7 Tips for Maintaining Curly Hair

1. Find a stylist who does DevaCut. It’s a freeform way to cut curly hair while dry. 

2. Do your part to care for your hair at home. Read labels to learn what’s in your hair products. Avoid lauryl sulfate, sodium chloride, silicones, ethyl alcohol and mineral oil, which dehydrate your already dry curls and cause frizz. 

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3. When washing your hair, massage the scalp with your fingertips. If you must clarify your hair, use gentle downward strokes. Never wash the mid-shaft or ends. Always rinse and repeat, unless you wash your hair often.

4. Never use a towel to dry. It will rough up the cuticle layer, causing frizz. Instead, try a T-shirt, a microfiber towel or paper towels. Blot hair after styling products are applied. The leftover moisture will prevent the dreaded curl crunch. 

5. Oils are big in the curl community. Organic, unrefined and cold or expeller-pressed oils are the only oils you should use if you want the most nutritional value for your hair. Also, unrefined oils that have not been bleached or deodorized and also have not been processed at high temperatures are best. Baldalato loves organic, raw coconut oil. Mix this with a deep conditioner and give your curls a drink.

6. Some stylists may be “Deva Curl Certified,” but that doesn’t mean they have the experience. Find someone who will give you an education as well as a fantastic haircut. Find a curly stylist that will tell you it’s not time for a haircut yet. Always do your homework and read reviews. There is a wealth of information available to folks with curly hair these days. A great website to utilize is naturallycurly.com.  

7. Before bed, loosely clip your hair on top of your head to give your style longevity. It will save you money on shampoo and styling products, plus give you more time in the morning. Silk or satin pillowcases can also stretch the style a few days. Avoid elastics, which cause breakage over time. Use clips that resemble a hand holding your hair.

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Clockwise from top left: Teresa Badolato touches on Laura Shapiro’s DevaCut; Badolato works her magic on longtime client Lynn Feinman’s curly locks.

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