Curly is how I love to wear my relaxed hair. When I do it once for the week it stays curly all week and I do not have to comb it until wash day. I truly believe that this is the best way to wear my hair when hair is post relaxer six weeks. It is the best way for me to handle the two textures and to avoid those two things that usually affect retention: combing and handling of hair. I usually start my curly hairstyles with lots of moisture via deep conditioning and then seal it with my castor oil. In that way, I do not have to do anything with it all week. Here are the steps for four of my curly hairstyles:
Braid Out Styles
There are two types of braid outs, ordinary three section plaits and cornrow plates. They both look good when done properly and are a hard hairstyle to mess up.
STEP 1- Wash Hair with natural shampoo. You can use whatever shampoo you want to but the adage on this site is ‘the less chemicals in shampoo the better’. Wash hair only once, see how to shampoo hair for further details.
STEP 2- Condition Hair– Don’t just use an ordinary run of the mill conditioner, use a deep conditioner. I use a select few deep conditioners based on my hair needs at the time (protein or moisture).
STEP 3- Go under the overhead dryer for fifteen minutes to deep condition or put hair in a shower cap and then allow your body heat to penetrate for two to three hours. I usually do this.
STEP 4- Rinse out deep conditioner and air dry hair.
STEP 5- Your hair should be soft and well moisturized. When hair is partially dry it should still feel silky. Apply your favorite oil to seal in this lovely moisture. I use castor oil for sealing. I usually use coconut oil for my weekly hot oil treatments.
STEP 6- Part hair in small or large sections and then cornrow it. The bigger the parts the bigger the waves the smaller the parts, the tinier the waves. To achieve the style above I did my hair in 10 parts.
STEP 7- Air dry hair and loose out when you are ready.
This style usually adds volume and bounce to hair.
STEP 1- Wash hair with natural shampoo.
STEP 2- Condition Hair- deep condition with a moisture rich deep conditioner. For this style I used Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise Treatment, 16 Ounce
STEP 3- Rinse out hair after you have either used the over head dryer for fifteen minutes or allowed your body heat to steam hair.
STEP 4- Set hair with medium sized rollers (not the jumbo ones or the tiny ones) and allow to air dry or go under the dryer for 30 minutes and then air dry.
If you really want volume, you can try the crunched look. This requires minimum fuss for me in the week and is so easy to do. This style was created on a previously done curly style.
STEP 1- Spray hair with a combo of water and oil (I used coconut oil) until slightly damp.
STEP 2- Part hair in six sections.
STEP3- Plait hair and leave to air dry.
There are times when I like to wear my hair short and wavy and this style is possible without cutting off the hair. I follow all the steps for the crunched style above and then I chiny bump (bantu knot) the end of the hair and stick a pin it to keep up each knot.
Usually I part the hair into twelve or thirteen so that my curls can be thinner. Please use lots of moisture before attempting this one and do not make the mistake of combing this style out. It is better to wash it out instead.