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    Updated on Aug 31, 2020. Posted on Aug 12, 2020

    I Tried To Revive My Wavy Hair Using Viral TikTok Methods And Here's How It Went

    I wanted to get my wavy hair back to a healthier, less frizzy and dry state and stop using so much heat products after years of straightening!

    i tried to revive my wavy hair using popular tiktok hair methods
    Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

    Hi, I'm Farrah, and since quarantine started, I have not been using my blow-dryer. Why? Because I am going absolutely nowhere and seeing no one, so why put time and effort into applying more heat damage to my hair? It was around May that I had an idea: I'm going to try and revive my naturally wavy hair.

    Here's a little bit about me and my hair: I used to identify as an ~emo kid~, so I would straighten and dye the crap out of my hair. In fact, I was shocked when I found this picture of my natural waves from years ago because it's always straight in photos. My go-to hair routine is blow-drying it straight to remove waves and frizz.

    old photo of farrah's wavy hair
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    Since joining TikTok, I've seen a ton of people go on a journey to bring their naturally curly or wavy hair to a healthier state. This has become known as the #CurlyGirlMethod. After doing some research, I discovered this originated from a book called Curly Girl: The Handbook by Lorraine Massey, co-founder of DevaCurl.

    Because I have nothing but time, I decided to join in and begin my own journey to revive my naturally wavy hair, bringing it to the healthiest state possible. This means: no heat, no aggressive brushing, and no straightening tools. So, here's how I got started!

    The products
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    I watched a lot of TikToks to see what products people were commonly using and decided to try out higher-priced shampoo and conditioner versus a lower-priced shampoo and conditioner. Here's what I ended up getting:

    Wella Nutricurl products, Shea Moisture products, Fractionated coconut oil, comb, hair mask, and ghost oil
    Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

    The Verb Ghost Oil (which I bought to tame my frizz after seeing people rave about it) and Fractionated Coconut Oil (which many people said to mix with conditioner for a silky smooth result) were two purchases I made outside of the Shea/Wella lines. I also ended up buying this comb from Ulta, which is only $2.50.

    Shea Moisture was the most commonly used shampoo and conditioner I saw people using, most likely because it's so affordable. I wasn't disappointed, but we'll get to that in a bit! This line is supposed to be especially hydrating, and some TikTokers even said it revived the texture of their curly hair within one wash.

    Shea Moisture line
    Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

    You can view these products and the prices from the Shea Moisture collection here.

    The high-end product I primarily saw hair stylists and professionals on TikTok raving about was the Wella Nutricurls line. I know Wella as a brand because Sophie Turner is especially loyal to this company, so I thought it would be a good second option to try for those curious about more professional products.

    Wella products
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    You can view these products and prices from the Wella Nutricurls collection here.

    One of my favorite products ended up being the Shea Moisture Hydrate + Repair Protein Power Treatment mask, which I used before I showered. It made my hair unbelievably soft.

    hair mask in farrah's hair
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    the experiment
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    Attempt 1 plopping and original hair products
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    The first technique I tried was one I originally saw on TikTok. It's called "plopping." Basically, this method helps reduce frizz while keeping your curls (or waves) in shape.

    @katieleigghh

    This is how I learned to plop my hair 😊 let me know how I can improve! #fyp #ColorCustomizer

    ♬ original sound - katieleigghh

    I wanted to see how my hair texture looked when I plopped using my "regular" shampoo and conditioner. Here's the original hair products I was using before I began my experiments with Shea Moisture and Wella:

    biotin and collagen conditioner and kristin ess daily shampoo
    Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

    Because frizz was one of my main concerns, I was excited to try this method. It was pretty simple! Here's my first attempt, but I eventually became better at tying the cotton shirt.

    plopping shirt
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    (Side note: If I look tired in all these pictures, it's because I was doing this right before bed. I've been showering at night!)

    In my first attempt (and throughout these hair experiments), I used the plopping method. Here's what it looked like when I washed my hair with the shampoo and conditioner I was using prior — which were okay but not amazing:

    Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

    Right after taking the shirt off of my wet hair versus when it fully dried. Not a bad result!

    attempt 2 plopping and shea products
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    For this attempt, I only used Shea Moisture products.

    shea moisture line
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    Here's what my hair looked like after my first time using the Shea Moisture line. I achieved this result by plopping and using Shea Moisture's Curl and Style Milk. I was really impressed! I could immediately tell that my strands were way more hydrated. It resulted in a great amount of body, too.

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    attempt 3 plopping, shea products, coconut oil, hair mask
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    My third attempt went like this: I'd use Shea Moisture's line but add in the mask and fractionated coconut oil.

    fractionated coconut oil, shea products, and hair mask
    Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

    Here's a side by side of everything I did in the second attempt versus this third attempt. On the right, I used the same Shea Moisture products but included the mask and the fractionated coconut oil in my conditioning routine. The strands underneath look good, but the outside strands ended up being loose and frizzy. I'm not sure where I went wrong!

    Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed
    attempt 4 plopping, shea products, diffusing
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    My fourth attempt was using a brand-new blow-dryer and diffuser with the Shea Moisture line. (Yes, I know I mentioned heat wasn't going to be involved in this journey, but it was on the lowest setting and it was a method most people on TikTok were using, so I had to try it.) My old hair dryer was...ready to retire. I decided that the T3 Cura Luxe hair dryer would be a great replacement. This thing's won seven awards, so I had high expectations.

    Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

    Here's how the diffusing method worked for me. It wasn't my favorite way to revive my waves (mostly because some fell flat), but it did work. Also, look how nasty my 10-year-old hair dryer is. How long are you supposed to keep a blow-dryer for?!

    @farrahpenn

    are you supposed to keep your hair dryer for 10 years yes or no lol #hairjourney #wavyhairroutine #curlygirlmethod #MyBFF #hairtransformation

    ♬ Up Beat (Married Life) - Kenyi
    attempt 5 plopping and wella products
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    I was really excited to try Wella's Nutricurls line for my fifth attempt! Since they're "professional quality" products, I had high expectations.

    wella products
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    Ohhhhh my GOD does this shampoo and conditioner smell AMAZING. It suds up so beautifully and gives your hair a really clean feeling. I honestly felt like I'd just come back from the salon. This was what my hair looked like air dried after using the Wella products, plus plopping!

    Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed
    attempt 5 plopping, well products, shea style milk and ghost oil
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    For my final attempt, I decided to mix in a bit of everything. Since I loved Wella's shampoo and conditioner, I went ahead and paired it with the ghost oil and Shea Moisture's style milk. I chose these two post-shower products because they ended up being my faves.

    verb ghost oil, nutricurls shampoo and conditioner, and shea moisture curl and style milk
    Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

    I loved this result the best. When my hair was fully dry, my waves looked more hydrated than ever before.

    Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed
    before and after
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    And now what you've been waiting for...the before and after:

    Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

    I think after years of heat damage, the texture of my hair has changed and it will take a lot of nourishment, care, and further experimentation with products to get it to a *WOW* state, but the progress is there at the very least! I'm glad I tried these products and methods and will 100% be using them in the future.

    Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

    What's your favorite curly/wavy hair product? Have you been doing anything different to your hair in quarantine? Let me know in the comments below!

    Note: Some products were provided to BuzzFeed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.