Every few years I get a little stir crazy with my hair and do a massive, drastic chop. Last month I got rid of seven inches of hair and got a nice fresh start. However, with a new do comes a whole new way to style it. I have gotten the quick blow dry and straightening down, but finding a way to air dry my naturally wavy hair and go was a little harder to figure out.
I spent the better part of my first few weeks with my big chop looking like an air-dried hot mess. I washed my hair twice as much as I normally do to practice figuring it out and I am pretty happy to say that I think I have it down.
To note, I have extremely thick hair that is naturally wavy and fairly curly underneath. If your hair is fine or thin, I would add in a volumizer on the roots before using a hair dryer.
First, I comb my hair out with conditioner in it in the shower. When I get out I let it air dry a little bit and add a few drops of a hair oil to it. I then blow dry it while scrunching a little on the top and underneath by the nape of my neck. I will usually do my makeup and get dressed after this and let it air dry a little bit more and do a few more things. Then I get my trusty hair wand and quickly wand small pieces of the top layer of my hair. I try to wrap small sections and hold them for only a few seconds at a time all the way around my head. This literally only takes me five minutes to do. After, I spray a tiny bit of the Oribe spray on the top layer of hair and finger comb what I just hit with the wand out and go!
This requires so little effort, but depending on your hair length and texture, the amount of time and heat you need from your wand will change. I recommend playing around with a few times to get it right.
A couple of quick things:
First, a great hair wand doesn’t have to break the bank. I know a lot of people swear by some higher end brands, but I have always done really well with my drugstore brand ones. I splurged a little more and got the Hot Tools Wand a couple years ago for $35. It heats up to a higher heat, which I find is necessary for thicker or coarser hair like mine, and is really great quality for the price. Save your money on one of these and get something basically and inexpensive!
As for the second necessity, it is definitely more of a splurge, but something I SWEAR by: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. I won’t lie, the price on this product is a hard pill to swallow, but it is pure magic. My one bottle has lasted me almost a full year and I use it at least twice a week. I only use a tiny bit at a time because a little bit goes a very long way with this. It keeps my hair in place, while giving it just enough texture to separate the curls into waves. It doubles as a dry shampoo and volumizer as well. Plus, it smells phenomenal!
This may not work for everyone, but if you try it let me know what you think!
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Thank you for reading and have a fabulous day! -XO