Q: I am 1 month in from a BC and used to use KCCC, and now have switched to Eco Styler (Olive Oil) which gives me cute little curly coils that don’t shrink up as much. I usually shampoo, wash out conditioner, (sometimes DC depending on the time), either use a leave in (Cantu) or moisturizer (Hawaiian silky 14-1), gel and maybe Oil spray (Carols Daughter Tui). My question is what happens day 2? I usually hate to sleep (satin pillowcase) because my volume has gone down. Do people usually rewash and do it all over again or should you wet it and put more gel or use moisturizer or maybe it is what it is? IDK I usually spray a little water mixed with jojoba oil in it and a little moisturizer but then I get the frizz. Other times I just try to puff it back up with nothing and spray some sheen on it. Sorry this is hella long.
A: In my opinion, if you have just BC’ed, you don’t need to worry about second day hair. When my hair was much shorter, I basically did my hair every. single. day. (And still do it everyday a lot of the time now if I have time to sit around and let it dry some before I bounce out the door) I wouldn’t shampoo my hair everyday, but I would water rinse and cowash/condition it, then reapply my leave-in and styler/finisher. If my product left residue behind, then I would cleanse my hair with a cleansing conditioner or shampoo. If your hair is longer, you can spray some water on it to help you shake it back out from being smushed against your head, but when my hair was super short, it didn’t “shake,” lol.
Lately I’ve seen this weird obsession (not calling you obsessed personally, just something I have seen on the boards) with “achieving” second day hair or more. Let me emphasize, there is nothing wrong with doing your hair everyday. Personally, with short hair, it took me maybe five minutes. The reason why a lot of ladies with longer hair go for second-third day hair is because you don’t want to walk around with wet hair all day, with it dripping on your clothes and looking like a wet cat. But, when you have an inch or two of hair, who cares? Unless people touched my hair, they probably couldn’t even tell it was wet. I understand that some women apply product to small sections of hair when it’s short and it can take up to an hour, but in my frank opinion, they are too focused on curl definition. Even if you have thick hair (my hair is certainly thick), it should not be difficult for product to reach your hair when it’s less than five inches long. I’m sure that opinion is unpopular to some, but I truly don’t understand the lengthy process. Even now, I apply my product in eight sections or so, and it takes around 15 minutes. Anywho, hope that helps some and answers your question.