Green-Eyed Girl: Curl Power
by guest columnist Margie Monin Dombrowski

Curly- and wavy-haired girls deal with a lot of drama: funky frizz, dryness, a lack of shine and unruly strands that curl up when you straighten them or fall flat when you want them to scrunch. Let’s face it — our hair has got a mind of its own and requires extra TLC.

Letting your kinks and curls all hang out requires the right products, and those with chemicals and other not-so-healthy nasties aren’t going to do our locks any good. So rather than fight against nature, work with what your mama gave you with products designed specifically for our tresses. And what better way to unlock your natural beauty than using products that are gentle on your crown and the environment? We’ve rounded up a few that work for all types of curls and waves.

DevaCurl

DevaConcept’s line of DevaCurl products is 100 percent sulfate-free, so your hair can spring to life without the harsh ingredients that strip away natural moisture. Start off in the shower with gentle, non-lathering No-Poo (peppermint and Turkish rose scented) and Low-Poo (star fruit and mango scented) cleansers. Or get instant shine and manageability with One Condition (lemongrass scented). For a deep conditioning treatment that results in major bounce, try Heaven in Hair, which is infused with such Brazilian botanicals as Cupuacu, Murumuru and Cocoa seed butter.

Set It Free eliminates frizz for 24-48 hours. Made of beeswax and olive oil, this moisturizing lemon-lime scented spray can be sprayed on wet hair before blow- or air-drying, then again when dry for extra hold. When combined with lightweight AnGell (get it?) and the hand-shaped DevaFuser, you wind up with a soft and frizz-free mane.

Learn more about DevaCurl and other Deva products at www.devaconcepts.com.

Aveda’s Be Curly

Aveda’s Be Curly shampoo — with its wheat protein and organic aloe blend — nurtures curls and waves by fighting frizz and adding sheen. It contains a unique citrus scent that blends certified organic lime, lemon, bergamot, orange and plant and flower essences, and enhances zigzags and spirals even more when coupled with the Be Curly conditioner. The Be Curly Curl Control lotion tops things off by smoothing and defining curls when applied to dry hair. Tamanu oil, its key ingredient (which is sustainably harvested from the Polynesian island of Vanuatu and believed to have restorative qualities for skin), locks moisture in.

Check out Aveda’s Be Curly products at www.aveda.com.

Innersense Quiet Calm Curl Control

Innersense Organic Beauty is a Certified Green Business for complying with environmental regulations to conserve resources, reduce waste and prevent pollution to formulate and create its organic beauty and wellness products. Its Quiet Calm Curl Control creme, made with your waves and ringlets in mind, is derived from certified organic shea butter, wheatgrass and orange oil to moisturize, define and hold all day. Apply it to wet hair or add to dry hair for a super springy touch-up.

Find out where Innersense products are sold at www.innersensebeauty.com.

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