How to care for dry curly hair

When it comes to dealing with dry curly hair, it may feel like a knock-down-drag-out fight with your curls. But it doesn’t have to be so difficult! You can help replenish your curls with just a few adjustments to your usual routine. Once you understand why your curls are so dry, you can start learning what to do about it.

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Why dry?

There are plenty of reasons why your hair might be dry and some of them are trickier to spot than others. Here’s a guide to what can lead to the dryness we’re all looking to avoid.



The first thing to do is examine your products. Certain ingredients, like SLS/SLES sulfates in your shampoo or cleanser, are notorious for drying out curls. Shampoos with a high pH level are also common culprits. Both offenders can strip your curls of their natural oils, leaving moisture free to flee to greener pastures.

When it comes to things you should have more of for dry hair care, conditioner is top of the list. Don’t hold back! If you don’t already have a conditioner in your routine, look for a lightweight one to add in.



Whether you have one tried-and-true look or you like to rock a new style every day, watch out for the danger of over-processing your hair. Heat can damage your hair, especially if you use it frequently or skip the diffuser on your hair dryer. Adding a primer before styling can help protect your hair from damage and keep moisture in, so find one you like for your product basket.

When it comes to self-expression, dying your hair is fun and a great way to shake up your style. Unfortunately, adding too many chemicals can take your mane from luscious to lackluster pretty fast. That’s why deep conditioning treatments are a color-treated curl’s best friend.


The world around you

Your environment may be affecting your curls more than you know. At night, cotton sheets and pillowcases could be pulling the moisture from your curls while you sleep. The thicker threads can also catch and snag curls, causing breaks and tears you’d really rather not think about.

Some things are beyond the control of any curly. Whether it’s the onset of winter weather or your home in an arid climate, dry air can lead to dry hair. While you can’t make it rain more in the desert, you can protect your curls with extra moisture.

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What to do about it…


It may seem like a given, but the best dry curly hair treatment is moisturizing! Get a conditioner, like our One Condition line, into your routine and deep condition at least twice a month. (Try Heaven In Hair!)

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Time it right

There’s a timeline that can help your hair stay healthy looking: condition often, wash 2-3 times a week, deep condition every two weeks, and get a trim every 6-8 weeks. If you find you need to deep condition more often or wash less frequently, adjust your routine to fit your curls!


Find products for YOUR curls

Beyond learning what works best for your curl type, factor in the rest of your life when you look for products. Compensate for dry winter air with moisturizers, get color-specific products if you color, and test different products for compatibility.


Search out some silk

Silk and satin pillow covers can save you a lot of frizzy mornings. If silk sheets aren’t in the budget for you, just the pillowcase can let your hair slip without snagging, or you can find a silk scarf or bonnet for sleeping.


Be proactive

Nourish and bolster your hair against damage. Deep Sea Repair helps strengthen hair, improve elasticity and reduce breakage so curls look healthy and defined while Melt Into Moisture nourishes curls without weighing them down so they look shiny and feel silky-soft.

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...and what not to do

Don’t over heat style

If you have to blow dry your hair, make sure your DevaFuser is ready to go! Set your dryer on low heat to minimize damage. And try air-drying to reduce exposing your curls to heat.


Don’t dry-style

If you can manage it, all of your hair manipulation should be done while your curls are wet or damp. Don’t brush or comb your hair while it’s dry and always add moisturizers and stylers to soaking wet hair.


Don’t wash your hair with SLS/SLES sulfates

However you choose to cleanse, skip the SLS/SLES sulfates. Grab our Low-Poo or No-Poo cleansers to get your hair clean in a way that won’t strip it.


Don’t lose hope!

It takes time to get your hair looking healthy. Find your routine, tweak it as you need, and stick to it. Get encouragement from your friends or even document your journey with selfies to keep yourself motivated and prove to yourself that it’s working.


Stylists' favorite tricks for dry curly hair

Don’t just take our tips and tricks for how to treat dry curly hair; here’s what the professionals have to say!

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“Mix Deep Sea Repair and Melt Into Moisture together and apply to curls that are dry and damaged. Leave in for 20 minutes and then rinse. Curls will look and feel great.”

-Grace, Devachan Stylist

wavy client at the sink hands in hair

“Leave-In Decadence perfectly primes the hair, leaving it in a great moisturized state before adding your stylers.”

-Vida, Devachan Senior Colorist