Curl expert Anthony Dickey offers hair care tips.

Q: I live in Bangkok, Thailand and it is so humid here. We are entering the rainy season now, and I LOVE having curly hair. But the weather is making it hard for my hair and reduces it to a frizz ball. I have tried so many things. Please help advise me. It is halfway down my back in length, and I am wondering what I can use so it doesn't does look so dry and frizz in this weather. What good conditioners are out there for this kind of weather? Thank you very much for any suggestions.

Dickey: Well, the good news is that you love your curly hair! The first rule to combating frizz, a characteristic of naturally drier textures such as your own, is not skip a crucial step — cleansing! This is the primary cause of dry hair, which results in crazy frizz in humid climates. Stay away from conventional shampoos that strip your hair of moisture. Instead, try Hair Rules Daily Cleansing Cream Moisturizing No Suds shampoo, which is formulated in a similar way to skin-care products. You shouldn’t wash your face with bar soap, so why use the same old dinosaur shampoo that destroys your hair? Squeaky clean hair equals stripped hair.

Q: I have 3b hair and it has always been parted in the center. It's sort of a triangular shape most of the time. I've tried to combat this a couple of time by doing a side part or zig zag part or side swept bangs thing, and it just isn't really working. My hair is not willing to change its position, and it just looks funny and gets into my face, making one of the sides look much thinner than the other. It's a little like I'm pulling a stiff sheet of my hair in a direction it doesn't want to go. Any suggestions? If I just power through and wear my hair like this for a while, will it eventually adjust?

Dickey: Yes, the triangle can look good for a nice old-school retro look, but it is not the most face-flattering shape. The right style will enhance your beautiful facial features. Some slight layering starting around the face and the crown area will lift the hair off your face and prevent the “Cousin It” look. Layers at the crown will give height and movement and not drag down your face. Always have a few layers falling around your cheek bone; it is the most flattering part of anyone’s face. Blush, anyone? As far as which side to part your hair on, it will usually fall in a natural part when it is wet. If you plan on changing it up, be sure to do it when your hair is wet with your favorite styling product to help fix it with out the stiffness. Try Hair Rules Curly Whip for soft, non-sticky hold.

Q: Is there a product you like for dry hair? I need something moisturizing that's a little weighty to revive my 3c curls. I need something new for next-day hair. Water does NOT work for me. It makes my hair frizzy. Any suggestions?

Dickey: From shampoo to condition to style and finish, every product from Hair Rules is geared toward softening your hair. Hair Rules Curly Whip is a new generation of gel that hydrates curls with soft, touchable hold and won’t leave your hair tacky or sticky. It is super conditioning as well! Apply Curly Whip to soft, wet curls in the shower for wash and wear results. As often as you get in the shower is as often as you can re-do your hair. If your hair looks good in the morning and you just want to revive your curls, diminish frizz and get your definition back, use Hair Rules Hydrating Finishing Cream and squeeze into curls. Watch them come to life and out the door you go!

Q: Over the past couple of months, I have changed my hair routine for the better, and now my hair is softer, stronger, and more defined than ever. Yet my naturally fine hair is so soft now, that it no longer seems to hold the shape of a twist/braid out. I usually do a twist-out at night, and now when I take my hair down in the morning, the shape of the twist is gone and my natural curl pattern (mostly 4a/bit of 3c) takes over. This is a good thing at first, but by the end of the day, due to humidity, my hair becomes a frizzy, shrunken mess. Do you have any tips/product suggestions that may help to protect my hair against the humidity? This so frustrating, for I feel that I now have no control over my hairstyle.

Dickey: Well, let’s get the control back! Be sure that you get regular haircuts every two and a half to three months and that you maintain blunt ends. A lot of times, split ends can destroy a curl pattern and an overall style. Try your twist outs with Hair Rules Hydrating Finishing Cream and I guarantee you will wake up with definition that will last all day!


Q: I have a question about flat twists. Should I do them when my hair is wet? I have tried doing them when they are dry and I could only get one to stay. Also, what product should I use to keep it moisturized and down.


Dickey: An easier method is to saturate your hair with Hair Rules Hydrating Finishing Cream. It will add just enough dampness to your hair and dry quicker without you having to rewet your hair. It will also keep hair soft and pliable without that heavy, sticky feeling.

Q: I have mostly 3a hair — some coarse and some fine. It's below my shoulders when it's dry, and just above my waist when stretched. I currently have layers, and I am wondering what would happen if I grew them out? Would it be more wavy or maybe give me looser curls? Sometimes I want them looser, and I'm hoping that if they were, they would tangle less.

Dickey: Getting regular trims will help keep hair from tangling at the ends. Be sure to apply your styling product to very wet hair. This is the only time where all your multiple textures become more pliable and easy to shape. Hair Rules Curly Whip is an ultra light gel that will make all those textures submit to your command while stretching and elongating your curl pattern.

Q: I just did the BC (Big Chop), and now I am having some problems. I really have no idea what to do with my hair. It's at an awkward growing stage right now. It's sticking out past my ears and it sticks up on the top and then the back hangs down so I look like a chicken! As of now, I just do a faux mohawk because it's the only thing that I know how to do. I basically just brush the sides flat and behind my ear because I think it looks weird sticking outwards. Any suggestions?

Dickey: I’m assuming you did the big cut to go natural? Have you found a product line geared toward your natural texture? This is important because now you are not relaxing so everything you thought you knew about hair care and styling when you relaxed means nothing. If you can’t get your hair to submit, find yourself a great cut you like! Have fun and investigate NaturallyCurly.com or go to websites or blogs and look through magazines for inspiration. You sound like you are a little adventurous. Most important, find out what your hair texture is. When it is really wet, having applied conditioner, is there a curl pattern? What you see wet is how it will set. The great thing about going natural is that there is versatility that you don’t have if you are permanently straight.