Skip the Shower and Dry Style Your Curls Instead
You know what will shave time off of your morning routine and help keep your hair healthy and shiny? Dry styling! Constant hair washing can actually do more harm than good. In fact, it can strip the scalp of its vital, natural oils and bacteria (leaving skin itchy and flakey) and can dehydrate your hair, leading to rough, brittle strands.
Couple that with the fact that we all know our hair looks even better on day two, three (or even four!) and the case for washing less frequently gets even stronger. So, for you curly girls and guys who are looking to streamline your hair care routine, dry styling with a curl cream may just be your new favorite style-saving hack.
Start with clean hair
It’s largely a matter of preference, but we recommend you dry style on clean, dry hair. So, wash and condition your hair as usual, then fully dry it. Once dry, either that same day, or the very next day, apply your curl cream. Doing this on clean hair allows your style to last even longer, meaning you can skip shampooing for several days.
Know your hair type
Since curl creams vary in weight from light to heavy, it’s important to know what kind of hair you have. If yours is thin and curly, go for a more lightweight option. If you have thicker or coarser strands, opt for a curl cream that is a bit thicker and richer as you’ll need the extra moisture and hold to tame dry hair.
Focus on your ends
When it comes to smoothing on curl cream to dry hair, keep it away from your roots and scalp. Most styles, including twist outs, flat twists, bantu knots or rod sets, require you to use more curl cream than you would normally use on wet hair. So, blend it only from the mid-shaft to ends of your hair for better hold and shine. If you apply curl cream any further up, you risk hair looking too greasy and flat, as the weight of the curl cream will force your roots to lay flat, decreasing any chance you have of a volumized look. If roots look a bit fuzzy, use the residue left over on your fingers to smooth out your look. After blending the cream on your lengths, lightly go over and smooth frizzy bits down near the top and sides of your head and along the nape of your neck.
Comb it through
When hair is wet, it’s easy for styling products to slip through the length of hair, but when it’s dry, it’s a lot harder to blend through. So, apply as mentioned above with your hands, then use a wide-tooth comb to distribute the cream from mid-shaft to ends. Combing also ensures that the product is applied evenly over strands and not clumped in one spot.
Protect hair while you sleep
Plan on your style lasting for several days, but only if you take precautionary measures to protect your hair at night. This means investing in a silk pillowcase that won’t rough up strands as you sleep, or wrapping hair in a satin head scarf. If you’d rather have your hair up and out of the way, choose a soft fabric scrunchie over a hair elastic, as traditional elastics tend to rip and break hair.
In search of products to use for when you actually do wash your hair? Discover your custom formula by taking the Prose consultation here.