I know a lot of you have been wondering how I’ve been getting on with my hair post big chop. The answer in short (no pun intended) is GREAT!! I love the ease and simplicity of my tapered Teeny Weeny Afro and the colour is popping in the current sunny weather we are enjoying. Do I miss my long hair sometimes?….sure! There are moments I long for length just to switch things up but then mummyhood calls and I’m glad I don’t have to spend 30 mins plus on my hair anymore.
I’ve mostly just been doing wash and go’s but if I want more definition/pizazz I shingle my hair. For those not in the know, shingling is a styling method developed my Miss Jessie’s salon, which “manually turns kinks to curls.” It’s a way to achieve maximum curl definition and elongation and all that’s required is sopping wet hair, some sort of defining product and wide tooth comb, Denman brush or even your fingers. You can find tons of tutorials online and most especially on Youtube. My fav video is by Carmen of My Natural Sisters.
Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion
Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel
Curly By Nature Nourishing Gloss Balm
After co-washing my hair I apply Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing lotion as my leave in. It acts as a great moisturizer and base to prevent crunch from the styling products used on top. I then apply a generous amount of either the Curl Enhancing Smoothie or Curl Activator Cream depending on my mood and what’s within reach. On top of that I apply a light amount of Eco Style Gel. I tend to re-wet my hair with a spray bottle in between applying products. Finally, I apply a very light layer of the Nourishing Gloss Balm. I then take small sections of hair, apply a small amount of gel and work my denman brush through the section, starting at the ends and smoothing with my fingers as I go. This defines and elongates my curls and makes them clump together. I do this throughout my hair, re-wetting as needed. I then leave my hair to dry. Because I use a gel, this style is able to last for 2-3 days and I just re-wet each morning with water.
Hair needs to be very wet to get the best definition
Use a moisturizing Leave-in underneath your styling products to prevent crunch and dryness
For very short sections of hair, manually shingle with your fingers
You will get varying degrees of curl definition and clumping, depending on your hair texture
No amount of product or shingling can create curls where there are none