal SprayProtection

Spray one or two pumps on each portion you’re curling or flat-ironing, avoiding the hair root area.

Can You Put Too Much Product On Curly Hair?

Is it possible to use too much product on curly hair? Yes, and it can soon create a product buildup. Did you notice uninteresting curls lately? Product buildup forms a coating on the hair, preventing moisture and water from penetrating the follicles. Curls require moisture and water to stay soft and bouncy.

Signs You’ve Used Too Much Hair Product

So, what are some signs you’ve used too much hair product? Crunchy or stiff curls after drying are one of the first indicators. This could be due to “product buildup in your hair from regular overuse, producing dullness and impairing your natural shine. Another sign is if you find your hair drier than usual even though you are using your product. This means you’re overusing, so reduce the amount of product you use on your hair if that happens.

How To Apply Hair Product to Curls

Now that you know how much product to apply to our curls, let’s look into the methods of how we apply them. While all product-applying techniques are not created equal, many aren’t even aware of the full potential of their curls because they are not educated on how to apply the product correctly. Wait, we know how to apply hair products to our hair…right? It’s. Actually, there are specific methods. If you want full coverage and definition of your curls, here are a few ways to effectively apply hair products to your hair after washing to encourage hydrating-looking curls.

  • Raking

The raking technique is precisely as it sounds. This product application is quite successful since it allows for strand definition. Here is how:

  1. Flip it forward while it’s still moist.
  2. Rub your hands together after applying the product.
  3. Make sure each finger has enough of the product to cover completely.
  4. Take your fingers and run them through your hair as if you were detangling it, and continue until no more product is visible on your fingers.

You should repeat this process a few times. Finally, turn your hair back and whip it from side to side to restore it to its normal state. Use a T-shirt or microfiber towel to dry your hair partially. Touch up the ends with a sealing product like a gel. Getting a brush, like a Denman 9-row brush, is a curly girl’s favorite since it can define our curls much more than our fingers.

  • Praying Technique

The praying technique is where you cut your hair into four sections. Next, apply the product to your hands and rub them together; start at the root, place your hair between your two palms, and slowly descend down. The root must be wholly covered in the product, so pay great attention and use plenty of it. Repeat each section of your hair 2-3 times, and don’t be hesitant to add extra product if you don’t think there’s enough coverage.

  • Scrunching Method

Scrunching is usually done after the raking method; however, you can scrunch without raking. Squeeze extra water out of curls with your palms lightly. First, flip your hair to the front and rub the product onto your palms. Scrunch up the ends of your hair with your fingers and hold for five seconds. Make sure the strands you’re scrunching are all about the same size. Repeat until all of your hair is scrunched, then flip your hair back and whip it from side to side. Blot with a microfiber towel after that.

Using a Diffuser To Add Volume

Use a diffuser if you want your final style to have more volume. You flip your hair to the front again and turn the diffuser to the hot setting with low air blowing. Wait until the curls are about 75% dry before touching them. Switch the setting to cool after 10-15 minutes, and only use it on your ends to seal the product and style.


We all have distinct curl types. I, for example, have more than one curl type on my head. In the end, get to know your hair. Getting to know your curls and their type and texture can ease away those I am using too much product worries.

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