non-crunchy, frizz-reducing, wave-enhancer?

this may be a wild goose chase, but does this product exist?

i have long 2b(?) hair, it's medium to thick, not coarse though, and will get some LOOSE waves if i let it air dry overnight without brushing it. right now, i'm co-washing (for about a month now) and plopping with a microfiber towel without product and it has definitely helped bring out waves that i never thought i could get! problem is, living in hawaii, it gets frizzy easily from all the humidity, so i usually just end up putting it in a boring ponytail

i would absolutely love to wear it down and wavy, but i still want it to be soft to the touch. i'd also like something that brings out more waves without weighing it down because i have a lot of hair. preferably something drugstore, but i'll buy from a salon if i need to. can anyone help me? pretty please??

oh, and sorry i don't have a pic, my camera is being fixed!
I'm still pretty new to the CG routine and NaturallyCurly so I'm definitely not an expert, but here's the advice I can give you:

1. Condition well. Make sure you use enough to make your hair feel silky and moisturized. When rinsing, you don't have to rinse out all of it; leaving in about 10% can make it softer.

2. Have you tried a lightweight, conditioning gel or mousse? Gel or mousse help define your waves, but finding a product that suits you is difficult. I'm still on the lookout for a possible HG gel. I'm tired of mousse at the moment. Also, many hair products can give hair stiffness, but a lot of people find that scrunching when dry takes the products "crunchiness" out.

Gels:

1. Tigi Bed Head Control Freak Serum (it's really a gel) is decent. It doesn't control all of the frizz, but it's not too crunchy.

2. Today I tried L'Oreal Tightly Wound Spray Gel. I used it as a finishing spray after diffusing (used Control Freak on wet hair before diffusing). It felt a little stiff but it seems good for frizz and extra hold if you need it.

3. I ordered Angell online and I'm waiting for it to come in the mail. I'll let you know how it works when I receive it. I've heard good things about it so far.

Mousses:

1. Pantene Pro-V Curl-Sculpting Defining Mousse - Leaves hair soft and not too crunchy. CG, but it can make scalp itchy if you use too much.

2. Aussie Dual Personality Mousse + Leave-in Conditioner (now called Catch the Wave) gave me nice, soft hair. I used it when I was trying to make my hair straight (pre-CG) but it might work for encouaging curls too. The ingredients have a water insoluble cone (dimethicone) and cocamidopropyl betaine ( ) though.

3. Dove Curl and Sculpt Defining Mousse - It worked well for my hair by keeping it soft and defined. It was only crunchy if I used a lot. Again, there is a water insoluble silicone, dimethiconol, that has to be removed with shampoo.

4. Condition 3-in-1 Mousse - It's okay, but not my favorite. I think it's CG.

Sorry about the length of this post! HTH!
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I really like the suave anti-frizz cream (the one for curls, green tube not the orange one). It gives some definition and reduces frizz pretty well. It doesen't have a lot of hold, but it sounds like you're just looking for some anti-frizz goo. It's also cheap which is nice, probably worth a try.

Any of the gels listed above will help too if eventually you decide you want some hold. I like the herbal essences totally twisted gel personally. With these products I usually scrunch out some exccess water in the shower with my hands, the scrunch in the product. Cream first then gel, and then scrunch with a towel/plop/diffuse/your drying method of choice.

Good luck with your waves!
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Weeklyish shampoo with CO's inbetween to keep down the grease.
My first thought was to ask if you've plopped with product in your hair? That might help give you some hold. Aside from that, here's the things I can think of right off hand that give me a softer hold:

Garnier Fructis Curl-n-Shine Conditioning Leave-in Cream (it's good to use as a styler).

Garnier Fructis Soft Curl Cream (has dimethicone).

Garnier Fructis Weighless Volume XXL Gel.

Herbal Essence Totally Twisted or Body Envy Gel.

Graham Webb Making Waves Curl Defining Gel.

Jessicurl Confident Coils Styling Solution.

JoiWhip mousse.

Hope you find something soon!
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Not to sound like a broden record here, but I can NOT say enough for putting your product on wet hair. Damp won't cut it. I have to put my gel (Aussie) in my hair BEFORE I touch it with a towel or anything. After you towel dry a bit - this is important for that frizz factor - DO NOT TOUCH IT! LOL! After it is dry you can crunch any extra gel out of your hair if you need to, but I usually don't need to. I live in Alabama so I'm with you on the humidity factor! Right now we are having such dry weather that my hair is almost strait. Totally freakish for this time of year.

I highly recomend oiling your ends. Johaba and Coconut oil are my two favorites. They have cut back on the dryness that can lead to frizzies.

Good luck!
HeatherDawn
2C/3A
I tried Angell for a couple days and it's good (feels non-sticky and clean on hair) but it doesn't have a lot of hold. It also smells nice. I got a lot of frizz when diffusing (could be just my hair, Idk), and I have yet to try it for air-drying. :P
2a/M-C/ii hair. Super long.
Not to sound like a broden record here, but I can NOT say enough for putting your product on wet hair. Damp won't cut it. I have to put my gel (Aussie) in my hair BEFORE I touch it with a towel or anything. After you towel dry a bit - this is important for that frizz factor - DO NOT TOUCH IT! LOL! After it is dry you can crunch any extra gel out of your hair if you need to, but I usually don't need to. I live in Alabama so I'm with you on the humidity factor! Right now we are having such dry weather that my hair is almost strait. Totally freakish for this time of year.

I highly recomend oiling your ends. Johaba and Coconut oil are my two favorites. They have cut back on the dryness that can lead to frizzies.

Good luck!
Originally Posted by HeatherDawn
I generally dont use products but when I do I dont put them in my hair fresh out of the shower because I dont like the way it feels (I actually dont like putting anything in my hair but ive been trying devacurl and jessicurl and I like it a lot). Anyway, I feel like adding products to dripping wet hair is really uncomfortable for me, especially when the weather is cold and I just want my hair to hurry up and dry
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I tried using Angell on my hair sopping wet, scrunched with a T-shirt, and let air dry, and it came out a lot better than with the diffuser. You might not have to put it on sopping wet hair since the bottle says to scrunch-dry first. I hope you find what works for you.
2a/M-C/ii hair. Super long.
Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys.

Last edited by Koukla72; 02-13-2009 at 03:26 AM.
Another vote for product before plopping. When I use stuff with a good bit of hold, I have to put it into almost sopping hair. For highter hold stuff, I can get away with blotting a decent amount out first but if I just plop sans product or try to add something after it's dried for a few, I'm just asking for trouble. :P

My favorite super soft touch product is Jessicurl Confident Coils Styling Solution. Love it. I've been getting great results the past couple weeks by using it under Herbal Essences Set Me Up Spray Gel.
I also love L'oreal Tightly Wound Spray Gel but I don't use it as a spray, I just put it in my hands like a regular gel.

The Suave Healthy Curls Anti-Frizz Cream worked ok for me. Nothing to write home about but really nice for a $2 product. My biggest problem with it was the dimethiconol built up after a few uses. The ammodimethicone in Garnier Soft Curl Cream built up on me after only a couple uses too. :P
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I generally dont use products but when I do I dont put them in my hair fresh out of the shower because I dont like the way it feels (I actually dont like putting anything in my hair but ive been trying devacurl and jessicurl and I like it a lot). Anyway, I feel like adding products to dripping wet hair is really uncomfortable for me, especially when the weather is cold and I just want my hair to hurry up and dry
Originally Posted by chelseacharms
I was the same way (I have only been trying this for a week or so). But I tried putting product in my hair right when I turned off the shower - totally dripping wet - then plopping with my husband's old t-shirt. It worked pretty well today.
I even took off the tee after a while and re-plopped with only one layer of tee on top and then I tried blow drying a little through the tee shirt to help it dry, it seemed to work great!
When I plopped with the tee I used the short sleeves to tie it in place at the back of my neck, works like a charm and then you can do your morning stuff. I thought it would drip everywhere, but it didn't because I rolled the neck and the bottom of the tee and then there was a thicker part all the way around my head. I have a lot of hair and this was totally comfortable and easy to wear around.
I used PM sculpting mousse - medium hold. That works pretty well, but I need to try some of the gels I have read about on here, I get pretty frizzy.
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