Dry curly hair + The wrong products = disaster. It’s just that simple. You don’t want to be that curly girl this winter, do you? Having a full head of hair desperately lacking moisture and shine… Nope. What you want, and what all curly girls want are soft-bouncy curls all year round. But keeping those locks hydrated can get complicated AF when winter rolls around. We want that slow motion hair moment, and whipping dry hair back and forth in slow-mo just isn’t as appealing.
Follow these steps I take to fight off the harsh effects from NYC winters, leaving my curls soft and moisturized.
Do an ACV ( Apple Cider Vinegar) hair rinse. Spray your hair all over with the ACV mix which is ½ ACV and ½ water, your hair should be soaked in this mix. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave on for 10-20 minutes before showering .Once in the shower rinse out and move on to the next step. This will help rid hair of all product buildup from the week, and leave your hair ready to properly soak up all the goodness from your conditioning products. It gives your curls more shine and definition.
Next condition your hair, don’t use any shampoo just use conditioner. Your hair was already stripped clean from the ACV rinse, so all you need to do is lock moisture back in. Apply this from roots to ends, gently raking the product down to the ends of your hair, focusing on the ends to give more conditioner to the dryer areas. I use DevaCurl’s One Condition Decadence.
Rinse out your conditioner and apply a leave in conditioner, working this from mid hair to the tips of your hair. It’s best to finger comb when doing this, but if you can use a wide tooth comb if preferred. A little tip I got from a DevaCurl stylist was to not only rake the product in, but squeeze it in as you’re racking it down. You’ll hear the product squishing into your curls, it’s oddly satisfying. I use and CAN’T live without DevaCurl Heaven in Hair Deep Conditioner, and use it as my leave in for this process. It’s not marketed as a leave in but can be used as one. It works wonder’s for that dry winter hair and is a curl game changer.
Do a light quick rinse of cold water on your hair, making sure to not rinse out all the leave in conditioner you just applied. It should be a quick 5 second shot of cold water, nothing more. Rinsing your hair with cold water at the end of your shower helps to close the cuticle and seal in moisture from the conditioner.
Come out of the shower, leaving your hair down wet. It’ll be uncomfortable to have wet hair on your back, but wrapping it up can effect the shape of your curls and we also want to leave as much moisture in as possible. Take your hair oil of choice, I LOVE using this one from Jane Carter’s Solution, and apply it from roots to ends to sealing in all the moisture you just applied in the shower. Focusing on the ends of your hair once you get down to them.
Follow up immediately by applying a moisturizing cream product from roots to the ends of your hair, finger rake this product in. I love using the Super Cream from DevaCurl and it does wonders for my curls. It smells yummy too.
Apply any other hair products you use to style your curls, and air dry or use a diffuser on a coo setting. My next step is applying my DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel, and diffusing with The Deva Curl Diffuser. Their diffuser’s my secret weapon to perfectly dried curls, and really helps them reach their full curl potential. After blow drying or after your hair has air dried, lightly spritz a moisturizing spray all over. I use the DevaCurl Set It Free Spray. This last step seals in max moisture, add’s shine and leave’s hair frizz free. It’s a perfect final step for winter ready curls.
Enjoy soft-bouncy curls, and let winter know it really tried it.