How do you get your wet curls to clump?

I am new to this forum and CG for a month. Can't figure out how to make my individual hairs clump together when wet so that they dry as defined units rather than a bunch of finer curls that look frizzy when dry. Are there any products or techniques that help with this?
Not sure what your curl pattern is but perhaps the "tightly curly method" separation technique will be helpful.
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Terri LaFlesh is the creator. She has a book and this website that has videos. They have helped me with my curl clumping for better definition. I don't follow it exactly but I did take some tips to fit me and my curls. Hope this helps!


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Last edited by tots5678; 06-19-2012 at 05:56 PM.
Different people find different methods helpful- supersoaker method is popular Super-Soaker Method for Promoting Clumps -UPDATED/Video Link

Some people promote clumping by using "grabby" hair products, like KCCC or Eco Styler.

Some people also notice a difference from applying products to sopping wet vs damp hair.

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
I get great clumps by doing the following:
1. Apply product in this order: LI, sealer, gel/mousse
2. After each product is applied comb through with a Denman or similar brush to distribute.
3. Scrunch hair into about 4 sections (2 per side)
4. Plop for however long, air dry or diffuse.

Nice and clumpy
CG Birthday: 7/25/11
Type 3a/2c
Dense, Fine in front Coarse in back, Low porosity
Low-Poo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Rinse Out: Tresemme Naturals
Leave In: ^^^^
Stylers: AIF, Natural Silks Curly Gel
*Desert Curly*
Thanks so much for all the useful tips/links. I can't wait to try. I'm noticing that a common theme in the clumping process is the Denman brush - I am going to have to find one of these. What is a sealer?
I've been doing this for 10 years: rinse conditioner out upside-down, raking through to remove fallen hair; while still upside-down, scrunch in a small amt conditioner (into sopping-wet hair), then gel, squishing to distribute. If you need more control around the halo/crown, you can stand up for the gel part.
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Thanks so much for all the useful tips/links. I can't wait to try. I'm noticing that a common theme in the clumping process is the Denman brush - I am going to have to find one of these. What is a sealer?
Originally Posted by jojocurl
A sealer is a product used to "seal" moisture into your air. It basically creates a barrier between the hair and the outside environment. Common sealers are things like oils or butters, such as shea butter, mineral oil, grapeseed oil, and sometimes olive oil.
CG Birthday: 7/25/11
Type 3a/2c
Dense, Fine in front Coarse in back, Low porosity
Low-Poo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Rinse Out: Tresemme Naturals
Leave In: ^^^^
Stylers: AIF, Natural Silks Curly Gel
*Desert Curly*
In general, my clumping improves if I make sure that I leave in some conditioner after rinsing. Sometimes I just leave in extra, or after rinsing, scrunch in a tiny bit extra. I've found this better than using a leave-in.

I've found Curl Junkie Cocoa Creme Lite (CCCL) really helpful. Also try AG:recoil, although that might be a little drying.

The super soaker technique and Smaster's techniques have helped with clumping also. For sealing which I do sometimes, I use the oil that is below in my siggy. It's very lightweight. I only use it on the ends.

Please post back and let us know which ideas/techniques are most helpful. We can all use help in this area.
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift
Well, I've tried the denman brush, and can't get it to work. Even with super soaker method, I just get curls that are even less clumpy than usual. I have had my best clumping when I just finger comb, apply and leave in extra conditioner, followed by gel. I do this all to very wet hair and scrunch it in upside down. The only problem is one day it will be amazing and another, I will do the very same thing and it is only ok?

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