Although the natural hair movement has been going for quite some time, almost 19 years for Urbanbella, there is still a large portion of our community that are trying to get THEIR perfect solution for THEIR perfect natural hair style.
The problem is once you think you have the perfect Wash-N-Go or Twist-Set you now have to tackle getting it to last long enough. Sometimes it lasts for a few days and in worse case scenarios only a few hours.
A few months ago I taught a Live class where I walked through what steps you need to take to get your Natural Hair Style to Last. It was a bit lengthy (2 Hours with the Q&A) So I am going to break it up into 2 parts for you.
This Blog post is Part 1 and I will post Part 2 here on the A Beautiful Life Blog for you. Here are the first few things you can do to get your hairstyle to last longer...
Level Up Your Products
I'm just going to say it. Most of the stuff out there is just watered down junk. And that will not get great results that can last. Sure it probably looks good on the first day or the first few hours. But not long after that. And if you are going to put in the effort then you want it to last. When I go into the lab and formulate new products one of my goals is to make the process of having natural hair easier. If you can avoid having to manage your every day then that is easier. By making sure that the product helps your style to last it will save your loads of time and money. I make sure that your styles can last with Urbanbella products by using enough of the ingredients that really matter. These ingredients are the oils, butters, humectants and gels (they are not all the same),. When I sit down to create a new formula I think about how much hold is needed to acheive results while I make sure I have enough of the right hydration and moisture in the product to keep your hair from feeling dry. This is all adjusted by what ingredients I decide to work with. My collection will make your hair look good for several days. I designed it that way. This is true for Urbanbella Hydrating and Moisturizing Products as well. The moisture lasts for several days and this is key in getting your styles to last and really getting your hair in the right condition.
Choose the Right Product for the Job
I recommend you start by understanding your goals for hair. Are you looking for softness with the finish? Do you need a firmer finish based on your climate and hair softness? I always recommend a good balance between these soft and firm products. You need real power in your hair gels that will hold but won't leave your hair feeling brittle. Botanical gels like the Urbanbella Styling Collection will give you the softness you want or firmness you want for Wash-N-Go's and any other textured styles. Products such as moisturizers won't get the job done if we are aiming for a long lasting style. And mousses tend to be too light and fluffy to provide longevity. Mousses are nice but when you use them your styles last for a few days max. Here the the main things I see most naturals getting confused with…If a product says Twisting Cream and Curl Cream the assumption is that it will hold your hair style. This is not the case with every company. So what I did with Urbanbella products is each product tells you below the product what it is. On the website things are grouped by category. Styling Gels and Creams are together in a Collection and Moisturizers are together in a collection. When all else fails or gets confusing, look at your Urbanbella Product Label and below the name it tells you what it is.
Maximize your moisture with a good weekly washing routine
Let Your Hair Fully Dry
Hair that is air dried is going to be puffier and shrink more. Once you have applied your hair gel it is best to immediately go under a hooded-dryer to set your style in its best state. Even though you probably cannot tell, it starts to frizz faster than it dries. This will leave you with some fly-aways and areas that do not look as polished. If you hop under the dryer right away you are "freezing" your style in place while it's practically perfect. This gives your hair more shine and stretch which adds to your style looking better.
Once your hair is fully dry from root to tip you can begin to fluff and style and create volume. You don’t want to fluff your hair while it’s wet. This creates frizz and does not help the style to last.
So What's Next
These are the First 4 Tips you need and make sure you have these under your belt. Next we will dive into the second part of what to do to get your Natural Hair Style to last. And a little sneak peak... I will be sharing a demo on how to properly apply your products.
Tell me how long your natural hair styles are currently lasting??? You can comment below and let me know how you are doing with your weekly routine. I want you to get the most from your efforts and I know you can get 8 Days or more out of your style!