Unless you’re a new natural in the honeymoon phase, or just really in love with your hair, then you probably hate spending long periods of time in front of a mirror styling it. It’s tiring on your arms, and if you’re a curly with really long or thick hair then your styling session probably lasts upwards of an hour. Whilst most of us will never get our routine down to a mere five minutes, we can implement some changes that can help to shed a few minutes off our styling time.


Double Duty Products
Most of us are accustomed to a routine of layering multiple products onto our hair for different purposes like moisturizing, detangling etc. The problem with this is that it can take forever plus one day. Whilst you may think that you need a separate product for every step of your routine it is possible to find some that can perform multiple functions.

For example a good leave in can provide enough moisture to act as your moisturizer, your moisturizer could have enough hold to also be your styler and your conditioner could be left in as your leave in etc. Not only will this help to save you time but also money as you will have to purchase less products.  It also may dry quicker!

Style When Damp
Whilst this may seem like an odd way to lessen styling time it really does work. Styling on soaking wet hair can be tricky. Constantly having to wipe water that’s dripping down your face and back and wringing excess water out of your hair can all take up valuable time.

Also nothing is more infuriating than watching your products foam and slide off your hair because it is too saturated with water. After washing your hair try taking a few minutes to apply your toiletries etc., before starting on your hair. Just make sure it is in twists or braids to keep it stretched and prevent tangles.

Twist It
If your hair is like mine then as soon as you exit the shower it has the audacity to start drying and tangling immediatey. It may seem like if you don’t act quickly enough you have to spend additional time detangling your hair before your styling session has even begun.

To avoid this make sure that when you detangle in the shower you twist or braid each section after detangling it then rinse your hair with the twists or braids still in. This will help to keep your hair stretched and make styling easier and therefore faster.

Stretch It
For some women shrinkage and tangling is no laughing matter becasue it can make detangling and styling an all day affair. Even when it is not wash day a simple task like remoisturizing can become arduous. If this seems like your struggle then keeping your hair stretched may just be the way to go.
After cleansing your hair you could either, roller set, tension blowdry, band, or use curformers on it to stretch your hair. Then whenever you need to remoisturize and style it should be alot easier and faster because of the lack of shrinkage and tangles.

Trim It
Those dry rough ends that you’re holding onto are adding several minutes to your styling routine. They require more product to stay moisturised, they tangle easily and those single strand knots make smoothing your hair near to impossible. This begs the question, why hold onto them?

If your ends have started to feel raggedy lately then its time for a trim so book an appointment with your hairdresser or DIY it.

How do you shave time off of your styling regimen?

Caroline Trentini at Alexander Wang Fall 2014

“I had a baby five months ago in Brazil, so this is my first job in New York in a year and a half. I didn’t travel at all when I was pregnant. I flew in yesterday for the fitting, and I’ll leave tomorrow to go back to the baby in Brazil. I have to get my son’s little visa done so he can come, too. Being a mom has changed everything: you have a different energy, you see everything differently. It’s such an incredible feeling. I miss my son, Bento, so much. Bento means ‘blessed’ in Portuguese. I really understand what love means now. Having a baby also changes your body so much. I have had to work out a lot—three times a week I get trained with boxing and fighting with my trainer in Brazil.  And your skin texture changes; I have to moisturize so much. When I was pregnant, I used Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil and Mustela Specific Support Bust Cream and Belly Cream so I wouldn’t get stretch marks. Mustela makes a cream for every part of your body! And it worked. They also say your hair falls out when you stop breastfeeding. I’m still breastfeeding now—he’s almost six months. I’m going to breastfeed him until I can’t, I guess. I was three years old when I stopped. It was a nightmare for my mom, but they say that’s why I grew so much and I’m so tall! [Laughs] It feels a little weird to be back on the runway, but I think I was really prepared for this moment. I have such a better life now, because I have a family... But I love my job and I want to continue doing this. I missed everybody.”

—as told to ITG

Caroline Trentini photographed backstage at Alexander Wang Fall 2014 by Emily Weiss on Saturday February 8, 2014. Hair by Guido for Redken and makeup by Diane Kendal for Nars. 

Were you a slow transitioner or a Big Chopper & why? (Tell us your natural hair journey)
I did the Big Chop because I was tired of trying to take care of two different textures. I was very scared to cut off my hair because I thought short hair would not fit my face. I have a full face with big cheeks and I said to my best friend who was already natural that I could not do it. Every time I thought about doing the big chop, I changed my mind at the last minute. One day I decided to get on YouTube and watch “Big Chop” videos. I tried to look at a variety of videos with women of different textured hair. I wanted to be prepared. I watched videos up until the next morning and I was so eager to call my best friend, Lex later on that morning. I was excited and I knew my confidence had increase tremendously. I did the “Big Chop” the next day! My first reaction was, “what did I just do” but the next day, I felt so refreshed! It was the best decision I could have made for my hair.

Had you always embraced your texture?

I have always embraced my textured. My hair is more coarse in the back so I have to give it more attention on the other hand my hair in the front is soft and easy to manage. I have learned to love it all. I give it what it needs and it’s good to go.

How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? How did they react to the new you?  What was your response to them?
 A lot of people thought that it was a “Fad”. Natural hair was just starting to become a big thing for African American women and some people thought I would do it for a short period of time and start back relaxing my hair. Everyone will give you their opinion about how or what they feel natural hair should look like but I kept my confidence in my decision and started learning how to do my hair without any chemicals or heat. Everyone who thought it was a Fad, started to notice my hair was always looking really nice. Most of the time, people think that when you go natural, you have to wear a coarse Afro. I wanted to show everyone how versatile natural hair really is. As my hair began to grow, my styles started to change and draw attention from many friends and persons who were curious. I have many women now that have started their own personal natural hair journey all because I decided to believe in my decision and remain confident. In my hometown, anytime natural hair is mentioned, my name is somewhere in the conversation. That really says a lot. My best friend, Lex, always knew that my decision in going natural was going to be a great decision and she is still natural herself and supports me 100%.

Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
My hair is pretty fair. It is soft and kind of thin in the front area but in the back, my hair is coarse. I do not get into hair types a lot but most people say I have 3c-4a hair.

What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style?
I may wash my hair once every other week and I try to deep condition 1-2 times a month. Sometimes I do a home remedy such as: plain yogurt, conditioner of choice, and oil (olive oil, castor oil, or grape seed oil). Another great deep conditioner is Kanechom, Beautiful textures Rapid Deep conditioner, Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Treatment, Silk Elements, and the list goes on. Sometimes I add oil to my conditioner after I wash my hair and let it sit for about 20 minutes. It makes my hair feel really soft. I try to style my hair everyday. I love updos. If you follow me on Instagram, (MrsHairToday2012), I love wearing my hair up in a style. It takes no time to put it up in a style. My main product I have to have all the time is Eco Styler Gel with Argan oil. I absolutely love that stuff! You can wear your hair in a protective style, a wash and go, twist-out, braid-out, or Bantu knots using that gel. Other products that I enjoy using are the following: Cantu Shea leave-in, Beautiful Textures entire line, Miss Jessie’s Curly Buttercream, Jane Carter Nourish and Shine, Giovanni leave-in, As I Am Twist Defining Cream, Cream of Nature (natural line), Aunt Jackie’s Detangling Therapy, Alikay Naturals Lemongrass leave-in, and so many more. I love trying products and I have so many favorites.

How do you maintain your hair at night?
At night, I may apply some oil and I wear my satin cap/bonnet.

How do you maintain healthy length?
I try to trim my hair more by trimming every 2-3 months. Also, I keep my hair in protective styles such as an updo. When my hair is pinned up, I do not have to comb it, wet it all over, or keep tugging at my hair a lot. It gives my hair a break. Another way I try to maintain a healthy length is to treat my hair, keep it moisturized, deep condition, and pay closer attention to the ends of my hair. The ends of your hair can become dry and brittle which can cause breakage so it’s good to show some TLC to your ends.

What's the best thing about being curly?
The best thing about being curly is that is can be so versatile. If I want curls I have control of how I want my curls such as a wash and go, Bantu knots, or rods. If I decide to have straight hair I can. Being curly is so great and it always attract others’ attention and they want to know how can they become a curly.

Where can folks find you on the web?
You can find me at the following social media networks:
Facebook: MrsHairToday
YouTube: MrsHairToday
Twitter: MrsHairToday
Instagram: MrsHairtoday2012

Thanos Samaras, Hairstylist

“My interest in hair started when I was young, growing up in Greece. I found a ponytail of my mother’s that she had cut off when she was a child. It was quite long and thick, and I would experiment on it by bleaching it, giving it an olive oil treatment, seeing how different processes would reflect the light. It was a secret obsession. I was a boy; I wasn’t supposed to play with hair. On the down low, I would make tiny wigs for my sisters’ dolls. I was so fascinated how hair could transform them.

My background is in architecture and theater—acting. I love images, movies, and stories. It all ties together, really, because good fashion is a story, and the model is a character. Think about the images Mert and Marcus create, or Miles Aldridge—they’re like film stills from an amazing movie. So, about 10 years ago while working as an actor, I started photographing dolls that I had styled and placed in sets. People picked up on that work and I started collaborating with Japanese publications, because dolls are huge in Japan. They even celebrate dolls with a special 'Doll Day.' I collaborated with companies to develop some dolls, and eventually made a line of doll wigs for Blythe dolls. Greek Vogue saw it and, in 2010, they asked me to do a cover photo for them with a wig on a model. That went really well, and it led to another, and then another.

Now I get booked to style both real hair and wigs. And, as a reader, you’d never be able to tell if it’s a wig or not. Even when we’re working with real hair, there’s always an extra element of hairpieces and extensions involved. There’s no difference whatsoever in working with either material.

For me, working with wigs is almost a fetish. I spend the whole night before the shoot with the wig: creating it, cutting it, dyeing it, and getting to know it, so I can take it with me in the morning and transform the girl into someone else entirely—that’s what a wig is for. You don’t just throw a brunette wig on a brunette. At the end of the shoot, I get to take the wig home as a trophy. It’s fun. I have wigs that I’ve used a lot, or that had real moments, like the red wig I made for an Italian Vogue shoot with Codie Young. It looked so sensational on her that, a few weeks later, she dyed her real hair the exact shade of red we used in the story. I look at those wigs and think, ‘We’ve done a lot together. [Laughs] It’s creepy, I know. I also refer to the wigs as ‘she’ if it’s for a woman, or ‘he’ if it’s for a man.

Working with hair is a very intense experience for me. It’s kind of embarrassing, but I am enamored with hair—how it reacts to humidity, heat, chemicals, light, the way it can look kind of sad and forlorn when it’s just wet and hanging. It’s so beautiful. Then it can be treated with love and heat and serums, and it can become this wonderful, amazing texture that has all kinds of planes and landscapes. You can see how it moves and catches the light. It’s such a humble material, but it communicates so much.

We read people by their hair, and I can tell a lot about a person by their hair. The way we style it says a lot overall about our socioeconomic status, about our taste, health, and our age. It carries a lot of information. Volume kind of equals health; when there is more hair, you feel like that person is healthy and prosperous. I’m generalizing, but I think that we judge people by their hair very much.

Every country kind of has its own set of hair criteria. American women tend to like to wear their hair longer, and very glossy, and they like to have more of it. If they don’t have a lot of hair, they might get extensions or clip-ins. I actually make a line of impermanent extensions called SisterVeronica. I love working with real people, making custom pieces, and seeing their joy when they see themselves in the mirror, as if they’ve been upgraded. Women in Greece don’t have as much hair—I’m just speaking to what I see on the subway and on the street. In Paris, women tend to do that kind of unkempt Carine Roitfeld hair, and have a dye job that looks like it needs to be retouched—but they wear it like they mean it.

I’m more attracted to a bad dye job, or a completely fucked-up bleach job, than something perfect. I find it has more character—it’s more lyrical and luxurious. I love the sadness of hair that’s lack and limp, that doesn’t have great density, and moves more freely in the wind, than a thick, chunky Pantene head of big hair. It’s quiet, subdued, and kind of melancholic. I love a wonderful dry, long salty texture, too, that’s got a slight kink to it.

I mix a lot of styling products myself. I make my own salt spray by mixing soda water, salt, and a couple drops of serum together until it makes the hair react the way I want it to. And, in place of serums or silicones, I will combine oils with water and a drop of hair gel, and it works in a completely different way than a commercial product. But I do love the Super Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell. It leaves absolutely no grease in your hair—it gets completely absorbed. You can use it on the most fucked-up, destroyed hair, and it will look like a million bucks, as long as you know how to use your curling iron and flat iron—you need some heat to seal it in. And Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray is the best thing since sliced bread. It instantly creates lifted roots, a beautiful texture throughout the hair, and it doesn’t seem to build up or kink. It’s just amazing.

I'd say I split my energy 50/50 between acting and hair. When I’m not busy with one, I’m doing the other; most often though, I do both simultaneously. I appreciate people who have their hands in more than one cookie jar.”

—as told to ITG

Thanos Samaras photographed by Emily Weiss in New York on August 6, 2013. 

My name is Nosta Rabrun and I'm 22 years old. I'm from and currently live in Miami, Fl. I'm Haitian American with Indian and white decent. I permed my hair when I was 17 (2008) and at that time not a lot of people, to my knowledge, were natural and YouTube wasn't as big as it is now. I basically permed my hair to be "down."

How long have you been natural?
I've been natural for 2 years. My last perm was August 7, 2011 right before my birthday on the 9th.

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What motivated you to transition?
I don't know what motivated me to transition, lol. I just woke up one day and said I'm going natural lol. I was a big transitioner. I just let my hair grow out. Though a lot of people were telling me, "cut it, it will grown faster", I chose to just let my hair grow out. I ended up cutting it when I had only centimeters left of permed hair.

How would you describe your hair?
My hair is almost kinky curly. Lol I don't know. It's really curly and puffy.

What do you love most about your hair?
I love the fact that my hair is really soft and curly. I love it most when it's wet.

What has been the most memorable part of your journey?
The most memorable part of my journey was the two different textures. I HATED IT WITH A PASSION. I was so used to having straight hair that when I finally started to get some curls it felt weird. The two textures were somewhat difficult to deal with. The best thing is that my hair is longer now then before I permed it.

What were your favorite transitioning hairstyles?
My favorite transitioning hairstyle(s) was most definitely rope twist.. Weave was my Bestfriend and as my hair began to grow out I started doing Bantu knots. Right now my current dos consists of twist outs, braid outs, twist ( with my natural hair ) because I have what some call "big hair" I love to wear it out curly because I really do enjoy the attention.

Any memorable reactions from others since going natural?
As a natural, my experiences have had its ups and downs.  My mom hates when I wear my hair out. I live in Miami and because of the humidity I leave my house looking one way and come back looking another. She thinks I'm crazy. Family members love it, they are always complementing me on my texture. With others its more weird because I get asked a lot " Is that a weave?" " Can I touch it?" and "Are you mixed?"

What is your hair regimen?
Believe it or not I do not have a hair regimen, lol.  I do whatever to my hair as far a moisturizing. I try to apply Shea butter leave in conditioner every day, other then that, I just go with the flow. As far as products I use: Shea butter leave in conditioner, Haitian castor oil and Jamaican black castor oil mixed together, olive oil Eco styler gel, as far as shampoo and conditioner, I use whatever we have which is tresemme, mane and tail, and recently I brought sauve but I don't like it. It smells good but leaves my hair feeling dry. In the beginning of my journey I used this hair ointment called Virgin hair fertilizer. ( GOOD STUFF WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO HAIR GROWTH) and I take biotin (when I remember).

What are some of your favorite natural hair websites, YouTuber's, or blogs?
My favorite place to go when it comes down to hair is YouTube because you can learn EVERYTHING when it comes down to natural hair. You can learn many things from pre-pooing to making your own protein treatment. I just love it. My fav youtubers are:

Anything you want the readers to know? Any inspirational words?
I want readers to know that going natural was the best decision ever. I should have never permed my hair in the first place. I love it. Inspirational words? IF YOU WANT TO GO NATURAL GO FOR IT AND EMBRACE IT 1000 PERCENT. DONT LET ANYBODY TALK DOWN TO YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE NATURAL. LOVE YOUR HAIR. I BELIEVE ALL HAIR IS BEAUTIFUL AND TO LOVE YOUR HAIR IS TO LOVE YOURSELF.

Where can people find you for more information?
I'm not on YouTube but I am on Instagram and twitter: Instagram @divine_curls and twitter @pink_kali. I'll be happy to answer any questions.

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