Looser Curl Styling Techniques Needed

Hey everyone, I am new to naturally curly and this is my first posting. I'm about a 3b, 3c at the nape curl type and most of my life I've straightened my hair, either with chemical relaxers or flat irons, but I've always wanted to like my curly hair. Consequently, I've been growing it for over five years, thinking that the longer my hair is, the more I'll like the curl, but my hair grows at a glacial pace. It is about shoulder length when it is curly right now, and although the curl isn't bad, I'm wondering if anyone has techniques and or products that will help me style my hair in a looser curl pattern. I'm using DevaCurl products and really like them, but I'm open to new product suggestions that will leave my hair soft and bouncy. Also, I'm thinking about getting a hood dryer as I think that will help give me a looser, more wavy type curl. Does anyone have experience with this type of drying resulting in looser curls?
Welcome!

I don't have experience with a hood dryer other than at the salon. BUT I recently discovered how to style my 3b/a curls to get loose 3a curls.

I use a Curl Keeper-type product on fairly wet hair (not dripping, but close), then LA Looks Sports gel. I comb each product through, then air-dry.

* * * Here's the trick: NO scrunching, because my hair shrinks a lot while drying. It curls on its own as it dries with this method, but not as much as usual. * * *

I get loose curls with two bonuses: very little frizz, plus second-day hair! A miracle in humid weather!

The gel leaves my hair a little crunchy, but it is easily "crunched out" when dry.
shoulder-length 3a/b, depending on weather and products (or lack of products!)
Hi alformoe! Welcome to the NC forums!

If you read this thread you might get some tips. Seems those trying it out are getting looser curl, less frizz and more definition.

Click here "Have you ever tried..."

Jump in!
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Yes, this works for me too!

I find that some curlies are trying to bring their curls out; and some are trying to relax their curls a bit.
I don't need to scrunch to bring out my curls, so I comb condish & CK through my hair as straight as possible. It curls up on it's own while drying.
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Welcome!

* * * Here's the trick: NO scrunching, because my hair shrinks a lot while drying. It curls on its own as it dries with this method, but not as much as usual. * * *

I get loose curls with two bonuses: very little frizz, plus second-day hair! A miracle in humid weather!
Originally Posted by alacurl
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This might sound backwards: WHen I was younger and my curl was much tighter I would put in product, diffuse and then when my hair was dry but still warm I loosely twist it into a bun that I loosely secure with a scrunchie. Vary the time, but you should end up with loose curl/flowy waves.
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This might sound backwards: WHen I was younger and my curl was much tighter I would put in product, diffuse and then when my hair was dry but still warm I loosely twist it into a bun that I loosely secure with a scrunchie. Vary the time, but you should end up with loose curl/flowy waves.
Originally Posted by rudeechick
Yes! I have heard about that. Some people also braid their hair or do more than one bun depending on what sort of curl they want.
-3A?
-Fine, ii (almost iii) thickness
-salon pintura and natural sun-made highlights combo
-CG since October 2007, rare occasional low poo.
-Growing it out
click here for fotki pics
-pw: ziggy
This might sound backwards: WHen I was younger and my curl was much tighter I would put in product, diffuse and then when my hair was dry but still warm I loosely twist it into a bun that I loosely secure with a scrunchie. Vary the time, but you should end up with loose curl/flowy waves.
Originally Posted by rudeechick
Yes! I have heard about that. Some people also braid their hair or do more than one bun depending on what sort of curl they want.
Originally Posted by ZigaZaga
The braiding gave me funky, scraggly ends and an unnatural texture. But the mini buns work too, depending on the look your going for.
Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot
3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
My Photobucket Album
This might sound backwards: WHen I was younger and my curl was much tighter I would put in product, diffuse and then when my hair was dry but still warm I loosely twist it into a bun that I loosely secure with a scrunchie. Vary the time, but you should end up with loose curl/flowy waves.
Originally Posted by rudeechick
Yes! I have heard about that. Some people also braid their hair or do more than one bun depending on what sort of curl they want.
Originally Posted by ZigaZaga
The braiding gave me funky, scraggly ends and an unnatural texture. But the mini buns work too, depending on the look your going for.
Originally Posted by rudeechick

This is similar to what I do. The braiding is too time consuming for me. I put my hair in a bun so that it dries stretched. My hair is a very tight 4a but when I do this I get a looser 4a/3c. Ive been doing this for years.
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This is a great thread because my hair is still HUGE. Thanks for posting it and all the recommendations, because I needed recs in this area. I have inadverntently tried the braiding, and it did nothing for me--nothing good, I should say.

I can't wait to try the fine-tooth comb trick. I was thinking about this the other day, I'm just not sure I can get a fine-tooth comb through my hair.

Will post results, if I can remember.
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The links go to so many posts and it is confusing trying to read through them all.

Does the fine-tooth comb method result in looser curls only for people with long hair? It seems that I read at least one post in which someone said that using a fine-tooth comb made her hair curl more tightly when it was short.

And what is clumping? Isn't that curling, too?

The only technique I've found so far that results in looser curls is not to scrunch at all.
The links go to so many posts and it is confusing trying to read through them all.

Does the fine-tooth comb method result in looser curls only for people with long hair? It seems that I read at least one post in which someone said that using a fine-tooth comb made her hair curl more tightly when it was short.

And what is clumping? Isn't that curling, too?

The only technique I've found so far that results in looser curls is not to scrunch at all.
Originally Posted by Verity
I haven't read that, but I'll bet you're right about short hair. I would think that if you did it carefully you could do it, if you had enough product in your hair to weigh it down. I think that would be the key. But, it seems that the short hair would snap back and result in even smaller curls.

Clumping is when the curls group together into sections--curled sections. Tames big hair and frizz. Correct me if I'm wrong. That's just my own take on clumping. The finger comb from Curlisto is a great clumping comb.
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Hi alformoe! Welcome to the NC forums!

If you read this thread you might get some tips. Seems those trying it out are getting looser curl, less frizz and more definition.

Click here "Have you ever tried..."

Jump in!
Originally Posted by ZigaZaga
I tried this, and as beautiful as your hair turns out ZigaZaga, it didn't do anything for mine. In fact, it made it actually shrink up. I'm sure I didn't do it right, but it made the ends weird.

I'm finding that KCKT and KCCC, especially on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th day hair gives great curl stretching. I just lightly wet my hair on those days and finger-comb in some KCCC, kind of pulling out the curl as I go--No scrunching. I also use a little B&A BioHerbal gel for additional hold--again, no scrunch.
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Dood, get over it; there's no time limit on lurking.

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