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Old 12-25-2008, 05:48 AM   #1
 
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Red face Hair type? + suggestions

Hi,

I'm new around here, and it seems pretty neat. I'm after some advice ... I've had a look at the hair types and I think my hair type is a '3C' but I'm not 100% sure. Does anyone think I've got it wrong?

I've let it grow a bit and its really building up. If I wash it, it compacts down, but it doesn't last more than half a day. Are there any suggestions apart from getting a buzz cut? Is there any way to make it a bit looser so it starts to fall downward instead of growing up?

Thanks!
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Old 12-25-2008, 07:09 AM   #2
 
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Can't answer the type question, it's hard from the pictures. The thing that most curly hair needs is moisture. Looks like yours could use a lot. Work on getting your hair moisturized and healthy--it's the place to start.

You want to use a moisturizing conditioner (like Aubrey Organics) as your rinse out, followed by a good leave in. Do weekly deep treatments. Read the treads about products and moisturizing. Karen's Body Beautiful products could also be good for you, but they are only online.
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Old 12-26-2008, 07:27 AM   #3
 
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First of all, DON'T BUZZ YOUR HAIR! It really can be very beautiful with a little TLC.

I'll agree wholeheartedly with Kathymack on the moisture suggestion. With more moisture, you would have a lot more curl definition. Finishing your hair off with a little gel will help your curls to make it through the day. I use a little bit of Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee to hold my curl.

You don't mention your routine, but if you are using shampoo that could be defeating your curls. Shampoos with sulfates will strip your hair of its needed oils. I only "wash" my hair/scalp once every 7-10 days and I don't use a sulfate shampoo, I'm using a natural soap. You should check out the CG method.

Here's a good link written by one of the CG members that might give you some good ideas: Laura Beth's Link

If you post what products you're using, and your current routine, we can make more informed recommendations.
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:01 AM   #4
 
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Hard to tell but I think you could be a 3B.
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:24 PM   #5
 
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Hi All,

Thanks for your replies! My normal routine is to shampoo everyday, and condition if I have time as well. If I don't, my hair frizzes up by itself and it looks ridiculous at work.

As suggested, I've tried switching to a more moisturising shampoo and conditioner (I just went for a cheap brand though - Sunsilk's Moisture Therapy products), and also started using their leave in conditioner. It has made a bit of a positive difference so thank you for the advice!

Shampooing and conditioning compacts it down so it doesn't look as 'out there'. My aim is really to just get my hair to fall downwards as it grows out, rather than growing upwards as it does if I leave it without doing anything at all.
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Old 01-01-2009, 04:09 PM   #6
 
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First, I would recommend NOT shampooing so often. The shampoo that you are using has sulfates in it which will dry out your hair. The conditioner has silicones in it that will build up on your hair shaft and prevent moisture from entering and won't rinse off without using sulfates which dry your hair out...get the idea?

Try washing your hair a couple times a week and using conditioner only every day in the shower (just like shampoo). Trust me, conditioner is your key to the kingdom of moisture-filled, non-frizzy curls. Try Suave Naturals conditioner. You can buy a bottle for about $1 anywhere and it doesn't contain any silicones. Add a little LA Sports Gel while still wet, air-dry and your curls will be much easier to live with.

If you want to grow your hair, you might have to live with it growing "out" for a while until it has enough weight to grow "down". With curl of your type, it's just a reality. But, the good news is, if you take care of your hair it will pay you back by being healthy, shiny and not-so-frizzy.

Trust me, most of us here really know curls! Good luck and check back in to let us know how things are working for you.
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Old 02-01-2009, 03:26 PM   #7
 
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First, I would recommend NOT shampooing so often. The shampoo that you are using has sulfates in it which will dry out your hair. The conditioner has silicones in it that will build up on your hair shaft and prevent moisture from entering and won't rinse off without using sulfates which dry your hair out...get the idea?

Try washing your hair a couple times a week and using conditioner only every day in the shower (just like shampoo). Trust me, conditioner is your key to the kingdom of moisture-filled, non-frizzy curls. Try Suave Naturals conditioner. You can buy a bottle for about $1 anywhere and it doesn't contain any silicones. Add a little LA Sports Gel while still wet, air-dry and your curls will be much easier to live with.

If you want to grow your hair, you might have to live with it growing "out" for a while until it has enough weight to grow "down". With curl of your type, it's just a reality. But, the good news is, if you take care of your hair it will pay you back by being healthy, shiny and not-so-frizzy.

Trust me, most of us here really know curls! Good luck and check back in to let us know how things are working for you.
Just wanted to chime in to say I second all the above posted by mpgirl... Nloxley, also wanted to check on your progress with your curls. Any new pics with updates? TIA
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Old 02-22-2009, 10:02 PM   #8
 
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Yes I think you are a 3c I am a 3c and so is my bro, ur hair looks alot like his. and I agree with mpgirl, ease up on the shampoo. Let conditioner be ur best friend. Dont cut it. you have beautiful hair
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