Friday, November 4, 2011

Styling Hair: Wet, Damp or Dry? What works for you?

 Some like styling their hair wet, others prefer to style when their hair is damp or dry in a stretched state.One thing I know for sure is that what works for one head may not work for the other.

In general, hair , when manipulated dry, tends to break,especially if it is not moisturized properly. I experienced this a lot when I tried to style my hair dry. Hair becomes more manageable when you spritz it a little bit with your moisturizer. Your moisturizer should contain water, an acidifier (pH adjuster to bring it to the same level as the pH of hair, 4.5 to 5.5) and oil. Honestly, this is what I would use to moisturize my hair if I am styling it damp. But everyone has their favorite product to use when styling their hair. Use whatever works for you.p

Styling Wet Hair
Wet hair is very fragile and can easily break when manipulated roughly. Wet hair also tends to shrink a up a lot and tangle very easily. When working with wet hair, work in sections. There is a low probability that your hair will break  if you work in sections. The section that you are not working on should be bound up or gathered into a twist or braid to prevent the ends from tangling. The section you are working with should be re-moisturized every now and then to prevent your hair from getting dry and breaking. Now, completely dry stretched hair can be misted a little bit  when being styled. Using this method really depends on the style you are working on. This method is great for roller setting.

Styling Hair Damp
Hair is not soaking wet. Hair becomes damp by spritzing a little bit of moisture into your strands. This is the method I think most naturals use. Again, to prevent breakage, work in sections and gather each section into  twists or a braid, to prevent shrinkage and breakage (those two go hand in hand together for my hair). Re-moisturize slightly when working on a section, especially if you hair is porous and gets dry quickly. Now, completely dry stretched hair can be misted a little bit  when being styled. Examples of styles done on damp hair include two strand twists, Bantu Knots, cornrows and Flat-twists, Rolls, Tucked in styles, twist out, braid out,Bantu knot out.

Styling hair dry
Hair is completely dry after being moisturized and sealed properly. When using this method, you want to make sure that you properly moisturize your hair and seal with a HEAVY BUTTER. This will keep the moisture in your hair longer than oils would, hence preventing moisture loss and breakage. Also, if time permits, hair should be styled immediately after it becomes dry. You want your hair styled when the moisture has not escaped from your hair. The oils and the butter you used to seal the moisture in are still doing their job, keeping the moisture in.This method is great for many styles like  Braids, French Braids, Updos or if you just want to show some length in general.

I use the dry styling method because, by far, it cuts down on breakage as my hair does not tangle when it is stretched.

HereHere   and Here are  examples of styles done on dry hair
Here and Here  are examples of styles done on damp hair
Here is an example hair styled wet



  1. I like to style my daughter's hair completely dry (and stretched), but mine soaking wet! I've never tried to seal with a butter before (besides a couple of my products that have some shea butter in them) just coconut oil. Thanks for the tip, I need to try a butter!

  2. The only time I stlye my hair completely wet is when I'm going to sit under a dryer. Most other times, my hair is damp, except for with bantu knots, where unless my hair is already completely dry, they'll never dry themselves.

  3. I like to style my hair when it is damp.

  4. I style my hair damp most of the times. However, when I do mini-twists I like to do them do dry hair. I have more styling options that way :) I streched my hair just yesterday :)


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