Want to stay wavy, not curly

I went for my first Deva cut recently, and it made my wavy hair pretty curly. I would say that I'm a 2a and the Deva products made it a 3a.

Although I like the curly hair, I don't want it to be curly all the time--I just want more well-defined, less frizzy waves.

I also have issues with hair thinning (medications/health issues) and have a sensitivity to chemicals/smells.

Keeping all that in mind and knowing that I would be using the curly girl method, what products would you all suggest?

Thanks!
Hey! I'm in the same boat. Any time I went to a hair stylist (before my current one, that is -- he's wonderful!), they were always pushing me to make my hair curlier and curlier and curlier.They never wanted to let my hair be its 2B/2Cish self. They always had to push it to the maximum curliness; they would always ONLY want to style it by scrunching the crap out of it and diffusing it forever, and they would attempt to cut it in a way that would make my wurls "spring up more." And I was always like, that's awesome and beautiful and all -- but sometimes I just want some waves!

But it totally IS possible to just keep your hair wavy, it doesn't have to be so curly all the time. CG doesn't have to be about getting the maximum curl out of your hair. Maybe instead of scrunching, you could try raking in/smoothing in your products? That gives me a much looser, wavier look. Or try combing your hair after you've put in your leave-in conditioner and before you put in your other products. You may have better luck with "jelly" type products or curl creams, because they give hold and definition but don't tend to get crunchy.

I can't recommend specific products without knowing some of your other hair properties, though. You say your hair is thinning, which helps, but are your individual hairs fine (thin, more delicate), medium, or coarse (very thick/wiry)? Is your hair somewhat damaged from heat/chemicals, or is it in pretty good shape (this is a good indicator of hair porosity, aka how easily it absorbs water/products and also how easy it will dry out and such)?
whurly girly (2C/3A).
thick; medium/coarse; low porosity.
hair that is drier than the sahara desert.

LOW-POO: Renpure Organics
CO: L'Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
RO: Renpure Keratin Conditioner. New HG!
LI: L'Oreal EverSleek Humidity-Defying LI Creme
Styling: SM Curl Milk, Argan Oil for sealing, sometimes GFPC Gel, some honey for hold, TIGI Control Freak Serum!!
I also don't have specific products to recommend, but I learned a new technique this past week when I had my hair cut this week by a new stylist.

It's similar to the "skip-curl" method. After you've put a soft hold product in your wet hair, take sections of your hair (bigger sections= bigger waves) and twist them. After you have all your hair twisted, diffuse dry. I was at an Aveda-based salon, so the stylist used Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer mixed with a volumizer. But I don't think either of those products are CG.
2B/fine to med texture/med porosity

Started CG on 5/5/12!
Battling dry/itchy scalp since April 2010.... Starting to WIN!
Low Poo: Nature's Gate Tea Tree Shampoo
Cowash: GTTTT or GVPCB
RO : Ion Effective Care
LI : KCKT or GVPCB
Stylers : FSG
PT : IAgirl's PT w/ acv, coconut oil, GVPCB, herbs, green tea
I'm a 2a, but if I really work it, I can look 2b or 2c. Anyway, I did that twisting thing Friday and again today with very nice results. I low-pood, used a rinse out, & squeezed out excess water. I then raked in 2 palmfuls of Curl Keeper (to help with frizz), a nickle sized blob of AG Re:Coil (mild hold cream), and a quarter sized blob of Aussie Instant Freeze (form hold gel). I then sectioned my hair and twirled the sections into tight ropes. Then I scrunched the ropes a little and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then I diffused until it was about 50% dry. I diffuse my hair in 5 sections and basically scrunch each section into the bowl diffuser and hold it against my head for about 90 seconds. I then clipped the roots and let it air dry the rest of the way before SOTC. Each time, I got nice beachy waves with an occasional twirly rope. See photos... The first photo is from friday, the second from today...
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Hair Properties: 2A/2B, Medium-fine, Normal porosity, Normal elasticity, Medium density
Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cuc's
Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cuc's
Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
Gel/Mousse: Sweet Curls Elixirs FSG w/ Mag Sulfate added, Sweet Curls Elixirs hard hold gel, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
Protein: Spiral Solutions Protein Spray for daily use
This is my hair when I use hard hold gel and scrunch the crap out of it and diffuse.
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Hair Properties: 2A/2B, Medium-fine, Normal porosity, Normal elasticity, Medium density
Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cuc's
Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cuc's
Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
Gel/Mousse: Sweet Curls Elixirs FSG w/ Mag Sulfate added, Sweet Curls Elixirs hard hold gel, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
Protein: Spiral Solutions Protein Spray for daily use
I also have pretty sensitive skin. I am really, really liking the Curl Keeper. It's cut down my frizz a LOT. I also want you to know that the dew points this entire weekend have been around 70. It's been super humid. The Curl Keeper is keeping my frizz down though. It doesn't smell like much of anything. The Aussie Instant Freeze has a strong smell, but I think it's a nice smell. You can probably smell it in the store. Same with ReCoil. If you have an Ulta near you, they carry it there and you can smell it. None of them have caused any skin problems for me. ReCoil has a mild hold to it and the AIF has a firm hold, so I don't use a lot of the AIF... just enough to make my waves stick around before gravity kills 'em.
Hair Properties: 2A/2B, Medium-fine, Normal porosity, Normal elasticity, Medium density
Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cuc's
Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cuc's
Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
Gel/Mousse: Sweet Curls Elixirs FSG w/ Mag Sulfate added, Sweet Curls Elixirs hard hold gel, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
Protein: Spiral Solutions Protein Spray for daily use
I went for my first Deva cut recently, and it made my wavy hair pretty curly. I would say that I'm a 2a and the Deva products made it a 3a.

Although I like the curly hair, I don't want it to be curly all the time--I just want more well-defined, less frizzy waves.

I also have issues with hair thinning (medications/health issues) and have a sensitivity to chemicals/smells.

Keeping all that in mind and knowing that I would be using the curly girl method, what products would you all suggest?

Thanks!
Originally Posted by shinylocks
I love aloe vera gel (the kind you drink, that has to be refrigerated after opening). But, just because it's natural doesn't mean you might not be allergic to it, so I'd recommend doing a skin sensitivity test before you scrunch it into you hair

Just put some on your inner elbow at least 24 hours before you plan on using it. No reaction should mean that you're good to use it on your head

Hair: Very fine, normal porous (Finally! Yay!), normal elasticity, loves high dew points.
Daily: Nature's Gate Tea Tree shampoo, GVP CB, Cure Care conditioner, aloe vera gel, Jessicurls products, Spiral Solutions products.
Monthly: Henna
As needed: John Masters Organics Sea Mist
HG Product: BioSilk Rock Hard Gelee (aka BRHG. It even has HG in the name!)
Last perm: 12/10/10
CG since: 3/9/12
Last haircut: 4/17/12
Gossamer Fringe (my blog)
My pattern can vary between 2b to 3a. Normally I'm a 2c/3a mix, but if I use certain products, I get that beach 2b look. Ive just found this out through trial and error, not on purpose, but for me conditioners with lots of soy protein and aloe vera cause my pattern to relax and stretch out. Also low pooing too often. My hair still is soft and shiny, but looks beachy instead of curly. IDK what your properties are, but you can look at mine and see if they're similar. VO5 strawberries and cream condish, trader Joe's nourish condish, and renpure organics shampoo make my hair get looser.

CG 4/13/2012
med-coarse texture/med density/low porosity
(2c/3a)
Clarifying: TJ TTT shampoo
Cowash: VO5 clarifying kiwi lime, Suave daily clarifying
RO: SN or Tresemme naturals, TJ TTT
LI: SN or VO5
Styling: Gels - HESMU, AAV; John Frieda & HETT mousse; TIGI Curl Booster, FX Curl Booster * Fan of plopping & diffusing
Chiming in because of the hair thinning (thyroid and a medication I take) and allergies/sensitivities. Aside from being allergic, I have rosacea and VERY allergic/sensitive skin. I was allergic to a lot of products that have been popular through the years--CK, original Shea Moisture LI, anything Bioterra, to name a few. As said above, it's best to know your hair properties. They are more important when choosing products/ingredients. Here's a link to help Live Curly Live Free - Home Once you determine yours, look for folks with hair like yours and see what they use (in signature.) It's the best place to start.

Many of us start with Deva, think we like it and then move on to other things we like a lot more. Many who used to love it stopped using it when they did the ingredient changes a few years ago. My hair prefers the more natural products from the online, boutique type companies. I stay away from products with a lot of chemicals and floral scents. Only products I use that have really strong scents are the Marie Dean (even their unscented products seem to have strong scent.)
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Well, my second day hair ended up being wavy (and frizzy, unfortunately).

I have medium hair (used to be coarse, before the hair loss/thinning). Based on the descriptions, I think I'm low porosity. I haven't chemically treated or straightened my hair.

I've been using Nioxin for shampoo and conditioner (doesn't help that much anymore), olive oil for deep treatment, and jojoba oil for frizz control (only helps a little).

What about argan oil? I found this for hair loss prevention: Shampoo: Hair Loss Treatment

Based on what I've read here (it's overwhelming!), I was thinking about using Shea Moisture for conditioner, BASK or Giovanni for frizz control, and one of the deep treatments from the curly girl method/book. Thoughts?

kathymack, I'm allergic/sensitive to everything as well!

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