For the past year or so, I’ve been trying to grow my hair really long. I want it to look like I have hair extensions without the hair extensions. But, here’s my take on it: I really like having long hair EXCEPT when I have to style it. From blowing drying to curling, it takes me about 30 to 45 minutes from start to finish. My arms are exhausted from all the brushing and straightening my thick mane of frizziness, and I’m mentally exhausted for spending that long on my hair! Ain’t nobody got time for that. I did some rough calculations, and if I “do” my hair three times per week that’s about 120 hours per year that I’m spending just doing my hair. I mean, WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE? I seriously need to reevaluate myself and my life goals. For real.
After much trial and error and some help from my stylist, I’ve finally figured out how to do my hair in 15 minutes or less. YESSS. It’s true. With this new plan, I will spend roughly 40 hours per year on my hair give or take. Now that’s a little more palatable, and I don’t feel the need to donate my life to charity to counteract the vanity time spent on my hair. So today I thought I’d share my hair styling routine with you in case you’re having the same struggles.
Prepare to put your feet up and start a Netflix binge because you’re going to have some serious free time on your hands after learning my tips and tricks…
Wash your hair at night and let it air dry. (I probably should have prefaced this whole post by saying that you need to have some wave in your hair for this tutorial to work for you, but most people have some wave or texture to their hair soooo yeah.) I brush my wet hair with my trusty Wet Brush (the best for detangling!) and put some Moroccan Oil in it, and I’m ready to snooze. When I wake up, my hair is a frizzy, wavy mess. It’s awesome. Do a happy dance because this is the base for your new do. You might say at this point…Jamie, you should just embrace your natural hair. Ummm nooo. My hair is flat, lackluster and these next few steps polish my hair up so I look presentable. And, it’s important to feel presentable, no?
Next I run my fingers though my hair with a de-frizz cream. I use Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream. This stuff has a little bit of magic in it (and a block of gold bc it’s so expensive). It smooths my hair without weighing it down. Just try it, and you’ll see what I mean. Anyway, now to the most important point of this entire post: DO NOT BRUSH YOUR HAIR. It will ruin all the natural waves in your hair.
Now, heat up your curling iron and examine your hair for “good waves” and “bad waves”. Bad waves are yucky and kinky, and you want to get rid of those with the curling iron. I use the Hot Tools Curling Iron. Leave the good waves alone. Curl only the pieces that you think need help. You’re going for a beachy, messy wave look. Try to alternate the good waves and the curled pieces so it looks even on both sides. So basically (if you haven’t figured it out by now), you’re saving time by not curling your entire head of hair…you’re only curling the pieces that look bad. Cool, huh? It achieves the messy wave effect in a quarter of the time. SCORE.
When you are happy with your waves, use a light hair spray throughout. I like the IGK Flexible Hairspray. It’s light without feeling crunchy. Then, you may want to use a texturizing spray or a dry shampoo like the IGK Jet Lag for added volume. Spray it at your roots, let it dry, and massage it in with your hands. And, you are done. You feel like a million bucks because your hair is coiffed, and you didn’t spend 140 hours to do it. YESSS. Another happy dance.
That’s it. I hope y’all dug the tutorial. My hair is by no means perfect. I will never have defined spiral curls like I see on Instagram. But here’s the thing, I am ok with it. I don’t really want perfect hair. I kinda like the undone look, but I want to look cool and undone. Umm yeah I will keep trying on the “cool” part. (Insert awkward emoji face here).
Let me know your tricks for styling your hair on the go. I’d love to hear from you. Until next time…