Summer is a-comin’ in, and as a curly girl, I know how hard it can be to leave the tools alone and go au natural in sweaty season. Your hair seems to grow throughout the day (I’m talking outwards not downwards), and you’d give anything for easy-to-manage waves that make you look like you’re livin’ the Cali lifestyle. Thing is, we all want what we don’t have. So much so, that I went through a phase of straightening my hair, then re-curling it to achieve that beach-wave vibe (yes, really), and, baby, let me tell ya… it ain’t worth it. Take it from me – your curls are like your girls: they’ll be good to you if you’re good to them, and they’ll thank you for loving them as they are. So ditch the heat and embrace your kinks ’n’ ringlets in ways that look good while getting your hair outta your face and off your neck.
Embrace an updo
This is what I call my ‘pineapple ponytail’… for obvious reasons. Your hair’s wild? Instead of trying to tame it with loads of product, embrace the chaos. Show it off – and, trust me, people would kill for your curls.
- My hair lacks volume at the root, so to give it more oomph, I take a section from the front and pin it in a quiff with a couple of bobby pins. If you’re blessed with root va-va-voom, you can skip this step.
- Next, gather all your curls on the top of your head (the higher the better) and secure using a hair tie. I love Superdrug Metal Free Hair Ties because they don’t damage my hair, they give my ponytail volume (not sure how, but they do), and they don’t crease my hair, so I no longer look like Sideshow Bob at the end of the day!
- Not every curl is made equal, so you’ll probs see a few that are on the frizzier, less-defined side. Simply spritz with Twisted Sista 30 Second Curl Spray and let the almond, avo and coconut oils work their magic.
Sun’s out, buns out
I’m all about space buns in the summer. They’re quirky, cute and super-easy to get right if you’ve got curls, as your hair texture does half the work for you. On really hot days (thinks longingly of summers past), I like to get every bit of hair outta my way. Space buns are a great way to do that…
- Part your hair straight down the middle, all the way from the front to the nape of your neck. I use my fingers to do this, but if you’re after a line that’s straight as an arrow, use the Denman Pin Tail Comb to part your hair. Then secure one side with a hair tie to get it out of your way.
- Gather the loose section at the top of your head and tie the hair in a bun. Pull and tease the curls to make the bun look the way you want it to.
- Repeat this process with the hair on the other side, making the placement as symmetrical as possible.
- Use bobby pins to hide and secure any loose hairs so you have two neat-ish balls on top of your head. Just channel your inner Minnie Mouse…
- If want to neaten everything up, you need a product that’s going to work with your hair type. Got kinky-textured, afro hair (type four)? Go for a strong edge control product like Creme of Nature Argan Oil Perfect Edges Extra Hold, which is gonna fix everything in place. Something like this would be too heavy for looser type two or three curls. If this is your hair type, spray a comb with Superdrug Natural Hold Hairspray and brush through to neaten the look.
Half buns, half down
A full-on space bun might be a little too much, and the great thing about this style is its versatility. Bringing a half-up-half-down kinda vibe to the table tones it down a notch. Repeat the above steps on the top half of your hair and leave the back loose. Tame any frizz with Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil Curl Smoothie.
Down ’n’ out… of your face
If you’re like me and you prefer wearing your hair down but still want it out of your face, a twist or two is all you need. This style is one of my faves because you can do it on the go, as long as you’ve got a couple of bobby pins…
- Apply a light leave-in conditioner to soften your hair and fight frizz. I like Palmer’s Manuka Flower Honey Leave-In Conditioner because it comes in a spray bottle, so it gives you a light and even distribution of product, which is exactly what we’re after.
- Let your hair fall in its natural parting and take a section on one side (about 2in wide) and start to twist it away from your face.
- When you’ve twisted to the end of the section, pull it around the back of your head and secure it with a bobby pin on the opposite side.
- Repeat the twist-and-secure process with the section of hair on the other side. Tuck the tail of the twist under the start of the other one and secure it so you can’t see the pin.
- For an extra touch, you can play around with decorative clips like Superdrug Studio Arrow Hair Grips.