New curly girl who needs help !

Well, I have a curly coily hair type(3c/4a). Well I am 11 months into my hair journey and still don't really understand how to take of my hair. I do know how to moisturize but i often have trouble when it comes to wearing my natural curls. When my hair is wet it has pretty curls but it also has coils that are kind of undefined/frizzy and don't know how to handle it. I find that I have to use a lot of gel which isn't my problem and my hair is to my shoulders but when i were it curly it goes to my scalp!

So my questions are:
The best way to define my 3c/4a hair?
The best thing to do while washing my hair?
and what techniques I can try to had a little bit of length to my hair?

Thank you in advance
Hello 4everBlckBeauty! I have 3A hair and I have found that the best thing to define my curls is gel. My favorite gel that has never let me down (yet...I've only been using it for about a month) is Herbal Essences totally twisted curl scrunching gel. Herbal Essences has lots of other curl products like leave in, and curl hold gel\foam. When I wash my hair I never use shampoo. At first I thought it was a little gross to wash with just conditioner, but it has actually been working really well, and it gets my hair just as clean as if I were using shampoo too. When I wash my hair, first I get it completely wet (it doesn't matter if the water is hot or cold) then I put as much conditioner as I need in my hair and work it through. Then I take a wide tooth comb and comb the conditioner through my hair. I leave it in for about 3 min and then rinse it out in cool water. As for adding length to your hair, I'm looking for tips on that too! Hope this helped a little.
They say type 4a hair looks Like type 3c when weighed down, I have type 3b/c. But I see videos on youtube how to define type 4 coils and they seem to apply a lot of product mainly leave in, oil, and gel. A thick cream may help as well.

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Try using an alcohol free gel like ecostyler gel as your final leave in product on wet/damp hair.

So on damp hair apply your leave-in conditioner and/or oil then put the gel on afterwards.

Sometimes I use a curl cream under the gel - it depends on the weather.

I forgot to add you will need to look up how to plop with an old T-shirt or microfibre towel.

Last edited by Blueblood; 09-28-2013 at 11:45 PM.

So my questions are:
The best way to define my 3c/4a hair?
The best thing to do while washing my hair?
and what techniques I can try to had a little bit of length to my hair?

Thank you in advance
Originally Posted by 4everBlckBeauty
To define hair I recommend a great leave-in conditioner and a compatible sealant with hold (eg gel or custard). It is also important not to comb or brush hair after the leave-in has been applied.

While after shampooing hair, add conditioner and detangle. Rinse.

For length: smooth products down hair using the praying hands technique. Damp hair can be banded or put up to stretch strands.
Do you think that method would work the same with coily hair?
3c/4a natural girl

Favorite hair products
Vo5 Moisture Milks
Olive Oil
Shea Butter

My YT: http://www.youtube.com/user/ForeverBlackBeautyTV
I have 3c/4a & like the tightly coiled method to define my hair. But I agree that gel will become your best friend. I use a leave in, oil & gel. But if you can't find a gel you like, try cantu curling custard. It's comparable to kinky coily curling custard. Make sure you don't put too much product on you 3c hair because it may get limp.
I have 3c/4a & like the tightly coiled method to define my hair. But I agree that gel will become your best friend. I use a leave in, oil & gel. But if you can't find a gel you like, try cantu curling custard. It's comparable to kinky coily curling custard. Make sure you don't put too much product on you 3c hair because it may get limp.
Originally Posted by curlicious13
Whenever I use gel my hair shrinks up A LOT..not only that but my hair gets very hard. Does this happen to you? cause I honestly don't want my hair to be hard
3c/4a natural girl

Favorite hair products
Vo5 Moisture Milks
Olive Oil
Shea Butter

My YT: http://www.youtube.com/user/ForeverBlackBeautyTV

Whenever I use gel my hair shrinks up A LOT..not only that but my hair gets very hard. Does this happen to you? cause I honestly don't want my hair to be hard
Originally Posted by 4everBlckBeauty
Do you use gel on it's own or do you layer your products using gel last?
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Do you use gel on it's own or do you layer your products using gel last?
Originally Posted by 4everBlckBeauty
Well what I do first is water it and then put on some olive oil. After that I apply gel. When it dry up it's very hair and dont understand why
3c/4a natural girl

Favorite hair products
Vo5 Moisture Milks
Olive Oil
Shea Butter

My YT: http://www.youtube.com/user/ForeverBlackBeautyTV
[QUOTE=4everBlckBeauty;2217551]


Do you use gel on it's own or do you layer your products using gel last?
Originally Posted by 4everBlckBeauty
Well what I do first is water it and then put on some olive oil. After that I apply gel. When it dry up it's very hair and dont understand why
Originally Posted by Blueblood


You have to put a leave in or a cream based product then apply oil and gel let me know if that helps! I also sent you an email in your box I answered your questions there
You should look into the shingling method, with a gel that gives lots of hold, and a moisturizing leave-in. You will probably get a few days of your hair style out of this method, too

This is a great video with someone who has gorgeous curls and color: A Natural Hair Tutorial: Define Your Curls - YouTube

She also does stretch her hair by blowdrying her roots and holding her hair as she blowdries it, adding some length.

Last edited by Neekolassify; 12-30-2013 at 11:06 PM.

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