Suggestions?

I have 2c hair that seems to want to spiral in some places, but very very loosely. I'm very blonde, on the dry side. My hair is fine but thick. It lays very flat at the crown, the top 2-4 inches of hair, which I'm fine with. For ages now I've been using John Frieda Sheer Blonde shampoos and conditioners. They've done well by me, and while the shampoo has a sulfate, neither have any 'cones and since I started using them about 1.5 years ago I've noticed an improvement in the level of cooperation I get from my hair, so I'm not looking to ditch them, necessarily, anytime soon.

I tried plopping for the first time this morning, and I think that's going to show real promise. What I'd like to achieve is more definition, a little bit of frizz control (I only have a slight frizz problem, most days I don't notice it), a kick of shine and maybe some moisture. I'm thinking a light cream leave in with a bit of hold is probably the next logical step for me. I'm deathly frightened of gel because I associate it with the horrible "wet look" people went after in high school (gah, 1998 was a baaaad year for curly girls!!).

Any suggestions on a leave in, preferably a light hold cream based product, that I can apply to wet hair before plopping? Also if it could be fairly inexpensive (under $15 would be good, under $10 would be awesome) and available at Ulta would be fantabulous.

(I know, I'm asking for the world here, but if someone can suggest something halfway there I'd be grateful!)
I actually suggest... gel! LOL! I used to have a problem with the "wet" look and my spirals getting crunchy, but if you put it on while you hair is wet (I keep my gel IN the shower and apply it just before I hop out) it will distribute it more evenly and most of the time I don't even need to scrunch, which cuts down on the frizzies as well. How was that for a run on sentence?

This is my hair with gel last week. I had flipped my hair after it was completely dry and separated the curl some.



Oh, yeah, I use Aussie which is cheap and everywhere. I also use Jojaba oil as a leave in when it starts feeling dry.
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Last edited by HeatherDawn; 07-01-2008 at 09:19 AM. Reason: products
Heather, your hair is gorgeous. I'm having hair envy right now!

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I actually suggest... gel! LOL! I used to have a problem with the "wet" look and my spirals getting crunchy, but if you put it on while you hair is wet (I keep my gel IN the shower and apply it just before I hop out) it will distribute it more evenly and most of the time I don't even need to scrunch, which cuts down on the frizzies as well. How was that for a run on sentence?
Originally Posted by HeatherDawn
That was a BEAUTIFUL run on sentence!! LOL

Gel, huh? I'm so so hesitant, but since I think I probably have some gel in my house somewhere and it won't actually cost me anything to try it, I'll try it. I don't really want to have to do anything to it after it dries (I always come to work with damp hair, so the fact that I won't blow dry is no big, but having to do something to it after I get to work is a no go for me.), but if gel can leave me with a natural, non-wet look, then I'll give it a shot. But I'm holding you personally accountable if I look like a transplant from 1997!!
You might just have to "scrunch the crunch" after it's dry but that's not a big deal. Just scrunch like you do in the shower either upside down or right side up. Should just take a few scrunches and probably no one will see you do it.
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I second the gel suggeston. Just remember, no touching until it's dry!
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Heather, your hair is gorgeous. I'm having hair envy right now!
Originally Posted by annielutz
Aw thanks! You are so sweet!
HeatherDawn
2C/3A
I actually suggest... gel! LOL! I used to have a problem with the "wet" look and my spirals getting crunchy, but if you put it on while you hair is wet (I keep my gel IN the shower and apply it just before I hop out) it will distribute it more evenly and most of the time I don't even need to scrunch, which cuts down on the frizzies as well. How was that for a run on sentence?
Originally Posted by HeatherDawn
That was a BEAUTIFUL run on sentence!! LOL

Gel, huh? I'm so so hesitant, but since I think I probably have some gel in my house somewhere and it won't actually cost me anything to try it, I'll try it. I don't really want to have to do anything to it after it dries (I always come to work with damp hair, so the fact that I won't blow dry is no big, but having to do something to it after I get to work is a no go for me.), but if gel can leave me with a natural, non-wet look, then I'll give it a shot. But I'm holding you personally accountable if I look like a transplant from 1997!!
Originally Posted by MichelleBFT
LOL! Ok, I'll be responsible. If you think your hair looks too stuck together, just flip your head over and shake it out a bit. 2 second fix!
HeatherDawn
2C/3A
LOL! Ok, I'll be responsible. If you think your hair looks too stuck together, just flip your head over and shake it out a bit. 2 second fix!
Well, it's time for your flogging. I'm getting a LITTLE more definition, but man alive do I have frizz. I put some anti frizz stuff (snort) on the ends and then raked gel all the way through. Plopped with a tshirt for 15 minutes. Frizzy frizz frizz frizz.

I was feeling too piecey/crunchy this morning, but that went away with some scrunching (which I managed to do at my desk at work without being caught... I work with a bunch of mechanics, I try to resist being the ubergirl, y'know?).

I'm going to try again... I always always always shower in the morning, but I'm going to shower tonight to shave and self tan, so perhaps I'll give all-night plopping a shot with something in my hair... maybe a bit of pomade? Or just the antifrizz stuff? I"ll work it out.

Also, as a side note, I convinced my husband that he should try to take better care of his hair. He's got gorgeous copper red hair that he's growing out... think Beatles circa 1966... but it's dry and really frizzy. Kinda poofy. He'll let me put product in it if I catch him before he leaves the house, but he won't do it on his own. I asked him if I put something in the shower for him to use, would he use it? He sorta half agreed, partially offended that I told him his hair was frizzy, LOL. He'll get over it. I'd love to see what it looked like really healthy and this length, I think it'd be great. I hope when/if we have kids they get his hair!!!
Some people just can't use gels. I can only use aloe vera gel, which isn't really a gel since it has no hold ingredients. I think you would like curl creme results better (maybe Biotera, Boots, or Mop-C, I have tried all three with decent results). I do put aloe gel over curl creme, which gives me less frizz, but the creme alone helped alot. Also, if you were dry, I would try a DT. Here's what I do for a DT: Mix some olive oil and honey with conditioner, slather it on and sit in the sun for 30 min-an hour.
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I was going to suggest plopping and pomade. The pomade for shine, and the plopping for more curl at the roots.

I've had very good luck with Kinky Curly Curling Custard, but it's pricey ($25 plus shipping --- ouch), and you do have to scrunch, but great hold. I know not every 2 can use it though.

I wonder if a creme rather than a gel would help with your frizzies?
Thanks to both for the suggestions! I think I'm going to try pomade, since I have some, and like I said, I'm broke. Although I *did* just get the Ulta mailer, with a bunch of discounts and a bazillion extra points. So I might spring on some products in the next week or two.
I suggest Beyond the Zone's Noodle Head. It's a curl cream, but it has a lot of hold. It's between 5 and 6 dollars at Sally's. It's made my hair do amazing things =D (But it does have cones, in case you're wary of those kinds of things.)
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My experience has been that if you want to wear your hair curly, don't put any frizz serum in your hair. In general, they have like 20 bazillion silicones and don't let any other products work very well on your hair. In short, frizz serums do not play well with others.

A curl cream may be the way to go, but I would retry a gel without the frizz serum on your hair. Clarify your hair to get the silicones out, then style just using the gel and see how it goes...mmmkay? I now officially feel like a mom. Sorry.
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No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.

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