I could use some advice about a major upcoming climate change

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.

Thanks!!!
~ 3a with some 2c mixed in
~ Medium texture and porosity, as far as I can tell
~ We don't seem to like protein at all!
~ Current products: Nexxus Exxtra Gel, Suave coconut, Terax Crema, Biolage Conditioning Balm, Got2BPlayful Creme Pomade.
Another Tucson curly! Since the farthest I've moved from here is Flagstaff, I'm not sure I can help with how to adjust to a different climate. The 3 days I was in NC my hair went crazy so I understand your concern. I'd say follow your current regimen for a couple days here and see what your hair does. If it looks dry, then that's an indication you need more moisture. Who knows, maybe your current routine will do just fine (or need minimal adjustment ).

Hopefully someone else can give you better advice. Good Luck!
Jaylee

Started CG 7/27/09!
Co-poo: Suave Naturals A&W or TC
Condish and Leave-in: LVPNG
Gel, etc: La Bella LofC and trying FSG, honey, and AVG
DT: AO GPB
Wan'na try: coconut oil
Looking for: Humectant-free gel and DT

2b/c, low porosity, fine to average texture
i am not sure about the dewpoints where you're headed, but mine have been in the 30's. sounds like similar conditions. try and stay away from humecants-agave nectar seems ok for me in minimum doses, and definitly stay away from glycerine. and you will probably need to keep moisturizing all the time.

i tried to start a low dewpoint support thread, but didn't get any takers. but there sure are a lot of questions about hot/dry climates.

but thats all i got, i'm still struggling too
2b, 2c / f / ii / medium-high porosity
Vo5-never again, i now can plop!

CG since may 09, and hubby LOVES the new wavy 'tude!
products: CV SB, burt's bees more moisture conditioner, co-wash suave naturals coconut condish. FSG, shea hair butter, hair refresher
Whoops, didn't mean to abandon my own thread -- studying for my dang comprehensive exams kept me off NC for a couple of days!

Hi DownwardSpiral, another Tucson curly! I'm hoping you're right and my current routine will end up doing OK in the desert. I had thought the humidity here in the midwest would doom me to horrible hair all summer, but actually, my hair has kinda seemed to like it!

Dailywavy, thanks for your reply as well. I actually don't have a good sense of what people are talking about when they refer to "dewpoints." Is this an index of humidity?

~Am.
~ 3a with some 2c mixed in
~ Medium texture and porosity, as far as I can tell
~ We don't seem to like protein at all!
~ Current products: Nexxus Exxtra Gel, Suave coconut, Terax Crema, Biolage Conditioning Balm, Got2BPlayful Creme Pomade.
Whoops, didn't mean to abandon my own thread -- studying for my dang comprehensive exams kept me off NC for a couple of days!

Hi DownwardSpiral, another Tucson curly! I'm hoping you're right and my current routine will end up doing OK in the desert. I had thought the humidity here in the midwest would doom me to horrible hair all summer, but actually, my hair has kinda seemed to like it!

Dailywavy, thanks for your reply as well. I actually don't have a good sense of what people are talking about when they refer to "dewpoints." Is this an index of humidity?

~Am.
Originally Posted by amandaque
dewpoints are more reliable than humidity. here is a link that will explain it better than i can.
http://pittsburghcurly.wordpress.com...-the-humidity/
2b, 2c / f / ii / medium-high porosity
Vo5-never again, i now can plop!

CG since may 09, and hubby LOVES the new wavy 'tude!
products: CV SB, burt's bees more moisture conditioner, co-wash suave naturals coconut condish. FSG, shea hair butter, hair refresher

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