If you’re looking for help on wearing that so hard to do naturally wavy hair style that looks like it should be easy, we’ve got you covered. Here we will go over how to achieve this spring hair trend that gives you a hair style without having to worry about the rain or humidity that spring tends to bring.
Sure, most of us love the smell of flowers, trees, and grass; everything lightens and brightens up! Sadly, along with nature’s beauty comes April Showers! Ugh, and ain’t nobody got time for that! Especially for girls who deal with curls and frizz! We spend what feels like forever smoothing out our hair – which, let’s face it, never really gets smooth – only to walk outside and *POOF.* We get to wherever we need to go, do a hair and lipstick check, only to find Mufasa staring back at us! The struggle is real, y’all. Well, my beautiful curly-haired gals and pals, let me share a little secret with you: STOP SMOOTHING YOUR HAIR!
That’s a double-dog-dare! Not only will you save time and the hassle of sore arms from round brushing, you will also learn to embrace that beautiful bouncy, curly mane. I’m here to share my step-by-step styling secrets when it comes to beautiful, natural curly hair.
It all begins with the suds. Make sure to use an anti-frizz, hydrating, or curl- enhancing shampoo and conditioner. My personal favorite is the Arrojo American WAVE ReHab Shampoo and Submerge Conditioner. These products are filled with Lemon Bark, which vitalizes Vitamin E and provides perfect moisture balance and Sweet Almond Oil to make hair shiny and luscious.
-Rosa Marrufo, Dallas Hair Stylist
“Time to make waves and curls cascade with confidence”
My super curly-haired peeps out there, you should get a wide tooth comb and keep it in your shower to comb out your hair. I don’t have super curly hair, but I still definitely do this. It’s not totally necessary but it helps! How, you ask? You wrap untangled, coiled curls into a towel which helps set the curl in, avoiding stretching out the curl. You should not keep your hair wrapped in a towel for more than 3-5 minutes, because hair starts to dry quickly, and the frizz will begin to reveal its ugly face.
Once you unwrap your hair, tilt your head to each side, shaking it in between your fingers, lifting your hair off your scalp. This also helps avoid hair falling flat and sticking to the scalp. Next, grab pieces of hair from around your face and randomly throughout your hair, wrap them around your finger (working with your natural curl), and let them go. Once you have created these finger curls throughout your hair, SCRUNCH like your life/hair depends on it.
That’s it! LOL, J/K! Our hair should still be pretty wet right now, not dripping wet, but more wet than dry. Here is where we are going to apply our products and use our tools. Start with products – again my personal favorite these days is the American WAVE line, their Structure Styling Cream cocktailed with Elixir Defrizzing Gel and for that instant oomph you want at the end, you will need to get your hands on Glint Texture & Shine Spray. For your tools you will need a blow dryer, a diffuser (yes you need it) and a 1” curling iron.
Boom – we have them all? Perfect, take your Structure and Elixir and mix them together (I would start off with a nickel size amount of each and mix up more if needed. You want to avoid putting all your product in one spot, so work with a little product at a time, one a section at a time. I like to tilt my head from side to side, then back, then flip my head over and scrunch away!
Literally. Step away from your hair, do your makeup, get your outfit ready, shoot, get your kids ready. Allow your hair to air dry for about 10 minutes (if you have the time), come back, grab your dryer and diffuse your hair in the same manner that you scrunched in your product. Now I’m just going to keep it real, your hair may not be 100% dry, nor do you really want it to be. Dryness takes out moisture which then causes static and frizz, so don’t over dry it.
Once you’ve dried it about 85-90%, flip your hair back over and scrunch away to allow the bounciness to come through. Set your part in, grab your curling iron and work on hair that needs finessing by wrapping it around the curling iron, using it as a wand. I recommend working with the natural direction of the curl. Glint it up to add that last tousled look to a beautiful curly mane. Have yourself a fabulous hair day!
See – it’s not so hard! It may sound complicated, but the reality is you must set yourself and your curls up for success; otherwise, you will be all frizzed out and have the hair to match.