I usually live in Tucson, AZ, but have spent the last three months in Ann Arbor, MI since my BF lives here. I stopped straightening and re-embraced my curls a month or two before I came to MI, and hadn't really figured out how to get good, consistent, non-frizzy, well-defined curls by the time I got here. Over the last three months that I've been in MI, I've kept CG and experimented with products and styling techniques (much to the amused bewilderment of the BF, who now keeps telling his friends that he's learned all about "scrunching"), and have gotten to the point where I consistently have decent-to-good hair. Which is awesome!
Problem is, I'm going back to Tucson in 2 weeks. In other words, I'm going from a cool-to-moderate, somewhat humid climate to a hot-to-veryhot, extremely dry climate. So, I have two questions for ye who know more about curly hair than I do:
1) What should I expect my hair to do differently in the Tucson climate? I'm guessing the tighter curls I've gotten lately are partly humidity related (although it hasn't been that
humid)... am I going to lose my curl?
2) How might I need to adjust my routine for the new climate? I know the best way to figure this out is to wait and see what happens and then experiment, but I'm someone who likes to read up and anticipate things.
What can I expect to need more or less of?
If it helps, the current routine my hair seems to like is: co-wash and condition (rinsing out all the conditioner); while still in shower, rake in CJ SG and Nexxus Exxtra gel; do the thing where you rinse just enough to sort of re-organize the curls (what's that thing called, anyway?); flip upside-down and scrunch in more gel while soaking wet, then scrunch dry with a microfiber towel; flip over and scrunch dry again right-side up; then air-dry without touching at all and scrunch out about half the crunch.