I never know what kind of day it's going to be...

On the Hair Types, it says 3A gets straight when wet and then as it drys uses moisture to curl itself... This is the defining characteristic for me. I never know what my curls are going to look like until it's almost dry. I'll leave my house frustrated because my hair won't do anything more than a mere wave. But by the time I'm at work, poof, they've appeared. I try to dry my hair before I leave as much as I can, but I don't have a diffuser and I don't really want to use a blow dryer anyways.

But today, I got extra fly aways and frizz b/c I missed spots with the gel, and didn't know because I'm getting into the habit of telling myself "LEAVE it alone, they'll come out." Otherwise I get so annoyed.


Oh yeah, I finally bought the CG book! I checked my ingredients and of course I was using all the wrong products! But I got some really cheap replacements, and started not shampooing and only conditioning. I think I'll shampoo 1 or 2 times/week. But I've already noticed more curls after only a couple of days!

I will post pics on the WWW soon, I just don't have any b/c I've been straight for so long! And I'm in the process of moving so things are hectic.. But I can't wait til my hair gets longer. From what I remember from having looong hair, my curls/waves were be better with longer hair. Which I'm not sure why it works that way, but hair is weird sometimes.


Just thought I'd share a little bit of the joys and frustrations! Feel free to add/comment/share!
[3A/2B, wavy]
I saw your post but I wanted to wait for a couple of days to reply.

I recently changed my routine and gave it a couple of days. I think I found what works for my hair!! I don't have pics yet but we seem to have similar sounding hair. Here is what is working (right now anyways!).

By the way, I follow the CG routine except for my (sulfate-free) shampoo.

Shampoo: Creme of Nature (most grocery/drug stores) every 3 days

Conditioner: Devacurl one-poo or Suave Milk & Honey

Gel: Marc Anthony Curl Lotion (medium hold), OR Devacurl Angell (light hold), OR Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee (crazy strong hold for humidity).

Routine:

If shampooing, put condish on ends. Shampoo. Rinse completely.

Apply condish. Rake with fingers until distributed all over hair (head upside down, rightside up, side to side). Rinse well (10-15 seconds with hands running through top of hair well).

Blot dry like the book says. Head upside down, gently scrunching up curls. I do this with a microfiber towel (Aquis) until my hair isn't soaked anymore.

Distribute gel evenly. This is where I had the problem for 2 months. I would scrunch it in like the book says but it NEVER looked good. Always wet looking even after dry and scrunched out.

Now I rake the gel through with my fingers just like in the shower with my head upside down. I use about a tablespoon of one of the above gels. Rake it in good all over through the hair and scalp. Then, with my head still upside down I scrunch slowly all over and the curls form!!

Then I "plop" with that microfiber towel on a toilet. If you don't know what this is I can get the link for you. It's around the board. It basically keeps your hair on top of your head in the towel, soaking up excess water and helping with body at the top. I do my makeup and get dressed. I remove the towel (after about 15 minutes) and scrunch lightly. I twist the two curls over my eyes so that they are not in my face.

I let this dry completely. Takes half the time now that I rake the gel in. I scrunch the gel out when 100% dry and I have beautiful bouncy curls!

I haven't used a defuser yet with this method. Before raking the gel I had these worm-looking curls all stuck to my head with or without the diffuser! I think that the gel was on in "clumps" and not distributed evenly.

Now I think I went from a 2C to a 3A/B. The curls are getting tighter and I have insane body.

So, that is my hair saga. I am still experimenting with the gels but my hair has never looked like this and it's so easy!

Please let me know if this works for you too! Good luck with your move.
3a Fine strawberry blonde hair. Just above the shoulders. CG 9/23/04. Restarted again 7/1/05. Waiting out the dreaded transition period this time!!! After 1 week, more curls!!!
I didn't know that some curly hair was straight when wet!! My hair is in lots of thick wavy clumps when its wet... and I still don't know what it's going to look like

However my hair does seem to have stages as it dries and it looks different in each stage.. I used to tie my hair up when it was 75% dry because it looked awful... what I didn't realise was that I need to wait until its 100% dry because for some reason it just gets better in that last stage!

I think with having non-straight hair you just kinda have to accept that it will always have a mind of its own!
2c/3a thick hair, attempting CG again!
Shelly'scurls : I will have to try that method... I just checked the FAQ about plopping and I think I'll try it. It sounds like it wouldn't work, but since it's worked out for ya, I think I'll give it a go.

Will have to let you know.

PrettyPolly: You're right. I think somedays ya just gotta accept that it's got a mind of it's own. It's just weird to leave the house with these really wimpy "S" waves and then later see these loose botecci (however you spell it) curls!?



This site and forum is the best resource!! Thanks for your replies.
[3A/2B, wavy]
I didn't know that some curly hair was straight when wet!! My hair is in lots of thick wavy clumps when its wet... and I still don't know what it's going to look like

However my hair does seem to have stages as it dries and it looks different in each stage.. I used to tie my hair up when it was 75% dry because it looked awful... what I didn't realise was that I need to wait until its 100% dry because for some reason it just gets better in that last stage!

I think with having non-straight hair you just kinda have to accept that it will always have a mind of its own!
Originally Posted by prettypolly
Mine is just like yours...it lies in thick, wavy clumps when wet and I never know what it's going to look like until it's dry and I've de-crunchified (made up word) it. The top, however, from the combined weight of my long hair and the water, is nearly straight when my hair is wet.
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Mine looks completely different from wet to dry. I spent my whole life combing my hair into a cute bob after washing it and expecting it to dry that way. I just could not figure out what was "wrong" with my hair! I didn't know I had curls until I moved out of the desert. And even now sometimes it just wants to wave. But it always looks straight when wet.
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Welcome!
give your hair some time to adjust, get some good products and your routine down, and you'll be so shocked at how lovely and curly your hair can be. i can honestly say i don't have any bad hair days anymore. i have worse days then others, but my hair doesn't look half as poofy and unkept as it did before i found this site! enjoy!

Shelley'sCurls-
actually, your shampoo is part of the curly girl routine! i've been using it for months and months now. and basically, after some of the chemistry wizzes on this site ripped it apart, it really doesn't have any cleaning agents at all so it's a conditioner wash that foams. that's it! i LOVE the foam! it doesn't really clean you hair any more then a condition wash it, but i guess the foaming action makes all the difference to me!

i would suggest if doing the CG routine that you clarify once a month if you have hard water. it can REALLY weigh your curls down. i'm using Elucence clarifier once a month, and it's been keeping my curls pretty happy!

i hope that helps!
3A Once again on the quest for BSL healthy curly hair....
My hair sounds a lot like yours, although it curls pretty well. Weather makes a big difference for my hair. I am still figuring it all out. I do like plopping though, I thinkit's pretty cool.

If you get a diffuser, you should try the pixiecurl difusing method. It works really well.
My hair is a mix of 2b/3a and even a bit of 3b thrown in! I would call my hair wavycelli. It curls most when I leave it alone after wet scrunching. My hair has a spring factor of about 2 or 3 inches and has a very silky, medium texture.
My hair sounds a lot like yours, although it curls pretty well. Weather makes a big difference for my hair. I am still figuring it all out. I do like plopping though, I thinkit's pretty cool.

If you get a diffuser, you should try the pixiecurl difusing method. It works really well.
Originally Posted by Dancingbadger
What is pixiecurl diffusing? I tried to find it on NC pages but couldn't.
[3A/2B, wavy]

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