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Old 06-19-2012, 05:36 PM   #1
 
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Default 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?
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:52 PM   #2
 
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Not sure what your curl pattern is but perhaps the "tightly curly method" separation technique will be helpful.
Check out:
www.tightlycurly.com

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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Old 06-19-2012, 07:24 PM   #3
 
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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.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:58 PM   #4
 
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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
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:01 PM   #5
 
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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?
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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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Old 06-24-2012, 03:17 PM   #7
 
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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?
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.
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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.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:05 AM   #9
 
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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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