What is Second-day Hair?
When I was gathering research for my DIY hair products one lady who was testing one of my butters asked me if it was any good for 2nd day hair. I remember thinking, WHAT in life is second day hair!? So this article is for those of you out there who are just as confused as I was. Second day hair is your hair the second day after having washed it or styled it. For example, if you wash your hair on Friday and have it curly, then on Saturday you’ll have 2nd day hair.
After learning the definition I remember wondering why I didn’t guess it, it was very straight forward, I also remember realising that perhaps a part of me already knew what it was but simply wasn’t sure, which is OK. When it comes to our hair we need to be sure what we are talking about. Why is it important? It’s important because if you’d like to maintain your curls for the following day, and even on 3rd and 4th day hair, there is some specific advice that you can follow to see which method works well for you. I have 4c hair, so this method would work well for most people with my hair type. If I’ve worn my hair in a wash and go style and I don’t want it to be a hot matted mess the day after, then before going to sleep I section my hair into 8 – 12 parts and twist them whilst sealing with water and oil where my hair feels particularly dry. Use anything that is softening like Jojoba or Broccoli seed, these will also add a nice healthy shine. If you use coconut oil you may find that you don't need to use water as coconut oil is quite moisturising. Now that my hair has grown quite a bit keep all my twists laying in the same direction – downwards. Then I put on my silk scarf in a way that doesn’t allow for indentations (tie the bow on your forehead not past your hairline). If you don’t have a scarf use a silk pillow case. Simply undo in the morning with oily hands and a little bit of water, this re-activates any product that you used the day before and tadaa, you have 2nd day twist out hair that looks just as luscious as day 1. Use a pick to fluff it out and add volume, you do this by raking the roots and lifting, don’t comb out the ends as this will make your curls lose definition, and 4c hair by definition has no definition, we have to make it, so be sure to protect those ends to avoid fuzz. One of the most important tips for 2nd day + hair is what to do if your plan fails. Do not despair! 2nd day hair fails are a great excuse for wearing your hair in a cute and messy up-do. Try a bun with smoothed edges or flat-twisting the front and wearing a cute hat/scarf over the rest.
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