Broadcast Beauty is all about learning and sharing from others who deal with the same beauty concerns. Since this platform is about championing the community, it tries very hard to look for solutions to beauty problems that you share from within the community – from people like you and me.
So when Malvika Bansal reached out to Broadcast Beauty sharing her hair struggles, they knew they had to look for a solution from actual women who have faced the same hair woes and found a way around it, instead of pushing random products and sharing the same tips available on Google. They then reached out to their followers on Instagram and subscribers via email. And then finally I, Garima Soni answered and here I am sharing my first-hand account on how to deal with dry and wavy hair.
Not too long ago, Broadcast Beauty reached out to me to see if I would be open to sharing my way hair journey. In the last 6 months, I have started embracing and living with my naturally wavy hair (I’ve barely just scratched the surface, and still have a long way to go). Before we dive right in, if there’s something you should know about me is my undying love (read: need) for having well-styled hair, at mostly all times. I’m so particular about how I want my hair to look that I often find myself preferring the way I straighten my hair compared to a salon blowout because not all kinds of thick and wavy hair can be tamed with just a ‘blow dry’. If you find yourself relating to this, you’re not alone!
After years of putting my hair through heat and damage, I found myself letting my hair breathe and just heal in the last 6 months and adopted some age-old beliefs and trends to actually accept my natural hair for the way it is.
Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I have been quite ignorant to the term ‘good hair’ and what it really implies. Having struggled (at least that’s how I felt at the time) with generously thick and wavy hair, I was always fascinated by girls and women who had naturally straight-ish or beach-wavy hair and didn’t need to literally put a plan in place for their post hair wash styling routine and praying for all social obligations to align with the ‘hair wash day’.
I am someone who has repeatedly heard the compliment ‘you have such lovely & thick wavy hair. You’re really blessed, you need to start leaving it natural’ from each hairstylist who ever cut my hair. And even then, I’m (not so) guilty of styling my hair myself after every wash. Styling my hair roughly translates to an hour of running the straightener through my thick wavy hair about thrice a week to make them ‘manageable and presentable’. Being a Virgo, I instinctively lean toward ‘striving for perfection’ in everything I do – even when I’m straightening out each kink/curl/baby hair!
Sooner you learn to embrace your hair, the sooner you’ll fall in love with it
The concept of leaving my hair natural and embracing the wavy texture seemed like an anomaly to me, because to me it looked very ‘unkempt’. Before I figured it out, my hair was constantly uncooperative and frizzy, which I had chalked up to years of heat damage.
But I’m working on it; it’s been 6 months with minimal to no styling – my own silver lining in this pandemic! I’m still picking up the proper scrunching methods and learning to let my hair down (naturally, so!).
Luckily for me, it must be the genes, (touchwood) but my hair hasn’t gotten brittle or dry even after extensive exposure to heat and damage. I also don’t care much for oiling my hair regularly – it’s a task (not an easy one) to remove the oil. But credit where it’s due – to my mom for forcibly sitting me down and getting my hair oiled throughout my childhood. But it is my battle with frizz and baby hair that I’m continuing to fight.
My everyday hair care routine:
My hair care routine is very straight forward and minimal – wash, condition with Wella Invigo Nutri Enrich shampoo and mask-conditioner followed by the Argan Deluxe Oil Curl Defining Cream to enhance my waves and define them while they take their natural course. Why I love the Nutri Enrich range is because it helps to nourish and smoothen dry or distressed hair, and although my hair isn’t exactly too dry, it does undergo lots of distress because of all the heat. On deeper research, I also found that the Nutri Enrich Complex has Oleic Acid and Panthenol which provide moisture and nourishment, Vitamin E which protects it from further stress and Goji Berry which is known to be extremely rich in vitamins, minerals and peptides. It seemed like everything I needed to reverse the damage (while continuing to damage – you see my problem?) and has been my absolute must-have for the last 3 years now.
Some tips and tricks that have helped me
A general rule of thumb I have always followed is to blot dry wet hair (don’t rub – that’ll cause frizz). It’s an easier way to wet hair without causing any damage or breakage. It’s as simple as taking portions of your hair and running your hand vertically down squeezing the water out as you go. Next, go over the same sections and press it from both sides with a towel, applying light pressure. Begin at the roots and work your way down to the tips. I then comb my hair with a wide-tooth comb and run my fingers with some curl cream or Moroccan Oil to hydrate & enhance the natural texture of my waves and let them come into their own. As I go about my day at home, I let my hair air dry and tie it up in a bun.
What I have recently discovered is ‘hair plopping’ – a heat-free drying technique that utilizes a cloth to air-dry curls. The idea is to place your hair atop your head, loosely wrapped in a cloth, curls will almost scrunch themselves – in a faster fashion when compared to traditional air-drying (If anyone reading this has tried it, please do share your experience, any do’s and dont’s in the comments below).
I’ve become more mindful of only combing my hair with a wide-tooth comb in the shower and not touching it once the products are in, as it also helps keep the wave/curl pattern intact.
Sooner than later, I realized that for wavy or curly hair, the most important thing to keep in mind while caring for them is – moisture, moisture, moisture. Choose the right products which have moisturizing properties in them and maybe even consider using a serum every day/every other day.
I’m still learning as I go and trying to figure out my natural hair and it’s wave patterns each day (you see my hair has a mind of its own, so I wait to be surprised with a new wave pattern after every wash), but one thing that really seems to have been working for me is accepting it is what it is, being thankful for the volume I have and trying easy, everyday hacks to keep my hair healthy even while it’s in its natural and raw form. Although this doesn’t mean I’m giving up styling my hair (I for the life of me cannot & will not do that), I’m just being more mindful of the selective damage (as I like to call it) I put my hair through. Which is why I haven’t gotten my hair coloured in the 27 years of my existence.
In the end, it’s also about what you put inside your body which ultimately boosts your hair health growth – make sure you eat a healthy and clean balanced diet with lots of water, get your daily vitamins in!
Malvika, if you’re reading this I hope sharing my dry and wavy hair journey helped you 😀
What has worked for you or didn’t work for you when it comes to managing dry and wavy hair? Be it products, hacks, habits or ingredients, Do Share with the global beauty community in the comments below!
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