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Old 05-01-2013, 02:15 PM   #1
 
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Hey everyone! So I'm still pretty new to CG and am trying to figure everything out but I wanted to see if I could get some advice for this.

I've found out I'm rather protein-sensitive so I've been avoiding that but I'm still having issues with my hair I haven't consistently had any sort of luck with my hair since I started a month ago (I know, not long, but still)

Here's my question: can too much product cause really thin, crispy, ramen-noodle-type clumps? Could too much product actually be keeping my hair from being as wavy as it wants to? I ask because I started watching videos, etc., and I am using waaaaa-haaaay more product (Dr. Cox voice) than everyone else. Could that be my problem?
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:22 PM   #2
 
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Try using less and see if that helps. Technique plays an even bigger factor! If you put product in damp hair, or rake it, or scrunch too much, it can separate the waves instead of letting them group together. You'll have to experiment with HOW you put things in, and how much. Good luck!
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:56 PM   #3
 
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So, over-scrunching and too-wet hair... I may have found some of the culprits then! Thank you! I'll try switching up the methods and easing up on the products and we'll see how it goes
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:03 PM   #4
 
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Sorry, no- I meant if your hair isn't wet ENOUGH. sorry for the confusion!
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:17 PM   #5
 
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I sometimes find that less is more and I agree to try adding products to your hair and styling it when it is pretty wet. .. and try not to make your final judgment on how your hair turned out until your hair is almost completely dry. I notice hair can look really weird and frizzy while its drying.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:13 AM   #6
 
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I need loads of product but I have porous hair. My hair goes particularly stringy when it's dehydrated, it was awful after my last protein treatment and also after accidentally using a silicone.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:51 AM   #7
 
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I think the amount of product will also depend on the techniques that you're using. Even now that my hair is short, I use what some people would consider an obscene amount of product, but my hair is very thick. I also partially diffuse and I find that too little product will cause my curls to lose definition as I diffuse. It really comes down to a lot of trial and error, because everyone's hair responds a little differently. Right now I'm waiting for my hair to finish drying and so it still looks like crunchy ramen noodle hair, but once I SOTC in another hour or so, it will loose the noodle look and just hold the curl.
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