While I used to always put my hair up in a pineapple before going to sleep at night, over the years, I have gotten a little more relaxed with my routine. Now, I have actually found it to be more comfortable to wear my hair down and sleep on a satin pillowcase. In the morning, my hair is pretty crazy, but reviving it is easy and barely takes me any time at all. Here is my updated curl refreshing routine.
The first thing I like to do is shake my curls all around to get them out of bed head mode.
As you can see, in the morning I have quite the lion’s mane. A lot of curls have become loose over night and will need a little pick me up. After shaking my curls all over so that they are nice and poofy, I have two methods that I alternate between.
If my curls look mostly defined with just a few undefined curls, I will soak my hands with filtered water, add a few drops of essential oil to my hands, rub them together, and will scrunch that into my curls all around by giving myself a quick scalp massage. The last thing I will do is add a drop or two of finishing oil, scrunch it in, and be done.
On the other hand, if my curls are all over the place and have really lost their definition as you see pictured above, I will need to give my curls a little more TLC. In situations like this, I will use a spray made up of filtered water infused with an essential oil and sometimes a leave-in if my curls are feeling dry. Method 2: is what I will be showing you in this article. The three essential oils that I like to use to rejuvenate my hair are lavender, peppermint, or rosemary oil.
I start off by filling up my spray bottle with filtered water. For the purpose of this routine, I chose to add a few drops of lavender essential oil along with a few of drops of Carol’s Daughter: Hair Milk Original Leave-In.
Once my oil and leave in are added, I shake up the bottle for a minute or so to thoroughly mix my spray. Once my spray has been made, I will use it for a couple of weeks.
After my spray is mixed, I spray it all over my curls, giving extra attention to the curls that have become especially loose and undefined.
Once I’ve sprayed, I gently massage my scalp and scrunch my curls all around allowing the mixture to stimulate my roots and soak into the rest of my hair.
After spraying, my curls are wet but since they aren’t soaked, it doesn’t take long at all to let it air dry. I usually let my curls air dry, or if I’m in a rush, will diffuse it dry.
Once my curls are dry, I will gently use my fingers to shake my curls gently all around to enhance the volume. If I feel like I need more volume, I will use my trusty hair pick at the top of my curls by gently raising the roots to fluff it out a bit.
For a finishing touch, I will sometimes add a small dollop of finishing oil for enhanced softness and shine. I like to alternate between using my MoroccanOil or my Ouidad: Mongongo Oil.
As you can see with a little scalp stimulation, spray, and finishing oil, my curls went from looking like an un-kept bird’s nest to looking like brand new freshly washed defined curls. This routine may look like it is time consuming, but I promise that there is hardly any effort that is required and it takes no time at all.
What does your curl reviving routine look like? Which method is more your style? Do you prefer to use a spray or do you like to use your fingers? Do you use just water or do you like to add anything additional like an essential oil or a leave in? Let me know in the comment section below!