I am new to trying to wear my hair curly. I have thick hair and lots of it, it's shoulder length. It was always pretty straight until I stopped nursing my second baby 7 years ago. Then it got somewhat curly. I wore it curly sometimes for a very short time but then cut it short (it had almost no curl short). Recently I've grown it out and noticed more and more curl as it grew. If I let it air dry it has some wave but looks really messy. If I dry it with some product and a diffuser, I get great curls, kind of loose ones, but definitely what I'd call curly not just wavey.
here's my problem. It won't stay that way! It'll look great right after I diffuse it, but then it will slowly fall into just waves that look messy. I've tried leaving it somewhat damp ( the if you like it wet you'll like it dry-idea) but as it dries it just looks worse and worse. So everyday since trying to go "curly" and not use my flat iron, I've ended up pulling it back into a clip in an effort to not look a mess.
I'm a styling product junkie with a bunch of stuff under my cabinet. Right now, I'm using Redken's Fresh Curls shampoo and conditioner. A little Frizz-Ease, Silk Therapy & re:coil
, and Friss-Ease Dream Curls (not a lot of any of them). I have a bunch more stuff but this is what I've been trying. Today, I tried spraying with Matrix Curl Life hairspray (don't think I like this) and when that didn't work, I sprayed with Paul Mitchell's Freeze and Shine. It seems to be holding some but I haven't gone outside yet or done much, and the curls are a little crunchier than I'd like.
Any tips? I've read the CG book and am intrigued by the no poo idea but haven't really tried it because I just bought the Redken shampoo and conditioner (ironically, right before I got the book!). Can you do a conditioner only "wash" with a conditioner that has silicones in it? I wasn't sure. Plus I was worried that the products I have aren't compatible with a no poo life--will they build up? I'm a daily shampooer so it will be difficult for me to change, although I didn't shampoo at all yesterday.
I know those are a lot of questions/issues, but can anyone help? I'd kind of like to use up some of this money I have invested in product and not spend a whole lot more...
Thanks for any advice!