As naturals the health of our hair thrives on a strict moisture routine that most of us have down perfectly. Each of our regimens maybe slightly different but they all serve the same purpose; to keep our curls juicy and soft. Recently while watching one of my favorite natural hair Youtubers Naptural85 I noticed that depending on the style she was going for she would apply certain hair products directly after she washed her hair while she was still in the shower. Naturally, I then adopted this practice and noticed that it actually works really well! Read on to discover how to achieve super defined hair by applying products while your still in the shower.
1. This trick works best if you wash your hair in sections and plat or twist them back up as you go. Wash your hair as normal and after your hair is clean apply whatever oil you would use to seal with directly afterwards. Olive oil works the best for me as it leaves a nice shine and leaves the hair feeling soft and easy to detangle. Be sure to rinse out excess oil for best results!
For the next following steps it just depends on your desired style:
Read steps 2A. and onwards for a wash and go, or 2B. and onwards for a style that will require twisting.
Wash & Go Styling Steps:
2A. After you’ve applied your oil that seals next you’ll want to apply a curl defining cream that gives you your best definition be sure to focus on your ends especially. If your hair feels pretty soft at this point you can skip this step but place a bit at your ends.
2A1.Next apply whatever gel you would normally use to top off your curl definition and as usual with a wash and go you’ll want to apply the gel generously. Be sure to really work it in from root to tip. If your hair starts to become dry wet it again under the shower head. Once your hair begins to dry frizz will appear, the objective is it to coat the hair with gel while it’s wet, defined and frizz free!
2A2. Next step out of the shower, you should now have generously wet hair that’s full of product and your curl pattern should be highly visible. If you spot frizz your hair may not be completely clean or have enough gel. Grab an old t-shirt and place it around the sections of your hair, try not to rub the hair but pat and dab it dry.
2A3. Next you can either use a diffuser or just let your hair air dry. If you’re a heat free natural and will not be using a diffuser use bobby pins to hold down areas of your hair for less shrinkage. If you’re using a diffuser be sure to do the same to fight shrinkage by pulling down on your roots as you dry your hair. After your hair has dried you should have a very fluffy and defined twist out!
Twist out Styling Steps:
2B. After you’ve applied your oil that seals and have rinsed out any excess oil your next step will be to apply a styling pudding to your hair use a comb to gently rake the product through the hair from root to tip. Do this all over each section of hair.
2B1. Next, apply whatever gel or holding pudding you’d normally use as the final step of your twist out paying special attention to your ends. It’s best to stay near your shower incase your hair becomes dry as you will need to wet your hair again to eliminates any frizz.
2B2. Begin twisting your hair in your desired style being sure to flat twist (<<start video at 1:28) at the roots to stretch the hair for maximum length.
2B3. Once you’re done twisting wrap your hair in a t-shirt depending on how wet it is for 20 minutes or until moderately damp. If your hair feels not so damp skip this step. Tie your hair up as usual once you’ve removed the t-shirt and voila you’ll have a super defined twist out!
These steps are an ingenious way to truly eliminate frizz and take your next hairstyle to the next level. I plan to start keeping oils and styling products in the shower with me from now on. I hope this styling practice works out as great for you as it has for me!