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Old 03-11-2013, 05:08 PM   #1
 
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Default New here! A Couple Questions and Flat Hair?

Hello there! I'm fairly new to this site. I had a question for you all about flat hair?

I recently stopped washing my hair with shampoo. I'm about a week in. My hair is considerably less greasy now (finally!). But it does still have a slightly "oily" look? I attached some pictures for you guys (kind of went over board, sorry)

My hair is extremely flat. This bothers me. I wanted to kind of change up my look. Since I sadly cannot change my face, why not try my hair? Anyway, I feel like my hair is really limp, "blah" and fumpy. It doesn't hang well in my opinion. I feel mousy. I wish I have more voluminous and curly hair. So my question is:

How would I go about achieving this? I want to have hair that doesn't stick directly to my head (at the top). Do you think a different hair cut would help as well? I also have the issue of unruly baby hairs ( in the photos they are relatively tame...if not strange looking...they're usually fuzzy though)

I'm guessing I'm a 2A but is it possible that I could become curlier if I changed my routine? (use more products and such?) I am mixed (black/asian) by the way.

Thanks for reading. If there's anything else you need to know to give proper advice then just ask!

(Oh another thing. I recently found out about a month ago I have a vitamin D deficiency....would this affect my hair perhaps?)
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:35 PM   #2
 
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Your hair is very pretty! What products are you using?

I have the same issue with flat roots, especially when I co wash. That's why I usually low-poo. Diffusing upside down really used to help me, but I don't want the damage so I air dry now, but it could help you if you diffuse. One thing that works for me is after my hair is all the way dry I tip my head upside down and spray some of my mousse in my hair, wave it back and forth to dry, tip it back right side up and that really helps add body to my roots and hair as a whole. I have to be careful with how much I use to cuz I really don't like a producty look.

Some people clip, I've never gotten it to work for me though, but maybe I'm doing it wrong. Might work for you though!

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Old 03-11-2013, 06:34 PM   #3
 
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Your hair is very pretty! What products are you using?

I have the same issue with flat roots, especially when I co wash. That's why I usually low-poo. Diffusing upside down really used to help me, but I don't want the damage so I air dry now, but it could help you if you diffuse. One thing that works for me is after my hair is all the way dry I tip my head upside down and spray some of my mousse in my hair, wave it back and forth to dry, tip it back right side up and that really helps add body to my roots and hair as a whole. I have to be careful with how much I use to cuz I really don't like a producty look.

Some people clip, I've never gotten it to work for me though, but maybe I'm doing it wrong. Might work for you though!

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Interesting! What sort of shampoo do you use? Still a sulfate free one? I've heard of diffusing. I'll definitely give it a go! Yes, I don't really like the look of visible product. :/ I have the problem of either finding product that's too "greasy" or dries crunchy. Which I do not like.

Thank you for responding though! I'm going to try this tomorrow.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:29 PM   #4
 
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The flat head thing bugs me a lot and I've tried all kinds of things. Nothing is perfect, but there are lots of things which help. I want to avoid product as much as I can so I've settled on clipping. There are plenty of tutorials on You Tube, etc. I actually prefer the small hair clamps rather than the duck bill type clips. The clips drive me nuts. I can't figure out how to place them and my hair tangles around them when trying to remove them. The little clamps work just fine. I keep it simple. I flip my hair upside down, gently pull the hair up off my scalp a bit with my fingers without disturbing the length. Then diffuse upside down. When I finish drying, I put a few clamps at the crown and here and there down the middle and leave them in for as long as I can. I have left them for as little as 10 min and it worked fine. I get pretty good volume. I'm pretty haphazard about placement but its a fairly forgiving technique, especially if you are ok with a tousled, messy look.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:02 AM   #5
 
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The flat head thing bugs me a lot and I've tried all kinds of things. Nothing is perfect, but there are lots of things which help. I want to avoid product as much as I can so I've settled on clipping. There are plenty of tutorials on You Tube, etc. I actually prefer the small hair clamps rather than the duck bill type clips. The clips drive me nuts. I can't figure out how to place them and my hair tangles around them when trying to remove them. The little clamps work just fine. I keep it simple. I flip my hair upside down, gently pull the hair up off my scalp a bit with my fingers without disturbing the length. Then diffuse upside down. When I finish drying, I put a few clamps at the crown and here and there down the middle and leave them in for as long as I can. I have left them for as little as 10 min and it worked fine. I get pretty good volume. I'm pretty haphazard about placement but its a fairly forgiving technique, especially if you are ok with a tousled, messy look.

Awesome advice! Thank you so much. This seems pretty simple to try out. Now I just need to find some little clips. n__n
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:39 PM   #6
 
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You are welcome! As AKgirl already said, you have beautiful hair. I don't think you need to do much to it. But I love volume in my hair too and it's fun to see what other's have tried. I'm new too, so everything is interesting to me.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:49 AM   #7
 
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Gorgeous hair, very shiny!

I had that problem too at first but I've found that plopping or plunking (just search for it on this site) helps to give me volume. I use a tshirt... it basically draws moisture out of my hair while it's on top of my head, which gives me more volume. It also dries my hair a little faster - you'll see that perhaps your hair will take longer to dry on CG as it will become more moisturized... that weight from the moisture can drag the hair down and make it stick closer to the head. (I actually plopped last night for an hour before going to bed... I didn't use any product but I had nice volume and decent curls.)

You can plop to help draw out moisture, or clip the roots under a plop or alone (search clipping) to take the weight off roots as it's drying. Obviously you can also diffuse upside down... that helps the hair dry faster and should give you more volume... but if you're doing it a lot or on a hot setting you'll be setting yourself back in terms of the health of your hair.

I also find for me that protein-moisture balance affects my hair in terms of volume. Too much moisture and it is limp, no volume. Too much protein and it can be very voluminous but with no s shape. So you'll have to figure out what you need to achieve that balance for your own hair.

Also, some people just have more volume due to density. You may never achieve that crazy amount of volume but your hair looks great as is!

Good luck!
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Oh yes, and then there's also the haircut. A shorter cut w/ layers will naturally give you more volume.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:30 AM   #9
 
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Just chiming in on the Vitamin D thing, since no one else has... I had a D deficiency last year (as part of another health issue). I took the horse pills for a month to raise it back up (Rx) and now take a daily supplement. I have TONS of new growth around my hairline, which I mistook at first for extra frizz or broken hair. I also went through a period where my hair looked "sick" itself -- it just kind of lay there.

I talked to my doctor about it, and she said Vitamin D doesn't really make a difference in how your hair or skin looks itself, BUT being healthy = healthy skin and hair. So definitely get your doc's help to raise your D up!
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