Well, this is where it begins. The beginning of my embarrassment. But a promise is a promise and I did promise to answer every last question. I thought I might be able to make it a little less embarrassing by accompanying my answer with photos, but alas. I am unable to scan photos all by my little ole lonesome. And I must not keep my adoring audience waiting too much longer. So while I wait on the photo-scanning genius of the family to find himself some time to devote to my hair blog posts, I’ll start with part one. The part I can do right now, by myself.
From friend of a friend, Diane: What the heck do you do to your hair to make it so amazing?
Okay. You asked for it. I’m going to walk you through it, step by step.
Step 1: Shampoo, rinse thoroughly.
Step 2: Condition, but don’t rinse completely thoroughly. Your hair needs the extra moisture and weight to combat the frizz.
Step 3: Do not rub dry with towel. Just barely blot it and let it stay dripping, soaking wet.
Step 4: Put exactly one squirt of this in your hands:
Distribute evenly throughout hair with palms of hands only. Do not use your fingers to separate curls or you’ll end up with more frizz than curl.
Step 5: Put exactly one squirt of this in your hands:
More than one squirt will result in crunchy, over-produced hair. This is powerful stuff, trust me. Again, distribute evenly throughout hair without combing through with your fingers or separating the curls in any way. Scrunching is fine. Since your hair is still dripping wet, I suggest scrunching over the sink.
Step 6: Dry with a diffuser as hot as you can get it:
The way to dry with a diffuser is to tilt your head so that as much hair as possible falls into that big mega-phone part. Then bring the diffuser as close to your head as possible and just leave it there. Slowly move around your entire head in this manner. I do not suggest turning your head upside-down because you already have more volume than any three people could ask for in this life. No, it’s best to keep your hair in pretty much the same direction as it will be once it’s dry. Diffuse until 100% dry. If you stop while still wet, the still-wet parts will turn into frizz.
Step 7: Take a flat iron to your bangs (or fringe, if you’re a fancy-pants) because they will be sticking out in a million directions after diffusing.
Step 8: Using a curling iron with a 3/4 inch barrel, touch up any straight/frizzy parts still left on your head. Your sides especially just don’t have the curl that the rest of your hair has, so just give ’em a little boost.
There you have it. Eight step process. Maybe a half hour every morning. Of course, if you then want to add clips or other such non-sensical pretties, you might be looking at another 5-10 minutes.
Up next: Hair how-to’s from all hair stages of my life, including the much-adored triangle stage, complete with visual aides.