A few questions (Pics included)



One of the pictures I posted shows my hair when it's very short. As it grows, it curls up and turns into an afro. I've been growing for about 7 months now and what I've been doing management-wise is no longer working. It gets matted down when I sleep, but shampooing it makes everything even out. Of course, the problem with that is that it dries out. Another problem with that is that it's stopped working. I've got more hair now and it seems to fall over a bit and not balance out as easily. I'm also finding that it's getting tangled up. I was hoping to learn how to actually take care of it, but I have a few main questions.

1. What is my hair type?

2. What are the best products for this hair type?

3. What kind of things should I be doing and how often? (Moisturizing, shammpooing, what kind of conditioning, combing? etc.)
You have a couple curl types but it appears looser on the back sides and tighter in some areas and even straight in other areas.

You might want to first decide the style you want to wear it in and go from there.

I would recommend trying a full curly top and low tapered around the edges.

Have your barber taper your low sides and don't cut any on top.

To style the top just dampen it with your wet hands and then "scrub and mash" in your gel or conditioner just on the ends of each hair. Add more product and water (just to the ends) so it can clump and curl up.

The reason you don't want to add product to the hair close to the scalp is because you will want to have a fuller curl style that doesn't look too thin or matted down. But definitely use lots of product on the ends of your hair all over.

If you are going to grow your hair long, real long, then learn about natural care products but if you just want good looking hair then use products that help you achieve the look instead of being too concerned with healthy hair for growing out.


PRINCETON
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You have a couple curl types but it appears looser on the back sides and tighter in some areas and even straight in other areas.

You might want to first decide the style you want to wear it in and go from there.

I would recommend trying a full curly top and low tapered around the edges.

Have your barber taper your low sides and don't cut any on top.

To style the top just dampen it with your wet hands and then "scrub and mash" in your gel or conditioner just on the ends of each hair. Add more product and water (just to the ends) so it can clump and curl up.

The reason you don't want to add product to the hair close to the scalp is because you will want to have a fuller curl style that doesn't look too thin or matted down. But definitely use lots of product on the ends of your hair all over.

If you are going to grow your hair long, real long, then learn about natural care products but if you just want good looking hair then use products that help you achieve the look instead of being too concerned with healthy hair for growing out.


PRINCETON
Just a guy with long curly hair
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Originally Posted by PRINCETON
Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I wan to grow it out, but I don't know how it would look. Any idea? And I wanted to know what hair types specifically because I think that will help me choose the best products. I also have no idea what products I should be using and how often.
If the pics show your current length then it appears you are in an awkward in-between stage. This is normal but you will need to just hang in and don't get discouraged into cutting it off.

Eventually it will be long enough so you can get it braided for a month and let it grow without having to pay too much attention to styling it.

For now I would suggest only shampoo once a week but continue to use conditioner in it like normal whenever you shower.

To style you can either put a lot more of your conditioner back in and let it dry for about an hour or you can use your favorite gel. I no longer encourage using gel because they dry the hair out.

You will need to experiment with the method for applying your styling product so that it looks professionally styled after it dries.

You can try.
Prepare by wrapping a towel or old tshirt around your neck because you will be getting wet.

Step 1. with damp hair apply a lot of your conditioner to your edges. Make sure you saturate the hair good and apply more water if you need.

Step 2. brush down your sides around the edges only. Apply more product if it's not enough to keep it down.

Step 3. Use more conditioner in your palm and rub it into your top hair in a BACK AND FORTH MOTION using just your palms. Keep adding more conditioner an water to cover your entire head and pay extra attention to your crown and back of head.

Yes for now you will still see the conditioner in your hair but follow in the next steps it will dry clear.

Step 4. Let air dry or sit under dryer

Step 5. After its completely dry use your palms to gently break up only the top hair in that same back and forth motion. Dont be too hard in this step cause you still want it to be nice looking. This step will add back the fullness that you want in the top part.



PRINCETON
Just a guy with long curly hair
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Last edited by PRINCETON; 05-20-2012 at 02:50 PM.
Do you have any kind of picture that shows how that would look?
Do you have any kind of picture that shows how that would look?
Originally Posted by CurlyMan82
I used to have pics on Naturally Curly under my profile of when I had a bald head and also short curly hair. I think the pics are still there.
Not sure I can help you w/specifically what your hair type is. Ny guess is maybe 4a/b w/some small areas of 3c. But whatever your type is, your hair looks great. Love your volume! If you'd like to know which products and styling techniques might suit your specific hair, you might want to do a search on this site for "hair properties". Once you've figured out your hair's properties (porosity, density and elasticity, etc.), you can go to the general hair forum and the type 4 forums to get specific tips on how to better care for your hair. You're off to a great start
3b/c?

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First off, your hair looks great man. It looks like you're off to a great start. For me, moisture is also an endless battle. Here are some basic things i would recommend:

-Stop using "traditional" shampoos and opt for some that don't contain SLS and the like. Usually the more natural (and legible) the better.

-Find a loose satin cap or pillow case to use at bedtime. This will help greatly with the matting and overall lack of manageability with coiled hair. I can personally vouch for this.

-Given that your hair seems to be around the later 3s and 4a hair types mostly, I would recommend using some butters or hair pudding type products. They might give you greater moisture and control over your mane than products lighter in consistency.

-Be encouraged. The more you learn about your hair and how to take care of it. You may find that its even more enjoyable down the road. Hang in there.

I hope this helps!

PS Don't use a blow dryer unless you absolutely have to.
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Thanks for the responses, all. I've been really trying different things over the past couple of months. Here are some pictures:




















I've gotten into the habit now of combing it backwards

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