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It’s freezing cold where I live, and wash-and-go hair do’s aren’t ideal for my commute to the office. I work from home some days, so when I do go into the office, I need an easy quick-fix to get myself out the door (I’m definitely not a morning person, so the emphasis is on quick).

This morning, it was about 20 degrees (!) and snowing when I finally dragged myself out of bed. Two days ago, I’d put a deep conditioner as a pre-poo treatment in my hair. (Yes, really, two days ago; my hair loves this, because it’s chronically dry.) After smacking the snooze bar a few times, I knew that I wasn’t going to have a lot of time to get some jazz in my ‘do, nor would I have time for a co-wash and conditioning, plus styling.

Enter MsVaughn’s YouTube video on hair typing and defining curls. Since I was in a hurry, I modified her approach. After I rinsed out the remaining conditioner, I:

  • parted my hair into four large sections;
  • took one section and sprayed it with water;
  • applied about one tablespoon of Kinky Curly Knot Today (KCKT) leave-in conditioner;
  • spritzed the section lightly with more water;
  • applied about a half teaspoon of unrefined shea butter (I melted it in my palm first); and,
  • finger combed the section, twirled it around my index finger to form a flat “curl,” and secured it with a bobby pin.

I finished the remaining sections, and, in total, this took me about 15 minutes. When I was done, I got dressed, put a hat on, and began my frigid commute to work. When I first arrived, I didn’t have time to take out the pins, but after two-ish hours, I was able to get to the ladies’ room and remove them. My hair was still quite wet. No matter—the office air is so dry, my hair dried fully within an hour. No kidding—it’s a very green building, so there’s little humidity.

I wish I had a good camera to show the curl definition I achieved, but my cell phone’s camera is so crappy, my hair just looks like a big poof—unlike how it really appears. Honestly, my curls weren’t quite as defined as MsVaughn’s. With this amended method, my curls’ definition falls between her undefined and defined hair. I think that’s because I skipped the step of running a paddle brush (or my wide-toothed Denman) through my hair. Or perhaps it’s because I put my hat on my dry hair about five times, and that frizzed it up a bit.

It also could have been the KCKT; I’ve really tried to like it, but it neither conditions nor detangles my hair very well, yet some people swear by it. What-ev. For wash and go’s, I use BioInfusion’s Professional Hydrating Conditioning Balm, which conditions and defines my curls beautifully, but as I’ve mentioned before, I want to stop using it, because it contains parabens (Riviera Brands, take note!). I also alternate my wash and go’s with Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie, which conditions my hair quite well, but it doesn’t do much for defining my curls—that’s paradoxical, since the more moisturized my hair is, the better the curl poppage.

So, on my to-do list:

  • Try this method with a different conditioner, and use a paddle brush or a Denman; and,
  • Get a real camera, so I can post decent pictures here (I know! I’m so behind the times …).

Still, all things considered, this is a fab, quick way to get me out of the house on time, and have an attractive, office-appropriate ‘do.

—V

Update (14 December, 10:05 PM): I also need to try doing this with smaller sections of hair. I think that will make a difference in the curl definition. After I try that, I’m going to experiment with some homemade flax seed gel (in the next few days, I’ll post a recipe that I liked from a site that’s no longer online).

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