I'm new to wavy hair. I thought my hair was straight pretty much my whole life and then I noticed little waves here and there. I did some research and went CG and suddenly it was getting wavier.
I decided to go to a curly hair salon for some tips and a cut, and a stylist did my hair (twice in one week because I had a free 2nd visit for a 'refresher course'). It was curlier than ever and looked fantastic both times she did my hair. She walked me through each step (the Devacurl 3 step process, I believe it's called). She even had me do my own hair on the 2nd visit, and it turned out better the second time!
After that visit, I had three days of great looking hair. I hardly had to do anything to it in the morning...it was great.
Now, ever since I've been home, I haven't been able to have the same success, and I don't know what the problem is. I've been doing the exact same thing (even with the duck bill clips at the roots) that she did in the salon and my hair isn't turning out the same way. It's incredibly frustrating.
I've been trying different things:
Plopping somehow took the gel out of my hair and while my hair was definitely curlier and bouncier, 2nd day hair was horrible and flat.
Diffusing upside-down (pixie method or just straight diffusing) made my hair slightly frizzy.
In the salon, she used a hood dryer and a diffuser for the ends. That is the ONLY difference between what I'm trying and what she did at the salon.
Do you think that's the problem with my hair? I would say I'm about a 2b. It's difficult to type my hair's properties because it was bleached last year, and I think that affected its porosity. But it's definitely thick hair.
Help?? I don't know what to do!
I'm using the DevaCurl no-poo, condition, and ultra gel.
Edit: Is it possible that I might get better results if I rake the gel through my hair?