Hello beauties! Today we are going to be talking about how to refresh your curls and maintain your curly hairstyle for a whole week.
I know that curly hair can sometimes be a pain to maintain.
And for those of us who are really busy, it’s not really an option to take the time to style our hair every day and frankly it isn’t healthy for your hair either.
Maintaining one style for a whole week lessens the amount of manipulation which in turn helps your retain length.
I know a whole week sounds like a long time but trust me it isn’t as hard as it sounds.
The steps I’m going to talk about in this post work best on a wash and go style.
If you are doing a protective or a low maintenance style like a braid out or a twist out and want to refresh the look then I don’t recommend using this method.
Only because your hair will revert to its natural curl pattern if you get it wet so the best way to maintain a twist out or braid out is to keep it dry and try using a little bit of product instead of water.
On that note, let’s jump into the post!
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How to refresh your curls
Step #1 – Prep your hair
The first step in learning how to maintain your styles for a whole week is a good curly hair routine.
You have to give your hair some structure to work with before you decide that you aren’t going to style it for seven days.
Well, how do you do that? Simple.
Find your curly hair routine and stick to it.
Finding a curly hair routine that works well with your hair doesn’t have to be hard, just keep trying out different things until you find something that works well for you.
I have posts on the curly girl method and the LOC method.
These are both really popular routines that many curly haired girls and boys have found success with.
I’d say these are great places to start.
Once you have your curly hair routine you can move on to the next step.
Step #2 – Create a good night routine
If you really want your hair to last longer then you need to evaluate or re-evaluate how you style your hair for sleep.
When you sleep, your hair is constantly rubbing against your covers and pillowcases which can cause loss of curl definition, dryness, damage, and split ends.
Your night routine can make or break your wash and go.
I have a whole post on different ways you can protect your hair while you’re sleeping.
You want to invest in a satin or silk pillowcase and/or a satin bonnet.
These materials are gentler on the hair and won’t cause friction on your curls and ruin their definition.
Many curly girls like the pineapple method, however, it isn’t for everyone so I recommend trying out some different ones and sticking with the one that works best for your hair.
Step #3 – Moisture is king/queen
I cannot stress this enough, you must keep your curls moisturized.
This is so important.
Moisturized curls hold definition better and longer, if your hair is dry and brittle then your curls are going to fall flat much sooner than you want them to.
If you follow a consistent curly hair routine and protect your hair at night, then you’re on the right path to moisture but there’s one more thing I recommend doing.
When you wake up in the morning, spritz your hair with water.
Because water is moisture, and moisture is your friend.
Spritzing your hair with water will also re-activate any product you put in your hair the day before and keep them looking fresh and new.
You don’t want your hair soaking wet, just damp.
Spritzing your hair with water will also encourage your hair to clump together which will help with curl definition.
Step #4 – Add some product
You don’t want to just spray your hair with water and then run out the door because that water will eventually evaporate and guess what happens then…
That’s right, tumbleweed.
You want to add a little bit of product to your hair after your spritzed it so you can seal in that moisture and make sure your hair stays moisturized.
Now, when I say a little bit I mean use enough for the amount of hair you have. If your hair is thinner then use less product, if it’s thicker then use more product.
We don’t want to weigh our curls down we just want to make sure they have enough moisture.
I recommend applying the product in a scrunching motion with all of your hair flipped upside down.
This will ensure you get maximum curl definition and will help get some volume in your roots.
Step #5 – Leave it alone!
If you want your hair to last longer then you have to stop touching it, especially when it’s wet or damp.
Stop flipping it around and stop running your fingers through it. You are not in a shampoo commercial.
The more you touch your curls, the more you disrupt them and cause them to lose definition.
Loss of definition means you have to restyle and we don’t want that.
If you touch your hair too much you can also make it frizzy which is another outcome we don’t want.
So refrain from touching your hair as much as you possibly can, I promise you will see a difference.
I know having and maintaining curly hair can be a pain in the butt sometimes but once you work out your own routine it gets so much easier.
You begin to see the beauty in your hair and you will enjoy caring for it a lot more when you start working with it instead of trying to force it to be something it isn’t.
Once you master refreshing your curls you can even try to stretch your styles even loner than a week especially if you’re doing a twist out or braid out.
Experiment with your hair and figure out what works and what doesn’t.
Have fun with your hair and it will start to seem less and less like a chore.
Well beauties, that’s it for this post!
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