Fine hair and clumping

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Hi guys, fairly new to the forum, I'd love to hear from some of you. I well full whack CG last year and as i was having some health issues at the time i had to give up. My hair is fine anyway, but at that time i had really low iron levels and my hair was falling out in a bad way so found that with the co-washing my hair was clumping quite a lot and showing parts of my scalp which kinds made me even more low Anyway, i want to try again,I am trying low poo washing, I am on iron tablets, my hair is a bit longer, so was just wondering how do other people with thinnish hair deal with clumping? Like, I don't want it to clump up so much?
Good question! I wanted to give my clumpage a break for similar reasons (thinning, fine hair) so I basically have been using a lighter leave-in and not scrunching. I haven't used gel or any other styling products. Diffusing and/or moving my hair around while drying breaks up the clumps as well (but can create frizz).

I would LOVE to hear more suggestions! I also feel like when my hair isn't clumped it looks much fuller, which I like. The downside is less definition, more fluff and/or frizz.
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IIRC there is a thread or discussion on this, have you checked the techniques stickies on the general board or run an advanced search?
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
IIRC there is a thread or discussion on this, have you checked the techniques stickies on the general board or run an advanced search?
Originally Posted by Firefox7275
Her question is how not to make it clump, plus, I find most of those methods are for curlier people, and they cause problems for me as a fine wavy.

I uploaded some photos of me using 4 Naturals Curly Wave Serum. I didn't like it as much wet, but dry it contributed to a pretty nice wave pattern and wasn't too frizzy. It doesn't clump well, so most people here probably won't like it as much as other things, but it might work well for you.
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Averages out at 2b, ranges from 1c to 3a, very fine
Mane 'n Tail co-wash + leave-in
Clarifying shampoo every few weeks
Lavender Allergy
I've found that blotting my hair with a towel after the shower BEFORE putting on products, and diffusing, help a lot. I always diffuse upside down, but you could eliminate too many clumps at the roots if you just diffused right side up and lift the hair from below. That will still break up the clumps I think.

If you don't want your roots to clump, but don't mind them being a little flat, you can try brushing or combing after applying your leave-in conditioner. I find if I comb after this step, I don't get clumps in my roots (which I actually really like- so I stopped doing this!).

Also, I tend to "rake" in all my products upside down, but when I've experimented with "smoothing" them in while right-side-up, I had less clumping, but still had nice controlled waves.
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip

Last edited by chloe92us; 05-24-2013 at 12:45 PM.
Although my hair is thick, I prefer smaller clumps. I've found that using thinner gels seems to help in this department.

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
Her question is how not to make it clump, plus, I find most of those methods are for curlier people, and they cause problems for me as a fine wavy.
Originally Posted by Roswenthe
I know what the OP's question is, thank you, I have an excellent grasp of the English language. Have you bothered to check the stickies or run an advanced search before patronising me? There IS a thread or discussion on REDUCING clumping, I have seen it.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Not gonna pick a side
but I think this is the thread in question

How can I get LESS clumping?
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2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012

This is what I'm happiest with right now.
Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
RO: SS Caitlin's co
Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
glycerin, honey, oils & butters Protein!
I have thick (dense) hair but the individual strands are quite fine and I just prefer a volumized look to clumps, which I think work better thicker, curlier hair. My hair takes well to thicker, richer, oil filled conditioners, so I do use those. But as far as styling goes, I hardly do much at all. I use leave in, and then a little bit of coconut oil to seal, but I often skip an actual styling product with hold altogether. I originally started doing this because my ends are damaged and straight, so if I try to actually style my hair, most of it comes out great and very wavy, but the ends just stick out and look award. With no creams/gels/mousses they blend much better. Anyway, after using my leave in and coconut oil, I simply comb it with a wide tooth comb, twist it up in a towel or t-shirt turban to get it to dry faster ( I hate soaking wet hair ) and then take it down and comb it out again. When these pesky ends do grow out, I'll probably experiment with styling again. In past experience, I've really loved FSG. It does give a little bit of clumping but after I SOTC it's really nice and defined, but not clumpy if that makes sense. I love Jessicurl RR, which is basically FSG that also has mag sulfate to enhance waves and curls. If your hair is really fine, and/or thin too, the gelebration spray is a lighter version of RR. If you don't have issues with frizz you might want to skip the oil sealing too.
Just starting CG! 5-13

2A, fine, dense, high porosity, highlighted

low-poo: Leonor Greyl bain vitalisant b*
co-wash: CJ smoothing*
RO: ^, SS Caitlin's*
DT: CJ rehab
LI: CJ rehab
stylers: CJ CCCC*
oils: coconut


*experimenting
HG

loves: aloe, oils, esp. coconut
hates: acv, baking soda
on the fence about polyquats

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