Styling my curly hair is one of the nuisances that I put off for a liiitle too long when dry shampoo (baby powder) can no longer save me and I simply must re-wash and re-coiffe. However, I’ve developed a system that lets me be lazy with my hair—clean or dirty—and keeps it looking like those envious “I woke up like this” locks (because sometimes next day hair looks better than freshly washed) that lasts for a week. Even if you don’t have curly hair, follow the instructions below to work your waves.
STARTING WITH FRESHLY WASHED HAIR
- Wash, condition (major key) and comb your hair with a wide tooth comb while the conditioner is still in it. Rinse, then comb with a fine tooth comb starting from the bottom.
- Starting at the nape of your neck, squeeze extra wetness out with a t-shirt (I use one from the laundry) until it’s still wet but not sopping. I use a t-shirt because it doesn’t roughen up your hair like a standard towel would.
- Part your hair and with the fine tooth comb smooth it towards the back of your neck.
- At the base of your neck, create a single braid and let it air dry. (I know it takes forever to let curly hair dry, especially in a braid. This takes my hair in the braid 12+ hours to be completely dry while the hair not in the braid takes half that time. If you don’t have time, let the hair on your head dry then go over the braid with a wet to dry flatiron)
- Wait until the top of your head is dry at the very least before undoing the braid completely and comb with a fine tooth comb (trust me).
- Smooth out one-to-two inch sections (it depends how thick your hair is) by going over it with a flatiron but not straightening the wave.
- Optional but worth it: Take a curling iron (I use the Beachwaver S1.25) to pieces of hair and secure the clamp wrapping from the bottom of the hair halfway to the root, hold for three seconds then release.
- Pull apart the curls and waves and use argan or marula oil on your ends to smooth.
STARTING WITH UNWASHED HAIR
- Comb out your curls with a fine tooth comb.
- Go over large sections with a flatiron to smooth the hair and loosen the curls, specifically around the crown of your head.
- Take a curling iron (I use the Beachwaver S1.25) to miscellaneous pieces of hair and secure the clamp wrapping hair halfway to the root and on an angle. Hold iron for three seconds then release.
- Once you touch up the sections, gently tousle your hair and pull out the curls.
- Spritz with a shine spray and go!
#RRCollab I received the Beachwaver S1.25 to sample the product. While I am a noob at styling my hair, the Beachwaver was fun, easy to use and I didn’t burn myself (that’s an accomplishment)! Here’s a YouTube tutorial from the brand on how to get wavy.