said: how do you tame your tresses?! D: my hair is shoulder length and it just poofs everywhere :( Do you use mousse or gel? helpppp
I get asked about my hair a lot, so here’s an explanation of how I do my hair. I’ll try to make a full tutorial later.
What you need:
Denman Brush. You can find them at Sally’s, denmanbrush.com, amazon, etc.
Conditioner. I use pantene’s curl perfection conditioner, but you can use any conditioner you like that moisturizes your hair and provides slip. Slip basically means it lathers enough to allow the denman brush to slip through your hair. Some conditioners are quickly absorbed by your hair. You do not want one of those.
Shampoo. Some people use shampoo, some don’t. My hair tends to get build up, so I use shampoo as needed to remove build up and add a bit of volume. I’m currently using Johnson’s baby shampoo, though I also use pantene’s curly shampoo or any shampoo really.
Combs. I use a fine tooth rattail comb like this one.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Get your hair soaking wet, all the way through, Finger comb out major tangles.
Step 2: If you’re using shampoo, use it now. Apply shampoo to your hair. Some people do it just on their roots. When you wash the shampoo out, finger comb out your tangles while your head is under the water.
Step 3: Apply a generous amount of conditioner to your hair. I have a lot of fine hair and my hair is also long—waist length if I straightened it— so I use like enough to cover my palm. You may need to use more or less depending on your conditioner and amount of hair; you want to use enough that the denman brush can slip through your hair. You should be able to squeeze your hair and have conditioner run out. There is such a thing as too much though; you won’t be able to wash it all out and your hair will be crunchy when it dries.
Step 4: Detangle hair with denman brush while conditioner is in your hair. Start at the tips and work your way up. Brush your hair into the position you want it to lie.
Step 5: You’ve got options here.
a) Wash out conditioner with your head right side up. If you’ve got a comb, use it to comb through your hair as you rinse the conditioner out. Don’t tousle your hair, finger comb it. This is good if you want less volume. It’s going to compact more hair together in less curls. This option is also best for keeping hair moisturized and tangle free. Cons are that you might end up with a flat top and not enough volume. Hair also takes a long time to air dry.
b) Turn your hair upside down, and wash the conditioner out. Finger comb your hair while it’s under the water. You want to try and get all the hair straight hanging down. Then, flip your head right side up. Squeeze excess water out. Then put your head under the water right side up. Finger comb hair into place while it’s under the water. Squeeze out excess moisture. This option will give you more volume and your hair will dry quicker, however, your hair may tangle a little bit more or become a little bit more dry.
After either option, I use my fine tooth comb to wash the conditioner out of my bangs if I want them thicker. If I want them thinner, I then wrap individual curls around my finger to define the curls.
Step 6: Squeeze out excess moisture. Get out of the shower. Gently position hair where I want it to be when it dries. Never touch again. Let air dry.
And you’re done! That’s it. If you want to add gel or something, I suppose you can. I never do though.
As my hair has gotten healthier by not using heat, my results have been better. I also got a brazilian blow out and a trim that helped make my hair healthier and kept it from growing throughout the day and frizzing up in rain. Beware though, a lot of people find a brazilian blowout messes up their curl texture, leaving their hair limb, as happened to my sister. My sister is adopted and a different racial mix than me though, and I consider my curls more serious than hers. So basically, how healthy and how damaged your hair is could effect results.
Also note water temperature can effect your results as well. Cooler water for less volume, warmer water for more volume. Similarly, it’s harder to wash the conditioner out with cool water and easier with warm.
Finally, length can effect results as well. The length of my hair combined with the water helps pull it down a bit. When I trim my hair it poofs up a bit more.