Help getting volume into really flat hair

My hair is not very thick at all in my opinion, even though I have a average amount of it. I've attached pics of what my hair looks like while drying and the finished look. It's flatter than what I would like it to be and it's been that way since I started wearing my hair natural two years ago (I grew it out from a short curly mohawk a la Rihanna but that's off track). The first pic is how long my hair is now and I don't get too much shrinkage once it's dry (maybe an inch at most because it's so flat). The second pic was taken sometime in December and my hair is about 2 inches longer.

Are there any tips you guys can give me for volume? I've tried duckbill clips and they did absolutely nothing for me. I co-wash every other day and comb my hair in the shower. I use Garnier Sleek & Shine as my leave-in and then I scrunch with Suave Captivating Curl Mousse. I lock in the style with Garnier Triple Nurtrient Spray and I plop with a microfiber towel for 20 minutes. After that I just let my hair air dry for the rest of the day. My second day hair usually looks much better because the product starts to lose it's crunch and my curls look a little fuller.

Any help is much appreciated. I put as much detail into my post as I could think of because I'm still fairly new to the curly girl method. Thanks in advance
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Have you visited the 3c forum? There's lots of info over there. It seems a bit more active than this forum.

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Have you visited the 3c forum? There's lots of info over there. It seems a bit more active than this forum.

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Originally Posted by BlackAngelPlayah
I'm not really 3c so no, I haven't really checked. I just skimmed the 3c section and I haven't seen anything on volume since usually 3c's don't have that issue of getting more volume. They usually want to decrease volume from what I've found.

So yeah, I made a new post. If you saw anything specific in 3c that could help me out I would appreciate if you could give post it. But like I said, I've searched and didn't really find anything. Maybe I'm not searching for the right things because I'm fairly new to this. Thank you!

Last edited by ohbangladesh; 02-26-2012 at 03:49 PM.
Check out this video:
Curly Care: Styling for Big, Voluminous Curls - YouTube

All of her tips works for me - especially washing/styling upside down and diffusing.
Check out this video:
Curly Care: Styling for Big, Voluminous Curls - YouTube

All of her tips works for me - especially washing/styling upside down and diffusing.
Originally Posted by Saila
thank you so much!
+1 for diffusing upside down. The clips never did much for me either...maybe i wasn't doing it right . What I usually is take the top half of my hair and put it up in a ridiculously high right on the top of my head pony tail...not to tight...and then I go about getting ready and whatever and taking it down last minute then just touch up any frizzies and usually good to go . Please not I've only done this when my hair is dry and have it up for a good 45min or so. Longer the better. Hope i dont sound crazy but that works for me
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How about adding in some layers?
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Cut down the amount of product you have in your hair and/or only concentrate the product on your ends instead of all down the hair shaft.
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