Bored with my hair. Want to re-texturize temporarily

I have 3b-3c curls. I do love my curls but I do want to switch it up sometimes. Lately I've always wanted beach curls, and I've looked everywhere for suggestions. I've done the regular braids and french braids overnight after wash, I've also put my hair into sections and twist them into buns and leave those overnight. I even did the whole partially straightening thing, but I've gone so long without heat ironing that I was afraid of burning my hair again (plus that didn't work anyway).

When I was younger I would go to a hair dresser and my hair would behave with the heat, however every time I try to do something new with my hair at home it acts stubbornly.

Anyways, before I ramble on, is there any way I can get those beach curls with my super curly hair at home? Or is it just a lost cause? I felt like I've done everything.

(EDIT: and maybe not just beach curls specifically, but also to achieve 3a hair)

Last edited by thenie.beanie; 07-04-2012 at 09:51 PM. Reason: added information
i just googled "beach curls" quickly and a lot of sea salt sprays are coming up. i don't know if the recommended ones (like bumble and bumble surf spray) have cones but i've seen homemade sea salt sprays in the recipe section. you could try there.
3b ringlets. fine texture. normal everything.

No poo: L'Oreal Eversleek Reparitive, Free Spirit Botanicals shampoo bars
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Styling products: HEMSU gel, Tresemme Bouncing Curls gel
i just googled "beach curls" quickly and a lot of sea salt sprays are coming up. i don't know if the recommended ones (like bumble and bumble surf spray) have cones but i've seen homemade sea salt sprays in the recipe section. you could try there.
Originally Posted by boing!
also you might try combing your hair out when it's wet and conditioned and then leaving it to dry instead of scrunching. not sure if this will work, just a thought.
3b ringlets. fine texture. normal everything.

No poo: L'Oreal Eversleek Reparitive, Free Spirit Botanicals shampoo bars
Low poo: Tresemme Naturals
Condish: YTC, Tresemme Naturals, L'Oreal Eversleek Reparitive, Down Under Naturals Hypo-Allergenic, Suave Coconut
Styling products: HEMSU gel, Tresemme Bouncing Curls gel
The first thing I would try is: comb gel through wet/damp hair. Comb the hair as straight as possible. Let dry.Edit Comb out the crunch.

If that isn't the look you want, you can set gelled hair on large rollers, dry, brush out. Brushing roller set hair shouldn't start frizz, at least it never did for me when I was pretending to have "normal" hair. If you do get frizz, you can comb out, carefully, instead.

Hopefully, one of these will give you a different look you like.
Be Happy!

Type:2b/3ab?
Texture:Medium/fine
Porosity:Normal
Elasticity:Normal

Experimenting with too many products to name here. All this great info keeps my head spinning.

Last edited by raindear; 07-13-2012 at 08:25 AM. Reason: added info
Yeah I have heard of using sea salt but I don't know what it does. I could try that. And I have tried combing my hair when wet without scrunching but it made my hair look flat and boring, resulting in me fluffing it again for volume. Maybe my hair is too short for the style that I want.

Thank you all for answering!
When I gelled my hair as straight as possible wet, then combed/brushed out the crunch in my dry hair, my hair always waved, to some extent. My hair never seemed to be willing to do exactly what I wanted it to do, so I always had to compromise.

Edit:For more volume when I did this, I combed/brushed my hair upside down.
Be Happy!

Type:2b/3ab?
Texture:Medium/fine
Porosity:Normal
Elasticity:Normal

Experimenting with too many products to name here. All this great info keeps my head spinning.

Last edited by raindear; 07-22-2012 at 10:23 AM. Reason: More info
Get some kind of heavy product to weigh it down, then pull your curls and blow dry it, so it makes a looser curl ! I'm 3b-3c too
I think I'm 3b/3c too. Flat twists will def. pull my curls out into waves.

I start with already stretched curls: hair that's been back in a ponytail or up in a bun for a day. Then I do two flat French braids or flat twists.

Something like this video: http://www.acurlsbf.com/2012/02/fina...-fine-hair.htm

You can probably get it flatter by doing more sections and using products.

I know you said you tried the braids, but sometime it just takes practice to make it work.

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