Wind+Curls=Big Stringy Mess

SbudskySbudsky Registered Users Posts: 261 Curl Neophyte
Hi everyone. I'm hoping you all can help me with a struggle I've been having--

I have loose, very fragile curls that can look like bouncy, defined coils, but easily go limp if they are jostled or pulled too much. I finally feel like I have a routine down that gives me consistent results and I can get my hair to look pretty much how I want it to every morning before I leave the house. The problem is that I live right on the water in a small corridor of tall buildings that creates what feels like a wind tunnel (even on days when there isn't much wind in the rest of the city) and my hair is essentially destroyed during the 2 minute walk from my building to my car. I've tried putting it in a ponytail before I go outside, but that also damages my curls and does very little to protect against the wind.

Any advice about how to protect my curls and/or how to fix them once I get back to my car? Thanks in advance for your help :-)
waves, loose coils, and cherub curls (=mixed 2s through 3a), very fine texture overall (but with medium and even coarse strands scattered throughout)


  • plunkybugplunkybug Registered Users Posts: 2,526
    Oh do I hear you on this! My neighborhood (which is pretty small) is bordered by water on 3 sides and a public park on the 4th. I live in a high-rise condo building and the entrance is on the north side, so all the wind we get from the Juan de Fuca Strait hits the south side of our building and funnels around it. Plus, I walk to work everyday, which is about 15 minutes either way.

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  • Robin-in-FLRobin-in-FL Registered Users Posts: 1,731 Curl Neophyte
    I have heavier, stronger waves so they don't get straight in the wind but do turn into something that looks like a fright wig.

    Try a silk scarf, like a 1950's lady riding in a convertible?

    I actually use hairspray first, let it set and then twist mine up into a clip, this works for me but yours might not survive the twisting.

    But I do think that a scarf would work perfectly.
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  • finaleofseemfinaleofseem Registered Users Posts: 900
    I second Robin's suggestion of a scarf. Also, depending on how you do your hair, you could potentially wait to SOTC until after you get into the car? I don't wrap my hair in the wind, but if it's particularly windy on any given day, I let it stay crunchy until I'm in the car/where I'm going, then scrunch it out there. For my hair, the crunch keeps my curls from falling.
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  • pedahehpedaheh Registered Users Posts: 4,812 Curl Neophyte
    How to tie a retro scarf video
    The best versions are in the 2nd half of the video. (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
    2a ( 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
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  • E2eE2e Registered Users Posts: 246
    Thanks for this thread, i'll be buying a convertable in the spring :)
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  • SbudskySbudsky Registered Users Posts: 261 Curl Neophyte
    Thanks for the tips everyone! Had a feeling I would have to wear a scarf-- I was picturing a grandma's babushka, but I prefer the sound of a 1950s-style satin scarf. Either way, I think I'll look pretty goofy. I'm also going to try play with using clips and excessive amounts of gel.

    My hair is super wavy no matter what, it's just the true curls I lose in the wind... I suppose there are much worse things that could happen.
    waves, loose coils, and cherub curls (=mixed 2s through 3a), very fine texture overall (but with medium and even coarse strands scattered throughout)

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