2c hair, help for my wedding!

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Hi everyone,

I'm a new poster although I've lurked for a while. I have 2c hair, coarse, very dense and low porous. My hair is very thick and holds a style well but also tends to frizz pretty bad. I straighten it because I have bangs and I don't know how to manage it curly!

I am getting married in 3 months and its a destination wedding. I am really worried about what hairstyle to do. I'd love to have it wavy but in the humidity my hair tends to just grow enormously (think Monica in friends) and get HUGE so I am worried ill have to wear it up, which I am not happy about.

I'd love to figure out how to have flat, soft waves. Every curl product I have tried tends to make my hair way curlier than it is without product so I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I want loose, flat and wavy but I end up scrunching and ending up with massive ringlets.

I want this:

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But I end up looking like this (with bangs):

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At help would be hugely appreciated.
Welcome! You can't make your hair into something it is not without damaging it - relaxer, keratin straightening, flat ironing. The products are not making your hair curlier than it is they are revealing your natural curl that you are hiding with poor products or techniques the rest of the time. If you really look like that photo I'd say you are 2c/ 3a.

See the stickies on the newbies board and general haircare board to find out about the Curly Girl method that many of us follow to get healthy waves and curls that are not frizzy. Scrunching is not obligatory, you can smooth on or rake in products.
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
I'd love to figure out how to have flat, soft waves. Every curl product I have tried tends to make my hair way curlier than it is without product so I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I want loose, flat and wavy but I end up scrunching and ending up with massive ringlets.
Originally Posted by Amylouise
Firefox7275 has provided you VERY GOOD feedback and suggestion and has been around longer than I have. Learn the curly girl method. some here are fully curly girl with sulfate free and silicone free products some are modified. everyone here has their own method and products that work best; some, like myself, are still experimenting to find something they are really just happy with. I do both the scrunching and raking and both leave my hair really nice. I would really do what Firefox7275 has suggested and read more about the curly girl method and look at everyone's sig line you can get some ideas with the products. some are a bit more costly and some are less expensive. learn your hair and how to manage it. i did you tube research as well and there are updo's that you can do that will work really nice with curly hair as well. best of luck to you and dont be afraid to ask any questions here. this board as been a great help for me.
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Clarify - TJ TT shampoo
RO- DCOC, TJ TT
LI - KCKT
PT - IAGirl's recipe
DT - TJ TT condish w/CO & honey
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Thank you for replying. I've looked at a few of the videos and tonight I'm pinning my hair in large loops to see what happens, I'll report back. I never have much trouble with frizz when I don't try to straighten my hair but for some reason it gets so huge in humid climates!

I did the test and my hair seems to be low porous, but I thought that frizz only happens to people with high porous because the moisture in the humid air gets "stuck" between the cuticles. So how does my hair get so fuzzy in the humidity? Do I need to moisturize it more somehow?
I have the same hair type as you. 2C, and crazy frizzy. Wearing hot buns overnight has worked WONDERS for the style! You can get it at Walmart for under $10. I have yet to find something that works silicone-free for frizz through :/
Hi hayley, thanks for the hot bun tip! Do they really work? I feel like I would buy anything if it helps.

How do the hot buns work?
Hey there,
I have 2c hair as well, though I'm on the opposite boat - I'd love my hair to curl up even more, rather than relax into waves. But anyway, I just got married 2 months ago. I wore my hair half-up to help with the heat... and then the day turned out cloudy and breezy and cool. Oh, well!

This is what my hair looked like, with 3 locks needing a leeeetle help from a curling iron the first pic is of me squeezing my BFF! What do you think about this for waves vs curls?




Here's the products I used: Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Cream Lite, CJ Curl Queen, Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee and Jessicurl Gelebration. The hairdresser put some of her own hairspray on top of that.

Granted this was in low-humidity Colorado, but I'm in Germany now with 50% humidity and still swear by the CCCCL, BRHG and Gelebration!
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Your hair looks AMAZING!
Salt & pepper wavy mix 2B/2C
Low to normal porosity, coarse, kinky, normal elasticity
Current favorites:
Low poo: Yes To Cukes Color Protection (the no sulfate one)
Conditioners: Renpure MPHIP, CJ Smoothing Lotion, AB LI, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan/Olive, Darcy's Pumpkin
Style: FSG, BRHG
Pre-poo/DT: Conditioner with honey & coconut oil

iHerb discount code: PNQ285
Your hair looks AMAZING!
Originally Posted by CurlyGrey3
Thanks muchly! I'm trying to get that back in a totally different climate and after a Big Chop that went less-than-optimal... the neverending quest!
2c, med-coarse, dense, high-med elasticity and still working out my porosity. Living in hard-water Germany.

Still learning the HGs. Latest faves:
Washing with KC Come Clean or CJ Daily Fix
Conditioner Deva OneC, Darcy's Pumpkin Seed
Goin' Deep: CJ Curl Rehab
Loving a good prepoo with coconut oil
Styling with CJ CCCC Lite, KCCC, BRHG, and a spray gel (Fructis, JC Gelebration)

Second-third-day savers: Curl Fuel overnight and KCSS in the morning!
Amylouise, you said that you straighten your hair on a regular basis? The style shown in the picture looks heat styled to me.

Did you want to go natural for your wedding or do you think heat styling won't work with the humidity? I would think that if you're comfortable straightening your hair on a regular basis you would just opt to heat style or have a stylist do it for you.

I would suggest checking our tutorials on Youtube if you want your hair exactly like the picture.

Good luck!
Like somebody else said... It sounds like the products aren't making your hair curlier so much as they are bringing out the natural curl you keep beating into oblivion :P

The picture you posted definitely looks heat-styled, because natural waves are almost never such a uniform size. Also, the frizzy hair you posted has much tighter curls, so frizz or not the circumference of the curl is a natural property you can't do much to change without heat styling.

However, if you're willing to find out what your natural curls look like, give CG or modified CG a shot! I've found that the overdose of conditioner really helps me out with the frizz. It would also help us a lot if you posted some pictures of your hair with your current routine.

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