Wet styling vs damp styling? This refers to when you apply products on hair. Dripping wet or damp. If you are trying damp styling for the first time, here is my routine on how to damp style wavy curly hair.
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To start off, determine how your prefer your curl pattern. Experiment by trying multiple combinations of water and styling agents.
Damp styling gives my low porosity curls soft, large curl clumps. Wet styling gives me smaller, tighter curls and much more “crunch.”
Give yourself a scalp massage and wash with Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo.
3. DETANGLE + LEAVE IN CONDITIONER
Finger comb and squish Kinky Curly Knot Today.
Plop curls with a microfiber towel. The longer you plop, the shorter your diffusing time should be.
5. Curly hair products
To damp style wavy curly hair, you add the styling products after plopping or air drying.
- Scrunch in a curly hair cream. I use Davines This is a Curl Building Serum. It’s a salon product for curly hair.
- Scrunch in a strong hold gel. My favorite so far is Kinky Curly Original Curling Custard.
Tip: When damp styling wavy, curly hair DO NOT mix your hair cream and gel together before scrunching into hair. I made this mistake and had little white gel balls all through my hair. With low porosity curls, if your hair is not wet enough, the product may sit on top of the hair follicle. If this happens to you, my suggestion is to use less leave in conditioner and apply a little water to your styling products before distributing through hair.
Diffuse curly hair switching between medium and low heat. You should notice a noticeable reduction in drying time. My favorite hair dryer is by BaByLiss.
While my low porosity, 2c 3a curls do best when styled with heat, too much makes my hair feel brittle. Damp styling my wavy, curly hair gave me clumped curls with low to no frizz. The extra plopping time allowed my roots to dry more naturally. This meant less time under the hair dryer! I also liked the fact that I didn’t lose most of my curly hair styling products to the microfiber towel. Here are my results.
What do you think about damp styling curly hair? Have you had positive or negative styling results? Please share below!