2C/3A Hair Dilemma

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  • 1 Post By SereneCurls
  • 2 Post By Jimipe
  • 1 Post By Melissasue

Hey everyone! I've been having an issue with my hair lately because of how long it takes to style it curly. I have to wake up very early to wash, style, and diffuse it and even then it doesn't give consistently good results. I've resorted to either braiding it to keep heat damage at a minimum or even straightening it once in awhile because of how reliable and easy it is to just flat iron it and go. The only problem is, I'm sick of braiding it and I feel so guilty when I straighten it. Is there any way to style curly hair overnight without it being messy or any faster ways of drying and styling? My hair is long and my curl type is 2C/3A. Thank you!
For quite a while I've been washing at night every other night and conditioning on off nights, squeeze drying with a cotton shirt and then applying some type of styling product.

Then I tuck it into a satin cap. They're like $2 at Rite Aid and they help me avoid sleeping on a cotton pillow that would make my hair frizzy.

When I wake up in the morning I take it out of the cap and apply some other styling product and scrunch into my hair. By this point my hairs halfway dry so it doesn't take too long!
2B/C; very, very thick fine to medium hair; low porosity.

Current Products:
Co-Wash: Jane Carter Revitalizing CoWash
Conditioner: Aubrey Organics Island Replenishing, Aubrey Organics GPB, KCKT
Leave-In: Alaffia Hair Lotion
Stylers: KCCC, Beautiful Curls Curl Cream, Giovanni Mousse, KCCC Refresher[/FONT]



"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." -Khalil Gibran
I also have long 2c 3a hair. When I have to be somewhere early in the morning, I do my hair the night before, but don't scrunch out the crunch. I might even add a little more gel over the surface right before going to bed. I collect my hair at the top of my pillow, and put it in a clip so it will stay up there in the night, along the lines of a modified pineapple. Then in the morning, I can take down my hair and sotc, and I usually don't have to do much more than that.
To dry, I use a deep bowl diffuser to plop the length of my hair, this helps the curls to set with a good shape.
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2c/3a, dense, fairly coarse, normal porosity and elasticity, bsl curly, WL wet
Low poo: Giovanni 50 50
Co-wash: down under naturals, tresume naturals
RO: AOHR
LI: Giovanni Direct, Desert Essence curl cream
Stylers: kccc, HE smu, brhg
Oils: coconut, argan or evoo
I have no idea if this works for everyone but I recently got a microfiber pillow encasement (for dust mite allergies, so fun) and if I'm sleeping on my hair and need it to stay not frizzy I take the pillowcase off so I'm just sleeping on the microfiber and I'll wake up with my hair still looking nice. Sometimes if I don't SOTC before I go to sleep I actually wake up with my hair looking nicer than it did when I went to sleep. I would assume this would work with a satin sleep cap, satin pillow case or anything like that also and probably better. The allergy encasements aren't really made to be hair friendly and they're not the softest, just better than flannel.

I don't need to SOTC in the morning as I guess all the rolling around I do in my sleep scrunches for me.

I've noticed that my hair does fine sleeping on it as long as it isn't still really wet but post-plop its usually okay to sleep on. However, my hair is very fine and definitely not thick at all so it dries pretty fast. My sister-in-law has 2c hair that is very thick and she said if she goes to sleep with it at all wet that it will still be wet in the morning when she wakes up so it may not work for everyone.
2a/3a (I think?), very fine, medium density, low porosity. Protein craving.
Low poo: Nature's Gate Biotin Strengthening Shampoo and L'Oreal's EverSleek Reparative Smoothing Shampoo (Occasionally)
Rinse out/Leave in: TRESemmé Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
Stylers: EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System™ Humidity Defying Leave-In Crème (Occasionally), Fructis Style
Curl Scrunch Gel
Very thick hair here and I can go to sleep with it, but then it needs to be dry to the point that it feels dry on the surface, but if you break the gel cast it is still damp inside. That way it will dry a bit more when sleeping. If my hair is any wetter I wake up with more or less just as wet hair that looks absolutely crazy. :/
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CG since 8th of September 2013 - learning in progress!

3a/m/iii - waist length wet
Cleanser: Naturelle Volumizing
Conditioner/LI: Garnier Respons Avocadooil and Shea Butter, Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Volume Conditioner
Styling: Eldorado Hairgel Strong
Very thick hair here and I can go to sleep with it, but then it needs to be dry to the point that it feels dry on the surface, but if you break the gel cast it is still damp inside. That way it will dry a bit more when sleeping. If my hair is any wetter I wake up with more or less just as wet hair that looks absolutely crazy. :/
Originally Posted by Jimipe
Good point. I too find sleeping works better if the hair is mostly dry. I usually diffuse to that point anyway and let the rest air dry.
2c/3a, dense, fairly coarse, normal porosity and elasticity, bsl curly, WL wet
Low poo: Giovanni 50 50
Co-wash: down under naturals, tresume naturals
RO: AOHR
LI: Giovanni Direct, Desert Essence curl cream
Stylers: kccc, HE smu, brhg
Oils: coconut, argan or evoo
I like to wash in the evening...not right before bed so it's wet, but a few hours before so that it's still damp. I put my hair straight up above my head on my pillow while I sleep and it usually looks pretty good in the morning. I embrace the messiness of wavy hair but if that's not your thing then I imagine you could dampen/revitalize it in the morning with water and/or product.
You could also try wearing second-day curls. I shower about every other day, and what I do is the night before I am going to wear my hair the next day, I stick my hair up in a high bun (pineapple-ing - as some CG's call it). Using a satin pillow case apparently helps reduce frizz at night. The next day, I refresh my hair with some water/gel/leave in cond. It only takes - like - 10 min tops.

Sometimes the top layer of my curls look tired, so I'll wear my hair half-way up.

I understand the time-consuming dilemma though; oh the problems of a CG! Good luck.
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2c/3a, medium porosity
Low-poo: Yes to cucumbers on scalp every 2-4 days
Cond/Co-wash: Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Cond.
Leave-in: KCKT
Styler: BRHG

*Somewhat successful past products: Ava Anderson Shampoo for low-poo, DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque for cond., LA Looks Extreme Sport Gel, honey
I shower at night and wash my hair. I use a quarter size amount of the SM style milk as a leave in and braid it. In the morning, I run cold water over my hair and apply products to soaking wet hair, plop, and diffuse.

I have a little bit of hair that sticks around. I'm honestly not sure if it's frizz or just new growth, but a couple sprays of hair spray in my hands and I glaze over it and it lays down.
~Belle Bohemienne

"If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." -Lao Tzu
I've had pretty good luck with "plopping" (I know... weird name). Basically, I brush my hair and put all my products in my hair as soon as I get out of the shower, before using a towel or anything. Then I wrap it up in an old tshirt -- it's kind of hard to explain how to do this, but youtube has TONS of videos -- and sleep with it up like that. I take it down when I wake up, and it's almost completely dry. I just hairspray it and I'm good to go.

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