Curly hair can be extremely misleading. How short or long curly hair appears is seldom an honest representation of length. Shrinkage is no lie plus how curly hair is styled, which products are used, how the products are applied, and if the curls are air dried or diffused all affects the final outcome.
This style above is my wash and go over three days. My hair looks again very different if set with a braid or twist out.
I don’t use a lot of styling products or leave-ins for my curls as they usually weigh my hair down, and my current haircut is all about volume. After recently purchasing my diffuser to style my curls, I’ve been playing around with a few different drying techniques. I’ve recently noticed that cupping the ends of my hair with the diffuser, and bringing my hair to my scalp only enhances shrinkage. This method is great for curls that need a bounce boost, but it makes my hair look much shorter than it really is. This method of cupping my curls is a direct result of the first two pictures of my hair above.
Now when I diffuse my hair I mainly focus on drying the roots with my head upside down for volume while not focusing heavily on the ends of my hair at all.
To preserve my hair at night I divide my hair into a top and bottom section and place both sections into a very high ponytail also referred to as “the pineapple”. I then sleep on a satin pillow case. In the morning I lightly spritz only the ends of my hair with water while still in the ponytails to refresh the curls. Once my hair is almost completely dry, I remove the ponytails and fluff out my hair.
Although I could get four and five day hair inbetween washes, I don’t even try because my hair loves water, and water keeps my hair moisturized. Moisturized hair prevents breakage.
Therefore I reset my hair every three days. Over the three days my hair gains a bit more length and volume which I love. You can see all the details of my simple hair care regimen for spring/summer 2015 here along with my latest addition (the diffuser) and how I achieve maximum curl definition without a ton of products here.
(Image by Dawn Michelle)