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School is weird this year, in 2020, right?! Whether you are going to school in-person, virtually, or some mix of the two, let’s get you confident about your back-to-school naturally wavy hair! These are some “back to school” hair tips for naturally wavy hair!
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Tip #1: Get your nighttime shower & style routine down
You’re probably going to wake up far earlier than you have in months, so getting a night-time shower routine down is KEY. We have a whole post about night-time showering tips, but the super basic routine is this: a low-poo, a rinse out-conditioner, curl enhancer, then use a microfiber turban overnight. Wake up and add your styler with hold to damp hair. My current favorites are linked here (click each word), but for the FULL explanation of this routine, check out my affordable hair routine for 2a/2b wavy hair.
Determining your night-time shower routine makes waking up easier, and getting ready so much faster. This is especially important if you need to share the shower with a family member or roommate!
Tip #2: Bring a Spray Bottle + Travel Styler
If you’re in-person, one of the biggest tips is to have a “backup plan” in case your wash-day routine or refresh routine didn’t work. Sometimes things happen: rain at lunch, humidity overkill, or something else that messes with your waves. Keep a spray bottle and travel size styler handy to touch up. Lightly spray your hair until damp, then carefully scrunch in your styler. Again, reference the 2 Minute Refresh Routine if you need help!
My go-to travel size styler is the Travel Size Tresseme Tres Two Mousse, and I just have a simple water spray bottle from Target. If you have access to a sink, keep the spray bottle empty so you don’t accidentally ruin any textbooks or paper assignments.
Tip #3: Keep a Scrunchie Nearby
Look, sometimes a hair day can still be messed up, so have a scrunchie ready to do a half-up style, ponytail, or bun.
Why a scrunchie? The additional fabric helps to avoid “dents” in the hair. AKA it won’t mess with your wave patterns as much as a traditional elastic hair tie.
Don’t like scrunchies? Try these instead.
Tip #4: Be Prepared to Handle Post-Workout Hair
P.E. class or your squeezed in gym session (or home workout!) all call for a FAST hair refresh. But don’t be tempted by dry shampoo! What many wavies notice is damaging effects of dry shampoo over time, especially dryness. During your workout, french braid your hair if possible. If you don’t know how to french braid, learn on YouTube or ask someone to teach you. It’s a skill that seriously helped my workouts and hair. If your hair is too short for a french braid, use a large headband to keep your waves off your face.
Next, decide if you have time for a rinse-off shower or not. While I DO NOT recommend attempting to wash your hair quickly, I DO think that rinsing the “edges” of the hair can help remove sweat and not mess up your style too much. Then, touch up your wave pattern with that spray bottle and styler.
Tip #5: Drink Water - Keep a water bottle handy!
It’s the most over-given advice for beauty – for a reason. Hydrating your body also means hydrating your hair! While it’s not the biggest impact on your waves, every bit helps. Have a water bottle filled and available at all times. I love this S’well water bottle because ice stays in it all day, and the mouth opening is perfect to sip or chug in that water. This also helps because you don’t need to rely on drinking fountains.
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Tip #6: If Schooling Virtually - Now is the time to experiment with your wavy hair!
If your school is virtual-only in 2020, this is the perfect time to start or really deep dive into the wavy hair method (click here for the difference between the curly girl method and wavy hair method). Share this site with a friend who’s considering wearing their hair natural. It really is the perfect time if you won’t be around people during your “transition time.”
If you’re already using the wavy hair method or curly girl method, this can be a fun time to experiment with product application. I’ve personally been using this soft hold gel instead of my holy grail mousse, because I want to figure out a soft hold gel routine that doesn’t involve aerosols. Currently when I use gel, I prefer to still finish it off with mousse or hairspray. But I’ve been trying this soft hold gel and think there’s a routine there!