(Photo taken May 16th, 2012)
The answer is: YES! I am a huge fan of the straight hair look, but sometimes I either get lazy or don’t have time for all the maintenance that having straight hair requires - so I opt for washing it and letting it air dry with the help of some products to de-frizz and define it.
My hair is relaxed. A lot of people think that relaxed means that your hair will look like a wet mop if you attempt to revive the curls/waves you tried to kill with the relaxer in the first place. I’m going to say that the results might depend on your hair texture, how strong your relaxer is and the conditions your hair is currently in. Let me give you some info on my hair…
I would say my natural hair is a 3B type - more wavy/coily than curly/kinky. It’s soft to the touch but has good texture. I usually relax with kid’s relaxers like Just for Me because I don’t require anything stronger than that.
If I choose to let it air dry after I wash, I do NOT proceed without using about a nickle sized amount of Silicon Mix’s Leave-in Conditioner (this is a God-send!) followed by scrunching Curly Q’s Custard into it right after.
I also have Marc Anthony’s Strictly Curls Curl Defining Lotion sitting in my bathroom, just in case. I get great definition with this one, but I don’t particularly like that my hair feels a bit stiff after use - unlike with Silicon Mix and Curly Q’s. I like having waves, but manageability and softness are very important to me!
I would highly recommend those products if you are relaxed and want to temporarily create waves or even curls in your hair. Between Silicon Mix and Curly Q’s, you might spend a little bit under $30. But they last a fairly long time. I’ve had the same Silicon Mix bottle for years!