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Learn to Love Your Curly Hair

I love my curly, corkscrew hair and I want to help you love yours. Each week, my blog will contain helpful tips and strategies for healthy, natural-looking curls.

Summer is here and so is the FRIZZ.  I am Valerie Harrison and I believe that if you have curly hair, you are one of the luckiest people in the world.  I love my curly, corkscrew hair and I want to help you love yours.  Each week, my blog will contain helpful tips and strategies for healthy, natural-looking curls.

To get started managing FRIZZ, here are three basic rules:  

First, stop cleansing with harsh shampoos or clarifiers.  You do not need it!  Use a moisturizing conditioner instead.  That’s right.  You do not need to use shampoo.  Conditioner and water is all that is really necessary to cleanse curly hair and keep it looking shiny and beautiful.

Second, when you are cleaning your hair, use your fingertips to massage the conditioner into your scalp, moving in circular motions.

Third, if you feel the need to use shampoo, pick a sulfate cleanser and use it only on your scalp. 

Try this and you will be well on your way to making your hair your best accessory!

Valerie Harrison is a professional hairstylist and curly hair specialist with over 20 years experience.  She currently works at Salon Studio in Bernardsville, NJ 908.696.0060 or www.thesalonstudio.net.

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Alicia R. Camlibel, Ph.D., LPC June 19, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Hi Valerie, Thanks for your post. I am a curly girl, a very curly girl who has had a love hate relationship with her hair all of her life. In the last 2 years, I have embraced my curls. although I am guilty of the occasional blowout still. Using the Deva products and getting the Deva cut has helped me like my hair much more but honestly the thing that really made me love my hair was my 3rd child who has the most beautiful curls I have ever seen. Seeing them on her makes me realize how beautiful curly hair is and what a great gift I have passed down to her!
Mary Mann June 22, 2012 at 05:19 AM
I love that this blog exists! I see so much straight hair — curly is not in. But I look like a Stepford wife when I get a blowout. Gotta be me and stick with the curls!
Kathleen June 22, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Thank you for your blog! I too have a love/hate relationship with my curls! i will have to check out the products that you mention! Thanks!
Ann Palmer July 03, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I started using Deva Curl products a few months ago. I was turned on to them by Laura at Gia's Salon on North Avenue in Garwood. So far so good, I'm finally happy with my curly hair! The trick for me is to put the gel in when my hair is soaked. Now I keep my hair long and curly. I don't blow dry it in the summer, how much easier can that be?
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