Fluffy, Soft & Happy Winter Curls!

Fluffy, Soft & Happy Winter Curls! 3a 3b 3c Out & Loose Wash and Go
( 3a, 3b, 3c ) | 12.5.15
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Steps

1
Curls feeling weird? Lacking the definition you had in the summer? It's not your fault; it's winter! And I learned that the hard way. But hey, there's always a fix! Here's mine!
2
Wash hair (I use a sulfate-free cleanser, specifically CURLS Sulfate-Free Shampoo). Condition, condition, CONDIITION! I generally use DevaCurl's DevaCare One Condition, but for the winter I stick to (the cheaper) OGX Coconut Milk Conditioner, since for my winter routine, the conditioner I use doesn't matter so long as it's moisturizing enough.
3
Dry your hair with a tee, and plop as you dress. Next, gather your favorite leave-in and styling creme for the LC method! (I know, I know, there's supposed to be an 'O', but I'm too lazy, and when last I used an oil, it made no difference *for me*. But feel free to use an oil after if you prefer!) My choice of leave-in is Mixed Chick's Leave-In Conditioner, and for my creme I use Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing smoothie. I don't know *why* these two play together so well, but I always *love* my results when I combine them!
4
Section your hair and spritz with water to get it damp in case it's dry (I have some high porosity sections that require this), then rake in a quarter sized amount (or two - I use two for my big bush of hair) of your leave-in. Then apply the same chosen amount of your creme, and rake through. Repeat for each section until your entire head has product. Grab your paddle/denman brush, and gently brush out each section to encourage clumping. 
5
Last but not least, get out your favorite hard hold gel (I use one called Wetline Xtreme Professional Styling Gel from Sally's). This is *key* (at least for me), because the light summer gels don't pack the same punch in the dry winter, and you need something stronger to better hold your curls/waves. Apply a small amount (one quarter sized amount) of your gel to your roots if needed (to keep them from being unruly - mine always look really wild without this step!). Rake in your needed amount of gel throughout your hair (I mentally section my hair into three - left, right and back, and I used about a quarter and a half amount of gel per section). Scrunch out excess product with a tee, and let air dry. *I have not diffused my hair with this method, so I cannot guarantee the same results should you choose to do so!