Confused Curly: Really need your input!

For most of my life, I have had no idea what to do with my curly hair! Sometimes I hate it, sometimes I sort of like it, but most of the time I'm completely frustrated with it! So I usually pull it back in a bun, pony, or braid. At best, I occasionally wear it half up/half down. I'm completely tired of having to wear it up and would love to be able to wear it down daily and get rid of the stress my updos have put on my scalp.

So here's my problem:
The bottom layer of my hair (about a quarter of my hair) is filled with soft pretty ringlets that are usually pretty well defined (relative to the rest of my hair). I'd say they're about 3b curls, possibly 3c. The rest of my hair (mainly the front) is basically a mess of 3b/3c curls (I'm not even sure because they barely have any shape). It constantly gets tangled and is always frizzy no matter what. The curls are not defined at all. They're more in a s type wave than they are ringlets. Though some of the ends are slightly curled into ringlets.

So I'm just wondering what's the problem? Is it just my natural hair texture? Is my hair too weighed down to produce any curl(it goes slightly past my shoulder)? Is the hair damaged? And what should I do?

I would really really like to have nice bouncy ringlets and I would also like to reduce some of the bulkiness of my hair, so I was wondering if a hair cut would fix my problem? Possibly a devacut?

Sorry for the long message and lack of pictures. Please leave your input below and ask any questions if you need to know more information about my hair. Thanks!
(I'll try to post picks in a few days)
Pictures definitely help, and also tell us what products you're using. But just by guessing from what you've said, yes it could just be your natural texture. Also the hair underneath is usually in better shape because it's not as exposed to the elements as the hair on top of your head. Maybe you can pay special attention to the hair on top by deep conditioning or doing an oil rinse to improve moisture.

Most 3b/3c hair will be wavy at the root and have actual curls on the middle to ends of the hair.
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Girl, a fine tooth comb or paddle brush will change your life. Try it on the sections that you wish were more defined. It worked for me. BUT it only works while your hair is WET and covered in LEAVE IN. I used to think combing my hair in the shower with a wide tooth comb was a great idea, but my hair hated it (and it wastes water!). With my current routine, I only have to do my hair 2-3x a week.
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Last edited by CraftyKell; 07-28-2011 at 03:40 PM.
Pictures definitely help, and also tell us what products you're using. But just by guessing from what you've said, yes it could just be your natural texture. Also the hair underneath is usually in better shape because it's not as exposed to the elements as the hair on top of your head. Maybe you can pay special attention to the hair on top by deep conditioning or doing an oil rinse to improve moisture.

Most 3b/3c hair will be wavy at the root and have actual curls on the middle to ends of the hair.
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
Thanks for the information and advice! I was a little worried about my hair being wavy at the root, but it's nice to know that it might just be my natural hair hair texture. However, I would still like to find a way to get rid of the frizz and define the waves and the ringlets at the ends better. I recently started deep conditioning my hair with new products once a week so hopefully that will help.

As for products, I just recently started using Carol's Daughter tui shampoo and tui hair smoothie. It worked really well to detangle my hair and my hair felt pretty well mosturized. While it helped get rid of the tangles, my hair was still pretty frizzy on top. I also bought a carol's daughter leave-in conditioner (I forget the name of it at the moment), but I don't like it very much. It feels too thick for my hair and has done virtually nothing to define my curls. So if you have any suggestions for good leave-in conditioners please tell?
Girl, a fine tooth comb or paddle brush will change your life. Try it on the sections that you wish were more defined. It worked for me. BUT it only works while your hair is WET and covered in LEAVE IN. I used to think combing my hair in the shower with a wide tooth comb was a great idea, but my hair hated it (and it wastes water!). With my current routine, I only have to do my hair 2-3x a week.
Originally Posted by CraftyKell
Though I've heard not to use brushes and fine tooth combs, I will probably try using a paddle brush as you suggested to distribute the products in my hair after it has been detangled, because I've noticed that the wide tooth comb clumps my hair together when it's wet and does nothing to define.

Thanks for the advice!
You're welcome. I know, I heard that curlies aren't supposed to use fine tooth combs too. I only use mine when I'm trimming. But the finer the comb, the curlier my wet hair gets. My paddle brush is a happy medium between fine and wide. Good luck!
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Girl, a fine tooth comb or paddle brush will change your life. Try it on the sections that you wish were more defined. It worked for me. BUT it only works while your hair is WET and covered in LEAVE IN. I used to think combing my hair in the shower with a wide tooth comb was a great idea, but my hair hated it (and it wastes water!). With my current routine, I only have to do my hair 2-3x a week.
Originally Posted by CraftyKell
I 2nd this!

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