I am a Mama with lots of responsibilities and need to go out of the house regularly. That means, life can be unpredictable and require a hair bun, even on a wash day… So, how can I restyle my curls after they’ve been up in a bun for a day and a night?
I put these refresh tips to the test this week as I have been recovering from a long winter’s cold. Washing my hair felt great and I had enough energy to style it. But, as resting was required, I put my freshly washed and styled hair up in a bun to protect my curls from the pillow, the sofa, and my cozy robe.
Thankfully, I was able to wear my hair down the next day! Even while these tips work for my medium density, loose curls, your hair may need some modifications. I hope these tips will help your curls too!
5 Tips to Restyle Curls, After the bun
I washed my hair yesterday, and as I wasn’t feeling well, I left in the gel crunch. It was a soft gel crunch though, with a base layer of curl cream, topped with a gel, and then spritzed with hair spray before diffusing until 100% dry.
My hair looked smooth and shiny, but without much volume. Which was fine of course, as I was going to wear it up for an indefinite amount of time. I needed more sleep…then, needed to restyle my curls for the next day.
01. Dent Proof Hair Accessories
As soon as my hair was 100% dry, I put it up in a loose curly bun with my invisibobble scrunchie. A smooth coily band / spiral hair coil works well too. The coils don’t tangle in curls, as might be imagined. Instead, they provide a decent amount of holding power without the strong denting that a standard tube-shaped ponytail holder creates.
02. Fluff Out Roots
To begin the restyling process, I take down the bun and fluff out all the roots of my hair with my hands. Just using the pads of my fingers and not the nails, of course. This will help the hair to fall back down more naturally after being in that upright position for so long.
03. Check the Back!
There might be a flat spot lurking around back there, or worse, a strong cowlick like I have. First, try to fluff and shake your roots with a hair pick. If that doesn’t work, spray that area with some water to make that hair more pliable.
Then, clip the roots with salon clips in the opposite direction and allow to your hair to air dry or use a diffuser. This will help set those roots in a more preferred direction.
04. Refresh your edges
The inside of your hair will likely still have its definition from being inside the bun. All your edges however, might just be ruffled up. To get your curls back in shape, spray your edges with some water to bring back the curl.
Then, emulsify a pea-sized amount of gel in wet hands and glaze it over your edges.
05. Let it Settle
After all, let your hair settle back into place. Give it at least 10 minutes for gravity to do its work. Your hair can then be worn down or restyled into a new hairstyle for the day.
I hope these tips are helpful as we all need to wear our hair up sometimes, even on a wash day.
Cheers to the curls!