How to get Fatter Curls

I'd like my curls to clump together so that I have less strands of curly hair. Right now when its curly, its like the individual strands all make separate curls. In other words - I've got too many curls. I'd like to have less curls. If this makes any sense? I'd like the strands to clump together for fatter curls and less of them. Any ideas anyone? Am I making sense?
i'm new to this whole curly thing and slowly learning to be a better Curly Girl!!
Type 3B/c
M ii/iii
Shoulder length curly - BSL straight
my hair is like this too! each strand is its own curl. heres the remedy:

when you CW:
(finger) comb hair foward, bend at the waist, rinse from back to front.

when you apply leave in or product: rub in your palms, tap on your hair, then finger smooth over sections of hair.

these steps make my curls clump and cuts down on the extra volume. my hair isnt long, but i have a feeling it will work for you as well.

hth
loose 4a, silky meets cottony
routine: co-wash, add leave in or plain water, shake & go
staples: elucence poo & conditioners, V05 & suave naturals, jessicurl too shea, AO.
I'd like my curls to clump together so that I have less strands of curly hair. Right now when its curly, its like the individual strands all make separate curls. In other words - I've got too many curls. I'd like to have less curls. If this makes any sense? I'd like the strands to clump together for fatter curls and less of them. Any ideas anyone? Am I making sense?
Originally Posted by Curly Canuck
i finder comb my hair and my curls look larger
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Curly Canuck, shake my head vigorously after all the product is in, and that makes bigger clumps form.

Also, people have had success with the "shingling" method. You can do a search, I know other 3c women have used this method, or else you can look on the curve-salon.com site, where they have step-by-step shingling instructions.
I'd like my curls to clump together so that I have less strands of curly hair. Right now when its curly, its like the individual strands all make separate curls. In other words - I've got too many curls. I'd like to have less curls. If this makes any sense? I'd like the strands to clump together for fatter curls and less of them. Any ideas anyone? Am I making sense?
Originally Posted by Curly Canuck
Paddle brushing after you put your product in. If the curls look too fat, then scrunch gently, to break them up a bit more. It worked for me.
Curly Canuck, shake my head vigorously after all the product is in, and that makes bigger clumps form.
Originally Posted by st. louis blue
That's what I do! I get nice clumped ringlets with this technique.
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I'd like my curls to clump together so that I have less strands of curly hair. Right now when its curly, its like the individual strands all make separate curls. In other words - I've got too many curls. I'd like to have less curls. If this makes any sense? I'd like the strands to clump together for fatter curls and less of them. Any ideas anyone? Am I making sense?
Originally Posted by Curly Canuck
Paddle brushing after you put your product in. If the curls look too fat, then scrunch gently, to break them up a bit more. It worked for me.
Originally Posted by medussa
Medussa,
when you apply product, how do you put the product onto your hair? smoothe it on (like shingling) or scrunch it on? and then you paddle brush your hair? i think i'll give that a try and see how it works for me. i'm coming off of years and years of never wearing my hair curly, so i'm learning...and trying to catch up. thanks for the help!
i'm new to this whole curly thing and slowly learning to be a better Curly Girl!!
Type 3B/c
M ii/iii
Shoulder length curly - BSL straight
Curly Canuck, shake my head vigorously after all the product is in, and that makes bigger clumps form.
Originally Posted by st. louis blue
That's what I do! I get nice clumped ringlets with this technique.
Originally Posted by Curlilocs
thanks, and how do you apply product? do you shingle, smooth or scrunch it on? or does it not matter as long as i shake my head vigorously? should i finger comb and then shake? or just put product on and then shake my head? i'll be trying it all over the next weekend!
thanks!
i'm new to this whole curly thing and slowly learning to be a better Curly Girl!!
Type 3B/c
M ii/iii
Shoulder length curly - BSL straight
I smooth product on and thru the hair in sections, finger comb, then give it a good shake.
Free your Mind and your Hair will Follow
Curli's pics
album pw: bangz
I'd like my curls to clump together so that I have less strands of curly hair. Right now when its curly, its like the individual strands all make separate curls. In other words - I've got too many curls. I'd like to have less curls. If this makes any sense? I'd like the strands to clump together for fatter curls and less of them. Any ideas anyone? Am I making sense?
Originally Posted by Curly Canuck
Paddle brushing after you put your product in. If the curls look too fat, then scrunch gently, to break them up a bit more. It worked for me.
Originally Posted by medussa
Medussa,
when you apply product, how do you put the product onto your hair? smoothe it on (like shingling) or scrunch it on? and then you paddle brush your hair? i think i'll give that a try and see how it works for me. i'm coming off of years and years of never wearing my hair curly, so i'm learning...and trying to catch up. thanks for the help!
Originally Posted by Curly Canuck
I scrunch it in. I've tried raking it in, for better distribution, but doing so always gives me skinny curls. I scrunch, then brush. Today was my first time trying this. Let's see if I can repeat with similar results tomorrow. :P
I don't understand how you scrunch products in without raking at all?

Do you smooth it on, keeping your fingers together, so you are not finger-combing while you do it?

I worry that I will not get the product distributed enough if I just smooth and scrunch.

As to getting thicker clumps of curls, I find the using Aubrey Organics Island Naturals conditoner helps with this. Even when I rinse it completely out, it helps my hair "stick" together for some reason.
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I don't understand how you scrunch products in without raking at all?

Do you smooth it on, keeping your fingers together, so you are not finger-combing while you do it?

I worry that I will not get the product distributed enough if I just smooth and scrunch.
Originally Posted by urbancurl
Yes, I keep my fingers together, as I smooth over the products and scrunch (while squeezing the water out). It works fine. But I do miss some spots underneath and sometimes at the top of my head.

I *love* your hair, btw.
I don't understand how you scrunch products in without raking at all?

Do you smooth it on, keeping your fingers together, so you are not finger-combing while you do it?

I worry that I will not get the product distributed enough if I just smooth and scrunch.
Originally Posted by urbancurl
Yes, I keep my fingers together, as I smooth over the products and scrunch (while squeezing the water out). It works fine. But I do miss some spots underneath and sometimes at the top of my head.

I *love* your hair, btw.
Originally Posted by medussa
Thanks for the compliment and the details!

One more question-- do you section your hair to smooth the products in, or just do the outisde of your hair and then the underside, or something else?

It sounds like a quicker way to apply products. I usually detangle in the shower, and then pretty much am detangling again as I am raking the product in.

ETA: I just looked at your album and I love your hair too! It looks so well-behaved and the curls are so uniform.
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One more question-- do you section your hair to smooth the products in, or just do the outisde of your hair and then the underside, or something else?

It sounds like a quicker way to apply products. I usually detangle in the shower, and then pretty much am detangling again as I am raking the product in.

ETA: I just looked at your album and I love your hair too! It looks so well-behaved and the curls are so uniform.
Originally Posted by urbancurl
Thanks!

I don't section my hair because my hair gets easily tangled. Once I get the comb in there, to part it, the strands get tangled. By the time I pull the hair apart by hand, the curls are disturbed and I have some frizz.

Whatever you're doing, don't change it, 'cause it seems to be working.

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