[PICS]3A Curly hair style\washing\product advice

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Hi forum!
I'm new to here and as I can understand, I got a 3A Curly Twirly. Sorry this is gonna be a bit of a long post.
Well I never went to find out what kind of my hair is before, but I decided that I wanted to put some style on it!

So here is how I used to look like, some 6 years ago when I let it grow once:




How I look now:




Now I have some questions if you'd be kind of replying.
My hair feels bad - like a baby's hair - after wash and dry, exception for when is still wet (picture below). My hair gets better if I leave many days with no washing (rarely do it because it starts to feel uncomfortable).


Can you please let me know how often should I actually wash and should I use hot water and for how long? I read this article but not sure which one suits to me:
Curlies: How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

The other question is about style. Can I do something like this guy on the picture below? Does this guy has the same kind of hair as mine? (I believe yes) and, mainly, what product should I use?

I've been trying Redken07 which is quite ok but feels greasy. I don't like feeling greasy durin days, I like natural shiny and definite hair like this guy below.



I appreciate your time reading this.

All the very best!

Triad
Hi forum!
I'm new to here and as I can understand, I got a 3A Curly Twirly. Sorry this is gonna be a bit of a long post.
Well I never went to find out what kind of my hair is before, but I decided that I wanted to put some style on it!

So here is how I used to look like, some 6 years ago when I let it grow once:




How I look now:




Now I have some questions if you'd be kind of replying.
My hair feels bad - like a baby's hair - after wash and dry, exception for when is still wet (picture below). My hair gets better if I leave many days with no washing (rarely do it because it starts to feel uncomfortable).


Can you please let me know how often should I actually wash and should I use hot water and for how long? I read this article but not sure which one suits to me:
Curlies: How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

The other question is about style. Can I do something like this guy on the picture below? Does this guy has the same kind of hair as mine? (I believe yes) and, mainly, what product should I use?

I've been trying Redken07 which is quite ok but feels greasy. I don't like feeling greasy durin days, I like natural shiny and definite hair like this guy below.



I appreciate your time reading this.

All the very best!

Triad
Originally Posted by triad
Welcome to the forum I was new about 6 months ago and people are so helpful on here, it was so nice.

As far as your hair, you'll find that hair properties (texture - fine/medium/coarse - diameter of an individual strand of hair, porosity - low/medium/high - how porous your hair is, elasticity - low/medium/high - how elastic your hair is, you can find information of how to figure that out in the stickies in the General Hair forum) determine more of how to care for your hair compared to curl type, so that will give you more of an idea of how to care for you hair.

As far as washing your hair, it's really what works for you. I know some curlies only wash once a week, others wash every day; it really depends on what you feel you need. For example, I've found my hair likes to be washed about every other day if I'm going places and every 3-5 days if I have nothing to do, and I usually use a moisturizing cleanser or gentle shampoo with occasionally rotating in a cowash (my hair is fine, but I have a lot of it); someone with coarser hair might need more moisture so they use a cowash once a week. Generally the rule of thumb is fine hair likes more protein while coarse hair likes more moisture - hope this helps
2b, fine texture, normal porosity & elasticity (CG as of 12/2011)

Low-poo: UFD Rich & Funky
Cowash: VO5 Kiwi Lime
RO: Tresemme Naturals, Aubrey Organics GPB, Ion Effective Care, MillCreek Keratin
PT/DT: IAgirl's PT, GVP CB
LI: KCKT, Cure Care, CJ CCCC Lite
Styling: Curl Keeper, As I Am Jelly, UFD Curly Magic, CJ Curl Queen, TIGI Strong Hold Mousse


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Welcome to the forum I was new about 6 months ago and people are so helpful on here, it was so nice.

As far as your hair, you'll find that hair properties (texture - fine/medium/coarse - diameter of an individual strand of hair, porosity - low/medium/high - how porous your hair is, elasticity - low/medium/high - how elastic your hair is, you can find information of how to figure that out in the stickies in the General Hair forum) determine more of how to care for your hair compared to curl type, so that will give you more of an idea of how to care for you hair.

As far as washing your hair, it's really what works for you. I know some curlies only wash once a week, others wash every day; it really depends on what you feel you need. For example, I've found my hair likes to be washed about every other day if I'm going places and every 3-5 days if I have nothing to do, and I usually use a moisturizing cleanser or gentle shampoo with occasionally rotating in a cowash (my hair is fine, but I have a lot of it); someone with coarser hair might need more moisture so they use a cowash once a week. Generally the rule of thumb is fine hair likes more protein while coarse hair likes more moisture - hope this helps
Originally Posted by kimmidawn
hi kimmidawn, thanks for your reply.

From what I could test so far, my hair has low porosity and it's elastic. Has a fair density too.

I think now I understand why my hair feels a bit greasy with products, it's because it won't absorb, right?

But I confess it's a bit tricky to find out what kind of products should I use. Specialy to style it or keep it cool.

I like the products I can buy on the shop.
The only that I tried so far is: Redken - Ringlet 07 Curl Perfector - Curly Hair Styling Product - Hair Styling Products by Redken
I'll respond to your water temperature question. Recently I discovered that simply using warm instead of hot water when washing my hair (and skin), seems to improve its health and appearance.

Same with blow-drying it. Putting it on the warm setting, rather than hot, has created a marked improvement.

Also, when you're adding product to your hair, like conditioner, warm water is good because it opens your hair cuticles, allowing hair to better soak up the product. You can run cool or cold water over your head as a last step in your routine to help close your cuticles if you want your hair to dry with added definition and shine.
3b/c?

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With low porosity hair you may find that you don't need to use cool water to seal the hair shaft. I never do because then I can't let my gel soak in. When I diffuse my hair I will do a blast of cool air to seal, but that's always after I have my product in.

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MBL just trying to see how long I can get it
Low porosity, very high density and coarse.
Still playing to find the perfect product.
With low porosity hair you may find that you don't need to use cool water to seal the hair shaft. I never do because then I can't let my gel soak in. When I diffuse my hair I will do a blast of cool air to seal, but that's always after I have my product in.

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Originally Posted by curlykenzi
I wouldn't have thought of this. Thanks for the education
3b/c?

Ringlet Fandango! ... Where curly ideas roam free

* 2 blogs this week: Pictures of My (Sorta) Big Chop! AND Turn a Nightmare Product into a Dream* My Albums
Hi! Welcome! Your hair looks a lot like my husbands hair. He also has low porosity hair, as do I.

I don't quite understand what you mean by "baby hair" because to me baby hair is so soft and pretty and I only wish my hair was as soft as baby hair. For him, he washes and conditions (he doesn't do CG like I do) and he dries his hair enough to get the drip off, applies a bunch of gel and lets it air dry. He washes every 3 days, unless he uses too much product and he needs a wash.

As far as that style I think you won't have problem doing that with shorter hair. My husband achieves his style (similar to that guy) with Bed Head Rock Hard Gelee or LA Looks level 10 hold. His isn't quite as long as the person in the photo you put, but he does have that messy yet stylish look. If he lets his hair get too long it curls too much to get this though and he's in for another haircut lol.

Hope this helped a little bit. It's really all your own preference how much you wash your hair. What's really important is learning your hair properties so that when you do wash your hair you are giving your hair what it needs to be healthy. ^_^
2(I have no idea what pattern), low porosity, mix of medium and coarse, dense

*Have just discovered the amazingness that is the "Spritz and Condish" routine*

Shampoo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Co-wash: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying Conditioner
RO: GVP CB, Garnier Triple Nutrition
LI : Whatever conditioner I used + EVOO or Argon oil
Stylers: Organix Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Creme, EcoStyler Gel (krystal)

Last edited by txwvy32; 10-30-2012 at 01:53 PM.
Im LP. After i shampoo and condition or cowash, I do better blotting excess water out of my hair with a microfiber towel before using a moisturizing conditioner leave in then sealing. My hair won't absorb anything while soaking wet. I need it damp. On soaking wet hair products are sitting on my hair.

All the Redken products I ever tried had silicones and my hair hated it because of I'm prone to buildup. Buildup will also affect how well your hair absorbs.

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