Dear curl fans,

An essential element that is important to remember: maintenance is the key! Shampoo your hair only when you need to -- once or twice a week. Use a light daily shampoo, such as Botanical Shampoo from Curlisto. Always follow with a conditioning rinse after shampooing. Use Deep Therapy Masque on a regular basis (we need to eat to survive ,and our hair also needs similar nourishment), at least twice a month for a healthy look. -- Christo

Q: I have 2b hair, and lately it's been looking really flat and frizzy. Even if it looks great the first hour, it significantly loses its curl after that. I'm sure I could improve my "process," but anything new I try doesn't seem to work because my hair is so fickle. I think I need a new product that's right for my hair and some suggestions. Here is my routine:

I wash every other day.I use conditioner each time.I dry the top section (equivalent of where bangs would be, but I don't have them) with a large round brush to give it height, which seems to work well.Then I flip my head over and re-wet it because it has to be pretty wet when I put product in or it separates and the curls won't form.Then I use Wired by Rusk and "crunch" it into my hair (don't like gel because I don't like the wet, crunchy look).I blow dry with diffuser, crunching a bit not too much.I dry it until it is half dry. When I start to notice frizz, I stop.Maybe it's just the nature of my hair and it won't get much better. But any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Should I dry it all the way, dry it less, use different products, use additional products?

Christo: First we must start with your daily maintenance. Only shampoo your hair two times weekly. That is enough cleansing. Try my Curlisto Botanical Shampoo. You can condition your hair as often as every day with the Curlisto Botanical Rinse. It is a must to use Deep Therapy Masque. Even if your hair is 2b, it doesn't mean it won't frizz or look dry. Hair needs continuous nourishment in order to look good. It is important that your haircut work with your specific curls and complements your facial features. It sounds like you're struggling too much to make your style work for you. Remember that styling your hair should be fun, not work. And you need the right haircut to allow that principle to work. Make sure you're choosing the right styling tools for your hair. When the right products are used, your hair will look better and styling it will be fun instead of a struggle.

Product suggestions

  1. A leave-in treatment such as Curlisto Protein Boost
  2. Curlisto Structura Lotion
  3. Curlisto Control I (used correctly it will give you a soft, healthy and touchable style -- not a crispy wet look.)

Q: Help! I have been unable to find anyone in my area who can cut my hair in a decent style. I love my curls, but rarely wear my hair down because I can't find a cut that works. I have incredibly thick (pulled back, I can only wrap a wrist-sized elastic around my pony tail twice), wavy/curly hair. I've tried to identify the type of curl, and my hair is a combination of many. I had ringlets as a little girl, but now my hair is somewhere between wavy and curly. If I pull a strand out, it still curls in a nice "s" curl, but the weight of my hair seems to pull out the curls even though I keep it somewhere between shoulder and the bottom of my shoulder blades in length.If my hair is shorter, I have more curl. But with that comes the "poof" and I look like I have a triangle sitting on my head -- a triangle that grows as my hair dries. I have a combination of products I really like, and with the right cut I know my hair could look great. Unfortunately, I live on the west coast (Vancouver, WA) and all the "great curly salons" seem to be on the East Coast. What can I do to find a stylist who knows what she/he is doing without going to different people every few month and spending ridiculous amounts of money on less than fantastic styles?

Christo: First let me tell you how exhausting it is to have that kind of tight curl. Some hair cuts seem to kill these kinds of curls, and they end up making them look poofy as you described or like a long pyramind. The way of cutting every curl is different. Keep in mind that tricks such as thinning do not usually deliver the desired results. Long angles and smart texturing will benefit curls. Then you can go as short as you wish. The best way to go about finding a stylist that understands these principles is to go first for a consultation. Let the stylist talk to you and see what he/she will suggest. If thinning is mentioned, you could just walk away and not look back. However, if he/she takes time and starts suggesting long angles, cutting into curls or texturing that makes sense, give them a shot. You might want to check out CurlSalons on for recommendations in your area.

Q: I finally had to admit it: My hair is curly! All though childhood, my hair was stiff straight and light brown. But now, in my early 20s, it has changed completely to dark brown waves bordering on curls, with perfect spiral curls around my face. I have no idea what to do with this newfound head of hair that came out of nowhere! Years of denial and flatirons have left it pretty damaged, so it frizzes at the slightest inclination. Have you ever heard of a woman's hair changing so completely? What do I do with these poor, abused curls?

Christo: It is normal for our hair to change, more for some of us than others. Hair will continue to change in a cycle of seven years. The best suggestion I can give is to embrace the texture you have and you will be able to achieve styles. Don’t fight it. The more you go against the texture, the more dryness and frizziness you will have. You should get some lessons about how to deal with your current texture from a curl specialist at a salon in your area.

Q: My hair is shoulder length, with looser curls. When it's wet, the curls look really nice. But as they start to dry, they start tangling and frizzing. I'm in Ethiopia and have no opportunity to buy all the products I hear about. Are there any simple tips to make my hair look great?

Christo: It sounds like your hair is dry from the inside out. I suggest you get products that work better for your texture. Stay away from oils and silicones. To start, use your daily rinse and don’t rinse it out completely. Leave at least 15 percent of the product through the ends. Also try a leave-in conditioner.

Q: How do you know when your hair needs clarifying? Is it when it becomes limp and dry, or is it when your products won't work?

Christo: All of the above. But also when your hair loses shine and starts looking dull. I suggest using a product like Curlisto Aqualizer.

Q: I just got bright light, brown highlights. They look beautiful. I use gentle shampoos and conditioners. I was wondering if I need to change my routine at all to maintain the color. My hair is very strong but I haven't had color for a few years.

Christo: The most important thing to help color last is to use color-treated shampoos and conditioners, like my Curlisto Colorective line. They will make hair color last longer, give hair shine, and keep your color fresh between touch ups. Also make sure you use Deep Therapy Masque without heat. Shampoo less if you don’t use color shampoos, and make sure the product is low in sulfates.

Q: So many moons ago I got thermal reconditioning done. I'm trying to let my hair grow out long -- like mid-back. Right now, it's about three inches below my shoulders. If I chemically straighten and keep maintaining it, will I have to stop letting it grow out because of the damage it will do to my ends? Is there anything out there that's more gentle? Any advice? Recommendations?

Christo: There are many other softer chemical treatments. But they are only made available at some select salons. To name a few of these treatments: (1) Curlisto Anti-Frizz (2) Curlisto Bio Softening (3) Curlisto Reconditioning. And make sure you're deep conditioning your hair with a product like Deep Therapy Masque.