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How To Style Naturally Curly Hair Without Washing It Every Day

10 November 2017
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor,

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

In 2017, it seems like shampoo is every hair obsessive’s worst enemy. First we were told that shampooing too often was making our manes stringy and damaged. Then came reports that not enough washing was ruining our scalps and scaring off potential dates. So, what’s a busy, hair-conscious lady to do?

As with all the best things, there’s a middle ground between frantically scrubbing your scalp every night and ignoring it completely. Curly girls, in particular, can’t afford to lose moisture but might benefit from semi frequent cleansing. If you’re wondering how to style naturally curly hair without washing it every morning, we’re about to blow your mind.

To get the best tips for second day wear, we called in Mizani artist and educator Jamal Edmonds. The Mizani pro stylist breaks down his favorite ways to hydrate, style, and protect your ringlets for the prettiest day two style. There’s no reason to spend 30 minutes a day diffusing your hair in the name of beauty. Just trust us on this one.

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Every great style begins with a wash.

Shampoo isn’t the villain it’s been made out to be, so you’ll have to retrain your brain. Many of today’s formulas are gentler on strands than they’ve been in past years, but you’ll still need to provide strands with moisture.

With that in mind, Edmonds recommends shampooing your ‘do once a week. If you absolutely can’t make it that long, make sure you’re working with a super gentle formula or a shampoo formulated for daily use. Think of it like hand washing your delicates instead of throwing them into an industrial strength washing machine.

“If [my clients] are looking to shampoo twice a week, I recommend Mizani’s True Textures Cream Cleansing Conditioner—it’s a gentler wash perfect for in between shampoos, Edmonds says. “When choosing your product, it’s also important to look for [a shampoo] [formulated]…with essential oils to add moisture to the hair and something that's sulfate free.”

Duly noted. Edmonds also pays special attention to clients’ choice of shampoo and conditioner. He recommends staying away from very heavy formulas, which can weigh curls down.

You just have to find the perfect balance for each curl type...The most effective shampoo and conditioner should be full of natural oils, be sulfate- and paraben-free.

Jamal Edmonds

From the L’Oréal portfolio of brands, Edmonds’ Holy Grail duo is Mizani’s True Textures Moisture Replenish Shampoo and Conditioner. Formulated with argan, olive, marula, and coconut oils for hair that feels truly moisturized, this line packs a serious punch.
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The best day two hair requires a little night one preparation.

Whether you’re dealing with a packed schedule or just trying to wean yourself off constant styling, a day will come when having beautiful second day hair is of the utmost importance. Edmonds is right there for you in your moment of need, suggesting ways to style your mane the night before.

Remember: The golden rule of hair is that you’ll always want to be thinking in reverse. Start with the idea of your goal look and work backwards to achieve it through styling and products.

If you’re going to sleep on your curls, Edmonds advises protecting them by avoiding any style that crushes them between your head and pillow.

“Loosely twist the hair, starting near the scalp working your way to the ends then secure with bobby pins on the side,” he explains. “Pull curls lightly in a loose ponytail on the crown of the head then cover with a bonnet and sleep on the sides.”

While many of us are content to deal with frizz created by sleeping on a cotton pillowcase, those who hope for silky locks should invest in a scarf for sleeping hours. You’ll not only be fashionably accessorized in bed, but also help with the unwanted friction that cotton pillowcases can cause.

Interested in this method of securing your curls? Grab a packet of bobby pins and keep reading. Edmonds recommends working with one ringlet at a time to preserve your curls as close to their original form as possible.

“Starting near the scalp, loosely wind the hair around your finger to create a pin curl and secure it by making an X-shape with two bobby pins,” he says. “Use a satin scarf or wrap cap to keep [your curls] in place while sleeping.”

With any luck, you’ll create the perfect foundation for your second day ‘do.

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Carefully reshape your curls for day two. You got this!

When your alarm goes off on day two, you can take a moment to appreciate the fact that most of the hard work is already done—when it comes to your mane, at least.

Start by unwrapping your scarf and detangling your curls. Be careful not to be too rough with your ringlets, however.

“Brushing or combing the curls will make the curls look frizzy and may create a different shape altogether,” Edmonds says. “Use Mizani’s True Textures Style Refresher Milk to refresh curls. It’s very lightweight.”

When in doubt, trust your mane to fall into place. The worst mistake you can make is fussing with it too much, according to Edmonds. Keep the curls out of the way if you body shower, as moisture can be devastating to second day curl styles. Always use your fingers to shape your curls, never a comb.

If you find that sleeping on your hair has left you with a strangely flat section or two, don’t be shy about touching up the strand with a slim curling iron. Even the best of us have to fake it, occasionally. We won’t tell if you don’t.

Now that your day two curls are fully styled, head into your busy day with confidence. You’ve done yourself a favor—avoiding daily shampooing, boosting the health of your hair, and making the most of your precious free time.

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