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Old 11-01-2012, 09:49 PM   #1
 
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I recently did my big chop two days ago and I need ideas on how to style my twa. I have about 2-3 inches of natural hair when it's not stretched, I'm wondering what are some "styles" I can do. I did a twist out and was dry and frizzy. I slicked my hair back today with Eco styler gel it was nice but turned my hair hard and a little crispy like chicken lol. My hair type is around 3c/4a. I'm wondering how can I achieve hold with aloe Vera gel and kinky curly curling custard. Eco is too harsh on my hair. I also need styling and conditioning tips as well. Thank you
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:15 PM   #2
 
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While this may disappoint you, I must say that a lot of us don't get any results with KCCC as a styler, as well as Eco, simply because they're too strong of a hold, cause crunchiness, and/or leave residue.

Currently, I use CHS-CK (Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper), and it works relatively well, assuming my hair has a good amount of conditioner in it. It's a very light gel, compared to the one I used before, but I love the lack of crunch.

When I tried aloe vera gel, I got dryness and greasiness (to this day, I'm not sure how that was possible). And twists? Yeah, I can't do them. I get incredible tangle and knots and what-not. Disaster, I tell you, and I hate making them and taking them out because my hair takes forever to dry, and the only product that helps with the twists is not so nose-friendly.

So anyway, to get to the recommendation part.

Does your hair like protein? Is it fine? Coarse? Porous? Those properties are more important than curl pattern.

When my hair was shorter, I really liked TN coated on top of my hair (I used conditioner-only styling, and it worked fine), but I think they changed the formula. Grr.

How much natural definition do you have, by the way? Try soaking your hair (like seaweed consistency), covering it with the SM curl definer, leaving the definer in for some time, then rinsing it and putting in some KBB, using your hands to cup the curls close to your scalp and gently squeezing to get shape.

Then, when your hair is damp (as opposed to dripping wet), seal your ends with coconut oil?

Wooah. Just realized that was rather elaborate.

Well, YMMV, so adjust it how you like. I get the best definition when I conditioner style well my hair is soaking wet. Sometimes I add gel while its soaking wet as well, then less touching is required while damp (which means less frizz for me).
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:02 PM   #3
 
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I'm starting to realize gel just isn't my thing nor does my hair like it. My hair is pretty curly when wet and I get better definition with water, leave-in, or conditioner. My hair Low porosity and is somewhat heat sensitive. My hair type is 3c/4a with some possible 3b curls. I'm almost 1 week post bc so I'm not really sure about my hair type. My hair has medium thickness with medium/fine strands.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:27 AM   #4
 
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Have you tried using a moisturizing product under the gel? For example for me using Shea moisture ce smoothie under olive oil ecostyler makes a huge difference and my hair isn't dry. So using a whipped butter or some kind of moisturizing curl cream may help it not to be so dry and the gel is just used for hold
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:35 AM   #5
 
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Yes I have I always put a moisturize under the gel. Gel never worked for me even when I was relaxed
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