Short hair, don’t currrr
I have never been the kind of person who has been proud of their hair. I would look at girls and see how shiny and healthy and full of body their hair was and just humph in disappointment when I’d look at mine. I’ve fried it, cut it, and done everything under the sun to try and correct it, but it just never behaves how I want it to.
That is until recently when I decided to overhaul my haircare routine.
Back in August, I dyed my hair back to its “natural” (or as close to natural) color in the hopes of saving some money. I had been to my hairdresser every 6 weeks or so, spending nearly $100 every time to try and maintain the rose gold hair I wanted before realizing that I actually liked the blonde my hair had faded out to.
Plus, I haven’t made a color appointment since then, and my blonde is still holding up! (I never said it was great looking as we have a special appearance by The Roots, but you can at least tell it’s SUPPOSE to be blonde!)
Also a little over a month ago, I chopped off about 6-8 inches of my hair because I was starting a new job and wanted something that made me look more mature. (Don’t they usually say you make major changes to your hair when you go through a major life change?)
Since cutting it, I have discovered that curling my hair gives it the perfect amount of body and wave. It’s been my go-to look and I’ve received a lot of compliments on it. The best part? It takes only 20 minutes and the curls last several days!
Here’s how I achieve this look:
I’m someone who doesn’t believe in washing their hair every day. I aim to wash mine every Sunday and Wednesday, unless if a) I know I have an event coming up or b) you get the itchies and you gotta wash it. Even though my hair is relatively trained, there are some days that dry shampoo just won’t cover it and nothing feels more therapeutic than washing those tresses.
I’ve been using a rotation of products. About once every two weeks, I use DryBar Blonde Ale shampoo and conditioner to help tone some of the brassiness in my hair, while using the Organix Cherry Blossom shampoo and conditioner every wash. Organix is usually my go-to drugstore brand of hair care, if I’m in a pinch.
I’m someone who doesn’t love using a ton of product in my hair, just because it gets weighed down and looks greasy. The one product I neverfail use is the MOROCCANOIL treatment. This argan oil has magic in it as it helps reduce drying time and when you have thick ass locks like I do, anything to help is a-okay in my book! I just take a squirt’s worth and work it into wet hair, combing it out with a wide tooth comb.
My next step depends on whether I blow-dry it or not. To be honest, I hate blowdrying my hair, so I try avoiding it as much as I can. In the events that I’m going to bed with a damp head, I use the Living Proof Night Cap Overnight Perfector. This has been a favorite of mine after discovering how soft my hair felt the next day and how the frizz is basically eliminated!
If I’m going to blow-dry my hair, I like to take the Living Proof T.B.D. Multi-Tasking Styler. I received this in my Birchbox in November and I love how as a styling cream, it doesn’t leave my hair feeling gunky and gross.
- Small barrel curling iron (I’ve had my Conair curling iron for so long, I don’t even know what size it is! I’ve had it since freshman year of high school and it’s been so faithful and reliable to me that I refuse to buy another)
- Clip to section hair
- Hair oil
Here’s step by step instructions on how to recreate this look:
- Section hair behind the tops of your ears and pin the rest up and away using a clip. I like to start on the left side of my head and work my way to the right.
- Starting with the pieces in the front, open the clamp and wrap the hair in small sections around the barrel and hold for 10-15 seconds. Work way to the back of the head. Continue on the right side. (PRO TIP: Don’t spend a lot of time focusing the curls on the lower layers, the messier the waves, the better!)
- Once bottom layer is done, release clip and section off another section at the crown or where the arch of your eyebrow is. Repeat the process from Step 1. (The closer I get to the top layer, the smaller the sections I grab. More ringlets will help build more body when you finger comb and make the waves)
- Once middle section is done, release the top part and section appropriately. My hair lays thicker on my left side and sometimes another section can be separated until ready. Wrap the hair around the barrel, starting towards the middle of your hair. Starting closer to the root will give it a weird kink.
- Take a hair oil and lightly finger comb through hair to loosen the curls to create waves.
- Once hair is completely curled and waves are how you want them, apply hairspray lightly.