Transform Your Curls: It’s All About Moisture

“Moisture” is a word that seems to be used on a daily basis when talking about Curly Hair.

As owner and curl specialist of Moisture Salon in upstate NY in Schenectady, I took the leap and attended cosmetology school ( I call it beauty school. Showing my age!).  Seven years ago I told everyone that one day I would open a salon named Moisture Salon. Why that name?  Because moisture is key to healthy hair and that’s what I am about:  healthy hair. Not only curly hair but hair in general. I just never imagined that my dream and vision would happened early in my new career. I opened Moisture Salon 3 years ago in May 2013. The only addition to the name was “where curls begin”. I never imagined my salon would cater to curls only.

So let’s talk about the importance of moisture in textural hair.

Moisture will help in the healing process of dry brittle hair. With wash and go styles for textural hair moisture is key. moisturesalonnaturalcurls

At the time of applying your products in your hair, first cleanse your hair and, if possible detox it first, too. Detox it from harsh silicones and oils that will rest on the hair shaft. Conventional products leave those ingredients right ON THE HAIR. Silicones and most oils will block any moisture to penetrate into the hair. That’s why we stay away from them.

For best results, pick a conditioner will lots of slip like Innersense Organic Beauty Color Radiance Daily Conditioner.  Section hair and a apply generous from roots to ends.  In order to achieve the proper amount of moisture in the hair, make sure you leave this product in the hair.

Next, add your fillers.  Choose from Quiet Calm Curl Control,  I Create Volume or Inner Peace Whipped Creme Texturizer.

Then add your sealer of I Create Hold.

This is a perfect cocktail of products to maintain proper moisture. By adding these other products to the routine will help with healing time, which allows your hair to become hydrated and full of moisture.

Also remember hair full with moisture will make hair lay down and not out.  More water and moisture in your hair will help elongate certain curl types.

What most people forget to do:  apply other moisture to hair on Days 2, 3 or 4.  Our hair is a living fiber and dry to begin. If we starve the hair from any moisture, the hair dries out again and the cycle continues.  I recommend a nice spritz of Sweet Spirit Leave-In Conditioner or a mixture of one part Color Radiance Daily Conditioner and 3 parts of water to spritz in the hair daily to refresh dry hair.

This process will help maintain proper hydration and moisture in hair.  Moisture is the most important element in our life for all things. We need it to live, grow and maintain gorgeous healthy curls.

I’ve shared some great tips for healthy hair, and do want you to remember:  moisture can only penetrate into the hair by eliminating those bad ingredients. Products with silicones, parabens and sulfates are moisture blockers. They block moisture from the hair and prevent hair from absorbing the essential things curls need. Once you start a healthy and hydrating routine, your hair will reward you with amazing curls, moisture and hydrated scalp!

Moisture is essential to our life with textural hair, and really for all hair types. I have a saying to clients, “the wetter the better“. Remember that and use it. I can guarantee you successful curls. Now that you know moisture is the secret to curly hair success, I look forward to seeing your results.

Ron SurianoMoisture Salon “Where Curls Begin”


  • Erin says:

    Question: in paragraph 6, it says about conditioner: “…to achieve the proper amount of moisture in the hair, make sure you leave this product in the hair.” Does that mean to let conditioner sit in air then rinse or to actually leave conditioner in the hair without rinsing? Thank you for the tips! My dry curly hair needs help and I have just purchased your products!

    • Innersense Tribe says:

      Hi Erin,

      Thanks for your question! We really do mean leave a little bit of conditioner in the hair. Don’t rinse it all the way out, most of it, but not all of it. Leaving in a bit of conditioner can help your curls stay hydrated, smooth and nourished through styling. It’s important to note that conditioner should be applied to the root or close to the scalp. This is only recommended for the length of the hair.

      Thank You!

      • kay says:

        I’m a bit confused by the line “It’s important to note that conditioner should be applied to the root or close to the scalp. This is only recommended for the length of the hair.”

        Do you mean it should not be applied to the root or close to the scalp and intended only for the length of the hair?

        • Innersense Tribe says:

          Hi Kay,

          This tip came from our IOB Educator, Ron Suriano. This the way he applies the conditioner, but that may not work for everyone. It’s usually best to only apply conditioner from the mid-lengths to ends, but for the curly hair folks of the world, co-washing means getting the conditioner closer to root. The important thing to remember is to do what works for your hair.

          Thank You!

  • Aimee Cronenberg says:


    You say, “Also remember hair full with moisture will make hair lay down and not out. More water and moisture in your hair will help elongate certain curl types.”

    Well….that’s the opposite of what this curly girl needs! I have very very fine and yet very very curly hair. Too much of anything, including conditioner and products, makes my curls go flat and limp. I want lots of volume while maintaining my curls. What do you recommend?

    • Innersense Tribe says:

      Hi Aimee,

      Thank you for reaching out! Moisture is very important for curl hair to thrive, but it seems like your hair needs lighter stylers in order to achieve the body you’re looking for. Be sure that you’re using either or Pure Inspiration Daily Conditioner or Color Radiance Daily Conditioner. If you’re using our Hydrate line that is much too heavy for your hair texture and if you are using our Color conditioner, but it’s too much for your hair, go down to our Pure conditioner. I Create Lift Volumizing Foam is a great fit for curly hair because it is a foam, therefore it keeps styles light and airy.

      You may also want to connect with your hair stylist about your current cut. Sometimes the haircut we have may not be cut exactly for what we want to see our hair do. If you’re looking for more body at the root, adding texture or layers in the right places can make hair look fuller and bouncier.

      Thank You!

  • kay says:

    I’ve started using the Innersense product line – moving away from DevCurl but I feel like it does not give my curls the hold like devacurl did. My curls now don’t look very formed and are frizzy. I am using the hairbath, Color Radiance Daily Conditioner, quiet calm control and I create hold. Not sure if I am doing something wrong or….

    • Innersense Tribe says:

      Hi Kay,

      If you’re just getting started with our products, there is going to be an adjustment period for the hair to fully “detox” the synthetics and what happens is through cleansing past products off the scalp and hair, those topical and synthetic coating ingredients are removed and reveal the true state of the hair. You have to allow the hair to start to accept nourishment and proper hydration again, rather than being coated with ingredients that only give the appearance of health.

      It looks like you have the right products, but you may be needing a bit more time to adjust and perhaps changing your application a bit. We’re happy to have a one-on-one hair consultation with you. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-877-254-7385 (M-F 8:30 am – 5:00pm PST)

      Thank You!

  • Justine says:

    I have started to use Pure harmony line: shampoo and conditioner, I create volume lotion as a styler. I’m disappointed of these products. I have stopped use Devacurl on February, than I used another brand which I was happy of results. Less shedding, better definition, less frizzy. Meantime, I was looking sth to improve my hair more and faster so I ordered Innersense and give it chance. My hair after tree times of usage are frizzy, I have itchy scalp a little, and a lot shedding almost the same like using Devacurl. What is going on?

    • Innersense Tribe says:

      Hi Justine,

      It sounds like your hair is going through what we call the detox process. We’ve heard stories like yours many times before when people switch from synthetic, traditional hair care to Innersense clean hair care. What happens is all of the coating, synthetic build up and residue is being cleansed off the scalp and hair and the true state and health of your hair is being unveiled. It can seem like the hair is becoming dry, frizzy, etc. but the hair hasn’t been treated the entire time and now your hair is able to “breathe” and begin to absorb actual hydration and nourishment. We say on average this take 14 wash days to get through, but that is a subjective timeline depending on the state of the hair. It could be shorter or longer, it also depends on how frequently you cleanse your hair. We recommend cleansing at least 1 more time a week in the beginning to get through the detox process.

      If you would like to learn more or have any further questions our team is here for you! Please feel free to reach out to us at 1-877-254-7385, M-F 8:30 am – 5:00 pm PST

      Thank You!

  • Belinda Wallace says:

    Can I layer I create volume with quiet calm curl control? My hair type is high density, high porosity, poofy/frizzy and wavy/curly. I just ordered these products and want to know how to best use them before adding gel and olaplex bonding oil (I always use these last products to lock in curls)

    • Megan Krieg says:

      Hi Belinda,
      Yes, you most definitely can use these products together along with your other products. I would recommend always using your cream products first and then layering each product after from heaviest to lightest. So in your case use the Quiet Calm Curl Control, I Create Volume, your gel and then the bonding oil. Hope this helps! Sending you lots of happy, healthy hair love!

  • Eilish McCann says:

    Hi I started using only Innersense products about 6 or 7 weeks ago. Been cgm for over 18 months now. I clarified and then did a deep condition. I bought the pure line as it was advertised for fine to medium hair, I have fine hair. I then did the two week detox only using the hair bath and conditioner. Then two weeks later added in I Create Lift, Volume and Hold. The frizz was horrendous from the moment I started using Innersense and my 2b, 2c, 3a hair is now 2a, 2b at best. I continued for another 4 weeks to see if it was a transition thing but it hasn’t improved. I contacted Innersense and they suggested that the Pure range was for thick and coarse hair and told me I should have chosen the hydrating line which was for fine hair which is exactly the opposite to what the website says. I would like to stick with these products if possible, what am I doing wrong, any suggestions?

    • Megan Krieg says:

      Hi Eilish,
      Our website is correct and the customer representative must have misunderstood you. Our Pure line is for hair textures that are fine to medium and our Hydrating line is for thick and coarse hair textures. I would even recommend our Color line for you as it is not only for color treated hair but those who need a step up in moisture from our Pure line. Frizz is essentially your hair reaching for moisture in the air, which indicates you can add a little moisture to your routine. Our Hydrating Hair Mask would be great for you to use as needed. As for the product usage, our products are highly concentrated so be sure to add water when needed and emulsify thoroughly. For these products though, I would apply on very damp hair. I always recommend using your creams first and then each product heaviest to lightest. So use the I Create Volume, I Create Hold, then I Create Lift and all can be used from roots to ends. Dry or diffuse at the end and be sure to not touch your curls while doing this because this is where the frizz might come. I hope this helps! Sending you lots of happy, healthy hair love!

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