I have no idea what to use on my curls!?

Hi! This is my first ever thread on this forum I'm still a naturally curly newbie!

I have 3a curls which have taken quite a beating over the years (constant straightening almost everyday, brazilian blowouts, dyeing etc) for the last 3 years or so I've stopped treating it so harshly but I still have no idea what to use on it! I've been following the curly girl method for a while which helped make my curls healthier but I have had a lot of trouble finding products for styling my curls for two reasons:

No 1. I got an awful awful haircut from a hairdresser who obviously didn't know how to cut curly hair, she kept trying to brush it when it was dry and recommended lots of short layers and bangs. I've been trying to grow it out for a year and it's made the bottom layer 3a/3b and the top layer 2c with 3a in random parts!

No 2. I'm studying in the uk for a while and a lot of products recommended on here are only available in America :P

I have no idea what kind of product I should be using to define and hold my curls, they either make my hair really crunchy and flaky because my scalp is quite sensitive (this mostly happens with gels and creams) or don't hold the curl enough and I wake up with the back of my head and top layer frizzy. So what I'm asking is do you guys have any recommendations about what kind of products I should be using i.e. mousse, oil, serum, wax, gel etc or any tips for keeping the curls defined? Thank you

P.S. Sorry I don't have a picture to show you my brother took my camera on holiday to Cyprus without telling me and my webcam is rubbish!! Also sorry if there are typos, still working on my English!
Greek Cypriot with:
3a curls
Medium Density
Low Porosity
Medium Width
Chest Length
Botticelli pattern
and a sensitive scalp

Been loving my curls for about 3 years now
Try figuring out your hair properties and then report back! It'll be much easier for us to give you product recommendations ^.^
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Try figuring out your hair properties and then report back! It'll be much easier for us to give you product recommendations ^.^
Originally Posted by Rimi
By properties I guess you hair type/pattern and stuff? That's in my sig, sorry I forgot to put it in the post, my computer was acting up :P
Greek Cypriot with:
3a curls
Medium Density
Low Porosity
Medium Width
Chest Length
Botticelli pattern
and a sensitive scalp

Been loving my curls for about 3 years now
Oh okay! i just couldn't see them bc i was on my phone using the app

You say you have a sensitive scalp...does that mean build-up, itching, redness, burning?

Also, you say gels and creams leave your hair crunchy and flakey. How do you apply these products? Have you ever tried mousse?
20 y/o lifelong natural {4a-O ; spongy ; porous ; coarse ; dense ; ~MBL stretched (2 inches from WL)}

products {'poo: TJTTT shampoo | RO: TJTTT Condish | LI/style: TJTTT Condish, SM Manuka Conditioner, homemade cocoa butter cream | DC: condish + ayurvedic powder(s), SM Manuka Mask | PT: condish + NPF | oils: castor oil, grapeseed oil | other treatments: probiotics, tea rinses, AVG rinse/spritz, oil rinse | sealing method: LOCO}

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Usually my scalp can get itchy and uncomorftanble and flaky and dry which makes it difficult because my curls start close to my roots and if I don't apply product to the crown it will get frizzy.

I was told to either flip my hair forward and scrunch the products in or for more defined curls apply the product in sections. I also use a diffuser so I don't khow if the heat made some of the products crunchy.

I used an Aussie mousse that was meant to be for curly hair but the hold was really bad, it didn't hold my curls no matter how much I used so I'm just looking out for one with a strong hold!
Greek Cypriot with:
3a curls
Medium Density
Low Porosity
Medium Width
Chest Length
Botticelli pattern
and a sensitive scalp

Been loving my curls for about 3 years now
Are you looking for just a mousse?

Eco styler gel is well recommended and available in the UK
I don't mind what kinds of product(s) I've heard a lot about eco styler but I wasn't sure if it was good or what kind of gel to use (I think they have a few different types) I might give it a try though, thank you!
Greek Cypriot with:
3a curls
Medium Density
Low Porosity
Medium Width
Chest Length
Botticelli pattern
and a sensitive scalp

Been loving my curls for about 3 years now

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