I hope everyone reading this had a Happy Thanksgiving! I also hope your short hair was laid and that you represented us well out in these here short hair streets.
Now, back to business. Just in time to gear up for Christmas, I have a handy styling technique to share with y’all today. The dry mold. The dry mold is my answer to those ladies who have completely run out of time. You know, the ones who underestimate and over stretch themselves and by the time they look up they have 30 minutes to try to pull it together.
As a holiday gift, just for you poor planners and procrastinators, I present to you the dry mold. I’m only joking, about the poor planning and procrastinating. The dry mold is real and it does come in handy. I’ve done a video showing exactly how I do it on a longer pixie cut. You can watch it HERE. Recently, however, I redid my dry mold tutorial when I decided to create a style I saw Keke Palmer rocking on the red carpet of the AMA awards. It turned out to be a perfect short hair style for winter.
It worked out perfectly and I decided to detail the steps for you all. So, let’s get into it.
DRY MOLD SHORT HAIR – STEP 1
Wash and condition your hair. This is self-explanatory. Use moisturizing products as the blow dryer can leave your hair with less luster than a wet mold would.
DRY MOLD SHORT HAIR – STEP 2
Blow dry your hair. When you blow dry your hair, add a moisturizing product of your choice. You also want to add any product that you use for shine at this point. While the hair is wet, it’s best to infuse your hair with moisture and shine. You could add it later, but it will not last as long as it will if you add it to wet hair and then lock it into place with the heat of the blow dryer.
Also, blow dry your hair in the direction you want each section to ultimately be styled. If you’re going for a look that requires your bangs to lie flat on your forehead, don’t blow dry your bangs going back toward the nape of your neck. Instead, blow dry the bangs going forward toward your nose.
DRY MOLD SHORT HAIR – STEP 3
Add wrapping foam to the sides and nape of your neck. Right on top of the dry hair, add your product and smooth it with a comb, just the way you would if it were dry.
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DRY MOLD SHORT HAIR – STEP 4
Tie your sides and back down with wrap strips. If you aren’t sure how to do this or is you want a refresher, read this article which is ALL ABOUT WRAP STRIPS FOR SHORT HAIR. Once you’ve done that you are one step from greatness. Well, maybe 2, but you’re almost there.
Sit under a hooded dryer for about 10 or 15 minutes. Here’s the hooded dryer I love and use religiously. Gold N Hot Hooded Dryer.
Once your sides and back are dry, remove the wrap strips and curly your hair using a good flat iron. This is not the time to use a low end flat iron. When you blow your hair dry, you want to be mindful of using as many moisture enhancing products and tools as you can. If you don’t, you will end up with the top of your hair looking dry and puffy and the sides that you added foam to, looking sleek and shiny. Kind of like when women wear weave that is a different texture than their hair. Ummm…no ma’am.
Use a good flat iron to curl the top and BOOM! You are out the door.
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This is a great way to style your hair, but it’s like a sacred potion. You don’t want to over do it or use it too often. It’s not the healthiest for your hair and as with all things hair related, it’s cumulative. If you style your hair using this technique too frequently, you will begin to notice breakage and excessive dryness. So, take heed to the warning when you use the dry mold.
Another thing I want to point out is that when you go to preserve the style you create with the dry mold, you may have to fight a little to get your hair wrapped. Because you used the blow dryer, you set the hair in the motion you dried it in. So, if you go to wrap it in a circular wrap, the hair is not going to be very obedient to lying in that direction.
Because of that, your style may not have the longevity of say a style that was created with a wet mold and then re-wrapped each night.
Aside from those couple things, the dry mold is a great tool to have in your short hair tool belt. If you liked this article, subscribe below for more like this. And also check out my short hair eBooks which are currently on sale for half price at $5.99 each! Here is the link to the SHOP.
Until next time…I’ll holla.