Kathymack, I value your advice, so I am going to go off-topic here and ask if you seal your hair, and if so, how?

I also wanted to tell you that I have been thinking about all your suggestions in regard to hold, so as well as doing a yogurt honey protein treatment that Spiral suggested, I will also look into a good trim (my hair is past BSL, nearly to waist when stretched) because even if my hair hates layers, it can still use a trim. I am going to get my hair properly analysed too, as you suggested thanks for all your help!
Originally Posted by Knotty_Maddy
I don't do a traditional seal because my hair doesn't like straight oil/butter. I do use a minute amount of really rich product as one of my layers, which I think does the same thing as sealing. It frequently takes my hair a few hours longer to absorb product after it's dry. Don't think that's a bad thing. My hair gets better throughout the day.

With so much hair, you may have a really difficult time maintaining your curl. It's a lot of weight and that pulls out the curl. You may have to consider a trade off--hair that's shorter and maintains it's curl, or the length.
Originally Posted by kathymack
Thanks, KM. I thought maybe you sealed when you spoke of using a very few drops of oil. I haven't tried sealing with oil, so I thought maybe if I did that over my last layer of gel, it would help keep the style in.

Hmmm...a chop, eh? ;p You raised a very valid point there, but I have worked so hard to get it this long! But since it is becoming curlier than it was, (my S's are turning into corkscrews at the ends of the hair) I am now curious how it would look if I got a good 4 inches taken off! It might be nice to have hair that doesn't get stuck in my coat zippers and such ;p ok, I will consider this! Thanks again for your input
Finer, mixed with coarser strands, low-porosity, wavy curly whirly hair...3A, 2C hair. Medium thickness, medium elasticity.
S-shaped hair with corkscrew ends. My hair is even more confused than me ;p
My hair officially hates protein Once a month is enough!
Currently a fan of TiGi products, (rock on, TiGi Curlesque styling creme!) but that will soon change - I am a self-avowed product junkie! Yay!
BIG fan of supersoaker method - thanks Rudeechick!