Q: “I have hair right past my shoulders. It’s frizzy, poofy, and SUPER thick. I’m young, 16, and I have no clue how to style my hair. It’s so tough to get a great look for my hair. I like going straight somedays (but not bone straight), and sometimes I like to have just a little wave to it….School starts up again in a couple days, and I don’t know what to do. Any possible way you could help me?” – CJ
A: CJ, from what it sounds like…basically what you need are a few styling products and the right technique! My first piece of advice will address your basic shampoo and conditioning needs – because they do matter, believe it or not. Pick a curl enhancing shampoo/ conditioner for daily use and a ultra-conditioning hair mask for weekly use. These will help minimize frizz, restore moisture and enhance your natural waves. When drying your hair, don’t rub! Instead, blot with a towel to avoid frizz. If you have tangles, gently spray with a light leave-in conditioning detangler.
Getting gorgeous waves is super simple! Start by blending equal parts of a defrizzing product and a leave-in conditioner. Or use a curl defining cream. Comb it through your locks, from roots to tips, to give your hair weight and definition. Let it air dry. Voila! Just remember that if any frizz pops up later on, don’t use water to smooth it out (which will only increase frizziness).
For your straight hair needs, I strongly advise you to put down any straightening irons and pick up a blow dryer. Not only will it take less time and is a bit healthier for your hair, but a fantastic blowout really can work wonders. Begin by taking approximately a quarter-sized amount of straightening cream in your hand; rub your hands together and run through your strands for an even coat. Take a few clips to hold sections of hair away from the area you are drying. Then point the nozzle down and follow your brush movements to reduce chances of frizz. This might take awhile, but you’ll have a killer blowout as a result!
Suggested products include the following: Love Shampoo/ Conditioner and NouNou Pak by Davines, Heat-Protective Silk-Straightening Cream and Leave-In Hair Conditioner by Kiehl’s, and Tonic, Curl Conscious Creme and Defrizz by Bumble & Bumble. All the products above are from lines that I have used before and have worked.
I hope this helps and wish you all the styling luck for your upcoming school year!
P.S. By the way, if you are looking for some inspiration on how to style these two looks, Seventeen has a wonderful “Hair Ideas” guide on their website.