Looser Curls?

I have typical 3b hair, occasionally I'd like to have looser curls--such as for weddings or other special occasions. Does anyone have a way to turn your tight ringlets into softer, looser curls? Techniques? Thanks!
3b, shoulder-length, cut all one length
Co-wash: VO5 or Suave Naturals
Conditioners: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine
Leave in: Tresemme Naturals
Gel: LA Looks 9 Hold


Oh man, i keep checking back here because I've been wondering this too. I have to be in a wedding this summer and wanted bigger looser curls without rollers or curling irons.

I was debating on trying Miss Jessie's styling creams. A lot of the formulas seem a little heavy to get my regular results, but I wonder if using product with more weight would help to stretch them out...
3b, shoulder length.

Current Regimen: Co wash, Naked Naturals Aloe Awapuhi & Lavender Moisturizing Conditioner, Hamadi Healing Serum, L'oreal Everpure serum, DevaCurl AnGel, and Ganier Fructis Curl Shaping Spray.
If you are looking for more softness, you could use products with less hold or after you SOTC add some type of cream/leave in conditioner.

I am not sure exactly what you're asking, to be honest. "Tight ringlets" and "looser curls" are very relative terms. Do you mind sharing any pictures of your hair and the desired result?
well, besides the pictures I already have.......

I look like this:




Just want looser curls for a special occasion. Nothing in particular. Maybe something like:



3b, shoulder-length, cut all one length
Co-wash: VO5 or Suave Naturals
Conditioners: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine
Leave in: Tresemme Naturals
Gel: LA Looks 9 Hold


I have a really odd way of getting looser curls. I can see from your pictures that our hair is different. Mine is thin, longer and the curls are a bit more loose than yours, but this method may still work for you.
When I'm in the shower I comb my hair as if it were dry (I don't comb it back, I comb it down and with a part). After I get out of the shower and my hair is sopping wet, I run a leave in conditioner through it very lightly. I don't pull my fingers through the hair as if I'm scrunching it or change the part I created in the shower.
Instead of scrunching and creating curl and volume, I leave the hair matted to my head with the part I created in the shower and due to this the curls start a little further down the shaft.
Then I let it air dry. It takes FOREVER to dry but I find that after doing it my hair is more wavy than curly and the fact that the curl starts lower on the shaft makes my curls much looser.
The only issue is that the hair lacks volume at the top. You can easily fix this with product and/or quickly throwing some curls into the mix with a curling iron. I realize this may be confusing- I'll post pics later trying to demonstrate!
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Ok so I have a few pictures of the look after it's dry and a few curls have been placed in with an iron. You'll see what I mean about the curls starting further down on the hair shaft. I used a curling iron to boost the roots a tiny bit. I barely used the barrel on the bottom. I try to stick with the original curl that forms on the bottom and only use the iron to give a bit of dimension on the top. Good luck!

Sorry about the picture of the back of my head... it was hard to take it on my own. (At work :])
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well, besides the pictures I already have.......

I look like this:




Just want looser curls for a special occasion. Nothing in particular. Maybe something like:



Originally Posted by strish5
All four of those pictures have been created with curling irons and stylists. That's probably what you're gonna have to do if none of the other methods suggested work.
Ok so I have a few pictures of the look after it's dry and a few curls have been placed in with an iron. You'll see what I mean about the curls starting further down on the hair shaft. I used a curling iron to boost the roots a tiny bit. I barely used the barrel on the bottom. I try to stick with the original curl that forms on the bottom and only use the iron to give a bit of dimension on the top. Good luck!

Sorry about the picture of the back of my head... it was hard to take it on my own. (At work :])
Originally Posted by CurlyCarly
i will give a try! thanks a lot! I know they won't look like yours but I wasn't looking for any particular curl-look, just wanted a way to make mine a little looser for a day! I'll let you know if it works!
3b, shoulder-length, cut all one length
Co-wash: VO5 or Suave Naturals
Conditioners: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine
Leave in: Tresemme Naturals
Gel: LA Looks 9 Hold


The only good way to achieve what you want is by straightening your hair and then curling it with an iron or with rollers.

The other, not-so-great way is by styling your hair as you normally would and when your hair is bone dry, taking a flat iron to the roots and straightening them (around 3 inches or so). There will be a noticeable demarcation depending on how curly your hair is, but sometimes it can look good.
I have a really odd way of getting looser curls. I can see from your pictures that our hair is different. Mine is thin, longer and the curls are a bit more loose than yours, but this method may still work for you.
When I'm in the shower I comb my hair as if it were dry (I don't comb it back, I comb it down and with a part). After I get out of the shower and my hair is sopping wet, I run a leave in conditioner through it very lightly. I don't pull my fingers through the hair as if I'm scrunching it or change the part I created in the shower.
Instead of scrunching and creating curl and volume, I leave the hair matted to my head with the part I created in the shower and due to this the curls start a little further down the shaft.
Then I let it air dry. It takes FOREVER to dry but I find that after doing it my hair is more wavy than curly and the fact that the curl starts lower on the shaft makes my curls much looser.
The only issue is that the hair lacks volume at the top. You can easily fix this with product and/or quickly throwing some curls into the mix with a curling iron. I realize this may be confusing- I'll post pics later trying to demonstrate!
Originally Posted by CurlyCarly
I do the same thing to loosen up my curls a bit. It's good for stretching your hair, but won't give you big, bouncy curls. If you want those you have to heat-style.
co-wash: exact vanilla
rinse out: tresseme naturals
leave-in: giovanni direct leave-in
stylers: kccc + he totally twisted mousse + coconut oil to sotc
Out of curiosity, what does everyone think about hot rollers???

Are they as utterly destructive to the hair as curling/straightening irons?
3b, shoulder length.

Current Regimen: Co wash, Naked Naturals Aloe Awapuhi & Lavender Moisturizing Conditioner, Hamadi Healing Serum, L'oreal Everpure serum, DevaCurl AnGel, and Ganier Fructis Curl Shaping Spray.
Ok so I have a few pictures of the look after it's dry and a few curls have been placed in with an iron. You'll see what I mean about the curls starting further down on the hair shaft. I used a curling iron to boost the roots a tiny bit. I barely used the barrel on the bottom. I try to stick with the original curl that forms on the bottom and only use the iron to give a bit of dimension on the top. Good luck!

Sorry about the picture of the back of my head... it was hard to take it on my own. (At work :])
Originally Posted by CurlyCarly
tried it out yesterday! i like the way it came out. the curls were less tight, exactly what i was looking for! thanks!
3b, shoulder-length, cut all one length
Co-wash: VO5 or Suave Naturals
Conditioners: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine
Leave in: Tresemme Naturals
Gel: LA Looks 9 Hold


Out of curiosity, what does everyone think about hot rollers???

Are they as utterly destructive to the hair as curling/straightening irons?
Originally Posted by JennyWhiskey
I don't think they are as damaging because less of your hair ends up touching the heated roller but they are still damaging.

I use hot rollers and they made my hair straight. Looked good but took forever. I could never figure out how to make a loose curl with them.... except on those with naturally straight hair.

As for loosening curls, maybe try different products. I have found depending on the products I use I can have curls as loose as a 3a to curls as tight as a 3c. Which I guess isn't a huge difference but still a difference.

I found GVP conditioning balm to really loosen my curls. I use it whenever I plan on straightening my hair.

For some reason Pantene made my hair SUPER ringlety and curly. But that was the old formula.... haven't tried this new one.
Hair Type: 3b /3a?.... medium texture, normal porosity

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Strish- I'm glad you liked the results! Even if it wasn't what you were hoping for you learned a new way to work with your curls and change up your look. I find that I need variety in my curls.
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I'm thinking of it as a way of getting bigger curls. Was wondering if any 3a/b have used them????
Deciding what to be when I grow up!!!
Mostly a 3b with thick, dry, frizzy hair. Using Jessicurl CC, re:coil, jessicurl conditioners and Elucence and Curl Junkie
So, I loved this idea and just tried it last night - works GREAT! I used my usual leave in (smoothie) and I added some of the Extenzz (which hadn't worked for me, but, I figured, it couldn't hurt since I was trying to loosen curl a bit...)... parted with a wide comb, left it REAL wet and that was it. Not the most attractive (sorry, hubby) but I left my hair sort of "slicked" to my head -again, not so "pretty" - but I woke up with "calmer" hair and looser curl... I also just got a cute cut (I like a shorter "bob" type style), so this worked perfect !!!!
thanks SO much for the help!
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So glad it worked for you!!! I do remember it working awesome when I had shoulder length hair. Now that it's a little longer it has a slightly different effect. Still love it !
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Porosity: High
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The SSM definitely helps elongate curl pattern, especially if you dont scrunch.

Another method I used to use was to diffuse my hair till it is totally dry. Then, while the hair is STILL WARM from the dryer, twist it into a topknot for a few minutes (the longer you leave it in, the looser the results, so you need to experiment with times). Take it down and, viola, looser curls.
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What I do to loosen my 3b tight curls: I shampoo and condition my hair and part (no specific way) into sections and apply leave in conditioner to each section and then twist in medium sized double strand twist usually about 10 total. I let air dry or sit under a hooded dryer until dry. The next day I untwist each section and style as desired it usually produces a spanish wavy type of curl on me. Each night I apply a moisturizing cream (I have really dry hair especially in the winter) to each section and re-twist. Each day the curls get looser and looser and it usually last about a week. Hope this helps!
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