Hello Curly Girl! Things have changed since I first started this journey in 2011 with my first DevaCurl class. Today any Curly Girl can find more information online than was available to me through professional/continuing education sources!
I'm thrilled that you are here and hope that you find inspiration to embrace and Love Your Curls. Along the way you will find many pieces of advice from Curly Girls that have been on this journey. I encourage you to try any and all products, techniques and tips that you feel may benefit your curls. Remember that no two curls are alike and neither are the people with curls! So while something may work for others, it may not work for you.
Remember also, that you cannot compare your curls to anyone else. And that having a little patience with them will make the journey easier for you both!
When you are ready to take the next step and need help or clarification, reach out to me. I am always happy to help! Here are a few tips to get you started-
1. Water is THE MOST IMPORTANT product for your curls. Happy curls are Hydrated! Rinse thoroughly before and after your cleanse. Add extra water in with your conditioner and work it through your curls, feeling them become smoother and silkier. Definitely try "squish to condish" to increase hydration. When applying styling product, make sure your hair is wet and makes the "wet sneaker-squish" sound.
2. Use products that work for YOU. You may have to try a few ...or several to find what fits your curls, your routine and your life ...and that is OK! Start with samples as much as possible and find other Curl-Friends that you can product-swap with!! If you don't know any other Curl-Friends, join a group online.
3. Make sure that your stylist is with you on this journey! If you don't have one, be sure that you ask for referrals, read the reviews and check out their work on Social Media. Schedule a consultation to meet and get to know them! If that isn't possible, chat with them before your first visit in whatever way is possible. Email, telephone, Fb or Instagram DMs are all potential ways to get to know your new Curl Specialist! Side Note: If you and your stylist aren't on the same page, communicate openly. If you don't feel comfortable doing that, please don't feel obligated to stay in the Chair. Do not allow yourself to be "bullied" or feel that you must allow them to complete a service that makes you feel uncomfortable. But do respect their time and effort. Every single stylist that I know, loves making you feel comfortable and Beautiful! So speak up if you need to!!
Finally, remember that this is about You. Allow yourself some space and grace to grow and develop in your Curls! Do things that make you feel good, don't do things that are overwhelming or too complicated. Ask for help! Start simply.
And remember to Love Your Curls!
Thanks for joining me on this journey! I'm looking forward to seeing you again!