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Look But Don't Touch: Curly Bella Gets Soaking Wet

Look But Don't Touch: Curly Bella Gets Soaking Wet

Curly gals, I'm back with a hairy update. For those of you solidly on the plopping train, I've taken this unconventional drying method one step further . . . from barely dry to not drying at all. I'm making waves and loving it!

It's hard for me not to fuss with my hair — twirling and scrunching — and I can't deny the frizz that I've come to expect. Well, turns out that the darn gnarly locks can be reduced by simply sitting still with my hands occupied elsewhere. It does take a long time, but I used some extra weekend freedom to test out this technique and was, uh, blown away by the results. All aboard? Get the steps I followed when you


  1. Gather up the styling products you apply to your hair postshower (leave-in conditioner, gel, mousse, etc.) and bring them into the shower with you.
  2. Shower normally using no- or lo-poo products to avoid sulfates.
  3. After conditioning, squeeze excess water out of your hair the best you can, using your hands only.
  4. Add products to your hair as you normally would either right side up or upside down while still in the shower.
  5. Shake your head a couple times (with your eyes closed) to get rid of any remaining water.
  6. This step is very important. Get out of the shower, but do not towel dry or touch your hair at all! I put a small towel around my neck to catch excess water but forced myself not to twirl or dab at my locks. While it definitely took much longer to dry — wouldn't recommend this on a work day — my curls were less frizzy yet better defined than ever before . . . and I didn't even scrunch.

Still skeptical? Try this out for yourself and tell me how it goes for you!


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emilyann325 emilyann325 8 years
i will definitely be trying this!
spazzydana spazzydana 8 years
worked really well, thanks!
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
I have crazy curly hair and find this technique is the best to avoid frizz. It works best in the summer because I can wash and go.
chiquita29 chiquita29 8 years
Oh I'll have to try this. I'm always on the lookout for new tips for curly/wavy hair. I recently bought those new products by living proof and I'm not loving it yet.
Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 8 years
The kitchen towels that you use to dry glasses work, too. It's those fluffy things that snag hair. On weekends, I gently towel dry and let my waves come out with a bit of curl cream. During the week, I have to blow dry cuz wet hair isn't very professional. I accidentally started using sulfate- and paraben-free shampoo last summer when I was looking for a protein shampoo after I stripped my color, and it's totally great.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
this doesn't work for me, unfortunately -- i need to diffuse, or else i get zero volume at the roots. sad face.
Hibalicious Hibalicious 8 years
Bella, I don't have curly hair but i would love to try this method and the t-shirt hair wrapping! But what do u think the results will be like??
TammyO TammyO 8 years
This is a great thing to do on a weekend and a very hot weekend at that. But any other day it would take ALL day and then some for my hair to dry plus I can't stand that wet hair down your back feeling, soaking up my shirts. I never use a towel anyway on my hair just a few old t-shirts. And they work wonders!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
I don't have curly hair, but I do this anyway..
fitgirlFL fitgirlFL 8 years
A towel never touches my curly hair. I just squeeze out the excess water and go. Of course, it helps that I work at home - no need for it to be dry fast. I always have to blow dry if I need to go out soon after my shower. And it's so hard to keep my hands away though - I love to play with my hair. But I just keep reminding myself of how frizzy I will be if I don't stop.
Pistil Pistil 8 years
This is the ideal way to dry my hair. What would be fantastic is if I could hang upside down for a couple of hours while my hair dried.
SlurpeeGrl SlurpeeGrl 8 years
another tip that helps is to use paper towels instead of a regular towel. they dry your hair and get out the excess water without pulling. just squeeze with the paper towels.
starsinmypocket starsinmypocket 8 years
Hmmm... I may have to give this a try...
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i used to do this all the time as does my beautified curly haired's a really good's also good to keep your hair flipped to one side or another as you dry it to ensure it doesn't get can put your fingertips into your scalp and shake your hands to loosen the roots but just don't run your hands through your hair or scrunch or twist
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
it would take FOREVER for my hair to dry that way
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
I have tryed this and it does work wonders.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Thanks Bella!
imariec imariec 8 years
on sunday i was drying my hair like that (except for the product) and the ringlets falling down my face were beautiful!!! I was loving them... so was my husband who started caressing my hair and running his hands thru it - um, curls no more - but I wouldn't give up his caresses for perfect curls ever!
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