It’s September and although fashion has switched gears to sweaters, leggings and boots, it’s still 100 degrees where I’m at. The last thing I want to do is use a blowdryer, flat-iron or curling iron to add more heat, so I’ve been letting my hair loose and natural (with a few products of course). Here’s how you can do this end of summer hair.
First let’s get the basics down. My hair is thick, coarse, chemically treated and naturally wavy with some lovely frizz added in. Although there are different hair types and textures, the perfect product cocktail can give you these results.
Step 1: Wash hair with a sulfate-free shampoo. I like the L’Oreal EverPure line. It’s got great weight to minimize frizz and is sulfate-free. Use a conditioner that can double as a mask. I use the L’Oreal EverPure conditioner and clip it in a loose bun in the shower to let the goodness seep in a bit longer. Use a wide-tooth comb after applying conditioner in the shower to avoid having to detangle afterwards.
Step 2: Wrap your hair in a microfiber quick dry towel just until you’ve gotten dressed to allow the excess moisture to dry so you’re left with damp hair (instead of soaking wet hair).
Step 3: Mix together a smoothing cream and hair oil and rake through hair with fingers, focusing first on the strands from your ears down and gently scrunching at the bottom. Use the excess product to smooth flyaways on the top of your head, bangs and shorter layers.
Step 4: Let air-dry completely. Putting it up in a bun, pony or clipped up will only create creases. Once it air dries you’ll be left with pretty natural waves!
A few notes:
– if you have super frizzy hair, up the amount of smoothing cream, even one with a bit of hold will help.
– if looking for a bit of texture or volume, use a root lift volumizing product to encourage the hair cuticle to expand.
The products above are the ones I use, but if you have a product you just love, use it! The key is trial and error, so play around until you find your perfect combination.
Now put that blowdryer away, it’s too hot!