By Wes (of HoneyBrownSugar.com)
Okay, I have to admit: this entire summer I have been very lazy in regards to styling my hair. In July, I rocked long cornrows (think: Bo Derek) and ever since the braids came out (which I only donned for a total of about 10 days – not quite 2 weeks, I hate “fuzzy” braids!) I’ve had my curls hidden in a high bun. However, if you’re not like me and you actually want to wear your hair down, loose and free in this hot, humid and sometimes wet weather, I’ve got 5 tips that will help you accomplish your goal (while avoiding that nasty frizz!).
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Moisture is the #1 defense against frizz. Keeping your hair well moisturized will help fight off a serious case of the frizzies (especially if your hair is colored or bleached). Try deep conditioning your hair once a week using a heavyweight conditioner such as Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Masque. The great thing about this conditioner is that it can also be used as a leave-in to style your wash & go’s or twist-outs.
- Co-Washing. In between your deep conditioning treatments, you should try to avoid shampooing as much as possible and co-wash (I absolutely love Aussie’s Moist Conditioner). Though if you must shampoo because co-washing isn’t for you, Shea Moisture’s Curl & Shine Shampoo (sulfate free) is the next best thing.
- Natural moisturizers. Once you’ve conditioned your lovely locks, you’ll want to make sure you’ve locked in that moisture. I like to use 100% pure coconut oil on my wet hair (a little goes a LONG way) after I’ve washed and conditioned. Olive oil and Jamaican Black Castor oil are also great options to consider.
- Layering. This is an important step in the styling of your hair. An idea I got from Mahogany Curls (love her!) consists of using Let’s Jam Custard (a cream/gel) along with Eco-Styler’s Olive Oil Gel. I apply the Custard first and then the gel over it (once again: A little goes a long way, I use about a finger-tip full per section). The Custard helps with moisturizing while the gel offers the holding power (which also provides a shield against frizz).
- Drying. Now I know it’s summertime and it’s hot, but I still like to set my curls underneath my bonnet dryer. I use little metal clips at the roots of the crown (for volume; but you can also use clips at the ends of your curls to stretch them out some). I only sit under the dryer for about 30-45 minutes. Afterwards, I separate the curls and fluff them up using my fingers. To finish (I know many may not like hairspray), I use a little of Suave’s Touchable Finish Lightweight Hold Spray. Holding my head upside down, I quickly spray (focusing on the roots) and keep my head upside down for about 15 seconds before lifting.
Voila! There you have it: Wonderful curls that will hold up in ANY weather! This wash & go will usually last me a good 3 – 4 days (sometimes more depending on the weather). Happy hairstyling!