Non-clumping 3b hair

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I mentioned this in another thread but I thought I'd ask this question here where more 3bs will chime in.

I've been looking at threads about clumping and have come to the conclusion that my hair will not clump and that I need to find out how to make my skinny ringlets happy instead of trying to get clumps. Have you found the same thing? What do you do?

I heard about people not raking for fear of messing up the curl pattern but nothing will mess up my pattern. My problem is frizz though. Any suggestions? What products do you use? How much?
I style my hair almost soaking wet... water makes my curls very clumpy. I will add in my leave-in, and if there are any curls that aren't clumping, I'll run a bit of water over the top. Then I will scrunch in gel on top of that. I get BIG clumps that way. If I finger comb too late in the styling process, my curls get super small and frizzy. I like bigger clumps.
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3a/b fine, high porosity, medium density. Mod- CG

Sulfate-free Shampoo: SheaMoisture Curl and Shine shampoo with Epsom salts.
Co-wash: TRESemme Naturals,
Leave in: TN Radiant volume, KCKT, YTC pampering conditioner
Summer styler: LA Looks Spiked Gel(summer only)
Seal: Argan Oil/Macademia Oil
Winter styler: KCCC, AIF, Beyond the Zone Noodlehead curling creme(not CG)
DT: GVPCB, coconut oil
PT: GVP Hair Reconstructor
Embracing my curls.
So I've decided to do an update since today has been the first good hair day in weeks! I have decided these last couple days to rake in my LI and then smooth in EVOO to seal and smooth a little LAL gel on top of that. The first couple days it's been pretty rough but today I think I hit the jackpot. The only thing I did differently was to splash some water over it all right before I plopped.

Here are my barely-clumpy curls:

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In the second picture, you can see parts on the right that are almost completely straight. When I have my hair pulled back on top so that it doesn't fall in my students' faces, these straight parts are the parts that are in front and fall in front of my shoulders so it just looks messy. I can't figure out how to fix it.

Oh! One more thing. Even on the ringlets, I seem to have fly-aways all up and down the length of my hair. Is this just breakage from when I used to brush my hair or will I just have these forever? They make even non-frizzy hair look exceedingly frizzy!

Last edited by Sreusaw; 11-02-2012 at 05:41 PM.
First of all, Your hair looks GORGEOUS!! I'm so glad that the water trick worked!! Whenever my curls start to get frizzy throughout the day, I smooth a bit more water to help those curls form again. I sound like a broken record... but water really works for me!!!

One more thing: the other day, I realized the front part of my hair was kind of doing what yours is. I gave it a nice oil treatment, used a hair dryer to help get that oil deep into the hair, and it looked MUCH better after I was done. I used coconut oil, but EVOO would work too! When was the last time you had a trim?
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3a/b fine, high porosity, medium density. Mod- CG

Sulfate-free Shampoo: SheaMoisture Curl and Shine shampoo with Epsom salts.
Co-wash: TRESemme Naturals,
Leave in: TN Radiant volume, KCKT, YTC pampering conditioner
Summer styler: LA Looks Spiked Gel(summer only)
Seal: Argan Oil/Macademia Oil
Winter styler: KCCC, AIF, Beyond the Zone Noodlehead curling creme(not CG)
DT: GVPCB, coconut oil
PT: GVP Hair Reconstructor
Embracing my curls.
So I've decided to do an update since today has been the first good hair day in weeks! I have decided these last couple days to rake in my LI and then smooth in EVOO to seal and smooth a little LAL gel on top of that. The first couple days it's been pretty rough but today I think I hit the jackpot. The only thing I did differently was to splash some water over it all right before I plopped.

Here are my barely-clumpy curls:

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In the second picture, you can see parts on the right that are almost completely straight. When I have my hair pulled back on top so that it doesn't fall in my students' faces, these straight parts are the parts that are in front and fall in front of my shoulders so it just looks messy. I can't figure out how to fix it.

Oh! One more thing. Even on the ringlets, I seem to have fly-aways all up and down the length of my hair. Is this just breakage from when I used to brush my hair or will I just have these forever? They make even non-frizzy hair look exceedingly frizzy!
Originally Posted by Sreusaw
Omg, your hair is gorgeous!!! My hair has flyaways too, but I don't have the answer to your question! What do you do to get your hair like that? It looks great!
Curly and PROUD!!!

My hair has a mix of low/med/high porosity, and it's medium textured (some are still fine, though!)

CG since Sept. 2011
Cowash: Vo5/Suave Naturals/Tresemme Naturals*
RO/LI: GVPCB*, Tresemme Naturals*
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Moisture Retention
Stylers: KCKT*, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Honey*

* represents my HGs!!! Finally!!!
Your hair is AWESOME!! We all have weird areas of hair. All I can think to do is a braid out on the straight parts or set it in rollers the size of your curls. I have a combo of curls and frizz. But if I totally define it I look like a wet cat! LoL!

So yeah, we all have some curly weirdness. But your hair is definitely beautiful.
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Thank you for all your comments! Like I said, it was a particularly good day so right now, there's a lot more frizz. I'm slowly getting closer to consistency though.

CurlyJulie, I am actually past due for a trim. I've been waiting to find out how my hair will react to going CG so I've put off the trim but I think it's about time. I'm sure that will make a difference. I have coconut oil but the only times I've used it I've gotten greasy hair. It seems like I can use a good amount of EVOO without that problem so I don't understand why. Do you use EVCO as a leave in or just as a DT?

ElizabethFaith, I don't actually do much! I noticed when I was co-washing one day that even soaking wet, my hair curls up pretty tightly and doesn't like to clump too much so I've just let it do that. More conditioner, less gel, and EVOO to seal in the moisture. And a splash of water on top. It takes forever to dry though!

BlackAngelPlayah, you are so right! We all have weird sections and I might have to just decide that one section just won't play nice. I'll keep experimenting. I don't tend to braid because my hair is actually in ringlets and I'm assuming braiding will give me more crimped curls rather than ringlets but that might be better than nothing. I'll have to try it some day when I don't have to go to work.
I can only use Coconut oil as a deep treatment- I need to wash it out. I tried it as a LI and it didn't work, no matter if it was a little amount or a lot.

Trims are always my "last resort"... if I've done a deep treatment and also a cleansing treatment and my hair is still being funky, then a trim is usually in order.
3a/b fine, high porosity, medium density. Mod- CG

Sulfate-free Shampoo: SheaMoisture Curl and Shine shampoo with Epsom salts.
Co-wash: TRESemme Naturals,
Leave in: TN Radiant volume, KCKT, YTC pampering conditioner
Summer styler: LA Looks Spiked Gel(summer only)
Seal: Argan Oil/Macademia Oil
Winter styler: KCCC, AIF, Beyond the Zone Noodlehead curling creme(not CG)
DT: GVPCB, coconut oil
PT: GVP Hair Reconstructor
Embracing my curls.
you hair is AMAZING!


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Omg, your hair is so gorgeous.






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