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Going on a Trip? We’ve got travel hair products, curly hair tips, and more!

I love to travel, like a lot. But traveling with curly hair can make packing a tad… complicated.

For a while, packing everything I needed to care for my curls looked a lot like this:

It wasn’t exactly practical.

The truth is, if you want space to pack your cute sandals, you’ve got to streamline your curly hair routine and pack only the essentials. Not sure how to start? You’re in luck, some of our favorite curly hair bloggers shared their tips for traveling with curly hair.

When you’re packing

“If you’re only going for 3-4 days, don’t pack shampoo or conditioner, just wash your hair before your trip and bring refreshers,” suggests Bianca Renee (aka @mzbiancarenee). For tips on how to fresh your next day hair check out this video.

If you’re traveling longer, consider this tip from India (aka @indiabatson):
“I always pack a travel sized shampoo, but a regular sized bottle of conditioner because what curly girl doesn’t need a gallon of conditioner at all times?!” #TRUTH.

Going to an even dryer climate? Eden (aka @edenmarley) says skip a cleanser altogether, “I never shampoo on vacation, I always use a cleansing conditioner, specifically so my hair doesn’t dry out.”

If you’ve got a routine that features multiple styling products, this part of packing can be totally overwhelming. “Focus on packing multi-tasking products,” says Traycee (aka @trayceesimmons), “My favorite product to travel with is DevaCurl One Condition because I can use it as a detangler, rinse out conditioner, and leave-in styler.”

You should also DEFINITELY research the climate you’re traveling to, says Bianca Renee. You’ll want different products for a dry versus tropical trip. “If it’s humid, bring your Ultra Defining Gel for extra hold,”she suggests.

If you’re just packing a carry-on, turn to solid stylers, says Diane (aka @dianemary126). “The TSA won’t confiscate products like a Beautiful Mess.” You can also find travel size hair products to save time and space.

Fun fact: DevaCurl just launched mini kits of some of their classic products (one for wavy, curly, and super curly). But if you can’t find travel sizes, “Squeeze or pump your must-have products into mini bottles—and label them,” says Alexis (aka @alexiskristiana).

Another great way to minimize product packing? Focus on preserving your curls and extending your style. “You should always protect your hair at night, especially when you travel. Hotels always have drying cotton pillows,” says Jessica (aka @mahoganycurls). “Bring a silk pillowcase,” says Carley (aka @carleyknobloch). Or take a cue from India, “I packed my DevaScarf to wrap around my pillow at night so I have soft, touchable hair the next day and then I use it as a hair accessory during the day!”

“Be sure to also pack a spray bottle, so you can re-wet your hair and extend your style,” says Amber (aka @amusedblog).

The last essential? “Clips and bobby pins for various “next day” vacation hairstyles, so you can minimize wash days!” says Gena (aka @glammeup).

When you’re on the plane

Everyone knows, “Airplanes are full of dry recycled air that isn’t forgiving on your hair,” says Callie (aka @calliendiaye).

Give your hair a boost before your trip by deep conditioning your curls the night before, suggests Alexandra (aka @alexandra_jia).

For added hydration mid-flight, pack a light weight oil or a moisture-lock spray. “Set It Free is my holy grail when traveling, I use about 3-6 pumps and scrunch throughout my curls,” says Callie.

To keep your curls in tack while resting your head on those pesky plane seats, “Put your hair up in a loose pineapple so your curls don’t get crushed,” says Brandi (aka @theglambelle) or “wrap your hair in a satin scarf,” says Callie.

When you get to your destination

If you realize you forgot something – don’t panic. “If I forget to pack my silk pillowcase, I use my DevaTowel as an alternative—it’s way better than hotel pillowcases,” says Breck (aka @breckhouse).

Forgot your towel too? “Use an old t-shirt to dry your curls after cleansing since hotel towels can be harsh on curly hair,” says Brooke (aka @ecofabulousliving).

If you need to get up and go early in the morning, “Rock a protective style. It’s much easier,” says Courtney (aka @curlsandcouture).

Some easy travel hairstyle options?

“A pineapple or bantu knots are easy to do on the go,” says Alexandra.

“Braids are always a go-to on a beach/tropical vacation for me,” says Carly (aka @carly_amador).
So there you have it, simple tips to help you pack, preserve your curls, and create easy styles for the next time you travel. What are your best tricks for traveling with curly hair? Share with us in the comments below.

 

Hair Remedies: Kitchen Ingredients to Care for Curly Hair

Ah the kitchen, the place of delicious things, a place of good food, good company, good…hair? Yep, you read that right. It turns out there’s a lot of things in your kitchen that can help you care for your curls naturally. In honor of Earth Day, we’re breaking down the best kitchen ingredients for curly hair. With the help of Eladia LeBron, Colorist at Devachan Salon Upper West Side we’re giving you tips on how to combine natural ingredients with your favorite Deva products for your best curls yet.

To hydrate and soften your curls

“Vanilla extract is amazing, it really helps promote softness in the hair,” says Eladia. “You can cocktail it with your favorite stylers, mix it into conditioner, or just use it by itself to create a lot of volume and softness.” Be sure to pick up the light colored or clear version of the extract. She recommends using about one to two ounces, depending on how much hair you have, just make sure to apply it only onto wet hair.

Next up is everyone’s favorite: coconut. Everyone knows about the hydrating benefits of coconut oil (hellooooo that’s why it’s in SuperCream) but you can use coconut milk to moisturize curls even more. “When your hair is really wet, turn to coconut milk for added nourishing benefits. Just be sure to rinse it out and follow up with an actual conditioner (I like One Condition Decadence) to help re-seal the cuticle and lock in that moisture.”

To help grow your hair

Turn to ginger, “it will help stimulate the scalp and promote growth,” says Eladia. To use, slice or dice ginger, the smaller the pieces the better, then massage it onto your dry scalp until it starts to feel cool. “Ginger doesn’t produce any liquid, so this is an easy treatment to do before bed.”

Another option is Castor oil, “I absolutely love this oil – for my hair and even for my lashes,” says Eladia. “She suggests using an eye-dropper’s worth of oil (about 5 mls) and mixing it into a hair mask, like Heaven in Hair, before applying it. “This type of oil is amazing for heat damage and can help seal split ends.”

You can also minimize breakage by creating a mask. In a bowl, mix two eggs, an avocado, and a few drops of cinnamon extract, to help treat dry, brittle hair. Apply the mixture to wet hair, and let it sit for 20 minutes. “This mask is super heavy in protein so during the treatment your hair might start to feel a bit hard. When you’re done, be sure to rinse it out completely and follow up with a moisturizing mask like Heaven in Hair,” says Eladia.

Looking for even more help to keep your locks long and strong? Keep your eyes peeled. Deva has something special coming soon!

What are some of your favorite kitchen ingredients for curly hair? Share your natural hair care tips and tricks with us in the comments below.

The Best Way to Detangle Curly Hair

If my hair life could be summed up by one Disney movie, it would have to be:

One of my most vivid (not to mention unfortunate) childhood memories is my dad attempting to comb my curly hair with a fine-tooth plastic comb. It was incredibly painful. I would say it was mostly unsuccessful, considering that we broke a lot of combs. He’d likely argue that it worked – my hair was detangled. For like 5 whole minutes.

Fast-forward to my teenage years, I switched to using brushes. I also broke a lot of those. You could pretty much call me Mia Thermopolis.

Hair knots and tangles are a daily reality if you have curls. They are, by and large, inescapable. Luckily, there are resources for this sort of thing. Enter two bonafide DevaCurl legends: Cal Ellis (aka the Curl Coach) and Shari Harbinger (one of the very first stylists at Devachan in 1995 and Co-Founder of the DevaAcademy which trains stylists from around the world). They’re going to share their best tips and tricks on detangling natural hair.

 

How to Detangle Single Strand Knots:

Single strand knots, otherwise known as, fairy knots are not magical and joyful like Tinkerbell. These knots refer to when a single strand of hair has managed to get knotted onto itself. They are something of a mystery. We’re not quite sure how they get there, but they are always present. How do you get rid of them? “Pull or snip these out,” says Cal. They’re not going to be detangled, and if you leave them be, other strands will get caught and the knot will only grow. Cut ‘em loose!

 

How to Detangle Knotted Ends:

“If the ends of your hair are always getting tangled, it’s probably time for a haircut,” says Cal. But if you’re between salon visits, it’s best to layer on the conditioner, and starting from the bottom up, pull gently on the hair to separate strands. “Be patient.” Seriously people, patience is key – and good curls take time!

 

How to Detangle Mystery Dreads:

How do these even happen?! No one really knows… The good news is you do not need to cut them out or shave your head. Just turn to No-Comb Detangling Spray. Spritz the dread says Cal, and “gently pull until it starts to unravel, it will be tedious but it will minimize breakage.”

 

How to Detangle Curls at the Nape:

If the bottom layer of your curls are getting knotty, part of what’s to blame is how you’re sleeping (more tips on that here). Make sure you wrap your hair up in a silk scarf or bonnet, and use a satin pillow case. “These tools help preserve moisture that cotton wicks away,” says Cal.

However, Cal warns, “If you’re only doing your hair once a week, knots are inevitable.” Sorry guys, but like c’mon even straight haired people can’t go a week without washing their hair. The best thing to reduce this? “Add another day of conditioning into your routine.”

If you’re having problems detangling second day curls, turn to No-Comb Detangling Spray. It is a great refresher, moisturizer, and detangler.  Spritz it on dry hair and gently detangle with your fingers (and for an added boost you can spray a little more on your fingertips). Need even more moisture and slip? Set It Free can also help, just use it sparingly.

 

How to Detangle Curly Hair Without Breakage:

Rule number one: Always always always detangle in the shower. “The more moisture and conditioner you have in your hair before you start detangling, the easier the process will be,” says Shari.

One Condition Decadence can provide you with amazing slip as you work through knots, but if you still need a boost, cocktail it with No-Comb Detangling Spray.  Also whenever detangling super curly hair, “the smaller the section you take the better,” says Cal. “It’s more tedious, but it’ll be gentler, and the end result is worth it.”

 

Tools for Detangling Natural Hair:

The best thing you can use to detangle your hair is your hands. “Fingers are more forgiving,” says Cal. “And they were around long before we invented combs and brushes!” says Shari.

Finger detangling is hands down, the best way to go. It allows you to be gentler with your curly hair and will minimize breakage. “Hair is fragile when wet and the elasticity can be compromised,” says Shari. Plus, using your fingers helps you resist the urge to rip through your hair.

But, if you’re going to turn to tools there are some that are better than others. Although we don’t advocate using a detangling hair brush, we know you’re going to ask. Sigh….

Look for something as natural as possible, you want a tool that’s going to allow you to detangle with gentle tension.

When it comes to brushes: look for a natural bristle hair brush that features pliable bristles (like a Mason Pearson Boar Bristle Brush). Denman brushes for curly hair are another popular choice, “This is because these brushes are more forgiving and flexible,” says Shari. The versions of Denman brushes that have more venting (aka more spacing) are even better choices, along with ones that have the air cushioned pads. Why? They allow for gentle control.

If you’re going to turn to a detangling comb, look for options that have wide-spread spokes (*cough* like your fingers *cough*).

Stay away from artificial plastic or nylon bristles, especially ones with beads on the end. These bristles are stiffer and can tear through hair. Sorry but cheap $5 brushes aren’t doing you any favors. A good detangling brush, like anything else, is an investment. But hey remember that your fingers are free – and you don’t have to replace them every time you have a Princess Diaries moment 😉

 

Bottom line: the best way to detangle curly hair is to make sure the hair is moisturized, with lots of slip, and to combine that moisture with a smooth GENTLE gliding motion, working from the bottom up in small sections. It can be tedious, but it’s the best way to ensure you have frizz-free definition.

Have any amazing detangling tips of your own? Be sure to share them with us in the comments below.

The Best Moments from Our Buildup Buster Event

Whenever someone gets married or has a baby, there’s only one thing to do: celebrate. After all your family is expanding, what could possibly be better?

Well, when Buildup Buster came into this world, that’s exactly what we did. We hosted a party for our little miracle, the world’s first Micellar Water Cleansing Serum for hair!

Naturally, we invited our entire curl community. And let me tell you something – there ain’t no party, like a DevaCurl party.

My Boyfriend Hates My Hair

Right around the time I was transitioning, I got my first real boyfriend.

He had a lot of opinions. Unfortunately, many of them were about my hair.

The most prominent, and often repeated one? My hair looked better straight. Actually if you want to get REALLY specific, according to him, my hair line was weird and when I wore my curls it made my hair look extra frizzy.

At the ripe, impressionable age of 17, I believed him.

How to Wash Curly Hair

Do you really need a blog post about how to properly wash your hair? One would think not.

I mean, it’s washing your hair, not rocket science, right?

Well, as it turns out, when it comes to caring for curls and waves, making small changes to your shower routine can make an enormous difference in your results. That’s why DevaCurl’s newest Spring Kits are packed with do’s and don’ts that you definitely need to know.

Transitioning to Natural Hair? These Before and Afters Will Keep You Inspired

Most of us, if not all of us, have worn our hair straight at some point in our lives. It is the inevitable, ‘we all want what we can’t have’ struggle.

For those of us who were extremely dedicated to the straight-haired cause, we turned to chemical relaxers for curly hair (Keratin treatments, Brazilian Blowouts, Japanese Straightening) or we used an excessive amount of heat on the regular. I have done all of the above to my hair.

Our Favorite Curly Hair Models

*ahem*

It’s officially slay season.

Translation: Fashion week is here!!!

So. Many. Pretty. Clothes.

But also – so. Many. Pretty. Curls. on beautiful girls. That’s right, curls are officially a runway staple.

HALLELUJAH!

And to celebrate this long overdue reality, we’re interviewing some of our favorite curly models and getting all their curly hair secrets!