I want to elaborate a minute on the title of this blog post. I chose to include “currently” because exactly how I style my hair changes based on our current lifestyle. With each pregnancy my hair texture has changed and has taken about six months to bounce back. I’ve colored my hair using a box kit, have had highlights, and let my natural color grow out. I’ve nursed two babies, am currently maintaining a strict workout routine, and have lived in two very different weather states: Michigan/Minnesota and California. All of these factors have affected how my hair curls and is styled. And the fact that I style my hair differently now than the last time I wrote a post on my process is proof of this.
Above all else, beyond what I’m about to share and what others have shared, is this important fact: there is no “easy” formula for styling your hair, and you must accept this :) I personally find hair styling posts so fun to read. I love learning about other techniques or products. And, I consider my own texture and curl when reading their tips. It ultimately comes down to having patience to find the right process for you, which can change over the years. Embrace your hair! Don’t fight it’s natural texture, it is on you for a reason and it’s to accentuate your natural beauty.
Here are some notes on my current hairstyling process:
I wash & apply conditioner my hair in the shower as normal. There have been times when I was using sulfate-free products, but this isn’t a “make it or break it” step for me personally. I usually switch to a different drug store brand whenever I need run out (I like variety), but I think my favorites are either L’Oreal or Aussie. (Aussie has an amazing 3 minute deep conditioner, and it’s less than $3!)
Once the conditioner is applied I let it sit for a few minutes before using a wide tooth comb or pick. (For a little bit I was using my fingers to comb through my hair with the conditioner in, but I wasn’t getting enough curl definition once it was dry so I switched back to using a wide tooth comb.) After a quick comb I usually run my fingers through and then massage the roots/shake it out with my finger tips before rinsing. I use an old t-shirt to blot the excess water from my hair and then quickly/gently twist the shirt around my head and secure the end at the nape of my neck. I let it sit like this for just a couple minutes, since my hair isn’t that thick it dries quickly and I don’t want it to be too dry before applying my product.
After a couple of minutes have passed I take the t-shirt off my head and use my fingers to shake out my curls. Then I apply two products: first, Paul Mitchell Round Trip (a bottle lasts me months with daily use) and then Herbal Essences Body Envy hairspray. I apply the curl definer right away (2 pumps) and distribute evenly through my hair, lightly scrunching and for sure focusing on my roots. I let my hair air dry for about an hour before lightly spraying my whole head with hairspray. My hair is mostly wavy, but I’ve noticed I get a little curl definition if I take care of my hair.
It’s been years since I used a hair dryer with diffuser, mostly because I feel like it the heat ruins my natural curl. (I have a bouncier wave/curl with more definition when I let it air dry.) Sometimes I’ll use my fingers to twirl a wave into more of a curl, but for the most part I leave my hair alone.
Over the years I’ve tried so many different kinds of products (gel, mousse, pomade, foam, spray) and the two products I link to above are my very favorite. Speaking of products — a product that I love in theory but absolutely ruins my hair after a few months of use is anything with sea salt. This single ingredient dries out my hair and makes my wave/curl disappear. It’s terrible, but it’s good to know I should avoid it.
Many have suggested I use DevaCurl’s line of products. My current hair style routine fits into my lifestyle very well and is super affordable so I’m looking for a new styling process.
Right now I’m washing my hair every other day, and that is with working out daily. I use Dove’s dry shampoo on my roots occasionally on my second day hair, but I always use a shower cap! Using a shower cap has helped me keep my volume by keeping water spray off my hair. After my shower I’ll sometimes use a spray bottle filled with water and flip my head over to mist the length of my hair. Typing that out this sounds counterproductive, but I think avoiding water on my roots and having control over how much water hits my hair is the goal. Most of the time an extra shot of hairspray is enough to revamp my curl and texture.
I’m also growing out my bangs, and french braiding them along the frame of my face has been fun! Besides, I can literally go an entire day with the braid in, sleep with it overnight, and wake up the next morning and it looks exactly the same. Talk about a bonus, ha! :)
That about sums it up! Overall my hair styling routine takes me minutes. It’s super fast and like I mentioned above, works so well with my current lifestyle as a mom of two young babes. I’d love to continue the discussion in the comments. See you there!
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