6 Ways to Maintain Your Wet Hair Curl Pattern

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You get in the shower, wash and condition your hair, follow all the steps your favorite natural hair gurus have suggested, and even used hair products that are labeled “curl defining” and promises you popping curls, but then you are disappointed the absolute moment your hair starts to air dry.Well, there are a few methods you can try that helps define those curls and KEEP those curls popping way after your hair drys.

Keeping your curls popping long after it has dried as a matter of technique. Here are a few methods you can try that will help define and KEEP those curls popping way after your hair is dry.

Shingle Method

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The shingle method is simple. It just requires clean, wet hair and the process involves taking your hair section by section (super small sections) and applying a soft styling gel to each section saturating each and every strand.

This method may even turn into finger coiling if that’s what it takes to make your curls appear. Once all of your hair is perfectly curled and coiled, you can either use a diffuser to dry your hair or air dry.

The key to a great shingle set is cutting down on frizz. Diffusers can cut down on frizz and it is important that you do not touch your hair as it dries. The less you mess with it, the more likely the curls will dry in place and remain popping.

No Towel Drying

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We’ve all heard that towels can damage our strands and dry out our hair. They are also a common culprit for frizz for curly naturals. Why not eliminate this step altogether? Instead of drying your hair with a towel or t-shirt, just try thoroughly squeezing your hair out section by section and then applying your products. Again the key is to eliminate frizz by just avoiding touching your hair as it dries.

Again the key is to eliminate frizz by just avoiding touching your hair as it dries.

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About Mykel Trent


Hi! I am Mykel, and I love life. I love performing, dance, acting, fashion, hair, etc. I have a Bachelor's in Communications Theatre. Theatre is the best and challenging major by far. It has taught me discipline, problem-solving, leadership, creativity, and so on. I like who I'm becoming! xo

About Mykel Trent


Hi! I am Mykel, and I love life. I love performing, dance, acting, fashion, hair, etc. I have a Bachelor's in Communications Theatre. Theatre is the best and challenging major by far. It has taught me discipline, problem-solving, leadership, creativity, and so on. I like who I'm becoming! xo

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Comments

    1. Francis Davis
      Francis Davis

      I just put my head under the shower and done (do not comb it). That works two more days for me.

      1. Ieisha Alexander

        Pineapple Technique is putting your high in a loose, high ponytail. You have to have a scrunchy for this method because you basically stuff the hair into the scrunchy. Mahogany Curls has a YouTube video. You’ll want to look for the Regimen she created in 2012 I believe. The music is house music, so you can’t miss it when you find it.

  1. Melissa Waechter
    Melissa Waechter

    But what about detangling and getting loose hair out? Can this be done with just finger combing or can u use a comb? Or would this prevent the curl and just make it fro?

    1. Amber Chike-Udenze
      Amber Chike-Udenze

      I finger detangle in the shower with the conditioner on it then carefully rinse most of it out then squeeze as much water out as possible before applying a generous amount of mousse. That’s what has been working for me. Hope this helps.

    2. Melissa Waechter
      Melissa Waechter

      Great, thank you. I’m still learning. I have a 4 year old daughter that we adopted from Ethiopia when she was 18 months but I have only been really doing and learning how to take care of her hair for the last year since its longer now. These sites are so helpful.

    3. Sheri A Campbel
      Sheri A Campbel

      Amber Chike-Udenze do you mind sharing which brand of mousse you use? I never thought of using mousse, I figured it had alcohol in it.

    4. Cheri Jacoby
      Cheri Jacoby

      Mousse is best, do tell which products do not have a drying agent? Or added agents for softness.

      1. Bayanna

        I use Lottabody Coconut & Shea Oils Wrap Me Foaming Mousse.

  2. NubianPrize

    I just use Knot Today & Kinky Curly & get curls for DAYS; only have to refresh with a water spritz in the morning to re pop the curls & off I go !

  3. Deborah Bogie
    Deborah Bogie

    I can’t believe I have only tried gel once it flaked with the curl enhancing smoothie so I washed it out.

  4. Denise Burrow

    I have been doing MHM Max Hydration Method and my curls stay defined even without any products applied. Try it and see 🙂

  5. Diamond Lopez

    What are some good leave in conditioners?

  6. Kayla

    The MHM is really only done daily in the beginning. Pinkecube suggests not going longer than 3 days—so roughly twice a week. I used to do MHM for over a year but moved on to methods that gave me the same results.

  7. sydni

    What is the curl type in this before and after picture? this is the closest pic I’ve seen of my pattern. trying to figure it out so i can start taking care of my hair properly

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