Curly Hair Hacks From the Girl Who's Tried it All
I love my curls and I loved them even more once I was old enough to appreciate not having to do anything in the morning, other than a quick shake and go. Seriously, they suit my lifestyle perfectly — minimal effort, max big hair energy. It should also be noted that I'm terribly lazy when it comes to hair maintenance (just ask my hairdresser, sorry Frankie) but, over my 20-something years I've tried just about everything to help my curls live their best life and here's what works for me . . .
1. Sleep in scrunchies only, in fact, only use scrunchies.
Scrunchies were back in a big way in 2019, and my locks were loving it. I find that if I can't sleep with my hair out, which is always preferable for my curls, I'll pop them on the top of my head in a silk scrunchie. This way I avoid any nasty knots or breakage from hair bands.
2. Minimal washes
Let me preface this by saying I've had boyfriends who wash their hair more often than I do. I hate washing my hair. The minute I do, I look like Hermione circa Philosopher's Stone and it's just not a vibe. The way I get around it is by shampooing my roots one week and conditioning my ends the next. In between washes I use a micellar water to keep it fresh and non-greasy. Luckily for me, curly hair is naturally less greasy so I can get away with my minimal wash routine.
3. Actual sea water
This cheeky little trick started back in high school, before my school formal, my mother took me to a friends place so that I could dunk my head in their salt water pool so my curls would bounce just right. Now, I just cruise on down to the beach for a quick dip, and in Winter I stockpile water from the ocean in a spray bottle so I don't actually have to get in. If you don't live by the ocean I'd suggest a light sea salt spray, if it feels like it's too gritty, just dilute it with a little water.
4. Scrunch in conditioner
Another super helpful trick I learnt recently was that when it comes to conditioning my hair, simply scrunch it through the ends and work my way up to the roots. I find this spreads the product more evenly and helps my curls soak up the much needed moisture, plus the less conditioner I use right at the root the better my curls are when they dry.
5. Tee's Turban
Trading my towel for a tee to dry my hair was life changing, LIFE CHANGING! I use a large basic mens cotton tee to wrap my curls up to dry, that way I avoid any unnecessary frizz. Once it's semi-dry I take it out and scrunch out any remaining dampness with the tee, and let me tell you, it works wonders. It gives my curls a great frizz-free bounce.
6. Apply product to wet hair
Whenever I feel like I need to add some extra moisture to my hair I make sure I have some kind of treatment on hand the minute I jump out of the shower so I can apply it to my wet locks. I find the product is absorbed better this way, and then I just wrap it up to dry as usual. If I think it needs a little extra love once it's dry I'll scrunch some extra product through the ends.