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Old 10-16-2005, 11:21 PM   #1
 
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I took a break and got braids. I was getting frustrated with my hair trying to figure out what I may have been doing wrong. Well I started off with veryyy short hair after my bc and I just had to put the product on and let my hair do its thing. I have been doing that, but as it started growing out it stopped doing its own thing I been thinking and reading what I may have to do to help my curls along. I had been pretty much raking the product through, but I guess now I have to finger style? Where I apply the product and then go thru and wrap the curls around my fingers and release. Are there any others that do this? And what is the easiest method you have found when doing this? Thanks.
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Old 10-16-2005, 11:58 PM   #2
 
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Here's a post titled fingerstyling from the main forum.


I've read a few posts on this as well as the Yanai directions and seen it on the Fructis website. I've read so many good results from this but don't think I am doing it correctly. Is it supposed to take a long time to dry? My hair is 3c and chin length. Also, am I supposed to comb individual pieces and finger curl or just randomly grab pieces and finger curl? Can I finger curl the night before and allow it to dry over night and get the same effect? Thanks in advance for your help!

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I sometimes do random pieces, sometimes I do all my hair in 1-2 inch sections working methodically from back to front.

There are different techniques, but they all have to be done on quite wet hair with a setting lotion or gel in. (I can also use finger curls with pomade on dry hair to turn frizzies to curls, but I think my hair is quite unusual this way - or maybe not?) Different ways I do it are:

stretch out/comb out a chunk of hair and with one hand, spiral wrap it around a finger as you would do on a curling iron, roll up to the scalp, hold a few seconds, and loosen

grab a piece of hair and twirl/skip it around itself like a twist, hold and twirl for a few seconds, and release

smooth fingers around existing curl pattern following its shape to define it more
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Here is what I do. I let my hair get about 50% dry and plop, etc to promote clumping. Then I take the sections of my natural curl pattern that have clumped together, finger style them and diffuse dry them. It always gives my hair more bounce and makes it more defined.

When I don't style it that way, my curl tends to get stretched out for some reason. I have really fine hair that's easily manipulated so your results may vary.

ETA: I normally put gel or some holding agent after I wash and I've been using a setting spray pre-finger styling lately which seems to work!
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I do this. Like Amneris, I have to do it when my hair is still damp, otherise, my hair gets all poofy. It really makes for big, chunky curls. If then curls look too, "Shirley Temple" for my liking, I can easily seperate some of the bigger curls once my hair is dry, for a less "ringlety" look.
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Old 10-17-2005, 12:08 AM   #3
 
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cool thanks alot
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Old 10-17-2005, 11:30 AM   #4
 
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Wow! I had to reply to this post because I have been going through the same exact, exact issue. I thought there was something going very wrong with my hair... It seemed that no product seemed to work anymore, becasue right after my BC, my hair was extremely short, and once I put product in, m hair would jsut "react" to it. Now it seems I have to work a little harder just for the product to have an effect. Instead of just raking it through and going, found that I now have to pick up each individual curl/spiral and twirl it with the product or else it dries as if I never "did" my hair. So glad you posted this, and now I know it's not something suddenly happening to my hair. I think I'll follow the better instructions on "fingure styling"[/quote]
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Old 10-17-2005, 06:35 PM   #5
 
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I took a break and got braids. I was getting frustrated with my hair trying to figure out what I may have been doing wrong. Well I started off with veryyy short hair after my bc and I just had to put the product on and let my hair do its thing. I have been doing that, but as it started growing out it stopped doing its own thing I been thinking and reading what I may have to do to help my curls along. I had been pretty much raking the product through, but I guess now I have to finger style? Where I apply the product and then go thru and wrap the curls around my fingers and release. Are there any others that do this? And what is the easiest method you have found when doing this? Thanks.
I fingerstyle every once in a while, by twisting a section of my hair around my finger while it's wet, but I don't understand, Curlee Q, why you think you can't rake anymore? Your hair is just not getting any definition now that it is longer??
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Old 10-17-2005, 07:49 PM   #6
 
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That's the probelem I'm having, less definition/more frizz as it gets longer. I have a growing twa, and it seems I can't rake my product through either. Is there another method for applying once your hair starts growing out? There's definitely ALOT of curl there, just hard to separate and deifne/clump them!
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Is your hair long enough to section it and apply product to each section so you know it is getting coated with product? Sometimes I'll do 4 sections; 3 is the least amount I can do and still have a good chance that I've distributed well enough.
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Old 10-17-2005, 09:03 PM   #8
 
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Its hard to explain my hair still curls but its frizzier because its harder to get the product distributed as well because my hair is very thick. I sometimes have wished it wasnt as thick
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Old 10-17-2005, 09:24 PM   #9
 
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I get what your're saying, that's exactly my hair... I was thinking that maybe it'd be easier to apply while soaking wet, since my hair is easier to navigate through when it's soaking wet, but when it dries I realize it's just frizzier than normal and there's no turning back once it dries cuz it's too thick to add product or do any finger styling at that point.

I guess that as it gets alot longer it will be easier to distribute even though there will be more hair, thus more product needed to distribute. I come up with all kinds of things it could be: maybe as my hair grows and my roots get filled in, the frizz is showing up more, or maybe once it grows out all that frizz will stay toward the root and my curls will be more defined? I dunno, but it's acting funny....This must be what the in-between stage is like once you're growing out a natural
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Old 10-18-2005, 07:08 AM   #10
 
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I have just started combing the product thru wet hair. It's getting longer and I need help getting it distributed. After the comb thru, I typically go back and finger style but I just kinda do a circular rake thru thing with my fingers. When my hair is wet it's much looser so wrapping the curls around each finger won't help.

Since we BC'ed very close together, your hair as well as mine is probably in an awkward stage. Almost as if it's not long enough to do this, and too long to do that, ya know what I mean?
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Old 10-18-2005, 07:11 AM   #11
 
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I know exactly what you mean. Im just waiting patiently until this stage passes. I must say it is a learning experience. My hair is always doing something different as it grows out.
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