Can you tell the difference between these two pictures? On the left is how I usually wear my hair. Since it's a back view, I never knew that my curls looked this mishapen or unflattering. Now I know since I visited Ginger Vaughn at Salon on the Square in Santa Cruz and she tried out the "DevaCurl Set" on my hair. The result? The picture on the right. Fresh, perfectly sculpted curls. I went home with a trial set of the products she used on my hair since I was so impressed. Here's the deal: DevaCurl Set is a method of styling curly hair that can be a bit intense to get down at first, but once you've mastered it, you can do it in minutes. But, there are a few important tricks.
Here's the fast and easy way to get through it and come out with perfect curls:
1. Wash with a Deva shampoo. I have fine curls/waves so I used Deva Curl No-Poo.
2. Condition with a Deva conditioner. I tried out Deva Curl One Condition. Just barely rinse it out. No, really, you don't have to worry about this step at all. Blast some water on it really quick and that will do it.
3. Step out of the shower with your hair sopping wet and tend to it immediately. Flip your head over and scrunch, scrunch, scrunch. (Don't comb your hair.) Once you've naturally squeezed out some of the water and scrunched the heck out of it, coat your hair with a ton of product. I use Deva Curl Light Defining Gel. Use more than you think is necessary. Then scrunch again and again.
4. Use an old T-shirt or paper towels to remove the moisture.
5. Diffuse your curls.
That's it. You'll end up with curls the way they were meant to be—full of life and perfectly sculpted. Part of the secret, too, is making sure that you're using the right Deva products, and if you can swing it, try to go to a salon that specializes in Deva products for a tutorial. (In Santa Cruz, we have Salon on the Square.) Before getting a lesson in the DevaCurl Set, I had been trying it solo, and was using the wrong products for my hair, and wasn't going about the process the correct way. Once I was paired up with the right products for my fine hair, and I learned the steps, I've had happy curls ever since.