Recently, I stumbled across this video tutorial:
I decided to try this girl’s method myself. Now, I really hate spending a lot of time on my hair, so her “blow-drying for 15+ minutes” wasn’t going to work for me. I, of course, adapted her method for myself.
Step 1: Wash and Condition Hair with Herbal Essences Totally Twised Curls and Waves Shampoo and Conditioner.
I use the Herbal Essences almost all the time. I try to use the Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner for one week every month to help my hair stay really healthy.
Step 2: Comb Hair Before Rinsing the Conditioner Out.
Step 4: Plop Hair.
Step 5: Coat Hair with Gel.
In her movie, she suggests Ouidad Hair Gel. I use too much in hair products to buy the real expensive stuff (and frankly, I’m just too cheap), so I experimented with several different gels you can buy off the shelf at Wal-Mart.
I have experimented with the following:
1. TRESemmè Bouncy Curls Defining Hair Gel.
My favorite of all of these, that I will continue to use is TRESemmè Bouncy Curls Defining Hair Gel. I’m a little bit nervous right now as I was unable to find this on the TRESemmè site, but I did just buy a new one this morning. I might have to stock up. I found this great refresher spray by TRESemmè and they don’t sell it anymore. I hate it when companies do that!
My backup is the Curl Scrunching Gel. It still reacts well with my hair, my curls are still soft, and it only leaves a little bit of crunch.
I will not use the Set Me Up Gel. My hair was crunchy and dry feeling all day long. Not a pleasant experience. I will have to experiment with other hair gels, to find one that I love – especially if the TRESemmè is discontinued.
Step 6: Follow her steps for blow drying, but for less time. I do not blow dry my hair all the way. I just don’t have the patience for it, and besides, it’s better for your hair when it’s blow dried less. I have found from experience that ending by blow drying on the cool setting is necessary for “setting” the curls. It does make a difference! I was extremely surprised to find that the gel was not hardly crunchy at all once it was blow dried. One reason I stayed away from gel in the past was because of that wet, crunchy look. My curls are soft to the touch and soft looking! I love it.
I believe my biggest problem is that I have been using my diffuser wrongly. :) No one ever showed me how to use my diffuser, so I would wave it around like you would when blow drying normally. Apparently, this is not the way to use a diffuser. Oh dear, this could have transformed my hair ages ago! :)
I have also tried this method of blow drying with my other “go to” styling method. While it works better than what I was doing, the gel in my hair makes my curls even more curly! :)
Since this hairstyle takes me longer, I use it on days that I have the time, or I desire to wear my hair down. If I’m unsure about wearing my hair down, I will sometimes do this method anyways. I must say, my pony tails have so much more body and curl when styled this way! :)
The most amazing thing about styling my hair in this manner is the staying power it has! It will stay really curly all day long. By evening, if I’m ready to go somewhere, I just add a little TRESemmè Flawless Curls Mousse and I’m good to go! I love it. Just love it.
BEFORE pics (styled the way I used to):
AFTER pics (styled the “new” way):
I’m not sure if any of these pictures show the difference, but believe me, there is one!
Also, I love her haircut. I might have to try that one, but maybe not quite as drastic.
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