I've had curly hair for decades now. At first, before my teen years, my mom didn't know what to do with it so I just had a terrible brushed out fro'. During my teens I sort of figured out mousse etc, but still had average hair stylists so I had a sort of triangle short crunchy/wet curly look. I've even been curly girl for 10 years and have been getting Deva Cuts for 5 of them, but I still had a hard time actually making my long (mid-back when pulled out, shoulders when curly) hair look nice everyday. I would style it with gel and clips and my deva fuser for special occasions but for every day it would take too much time to dry and I usually ended up yanking it uncurled into a bun.
But a few months ago I finally figured it out and I have worn my hair curly every day since and even get decent 2nd day hair out of it. So I thought I'd share in case someone similar to my hair can use it.
1) Cleanse. I only shampoo with no-poo once a week. The rest of the week I condition and scrub. Then a gentle rinse with my hair upside down with cold water.
2) I scrunch to get a lot of the water out. Then I use a combo of AnGel and ArcAngel throughout my curls and crunch. Then I add Deva Volumizing foam over this (I really think it makes it dry faster and gives more definition). Once all the product is in I quickly scrunch with a microfiber towel and then flip right side up.
3) Then I clip. EVERYWHERE. (see pics below) I used to just clip the top for some volume on top but now I clip all the hair to the top of my head using the top clips as bases. Then all the hair has the weight taken off it and is all in one place the dry/curl better.
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4) Once its all clipped I sit on a stool under a hood dryer (I bought a babyliss from Sally's for $80 last year). While I dry the underside with my DevaFuser. I use my diffuser on 6 sections for about 2 minutes each while I do all my other stuff with my free hand (face cream, lotion, brush teeth etc).
5) By the time 12-20 min of doing all my other stuff has passed I'm done drying and I go to bed and sleep with the clips in. At this point its dry enough that its not actually wet, but the curls haven't firmly set yet. So if I do it in the daytime I usually leave the clips in for 3 hours before pulling them out and crunching. So it works better at night to just sleep in. (sleeping isn't so bad, I got used to it pretty quickly I don't really notice the clips - every now and then I have to pull out one or two that are poking me but for the most part its not an issue)
In total it takes me 30-40 min to do from the time I step in the shower to going to bed.
6) In the morning its totally dry, clips come out (5 min) and I crunch for long lasting defined curls!
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Took 2 decades but finally I found something that works for me. Its really funny because since I started doing it this way I've had several people ask me if I just had a perm or am wearing a wig. Horray for curls that finally behave!