Don't Stick Your Hair in a Bowl Diffuser: An Old/New Discovery. Also Denman Love
For the last few years, it seems like uniform definition was hard to come by. I would occasionally get it if I coated my hair in gel or KCCC but then I'd have stiff, crispy and even flaky hair. It used to be I could use a light hold gel and got mostly uniform definition. I thought my hair had changed. I blamed henna, the climate, various products.
However, it always seemed like I had good definition until it came time to dry my hair. I tried remembering my old routine and realized I didn't start putting my hair in a bowl diffuser until about 3-4 years ago when I started having definition problems. Prior to that I used a Hot Sock diffuser and aimed the dryer at the sides of my hair while cupping them in my hand.
A few weeks ago, I tried my old Hot Sock technique with my bowl diffuser--aim it from the side rather than underneath and cupping the ends in my hands to keep the hair from blowing around. I start with the bottom area first and the blow dry with my head flipped over for volume and finally end with the top layers. I only dry it to about 60-70% and then let it finish air drying on its own. The result is loose, defined curls that have a mostly uniform pattern.
Also, I recently decided to try the Denman D3 after hearing wavies were getting definition from it. It took some trial and error, but it really does work, and it aids in creating root volume and keeping my cowlicks under control. Not only that, it also seems to help remove gunk from my scalp and I can go longer between shampoos (from a week to about week and a half) I use it in the shower twice. Once to distribute my rinse out and then again to distribute my leave-in in soaking wet hair. Then I scrunch out the excess water and style as usual (towel scrunch, plop for 10-15 min, scrunch in gel, towel scrunch once more then diffuse).
I had the old Goody version of the Denman and I loved it for smoothing my hair for ponytails, braids and buns, as well as for blow-drying my bangs straight. I never thought to use it in on wet hair as I was by the book CGer. I'll admit it still feels like I'm doing something wrong but I've had consistently good hair days since I started this.
Have several allergies and sensitivities.
Low Poo/Cowash: Rio Grande Herb Co Negrita and Amole Deep Treatment Concentrate, Magick Botanicals (MB) Shampoo (diluted)
Rinse out/Leave in: MB with apricot kernel and jojoba oils added
Protein Treatment: MB Conditioner for Thinning Hair, IAgirl's protien treatment
Style: MB Gel mixed with LOTD Aloe Vera Gelly
2b-c, need lots of moisture, likes protein in moderation.
Last edited by riotkitty; 12-05-2012 at 10:42 AM.