Curls that spread at ends?

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  • 1 Post By curlypearl
  • 1 Post By JamfoW

I'm curious if other folks on the cusp of 2C/3A have this issue: your curls are tightly defined down by your scalp, and then sort of... expand toward the end, and fan out? It's hard to describe, but I suspect if it happens to someone they know what I mean. I get this from time to time, and I'm trying to pin down what causes it. I'd like the more tightly defined ends (and hey, looser by the scalp while we're wishing for things). I feel like I have "reverse curly" hair sometimes! It definitely contributes to triangle-head days.

I've tried sealing my ends with oil, but my hair dislikes most oils. Gel works pretty well if I don't SOTC... but I am definitely not going to leave my hair crunchy!

I don't hate this. I'm just curious, and I've been learning so much from this forum I figured I'd give it a shot.
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I'm mostly away doing field work through mid-May.

Hair: curlybob, fine, dense, low-po, big waves/ringlets (2C/3A)
Co-Wash: Nature's Gate Herbal Conditioner
RO: YTC Carrot, Aubrey Organics GPB
LI: BS Shea Soft Styling Cream (HG)
Styling: KCCC, Garnier P&C Gel
1xWeek: low-poo, gelatin PT or Joico K-Pak
Hair Likes: aloe, coconut oil, humidity, protein, long walks on the beach
Yes, I have that issue. I don't like it at all! If someone figures out a way to combat this - please post.

It makes my hair messy and triangular. I've tried crimping and I've tried braiding. No luck. Maybe if my hair was in great shape it wouldn't do this, but I dye it so it's never totally healthy.

I often wish for curlier hair (sometimes defined as kinky) because then the curls might stay put!
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2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
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Curlypearl - I have undyed, untreated hair with a tightly closed cuticle that was described as "very healthy" by my curlygirl stylist. So I'm not sure health/damage is necessarily to blame. It's interesting that we are opposite porosity and have the same issue. Is your hair fine?
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I'm mostly away doing field work through mid-May.

Hair: curlybob, fine, dense, low-po, big waves/ringlets (2C/3A)
Co-Wash: Nature's Gate Herbal Conditioner
RO: YTC Carrot, Aubrey Organics GPB
LI: BS Shea Soft Styling Cream (HG)
Styling: KCCC, Garnier P&C Gel
1xWeek: low-poo, gelatin PT or Joico K-Pak
Hair Likes: aloe, coconut oil, humidity, protein, long walks on the beach
I'm not sure if I necessarily have this same issue, but my hair is more tightly curled up top and gets "fluffier" toward the ends, especially where it's layered (my hair is long - past BSL). I add extra condish to the ends when I'm in the shower, and I add a bit more LI to these areas too. My LI contains protein. It's seeming to help so far, but I still don't have it completely under control. Do you diffuse? Diffusing upside down with the pixie curl method might help to even out the volume, or at least create that illusion.

Again, not sure if this is necessarily the same issue, but hope it helps
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2C/B; Low porosity; Fine; Med. density

Low-Poo: L'Oreal Evercurl
CO: V05 Kiwi Lime
RO: SN Coconut; CJ Smoothing Lotion
LI: Ouidad Curl Quencher
Style: CJ CCCCL; CiaB; FSG!
PT: Gelatin
Modified CG since 2/13
Just as a side note, my LI is actually a curl enhancing cream that I use like a LI, so that may have something to do with it also.
2C/B; Low porosity; Fine; Med. density

Low-Poo: L'Oreal Evercurl
CO: V05 Kiwi Lime
RO: SN Coconut; CJ Smoothing Lotion
LI: Ouidad Curl Quencher
Style: CJ CCCCL; CiaB; FSG!
PT: Gelatin
Modified CG since 2/13
JamfoW, that sounds like it, yes. I'm going to try using my GPB on just the ends and not quite rinsing totally. Thanks for the idea!

Also, I mostly air dry. Volume isn't really the issue for me, it's more the... floofing of the ends. I'd just like my curls to hang together all the way down.
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I'm mostly away doing field work through mid-May.

Hair: curlybob, fine, dense, low-po, big waves/ringlets (2C/3A)
Co-Wash: Nature's Gate Herbal Conditioner
RO: YTC Carrot, Aubrey Organics GPB
LI: BS Shea Soft Styling Cream (HG)
Styling: KCCC, Garnier P&C Gel
1xWeek: low-poo, gelatin PT or Joico K-Pak
Hair Likes: aloe, coconut oil, humidity, protein, long walks on the beach
Mine, or at least most of mine does this, but I think it is how the layers were cut. Too "shelfy". Not happy about that, but I guess I just have to let it grow out more before I address it. I don't want the ends taken off just for that.
This happened to me once, as the result of an unfortunate razor haircut. I'm not sure it was the razor so much as the very erratic (not chunky) layers and thinning. Once the razored ends were trimmed out (four months later, ugh), problem solved.

Probably not your issue, but perhaps worth noting if someone else is struggling with it.
2a/2b, fine and thin
new wavy!

currently using:
cleansing: BS/ACV rinse weekly
PT: Gelatin PT
Conditioner: Desert Essences fragrance-free
Styling: LOTD Aloe
Mine does that more when it needs a trim or cut. It still happens a little anyway (I wish my ringlets were tighter at the ends like some wavies), but it's much more noticeable when I need a cut. It also is more noticeable if I have too many layers. My ringlets and waves look better overall with little to no layering.

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

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