One of the reasons I chopped most of my hair off was to achieve an easier and less time-consuming day-to-day maintenance process. When I was wearing longer twist-out styles, I had to leave myself 30-minutes in the morning and at least 15-minutes at night to style and care for my hair. While I loved the versatility I could achieve, as a busy New Yorker, that was time I often just did not have.
Last Wednesday on the blog I walked you through how I achieve the perfect wash & go, the style I wear almost exclusively these days. And I mentioned how, in between wash days, my day-to-day maintenance process is pretty much non-existent…I don’t even wrap my hair at night. Non-existent doesn’t mean unkempt or uncared for hair though. It just means I’ve mastered the art of 60-second or less styling ☺ Here’s what I do…
Nighttime – :05 seconds
I don’t twist, manipulate or wrap my hair in the evening. My secret nighttime ingredient is my satin pillow case. Bonnets and headscarves smash my hair too much at night, disrupting my curlz. So, all I do is slip one of these puppies over my pillow and go to sleep. Since my curls are mostly on the top of my head, there’s no need to even sleep pretty.
Morning – :45 seconds
Apply an oil spray. I’ve used pretty much every oil under the sun at some point, but one oil that never does me wrong is Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Sheen Sealing Nectar. It’s lightweight so it doesn’t build up or weigh my hair down, it smells great, and provides just enough sheen to get my curlz a poppin’ in the morning.
I spray about 3-5 pumps around my hair.
Then I spray a little bit on my hands and rub them together. I do this because it makes my hands a little slippery and less prone to damaging my curl pattern. It also helps to distribute the oil evenly.
I then fluff, mostly the top and a little bit on the sides, with my fingertips. Not vigorously, just enough to give my hair a little lift and shape.
And that’s it! All in a matter of 60 seconds or less. How’s that for low maintenance hair!
Don’t forget Wednesdays on the blog are all about hair, so don’t be a stranger.