Just Another Curls Day

Spring Colors_Annie & I at the Table

Ignore the funny face (that's candid Katie for ya). Note that the curls actually look presentable!

Some people are blessed with gorgeous flowing beach wave locks and ideally placed, naturally occurring highlights. Others step out of the shower with perfectly coifed ringlets that bounce in sync with their every step. Some humans, if we can call them that, have no idea what the word “frizz” really means or the depressing effects it can have on one’s day. For the rest of us mere mortals, we must look for the perfect combination of shampoos, conditioners, leave-in treatments, hair oils, products, and heat-aided styling devices. It is a balancing act requiring constant vigilance and tweaking to ensure minimum frizz and maximum awesomeness – all without totally killing the remaining health of our precious strands. Now, for someone like me with mostly curly, partly wavy, and 100% frizzy hair, drying it straight is the safest option for guaranteed results. Wearing it curly, on the other hand, is a lot like playing craps: I try hard to play by rules I don’t understand with mixed results: some days I come out a winner and others I look like a fool.
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Despite a muggy day, the curls are holding up.

I am on a constant quest for the perfect curls styling regimen. While I still cannot claim to have found perfection, I have stumbled across a combination of products and techniques that has provided soft curls with some give, minimal frizz, and nice body on a fairly consistent and predictable basis. Here’s what I use and how I do it to get these results. I promise it looks and sounds like a lot more products and work than it is. Note: My hair is pretty fine and thin and reaches a few inches past my shoulders; the product quantities stated are for my hair. Adjust up and down to suit your hair's particular needs.
From left: wide tooth comb | Kenra Professional Dry Texture Spray | Curl Keeper Ultimate Hold with Frizz Control Gel | Deva Curl diffuser attachment | Kerastase Mythic Oil | Deva Curl Dryer Not pictured: Deva Curl microfiber towel

From left: wide tooth comb | Kenra Professional Dry Texture Spray | Curl Keeper Ultimate Hold with Frizz Control Gel | Deva Curl diffuser attachment | Kerastase Mythic Oil | Deva Curl Dryer | Not pictured: Deva Curl microfiber towel

What You Need:
  • Microfiber towel (I use Deva Curl’s)
  • Hair oil (I like L’Oreal Mythic Oil and Kérastase Elixir Ultime)
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Curl Keeper by Curly Hair Solutions™ Curl Keeper Gel
  • Blow dryer (I use Deva Curl's)
  • Diffuser attachment (I use Deva Curl's - the one that looks like a big, green hand)
  • Light-hold hair spray
Steps:
  1. Towel dry hair with the microfiber towel.
  2. Put about a quarter-size amount of oil in your hands and distribute through your hair. Rub any remaining oil into your hands or elbows. Don’t waste that stuff – it’s gold!
  3. Run a wide-tooth comb through your hair, defining your part as you want it.
  4. Shake your hair out with your fingers and scrunch.
  5. Wait for your hair to air-dry for a bit. Get dressed, start your makeup. You don’t want to put the Curl Keeper product in your hair while it is really wet. It is too light of a product and won’t work as effectively, in my humble opinion.
  6. Put a dollop of Curl Keeper in one hand and rub your hands together. Scrunch into half of your hair. Repeat with the other side. If you have short hair, the first dollop should do. (One thing I love about this product is that it's kind of hard to put in too much so long as your are going to diffuse your hair).
  7. Turn your diffuser on to hot hair and fast speed. (Note: Some diffusers are too forceful so you’ll have to turn down the speed to avoid breaking up your curls and adding frizz).
  8. Only diffuse your hair until it is about 80 – 90% dry.
  9. Put down the diffuser.
  10. At this point, I like to shake out my hair and toss it around with my fingers to see where all the strands landed.
  11. Using a flat iron, I smooth out any crazy sections at my part and around my face. You can use the flat iron or a curling iron to add any finishing touches or fix funky curls.
  12. Smooth a couple drops of the hair oil into your hair to help tame fly aways and soothe any remaining frizz.
  13. Finish with a light-hold hair spray.
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