Recently a friend posted in my Facebook Feed: “Going to WDW in a couple of weeks, have no clue what to wear to look great but be comfortable! Any suggestions?” Immediately my mind went skyward as planning my vacation outfits has become such an intrinsic portion of my planning when going to a Disney Park. No longer the stuff of sneakers and the standby Disney Tee, Disney Park Wear has evolved. At least for me. So here are some tips I have found work great for not only looking your best but remaining cool and comfortable.
Last time: See Part One Here we spoke about getting your tootsies all ready for the Parks and walking all over Walt‘s creation. Well, let’s look at the total opposite end of your body, your hair. Central Florida can be unpredictable in it’s weather. I mean one minute sun is shining, birds are singing and then *BOOM* Crash! a torrential downpour for 20 minutes and more sunshine after that. But, one thing you can count in Central Florida is the humidity. It can be your best friend: straight hair peeps, or your worst, my fellow Curly Headed gals. So, how do you cope, manage or otherwise deal with this pesky add on to your vacation plans?
Do you remember the episode of Friends “The One In Barbados” where Monica spends the majority of her vacation going from this
to ultimately this:
Yeah, I’ve been there. When the Florida weather makes your otherwise rational hair go completely nuts for the majority of your vacation. But, fear not. Seriously there are ways to work with your hair, and all hair types, in the Central Florida Humidity. We’re going to tackle curly hair first and then go on to straight hair. I’ll also list some products I know that have helped a great deal with not only taming my mane but also have helped me get out of the hotel in no time flat. Not to mention they aren’t going to break the bank!
Curly hair can come in many sizes and forms. You can have curly but baby fine, curly and thick, wavy and thick, wavy and fine, frizzy, you name it. But, one thing remains the same from hair type to hair type, your hair has it’s own body and you’ve hopefully mastered a few ways of working with it since it was placed on your head at birth. But, here is a pro that most of us with curly hair don’t think about, we have volume, naturally straight out of the shower volume. All we have to master with the added Humidity is a way to control those curls a bit.
The Tools You Are Going To Need
A Hair Dryer.
You know, and I know, that the hair dryer in the hotel isn’t going to cut it especially if it’s the kind the sits in a wall mount. No sir, that will give me the biggest mess of snarls, frizz and tangles you can imagine. So, you want a pretty decent hair dryer. By decent though I mean anywhere from $15-45 dollars. Some can range upwards of that into the hundreds, but let’s not go crazy. The hair dryer I use for my curly look cost $15 at CVS. The point is again to find what works for your hair and celebrate it. The hair dryers that have ceramic or ionic can work pretty well for helping form locks too, so don’t discount and think ceramic is only good for your straight hair look.
This is the secret ingredient to getting row upon row of beautiful curl with your hair dryer. I like to use one that is a over size bell shape. They attach into the front of your hair dryer and help to “diffuse” the air out into your hair in a more even way. I usually keep the heat on medium and the speed as well low. Going super fast you end up with frizz.
Products I Recommend For Curly Hair, Anywhere
Yes, I’ve tested all of the products above in Central Florida. And yes, they all work. But, they have to be used correctly. Used incorrectly and you end up with 80’s Prom crunchy hair and nah we’re going for a natural curl with control. A little can (and does) go a LONG way.
First is Bed Head’s Foxy Curls. I buy this at the supermarket, no salon needed. It’s light, smells fruity and lovely and is less than $10 on avg a bottle. This is one where a little goes a long way. I usually let my hair drip dry a bit then squeeze out a pump rub it in my hands and starting at the back of my hair underneath work it into my hair.
Next, Aveda’s be curly. I used to work for an Aveda Salon and this is a very nice and light hair cream. Not for those of us who need a ton of control however. What it does though is help you prevent 80’s crunchy perm hair and give your curls definition without that gel-like hardness. I recommend if you use this to work in a frizz control or all day leave in conditioner to minimize frizz and fly-aways.
Third we have Redken’s Curvaceous full swirl. This is the latest product I have been trying. I am impressed, but the price point is a little high ($17-18). Also you have to time it’s application almost precisely or you get a lot of frizz or crunch. Which is fine in the arid climate I live in where your hair dries pretty fast. But, in a humid climate where you are already battling frizz, it may not be the best. Still a good product if you aren’t worried about the frizz so much as heightening definition. I get some of the most beautiful curl with this product!
Last, but certainly not least, we have Climate Control by Ouidad, this is the best product I have found for minimizing Frizz. This isn’t something I use independently, I tend to use this then apply one of the three curl defining creams or lotions. This just helps with defining curl even more than the creams can do on their own and works to keep your follicles smoother than if you used the curl lotions by themselves.
You have to think about the follicle. You want to keep it from fraying as much as possible, thus keeping frizz to a minimum So the next tools are going to feed into that idea.
Shirts Not Towels
It may seem like a weird tip, but here’s why I recommend this when drying your hair in humid climates. A towel is made with a loop woven material. These loops literally snag your hair follicle all the way down. Not to mention if you’re like me and have longer hair you do what? You wrap it on top of your head to keep from dripping right? So the snags start then at the scalp. So, you are going to go out of your comfort zone Gladys and gently dry your hair with a soft cotton tee shirt. I start at the ends and gently squeeze the excess water all the way back up to the scalp. The fibers won’t snag the follicles of your hair so it minimizes your frizz levels and helps with curl definition later when you are drying.
Combs Not Brushes
Again we’re back at the follicle. A wide tooth comb will minimize snags, and also break out your hair into larger sections which will then curl up into bigger curls. I usually part my hair down the middle and then starting at the ends, work and snarls or tangles out gently. I work all the way up to the scalp then use my fingers to more gently define the strands so they will curl naturally. You want to minimize fraying so using your fingers to rake out your hair and then shake it out into sizable pieces will help in the long run with minimizing your frizz.
The Spray Bottle
This is one of those, “D’uh” things it took me a long time to include in my hair regimen. But, since the ends of your hair dry faster than the roots, you want to keep it as even as possible. So say you hop in the shower, dry off, gently dry your hair with a t-shirt like recommended above, rake and shake your hair out and are letting it air dry for a bit before putting in product and you lose track of time, were busy helping get the kids ready for the day or otherwise miscalculated and the bottom of your hair has dried it seemed in seconds, this baby will help rewet your hair without you having major frizz. As well it is a time saver. I usually dry may hair a bit before applying product to get a more natural curl look so this helps me with my timing. They don’t cost much (you can find them at the Dollar Store) and it’s a good little tool to have around to minimize your frizz.
Okay, so thats what you are going to need. It may seem like a lot but, I can get my hair done in about 10-15 minutes and it lasts all day with minimal fuss and I don’t have to worry about what my hair will do if it gets a bit of moisture on it, the humidity gets worse or I get caught in a downpour. Here is the step by step process I do though with getting my hair prepped and out of the hotel room:
First shower, shampoo and condition. I leave in the Conditioner for about 5 minutes then it’s the last thing I rinse out before cutting the water and getting out.
Using the t-shirt I gently squeeze the excess water out of my hair, starting at the ends and working my way up to my scalp.
I will then comb out any snarls, part my hair and rake it into place. Get dressed, do my makeup and I’m ready for product.
I put in the frizz control from Oneida, then I use one of the curl defining creams and starting at the back of my hair and underneath gently work in the product lastly finishing up around my roots and face. This is a science, but practice makes perfect. You want to avoid applying product starting at the front as you end up with gobs and globs of product up there which can make it appear you don’t have an even spread, plus it makes it look crunchy. I had my beautician show me how to apply product to tell you the truth and it helped tremendously with getting a nice evenness to it’s distribution.
Let your hair absorb the product for a couple of minutes (finish getting ready, makeup etc.) If your ends tend to get drier, spritz them with a fine mist of water with your water bottle to help them stay moist and not frizz. Now, it’s time to blow dry.
Attaching the diffuser to the front of your hair dryer I start at the bottom, turning the hair dryer end up towards the ceiling and “bounce” it upwards collecting the ends in the bell portion of the diffuser. Tip: Keep the air flow on low and the heat on medium to help minimize frizz. It may take longer but your hair will thank you!
Working the diffuser over your hair hit all major areas, underneath, ends, roots until 75-80% dry and you should have row upon row of beautifully controlled curls.
I am not kidding when I say this process with shower and makeup now only takes me 15 minutes and is my go to on busy mornings. It’s especially helpful when we need to get out for rope drops or early morning Dining Reservations!
Questions or Comments? Post below and let me know what works for taking care of your hair in Disney!