Do you struggle to achieve defined curls in your natural hair? Don’t worry, you are in the right place. Remember each curly hair type has its own characteristics that may need somewhat different care and styling products. Below are steps and videos that help me get my natural hair in a cute wash and go hairstyle and probably might help you too. My hair is type 4c thin hair with medium to low porosity. I hope you enjoy. Please don’t forget to comment below. You can also share your experiences with this hairstyle.
- On cleansed damp hair apply your favorite leave in and sealant that you know will condition and protect your hair
- Start styling on close to dry or dry hair
- Include a styling cream or gel for more definition
- Work in smaller sections for maximum product penetration
- Let hair dry completely
- Apply oil to your hands to smooth the crunchy feel and let lose
- Lightly lift roots with a pick being careful not to pull all the way through, and style as you please
On cleansed damp hair, apply your leave-in conditioner and then seal in with an oil sealant or heavy cream depending on your hair texture
Your hair’s inability to absorb product and react well to them could be as a result of product build up. So starting on clean hair is paramount. Apply your leave-in conditioner. This will help improve the feel, appearance and manageability of your hair (condition). Your hair should be totally free of knots and tangles. It’s vital to detangle your hair thoroughly in order to get the best definition. So the conditioner will help reduce friction between strands of hair to allow smoother brushing or combing, among other benefits like repair and strengthening. Work the leave-in into the hair as you detangle. Applying the oil or heavy cream sealant on top of the leave-in conditioner locks moisture into the strands. I use my CutAfrik Afro Styler (all in one). It is a conditioner, sealant ad styling cream.
Start styling on close to dry or dry hair
This may sound ridiculous but actually with wet hair, research shows that hair can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in water, which makes it weaker and more susceptible to damage from brushing and styling. So we want to take back the hair’s molecular structure close to or where it is stronger and this will also allow room for more product to be absorbed. Just after washing, your hair has absorbed a lot of water and will therefore find it hard to absorb anything else. By allowing your hair to dry and let go some of the water, it will be able to absorb more product. For starters, use a Microfiber Hair Towel or T-shirt to wrap hair so you can reduce the amount of water in your hair
Use a styling cream or styling gel
A styling or curling cream is basically a mixture of cream and gel. The curling cream or gel is oriented to define your style (curls) and give it hold for some good number of days. As I said before, I use CutAfrik Afro Styler, a curling cream that is all in one, conditioner, sealant and styler. It helps curls clump together and form defined spirals, coils, or waves. Rake your gel, cream, or other styling product through your hair gently, to encourage your curls to form. Be sure to coat each strand liberally with product to help curls clump together for a more defined, frizz-free look.
Work in smaller sections for maximum product penetration!
Smaller sections are another secret to definition. It will give better room for product to deeply penetrate into the hair strands giving you better results.
Let hair dry quickly and completely. How?
Study shows leaving hair to dry naturally can be more damaging than intense heat. As we have already seen, hair can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in water, which makes it weaker. Natural drying takes time, so the longer hair stays wet, the more the cortex swells and cracks, permanently damaging hair. To be specific, causing the cell membrane (The cell membrane complex is the material that glues hair cells together) to crack, permanently damaging the hair. Although using a hair dryer causes more surface damage than natural drying, using a hair dryer at a distance of 15 cm with continuous motion causes less damage than drying hair naturally. So blow drying the right way seems to be a better option since its quicker and will give you a more stretched voluminous and shiny curls.
Apply oil to your hands to smooth the crunchy feel.
Using oily hands (fingers) gently smooth out the curls carefully to loosen them for bigger fluffier hair. Note that the more you touch your hair, the more likely it is that you’ll get frizz.
Lightly lift roots with a pick being careful not to pull all the way through, and style as you please
Pick the roots if you must. If you naturally have bigger hair, then you may not tamper with the roots as your hair will gradually get itself together as the day goes. Add gel to sleek down the edges if you like. The result is a super defined wash and go that will retain moisture and definition for about a week.
To maintain the style, I sleep with a satin bonnet or silk material and fluff with my hands in the morning. I could spritz some water and then some oil for shine and refresh, when necessary. You can gently lift roots again with a pick and re-gel edges.