By: Jennifer Kenny, The Curl Girl 
Curly women sitting by the pool

As Tampa’s first curl specialist, and the only stylist who caters to an all-curly clientele, I know a thing or two about how to keep your curls looking great in the intense Florida heat and humidity. Oh, Florida — home to 4 of the top ten most humid cities in the country, and more than 60 percent of the population have some kind of texture in their hair (2a or greater). I saw more people working against their texture than with it, and in a climate that is one of the most humid in the northern hemisphere, that's going to create some frustrated people, not to mention some seriously damaged hair. It became my personal mission to help my clients finally love and embrace their curls.

I strongly believe that using high quality products and the right prescription of such products are tantamount to the right cut. Helping curlies understand how to care for and style their curls to look great, even if they only have 5 minutes, CAN be done if they use the right products, in the right amounts and apply them in the right order. "Pushy and trusted" are rarely two adjectives you will hear to together when describing a stylist. My clients trust me because I don’t “sell” them products. I tell them what they need, what’s nice to have, and what they can’t live without to recreate the curls they leave my chair with and keep them smiling in the mirror. I almost always send my clients to It’s such a treasure trove of invaluable information and all of the tools curlies need to empower themselves to have great curls.

Considering our climate and lifestyle, a few simple tips can also exponentially increase your overall curl awesomeness factor (c.a.f.). Join me this week in celebration of NaturallyCurly’s descent on Orlando for the 2012 Curly Pool Party! I will be blogging tips for keeping your c.a.f off the charts as I bring you proven summer defense tactics and true client stories about loving your curls, Florida style.

Have you sent in your RSVP for the Curly Pool Party? Don't miss out on this curl-tas-tic event!