- Start on freshly washed hair. The more saturated your hair is, the more pliable it is for styling.
- After you have applied your moisturizer or styler, use a pomade to smooth the hair back toward the crown and fasten with a seamless scrunchie.
- Apply edge control along the hairline. Do not apply this along the length of the hair, as it may be prone to flake when used in excess.
- Gently smooth the hair with a boar bristle brush.
- Fasten your ponytail(s) with a satin scarf to encourage flyaways to dry laying flat.
- Secure a satin scarf along the hairline and sit under a hooded dryer for 1-2 hrs. or 1 hr. and then sleep overnight.
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What not to do
- Style the same day- Allowing your hair to set overnight makes it less prone to frizz.
- Start on dry hair- Granted you could sprits the hair with water before applying a styler, the hair will not lay as smooth.
- Use gel- You can use gel and people have done it successfully, but many gels are full of humectants that encourage the hair to curl when it encounters humidity. Opt for a pomade with heavy butters.
- Be reckless with the boar brush- This is a definite way to cause breakage. To be gentle, try using small strokes instead of following through from roots to ends.
- Sleep on a bonnet- Sleeping with a scarf will prevent frizz. Sleeping with a bonnet will only create friction and loosen the flyaways. Reserve the bonnets for loose hairstyles not updos.
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