I've got naturally wavy-curly hair, and I also recently moved from Michigan to Louisiana (and the humidity does NOT help). The only way my hair doesn't puff is if I use a smoothing serum (I like Garnier Fructis Sleek 'n' Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream), blow-dry it (doesn't matter if you use a brush or not), but then you HAVE to flat-iron it. And use a glosser on it afterwards to smooth down flyaways and such. There's really no other way to get the smoothness to last.
If you want to leave it CURLY and non-poofy... Towel-dry it, then use a curl-friendly mousse or gel. Comb though hair, shake your head all around to separate the strands, and then scrunch from the bottom-up with your hands into waves and curls.
at 9:25 AM on Oct. 4, 2008