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Old 06-27-2013, 09:06 PM   #1
 
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Smile 3B looking for big, defined curls?

Hi everyone! My hair is on the thick, tighter end of the spectrum, and while I can appreciate my curls, I really wish they weren't quite so tight. I love this girl's hair, and while I realize I can't change my genes, I was wondering what I could do to get my curls so big and defined! Similarly, I love her loose part--any advice on how to go from tight and springy to these relaxed yet distinct curls? Thanks!!
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:27 PM   #2
 
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You guys hair look the same to me lol

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Old 06-28-2013, 02:05 PM   #3
 
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Have you tried doing a braid-out with medium to large sized braids? That might loosen your curls up a bit. Also, if you could post a pic of your hair (you can hide your face to keep it anonymous, if you like) so we can see the difference between it and the girl in those pics, people might be able to provide you with more advice.
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:36 PM   #4
 
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Oh, I should have done that! Here we go!


I'm pretty sure 3B is the right label for my hair, but I'm not entirely sure! Thank you all so much!!!
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Old 06-28-2013, 03:04 PM   #5
 
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You're so pretty, and your hair is really lovely! What a nice color. Having seen it, I think you probably could get it to look at least a bit more like the girl in those pictures, depending on styling techniques. You probably will want to do some kind of styling that stretches your roots a bit and gives the curls lower down more definition. What products are you currently using, and how do you style it from wet to dry? This girl has a styling technique that might work for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOwMpF2mutU
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:57 PM   #6
 
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Oh, that's so sweet of you to say! I typically just use conditioner (usually Herbal Essences or just whatever my mom has got from the store) in the shower and brush it out, and then typically a leave in product--some sort of gel. I recently went out on a limb and got Garnier Fructis Style Curl Construct Mousse, the Frizz Ease Dream Curls Curl-Perfecting Spray, and Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream, but haven't tried them yet, so I don't know. Are they good products to invest in for my hair/hair type??

I think one of my problems is that my hair tends to frizz when I diffuse it, and the curls get very small and tight--certainly not as big or bouncy as I'd like! Any tips or tricks? Thank you all so much for being so helpful and welcoming, even as I ask these stupid questions!
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Old 06-28-2013, 06:47 PM   #7
 
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Okay, thanks for the info, and here are some suggestions! First, here is a website that has great info on how to better understand your curly hair: Curly Hair Basics | Live Curly Live Free . It's important to learn whether your hair is coarse, medium, or fine in texture, and whether it is high, medium, or low in porosity. Once you determine these factors, search for them on this site, and you should be able to find products that enable your hair to be the best it can be!

Second, I would recommend that you read about the Curly Girl method (abbreviated as CG method), which can be found here: Dorm Room Curly: All in One Guide for the Curly Girl Method . Basically, the method is to stop using sulfate shampoos and silicone conditioners, and start using healthy products for our kind of hair. Curly hair is not the same as straight hair, and it needs special treatment! Using the CG method will give your curls the tender care that they need. You can search this forum for more info on the CG method as well. (P.S. Following the CG method does not need to be expensive; you can get Suave Naturals Coconut Conditioner and LA Looks Sports Gel for less than $5 combined.)

Finally, it is important to NOT brush your hair. Once you have washed with a sulfate free cleanser/shampoo and conditioned with a silicone-free conditioner, leave in some of the conditioner (as you have been doing- this is great!) and then put your silicone-free gel all throughout your hair. And that's it. No combing, no brushing. Leave everything until it's dry, then gently scrunch your hair to make it look less crunchy.

I hope this helps! You should definitely search youtube for some curly hair tutorials; there's a lot of great stuff there. Good luck!
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:12 AM   #8
 
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Totally agree with Hootenanny! You're adorable and your hair is beautiful. Right now, the most important thing for you to do is read and learn how to take care of your hair. Looks like it could use more moisture. Your hair is very similar to the girl in your pictures. It could be the brushing that's making your curl different. Learn to finger comb. If you can't, use a wide tooth comb in the shower when your hair is full of conditioner.

If you can borrow the newer CG Handbook from the library, it has a DVD that might really help you with styling. I could never use the copious amount of product they use. But it shows you how to handle your hair and style. The ebook on the livecurlylivefree website is also a good investment--all of the information in one place.

Since you're a teenager, you probably need to stick with the drugstore type products. You need to decide if you want to do the CG method, or some type of modified version of it. If so, you'll need to learn to read ingredient lists.

You also may want to learn how to make okra and/or flax seed gel(s.) They end up being really inexpensive once you purchase the add in ingredients--it's a one time expense.
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:01 AM   #9
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i agree with what the others said. the things i noticed is that you mentioned that your leave in product is a gel?? when we say leave in, we mean a conditioner. then gel, or whatever on top is the styling product. so, make sure you are leaving conditioner in your hair!
the links they gave you will let you better understand what type products to use and how to use them.
also, i can highly recommend lorraine massey's curly girl book, the 2009 edition. packed with lots of info, easy read, humorous. you can get it out of the library, on amazon, bookstores.....
let us know how things work out as you go along.
you've got great hair and i think you will so very pleased with the results.
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:09 AM   #10
 
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3B looking for big, defined curls?-imageuploadedbycurltalk1372511349.619701.jpg my daughter
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:20 AM   #11
 
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Wow, thank you all so much for being supportive! I come from a family with very straight hair, so this is all new information to me!! I'll definitely be looking into these methods--I'm really excited for the results!!
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:54 PM   #12
 
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Try the Jane cater curl cream. It's supposed to stretch your curls.
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:28 PM   #13
 
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Sillysav, a recent video on youtube gives a good list of curl-friendly products that can be found in drugstores. It might be of use to you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybfZc7W9BVk
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Throw your brush in the trash, use a leave in conditioner, head over to YouTube and watch Waterlily716. Either smooth (palms in prayer position) or rake your products through your hair section by section to reduce frizz and stretch out the curl.
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