Monday, January 16, 2012

Calling all Curly Girls #2

For those of you who are new to the blog, you can read 2 the different posts that lead up to this one. The first one, Hair at last is an introduction to me as a hairstylist. It is the first post I wrote regarding my background as a hairstylist for the past 18 years. It gives you a little sense of who I am as a hair designer and where I have been. My next post about hair titled Calling all curly girls #1. It is an education on the composition of curly hair and why it is so hard to tame it.
Now I am going to share with you how to work with your curly hair and not against it. I touched on why you should not wash your curly/wavy hair  with over the counter shampoo's and why conditioning it with the right products is so important. Also what it means to give yourself a 'water shampoo'. Now I will share how you treat your hair once you step out of the shower is just as important. But wait. There is ONLY one time that you should comb your hair. In the shower. With conditioner in it. That's it! A wide tooth comb is best. And NEVER brush your hair, ever. Your hair cuticles will hate you for it. Most people with curly hair have flat curls on top and overly poofy curls on the sides and length. If this sounds like you, do not put conditioner on your scalp, it will only make it flatter. Remember in curly girls #1 when I touched on your hair having natural oils, and that when you use regular (full of sulfate, silicone's and waxes) shampoo it removes the 'good' oil that you can't see, but that keeps your hair very healthy. Just stay away from shampoo or if you must, use Deva Low-poo or No-poo.

D<u>e</u>vaCurl Low-Poo
  You will recall my explanation of why towels are bad for textured hair. The little nubs on them reek havoc to the cuticle and do not help in your quest for lushes locks!! Another great thing to use besides an old T-shirt is paper towels. WHAT? Yep, paper towels. You can hang them over the shower or tub when you are done and come back in a few hours put them away for next time. No rubbing of your hair. NONE. Only squeezing the excess moisture out. Now what to use on your hair to keep it tame and beautiful all day? Here are a few of my favorites.
D<u>e</u>vaCurl Set It Free
48 hour moisture lock spray, eliminates frizz, enhances curl and adds shine

D<u>e</u>vaCurl Spray Gel

Crunch free spray gel, alcohol free, curl definition and retention

D<u>e</u>vaCurl Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam
alcohol free, humidity resistant, conditioning, long lasting, frizz free, soft curls

You can find a Deva Curl salon near you that sells the products by going to the Salon finder here.
I can explain the step by step of how to apply the products in your hair, but Deva has an amazing video that does it so much better than I ever could and you can go here to see it! If you have any questions still after watching the video, please leave a comment and I will answer you as soon as I get it. If you also go to the menu bar you will see Curly Lifestyles. There you can determine what curls you have, Q's & tips, as well as a gallery of before and afters, like this.

Amazing huh?!
I love the gallery because it is broken down into the 4 curl types and you can see people who have hair just like you and what a difference it can make.
  I know alot of people don't like to spend the money on salon products.
'They really aren't any better', 'They cost too much', I could go on and on. But I always tell my clients that if you want beautiful teeth, sometimes you have to pay the Dentist. Well it is true for salon products. In my first Curly hair #1 post I broke down the differences of over the counter shampoo's and conditioners vs salon products. If you have any further questions or disbelief, feel free to leave a comment or personally email me.
   I want to touch base on the importance of a good cut. I was trained at the Deva salon in New York and am a certified curly girl specialist. I do not use a comb when I cut your hair, I cut each individual curl to the desired shape. My curly haired clients can go much longer between hair cuts because the cut was customized to their particular hair type, length and desired shape. So it may cost you more, as they are usually in higher end salons, but you will pay the same or less over time than going to a less expensive salon in hopes of saving money.
   So in short, remember to not 'wash your hair' but cleanse with water or at the very least a Deva No-poo cleanser. Leave a wide tooth comb in the shower and only use to when combing thru a conditioner. Use an old T-shirt to gently squeeze out the moisture in your hair, not rub. Decide on at least one Deva product to try in your hair. Spend the extra money to get a good Curly cut and you and your curls will be bouncier than ever!!

 I was not paid for this post by Deva and all the opinions here are my own

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  1. Fun reply comment feature right? I love your blog! I'm your newest follower!

    XO, Aimee

    1. yes, love the comment feature. BEST. TIP. EVER!!
      thanks for the follow, I am enjoying your new & old kitchen photos!!

  2. Thank you so much for all the wonderful tips and info. I 'water shampooed' my hair this morning and used a t-shirt to dry instead of a towel. My curls have already improved greatly. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge.

    1. let me know how it is going...
      glad you found this post useful!

  3. I had to stop in and see this post.... I am an EXTREMELY curly girl... And I often find myself laughing at the CURLY tips... Because they are MORE often than not WAY off base... I can't tell you how many times I get stopped from people while I am out shopping asking me HOW do I manage my hair The first I tell them is I have NEVER BRUSHED my hair.. The looks I get are So funny!!! But then I go to explain that I FINGER comb my hair while the conditioner is in.... LOL!!! I have used Deva Curl's system but it was just getting to expensive to stay on it... :)

    Loved your post.. :)

  4. okay, i'm 10 days into the no shampoo and so far the locks are looking better. planning to order my deva stuff as soon as i'm low on my current no-sulfate products.

    have i mentioned lately how much i love this series????

    1. was your hair better at the beach?? Probably yes, as your hair LOVES the moisture in the air & I am sure it got curlier!

  5. Thank you! I have three daughters with curly hair. Mine is straight. We have a big learning curve in dealing with the hair!



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