Want great multiple day hair? Here are some secrets I have learned through my training with CHA ( Curly Hair Artistry), my research online and personally in my own bathroom! Remember, a curl refresher may not work well on all hair types. It is especially difficult for fine haired curly girls and guys to get multiple day hair…but sometimes you can find a good spritz solution and get even better volume on the second day. As a general rule, the thicker and curlier your hair is, the more days you can go using a refreshing method. Some people don’t like the look of multiple day hair and just choose to wash everyday. That is perfectly fine, but the cleanser needs to be sulfate free if you’re going to do it. Here are my main tips on how to prolong your wash day…
1) Sleep on a satin pillowcase
Sleeping on a satin pillowcase, you can ensure there is little to no friction to cause breakage and thinning, as your hair glides over the pillowcase instead of getting stuck on it, such as the ones you can purchase from Sweet n’ Smart Designs. Tell her I sent you!
2) Pineapple your hair
When your hair reaches near shoulder length, it’s very easy to ‘pineapple’. You can do it during the day while you’re at home, and it’s the last thing you do at night before your head touches the pillow. It protects your curly style. Although the underneath of your hair may get flattened, the top remains untouched. When you get up in the morning and shower, keep the pineapple in until you get out ( you can also wear a shower cap too). Then, just spritz the underneath and wherever may need some TLC, scrunch n’ go with a curl refresher spray.
Just take a gentle one-knotted elastic like the ones pictured below, or satin covered scrunchie and bend over forward so all your hair is hanging upside-down. Then gather it all at the front of your forehead (as if you were making a unicorn horn) and gently put the elastic around and let your ends hang out free. Only make the elastic tight enough that you keep the ponytail in, as you don’t want to crush your curls. It’s completely fine if some of your hair at the back falls out. Here is a DIY link to how you can make your own! It’s so easy and inexpensive. This first picture is what I do at night…
3) Get yourself a spray/spritz bottle and make your own curl refresher.
Great multiple day hair can easily happen when you are spritzing it down about 50% of the way damp, gliding a closed hand down over the hair to calm the frizz, and scrunch-squeezing your mid-shaft and ends. I always add a little bit of product such as DevaCurl Frizz Free Volumizing Foam or Devacurl Ultra Defining Gel after I have spritzed my hair damp, gliding it down over the frizz. Then I re-clip my roots with my DevaCurl Clips and diffuse as I normally would until 80%-90% dry. I usually air dry the rest of the way. I like to diffuse because it gives my waves a boost.
For fine S’wavy, wavy hair, I recommend using:
Jessicurl Awe Inspiring Spray, DevaCurl Mister Right, or some DIY beach spray to refresh.
For medium density, botticelli curls, I recommend using:
-1/16th to 1/8th of the bottle filled with conditioner
–Optional: 1 tbsp of curl boosting product ( like DevaCurl B’Leavin, or even a little bit of DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel)
-Fill the rest up with distilled water
For coarse texture, heavy density, low porosity hair and tightly coiled curls, I recommend using:
-1/4 bottle filled with conditioner
-Fill the rest up with water
*Remember these are just suggestions and you need to find the right amount of conditioner and or curl booster added, for the best results for your own hair.
You have to shake it up before you use it each time. A great pre made curl refresher is DevaCurl Mist-er Right and another is called Jessicurl Awe Inspiring Spray. These sprays are also handy to carry around in a travel size in your purse, so you don’t have to use bathroom tap water to refresh your curls during the day.
Alternatively, you can get yourself a Q-Redew handheld hair steamer and refresh it even more quickly in the morning! The steam refreshes and reactivates the product that is already in your hair. The Q-Redew is a great way to reshape, boost volume and rejuvenate second day hair without rewetting the hair. It can be used with or without product. Experiment a bit to find what works for your routine. It is also an excellent tool to deep condition your curls; the steam from this wonderful tool opens up your cuticle and lets in moisture (from water) and the ingredients in the deep treatment can penetrate deep into the core of your hairshaft. The result is softer, more hydrated curls.
4) Don’t be shy using product on your initial wash & set day.
The biggest tip to achieving multiple day hair is ensuring you have used enough product on your initial wash day. Using a little more than usual that day gives you something to work with on your refresh days. What we are doing is reactivating the product each day when we spritz. It may feel a little firmer on the first day than you normally like, BUT it will allow you to have multiple days worth of great looking hair. I personally go 5-7 days just using this method of spritzing and diffusing; and I do use A LOT of product. I do NOT get it wet in the shower during that multiple day period. I have wavy/botticelli curls, or a combo of 2C and 3A curls; whichever curl identifier system you use.
Best of luck to you with your multiple day hair adventure. It’s all about experimenting to find what works for you, but these tips are tried and true and when used in combination; can make your mornings even easier!