One common misconception about the creamy crack is that it sucks all of the volume, body, and LIFE out of your hair. NOT TRUE! Relaxed hair absolutely can be shiny, bouncy, and full of body if you treat it right. That means:
#1 Don’t over-process when relaxing
#2 After relaxing, restore moisture with an awesome deep conditioner (I shared my favorite DC last week)
#3 Don’t weigh it down with heavy/unnecessary oils/creams/products
If I’m wearing my hair curly, I like to use Caruso steam rollers for really big, bouncy curls (see photos + tutorial video here), but what about if you’re wearing your hair straight? I stumbled across this (gorgeous!!) girl Jazlynn on instagram, and am in love with her hair – literally the perfect side part!
LOOK AT THAT LIFT!
I was inspired to put together a little tutorial to show you how you can get body like hers, with two options (both start with blowdried, flat-ironed hair):
#1 You have 5 minutes and/or don’t mind using heat
#2 You’re doing this the day before and/or don’t want to use heat
Make a deep side part in your hair, then grab a section roughly 1″ wide x 2″ deep.
Place a roller on your head, on the side of the section that you want your hair to eventually fall. I’m using 1.5″ satin rollers by Diane that I bought at my local beauty supply store.
Lay the section over the roller like this, and start wrapping your hair around the roller, doing your best to keep the roller down by your head.
Keep wrapping all the way to the end, then close the roller.
The roller might flop in the other direction – if that happens, I just use a mini clip to hold it down. I’m using Mini Jaw Clips (for thick hair) by Scunci.
Keep going until the top of your head is rolled – I used 3 rollers in front, and one in back for a little lift back there too. I chose not to roll the sides because I want all of the lift to be focused in the side part and having the sides flatter will emphasize the lift of the side part. I slept like this overnight (sexy, I know) & didn’t bother covering my head with anything, but you could sleep in a satin bonnet if you want.
Grab some hairspray. I really like BigSexyHair’s Weatherproof Anti-Humidity Spray because it isn’t sticky, protects against humidity, and holds really well. Part your hair into a deep side part, then make another part in the same place on the other side of your head. Let this front section hang forward while you pull the rest of your hair back into a low ponytail to keep it out of the way. Working backwards & with small sections, spritz with a short burst of hairspray then use your flat iron to create lift. I’ve found the best way to do that is to start near your head, then lift up and out rather than down.
Voila! Mucho volume!