Monday, January 19, 2015

Deva Curl | My Secret to Flawless Curls

Hey Fly Girls! Many of you ask me on Instagram and Facebook how I get perfect curly hair with volume with my 3B-3C curls. My answer to big poofy curly defined hair is... Deva Curl products. Oh yea, and a pick! I have provided a step-by-step instruction just for you that has proven effective by many of my girls once using my curl routine. 

Let me begin by sharing with all of you that my hair wasn’t always perfectly curly. I've had my share of hair struggles for years getting teased when I was younger because my hair was out of control! I have the type of hair that requires styling product; otherwise I would be looking like a hot mess. My hair is too long to even think about being able to rock a cute fro. My mom is a retired hair stylist, but she never had clients with my type of hair nor did she have training to style curly hair. I was adopted (I’m the baby), and my mom’s biological children all had straight to slightly wavy hair. She kept my hair in braids most of my childhood to prevent her from having to cut out any more huge knots from me lying about combing my hair. I was notorious for keeping my hair in a ponytail and only combing the front. If you are a curly girl, don’t act like you never did this. LOL. I just hated combing my hair, and I still do! It wasn’t until I was in my senior year of high school that I began to rock my curls freely and embrace them. I could not even tell you how much money I spent on trying out products for my hair. It seems that natural hair products are getting more and more expensive! I tried products such as Umberto Beverly Hills Curl Lotion (Target $9.99), Shea Moisture Curl Smoothie (Amazon 14.79) with Eco Styler Gel Olive Oil (Amazon (8.03), and finally Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel (Amazon (15.80). All of these products have worked well in my hair. However, Deva Curl has been the best thus far for two reasons – lots of volume (poof), doesn't weigh my hair down, and it gives me 3-4 day perfect ringlets. The products you use matter even if you think it doesn't. Curly girls cannot get away with just any ol' product off the shelf. When you learn to love your hair and take care of it, it will definitely show. I literally get stopped everyday by people commenting on my hair or wanting to take pictures of it. It wasn't always this way. It happened when I learned to embrace my hair and educate myself on my curl type. 

Current Product List: Deva Curl Ultra Styling Gel, Deva Curl Set It Free, Deva Curl Mist-er Right, Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Sulphate-Free Shampoo*, Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner*, Giovanni Leave-in*

Directions (in order of use): It is imperative that you throw away shampoos that are not sulphate-free!

Shampoo: I only shampoo my hair with a sulphate-free shampoo twice a month. Currently I am trying out Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo in place of Deva Curl Low-Poo Shampoo, however, I find it to be drying and NOT moisturizing as it claims to be, but it still works well for me. If you can afford to splurge, I would highly recommend Deva Curl's Low-Poo or No-Poo Shampoo. Focus shampooing just your scalp. As it washes out it will clean the rest of your hair. It can be too drying if you are scrubbing your hair. Scalp only. 

Conditioner: You can be more flexible with conditioners as long as they are moisturizing and for damaged or curly hair. My top two favorite conditioners are:  Deva Curl One Condition (high-end) and Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Conditioner (affordable). Leave your conditioner in your hair for about 3-5 minutes. Before you wash it out, use your fingers to detangle and separate your hair. Do not use a brush, wide tooth comb if you must. Finally, wash out the conditioner with your head upside down with cool water to prevent having conditioner built up at your roots. The cool water will seal the moisture in your hair and increase shine. 

DO NOT USE A TOWEL ON YOUR HAIR. THAT IS A NO-NO . Instead, use a t-shirt. Towels dry your hair out and cause frizz. 

Leave-in: I have had success with Giovanni Direct leave-In conditioner (my fav) and As I Am Leave-In Conditioner. They are both light weight conditioners. Many leave-ins can weigh your hair down, especially to those that have fine curly hair like me. My hair is not as big as you probably think. Make sure you choose a lightweight conditioner. I use about two quarter size of product in my hair and I finger rake it through my hair. 

Styling: Be sure to squeeze out any excess water in your hair. Part your hair into four sections. Use the Deva Curl Ultra Styling Gel and rake it with your fingers through your hair from top to bottom. I have read many reviews about people complaining about the funny texture of the product, but don't let it discourage you from using or buying it. I was skeptical when I first used it due to the texture. It was very slimy and seemed watery. It took some time to get used to, but the results were enough for me to get over it. Turn your head upside down and use a few more pumps of gel and rake it throughout your hair. Leave your head upside down and begin to scrunch your hair and hold it for 3 seconds and release. Do this for about 1 minute. Finish up by spraying your hair with Deva Curl Set It Free to prevent frizz and lightly scrunch your hair. I love the smell of it; it smells like skittles! 

Blow drying: I do not have a blow dryer with a diffuser, therefore, I use the old school method (don't laugh) of using my t-shirt and a blow dryer.  I hold my hair scrunched up close to my head like a cup with my t-shirt to prevent my fingers from touching my hair and blow dry about 4 inches of hair wide at a time. You don't want your hair to be blowing around like crazy. That will cause frizz. After you have blown your hair half way dry using the cupping method, flip your hair upside down and do the same till it is dry. Your hair will likely get a bit of crunch or stiffness. What I do to is rub a bit of organic coconut oil in my hands and use it to separate my hair and fluff up my curls. The oil acts like a barrier between your hands and your hair to prevent frizz as well. Finally I use my pick and lift my hair in an upward motion at the roots all throughout my hair. 

Maintenance: I keep a freshly curled look on day two and three by using Deva Curl Mist-er Right. Spray it throughout your hair and scrunch your hair upside down. Voila! Your curls will come back to life! 

I hope I have answered all of your questions with my curly hair routine that many of you asked me on Instagram and Facebook

What products do you use? If you try this regiment please share your results with me. 

Find out your curl type here. 

If you have any questions please leave me a comment 

Stay Fly & Live on Purpose!


  1. Thanks for sharing. Never use Deva products but I will now. Btw your hair is amazing!

  2. Thanks for the info! Where can I get one of this Deva product please?