Both of our channels focus on care for finer, low density curls. It was an interesting way to see how different styling products worked in our hair and to learn any new tips and techniques.

In an effort to try new things, YouTube creator Rocio Mora (@RisasRizos) and myself (Rochelle Masella, @DiscoCurls) swapped curly hair routines as an experiment. Both of our channels focus on care for finer, low density curls. It was an interesting way to see how different styling products worked in our hair and to learn any new tips and techniques. More than anything, we wanted to try our holy grail products on each other since they were so different.

Our wash routines were fairly similar. To cleanse, Rocio’s used the DevaCurl No Poo Decadence Zero Lather Ultra Moisturizing Milk Cleanser to gently clean her scalp and curls. I used Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Sulfate-Free Shampoo. Next, we both followed up with One Condition Decadence Ultra Moisturizing Milk Conditioner to nourish and soften our thirsty strands.

My Styling Routine on Rocio

Many of my subscribers know I’m a big fan of volume so I really wanted to add that element to Rocio’s look. After Rocio’s hair was cleansed, I began by spraying in a lightweight leave-in conditioner. OGX Moroccan Argan Creme Sheer Hydration Leave-In Mist moisturizes without weighing down my curls.

Next, I blended equal parts of my holy grail product, Samy Fat Hair Thickening Creme with the DevaCurl Styling Cream into my hands and raked it through Rocio’s curls. If certain sections of her curls required more of this mixture, I added more. My secret is to saturate the curls with product so when I begin to scrunch, they make a ‘squishing’ noise.

After lots of scrunching, I parted Rocio’s hair in the direction I wanted it dried. Then I began diffusing. Normally, I air dry my curls but for the sake of time and more volume we used the Deva Dryer with the DevaFuser attachment. What’s unique about the DevaFuser is that the shape is similar to a hand cradling so it manages to keep the definition while providing lots of volume at the root. I diffused her hair 60-70% and then let it air dry.

When Rocio’s hair was about 90% dry, I had her flip her head over and started scrunching her curls. Then, she flipped her head back and shook out the root with my fingers. She had major volume and I was one proud mama. As a finishing touch, I added a little bit of my Toppik Hair Building Fibers around her hairline to give her the appearance of even fuller hair.

Rocio’s Styling Routine on me

Since Rocio loves definition, she brought her holy grail products to the table and I was thrilled to experience something different (and not do my own hair). Like myself, she likes to start on soaking wet hair before applying her products. She used the Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner to coat the top half of my hair and then raked the rest through my ends. Then she had me flip my head to both sides as she scrunched it.

Next, Rocio raked a large amount of the SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie--enough to scare me--from the middle of my head down to my ends. Her technique is to use the majority of it on the bottom half and any remaining to the top half to not weigh down the root. By using a larger amount of the cream, she is able to rock her defined curls for a longer period of time.

Then, Rocio proceeds to have me flip my head over and scrunch. One of the major differences in our techniques is that she didn't create a part--she simply had me flip my head back and wherever my hair landed was how it would dry. Using an old t-shirt, she gently dried my ends to absorb some of the moisture. 

To speed up the drying process, Rocio used a blow dryer with her travel diffuser. She first applied Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer to protect my hair and diffused on the lowest heat setting. When my hair was about 90% dry she released the cast by scrunching my curls. She also gently massaged my scalp to provide some lift. 

Lastly, she sprayed in her SheaMoisture Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Root Lifting Styler at my root and massaged it in. Can I just say, it smells amazing! My final results were gorgeous. My curls were beautifully defined, soft and springy!

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