I strongly recommend folks who have had issues with duckbill clipping experiment with larger Octopus (claw type, but rounded) clips. They maintain my root curl, give me some root lift, are easy to use (no weird positioning or crimping), don't slip out (not on my hair and it's fine), and let air in for hair to dry.
So, consider it if duckbills frustrate you.
I only use four (three large, one jumbo) and the results are nice.
3a3b dry, dyed --newly "banged"
Natural since 11/25/09 (Miami)
Shine & Spring w/ Sweet Curls Elixirs!
Curl Junkie Conditions!
~CJ Protein Tx; BEE-U-Ti-Ful Deep Condish
~S&C; SMasters Method; Pixie-curling
Dumping clumps for VOLUME!
Marchioness Mir, Magister of Moisturization & Mystic of the Lofty Crown in the Order of the Curly Crusaders