I'm still learning how to maintain my natural hair so I'm always searching for new ways to style it. The amount of information available is remarkable. There are so many how-to blogs and videos of ladies sharing their tips and tricks.
My regular method is my wash and go. A process that includes my golden rule, only use a comb when I have conditioner in my hair...unless I'm doing an updo or touching up my edges. One of the methods I tried was "shingling".
To shingle, you run curl cream, gel or both through tiny sections of your hair, give it a little shake, then let it go. You can let it air dry or use the blow dryer, with the difuser attachment (on a low/cool temperature setting). Then you finish it off by using your fingers or a hairpic to work it into the style and shape you want. It's super easy...and pretty relaxing.
The first time I tried shingling, I used:
- Dove Shampoo
- Aussie 3X Moist Conditioner
- Shea Moisture's Leave-In
- Shea Moisture's Rescue and Repair Twist and Lock Gel.
Some of Shea Moisture's products just don't seem to work for my hair but the leave-in gave my hair the moisture it needed and the gel gave it just enough definition and a ton of shine.
Voila! Shingling worked out well the second time. I followed the instructions and reverted back to the products I use for my wash and go:
My wash and go is still my go-to when I don't have time to spare but I've added the shingling for added definition and style control.
If you're looking for ways to maintain your 3 - 4 type natural curls, try shingling. See my list below of some great how-to videos and give them a try.
How to Do the Shiling MethodShingle It Baby! How I Style My TWA (4B/4C)
How To Define Curls for Short Natural Hair | TWA (4A-C)
How To: Wash N Go on Short Natural Hair / TWA (3C/4B)
Shingling Method for Crazy Defined Curls| Natural Hair (3A-C)
Shingling Method for Defined Curls (3A/B)