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DevaCurl’s original One Condition and now their new-look One Condition.
“You may be excited for new product additions or nervous about cha-cha-changes. Have no fear – many products just received a new look or a name change to better assist us in finding the best products for our needs.”
9 years later — who would have guessed where this original naturally curly post would take me? DevaCurl has just re-invented their look, included specific product curl-ratio categories and names, and added a few game-changing products as well.
“Delight” line for wavies, “Classic” for curlies, and “Decadence” for the super curlies.
If you haven’t read my bittersweet hair history, you can revisit my past by looking at this post: “Embrace Yourself!”
Through the Naturally Curly website, I have been introduced to several amazing hair products especially designed for the Curly Girl, or Boy. The best bit of advice that I can pass onto you it that regular shampoos are generally too harsh for most hair. Curly and Wavy hair in particular needs its natural oils or sebum to give the hair weight and hold in moisture.
Mainly, we curly girls feel we need to shampoo our hair because of our scalps feel gross. Rarely does my hair ever feel dirty or “greasy.” The regular shampoos strip the hair and scalp of its natural oils. Our scalp becomes dried out and itchy, and our hair becomes dry, frizzy and unmanageable. Blow drying and hot iron straightening doesn’t help either!
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After many years of using conventional shampoos and hair styling products, I was left with hair that felt dry and resembled straw. And the super sad thing about it was, I spent a lot of time, money and energy to create beautiful, healthy hair, and it still managed to be that way! At one point, I had enough, and was fortunate enough to be led to some novel hair care ideas, and eventually learn the proper ways of maintaining and loving my own, unique hair.
Any of you fit in this category??
Let’s first talk about shampoos.
One of the most important pieces of advice that I can pass onto you is that most shampoos are entirely too harsh for your hair. Textured or curly/wavy hair types in particular need to hold onto their natural oils (or sebum) to add to its weight and hold onto proper moisture levels.
Here is another fabulous Jessicurl product to add to your must have list: Jessicurl’s Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment. You don’t have to have curly hair to benefit from this product either.
Summer is particularly harsh on hair. My kids and I have been spending a ton of time at the pool, and between exposing our hair to the chlorinated water and intense sun, our hair is feeling dry and damaged. In the craziness of summer activity I have been forgetting to give my hair a weekly deep conditioning treatment! After wondering why my hair wasn’t looking so great, I decided I better use some of my Jessicurl’s Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment and feed my hair.
Just follow these deep conditioning directions at the post: Deep Conditioning: How to Feed Your Hair.
You will be blown away how healthy and soft your hair will feel after using this deep conditioner. I also used Jessicurl’s Weekly Deep Conditioner on two of my daughters because of how dry and tangled their hair had become. Before using it I couldn’t get a comb through their hair without yelps of pain from them. Little Sarah and Naomi loved how soft and tangle free their hair became after using this conditioner. Naomi even requested to use some a few days ago, “Put the stuff that makes my hair so silky soft again Mom.”
Here is a little blurb from Jess about her Weekly Deep Conditioner:
I’m a big fan of weekly deep treatments with heat. They really moisturize and strengthen the hair, and they’re just plain fun to do. This treatment works best with a plastic cap left on for 20 minutes. This thick conditioner uses Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter to add some serious moisture to your hair. For an even more intense treatment, use it with our Micro Heat Cap.
In the summer months, you simply apply your conditioner and a plastic cap and sit out in the sunshine as your heat source for 20 minutes. The heat from the sun works great and really helps the conditioner fully penetrate the hair shaft. After the 20 minutes let your hair cool off for 5-10 minutes, and rinse and style as usual.
So, if your hair is feeling a bit on the crunchy side, it might be time to feed that hair!
You can purchase Jessicurl’s Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment at the Jessicurl website for $12.00.
3 weeks ago Tracy M took a “leap of faith” into the naturally curly hair care method. This poignant hair “Lock-umentary” can be read at both her website, Dandelion Mama and here, and the progress that her hair made is absolutely gorgeous!
The Three Week Naturally Curly Challenge Saga:
Tracy takes a before picture and starts her 3 week journey.
Sorry, no brushing allowed.
Significant progress and some curl improvements made.
Co-pooing and rules for taking care of your hair and scalp.
More changes for Tracy’s hair, and boingers even!
Step away from the blow dryer and hair straightener!
Ms. Tracy gorgeous after using the Naturally Curly Method for 3 weeks. Dang, I love it when I am right!
One hair care line that I introduced to Tracy, and she fell in love with, was the Jessicurl line. Not only are Jessicurl’s products incredible, they are reasonably priced and all natural. Jess just informed me about their $5.00 flat-rate shipping fee offer. This would be an excellent time to try her hair care line, and if you have any questions, just email them; they are the friendliest, coolest group of people on the planet!
“You might think of this as spring cleaning here at Jessicurl headquarters – I invite you to clean out my inventory, from Aloeba to Too Shea! and everything in between. No matter what you buy, it will only cost $5 to ship. This offer is good through Sunday, April 13 at 6pm PT and applies only to orders with US shipping addresses.”
Tracy (Dandelion Mama) recently posted a picture of her hair after using the naturally curly method for 2 weeks. Her hair’s response is nothing short of amazing. It is absolutely beautiful. In addition to avoiding shampoo and brushes, I asked Tracy to stop using a hair dryer and any other damaging heat devices.
Curly Girl Commandment No. 3: Avoid Using Damaging Hot Hair Appliances. No Blow Frying!
This was probably one of the hardest steps for me in following the naturally curly hair routine. I always hated my daily ritual of blow drying my hair, using a straightening iron or curling iron, and then applying the final coat of hair spray. Just the thought of the nasty aerosol hairspray smell gags me! Not only is blow drying and straightening hard on your hair, it is very damaging to the scalp. With the assistance of a microfiber towel, I can usually damp dry within a hour. For those days when I need my hair to dry my hair faster, I use a Hot Sock Diffuser or a hair dyer with a diffuser attached.
This is one of my favorite tools to ensure frizz free curls. It fits on the end of just about any hair dryer and keeps the air from blowing your curls all around. It’s light enough and small enough to fit in your purse, thus making it great for travel. If you view the product demo videos on the home page, you’ll see how I use it. The Hot Sock rocks!!
If you are a fan of 12 step programs (and I am!), the term insanity is defined as, “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” Before learning the naturally curly haircare rules, I kept doing the same hair routine over and over again, expecting a different result. Guess what?! It never did change, and usually just made things worse! Breaking your old routine and trying something “tried and true” really is an amazing experience. Yes, I am a beauty blogger who is waxing philosophical, but I cannot help but draw parallels.
Tracy, your progress has been astounding! You are not to be mistaken for Hagrid’s sister any longer. Your head of curls is to be envied!
Here’s to week 3!
Tracy (Dandelion Mama) committed herself to take the 3 week Curly Girl Challenge. At her website, you can view her hair in all its glory and the transformation that will take place in the next few weeks. After taking her picture, Tracy and her husband laughed at how much her hair resembled Hagrid’s hair, the kind hearted half giant/half wizard from the Harry Potter series.
Tracy is a very brave woman to reveal the true nature of her hair. I too have been traumatized for years from ridicule and comments on my own head of hair, and am learning to accept and embrace its unique qualities. To be fair, I am going to post some pictures of my hair after being brushed. My hair is much shorter than Tracy’s and I have kept it short since my mid 20’s because of my frustration with it. Instead of running off to a dance club tonight, I sacrified my Saturday night activities to brush out my hair. Heaven help my hair if I lived in a humid climate! I imagine if I had the length of Tracy’s hair, we could easily be tagged as Hagrid’s siblings.
I must admit, I have missed the feel of the brush against my scalp. But, after looking at these pictures, I have remembered why I started this curly girl method in the first place. Keep it up Tracy and hooray for Curly Girls!