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Old 12-16-2004, 01:24 PM   #141
 
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Three cheers for just using a leave-in and no styling product! I love the way my hair feels and am finding it is a little less frizzy... it needs so much extra moisture!
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Is the Aveda leave in mentioned in your signature the one you used w/o a gel? I have never tried that....atleast that I can remember.....I have tried no product at all and that was quite ugly

What was your usual styling product before you tried just a leave in? and when you tried just a leave in did you comb/figner comb it through and air dry or diffuse?

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Old 12-16-2004, 03:07 PM   #143
 
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The point you made about not using products when you were a child really makes sense! I look at pictures of my hair when I was a toddler, and I had gorgeous frizz free curls!

One day last summer, I just left conditioner in my hair and I had perfect curls. That was right before I cut it all off though and I never was able to get it to look like that again. I am growing it out again now and am trying to get back to using nothing!

Thanks for the posts!
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Old 12-16-2004, 04:02 PM   #144
 
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Hi Chelle,

Yeah, I have been using the Aveda Elixir after a recommendation from eastcoastwaves. I like it because it contains a cone, so my hair feels soft and it controls frizz a bit, but it is a water-soluble one so I don't have to worry about it building up. This also means I can use a gentle shampoo as opposed to a harsher one needed to get it out.

Before, I was using either gel or Boots (Boots is still great, but I am finding that I am enjoying my waves right now as opposed to curls with more hold). I apply the Elixir to the length of my hair and finger comb through gently. Then I let it air dry, either down or sometimes up in a clip.

I also really enjoy eastcoastwaves comments about not using products when you were a kid... so true! I am finding that my hair is getting healthier with just some extra moisture.
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Old 12-17-2004, 02:50 PM   #145
 
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I've been away from nc.com for quite a while... a lot of the reason had to do with frustration with my hair, and feeling, you know, I'm just not a curly girl. But I just came back for a quick browse and saw this thread, and I have to say thanks to all who've posted on it over the months, because so much of it sums up my situation. I'm a 2a with rather thin hair, around shoulder length and layered mostly in the front, and in the summer it was wavier, and now it's just driving me berserk - not as wavy, but certainly not straight, and frizzing something awful if I so much as look at it. I have a haircut appointment in an hour and have been thinking, Man, I should just cut it all off. But I won't... and I'll keep trying to deal with it. But it's just nice to see other wavies dealing with this in-between can't-make-up-its-mind hair!
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Old 02-09-2005, 10:41 AM   #146
 
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Hi. I am a 2a. My hair is very fine, and it does not frizz. This goes along with what it says in the hair typing section. I see a lot of you talking about frizz, so I assume your hair is not really all that fine. Is that true, or does some fine hair frizz?

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Old 02-09-2005, 01:03 PM   #147
 
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Thanks all for the inspiration!!
It so easy to get carried away, it's so easy to find something bad about oneself and ones hair.
But it's such a waste of time and energy. I am really happy to see that many of you have come to accept their hair as it is.
A lot of my experiments with hair is figuring out what will let my true type shine out....
I haven't tried the "less is more" but I definitely wondered why as a little petitfox I has such wonderful curls and waves free of frizz!
Well, I wasn't making such a fuss out of my hair then, ha!

I am on the quest to simplification!! and I can see land!
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Old 02-09-2005, 03:06 PM   #148
 
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Hi. I am a 2a. My hair is very fine, and it does not frizz. This goes along with what it says in the hair typing section. I see a lot of you talking about frizz, so I assume your hair is not really all that fine. Is that true, or does some fine hair frizz?

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Old 02-10-2005, 06:00 AM   #149
 
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Maybe if it's just wavy it doesn't frizz, but if it's curly it does?

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Old 02-10-2005, 06:11 AM   #150
 
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Maybe if it's just wavy it doesn't frizz, but if it's curly it does?

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Ah, if only that were true!

My hair is definitely 2a wavy, not curly, and it frizzes something fierce! Back in the old days before I read Curly Girl and realized I had wavy hair, not just straight hair that wouldn't behave, I did know that it had a layer of frizz, the more so the more humid it was out.

No, wavy hair definitely can frizz!
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Old 02-10-2005, 06:17 AM   #151
 
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Well, it's nice to find another fine and wavy person. I don't know much about even my own wavy hair, since I just recently discovered that it is wavy after thinking it was straight my whole life. The top layer is pretty straight, but underneath there are really nice waves. I wish it was the other way around, but I'm thrilled anyway!

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Old 03-07-2005, 03:47 PM   #152
 
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I have been using Dove Define and Shine gel lately, and it has been really good for shine and more control/hold. At the same time, I apply it in the morning and always have high hopes that my hair will stay looking great all day... without fail, it always falls a little and doesn't have the hold it did in the morning. I was getting frustrated, but really, there's nothing I can do. If my hair won't be completely curly, or completely straight, I can't force it... it's gonna be wavy. And I think wavy hair is awesome, but my goal lately is to cut down on volume. I feel like I have puffy hair that easily gets undefined. I would love to have smooth, chunky waves with less volume. A girl can dream...
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Old 03-08-2005, 06:03 AM   #153
 
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And all my life I've wished for more volume...
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This is a great thread! I've been trying to come to terms with being a wavy rather than a curly lately, and it's been...odd. My hair seems to be "losing" its curl lately. In the past I'd have typed my hair as a 3a bordering on 3b until one night my fiance called my hair "wavy." After arguing it for a while, I took a good look in the mirror and realized that he was right. Now I guess I'd say I'm a 2c with some spots of 3a, and I find myself trying to get my curl back with products and conditioners and clarifying and trims. I've been trying to simplify my routine, thinking I was weighing my curl down, but I guess I just need to accept my hair as it is and go from there.
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Old 03-08-2005, 05:27 PM   #155
 
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Yes, I'm getting to the point where I'm accepting the wave. At least at this length, I might be curlier again when it's longer. Until then, I'm tired of trying to get curls to happen that aren't there without a lot of work, and hoping they'll hold. Why not just nurture and embrace the waves they eventually fall into anyway - and enhance them to be the best they can be?

I'm tired of feeling producty, too.

I'm trying the no-product, leave-in route.

I think it's working nicely, but I just started so we'll see ...

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Old 03-11-2005, 12:09 PM   #156
 
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I'm trying the no-product, leave-in route.
Me too! I am going back to this for a little bit and my hair feels great so far! I just used Aveda Elixir Leave-in this morning and my hair is behaving like it wants to... more flowing, less frizz. I don't have truely curly hair (although it can be coaxed into curls if I try), but over the last couple months, my hair has become more and more wavy, which I like! My hair looks kinda like surfer-girl hair again today.. I love it!
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:14 PM   #157
 
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And forget second day hair. It never happens when I go "au naturale". My curl pattern's just not strong enough to last through sleeping, even on a satin pillow.
My hair is the same way. I only get good second day hair about 10% of the time, I usually end up washing it every morning.
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My hair is the same way. I only get good second day hair about 10% of the time, I usually end up washing it every morning.
I have the same problem, but I'm much lazier about it. I work out every morning, so I wash my hair at night and let it air dry spread out on my pillow. It looks best if I diffuse it, but I just don't have time before my workout (6am), and I don't have anywhere near enough time between my workout and work!

Oh well, good weekend hair will have to do!
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Old 04-05-2005, 11:40 AM   #159
 
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I agree that when trying countless stylers, diffusing dry bent at the waist, rinsing in cool water upside down, plopping, etc., does barely a thing to encourage any more curl & volume for more than a few minutes to a few hours, the frustration factor is beyond handling & it's time to embrace the waves or curls you've got & stop trying to force more.

I'm at or quickly getting to that point.
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