The No Poo method for Men – The Modified Guide to Shampoos

The No Shampoo method is similar to the No Poo method, and it is a grooming approach for curly men in which shampoo is reduced in frequency. Rogelio gives you our modified no poo guide for manly curls!


“No poo, you don’t won’t go to the loo, fool”.

That could very well be the slogan for an anti-diarrhoeal drug but, at Manly Curls, we are not here to discuss scatological topics, so the “no poo” I’m about to bring you is something that you will actually benefit from reading, hair-wise that is.

Truth is, if you are not a bit of a hair geek like myself, you will not have heard of the term “no poo”. No poo, or the no poo/no shampoo method, refers to an approach in which one doesn’t shampoo on a daily basis so as to keep one’s hair looking good and well-groomed. If you are a Manly Curls dude, you will know by now that yours truly has been knocking down the conventional men’s grooming dogma of daily shampooing ever since he went on a manly mission to “curlicious” locks. If, on the other hand, you are new to my site, then I welcome you to read my 30 day natural hair experiment as well as my article on all about using shampoo to get an idea of what I am talking about. Oh, and I have just made up on the spot the term “curlicious” as a portmanteau for well-groomed curly hair (curly & delicious). Poo? Not shampooing? Curlicious?

Not freaked out yet? Good, continue reading.


Rogelio with his long curly hair as a guy and some food.

Curlicious donuts you have there, my friend


In all seriousness now, not shampooing daily (i.e. no poo/no shampoo method) or altogether not using shampoo has a following, believe it or not. What’s more is that not shampooing your hair daily has an actual solid basis supporting it. You see, your scalp has thousands of hair follicles (the tiny pockets from which hair grows from) and each hair follicle has a little gland next to it which secretes a special type of oil known as sebum. If you hadn’t already deduced it, this aforementioned gland is called a sebaceous gland and it has an essential role in keeping your hair shiny and strong. The goal of this gland is to secrete sebum so that your hair is coated with a thin film of the oil, strengthening the hair strands.

Conventional shampoos, being the good detergents that they are, literally wash away the sebum from your hair which means that, each time you shampoo your hair, you are removing this precious natural oil which is essential to good hair health. What is a conventional shampoo? One that contains a sulfate-based ingredient, most commonly sodium lauryl sulfate, or in other words, most commercial shampoos available to us men.


Diagram showing a sebaceous gland for the no poo method.

Notice above how the hair follicle has a sebaceous gland next to it (purple sack)



Now, before I dig into the details, I will tell you that no poo/no shampoo has a bit of a semantic discrepancy. Some purists will say that no poo means completely avoiding shampoos (sulfate or sulfate-free) to clean one’s hair while others are more lax in their definition of no poo and do include conventional shampooing, albeit with any lower frequency than a daily one. It really becomes a mess and there are forums dedicated to discussing the semantics of no poo and the likes; furthermore, I find the word “poo” both stupid and confusing to newcomers to the hair care world as it is my belief that hair care and hair grooming should be made as simple as possible, for we ain’t talking about performing a brain-aneurism surgical repair.

The above paragraph is why I have decided to simply call what is to follow our No Shampoo method; a method that is based around the premise of not using shampoo daily and finding one’s optimal shampooing frequency. Funky names aside, ingrain in your brain what I have just emphasized in bold because you can call it whatever you want but the point is to find your optimal shampoo frequency, which will vary from one dude to another. In fact, one’s optimal shampoo frequency could be “absolutely no shampoo ever”, sure, but many men find that they do need a conventional shampoo somehow in there, if anything out of convenience, although in much lower frequencies than the daily frequency of conventional hair grooming dogma. For what is worth, this actual method that you’re about to learn is one I learnt (and coined) some years ago as I realized how shampooing every day would make my curly hair uber frizzy while, on the other hand, shampooing every 3 days actually made my hair look much, much better. Thus, this method has already been tried by yours truly and quite a few other poor souls who accepted my experimenting on their hair.

Before I continue, let’s make a quick stop and ensure that we are all still on the same page.

  • Our No Shampoo method is a method to grooming one’s hair by shampooing with a lower frequency than daily
  • Our No Shampoo method is an approach that benefits hair as it allows for better sebum coating of the hair strands
  • Shampoo removes the scalp sebum which is secreted by some tiny glands located next to the hair follicles and you want a good amount of sebum coating your mane for best hair looks
Now that we have this clear, let’s move on.

The questions is now: why would I want to go no poo/no shampoo and stop shampooing my hair? What’s in it for me? Well, you can expect the following benefits if you followthe No Shampoo method:

1) Your hair will be less dry

If you ask me, this is reason enough to go no poo/no shampoo. Dry curly hair equates frizzy hair which equates not so cool looking curly locks. By dropping shampoo frequency, you give your hair strands a chance to be coated by sebum, which will pave the way to less dry and more moisturized hair. I know it sounds girly but moisture is your ally as a curly haired man.

2) Less tangles and knots

As your locks are covered in sebum, they will become smoother. Couple that with a good hair routine and you are talking Adrian Grenier mane-awesomeness level. Smoother locks equate less tangles and knots, this being a big problem for men in the higher end curly hair types (III-V), especially when hair reaches medium length and beyond.

3) Better looking hair

Moisturized hair + tangle-free hair equates better looking hair. That simple, folks.

4) You get to know your hair

It may sound silly, but I always stress curly dudes to get to know their curls. No, I am not talking about dedicating a daily segment of your hidden personal diary to them (what, you don’t have a personal diary hidden in the closet…?), I am talking about actually knowing how your curls behave naturally. With the No Shampoo method, you actually get to know how your hair behaves under several scenarios. That’s cool’s in my “personal diary” book.

5) Less crap gets absorbed by your body

Simply put, the less funky-named ingredients you expose your body to, the better. By doing the No Shampoo method you will be cutting by half, straight away, the amount of chemicals you stress your scalp with. And that’s only if you shampoo every other day. Moreover, the detergent action of shampoos can cause irritation in some men’s scalp when shampoos are used daily and I have seen some great cases of dandruff being tamed by going no poo/no shampoo.


Curly hair that hasn't used shampoo as per the no poo method

This is the sort of curlicious results you can expect on your hair by finding your optimal shampooing frequency 


Still with me? The above beach party picture hasn’t scared you away? Cool.

Let’s now look at how to do the No Shampoo method for men. It consists of 3 essential keys:

1) Drop shampoo frequency slowly

Ease into no shampoo, do not make the mistake of altogether stopping shampoo use. Your scalp is used to daily shampooing so don’t swing to the other extreme of totally avoiding shampoo. This is how you drop your shampoo frequency:

  • Skip a shampoo day for the next two weeks, so you are shampooing every other day or what I call 1 on/1 off
  • Reassess after the 2 weeks. Is your hair still looking dry and you have only noticed mild cosmetic benefits? Introduce another non-shampoo day so that now you do 1 on/2 off for the next 2 weeks. If, instead, your hair is looking much better, 1 on/1 off is your optimal frequency though you can also try 1 on/2 off to see if it works even better
  • Reassess after the 2 weeks (4 weeks by now since you started). Hair still looking dry? Add another off day (1 on/3 off). Hair looking great? Stay on 1 on/2 off. Hair started to look a bit greasy? Go back to 1 on/1 off and stay at it for 4 weeks. Reassess again after 4 weeks and try 1 on/2 off again.

See the pattern? You introduce an extra non-shampoo day every 2 weeks until you find your optimal frequency. This is key. From my experience, curly haired men benefit from 1 on/1 off all the way to once a week. I’ve seen a few exceptions but the vast majority of men, regardless of hair type, fall within this shampoo frequency range, it’s just a matter of experimenting as I stated above. As a rule of thumb, the higher end your hair type is (think coils and kinks), the lower your optimal shampooing frequency will be. I do once a week for most of my time, and I have some beastly coils and kinks protruding off my head.

2) Use your fingers to help the sebum travel

Sebum has a hard time travelling across your hair strands, so use your fingers to help the sebum reach all the way to the tips. I have termed this the Sebum Coating method and it is performed when you soak your hair in the shower on your non-shampooing days.

The Sebum Coating method is done by grabbing one lock of hair at a time and running your fingers gently from the root of the hair (i.e. scalp) all the way to the tip (i.e. end), while water from the shower bulb is running on the lock. You run your fingers once and make sure you use lukewarm water for the Sebum Coating method. For the record and since many people have asked, part of why my curls still looked good by the end of the 30 day natural hair experiment was precisely because I stressed this method, so run those fingers on your lustrous locks, it will pay off greatly.

3) Use an alternative to a conventional shampoo

This is where I leave it up to you. On your shampoo days, you can go with a sulfate-free shampoo or instead use a conventional sulfate-based shampoo. If you use a sulfate-free shampoo, bear in mind that you will have to increase your shampoo frequency a bit, as sulfate-free shampoos are weaker in their detergent action than conventional shampoos. And just in case you don’t know how to discern a sulfate-based shampoo from a sulfate-free shampoo, basically just about all shampoos (i.e. commercial/conventional) are sulfate based whereas those shampoos that are “sulfate free” will state so very clearly in the label. Just like I recommend in my book, The Curly Hair Book: Or How Men Can Now Rock Their Waves, Coils and Kinks, you are better off starting your quest to find your optimal shampooing frequency with a sulfate-based shampoo, and, once you have obtained said optimal shampooing frequency, switch shampoos if you feel like trying another one.

On non-shampooing days, you can either use a conventional conditioner to provide some cleaning to your hair (conditioners have a weak cleaning action) or you can use natural alternatives. I have had success with diluted lemon juice as well as baking soda (one table spoon per glass) and diluted vinegar (with two parts water); for the baking soda and vinegar method, simply use the baking soda first, then the vinegar. You can also not use anything on your non-shampooing days; just do the Sebum Coating method (remember, the Sebum Coating method is always done on your non-shampooing days!). It comes down to preference, but the point remains, you will only use shampoo as per your newly-found optimal frequency while at least doing the Sebum Coating method on your off days!


Rogelio with his curly hair long like Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu and I agree, conventional shampoos make our curls way too frizzy and dry!


Our No Shampoo method is a great way to allow your hair to naturally do what it is intended to do. By managing your shampooing frequency, you allow your hair to benefit from the coating of sebum your scalp produces while allowing for the removal of excess sebum in a timely manner. As you effectively find out your optimal shampooing frequency, you will end up with smoother, more-moisturized curls, which will ultimately look better, and all while actually cutting down your use of shampoo. It really could not be any more convenient!

All the best.


P.S: the No Shampoo method is explain in depth in both my books, The Curly Hair Book and The Men’s Hair Book. The No shampoo method is key in your quest for great-looking curly hair, so you really must optimize this part of your hair management!

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Rogelio is the go-to guy when it comes to men's hair. Having embraced his natural curly hair for over a decade while living in 5 countries, Rogelio has learnt a thing or two along the way. Rogelio is the author of the two bestselling men's books "The Curly Hair Book" and "The Men's Hair Book", and his motto when it comes to hair is, "Gentlemen, having a good head of hair should not cost us our testosterone".

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39 comments for “The No Poo method for Men – The Modified Guide to Shampoos

  1. Wade Ivey
    June 26, 2015 at 5:36 am

    What would you recommend to help with itchy scalp as far as shampoo alternatives go? I’ve started the no shampoo recently in the last few months, and have enjoyed the look, but without daily shampoo, my scalp itches. How can I relieve the itching, and yet not use regular shampoo? Thanks for the help on this.

    • mosdef47
      August 19, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Wade. I have Type II-III wavy/curly hair and founding Rogelio’s website two months ago was pure gold. I started the no shampoo method, at the beginning I had the same problem as you, my scalp was itchy and some dandruff appeared. I started using conditioner and massaging my scalp on the non-shampoo days. The problem was cutting back. But then I saw an advice from another reader, and now I am 1 on/4 off regarding my shampooing frequency, and on the off days I just use warm water and gently scratch my scalp with my nails to remove the dirt, trying to patiently perform this operation on my whole scalp; after that I massage it with my finger tips (as if I was shampooing) and spread the sebum from the scalp to my curls as Rogelio recommends. It might look complicated and tiring when you read it, but actually Is pretty simple in the practice and only takes five minutes of your daily shower. It has worked wonders with my hair, My scalp ain’t itchy anymore, dandruff is gone, my hair doesn’t smell or look dirty or greasy, and finally my curls are in the best shape of my life. Hope this works for you.

      Cheers to Rogelio! Your blog is a gold mine. I regret not knowing this information a long time ago, I’m 27 now and just started sporting middle lenght curls.

  2. Leo
    November 5, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for all the great tips! I’ve been going through life with super short cuts and lots of product to avoid the curls and waves I was ridiculed for a as a child. I’ve been wanting to grow my hair for a while, and you have provided the inspiration! Question, My hair was super curly as a child, but it has been years since I’ve grown it out at all. Will it go back to it’s former state eventually? Should I stop using pomades and pastes?

    • Rogelio
      November 5, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Hi Leo,

      Yes, it should. Although be aware that your hair type as a child can be slightly different from your hair type as an adult. If hair type changes, it occurs during puberty, so you may find yourself with curlier hair or slightly-less curlier hair.

      As you grow your hair longer, switch from pomades and pastes to hairstyling creams and leave-in conditioners. Good hairstyling creams and leave-in conditioners to use as your hair grows longer than 2 inches include THIS hairstyling cream and THIS leave-in conditioner. Worth purchasing now or soon so that you can start using it as soon as possibly since your hair will get to 2 inches in a very fast time frame.

      Keep me updated, Leo.



  3. ralph gutierrez
    July 14, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    whew!!! ive been trying to figure out how to message you rogelio for a long time!! :) anyway, ill go straight to questions i wanted to ask you for a time now.. im from the philippines, straight hair. 1) ive read so many articles on the net bout no poo. the one im following now is i immediately gave up shmpoo, then just bs and acv for 2 weeks. i think im one of the majority of guys who use hair styling products. but the method im following now also said no hair products during the 2 weeks duration… i want so bad to swtch to YOUR method because of CONVENIENCE. in ur method, u can still use shampoo. bs is hassle compared to shampoo.. another thing, i think ur method is primarily for curly/wavy hair, em i ryt? ive been suffering 2 weeeks in a hat, because i cant use product.. 2) ever since i was in puberty, i noticed i had dandruff. i started using head and shoulders, and as long as i shampoed every day, i dont get dandruff/itchy scalp. i was just maybe on my 5th day no poo, i was showering “snowflakes” and having very itchy scalp, but i stuck through… i tried before a 1 week no shampoo trial using only conditioner every day and i didnt get this dandruff. it was ok. 3) i think ur method is LOW POO? am i ryt?

  4. nick
    June 3, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Hey Rogelio, I have type 3 curls, and I am doing a 2 weeks experiment. I am washing my hair with shampoo two times over the course of the experiment in the hope of forming slight dreadlocks. Will this work? I am at the beach, lots of wind, and my hair is often wet. I’m at day 2, and the hair is starting to tangle.

  5. Tony
    May 15, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Hey Rogelio!

    Cool website! Wish I’d discovered it years ago.

    I’m getting both of your books on Amazon and the leave-in conditioner you recommend. My question is: now that I’m more aware (thanks to you) I won’t be using Ivory soap to shampoo with as I shower anymore so what do you recommend as a good shampoo for when I do shampoo?
    I’m Creole/black and I guess my hair is a type III/IV… curly.
    (By the way, I’ve noticed it isn’t as dry feeling since I stopped soaping it up in the shower).

  6. Mike
    April 4, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Hi Rogelio,

    I’m new to the site but I love it! Thanks for all the great info. About the no poo method, do you condition your hair on off shampoo days? Also, do you have any thoughts on coconut oil as a leave in conditioner/styling aid?

    Thanks again!


  7. Robrom
    April 2, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Based on my limited experience, I tend to agree that the less you *shampoo* your hair, the better it looks. Hair is not meant to be shampooed very often, if at all – those chemicals wreak havoc on your natural oil production. The reason I emphasize *shampoo* is because everyone should at least vigorously rinse their hair daily to get rid of actual dirt and grime.
    Having said that, I think that there is a spectrum; the thicker and/or wavier your hair is, the less often you should shampoo. Assuming you have thin, fine, straight hair, I’d say shampoo more often than if you have wavy, thick, coarse hair.
    Exactly, experimentation is very important! i have also read a lot about people who wash their hair with only water. this seems like a great and healthier alternative, no? In my case I have an oily hair and without shampoo for more than three days takes very dirty look
    Do you only shake your head to get theses perfect curls?
    I have waves and I want tight curls like yours, how I can do this?

    • Paulo
      June 28, 2013 at 10:37 am

      In the previous seven months, I’ve only shampooed my hair twice. I only rinse my hair with warm water, and scratch my scalp with my nails to help lift any dirt and dander. I have type 1 curls, and my hair is extremely soft and my fingers glide through smoothly.

      Initially it felt weird only wetting my hair since the water didn’t penetrate the hair shaft…I felt like a duck (oily feathers). Over time your scalp/follicles adjust to release less oil/sebum since it’s not being stripped everyday. I no longer feel like a duck, but there is a noticeable grab to wet hair without the shampoos chemicals coating the hair shaft.

      Most significantly, my hair is no longer frizzy, and I don’t need to add an insane amount of product anymore, when I add any at all; and I don’t use conditioner, but may use cider vinegar one day just to see what it’s like since it’s spoken highly of. I definitely recommend no shampoo…whether cold turkey or diminishing use. It may take a month or two for your scalp/follicles to adjust oil/sebum production…it took a few weeks for me going cold turkey. If you stick it out, I’m sure you’ll be pleased.

      On a similar note, I also adopted showering without soap, and am equally pleased. Unlike measuring oil production by just how my hair feels and acts, I can see the decreased size of my facial pores not using soap. It also had a period of adjustment, but my skin doesn’t dry out and it cured a minor skin problem since I wasn’t killing the good bacteria anymore. Yes, I still wash my hands with soap.

      Next experiment will be no toothpaste, brush and floss only.

      Remember that shampoo solved a non-existent problem. Sodium lauryl sulfate helps to lift dirt and dander due to its frothing / lathering action…that’s why it’s used in shampoo, soap, and toothpaste.

      • Rogelio
        June 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm

        One good thing is no shampoo is that the hair stops getting frizzy.

        Congrats on your progress. I may one day talk about my no commercial toothpaste, baking-soda-floss experiment; was quite interesting.


      • Devin Rhode
        September 17, 2015 at 6:17 am

        I do recommend using a toothpaste without flouride. Flouride has been described as a neurotoxin, and it calcifies the pineal gland, but notably I’m more prone to waking up with a sore throat when I’ve used flouride toothpaste the night before.

  8. Cam
    December 28, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Hello Rogelio,

    i would say i have a type 5 hairstyle which i love but i realize that a lot of the time, by the end of the day my hair just looks all dry and clunky. Initially when i come out the shower my hair is soft and curly but within a couple of hours the moisture is all soaked up and my hair does not look so great. A long with moisture issues, i have looked around a lot to see what type of hairstyles i can perform which type 5 hair and it does not look like many. I typically dress preppy and so i want my hair to resemble that without doing anything completely out of the box, like a perm (no disrespect intended). Do you have any hair style ideas?

    • Rogelio
      December 28, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Cam,

      First of all grab a hold of a leave-in conditioner. You want to retain the moisture in the hair strands which is what helps define the curls. That, and sort out your shampooing frequency.

      Type V hair is a very “puffy” type of curl, which means that you will work against it by trying to manipulate it at short and medium lengths. In my book, I recommend the Crew Cut for short length and the Afro for medium length. For long lengths, I talk about braiding the hair which is an excellent hairstyle for kinky-haired males, though it needs sufficient length (+8 inches) and which can be transitioned from an Afro.

      Other hairstyles that are worth the shot include the High and Tight and the High Tight Recon. Lastly, more than perming your hair, you can try to loosen up the kinks, which would have you going down in curl type to Type IV. You do this via a texturizer.

      Recon High and Tight

      High and Tight

      Hope that helped.

      All the best.

  9. Richard
    December 9, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Does the sebum coating method remove excess oil as well?

    • Rogelio
      December 10, 2012 at 11:28 am

      The excess oil is best removed with shampoo. The Sebum Coating method is more to spread the oil that is accumulating on the scalp. However, for day-to-day grooming, the Sebum Coating method is great (then throw shampoo when hair starts to get greasy).

      All the best.

  10. Ritin
    October 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Dear Rogelio,

    I have short Curly Wavy hair Type 2or somewhat type 3 and they are dry & brittle. I just read the whole article on skipping shampoo on alternate days, and i will be trying to do that from today. But my main question is should i be using a conditioner for Dry hair everyday or only on days when i shampoo. I play soccer and i am generally all sweaty, is there a product. i can use so that my hair don’t stink.
    You are a Savior!



    • Rogelio
      October 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Hi Ritin,

      Hope all is good.

      On your non-shampooing days, you are supposed to massage your scalp and run your fingers through the locks of hair (i.e. the Sebum Coating method), which is in itself a great hair cleaning option. I do it after my weightlifting training sessions, and I can vouch for its effectiveness at removing sweat and the day’s worth of accumulated dirt (which is not much unless you spend your whole day outside). thus, do the Sebum Coating method as outlined on the No Shampoo article.

      On the other hand, you can also use a conditioner on your non-shampooing days as conditioners also have a mild hair cleaning action. Moreover, you can use a clarifying shampoo on these non-shampooing days: clarifying shampoos are mild shampoos that act to gently remove dirt from your hair. Lastly, you can also use some vinegar (apple cider, preferably) on your hair, just don’t get the stuff in your eyes!

      So there, either use the Sebum Coating method, a conditioner, a clarifying shampoo or vinegar on these days.

      All the best.

  11. Jaime
    May 25, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Hi Rogelio I admire seeing a guy having the guts of being the first male to make a site about curls. I have a question regarding my hair it is type III to type IV and I have been growing it for about 10 months it is very curly. My concern is how to maintain it since I use conditioner daily and comb through every day which I do see shedding of hair. I want my curls to look great but dislike using gel and hate having my hair drooping down to my face. I also see alot of dryness on top and less curl pattern on top than the sides of my head. I would really appreciate any suggestions on wether I should let my hair air dry or scrunch dry with a t shirt. Thank you.


    • Rogelio
      May 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Hi Jaime,

      Many thanks for the kind words. I take pride in what I do and Manly Curls is no less, thus the creation of this interesting and characteristic online muse!

      Alright, let’s go by parts with your enquiry:

      1) How to maintain your hair: find your optimal shampoo frequency. If you are telling me you have a lot of dryness on the top, I can hint that you are shampooing too frequently. Find your frequency, this is key, my man. Then use a leave-in conditioner every day as your de-facto moisturizing AND styling agent. Apply from mid-length to the tips of the hair locks and work the Sebum Coating method to ensure you make the most of your own sebum as I mentioned in the article. Also, read my article on stylign curly hair for men too:

      2) Your hair dropping to your face: If you have only been growing your mane for 10 months and your curls are already hanging down, count yourself lucky! It took me something like 2 years to get my afro to hang down and many guys in the higher end curly types find the same issue. If you don’t want to have your hair all over your face and don’t want to use hair gel to fixate the hair into place, you can:

      – Use hair accessories: both headbands and hairbands

      – Use a blowdrier to puff your hair up and create a pseudo afro. Use the coldest temperature and a diffuser so as to avoid damaging your hair with the heated air. Use some mousse for best uplifting effect as you blowdry.

      – Cut the hair on the hairline (forehead) into a fringe. I am actually going to be writing very soon an article on this hairstyle so keep an eye out. Simply cut the hair so that it graces your forehead just above eyebrow level when dry.

      – Skip “heavy weight” hair products: products such as styling creams and custards tend to add weight to the hair which will exacerbate the weighting down of the locks.

      3) You have a less curly pattern on the top: this is normal when your hair hangs down. The hair closest to the scalp is bearing the weight of the whole hair strand thus it will relax a bit as opposed to the tips. It happens to me too and is an effect of the hair hanging down.

      4) Scrunching: this method works best on Type I and II hair, maybe Type III too, but not IV and V as this will cause it to mat and frizz. Give it a try though especially since your curls are already hanging down and I have a feeling you are more of a III.

      5) Air drying is best whenever possible. If this is not possible, a cotton T-shirt is the second best option. An option I do is air dry my curls while having a T-shirt on my shoulders so the dripped water is absorbed by the T-shirt conveniently.

      Let me know if you have any other questions and feel free to keep in touch and let me know how you progress.

      All the best.


      • Fabrizio
        May 25, 2012 at 2:41 pm

        It’s funny because I have very similar issues to Jaime and I was considering posting a comment too on this. You’ve basically hit the nail on the head on everything I was about to ask lol
        Thanks dude, don’t know what my hair would be looking like if it weren’t for this blog (actually I do know, like crap).

        • Rogelio
          May 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm

          Hi Fabrizio,

          I’m glad my blog is of use to you, that’s the ultimate goal of it and now that we are about to hit our first year anniversary with Manly Curls, I am very happy that nowadays we get, on a daily basis, words like those of you guys finding our content of use!

          All the best.

      • jaime
        May 25, 2012 at 3:30 pm

        Oh great thank you so much for the helpful tips. Your website is a god send. I just have one more question, I just wanted to know when I shower every morning I usually always comb through I just wanted your opinion if this is safe for my hair.



        • Rogelio
          May 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm

          Hi Jaime,

          If you are going to comb through your hair in the shower, my advice is that:

          1) You comb through when the hair is soaked and you have the water from the shower bulb running on the hair lock as you comb through.

          2) You either use a wide tooth comb or your fingers. Do NOT use a hairbrush for this.

          I comb through my long locks as per above. The goal of this is to detangle the hair and get the sebum covering the hair (sebum coating method). Do not style your hair at this time, style the curls when the hair is wet and covered in the styling product (i.e. after the shower).

          Let me know if you have any other questions!

          All the best.

  12. You know who
    May 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    And Rogelio does it again, great article sir.

    • Rogelio
      May 6, 2012 at 12:37 am

      Thank you!

  13. Jacqueline
    May 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Rogelio, I had my big chop 10 months ago and my hair looks as curly as yours in that beach party picture. I am growing my hair naturally now, no relaxers, can I expect my hair to be like yours when it gets to shoulder length too? I saw your picture with the long curls and that’s my ideal to go for. I am a woman, by the way.
    Thank you so much, I don’t think I need to remind you that you have a following of curly girls here too :)

    • Rogelio
      May 6, 2012 at 12:39 am

      Hi Jacqueline,

      Thanks for the kind words, I’m aware that quite a few ladies read this blog.

      Yes, you can expect your hair to look like mine at shoulder length if your curls are like mine and natural (Type III/IV or what would be a 3c as is known in that other popular hair typing system).

      Just take good care of it (follow the advice here at Manly Curls!) and be patient, it will come.

      All the best.

  14. Alessandro
    May 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Forgot to ask, are you Italian? My family is originally Italian and I love the country when I go to visit my relatives.


    • Rogelio
      May 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Not Italian, I’m afraid.

  15. Alessandro
    May 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Great read, your curly hair when is short looks great too. How do you normally wear your hair when short?

    • Rogelio
      May 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      I vary a lot, but I normally do a fade on the sides and back and trimmed to 1-2 inches (short length) at the top. More or less as the beach party pic in this article shows. I sometimes go for an afro, depends on the mood, really.

      All the best.

  16. James Lloyd
    May 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Excellent article as usual Rogelio.

    I admire your approach to hair and is something many of us could learn. I used to think that doing anything about my curls would have me joining the ranks of the ladies in the hairsalon you mentioned in your previous styling article. I was so wrong and I am finally getting to do something about the kinks I have (similar to yours actually).

    Thanks Rogelio, please keep it up, we are all learning from you as we go!


    James L.

    • Rogelio
      May 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Hi James,

      Thanks for the kind words. All I am here to tell you is that you can do whatever you want with your hair (straight, wavy, kinky whatever) without emasculating yourself in the process, waste your time and also have the lifestyle that you wish to have. So long as my words can help you move in that direction, I consider my words a success.

      I welcome you to our ranks, my friend.

      All the best.

  17. Justin (not the Bieber)
    May 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Hey Rogelio, thanks for this article. I had been using shampoo 1on/1off as you call it for the last couple of months after I had found your shampoo experiment. I thought that if it worked on such long and curly hair like yours, it’d work on my wavy short hair, and it did! The fact that you have now written an article all about it is even better, kudos dude. Got my fellows reading this article too, I say you start the revolution lol

    • Rogelio
      May 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Justin. I’ve already started the revolution, I’m just trying to keep it low profile for now (shhh, dont tell anyone…).

      I’m very happy my words have been of help. Keep in touch.

      All the best.

  18. I use sulfate free shampoo
    May 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I have a lot of hair and it is hard for me to not get shampoo on my hair. I put my shampoo into a applicator bottle and add a little water and put the shampoo directly on my scalp. It helps with not using a lot of shampoo.

    • Rogelio
      May 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Yep, that’s what I do too. Little tricks like this make a big difference in terms of convenience!

      All the best.

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