For All Curl Kind

How to Prep Curly Hair for Summer

Summer loving had me a blast,
Summer loving happened so fast,
Had my hair, cute as can be,
Then all the chlorine turned it crazy.
Now I need help, a – s – a– p.

Sorry that was lame. But I kind of couldn’t help myself. And as much as I’m all for summer lovin’, my hair is definitely not too happy about it.

C’mon, the humidity is bad enough, now on top of that we’re sweating, there’s bugs…it’s just insane.

Luckily we’ve gathered the experts to give you the ultimate summer hair care guide for curls.

If you’re dealing with humid heat

We all know it – that sticky, seeping heat that makes you feel like you need a shower, after your shower.

Aside from being super uncomfortable, this humid heat causes frizz – especially in hair that’s not hydrated. Thirsty curls are looking for moisture, which is why they reach out into the air. They’re desperate – and it’s not a cute look. Your best bet to combat this? Start in the shower. You need a hydrating cleanser and conditioner (like Decadence). Then layer up on your styling products.

Shari Harbinger, bonafide Deva guru, and Co-Founder of the DevaCurl academy recommends starting with a layer of cream, to give curls even more moisture. Then layer up a gel to lock in definition and hydration.

To maintain frizz-free curls throughout the day, turn to the glazing technique. Basically place product into your hands (Shari recommends Set It Free, Hairspray, or B’Leave In), emulsify it, and flip your head over. Lightly spread the product it over the top surface of your hair. And voila! Frizz reduction magic. Glazing people, it’s a good thing.

If you’re sweating and ending up with tangles at the nape

This is an easy styling trick to prevent tangles. Create a small horizontal section of hair at the nape of your neck. Then wrap that section of hair around the rest of your curls, creating a natural ponytail. Secure with a pin.

Not only does this lift hair off the nape, but you also don’t need to use a rubber hair tie to secure your hair up. While hair ties can always cause pulling in breakage, it’s super important to avoid them in the summer because when mixed with sweat, they can cause even more tangles. Yes I’m serious. The world is cruel.

If you’re combating edge control

Wearing your hair back? Yeah, most of us are. Hello it’s 100 degrees outside.

Buns, ponytails, pineapples, they’re all super cute, until you get that halo of frizz right around your face. That’s not so cute.

The best way to fight off this frizzy frame? Gently spritz baby hairs with No-Comb Detangling Spray or Mist-er Right to wet. You can also use water, but these guys provide a little extra hydration.

Then once the hair is wet, it’s time to set. Put a little bit of cream styler (like Styling Cream) on your fingertips, and gently push the hair down and back away from your face frame.

If you’re dealing with the bugs

This tip was a serious game changer from Danielle (aka @msdanidk). “Look to peppermint drops. Not only do they smell great, and are great for your hair, but it acts as a repellant for mosquitoes.” #JustAnotherReasonToUseNoPoo. Bonus: lemon grass does the same thing, and that’s in One Condition Original.

If you’re dealing with sun exposure

Bad news: sun burns your hair like it does the skin. Ugh, I know. Like what are we supposed to do add sunscreen to our hair?

No, don’t do that.

While there’s no cure all to protect your strands, there are definitely steps you can take to protect your curls and if your hair is colored, minimize fading.

Tip Number 1: If you usually opt for gel stylers, consider switching to Arc Angel Gel. It contains orange peel extract, which provides UV protectant benefits.

Tip Number 2: Wear a hat when you’re out in the hot sun. It will protect your hair, preventing added dehydration. Worried about hat hair? Consider putting your hat over your curls after setting it with a gel. Then don’t break the cast, it’ll preserve definition. Then later on, when you’re indoors, say sayonara to the hat, scrunch out the cast, and you’re left with fabulous, defined, soft curls.

If your scalp gets sunburned

When I was like ten, my family went to the Bahamas. Pre-teen Samantha got braids and burned her scalp into a crisp. This hurt. A LOT. The skin on my scalp was super raw. If this happens to you here’s some tips to get you through it:

Stay away from any lathering cleansers, and anything that stimulates your scalp. Your best bet is a super hydrating, soothing cleanser, like No-Poo Decadence.
Let your hair air dry. Using a diffuser or exposing your scalp to any kind of heat will just exacerbate the issue.
Turn to a protein mask, this will help soothe and protect your hair as it continues to grow. DevaCurl has something extra special coming, so stay tuned 😉

If you’re getting in the pool or heading to the beach

I don’t wanna hear none of that nonsense where you’re like I CANT GET IN THE WATER MY HAIRRRR.

Girl it is humid as heck outside, so I know you didn’t straighten your hair. Therefore it didn’t take you three hours. Listen to Ryan, get in the dang water. Your curls will be fine.

Here’s what you need to know to keep ‘em in top shape:

Chlorine and salt water have very different effects on the hair. Salt is drying, it pulls moisture out. But it can simply be flushed out with water and a regular cleanser. You can rehydrate your hair with a conditioner or Heaven in Hair. Salt water is easier to rinse out, but chlorine is different, it needs to be washed out.

You see chlorine is attracted to porosity, it likes to embed itself into the hair and stay there. It’s kind of like when the in-laws come to visit, they make themselves super comfy and they don’t plan on going anywhere. That’s chlorine in a nut shell. It stays in your curls and changes the way they feel. It causes your hair to dry and turn to green. No Bueno. The solution? Buildup Buster Micellar Water Cleansing Serum. Used on wet hair in place of your regular cleanser will help to remove the chlorine, and then you can hydrate your hair as normal with a conditioner.

But can you do anything before you get home to the shower? Yes, actually, you can.

The best thing you can do is wear a swim cap. Yeah, I know. They’re really not cute. But if you’re really worried, nothing protects your hair better. Here’s how to use one:

Wet your hair in an outdoor shower first, then apply conditioner. This will act as a barrier to the chlorine. Then put a cloth cap over your curls. Then put a latex cap over that one. This seals in your curls, but also protects them from the latex, which can pull on the hair and cause breakage.

Not into swim caps? There’s still steps you can take to protect and preserve your hair.

To keep your hair hydrated, consider this tip from Danielle, “Bring a spray bottle to the beach/pool to keep your hair hydrated. I like to mix a little conditioner or my favorite moisturizer for added hydration.” We love the idea of mixing in Set It Free for extra hydration.

After you get out of the water, you can also add a deep conditioner. “I ALWAYS put a mask in my hair. I have no time for dryness or breakage. Rinse your hair with fresh water after going in the pool or beach, then apply your mask, IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE,” says Eden (aka @edenmarley).

Worried about tangles?  Consider braiding your hair before you get in the water. Keeping your hair in braids will minimize the hair’s ability to move, and thus tangle.

And there you have it – tips for dealing with the bugs, the humidity, the pool, and more! Now we want to know, what are your best summer hair care tips? Share with us in the comments below!

Natural Hair Journey: Rae’s Story

There’s nothing more I hate than hearing, “Oh, I didn’t know you had lupus.”

How would you know?

Lupus is a chronic auto-immune disorder, where my immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. It can affect any part of my body – my skin, my joints, my organs, even my hair.  But it is a silent disease, there’s no way anyone can tell by simply looking at me. That’s the difficult part.

There are days I’m not feeling well, where my muscles and joints are tired and achy. But you can’t see it.

And when other people can’t see what’s wrong, it’s hard to explain. But there was one part of experience that people could see.

Almost three years ago, when I was diagnosed with systemic lupus, my hair began to fall out.

After transitioning and then a big chop, I wasn’t prepared for this.

I’m not even sure what happened. Maybe my body went into shock from the meds.

Whatever it was, I couldn’t touch my curls. Any manipulation and I would end up with clumps of hair in my hands.

My hair was falling out and I had absolutely no control over it. I tried everything. Going to salons, getting treatments, and nothing helped.

So I turned to weave.

Before this, I had worn a weave. It was always an option. But I always knew I could take it out and my hair would flourish. But during this time, it was mandatory. I had no choice.

That was hard to accept.

I had to take one sew-in out and get it put right back in.

I started to hate it. But I felt like lupus was eating my hair alive and I believed I looked crazy without it.

Eventually my poof came back. But my texture was different. I had to learn to work with my new hair all over again.

But I cherished my curls, so much.

Losing them made me realize what I once took for granted. And the regrowth of my golden locks motivated me to take care of them, to ensure they were as healthy as they could be.

I often wonder what I would do if I ever lost my hair again, because my curls are truly a part of me.

I can only hope it would be easier for me to accept, because at least this time, I’ll know that I’ve taken the time to cherish my curls while I’ve had them.

Now, I’ve started loving my hair even more than ever before.

Have you or someone you’ve known ever lost their curls? Share your experience in the comments below.

Rae is a Florida native, and graduate of North Carolina A&T State University. She started blogging in 2015, and later moved to NYC, landing her first job at Black Enterprise Magazine. She now attends New York University. Today she continues to blog, sharing her big city experiences as well as her love for natural hair and fashion. 

 

 

Curly Updos

Has anyone here ever gone to the salon to get curly updos?

It’s kind of the most insane experience. First they have to straighten your hair (which they charge you extra for), and then they spend another hour, re-curling your hair.

Can someone please explain to me how on earth that makes sense?

Oh right, it doesn’t.

And guess what? You don’t have to live this way! You can actually start with your natural hair when you want to create a formal curly hairstyle. Shocking I know.

“Natural, curly hair is instant updo hair,” says Mia Emilio, Senior Stylist at Devachan NY, and curly updo QUEEN.

Whether it’s prom, a sweet sixteen, a wedding – you have options. To prove to you it’s possible, we teamed up with Mia to create four simple curly updos you can do at home. Yes, really.

Supplies you will need: Hairspray. A lot of Hairspray.

Bobby pins – the really strong, large ones. If you think you have enough of them at home, you probably don’t. Go out and buy another pack. Be prepared to never see them again after this. You guys know the drill.

Half Up, Half Down

This simple romantic style takes ten minutes, and approximately 25 bobby pins.

Step 1: Start with second day hair, that way your curls are fuller and more voluminous. Section your hair, by drawing a line behind one ear, over to the other.

Step 2: Create a base, for some added height. Take the middle of your top section of hair, lift the curls up, and gently tease with a comb, raking towards the scalp in short strokes. Bring the hair down to create a slight bump for height, and secure in place with bobby pins.

Step 3: Even out the “bump” by using the tail end of a comb, or a smooth chopstick, to lift curls within the section.

Step 4:  Take the top left section of your curls and bring it across towards the right side, the hair should cover the bobby pins from bump. Pin the hair in place. Repeat on the other side. You can leave a few curls out in the front or pin them all back.  Finish with a lot of hairspray.

Low Side Bun

Fun fact this look took 47 bobbypins. Yes. Forty seven. #CurlyHairProblems.

Step 1: Create the half up, half down look from earlier.

Step 2: Take the right side of your hair and loosely roll it in towards your nape, and to the left. As you roll place pins in vertically from the nap of your neck towards the top of your head. This will secure the roll in place.

Step 3: Gather all of your hair, and starting from the ends roll your hair up, over itself towards your ear until a bun is formed.

Step 4: Secure with pins. Finish with a lot of hairspray.

 

High Bun

Ever tried to put a sock bun into curly hair? Bet you regretted that decision. Turns out curly girls have enough natural volume to create this look, sans spongy accessory. But you will need bobbypins. Obviously. I used 45. Where do they even go you guys?

Step 1: Create a slicked back ponytail, to get the edges extra smooth, mist the back of a comb with hair spray, and smooth it over your hair.

Step 2: Split your ponytail into four quadrants.

Step 3: Tuck and roll the first section up and over towards the center of the ponytail. Then secure with pins. Repeat with each quadrant, to create a “four leaf clover.”

Step 4: Use bobbypins to blend the section together and pin down any pesky curls that stand up.

 

Slick Backed Bump

A little bit edgy, this fierce look plays up the dimension of curly texture. Start with second day hair for extra volume.

Step 1: Start by sectioning off the front of your hair. Draw a line up from the middle of each of your eyebrows towards the crown, creating a triangle like shape, secure up and out of the way with a clip.


Step 2: Of the hair that remains, section from the front to behind your ear, pull this hair forward. Mist it with water. Use a comb or a brush to smooth these curls back towards the center of your hair. Secure by pinning bobbypins vertically. Secure with hairspray. To make it extra smooth, mist the back of a comb with hair spray, and smooth it over your hair.

Step 3: Take the “triangle section” of your hair and divide it in half, pulling one section forward and another back. Use a comb to tease the back section as much as possible. Bring this hair back and create a “bump,” securing it in place with pins.  The ends of your curls should lay over the vertical bobbypins from the previous step.

Step 4: Use a chopstick to elevate the teased part of your hair, creating a dome-like shape. Cover the teased hair, with the remaining front section and pin in towards the scalp to secure.

 

Which of these looks is your favorite? Do you have any go-to curly hairstyles for formal occasions? Share with us in the comments below!

Mother’s Day Letters: Barbara, Maya, and Talia

My Dearest Talia,

You are so fortunate that your amazing luxurious curls are something to be admired and sought after, and not regarded as a challenge to be tamed and forced into a supposedly trendy ‘do.

As a child, I was the only Jewish kid in a middle class neighborhood, where I was also the only one with curly hair. As such, I was regarded as an alien. Back then, nobody knew what to do with curls, especially in the Middle West.

In 1943, when I was eleven, the movie “For Whom the Bell Tolls” came out. Ingrid Bergman’s character sported one inch curls and she looked adorable. (No doubt she had a perm.) I was very taken with the look and wanted the same cut — which Mr. Dory, my mother’s hair cutter, gave me. It was perfect for me. However, it was a one-time deal, probably because it required very frequent cuts.

Later on, I became Mrs. Doctor’s Wife, and had to look more befitting of my position on the social totem pole. I was expected to go to the beauty shop weekly. I went through the whole megillah – a wash and set on rollers, sitting under the dryer, and the comb-out which transformed my hair into a bouffant puffy ‘do. Toxic clouds of hair spray made the entire edifice stiff as a board.

Then in 1968 I had a disaster, something went wrong when a hair dresser straightened my hair. Her broke off all the hair on the top of my head, and he felt so bad that he bought me a postiche of curls that attached to the hair that remained on the sides.

That was the last time I had my hair colored and straightened.

Later I met, hairdresser, Tom, who encouraged me to cut my hair short — and at that point I was liberated!

Now, my curls aren’t as exuberant as they used to be. They’re grey, and not as thick and luxuriant as they once were, but I still get compliments and that makes me happy. I’m grateful they are still there, because in a sense, they define who I am.

It’s been a lifetime of struggle, a constant ebb and flow of finding the right people to help me with my curls. When I was growing up, nobody had ever heard of a beauty shop exclusively for people with curly hair. Lucky you! I am glad that you haven’t had as long of a struggle. I’m thankful that my hair ties me to you, to your mother, and to my other children. I’m proud of our lineage.

With All My Love,

Nana B

 

Mother’s Day Letters: Kai and Kaikea

My daughter,

Kaikea, you carry a strong name, one from our Hawaiian ancestors, it means “the flowers that blossom with the morning mist.”

I carried you for 9 months, felt you grow and make little flutters in my tummy. During those 9 months of pregnancy, I thought about what sort of mother I would be to my daughter. I was honestly worried. Through my pregnancy I indulged in many amazing books, so I could learn about self-love, self-worth, and how to be a beacon of light. The more I read, the less stressed I became. I knew I had gained the tools and knowledge to teach you how to love and accept yourself!

A lot of my life I struggled trying to please everyone all around me and at the end of the day it just made me absolutely miserable. My physical appearance used to be the only thing that mattered, until you came along.

I struggled everyday on my hair journey to love my natural curls. But when you came along, I knew that I didn’t want you to feel the same insecurities about your own hair. I realized that the battle with myself was internal, not external. I realized that I had to be strong, so you could be stronger. I had to be wise so you could be wiser. I had to love myself so you could love yourself more.  And so I began my journey to loving my hair, that translated into loving myself as a whole.

It is my hope that insecurity (whether it be about your hair or body image) will never stop you from doing what you love to do. I hope you pass along the knowledge of love and self-acceptance to others that so badly need it.

 You, my STRONG, FIERY, FIERCE, SASSY, daughter, will be a confident, successful and self-loving little girl. The one I didn’t get to know until later in life. You will be surrounded by messages of self-love and self-acceptance, and will have these golden tools to help you grow.

Most importantly you will have me. I will always try my best to mentor you and lead you onto the right path. Whether it’s your hair, or body, or whatever doubts come your way, I promise to always be your light. You were the guidance that I needed and I promise to always be your guidance.

You need me, but I NEED you just as much baby girl! I love you so much!

 

Xoxo,

Mom

Happy Mother’s Day: Letter Series

There’s an undeniable bond between mothers and daughters, especially when it comes to their curls. This Mother’s Day we’ve asked families to share their stories through letters. To discover more, click the images below.

Eliza shares the shocking moment with her daughter that inspired her to go-natural. Read letters from Eliza and her daughter, Amaya, here.

3 generations of women, inspired by each other, share their curl journeys. Read letters from Barbara (grandmother), Maya (mother), and Talia (daughter/granddaughter) here.

Kai shares her struggle with insecurity and how her role as a mother inspired her to be strong and independent for her daughter’s sake. Read her letter here.

Mother’s Day Letters: Eliza and Amaya

Dear Amaya,

Growing up, I got a lot of mixed messages about my hair. Grandma kept my hair in curly pigtails and I always looked forward to Titi Steph doing my hair into all different kinds of awesome styles. Some people thought my curly hair was absolutely beautiful, and others called it unmanageable, even “bad hair.”

The TV shows and movies, the magazines I saw in stores, and the products I used, all featured women with straight hair.

And while growing up, getting my hair straightened at the salon was a treat. And as I got older, I got it done more and more.

Pretty soon, I started straightening it myself, using chemicals and flat irons. When my hair wasn’t done I would say it looked “crazy” and that I needed to have my curls straightened.

Your dad would tell me to let my curls out all the time. My response? I couldn’t – because I had “bad hair.”

By way of friends, books, neighbors, magazines, TV, movies, and even our own family, I had grown to think that the only way I was beautiful was if my hair was straight.

In many ways the images we see teach us to dislike ourselves or make us want to be like someone else.

When I found out you were in my belly, I loved you fiercely, instantly. I called you “she” before I even knew you’d be a girl.You were born with a full head of beautiful hair. As you grew older, your hair got curlier and curlier, and I was surprised and sort of amazed by it. There were times I wasn’t sure what to do with it, so I blew it out.

The day you told me you wanted to wear your hair straight because you liked it better, I honestly wondered where you got that idea from. For a second, I was really confused.

Then your father pointed out that since you were a baby, I had been taking you to the salon, where I’d get my hair straightened.

Without even realizing it, I was teaching you the same things I had been convinced of – that your curly hair wasn’t beautiful. That straight hair = beautiful hair. By constantly straightening my natural hair, by talking it down, and even by blowing out your hair often, I was showing you that your natural self wasn’t beautiful.

I had allowed a negative feeling I had about myself to get to you. I’m deeply sorry for that.

I know you’re only 8, and you might think its “just hair,” but it’s not. It’s a unique part of you. As you grow older, you’ll start to see that people are often scared of things that are “different” – it makes them uncomfortable, they even make fun of it.

It’s my job as your mom to help you love and show your differences, not hide them.

It’s my job to make sure that you are surrounded by positive media that shows all different kinds of people in beautiful ways.

It’s my job to make sure that you know that your natural self, inside and out, is beautiful.

I’ve been growing out my hair since that very day. In the two years since then, we’ve had many talks about curly hair. All the cool stuff about it, some of the challenges. We see curly girls in the street or on the train and talk about how beautiful they are, how there are so many types of curls. I wear mine curly and so do you, and I LOVE IT. We rock these curls, we love them, we take care of them. The bigger the curls, the better!

Is there anything wrong with straight hair? Or straightening it once in a while? Not at all! But I want you to be you. Beautiful, natural, amazing YOU.

The most important thing for me is that I model behavior for you that is admirable – kindness, intelligence, strength, humor, and self-confidence. I pray that you look at me every day and see those things.

Lastly, I want to thank you. Because at only 8 years old, you have somehow managed to show your mother her own beauty. Maybe that’s why heaven sent me a little girl.

I dedicate my curls to you.

Love,
Mama

May the 4th Be With You! Curly Hairstyles Inspired by Star Wars

Before beginning this post, we recommend you open and play this video, it’ll set the mood.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there were a lot of curly girls, whose options for creative, fun curly hairstyles were bizarrely limited. I mean seriously – has anyone googled curly hairstyles on Pinterest? There’s like nothing there.

Luckily there are some rebels among us who dared to challenge the curly norm. And today, we’re bringing you three of their unique styles on May the 4th, aka Star Wars day, because really is there anything more epic?

I’m glad you asked. Yes. Yes there is. Unique curly hairstyles inspired by Star Wars. Today we are embracing our inner-nerds on the DevaCurl blog.

Happy Dance Time:

In all seriousness, these styles are totally wearable, super easy, and perfect for second or third day hair. By the end of this post, you’ll likely be wondering why you didn’t look to Carrie Fisher or Daisy Ridley for curly hairstyle inspiration sooner.

Going on a Trip? We’ve got travel hair products, curly hair tips, and more!

I love to travel, like a lot. But traveling with curly hair can make packing a tad… complicated.

For a while, packing everything I needed to care for my curls looked a lot like this:

It wasn’t exactly practical.

The truth is, if you want space to pack your cute sandals, you’ve got to streamline your curly hair routine and pack only the essentials. Not sure how to start? You’re in luck, some of our favorite curly hair bloggers shared their tips for traveling with curly hair.

Hair Remedies: Kitchen Ingredients to Care for Curly Hair

Ah the kitchen, the place of delicious things, a place of good food, good company, good…hair? Yep, you read that right. It turns out there’s a lot of things in your kitchen that can help you care for your curls naturally. In honor of Earth Day, we’re breaking down the best kitchen ingredients for curly hair. With the help of Eladia LeBron, Colorist at Devachan Salon Upper West Side we’re giving you tips on how to combine natural ingredients with your favorite Deva products for your best curls yet.