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7 Tips For Nailing Ur LUS

Posted on 25 October 2018

So…you've finally joined the LUS Fam! You've read the reviews, you've seen the videos, but for whatever reason, you can't seem to nail your application…YET! We promise there's light at the end of the tunnel.

As you may know, our formulas are pretty different (they're water-activated!) and for some people there can be a bit of a learning curve. But once you nail it, there’s no going back. 🙅🏽

So to help you shorten the learning curve and get you to the "Omaaagaaaawd I LOVE my curls!" stage faster, we're sharing with you our best tips for falling in love with your curls using LUS.

1. Take Ur Time With Step One

If you’re giving your head a super quick lather and moving onto the next step, you’re not doing your new products any justice. To ensure that our shampoo was super gentle we kept those harsh, stripping agents known as sulfates and other harmful ingredients away from our formula.

 

1. Take Ur Time With Step One

If you’re giving your head a super quick lather and rinse before moving on to the next step, you’re likely not getting the most out of our sulfate-free shampoo. As with any sulfate-free shampoo, you need to WERK to break up oil and dirt at the roots. Reason being that normal shampoos (the ones that contain sulfates) are full of harmful, drying agents that foam and strip the hair.

1. Take Ur Time With Step One

If you’re giving your head a super quick lather and rinse before moving on to the next step, you’re likely not getting the most out of our sulfate-free shampoo.

As with any sulfate-free shampoo, you need to WERK to break up oil and dirt at the roots. Reason being that normal shampoos (the ones that contain sulfates) are full of harmful, drying agents that foam and strip the hair.

Since we did away with those, you’ll need to give your entire scalp a solid massage to get your roots nice and clean.

Check out this video from @craft_and_mane showing off her full wash day routine. She does an awesome job of explaining how it’s done here.

1. Take Ur Time With Step One

If you’re giving your head a super quick lather and moving onto the next step, you’re not doing your new products any justice. To ensure that our shampoo was super gentle we kept those harsh, stripping agents known as sulfates and other harmful ingredients away from our formula.

1. Take Ur Time With Step One

If you’re giving your head a super quick lather and rinse before moving on to the next step, you’re likely not getting the most out of our sulfate-free shampoo. As with any sulfate-free shampoo, you need to WERK to break up oil and dirt at the roots. Reason being that normal shampoos (the ones that contain sulfates) are full of harmful, drying agents that foam and strip the hair.

Since we did away with those, you’ll need to give your entire scalp a solid massage to get your roots nice and clean. @craft_and_mane does an awesome job of showing you how it’s done here.

Since we did away with those, you’ll need to give your entire scalp a solid massage to get your roots nice and clean. @craft_and_mane does an awesome job of showing you how it’s done here.

2. Rinse Out Step Two

Raise your hand if you’ve ever finished your shampoo and conditioner at the same time?

(Ha! We didn’t think so.)

It’s no secret that curly girls can go through a lot of conditioner, and we’re not knocking you for that. Conditioned curls retain more moisture, more moisture means less frizz, and less frizz equals more definition.

However, as curly girls ourselves, we didn’t want our customers to have to use TONS of conditioner to get the uber-hydrated curls they desire. Like the other two steps in our line, our conditioner is also activated by water and requires a lot less product than you think. It’s a concentrated formula that’ll still give you all the detangling and slip you desire, without requiring boatloads of product to do so.

2. Rinse Out Step Two

Raise your hand if you’ve ever finished your shampoo and conditioner at the same time?

(Ha! We didn’t think so.)

It’s no secret that curly girls can go through a lot of conditioner, and we’re not knocking you for that. Conditioned curls retain more moisture, more moisture means less frizz, and less frizz equals more definition.

However, as curly girls ourselves, we didn’t want our customers to have to use TONS of conditioner to get the uber-hydrated curls they desire. Like the other two steps in our line, our conditioner is also activated by water and requires a lot less product than you think. It’s a concentrated formula that’ll still give you all the detangling and slip you desire, without requiring boatloads of product to do so. Less product = even better results (at ALL stages of the LUS application!).

2. Rinse Out Step Two

Raise your hand if you’ve ever finished your shampoo and conditioner at the same time?

(Ha! We didn’t think so.)

It’s no secret that curly girls can go through a lot of conditioner, and we’re not knocking you for that. Conditioned curls retain more moisture, more moisture means less frizz, and less frizz equals more definition.

However, as curly girls ourselves, we didn’t want our customers to have to use TONS of conditioner to get the uber-hydrated curls they desire. Like the other two steps in our line, our conditioner is also activated by water and requires a lot less product than you think. It’s a concentrated formula that’ll still give you all the detangling and slip you desire, without requiring boatloads of product to do so. Less product = even better results (at ALL stages of the LUS application!)

Less product = even better results (at ALL stages of the LUS application!).

It’s also important to know that the LUS conditioner should not be used as a leave-in conditioner.

While it’s chock-full of amazing hydrating ingredients, the formula was designed to do all its work in the shower; when you choose not to rinse it out, you risk clogging your hair follicle and dulling your shine.

Bonus: Rinse out your conditioner with cool water to close up the hair follicle and seal in moisture.

It’s also important to know that the LUS conditioner should not be used as a leave-in conditioner.

While it’s full of amazing hydrating ingredients, the formula was designed to do all its work in the shower; when you choose not to rinse it out, you risk clogging your hair follicle and dulling your shine.

Bonus: Rinse out your conditioner with cool water to close up the hair follicle and seal in moisture.

3. Detangle In the Shower

We strongly advise doing all of your dirty detangling work IN the shower! Why? You’ll handle your curls less as they dry, reducing frizz and preserving all of your glorious definition.

Many of our curlies actually find it easiest to detangle after letting their conditioner sit for 3-5 minutes. You can see our founder demo this here. 

Add a bit of water (try sticking your whole head under the running water for 1–2 secs) and then slowly detangle using your fingers or curl-appropriate comb, a bit more water, a bit more detangling, until ahhh—you’ve got a silky smooth, tangle-free mane.

It’s also important to know that the LUS conditioner should not be used as a leave-in conditioner.

While it’s chock-full of amazing hydrating ingredients, the formula was designed to do all its work in the shower; when you choose not to rinse it out, you risk clogging your hair follicle and dulling your shine.

Bonus: Rinse out your conditioner with cool water to close up the hair follicle and seal in moisture.

3. Detangle In the Shower

We strongly advise doing all of your dirty detangling work IN the shower! Why? You’ll handle your curls less as they dry, reducing frizz and preserving all of your glorious definition. Many of our curlies actually find it easiest to detangle after letting their conditioner sit for about 5 minutes. You can see our founder demo this here. 

Add a bit of water (try sticking your whole head under the running water for 1–2 secs) and then slowly detangle using your fingers or curl-appropriate comb, a bit more water, a bit more detangling, until ahhh—you’ve got a silky smooth, tangle-free mane.

3. Detangle In the Shower

We strongly advise doing all of your dirty detangling work IN the shower! Why? You’ll handle your curls less as they dry, reducing frizz and preserving all of your glorious definition. Many of our curlies actually find it easiest to detangle after letting their conditioner sit for about 5 minutes. You can see our founder demo this here. 

Add a bit of water (try sticking your whole head under the running water for 1–2 secs) and then slowly detangle using your fingers or curl-appropriate comb, a bit more water, a bit more detangling, until ahhh—you’ve got a silky smooth, tangle-free mane.

4. Less Product, More Water

Our All-in-Ones are activated by.... you guessed it, water! So, you’ll want to apply them to soaking wet hair. Since lots of us aren’t accustomed to working with more H2O than product, many curlies go overboard with our products their first time around. Even though it may be scary, try a lighter hand with your All-in-One and be generous with the amount of water you use. Keep in mind that this may change depending on your curl type and porosity level.

Someone with 2A curls, for example, will have hair that easily retains moisture so adding water after applying your All-in-One might not be necessary. Someone with 4B curls, however, may need to use a spray bottle to add water throughout their application process.

You’ll know you’ve used the right product-to-water ratio when you can easily start to rake your fingers through your hair without a ton of excess product coming off in your hands.

The application really is the key to a great finish (our founder proves this here), so take your time to really work in the product. Not only will you experience better results, but you will also find that you can last longer between washing and styling your hair. Who would have thought that one product could do all that?

4. Less Product, More Water

Our All-in-Ones are activated by.... you guessed it, water! So, you’ll want to apply them to soaking wet hair. Since lots of us aren’t accustomed to working with more H2O than product, many curlies go overboard with our products their first time around. Even though it may be scary, try a lighter hand with your All-in-One and be generous with the amount of water you use. Keep in mind that this may change depending on your curl type and porosity level.

Someone with 2A curls, for example, will have hair that easily retains moisture so adding water after applying your All-in-One might not be necessary. Someone with 4B curls, however, may need to use a spray bottle to add water throughout their application process.

You’ll know you’ve used the right product-to-water ratio when you can easily start to rake your fingers through your hair without a ton of excess product coming off in your hands.

The application really is the key to a great finish (our founder proves this here), so take your time to really work in the product. Not only will you experience better results, but you will also find that you can last longer between washing and styling your hair. Who would have thought that one product could do all that?

4. Less Product, More Water

Our All-in-Ones are activated by.... you guessed it, water! So, you’ll want to apply them to soaking wet hair. Since lots of us aren’t accustomed to working with more H2O than product, many curlies go overboard with our products their first time around. Even though it may be scary, try a lighter hand with your All-in-One and be generous with the amount of water you use. Keep in mind that this may change depending on your curl type and porosity level.

Someone with 2A curls, for example, will have hair that easily retains moisture so adding water after applying your All-in-One might not be necessary. Someone with 4B curls, however, may need to use a spray bottle to add water throughout their application process.

You’ll know you’ve used the right product-to-water ratio when you can easily start to rake your fingers through your hair without a ton of excess product coming off in your hands

The application really is the key to a great finish (our founder even went LIVE to show that here), so take your time to really work in the product. Not only will you experience better results, but you will also find that you can last longer between washing and styling your hair. And having to rewash and restyle your hair less often results in less maneouvering of your curls, and less breakage. Welcome to curly hair simplified!

5. Allow Ur Curls to Set

We know how tempting it can be to play with those soft, luscious curls. But don’t do it! Not until they’re 100% dry, anyway. It’ll cause all the work you spent clumping your curls to be in vain! And while we don’t mind a little frizz, we know that some curly girls prefer lotsa definition.

That being said, if you choose to dry/diffuse your hair, use a warm or cool setting and be gentle with the blow dryer! Try placing your hand behind your hair as you dry to keep it from blowing around too much. Check out how @myfrecklesandcurls does it here.

Another tip is to start the dryer only AFTER placing the diffuser in your hair instead of starting it beforehand and then bringing it up to your hair, causing your curls to blow around. Once your curls are dried and set you can get back to flipping and whipping them back and forth.

6. Embrace Ur Curls

If you didn’t know, LUS stands for Love Ur Self. Our mission has always been to help our customers love themselves from head to toe, inside and out. That being said, our formulas were not designed to change the hair’s naturally occurring texture or wave/curl pattern. That means LUS won’t stretch your curls or make them any curlier than they naturally are—it will simply enhance the beautiful hair that you already have.

Yes, we’ve had some customers experience their hair being curlier than ever. But that’s because the true curl pattern that was always there was likely masked due to damage, improper care, or heavy products.

Try to remember this may not happen to everyone and that’s alright! Your curls are still beautiful and unique, just like you.

You should also keep in mind that if your curls have significant damage as a result of heat, colour or chemicals, our products won’t repair that damage overnight. But with continued use and time, you could see a vast improvement!

The key is to commit to embracing your curls by treating them right and doing what it takes to take care of them.

7. Experiment: Find Ur Routine

Have FUN with your hair!! Use your intuition and previous experience to guide you, keeping in mind that everyone’s curls are unique and no one knows your curls better than you. What works for one hair type may not work for another. So while watching other curly girls is a good start, it’s important to experiment with different techniques to find out what works for you! Remember: the healthy hair journey is a marathon, not a race.


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18 comments

  • Ellen: October 10, 2019

    Finally!!! Finally a product that can hold my curls in the extremely dry climate I live in. No gel crunch! No frizz! I can’t wait to see how it does in -30C weather we have, which turns my thin hair into a flat, staticky mess. My curls are full and defined. Drip dry and go! Thank you LUS!

  • Silvana : September 11, 2019

    I have been hooked on LUS for the past 4 months. I even bring my shampoo conditioner and all in one to the salon when I get my roots done and ask my stylist to use the LUS products instead of theirs (which they have no problem with). I recently experienced a very bad cut at a curl friendly salon. So take heed – just because you go to a salon that specializes in curly hair doesn’t mean they will get it right. Especially if they don’t listen to the client. All the hard work of growing out my hair and showing off my better than ever curls is gone. Temporarily. With LUS products and my routine I am able to just “breathe” through it and have managed work with the shorter curl. If this mishap would have happened even a year ago I would have just cut it all off and started over again!! I am so glad I found this product line and I tell everyone who will listen to run out and buy it. Xo

  • Phyllis: August 27, 2019

    I love your “Love your curls” product. It makes my hair do exactly what I was hoping it would. I definitely will be ordering more. Thanks!

  • Tina : August 14, 2019

    I’ve been using this product for about a year and my curls thank you I look back at some photos of what I thought was a good hair day …. nope it was a hot mess of frizz and no definition What so EVER .. I however have fine hair and I highlight my crown area maybe every 6 mons or longer with this product more water is your friend I’ve told anyone I see with curly hair what I use and hope they take my advise … LUS is a life saver 💗

  • Lyn: August 14, 2019

    I absolutely love your products, I had know idea I could have curls like I have, so many people ask me if I’ve permed my hair & I tell them no it’s this amazing product that I use. I’ve given so many your website. I’m still not perfect with everything but loving my curls. I still get a little frizz, not sure why but it’s probably just my hair. Love love love my curls!!!

  • Rita: July 29, 2019

    OK I am finally at that OMGaaaawd I Love my curls stage. I couldn’t be happier. If you’re having trouble nailing the look you want, stick with it. The application is really important to get the frizz free, soft bouncy curls that you love. I get so many compliments on my curls now.

  • Elizabeth: July 29, 2019

    How are all you curly lovelies with light-colored hair using this product without it making your hair look darker and greasy? I have red hair, and I just received and tried out the product last week. Although I didn’t use very much Step 3 product, it left my hair crunchy and dark and gross-looking (great curl-definition though!), like I’d used a 1980’s “wet look” gel or some such. Ugh! :‘(. Yet I’ve seen blondes use it and their hair stays blonde-looking. HOW. TEACH ME YOUR SECRETS. lol

  • Mj: July 29, 2019

    LUS is just amazing! I have fine thinning hair so I combine the Wavy and either the Curly or Kinky Coily. I not only get fabulous volume but also defined curls.

  • Mj: August 14, 2019

    LUS is just amazing! I have fine thinning hair so I combine the Wavy and either the Curly or Kinky Coily. I not only get fabulous volume but also defined curls.

  • Christine: April 18, 2019

    This product is seriously excellent. Not too heavy and I have a great hair day for 2 days after washing. And I haven’t even bought step 1 and 2 yet. Very excited to though. I highly recommend this to people with wavy/curly hair and I’ll never go back to use any other products!

  • Sheba Breitenstein : April 18, 2019

    Amazing product! After trying everything over the last 25 years I finally found LUS. It actually does what it says. Amazing customer service as well.

  • Tiffany: July 29, 2019

    My daughter found your hair products on line. She bought the trial sizes for both of us to try as a Christmas gift. WE LOVE IT!!! We have three generations of curlies in our house. Me (age 52), my daughter (age 32) and my 8 year old granddaughter. My granddaughter started using the products too. Her hair is even more beautiful now as a result. Not only do our curls look better, but our hair feels soft and silky, not stiff and sticky. My hair would get so dry on the ends and would break easily. Now my hair looks and feels healthier than ever. I highly recommend LUS. We are so grateful that we found you!!

  • Lissa: July 29, 2019

    Product just arrived. Sitting in bed with a wet head. I don’t like to blow dry my hair… more to come in the morning, but so far so good .

  • Bonnie Gallant : November 15, 2018

    I have just purchased the LUS 3 step products. I have been struggling with my curls for 26 years. I have been searching but have been left very disappointed. I am very eager to see what these products can do for my curls. I wear my hair up all the time because i am embarrassed of the frizz and the unruly look of my hair. I seriously xN not wait until my LUS products arrive.

  • Alisa: October 30, 2018

    I seen a video about a product you have to spray on your hair thru the week to freshen it up. I was interested in the product but can not find it. Can you help me?

  • Marlene Rivera: October 30, 2018

    Woooo!!! Thank you so much for this blog is the best one I never read. The journey of natural hair is overwhelming by the market and that make me feel frustrated deciding which product buy or how combat frizz, etc but you answer all that with simple steps and less product. I definitely going to try your products and again thank you so much you make my day much happier and easier 🙂😉

  • Jaclyn: October 30, 2018

    Hi just wondering how you find out what type of curly hair you have? I literally never heard of this ratimg system until stumbling onto LUS.

    Also, I’ve been using lus for about a month or so and after experimenting for a week my curls looked amazing and I was getting compliments left and right! But fadt gorward a bit and I can’t seem to make it happen anymore….any ideas? I’m not giving up because even though im not so crazy about the overall look the quality of my hair is amazing. Thanks!!

  • Amy: October 30, 2018

    I love the product, now that I have gotten past the learning curve! One question I do have-is this product safe for color treated hair? Does the silicone in the product affect color/highlights?

    Thanks!

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