Define 3b curls?

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I've been curly now for 1 year and I have a regimen that works well for my hair but there is this one problem I can't seem to solve. My curls are great when they're wet and they're nice dry but when my hair dries I have a lot of shrinkage and the curls seem to all blend together in this huge poof I want to define each curl and have each curl stand out on its own rather than it all blending into one big poof. lol I think I would do what's called a modified CG I shampoo once a week but I typically stick to co-washing and DC and I toss in oil treatments if I find it necessary. So does anyone have any suggestions to get well defined curls? Thanks
3B, Thick, Low Porosity, High Density
Length: Mid-Back
Goal: Hip length straight (maybe waist length curly)
Beginning of hair journey: Sept. 27th, 2012

Products:
Shea moisture coconut & hibiscus:
Shampoo, hair milk, curl enhancing smoothie, shine mist, frizz free curl mousse and curling souffle

DC: Shea moisture coconut and hibiscus curl and shine conditioner
Co-Wash: Shea Moisture co-wash conditioning cleanser

Oil treatment:
Coconut oil
African Pride Olive Miracle growth oil
I'm not sure what you want?? You say you have a routine that works for you, yet your hair becomes one big poof. Doesn't sound like it's working to me.

It could be product and/or technique. You could need protein and/or moisture. Do you know you're texture?? Are you sure about the porosity?? I can't use the SM C& H line on my hair. It just sits and doesn't absorb. I have to wash it out. Have you had a good cut lately for shaping and layers? Do you do anything to keep the weight of your dense, long hair from pulling out the curl??
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
To add to what Kathymack said, I wonder if you're using gel. A gel (or jelly product) scrunched gently into wet hair, evenly distributed from root to tip, air dried or diffused, can really help with curl definition.
Medium Texture/Normal Porosity
Summer routine - icequeen method and loving CJ Aloe Fix Lite, diluted with a few drops of water for frizz control and clumping.
Curl Junkie conditioners, Elucence moisture balancing conditioner, CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ Curl Queen, UFDCM,
Weekly PT (CJ Repair Me) & DT
CG since Aug. 08, still a lot to learn

When I say it works I meant that my curls hold and style well with the products I use and my hair is soft but I have hair that naturally sort of "poofs" out. I don't have layers and I just recently got a trim. Maybe my hair needs more protein.. What would be telling signs that my hair needs more protein? and Curlini I have tried some gels but they tend to make my hair crunchy but I do have some left over gels maybe I can try to experiment more...
3B, Thick, Low Porosity, High Density
Length: Mid-Back
Goal: Hip length straight (maybe waist length curly)
Beginning of hair journey: Sept. 27th, 2012

Products:
Shea moisture coconut & hibiscus:
Shampoo, hair milk, curl enhancing smoothie, shine mist, frizz free curl mousse and curling souffle

DC: Shea moisture coconut and hibiscus curl and shine conditioner
Co-Wash: Shea Moisture co-wash conditioning cleanser

Oil treatment:
Coconut oil
African Pride Olive Miracle growth oil
if you don't have layers that will make the dreaded 'triangle,' if that is what you mean.
LONG layers are good for curly hair, keeps hair in a good shape, helps the curls form better.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
You can scrunch the crunch out after your hair dries. The gel cast keeps the curls defined while it's drying so you won't get that "poof" you speak of.

I would suggest using some type of gel and then finger curling your hair.
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Conditioner/ YTCucs
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
if you don't have layers that will make the dreaded 'triangle,' if that is what you mean.
LONG layers are good for curly hair, keeps hair in a good shape, helps the curls form better.
Originally Posted by rbb
I was considering layers recently because I'm getting this odd look because when wet it makes a semi U shape with my ends and when it dries it does take on a more triangle-like shape at times. I don't like it too much but I still have about 5 inches left until my hair is at the length I'd like it. Would it be better to get it layered before or after I reach my desired length? I had assumed it would be better when it reached desired length so that I only get as much cut as necessary.. I also need to find a good salon here that can work with curly hair..

Also, thanks for the tip sixelamy I'll definitely try that!
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3B, Thick, Low Porosity, High Density
Length: Mid-Back
Goal: Hip length straight (maybe waist length curly)
Beginning of hair journey: Sept. 27th, 2012

Products:
Shea moisture coconut & hibiscus:
Shampoo, hair milk, curl enhancing smoothie, shine mist, frizz free curl mousse and curling souffle

DC: Shea moisture coconut and hibiscus curl and shine conditioner
Co-Wash: Shea Moisture co-wash conditioning cleanser

Oil treatment:
Coconut oil
African Pride Olive Miracle growth oil

Last edited by LoveLongCurls; 10-08-2013 at 08:43 AM.
I recommend layers and the "rake & shake" method.

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Day 1 of Curly Girl method: 10/5/13
3b Mostly Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine to Medium Width, Medium Texture.
SM Y&B TS and Condish. Ecostyler with Argan oil gel.
Daughter: Long frizzy Swavy 2a turned Wavy Curvy 2B - thanks to Devachan, Low Porosity, Medium Texture, High Density
May I ask what your routine is?

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CG/LOC Method's 3b/3c hair SL-Curly/ Goal-MBL Curly
Weekly Poo/Low Poo: some Shea M Poo.
Weekly Deep Treat-Dermorganic Intensive Hair Masque
Bi-Weekly RO:Tresseme Naturals - V.Smooth/N.Moisture
Daily Leave in:Shea Moisture Extra Moisture Detangler
Daily Oil: Olive Oil & Conut Oil Mix
Daily Styler: Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk
Not everyone's hair likes layers, but for people who respond well to layers, those layers can create quite a transformation in the way the curls look and behave.

When my hair was all one length and very long, it was as wavy as it was curly, and without layers, my curls didn't "pop" as much (It was 3a/b and some hair even looser). Then I got lots of layers and now I'm a 3a/b/c (mostly 3b). Granted, your curls may not behave like mine, but feel free to check out my pic albums to get an idea of for how layering type 3b hair can make the curls pop.
3b/c?

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May I ask what your routine is?

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Originally Posted by KiraSavannah
Currently I'm washing my hair with shampoo once a week and co-washing maybe.. 2-3 days a week.. lately it's been only two and on days where I'm not doing much I let it air dry with a leave in conditioner and then put it up in a bun or ponytail to keep it off my neck. If I want to wear my hair down I style it with some creams and mousse and little (like seriously small lol) amounts of gel and let it air dry.
3B, Thick, Low Porosity, High Density
Length: Mid-Back
Goal: Hip length straight (maybe waist length curly)
Beginning of hair journey: Sept. 27th, 2012

Products:
Shea moisture coconut & hibiscus:
Shampoo, hair milk, curl enhancing smoothie, shine mist, frizz free curl mousse and curling souffle

DC: Shea moisture coconut and hibiscus curl and shine conditioner
Co-Wash: Shea Moisture co-wash conditioning cleanser

Oil treatment:
Coconut oil
African Pride Olive Miracle growth oil
Not everyone's hair likes layers, but for people who respond well to layers, those layers can create quite a transformation in the way the curls look and behave.

When my hair was all one length and very long, it was as wavy as it was curly, and without layers, my curls didn't "pop" as much (It was 3a/b and some hair even looser). Then I got lots of layers and now I'm a 3a/b/c (mostly 3b). Granted, your curls may not behave like mine, but feel free to check out my pic albums to get an idea of for how layering type 3b hair can make the curls pop.
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
I think I might need a layer after all. When my hair had been shorter I hadn't had awesome products because i had still been experimenting but I do believe my hair had a more defined curl pattern. I think layers would probably help a lot thanks!

@Marixpress I rake but I do not shake I'll definitely try that out or try to scrunch more. Thanks!
3B, Thick, Low Porosity, High Density
Length: Mid-Back
Goal: Hip length straight (maybe waist length curly)
Beginning of hair journey: Sept. 27th, 2012

Products:
Shea moisture coconut & hibiscus:
Shampoo, hair milk, curl enhancing smoothie, shine mist, frizz free curl mousse and curling souffle

DC: Shea moisture coconut and hibiscus curl and shine conditioner
Co-Wash: Shea Moisture co-wash conditioning cleanser

Oil treatment:
Coconut oil
African Pride Olive Miracle growth oil
Gels are necessary for a lot of people to get the definition they need. They don't all have to be crunchy.

1. Even in hard hold gels, you can often scrunch out the crunch. I use Volumax Mega, which I put on soaking wet hair and then add more water. When I diffuse I swear it doesn't even have any crunch (which is weird... I know maybe because it's so watered down). If there is crunch, you can scrunch it out once completely dry... then your hair feels like hair and less like the 80's.

2. Medium or light hold gels often don't have crunch. FSG dries crunch-less on me.

Have you tried layering gels? Many have luck with using lots of clumping film-former gelies/gels like FSG or Okra or Uncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic gel, and then topping it if necessary with a little bit of a hard hold gel like the LA Looks gels.

Good luck!
fine - normal porosity*?- medium density - normal elasticity. Hard water. SoCal.
*Used to be low-porosity, but I lightened my hair 1-2 shades, so I may be normal-porosity now.

New climate! Current favorites:
Low-poo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo, Giovanni SaS
RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: CJ Repair Me, IAgirl's gelatine

Experimenting with: JC Confident Coils, JC Rockin Ringlets, CJ CIAB, gelatin gel

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Gels are necessary for a lot of people to get the definition they need. They don't all have to be crunchy.

1. Even in hard hold gels, you can often scrunch out the crunch. I use Volumax Mega, which I put on soaking wet hair and then add more water. When I diffuse I swear it doesn't even have any crunch (which is weird... I know maybe because it's so watered down). If there is crunch, you can scrunch it out once completely dry... then your hair feels like hair and less like the 80's.

2. Medium or light hold gels often don't have crunch. FSG dries crunch-less on me.

Have you tried layering gels? Many have luck with using lots of clumping film-former gelies/gels like FSG or Okra or Uncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic gel, and then topping it if necessary with a little bit of a hard hold gel like the LA Looks gels.

Good luck!
Originally Posted by wavydaze
Hmm never tried layering the only gel-like product I use is Shea moisture souffle gel but it's a water/jelly like consistency and it doesn't make my hair crunch so I use small amounts of it. But I'll definitely try that! Thanks!
3B, Thick, Low Porosity, High Density
Length: Mid-Back
Goal: Hip length straight (maybe waist length curly)
Beginning of hair journey: Sept. 27th, 2012

Products:
Shea moisture coconut & hibiscus:
Shampoo, hair milk, curl enhancing smoothie, shine mist, frizz free curl mousse and curling souffle

DC: Shea moisture coconut and hibiscus curl and shine conditioner
Co-Wash: Shea Moisture co-wash conditioning cleanser

Oil treatment:
Coconut oil
African Pride Olive Miracle growth oil
I used a bit more gel and did the rake and shake and scrunched out most of the hardness of the gel and I think it really helped give my curls some definition thanks for the tips everyone!
3B, Thick, Low Porosity, High Density
Length: Mid-Back
Goal: Hip length straight (maybe waist length curly)
Beginning of hair journey: Sept. 27th, 2012

Products:
Shea moisture coconut & hibiscus:
Shampoo, hair milk, curl enhancing smoothie, shine mist, frizz free curl mousse and curling souffle

DC: Shea moisture coconut and hibiscus curl and shine conditioner
Co-Wash: Shea Moisture co-wash conditioning cleanser

Oil treatment:
Coconut oil
African Pride Olive Miracle growth oil
Question: what exactly is the "triangle"? I've heard about it, but I'm not quite sure what it looks like
I'm on my ohone so I can't post a pic, but google Rosanne Rosanadanda to see triangle hair.

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I'm on my ohone so I can't post a pic, but google Rosanne Rosanadanda to see triangle hair.

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Originally Posted by celticscryer
rosanadanda is synonymous with triangle hair!! LOL!
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
Exactly! Pyramid hair is also known as east-west hair because the hair has lots of volume laterally but is relatively flat in the top/crown area. Strategically cut long or short layers can break up that wall of hair and will create more even volume throughout.
3b/c?

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