Having big, curly hair has its advantages, mainly that it's thick and just looks fun. But giving off a wild vibe and dealing with an untamed mane are two different things. Enter Devachan, New York City's go-to salon for frizzy 'dos. Here, senior stylist Julie McIntosh shares her best tips for controlling your kink.
Go Easy on the Washing McIntosh suggests a sulfate- and paraben-free cleanser that doesn't strip hair of its natural oils, like Fellow Barber Complete Shampoo (8 oz., $22). "Don't wash your hair more than twice a week," she says. "And use a refreshing spray like DevaCurl Mist-er Right Lavender Curl Revitalizer (12 oz., $19.95) between washes."
Critical Condition "It's all about hydration: After shampooing, massage your scalp with DevaCurl One Condition Ultra Creamy Daily Conditioner (12 oz., $19.95), which can also work as a light styling product. After rinsing, scrunch your hair with a microfiber towel to prevent frizz."
Don't Fuss Too Much "Always work on drenched hair," McIntosh says. "Use a gel with a light hold, like Davines Curl Building Serum (8.45 oz., $26). The key is not to touch it: Just let the product air-dry."
Oil Is Your Friend "Virgin coconut oil is great for repairing damaged hair. Mix a small amount of VMV Hypoallergenics Know-It-Oil (8.5 oz., $40) with your conditioner. Just don't overdo it, or you won't be able to get the oil out."
Photography by Ricardo Nelson. Hair and makeup by Andrew Fitzsimons at Artists by Timothy Priano. Model: Vincent Peltriaux at Karin Paris.