This year I have vowed to experiment more with my natural, curly hair. Straight hair always holds a certain appeal in my mind and then when I actually straighten it, it’s never as good as I planned. I have realised that I don’t really like wearing my hair down and straight. I like to wear my hair tied up or tied back when it’s straight, which kind of defeats the purpose of straightening it. If I’m only straightening it to tie it up then I might as well save myself the heat damage and not straighten it all!
I’ve said many times before that I think natural hair is a lot more versatile than we like to think. I can wash my hair and go out in about forty minutes when I leave it natural, even less if I’m in a rush. But if I want to wear it straight, then I have to wash, blow dry and straighten it – a process that takes about 3 hours in total. I find that my scalp gets very itchy when my hair is straight and that I’m more likely to re-straighten my hair when straight because of the kinks that the hairbands make in my hair. So overall, straight hair requires a lot more effort to maintain and causes a lot of damage.
To keep my hair moisturised in weather that’s either really warm or really cold, I like to protective style by moisturising and twisting my hair in to small sections. I keep these in for 2 days maximum and usually wash my hair every 3-4 days. So here is an easy hairstyle you can do on the 3rd or 4th day.
When you take your twists out, your hair will already be curly – as below. If you separate these curls with your fingers, then you have a very easy no-heat curly hairstyle.
If you’re going out in the evening or you have an occasion coming up, you can spruce the curls up using a curling wand. Mine is from Tresemme and comes with a glove and a heat protectant spray. If you have a lot of hair, then this could take you a while. But it also depends on how small you want to go with curling each section. Wand curls are really easy. You just start wrapping from the thick end of the barrel, hold for a few seconds and then pull the barrel out. No need to pin it up in sections or hold it either.
There is also no need to blow dry or straighten your hair beforehand. Keeping your hair in twists for two days will already have stretched it and it also gives you pre-selected sections to wand curl. You don’t even have to curl every section. All you have to do is go over the ones that you want to be a little bit bigger. The twists themselves will already have created quite defined curls.
As you can see below, this is what the curls look like when you take them out of the twists. I haven’t separated them here, but all you would need to do it put some oil in your hair (for shine) and begin to separate and fluff them out.
If you do opt for going over them with the curling wand, then the end result should look like this – shiny, soft and bouncy curls! It’s really easy and a great way to glam up a very simple natural hairstyle without straightening or blow drying your hair.