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Air-Drying Course - Mid-Challenge Trouble-Shooting!
Ok! We are about halfway through the Air-Dry Course. Here comes the hard part! Some of you may have tried a few of the styles and become frustrated or bored with the challenge.
Don’t give up! Here are a few troubleshooting tips to help you stay committed to the challenge!
Problem #1 – “I’m not seeing a difference in my hair”
Sometimes it is hard to notice a difference when the hair is constantly in a “textured” style. It might be difficult to see how much thicker, stronger and longer your hair has become.
Even though this is a heat free challenge, try blow-drying or flat-ironing your hair to check your progress or length. Take a snapshot or ask your friends or family if they notice a difference. This may help you see how far you have actually come!
Problem #2 – “I’m getting better but my hairstyles still need work. I’m afraid to wear them in public”
This is totally normal, especially if you are used to wearing your hair sleek and smooth. But, the next time you see someone with naturally curly hair, take a closer look! Naturally curly hair, like anything natural, has flaws. So, don’t worry if a few curls are too tight or too loose. If it really bothers you, just pin up those curls with a bobby pin or camouflage them among the remaining curls.
If all of your curls fall flat or frizz, just swoop them up in a curly bun, twist or French braid. Cover frizzy or puffy roots with a stylish headband. Don’t fret – you can save virtually any hairstyle with a little creativity.
Problem #3 – “I’m bored”
Sometimes when I feel frustrated or bored with a challenge, I will add a new dimension to make it more interesting.
For example, I might pick up a hair magazine and try to recreate a weave style or certain curl pattern using no heat. This makes the challenge fun and interesting again.
Or, I will try air-drying using only natural or homemade products. Either way, adding a new dimension is a great way to inspire you and keep you motivated.
Problem #4 – “I can’t seem to create the same look twice”
This is common problem with home hair styling. One day, you try a style and it comes out perfectly. The next time you try it, using the same products and techniques, it looks awful. Very frustrating!
Make your own “best practices” manual. When it comes to home hair care, the devil is in the details so make sure to record every detail before, during and after you style your hair. Have a marble composition book in your bathroom and really try to make it a habit.
I can not tell you how many times I’ve tried a style late at night and it turned out amazing in the morning. However, since I didn’t record my method or best practices, I couldn’t remember what I did differently. So, do take a minute or two and record notes. Trust me, it will save you time and energy!
Problem #5 – I can’t seem to commit to air-drying. I always end up blow-drying”
One of the ways that I forced myself to learn air-drying was to take a trip. I went away for a week and did not bring a blowdryer, flat iron, curling iron, etc. Just a cheap conditioner, wide tooth comb, boar bristle brush and doo rag.
Not only was my suitcase lighter, but I ended up creating some really cute hairstyles. By not being able to rely on my rollers or blow-dryer, I FORCED me to style and maintain my hair with absolutely no heat.
You might be surprised at how creative you will become when you have no other options. An overnight braid out or 15 minute bantu knot set can become your new best friend!
I hope this was helpful!
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