For starters let me share a confession, I love keeping it real/honest/true so… I bought a hair dryer. I know, I know! I said I probably would never use heat ever again, and a year ago I even gave away my hair dryer styler and flat iron. Yet this time it’s not a styler dryer to straighten the hair, but a traditional dryer with a good size diffuser, so it’s seriously curl and fro friendly.
The one thing that I was sure to look for in a hair dryer was not only a cool shot button, but a cool setting period.
So I purchased the Infiniti Pro by Conair Styling Tool. This dryer was not only super affordable, but has a cool, warm, and hot setting along with two speeds, a cold shot button, and has ceramic technology which provides infrared heat to protect your hair from damage. I know it all sounds good, but what got me was being able to wash my hair and set it before the hour was up! I’m not about slaving over my curls anymore, I just want to enjoy them and move on while letting them blow freely in the wind.
I know I shared all the details on My Spring/Summer 2015 Curly Hair Care pretty recently, but I wanted to give you the 411 on how I was able to get so much curl definition in my hair without using hardly any leave-in products.
I will say that I gave myself a tiny trim this week just to freshen things up a bit. Yes I do cut my own hair and have for years. This recent short hairstyle was one of my major spring updates since my hair had gotten pretty long before. I shared a few pics of my before and after here. You may even remember from my regimen article that I clarify my hair monthly with a clay wash, yet thoughout the week I mainly just wash my hair with… just water. Yep I said it, just water. You can get the details on that here.
In order to get the curl definition that you see here, I used my DIY Natural Hair Gel with added wheat germ oil as a detangler and “conditioner” and left it in my hair for 15-20 minutes. I then rinsed my detangled and defined curls of product and rubbed a quarter size amount of my whipped shea butter mix over the surface of my hair. I’ve had a serious love/hate with flaxseed gel because I no longer crave curls with weight especially now that my hair is shorter. My fine strands get weighed down extremely easily. If I want to use a leave-in especially for major frotastic volume, then I will use this simple leave-in with aloe vera, or this one which also contains aloe vera.
Finally the fun part! I diffused my curls on warm heat/low speed. I then switched over to the cool setting for a moment then the cold shot button. It took only about 10-15 minutes of drying time, and I was good to go after getting in there a bit with my afro pick! I usually would wait 1-1.5 hours for my hair to dry which means hoping that my curls fall how I want them while I’m driving with the windows down on the highway as my non-conventional hair dryer fluffing as I go.
I’m really loving the results of using my homemade hair gel as a “conditioner” of sorts. It still keeps my regimen simple, yet adds extra slip when needed for detangling. It’s taken me a long time to get to a hair care regimen that was this simple and cost effective. These photos are Day 1 tight curls which haven’t been manipulated in any major way. It’s always fun to see how they stretch out and get bigger over the next few days!
Peace & Crazy Curls!
Have a great holiday weekend Beauties!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)