Firstly I too have curly hair and I feel your pain! I currently reside in the drizzly Pacific North West but I have also lived in the North East. So extreme weather changes are no stranger to my luscious locks.
Lets start with the basics, shampoo & conditioner. Yeah, yeah we have all been told by our stylists throughout the years to buy this and that. I promise its worth it. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg for good quality shampoo and conditioner, $10-$20 is a good range. PROMISE it helps, I was curios and asked my gal why? Her response made perfect sense. Think of your hair as a fabric, a dry clean only fabric. Would you wash that dry clean only fabric that you spend good money for cuts and color on, by using a bargain basement brand? NO, you wouldn’t and you also wouldn’t wash it every day. So here’s the challenge take some time to actually plan your hairstyle. Sounds silly but in the long run you will save time. (Yes I work out, do hot yoga, get all beastly and still manage to have pretty hair that smells good!)
Ok so now to the meat, purely recommendations from my own trial and errors. You will have to figure out what combos work best for you and how much of each product to use. I have la lot of long hair but its fine in texture/soft/fly away or as my friends in Boston during the hot summer months would say, a blond Diana Ross! I use Aveda products, I have the Be Curly shampoo, conditioner, curl control and style prep. Now I can see you add up the cost…..stop! Remember I only shampoo a few times a week. After my shower I wrap my towel around into a turban to extract all the drippy water. Then followed by 4 pumps of the prep and with the curl control, somewhere between a quarter and a fifty cent piece. I flip my head down and scrunch in the product all while stretching my hamstrings. Then I walk away, no diffusing no drying, nothing, I find it best to air dry or in emergencies my car heater.
So that was day 1 all fresh and clean. At night I tie my hair back in a loose bun or if I take a class I do the same. Here’s the trick for the next day. Take a wash cloth, get it wet, wring out all the major drips and scrunch your hair with it. This will activate the product while erasing the fuzzy from class or sleep. You can go over it with a bit more of your crème product or a serum. Day 3 pull your hair up. I am a fan of sock buns, ponytails, twisting the front back with bobby pins. Get creative try these new do’s when you aren’t under the gun to be somewhere.
Alright now for the straight options. I prefer an oil or serum. These come in so many different weights, again I use Aveda Dry remedy oil (its new and it rocks) and I always have on hand the smoothing fluid. Both super light but can may your hail as greasy as a bucket of KFC if you use too much. Proceed with caution…you can always go back for more! Its a very frustrating lesson to learn. So I have my cheater straight do and my glove me I’m going in do.
The cheater is a 2 day, yes 2 day style. Day one, wash & condition, apply my oil and slick it back into a pony tail. Sometimes I will then braid the pony or just twist it around and around into a bun and secure it with bobby pins, all while wet. This will stretch the hair smooth up until the ponytail band. Then the next morning I flatiron my hair from the band mark down,. Voila easy straight hair. I can wear this for a few days with minimal flatiron touch ups and reapplying of oil.
Wet to dry to smooth. This takes a bit longer but you’re done in about an hour. I start the same, wash, oil and then dry. I use a big paddle brush and pull my hair over and around using the shape of my head to help stretch the curl out. I look like a hot mess once its all dry! At this time, I’m hot and possibly a tad dewy from all the work I just did. So perfect time to plug in the flat iron and take a break while its warming up. Here is the super important thing about flat ironing, take super small sections. Think of your head as horseshoes start in the back working your way up in small sections. The reason why the small sections is so you won’t have to go over and over your hair to make it smooth. I at the middle of my section twist my flatiron and it creates a nice curl at the bottom for me. That took me a long time to perfect, so be patient.
Happy hair styling!