Looking for curly and/or wavy hair tips for Summer? Lorraine Massey, Founder of Devachan Salon and best-selling author of “Curly Girl!” dishes on her best tips for styling curls and beating the frizz factor during those balmy Summer months.
Swap out your shampoo. Most shampoos contain sulfates, harsh detergents that are frequently found in dish-washing liquid and laundry detergent. Sulfates strip hair of its natural oils, which can be disastrous for curly hair because it leads to frizz and dryness. Try the DevaCurl No Poo Cleanser, the best-selling zero lathering cleanser stimulates, hydrates and cleans the scalp and hair to reveal the healthiest, bounciest curls.
Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize! Each hair follicle is home to a sebaceous gland, which releases an oily substance that lubricates the hair. Since curly-haired people have fewer hairs on their heads than people with naturally straight hair, they have fewer sebaceous glands to produce oil. The tighter the curls are, the harder it is for the oil to reach their ends. Avoid conditioners with silicones. Many curly girls prefer to have conditioner remain in their hair rather than wash it out.
Don’t Over Brush! A hairbrush strips hair’s cuticle of its natural moisture and leaves your locks frizzed and frayed – try running your fingers through your hair instead.
Use a gel that doesn’t stick. Gummy gels will dehydrate your tresses. Try before you buy by rubbing a small amount on your palm. If it makes your hands sticky, it will do the same to your curls. No one wants crunchy hair, or sticky hands for that matter; look for a cream-based styling product that will condition your locks. Try the brand new DevaCurl Spray Gel – this alcohol free, non-flaking spray gel provides maximum curl retention, definition, lift and a crunch free hold.
Skip washing for a weekend. If there’s one equation that we curly girls will never forget, it’s that humidity + curls = afro. Skip the shampoo for three days; your scalp naturally adjusts its oil production to compensate within the first week.