Does your lifestyle leave you too exhausted to styling your coils everyday? Have you made multiple attempts to achieve second day hair with a pineapple and a spritz of water? Length is one of the factors in finding low maintenance hair styles that last anywhere from three days to a week.
Start With a Defined Style
The key to maintaining set styles for multiple days is starting with a defined style, preferably something that is styled while the hair is wet or damp. Whether it’s wet set or a dry flat-twist out, you’ll lose more definition over time, so the more defined the hair is to start with, the longer it will last.
Learning how to achieve your desired style comes with trial and error, but staple elements in maintaining the health of your hair shouldn’t change. Don’t compromise the health of your hair for aesthetics. Your hair will also be easier when you treat it with proper care.
Apply Products Correctly
Product application plays a major role in getting a lasting style. Shingling products along the length of your strands allows the hair to better retain moisture. It also holds the style for a longer period of time because the products are evenly distributed.
For those living in a humid climates with high dew points, assure that the moisture reinforcements in your regimen contain fewer levels of humectants. Hair frizzes due to swelling of the hair shaft. Dry hair expands in order to grasp moisture in the air. If your hair contains high levels of humectants, then it will swell when pulling moisture from the air. Balance is key.
Remember that water is the only source of moisture, so when setting your hair, it’s important to at least spritz your tresses before sealing with an oil or butter mixture.
Here are some coily hair styles that require very little maintenance and can last up to a week.
- Finger coils (TWA or short): Finger coils can last anywhere from four days to an entire week. The only maintenance that is needed is a satin bonnet before bed and a spritz of water before starting your day. The smaller they are, the longer they last.
- Small flat-twist outs (Medium length): Not only does styling flat-twist outs in small sections allow the coils to stretch more but it also does not require re-twisting at night. After moisturizing your hair before bed, all you need is a satin scarf to wrap around your hair and a satin bonnet to prevent the scarf from falling off.
- Updos (Medium or Long): Don’t want to rock cornrows? You don’t have to. Bobby pins are your best friend. By taking an old (or new) flat-twist out or twist left in tact, you can just grab and pin your hair into the style you desire. This method will also add texture to your styles.
- Wash ‘n’ goes (Medium or Long): Using the pineapple method at the crown, sides, or nape of the neck allows you to maintain definition of your curls original pattern. Spritzing with water in the morning will allow your curls to spring back into place after being flattened during sleep.
- Braid outs (Medium or Long): Braid outs are a great way to combat shrinkage and single strand knots. Whether you braid in big or small sections, you only need to put your hair in chunky twists before bedtime to keep the set in tact for the next day.