Lately I’ve been having some success with extending the life of my curls. Today, I’m on Day 5 without washing them. The perks of not washing them every day are that I don’t have the long dry time AND I save on product. I still have to use some products but not the ones I use when I wash my curls. And it really takes a good 3 hours to let them air dry even if I help them along with a little diffusing.
It’s taken me a year to find something that works for my hair, and I can almost assure you that your curls will take a different set of products and care. Even on my head, there are about 3 different kinds of curls, so I know that between the two of us, we’ve got a bunch of different kinds. But, I have found what works for me by listening to other women talk about how they care for their curls. I try it and then decide if it fits. Some things don’t work for me, but every now and then I’ve found something that really works. And, I’m beginning to know what my curls like and how they act in all kinds of weather. I am definitely in RELATIONSHIP with my curls.
At any rate, this week – even with all of the humidity and moisture in the air – I’ve been able to extend my curls for five days. I believe I’ll need to wash them tomorrow, but today they are okay. I even worked out several times this week, wore headbands and showered every day. They are much more resilient than they ever were in the past. The picture below was from Day 4 after walking around in the mist. A year ago, a misty humid day would have been cause to hide my hair or stay inside. But not since I’ve found DevaCurl.
When I wash my hair, I use Devacurl’s Decadence line. I wash with No Poo, and then condition heavily with One Condition. I don’t rinse out the conditioner. I run my fingers through my hair with the curls squeezed loosely between my fingers. This seems to engage the curl. I squeeze all of the moisture and excess conditioner out of my hair with a microfiber towel. Other people use a pilowcase or a cotton t-shirt, but a terrycloth towel is horrible for curly hair. And I only squeeeeeeeze… no pulling or ruffling of my hair.
Then I apply the Supercream Coconut Curl Styler(just like in the video below) to my wet hair on the ends. Again, I run my fingers through my hair squeezing the curls between my fingers. It’s sort of like using my fingers as a wide-tooth comb. Then I gently twist in small sections to make sure the product is soaked in. My hairdresser in North Carolina (Lynn) calls this ‘roping’. I then use the Frizz-free Volumizing Foam and work it in the same way as the cream and the conditioner. Lastly I add the Devacurl Styling Cream and work it in in the same way as well. It sounds like it would take forever, but it only takes about 5 minutes for the entire process. After that, I clip up the top so it doesn’t lay flat to my head and let it dry. I’ll use a diffuser for part of the drying, but it is much better to air dry. I finish off with the DevarCurl Hairspray which is designed especially for curly hair.
Anyway, several friends have asked what I do to style my hair. Since I didn’t wash it today, I made a video on how to revive curls after sleeping on them. They tend to drink up moisture all the time, so I really can’t over-moisturize. But, your hair may be different. Just see what works for you.