Winter/Summer product application - by stylist Scott Musgrave t

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There is a lot of talk about Dew Points in the Curly Hair World and the reaction of dry/humid air dew point levels along with how products react and respond from the application process and choice of products.
Let me simplify this…I call it Winter Routine & Summer Routine (even if it is Spring or Fall)- as you can be inside and have the air dry you out or weigh you down from humidity or create frizz – inside or outside – this is what this article is about.
Dew points are the measurement of moisture- or lack of moisture – in the air. I am not a Meteorologist and have no desire to keep up with the weather report for my hair/curls…if you do, then great – keep us posted on your experience with this to help out those who DO want to learn more about this. Far be it for me to restrict the Inner Meteorologist that may reside in some of you!
Believe it or not, the purpose of this blog is to simplify. You can learn a lot by learning to keep things simple. Ever see those coffee table books on Minimalistic Fashion or Simple Home Design? It takes years to learn and to be able to simplify!
So, I have done the work for you!
Low Dew Points = Dry = Winter
High Dew Points = Humid = Summer
No matter what day, time of day or season…it is either dry out or humid = Winter or Summer!
Option: you will be inside all day, and cold – so the dry air is on = do your Winter Routine.
Option: you will be out shopping, hot, humid as heck = Do your Summer Routine.
Those are obvious.
The MagiCurl System uses this to help you develop your product choice depending on how it feels outside or if you will be spending most of your time inside with dry air or damp air.
Consider the Possibilities of what product you apply with :
Light/Heavy handed approach
Low/High Porosity hair
Look at it this way:
So, leaving in conditioner as a Filler is needed to balance out the dry air and have less frizz = Winter Routine.
Leaving in conditioner with humidity weighs down some hair, so you rinse more of it out (or all of it) and use a Filler such as Flax Seed Gel or Deva’s Bleav-In – and this responds well to humidity = Summer Routine.
Seasonal hair is more about what Filler you use.
Conditioner, Homemade Flax Seed Gel, Rockin’ Ringlets or Gelebration Spray from Jessicurl has Flax Seed Gel in it. Deva has a product called BLeav-In is a wonderful Filler.
Sealers such as gels or foams will seal up all that goodness with a hold factor to keep frizz reduced and also respond to Summer and Winter environmental conditions.
A light application of an oil base product is a wonderful sealer as well -when applied very lightly OVER a filler.
An Option is to apply Jessicurls Oil Blend on wet hair FIRST – then apply your products on top of this. This works very nice for Low Porosity Hair.
Some with 3c-4a/b hair do very nice with leaving in some conditioner as a Filler and use Flax Seed Gel as a Sealer then a light oil to lock in the moisture. This is true MagiCurl Exploration once you get the hang of this as Flax Seed Gel can be used as a Filler or Sealer – You can mix and match once you get some experience.
You need Hydration for Winter days. So, fill with conditioners to counter the dry air. Too much protein or glycerin can dry your hair out in the dry air – but see what is next.
You need formations for Summer times. So, fill with a product that that is ‘lighter’ for the humidity such as Glycerin (in Deva’s B’Leav-In) = LOVES humidity. Jessicurl also has Confident Coils – and as the name says, it gives confident coils even in humidity. Apply her Oil Blend first, run some Confident Coils through your curls and seal it up with Deva’s Frizz Free Foam and you will have nice ringlets.
So do not throw away your products that did not work good for you during the Winter Dry Air…keep them to try during the Summer environmental conditions. They just may work for you even if they do not now. Also experiment with using your amounts with Heavy or Light Handed Approach.
So, this is something to consider for your Curl Journey Journal…Summer or Winter routines. As you should have a different approach to WHAT you apply to your hair to get the best results.
Again, this is more of an exploration of what Filler you apply during your Seasonal Approach. So, this is all you have to consider for this article is: what Filler is working for you or not working and is the air dry or humid.
Seasonal Curly Days are MagiCurl!
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This is very interesting, thank you for posting. It has inspired me to make some more FSG to use as a filler tomorrow (cheaper than B'leave in).
Fine/Thin hair (low density)
Normal porosity
Normal Elasticity

Techniques: Modified Super Soaker, plopping, pixe diffusing, clipping

Low poo: Acure, Y2Cukes
Co Wash: SNRS, Suave Tropical Coconut
Style: FSG (HG!!!!), with HETT & BRHG or Devacurl Ultra light defining Gel
PT: IAGirls Gelatin
DT: GVP CB mixed with Coconut oil, Olive Oil, Agave (or honey).

Favorite Styling tools: Devafuser, Deva clips & Flour Sack Towels
I'm going to try this method for summer and see how my hair does. I forget to cut back on my leave-in conditioner but now I'm reminded. I may just use flaxseed gel, AVG, Gel-les'C or AOMM as a "leave-in" or "filler", seal with oil and apply my styler, as suggested above. I'm sure I don't need the leave-in I've been using, just a habit. I noticed yesterday that my hair felt very moisturized after my rinse out. I went ahead and used a leave-in anyway but noticed I needed more gel than usual to get any hold/crunch. I even had to add more gel after my hair had dried, which I never do. I believe now it was because of the leave-in, it made my hair extra soft since it wasn't necessary. So I will try changing things up a little.
Thank you for bringing this up!

Last edited by Curlsnswirls; 06-06-2013 at 11:45 AM.

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