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FEATURES Jun 2 2012 3:36PM

How to Maintain Curl Moisture & Second-Day Hair!

by Chai, BackToCurly.com

Watching our curls slowly take shape and blossom over time can be one of the more encouraging aspects along anyone’s transitioning hair journey. Of course your new coils should be played with, twisted, loved and flaunted, but first, they must be taken care of. So if you’re ready to move past the first-day hair hump and get to the second-day hair your curls deserve, follow these steps:

1The easiest way to maintain your curls from day 1 to day 2 is to keep them moisturized! 

Your new curls and kinks will stay in the spotlight longer with the right balance of moisture. Where’s the best place to start? To help maintain the moisture that you already have, a good rule of thumb is to follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner on wash day (You'll love: Sacred Tiare Restoring Hair Mask; only at Target). While hair is wet and able to absorb the best that your favorite DC has to offer, you’re laying the groundwork for a week’s work of more manageable, moisturized strands. For best results, deep condition for 15–20 minutes.
2. Curls on the go need even more attention.

In between the 9–5 schedules and juggling life’s busy demands, natural hair is at its driest when it’s out and about. At night, have your go-to stylers ready for an easy spritz and bun session before heading to bed. In the a.m., wake up tired curls by gently fluffing curls. Curls should have their natural bounce without too much manipulation.
3. Have you made friends with a good nighttime routine? Unsure where to find one?

Keep curls protected and free of tangles at night by sleeping on a satin pillowcase or donning a satin bonnet. Lightly spray coils with a moisturizing leave-in (You'll love: Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Refresher Spray; now at Target) before hitting the sheets and stick with spritzes that are water based. Hair should be slightly damp, but able to dry for the morning rush. In the morning time, you’re free to fluff after evenly distributing a small amount of hair balm or light hair butter (You'll love: Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Styling Butter; now at Target). Second-day hair is in sight if you play it gentle. Don’t over manipulate your hard work and style as desired!
4. For added definition, twist hair nightly into medium-size sections.

A great styling tip is to create larger twists at night and pin back for added definition in the morning. Hair is able to lock in moisture longer when it is twisted and protected.
5. For the TWA that’s just sprouting it’s curly wings, fluff and curl after a light moisturizing boost. 

Stick with one that won’t weigh hair down. Go for a water-based product with nourishing oils that will seal in moisture. For the ’fro that’s often matted in the morning, use fingers to pull hair gently from the root and apply a small amount of Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Original Leave-In Moisturizer; available at Target) for added softness.

- A good deep conditioner will set you and allow hair to hold on to moisture for a longer period.
- Be certain curls are fully dry prior to unraveling twists or braids if using a nightly spritz.
- Sealing is a must to keep moisture in! Use oils that easily penetrate but don’t build-up on the hair like coconut,   almond, jojoba and olive oil.


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