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Curly Girl Secret #6

Curly Girl Secret #6


There are many ways to clip and there are also many different types of clips on the market you can use.  I prefer to use DevaClips on most hair types due to their heavy duty hold, but some baby fine haired clients may benefit from using the old fashioned smaller type pin curl clips as the Devaclips can sometimes be too heavy for their hair and fall over.  I’ll likely post some more video’s on You Tube in future with an in-depth description of many different ways to clip and the different clips you can use to do it.  There is no wrong way to clip, as long as YOU’RE happy with the results!

Clipping will release the hair of it’s own weight so curls can start up closer to the scalp, it helps the air to flow through the hair for faster drying time, and also gives volume to curly hair which usually lays quite flat.  It’s one of the most valuable styling methods to s’wavy, wavy and curly girls for helping the hair visually look curlier.  Tighter curl patterns don’t always see a ton of benefit from clipping as their curls start close to the root and give them lots of volume naturally, but ANYONE with texture in their hair can clip and see benefit of some sort.  Personally, I don’t feel like my hair is completely styled unless I’ve clipped it.  Here’s a quick experiment in the picture below about clipping (diffusing tips will come later) that will show you the difference between not clipping versus clipping… and why if you’re not currently doing it in your routine, you may want to start…


And without further ado…watch my video to learn some valuable tips on clipping at home…

Many thanks to my willing clients who helped me create the video.  Hair model Sandy and my camera person Lorelie!

How To Reduce Frizz in Curly Hair

How To Reduce Frizz in Curly Hair

Did the title catch your eye?  I was hoping so, because I’ve got some thoughts to share with you on frizz before I tell you how you can reduce it…

Did you know that having frizz is part of having curly hair? Did you know that you’ll never fully be able to get rid of it?  Did you know there’s no such thing as frizz free curls? Well, I take that back…you can have frizz free curls for about the first hour after freshly styling your hair…then the frizz starts to creep your day.  I want to let you in on a few things I’ve realized.  Frizz IS a curl waiting to happen.  Once you’ve figured out how to work with your curls and they’re looking pretty good, you may find you’re still obsessed with trying to get rid of your frizz.  Here’s a big secret I have to tell you… 

You will NEVER totally get rid of frizz and you don’t really want toA little bit of frizz makes your hair look touchable, lived in, shows you’re carefree, like you just ‘woke up like this’, and also could translate that you look like you just had a romp in the hay 😉 Frizz is functional; it allows you to have volume, plus it makes you look like an angel because you have a halo! Want to have more sensual hair? Embrace your frizz and just watch this video.

You can’t really have body or volume without some functional frizz helping you get it that way.  And honestly, you are the only one who notices the frizz.  No one else sees it!  Think back to how many compliments you still receive, even when you feel your hair is frizzy that particular day?  Everyone else sees your beautiful curls and wishes they were so lucky.  It’s time to give yourself a break, it’s time to ease off on perfecting your routine or adding to your product graveyard under your bathroom sink.  Maybe you don’t even realize you’ve already figured out the best curls you’re ever going to have…relax and enjoy your hair.  I know I have started to just enjoy the journey. There’s a confidence you exude when you’ve accepted every part of yourself (including your frizz) and that is what other people find attractive.

If you still want tips on reducing your frizz ( I totally know you do!) you can read below about troubleshooting your frizz.  I’ve included some tips that are standard for all curl types and textures that I have found work well in my daily practice.  Please share this with your curly friends who are struggling!

This is when you apply olive oil, coconut oil or another type of natural oil onto the hair (or you could try Devacurl No Poo) on dry hair either overnight before your wash day, or at least about an hour beforehand. It will soften the cuticle, especially on low porosity hair and allow your cleanser and conditioners to perform better for you.  When you hop into the shower, cleanse it out and continue with your conditioner stage.

Cleansing with a sulfate free cleanser:
Sulfates in shampoos are like detergent that you wash your dishes and laundry with. They are too harsh, dehydrate your hair, and strip the hair of its natural moisture which equals more frizz.  You can find sulfate free cleansers in a lot of places now, but PLEASE, read the labels. Just because it’s sulfate free, doesn’t mean its silicone free and that’s just as bad.

Conditioning with a silicone free conditioner:
When there is silicone in your conditioner it coats the hair in a layer of liquid plastic and prevents the water (which is our hydrator) from entering the hair shaft.  When the hair cannot get enough moisture inside, it will reach out into the atmosphere to get it…ergo, frizz!  Making sure you work your conditioner into the hair, versus just letting it sit on top forever in the shower, will reduce your frizz. The more water you can pump into the hair, the less frizz you’ll have when you’re done your styling. Be careful not to leave too much in the hair, as too much conditioner left in can attribute to more frizz.

Applying silicone free styling products:
This will allow the moisture in the environment to be able to enter and exit as necessary.  Also, water soluble styling products allow your hair to ‘breath’ and will result in being able to break your gel cast and still retain your curls.  If your products contain silicones, the crunch will still be there, even after you’ve scrunched it out so read your labels!  This book has a full listing of what ingredients are good and bad in your haircare products…It also has great tips for you so it’s worth the purchase if you want to educate yourself about your hair.

Applying your products when the hair is super wet:
I mean really wet.  Think about it…when is your hair the LEAST frizzy?  It’s when it’s wet! Capturing your curls when they are SUPER wet equals less frizz.  You can always remove lots of water once the products have been applied if you want more volume…The more water you remove, the more volume you’ll have but with less frizz if you’ve done it this way.  Remember, the more you touch your hair from the time you get out of the shower to the time it’s fully dry, the more frizz you’ll create.  Less touching=less frizz.

Brushing, combing or raking your hair AFTER you get out of the shower:  
Sometimes people inflict frizz on themselves and don’t even realize they are doing it.  If you rake through your curls with a brush, comb or fingers after getting out of the shower, you are in essense shattering the curl pattern that nature (aka water) just made for you.  For people who like the look of curls that are raked through with tons of separation, that’s great!  But if you are currently raking your products through the hair and not loving all the separation that happens, then try not separating all those big curl clumps the next time you wash.  Separation of curls to some people looks like frizz…having an ah-ha moment?

Applying your products:
Close your fingers together when applying your products so that your hand looks like a fish fin, or seal flipper…grab your styling products and then apply them in a gliding motion down over the hair while keeping your fingers together.  Once applied, (and keeping fingers still together!) scrunch your curls up towards your head.  This slight tweak in your routine of keeping your fingers together can keep your curls in bigger clumps, and when that magic happens, your curls will look less frizzy. Notice how many times I recommended ‘keeping your fingers together’…it’s super important!

Choosing the right products for your hair:
This is the tough one that I cannot answer unless seeing your hair, asking you a ton of questions about it and really delving deep into your routine to see if I can help.  You may just have not chosen the right products for your porosity, density, texture and curl pattern.  If you’re still getting a lot of frizz, maybe your hair doesn’t like that styling cream so much.  There’s not too many curly girl friendly gels that you can overuse, so my rule of thumb is that it’s better to use more, than not enough. You can always scrunch out your crunch. GooseFootPrints offers a scientific analysis of your hair and can recommend some helpful tips on the properties of your hair, so you may want to check that out.

Hair Treatments:
Deep moisture, protein, Olaplex.  These are three treatments I would highly recommend you all try, at least once.  Everyone can use a deep moisture treatment.  Some people’s hair will love protein, but not everyone’s hair likes it.  Olaplex is awesome and I think every curly girl’s hair could benefit from the treatment.  Call your local salon and ask if they offer it.  You can purchase some great deep moisture and protein treatments from lots of Curly Girl friendly companies such as: JessicurlDevaCurlOriginal MoxieBriogeoEarth Tones NaturalsMop Top, and Curly Hair Solutions.  Also, good old fashioned coconut oil works great seeing as it’s moisture and protein in one.  All deep moisture and protein treatments are best used when heat is included. Whether that is a hood dryer, or a plastic cap wrapped in a big thick towel…

Clarifying your hair:
When your curls are acting funky and when your frizz seems to be getting worse, you may just need to clarify your hair.  You can buy clarifying shampoos from companies such as Mop Top, Original Moxie, Malibu (Undo Goo); or you can use Apple Cider Vinegar.  The recipe ratio is 1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar inside of 1 cup of water.  You can make as much or as little as you want.  I recommend a clarifying treatment once a month, and if your curls are on the low porosity side, I may even recommend more often as products seem to just sit on the outside of the hair shaft in low porosity hair and built up over time.

There are more reasons you could still be experiencing frizz, and if you’ve tried all of the above tips and are still stumped, I can help you in more detail.  You can book an online Curl Class with me through my website here. I would love to help you love your curls!


Krista xxx

Curly Girl Secret #5

Curly Girl Secret #5


Do you get a warm, fuzzy, happy and excited feeling that your curly hair is beautiful and accepted just the way it is, when you walk into a salon or go to visit your stylist? Or do you get the “oh lordy, we don’t have enough time to deal with your hair today look”, and you’re made to feel like your textured hair is something to be fixed?

Modern day media has been sending the message forever, that in order to be have beautiful hair you need to force your naturally textured hair into submission to be accepted.  Well, I’m here to tell you that’s a whole bunch of horse @*$# (pardon my french) and that you can wear your hair any which way that makes YOU happy! The biggest bunch of garbage I hear (that makes me so mad!) is: ‘curly hair is not professional’.  But here’s the thing…it IS professional because it’s YOUR HAIR!  You were born with it…it’s part of who you are, and you don’t need to change it for any workplace (unless you’re in the military, that’s a whole different kettle of fish).  Are people who wear their straight hair told that it’s not professional? NO!!!  So wavy, curly, and super curly hair should not be any different.  That’s called a double standard and I will not accept it.  Dr. Phil says, “you teach people how to treat you”, so let’s start teaching those around us about how our us and our curls are to be treated.

Sure, we can enhance our curls and create a more polished look with the right products and methods of applying them; but we should never feel we have to change our hair to be something it’s not, for anyone but ourselves. *Members of Curly Hair Artistry have been known to privately shed a tear for the young women who are given a brazilian blow out, or keratin straightening treatment in the stylists’ chair next to us.  Do those clients feel it’s their only option? Do they feel society has impressed upon them that their waves & curls are something to be straightened to be accepted?  Maybe they just don’t know they actually have curly options or that naturally curly hair will ALWAYS have at least a bit of frizz? (that’s what gives it it’s personality!).  As a collective group who’s passionate about helping others embrace their natural texture, we always wonder.  I have to admit I die a bit inside when I see curls being blown out beside me…

Curly Hair Specialists’ passion in life is to show people of texture their naturally beautiful hair.   Once they were shown how lovely it is, I know most wouldn’t ever feel the need to go straight again.  Yes, they may want to every once in a while for something different, but they wouldn’t feel any real need to because they’ve learned to love what natural texture they were given…If you’re someone who already knows your naturally textured hair, loves it, and you’re educated about the risks to your curls when having such procedures done and you STILL want to have it done; then all the power to you…“You do You and I’ll do me and we’ll be as happy as we can be”…sounds like a line from Dr. Seuss, but I just thought of it. HA!  Check out the image below…”Just when you thought straight was going to be your thing…and then you found your curls”.  I personally feel that what you were born with naturally, is what flatters you best. That’s just my humble opinion. 😉


Source: Modern Salon on Instagram

Stylists who are dedicated to curls (like I am) really DO spread the message of, “you’re beautiful, just the way you are”.  In fact, we live it out daily with the messages we uplift our clients with.  Hairstyling is one of the few professions where we are licensed to physically touch others.  We often touch things like hearts and minds too, when we show you how to bring out your natural texture.  Often, clients are so happy with their hair for the first time in their life…all because they’ve discovered their natural texture and embraced it.  People who have embraced their natural texture, collectively  feel that we didn’t “go natural”; we decided to cherish what we’ve been given  Curl Specialists want to give the gift of curLove to every person of texture we meet.  We know the freedom of spirit, lightness of heart, and ease of mind that comes with loving, accepting and rocking what you were born with.  We also know that when we share the curLove, there’s a ripple effect…our clients love to share the curlove.  It’s so exciting to bring joy to others, and isn’t that what life is all about?

The moral of my story is:  find a salon (and a stylist) that makes you feel welcome, that makes you feel that your hair is beautiful just the way it is when you walk in.  One that wants to enhance what you’ve been given naturally, but never makes you feel you have change it to be accepted to what society has ‘dictated as beautiful’.  That is the best place for you because your hair is beautiful JUST the way it is.  Work on loving your natural texture, JUST the way it is and the rest will fall into place.  The confidence you feel in your own skin when you come as you are, and leave as you; is nothing anyone can touch.


*As always thanks to my Curly Hair Artistry members for sharing their hearts and helping me to create awesome blog articles!

Curly Girl Secret #4

Curly Girl Secret #4


One thing you may not be aware of is how water quality can affect your hair.  Soft water is usually the kind of water you want to have, but if your water is hard;  it can weigh your hair down, cause a heavy build up on your hair shaft, and cause dryness and frizz!  It can really wreak havoc on your finished style.  You may never have thought about it before, but it’s something to be consciously aware of.  Here’s an example of how it could be affecting your life and you don’t even know it!  I’ll also share some solutions to the problem and a simple test to decipher the quality of your water…
* In the last few weeks I have really been struggling with my finished look. The curls have been weighed down; there’s barely a wave where normally there are lots of waves and curls.  No matter what styling products I chose to try and boost the curl, it just was hanging there; lifeless.  It dawned on me…I hadn’t checked my water softener in a while. I went down to the basement and this is what I found. It was EMPTY! The salt had run out.

My suspicions were correct as to why my hair wasn’t behaving.  The hard water that’s left when the salt runs out of my water softener unit, causes my wavy hair to flop and the curls to be barely there.

I solved the problem by adding a few bags of salt into the unit and voila!  I can’t wait to wash my hair again and have it back to it’s old curly self.  The bonus of having soft water is that it makes my shampoo lather and my curls bounce which makes me one happy curly girl!

The short and skinny is:

Hard water will not allow your haircare products perform as they should, which results in floppy, heavy waves and curls.  If you’re a s’wavy or wavy haired girl, you will have a more difficult time getting your s’waves and waves to show up when your water is hard.  It leaves heavy mineral deposits on your hair that weigh it down, your shampoo has a hard time lathering (also really hard to get products off your hair) and conditioners will not be washed out well either.  This leaves your hair feeling greasy, or that there is something heavy sitting on the hair.  Also, hard water can wreak havoc on your colour and cause blonds to turn rusty and warm.  In general, hard water sucks the life out of your hair.

Here are some suggestions that will help your curls get their groove back:

  • Water softener unit: Similar to the one pictured above is an excellent long term solution if you are planning to stay a while in your home.  If a water softener is not an option, the next best thing is a shower head that filters at least chlorine, dirt and odours from your water but not necessarily the minerals.  You can buy them at your local hardware store such as Home Depot (example in link).  It’s not the same as a water softener, but can help your curls if your water has these issues. There are many brands available on the market, so shop around and do your research to see what the filter actually claim to remove.
  •  Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse:  You can also clarify your hair on a regular basis (try weekly and see what your curls tell you) with a rinse of an Apple Cider Vinegar mix (1 tsp ACV into 1 Cup of water) and apply it between your cleanser and conditioner…scrunch in, let it sit for 5 mins and rinse well and continue with your conditioner.
  • Bottled Water Rinsing: Another alternative is to wash, condition and final rinse your hair over the side of your tub, or your kitchen/bathroom sink using distilled bottled water that is more pure and won’t have the heavy mineral deposits that your tap water may have.  It’s worth a try, as you will definitely notice better finished results when your water is soft.
  • Sulfate Free Clarifying Shampoo: Another suggestion could be using a sulfate free Clarifying shampoo about once a week (or as needed); one that lathers but doesn’t dry your hair out.  I’ve had some great success with Malibu Undoo Goo, and also Mop Top has a Clarifying Rescue Treatment I am excited to try and others have had success with.
  • You can also buy Malibu packets (or ask your favourite stylist to bring some into their salon for you to purchase) that can do the trick to remove the heavy mineral build up on your hair.  A more serious addition for super hard water build up can be adding a teaspoon of powdered Absorbic Acid to your sulfate free Co-Wash and working it in, letting it sit for 5 mins or less and rinsing well, followed up by your conditioner.  Be careful with this one as it’s a really strong treatment, don’t over do it. This would be more of a once a month treatment if your water was extremely hard and all the others suggestions above were not working.

Water quality does make a huge difference in your hair!  When people contact me through my social media, I often wonder if they are not getting the results they want for their hair due to the quality (or shall I say ‘poor quality’) of the water they use.  Maybe they are doing everything right in their styling methods and product applications, but their water is hard and the curls are limp and frizzy as a result.

If you aren’t sure if you have hard water, you can always try this simple test.  Try some of these suggestions and post some feedback in the comments below!

Yours in curls,


* Thank you to my Curly Hair Artistry colleagues for sharing your wisdom with me so I can share with others. A special thanks to Beverly TurnerScott Musgrave, Brianne McCoy-Prince and Melissa Stites for their additions to this blog from their excellent curly hair solutions. 

* I do not get any compensation from any product companies for my suggestions above.  These products and ideas are just what I have found in my experience working on curly hair, including my own.

Curly Girl Secret #3

Curly Girl Secret #3


Some of my favourite conditioners and deep conditioners

If you’re a wavy and curly girl, you already know how important it is to use conditioner on your hair, and you likely go through it triple the amount that you go through your shampoo… AND there’s no way you’d get out of the shower without using some! Can you imagine?  I shudder at the thought!

There’s a big secret to what type of conditioner you use and how you use it.  Did you know that the ingredients in your conditioner can literally either make or break your finished style?  Here’s a little insight as to why choosing the right conditioner is so important…

When you are shopping for conditioner; focus on these three things:

1) That it does not contain silicones.  You can find a list of silicones to watch out for here.
2)  The first two ingredients contain: Water and/or Aloe Vera.
3) It has a thick, creamy density, and also that it will give you ‘slip’ for detangling.  You can research the brand of conditioner you’re looking for online for lots of feedback before you even buy!  Some conditioners require the use of a comb to detangle your curls, and other conditioners allow your fingers to slip through like butter.  I would always recommend you stay with the latter.  Some of my favourite conditioners are: Innersense Colour Radiance Daily ConditionerDevaCurl One ConditionLong Hair Don’t Care, and Pureganique Moisturizer which can all be used on a daily basis and have lots of ‘slip’.

It’s not so much how long you leave the conditioner on, it’s how you work it in.  Spending time working it though your hair, and then also pumping water into it will give you the best frizz free clumped curls you’ve ever seen.  When I went to DevaChan and had my hair done (pics below), the stylist assistants spent AT LEAST 20 mins working in my conditioner at the sink… Not saying you have that kind of time at home, but that’s giving you an indication as to the time it takes to have fabulous curls, because I had ZERO frizz when my hair was finished. Your daily conditioner needs to be WORKED IN.  Read this Squish to Condish article by my Curly Hair Artistry colleague Melissa Stites that explains how to work your daily conditioner and pump water into your hair shaft to create the most gorgeous curls.  That is when you’ll get the most frizz reduction in your finished style, because we know that frizz is just dehydrated hair, right?

How do you choose the right conditioner for you? Read on…

  • If you have fine textured, low porosity hair:  you will want to use a daily conditioner that is protein based, and use protein treatments as needed to rebuild and reinforce the structure of the hair shaft and to restore the strength of the hair (even your stylers can have protein in them).  If your conditioner doesn’t have protein in it, you can always do overnight coconut oil treatments at least weekly (which are shampooed out the next morning).  You can use a plastic bag or a plastic shower cap, then wrap your hair in a towel to keep that cuticle open and allow the protein to do it’s best work.
  • If you have normal hair texture and porosity, you can use a wide variety of ingredients in products;  sometimes daily conditioners with protein, sometimes just a regular conditioner.  You can use protein treatments and emollient based deep moisture treatments, trading them out as needed.
  • If you have high porosity and/or coarse textured hair, it likely already has lots of natural protein and won’t need regular protein treatments as much as it needs moisture.  Stick to hydrating deep treatments and ones that contain emollients such as Aloe Vera Oil Extract, Abssinnian oil, Argan Oil, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Coconut oil and the list goes on but you get the idea.  Apply heat over a plastic cap covered with a towel or purchase a Thermal Deep Conditioning Cap to help deepen your moisture treatment, re-hydrate dry hair, and improve moisture retention. Using steam treatments will also help with adding moisture because it’s adding water back into the hair shaft. The Q-Redew is a great steaming tool for those of you who don’t have room for a hooded steam machine at home and can be done a few times throughout the week.  Use protein only when you feel your hair is limp, it just needs a little protein pick me up.

*Some of my favorite deep moisture treatments are Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment and DevaCurl Heaven in Hair Deep Moisture Treatment.  Remember when it comes to protein treatments, they are like a semi-permanent colour; it washes out and needs to be redone as needed…usually every 6-8 weeks or so.  Also, protein treatments need to be followed up by conditioner.  Use heat with your conditioner AND deep treatments to help pry open your tight cuticle, then follow up with cold water or acidic solutions (lemon juice in your palm with conditioner-do not pour lemon juice into your bottle) to lay the cuticle down and to help moisture stay within the hair shaft.  Examples of proteins for ingredients are: hydrolyzed casein, hydrolyzed collagen, hydrolyzed hair keratin, hydrolyzed keratin, hydrolyzed rice protein, hydrolyzed silk, hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed silk amino acids, hydrolyzed oat flour, wheat amino acids, and other large complicated names…

Leaving a deep treatment or protein treatment to sit on the hair is the only time you don’t need to work your conditioner in; because that’s one type of product that works best when heat is added and it is allowed to sit on your hair.  Boughten protein treatments (Joico K-pak Recontructor, Aphogee 2 Step Treament, Redken Extreme Cat Reconstructing Protein Treatment) usually contain silicone.  Staying on the hair for longer than 20 mins can cause breakage over time and should not be used more than once a month.  Some coarse hair textures may experience dryness, brittleness, and decreased elasticity if protein is used, so be careful as your hair may be sensitive.  This is general information, so always let your hair be your guide. It will tell you what it likes and doesn’t like if you pay close attention.

As an extra piece of advice, I feel that leave in conditioners are an added expense and not a necessary purchase.  In my opinion, it’s just as good if you rinse out all of your regular conditioner and then just put a little bit of it back in as your leave in if you like your curl that way.  Usually leave in conditioners are watered down versions of regular conditioner, kind of like how lotions are a lighter version of creams.  If your hair has enough water pumped into it, you can get away with just using regular conditioner.  Just an insider tip 😉

So, there you have it.  Gone are the days of putting on your daily conditioner and letting it ‘sit’.  You’ve got to work it curly girl! 


Curly Girl Secret #2

Curly Girl Secret #2



Alrighty Curly Girls…this one secret I have to share with you is short and sweet.

When I show & tell clients this movement during my Private Curl Class, it’s very easy to remember when you pair it with that cute catchy hit song by Megan Trainor, ‘All About That Bass’.  It can make a huge difference in the final look of your curls!  The more you lean, and I’m talking LEEEEAAAAAAN into that diffuser (90 degrees to each side and upside-down) and when applying your styling products; the more lift and life you’ll have to your curls when you’re done styling!  Even cleansing the scalp is easier upside-down and conditioner gets worked through the curls more thoroughly and is kept away from the roots for fine haired curlies. Leaning upside-down also lifts curl clumps off your scalp for more height in the root area.  Applying your products while leaning to the sides and scrunching curls upside-down pulls curls away from the head and will help your curls start up higher in your finished style.  You can achieve more rotation and wave in each clump of curls when you lean.  Even plopping/plunking your hair into your t-shirt towel is better when you lean into it, almost like going into a summersault right down on top of the curls.  It also makes clipping WAY easier when the hair is already lifted off the scalp in ready-made clumps; it’s like the curls are showing you where to put your DevaClips!  This leaning secret just an all around excellent tip for everyone with curly hair.

So, the next time you’re styling your curls from shower to drying phase to ‘scrunching out your crunch’ stage; remember this article and that catchy song.  Just change up the lyrics to, “It’s all ’bout that lean, ’bout that lean, no trouble’ and you’ll be loving your curls!

<3 KL

Curly Girl Secret #1

Curly Girl Secret #1


*This blog post is the first in a series of Curly Girl Secrets that I am sharing with you, so you in turn can share the curLove with others you meet.*
BEFORE: LEFT-Brushing my hair when dry

AFTER: RIGHT SIDE-Using the Curly Girl Method to Style, No brushing. Fingers only to detangle when wet.

There are people walking around in every city and town across the globe with frizzy, poofy, brushed out hair.  Brushing naturally textured hair has been the norm for a long time.  Just look at the above picture of my hair brushed out!  As a child, I was taught that I needed to brush my hair in order to ‘control it, keep it neat and remove tangles’.  That same advice has misguided too many curly girls, for far too long.  Those people who that have figured it out, are now enjoying their hair everyday following the Curly Girl Methods.  When people come up and ask, “HOW do you get your curls to do that?! They are beautiful!”,  you can reply with some curly hair secrets.  The first one can share with them is…

Secret #1TOSS THE BRUSH!  Whether wet or dry, brushing does nothing more than shatter your curls and create MORE FRIZZ! Use your fingers while in the shower when your hair is saturated with water and conditioner, and YES, the brand of conditioner does matter. Some don’t have enough ‘slip’ and you end having to rip through it with a brush or comb to get your tangles out.  Look for ones with good ingredients such as DevaCurl One Condition or Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner.

At the recent ‘She Makes it Happen’ Women’s Fair in Barrie, Ontario on March 8th in celebration of International Women’s Day; I decided to have a booth and showcase what I do to the public.  I’m new to the town I’m living in so I thought what better way to get out and meet people.  I completed a few basic ‘wash & sets’ on some new models to share a true picture of a ‘real before and after’ for the show-goers.  This particular model was a perfect example of why you shouldn’t brush away your curls…
This model normally uses shampoo and conditioner, then picks her hair out when it’s dry.    As I was co-washing her hair she said to me, “I don’t think it’s right, not to brush your hair”.  When we were done and her hair was dry, her curls revealed; she said she never wanted to wash it again!  I’m assuming she won’t want to brush these awesome curls again either…





Are you a curly girl practicing these NEW modern day methods of ‘controlling your curls, keeping your hair neat, and removing tangles’?  Now that you know better, you can do better.  So now here is my call to action for those of you who have figured it out.  SHARE the CURLOVE!  Share your secrets with those who compliment you on your hair.  Those tips and tricks have a ripple effect and can help people on their path to embracing their curls too.  You know, that cashier at your favorite grocery store, the acquaintance you KNOW has waves & curls hiding under her frizzy locks, or your family member who you’ve been dying to help? What tips can you give them in a loving way that will encourage them to try and define those waves and curls?  Well, you can start by mentioning how you notice they have wavy/curly hair, that you have some secrets you would love to share with them.  Then you can tell them a few tips that have helped you along your path to loving your hair.  You can start with SECRET #1 above, and then refer them to my blog and have them read about all the tips that I share here.  It’ll do their curls some good, and you’ll feel great having helped someone else.  Sometimes it’s just about planting a seed, and when they are ready, they will seek out the information to help themselves.


Multiple Hair Day Guide

Multiple Hair Day Guide

Want great multiple day hair?  Here are some secrets I have learned through my training with CHA ( Curly Hair Artistry), my research online and personally in my own bathroom!  Remember, a curl refresher may not work well on all hair types.  It is especially difficult for fine haired curly girls and guys to get multiple day hair…but sometimes you can find a good spritz solution and get even better volume on the second day.  As a general rule, the thicker and curlier your hair is, the more days you can go using a refreshing method. Some people don’t like the look of multiple day hair and just choose to wash everyday.  That is perfectly fine, but the cleanser needs to be sulfate free if you’re going to do it. Here are my main tips on how to prolong your wash day…

1) Sleep on a satin pillowcase

Sleeping on a satin pillowcase, you can ensure there is little to no friction to cause breakage and thinning, as your hair glides over the pillowcase instead of getting stuck on it, such as the ones you can purchase from Sweet n’ Smart Designs.  Tell her I sent you!

2) Pineapple your hair

When your hair reaches near shoulder length, it’s very easy to ‘pineapple’.  You can do it during the day while you’re at home, and it’s the last thing you do at night before your head touches the pillow. It protects your curly style.  Although the underneath of your hair may get flattened, the top remains untouched.  When you get up in the morning and shower, keep the pineapple in until you get out ( you can also wear a shower cap too).  Then, just spritz the underneath and wherever may need some TLC, scrunch n’ go with a curl refresher spray.

Just take a gentle one-knotted elastic like the ones pictured below, or satin covered scrunchie and bend over forward so all your hair is hanging upside-down.  Then gather it all at the front of your forehead (as if you were making a unicorn horn) and gently put the elastic around and let your ends hang out free.  Only make the elastic tight enough that you keep the ponytail in, as you don’t want to crush your curls. It’s completely fine if some of your hair at the back falls out.  Here is a DIY link to how you can make your own! It’s so easy and inexpensive.  This first picture is what I do at night…


3) Get yourself a spray/spritz bottle and make your own curl refresher.

Great multiple day hair can easily happen when you are spritzing it down about 50% of the way damp, gliding a closed hand down over the hair to calm the frizz, and scrunch-squeezing your mid-shaft and ends.  I always add a little bit of product such as DevaCurl Frizz Free Volumizing Foam or Devacurl Ultra Defining Gel after I have spritzed my hair damp, gliding it down over the frizz.  Then I re-clip my roots with my DevaCurl Clips and diffuse as I normally would until 80%-90% dry.  I usually air dry the rest of the way.  I like to diffuse because it gives my waves a boost. 

For fine S’wavy, wavy hair, I recommend using:
Jessicurl Awe Inspiring Spray, DevaCurl Mister Right, or some DIY beach spray to refresh.

For medium density, botticelli curls, I recommend using:
-1/16th to 1/8th  of the bottle filled with conditioner
Optional: 1 tbsp of curl boosting product ( like DevaCurl B’Leavin, or even a little bit of DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel)
-Fill the rest up with distilled water

For coarse texture, heavy density, low porosity hair and tightly coiled curls, I recommend using:
-1/4 bottle filled with conditioner
-Fill the rest up with water

*Remember these are just suggestions and you need to find the right amount of conditioner and or curl booster added, for the best results for your own hair.  

You have to shake it up before you use it each time.   A great pre made curl refresher  is DevaCurl Mist-er Right and another is called Jessicurl Awe Inspiring Spray. These sprays are also handy to carry around in a travel size in your purse, so you don’t have to use bathroom tap water to refresh your curls during the day.

Alternatively, you can get yourself a Q-Redew handheld hair steamer and refresh it even more quickly in the morning! The steam refreshes and reactivates the product that is already in your hair.  The Q-Redew is a great way to reshape, boost volume and rejuvenate second day hair without rewetting the hair. It can be used with or without product. Experiment a bit to find what works for your routine.  It is also an excellent tool to deep condition your curls; the steam from this wonderful tool opens up your cuticle and lets in moisture (from water) and the ingredients in the deep treatment can penetrate deep into the core of your hairshaft.  The result is softer, more hydrated curls. 

4) Don’t be shy using product on your initial wash & set day.

The biggest tip to achieving multiple day hair is ensuring you have used enough product on your initial wash day.  Using a little more than usual that day gives you something to work with on your refresh days.  What we are doing is reactivating the product each day when we spritz.  It may feel a little firmer on the first day than you normally like, BUT it will allow you to have multiple days worth of great looking hair.  I personally go 5-7 days just using this method of spritzing and diffusing; and I do use A LOT of product.  I do NOT get it wet in the shower during that multiple day period.  I have wavy/botticelli curls, or a combo of 2C and 3A curls; whichever curl identifier system you use.

Best of luck to you with your multiple day hair adventure.  It’s all about experimenting to find what works for you, but these tips are tried and true and when used in combination; can make your mornings even easier!