Hi--I tried posting this on the main curly forum but it has been ignored. I guess maybe 2A people are considered posers or something.
Hoping maybe y'all can help...
My hair changed texture from straight to wavy when I went off birth control pills and had kids. I recently decided to wear it wavy instead of blowing it dry straight. It's fine (but there's a lot of it) and extremely soft. I have it colored once every 6 weeks (to cover gray) at the salon. After trying and hating several mainstream salon "curling gel" products, I ordered Jessicurl styling products and really like the Rockin' Ringlets
and Confident Coils
. I tried the Gelebration
but it wasn't heavy enough to give me any hold. When my hair is wet it looks great, all even and wavy like I have a perm. I clip the roots along the part and the back of my head (I seem to have a small overlayer of almost straight hair--the hair gets wavier underneath).
The problem is once it dries and I remove the clips, the wave pattern is not even like it is when wet. By the time I lightly scrunch out any "crunchy" spots, I lose a lot of definition--the hair is simply too soft. The only solution I can think of is touching up with a curling iron and hairspraying it. But that sort of defeats the whole purpose of letting it air dry and be low maintenance. I even tried using the diffuser and it turned out the same way. I can't really do the low/no poo thing as I'm not a true curly head. I use Biolage shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair, and do the only-comb-in-the-shower routine. It is *extremely* humid where I live, which always made my straight hair wilt.
Anyone have any advice? I am so jealous of beautiful, formed curls--is there anything I can do to give my too-soft hair some hold and definition? I've read lots of info on here--the one thing I don't really get is "plopping"--the link seems to be broken and it says "File not found"--I'd love to see a pic of how to do this. Thanks!