OK. So this pin from pinterest is one that I read and really thought to myself "are they just saying this because they think people will believe anything someone pins?" While growing up I was blessed with hair that just dried nice and straight and I didn't have to do very much with it. With each child my hair has gotten darker and curlier...not my favorite.
on pinterest (can't find a specific blog page) says with their little trick you can have straight hair without blow drying or straightening. Since a lot of people I follow on pinterest kept repinning it I thought I'd give it a try and see if it works. Thankfully my hair is pretty resilient so I am taking one for the team here and trying this out.
I had very little hope of this working so I just took quick cell phone pictures (if it had worked I'd have done it again and set the real camera up).
To be fair I did it exactly by the rules I could find and also to be fair I'm sharing pictures of my hair each step of the way so you can see what I started with.
Here is my hair just towel dried and not brushed out or anything first. It has quite a bit of *curl* if you want to call it that .
Here it is still just towel dried and combed through. Still a bit of wave.
Here is the magic treatment. 1 cup water and 2 tablespoons brown sugar mixed in a spray bottle and sprayed all over my hair.
I sprayed it all over and combed it all through and let it air dry.
It takes my hair FOREVER to air dry. I let it dry completely (again to be fair) and am totally bummed by the results.
As you can see, it is anything but straight. Typically my hair is very soft and smooth (aside from the waviness) but the brown sugar/water mixture did exactly what you would expect brown sugar on your hair to do, it was crunchy at the ends (it did brush through fine) and while not sticky it was very far from smooth. I had a really tough time trying to curl it or anything without marks being left so I just had to pull it back since I had to go and wash it again later.
I couldn't find any more information that what is given in that original pin so what I could have done differently I don't know and I am pretty sure it was just a joke to begin with.
Another pin I found is this one (link to blog post with tutorial). It says if you put your hair into braids and then twist them and then go over them with a straightener you'll have nice waves. In the post she shows you how it worked for her hair and listed a con as - inconsistent. I would have to agree 100%. I tried this on my daughters hair. She has less hair than I do so I thought it might work better on her hair because it would heat all of her hair easier than it would mine. It did not work AT ALL on her hair :-/
So there you go two pins you can avoid pinning. You don't have to guinea pig yourself, we did it for you.