Maria Elizabeth

Curly Cues

Summer is something most of us look forward to, but soaring temps can cause curly girls to look like something that climbed out of the jungle. We asked Salon deZEN curls expert, Lee, to give us a few pointers on curl care for summer.

Salon deZEN: Prior to styling, how can we cut down on frizz and maximize shine?

Lee: Great question. Fabulous hair starts in the shower. Make sure curls are deeply moisturized. When your curls are hydrated, they pick up less moisture from the air which equals less frizz. When toweling hair dry, use an old T-shirt or microfiber towel to squeeze excess water out of hair.

Salon deZEN: How can we change up our style routine to form strong, smooth curls?

Lee: One of my favorite style hacks is to switch to a gel, if you've been using a cream. This offers a stronger layer of hold to keep frizz contained. You can even layer your cream under your gel to maintain moisturized curls while adding control. Deva Curl offers a light defining gel and an ultra defining gel as well as a supercream. The other key to frizz free hair is to avoid touching or playing with your curls as much as possible.

Salon deZEN: With high humidity days, it's so nice to get your hair off your neck. What should girls with curls be doing to sweep their hair up?

Lee: First of all, elastics are not your friend in summer as they can stretch your curls too much. For an upstyle, I think just encouraging curly girls to play around with bobby pins. Play with twisting your curls section by section and pinning. Stop when you've reached your desired level of messy cuteness for maximum versatility.

Salon deZEN: Lee, those are awesome tips for keeping curls topnotch through the heat of summer! Thanks for sharing your expertise.

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