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Old 05-10-2007, 05:32 PM   #1
 
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Default How to handle changing seasons and waves/curls

For the past few months the combo in my sig has been giving me lovely defined waves, scattered botticelli curls and even the occasional corkscrew! I also straightened a couple times with great great success. It's been pretty lovely all 'round. Not perfect (what is?) but definitely satisfactory.

Last week the serious Spring started kicking in. Beautiful sunny days and nice cool nights. Ahh... Of course, living in the SC lowcountry, that lasts all of about 3 days. Now we're into high humidity, sticky days and mosquito filled evenings. *sob*

Along with this change, my hair has gone to sh@t!! (Pardon the language but it feels warranted to me.)
If I can get curls, they're droopy and frizzy. My hair takes forever to dry now and the diffuser only makes things worse (less definition, more frizz).

I think the solution may be to find a nice cream styler and just forget trying for curls or hold. Just go for wavy that doesn't look totally undone.

Should I continue the quest for summer curls and keep searching for a magical gel or start the search for a decent cream that will hopefully just define a little wave and tame a little frizz. Sadly, that option may even involve a return to some light silicone use. *faints* Plus the latter option means I have to give up on my quest for root volume sans frizz. I just know it won't happen.

Is anyone else's hair rebelling with the humidity/heat (or does every year even if it hasn't yet)? How do you handle it? What are your summer HGs?

I keep reading about all these curlies being so happy about the humidity because it helps their curls and I just want to scream. *pout*
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Old 05-10-2007, 06:00 PM   #2
 
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I posted a similar question in the general discussion board and haven't gotten any responses yet. My hair is being really weird lately and I don't know if it's the weather (I'm in Virginia, so I guess that's the "south"!) or my pregnancy hormones.
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Probably a little of both. Are you in coastal VA?
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No, not really coastal. I'm in Fredericksburg, which is about 45 minutes to an hour (depending on who's driving ) south of Washington D.C. It was definitely humid today!!
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That's close enought to coastal to count on the humidity! I lived in Quantico for a year. :P I really liked Fredericksburg though.
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Yeah, that's why I said "not really coastal" because we're close enough, just not smack dab on the beach! LOL My hubby works in Quantico a lot. He's not a Marine, just a plumber and he fixes the quarters plumbing when it needs it (which is often!).
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Lord knows they do need fixin' regularly. Ugh. Everything does in the enlisted housing especially.

I had good luck with my hair up there though. We had really soft hair which was great for my hair (I dyed it a lot then and it was more gentle on it plus made my products last a long time) but soooo hard to get my skin rinsed clean!
My hair looked great in Fall up there.
I had a hair catastrophe trying to transition to the hard water down here when I moved back though.

Then again, I went straight 90% of the time up there so who knows what it would have done to my waves. I have one picture from that time w/ my natural hair and it looked good but that was fall/winter I think. :P
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No, not really coastal. I'm in Fredericksburg, which is about 45 minutes to an hour (depending on who's driving ) south of Washington D.C. It was definitely humid today!!
I'm in Stafford -- right up the road!

Sorry to guano. Anyway, my hair loves the humidity so I'm not much help in that area.
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Kewl! Where do you get your hair cut? I think I started the guano a few posts back, so don't worry about it. LOL

I thought my hair would love the humidity because I remember last summer it was super frizzy and had decent wave even though I'd never heard of curly girl and was using a brush. I'm in a major hair predicament that I'm going to post about in the general board.
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When I lived up that way, I went to the Graham Webb Institute in Arlington. Or course that was when I was very adventurous with my hair. But I found that most of the students were more than willing to do exactly what you want and let you kinda lead the way and the instructors were quite knowledgable. I'm not sure how up on curly hair they are but I know I did see at least two beautiful curlies come out of there.

I'm so terribly frustrated with my hair. I think I'm going to have to come to peace with the flat but fluffy, barely wavy but nowhere near straight, super low maintainence thing. That's how I got through last summer. But there *has* to be a better solution.
That said, I'm about to go blow it out because I really don't want to chance it lookin' like @ss tonight. That should hold me over for the weekend and I'll get back to experimenting again next week. *sigh*
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I'm feelin' your pain!!! Stupid wurly hair...

I'm not into driving all the way to Arlington. LOL I hate going north of Stafford, even though I was born and raised up there. It's just gotten SOOOOO congested and nasty up there!!
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Oh I totally understand not wanting to make that drive. I only did it for that and my mom would go with me so we could knock it all out at once.
I hated living up there because it took FOREVER to get absolutely anywhere and I always had to get on 95. I swear, a list of errends that would take an afternoon anywhere else is totally impossible up there. You better pick one or two things and just hold off on the rest because of the dang traffic!
I'm pretty sure DC is actually hell.
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Just pipin' in . I'm in southeast Texas (Houston area) and my hair is finally recovering from the weather change.

Most wavy/curlies seem to go through the change when the weather begins cooling or like now - warming up. In the interim, there's the plain ol' crappy hair days or weeks until it levels out. Also during this time is when either products are switched up or the hunt is on for something new.

I was having fabulous luck using palmfulls of GF Curl-n-Shine conditioner as a leave-in underneath Graham Webb Making Waves Gel when it was cool/cold. It fizzled out in late February/early March when the weather wasn't quite so cool. I keep meaning to try it again just to make sure, but just haven't. But at least I know what I'll use next fall/winter!

I just bought some DevaCurl trial products at a hair party that was here Sunday but haven't used them yet as right now I'm having great hair days using Suave Anti-Frizz Cream over some discontinued Suave PM mousse. I also have very good luck with Re:coil underneath Jessicurl CCSS.

Our hair seems to be the neverending constant !
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I picked up a tube of that Suave cream yesterday and I think it has definite potential. I think I'm gonna try not plopping next time.
I've been almost totally cone free for a while but I'll use whateer works and doesn't break me out at this point!
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I actually truck all the way up to Reston to get my hair cut. I found a really good stylist who's Devachan and Ouidad trained so I feel like it's worth the trip. I'm used to driving to D.C. every day to go to work so it's not so bad. I only have to it every 8 weeks or so.

I was going to Stephanie at Hair Technology with a Personal Touch in Fredericksburg -- (540) 368-0006. It's a little dive of a shop not far from downtown Fredericksburg. She's pretty good. I just decided I wanted to go to someone who had actually been trained to cut curly hair.

Where have you been going to get your hair cut?
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I live in the south (don't get much more south than Alabama - LOL) and I get the high humidity frizzies about 8 months of the year. I started using jojaba oil as a treatment every wash (my hair is dry, so I can put a dime size directly on my dripping wet hair and it helps SO much) and I use Aussie Gel for wave holding power. If I am in the humidity WHILE it is drying, it dries with more spring and less frizz. If I go out after it has dried then I have a major case of the frizzies. It is like the desire to curl up more in the humid weather makes it frizz after the fact.

Also, if your hair is longer (BSL or more) then you might just be getting late day frizzies from it touching chairs and such.

Hope that helps!
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