Can you help me to quell the poofing?

Okay. Deep breath.

I'm a teen, & I have thick, curly/wavy Irish hair. There's a lot of it, believe me. I'm gonna take a guess and say it's somewhere around the 2C-3A area. I have no picture to offer, but it's loosely curly and quite thick.

My two main issues with my mane are two that plague us curly headed girls the most often, I assume- poof and frizz. But my post here is just about the poofiness.

My hair is fine in the morning or when it is just done or wet, but as the day progresses, I can't take it- I succumb to hiding it in a ponytail. I'd love for my hair to stay smooth and relatively, um, un-poofified all day, but it just expands. It's terrible.

Does anyone here know any products, techniques, regimines, anything that I could try to quell the poof? It'd really, really be helpful. Any insight at all is great!

P.S; I have most of my hair the same length, just about 2-3 inches past my shoulders, if this matters at all.


Thank you, so much.
I don't know whether Curl Keeper is in your hair care budget but my poof is pretty much gone since I started using it. Nothing else I've used is even close.
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I have the EXACT same situation. I am a thick 2c/3a with problems with definition and puffiness with hair just past my shoulders in lots of layers. *gasps 4 air*

One thing I can tell you is to ask for layers or long layers. It helps SO much with the hair expanding. It'll give you more volume at the roots and less on the ends to prevent the pyramid look.
my hair does the same thing!
i leave my house and my hair looks fine, but later in the day it just grows and turns into a mess.
im thinking bout putting a mini bottle of gel in my purse lol
yeah i was thinking about bringing a small bottle of something in my bag too. i just can't get over the embarassment of going into the washroom at break and going "Yes! Look at me, I bring hair product to school!"
Me too!!!! does your hair also get un-curlified during the day? I use Bumble and bumble super-rich conditioner as a wash out and a leave in. It works for me!!!! But don't completely rely on me because I haven't completely solved the problem.
UGH i have that exact same problem. My hair looks 3a in the morning, (after shower/products) but as the day goes on it gets BIG 3B!!! I haven't solved my problem yet. I'm nursing my poor locks back to health, so i'm living with them until they're nice again. I know that curly hair doesn't have to be long to be de-poofed, but grow it longer? also get layers. I was gonna say have your stylist thin it out, but im not sure thats so good for curlies. If your wearing it down and it gets big, pull SOME hair back from the front and make a mini ponytail in the back, but collect some hair from the back as well and tie it with an elastic, like a mini ponytail. Then either braid it or make it into a bun.
i have the same kind of hair as you almost exactly read my post the sexy waves one in this section this advice will take away poof and make your hair have gorgeus waves!
Okay. Deep breath.

I'm a teen, & I have thick, curly/wavy Irish hair. There's a lot of it, believe me. I'm gonna take a guess and say it's somewhere around the 2C-3A area. I have no picture to offer, but it's loosely curly and quite thick.

My two main issues with my mane are two that plague us curly headed girls the most often, I assume- poof and frizz. But my post here is just about the poofiness.

My hair is fine in the morning or when it is just done or wet, but as the day progresses, I can't take it- I succumb to hiding it in a ponytail. I'd love for my hair to stay smooth and relatively, um, un-poofified all day, but it just expands. It's terrible.

Does anyone here know any products, techniques, regimines, anything that I could try to quell the poof? It'd really, really be helpful. Any insight at all is great!

P.S; I have most of my hair the same length, just about 2-3 inches past my shoulders, if this matters at all.


Thank you, so much.
Originally Posted by Alliy

Yes, I can definately help you...and it doesn't involve wasting money on expensive gels/mousse.



I've got very very curly hair which had a tendency to expand and become absolutely massive. I hated it and I've spent hundreds on expensive gels/mousse etc that claim to de-frizz.

They were all rubbish and failed one way or the other. They either didn't stop the frizz....or they did....but my hair went hard (it's super soft normally so this was a shock!!).

The other way these expensive products failed was that not one was able to control my hair. Even if it was (hard) "de-frizzed", it would still expand to a huge extent.



At 24, I have finally sussed out how to sort my hair so that
a)it doesn't go giant-afro style, it is calm and has lots of fantastic 'swishable' movement
b)All of my curls are defined, they look fantastic
c)It is super soft and feels silky.
d)I get so many comments about my hair now! I haven't picked up my GHD's in a long time.



Right, it's pretty simple and it saved me so much money on products and once I style my hair in the morning...it stays that way all day.

Below is the step-by-step of what to do. I'll post some pictures when I get onto the right computer.

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It will take a lot of practice to get this just right and will take a few attempts at it to learn how to do it to a way that you like.

Ok, step 1:
I hated how large my hair would get. I have really tight spirally curly hair that goes absolutely huuuge. I couldn't stand how enormous it would get.

Part of the reason I noticed it got so huge was simply because of my cut. The top layers were level with the lower layers - and this helped it really expand. By cutting the top bits by a few inches, that alone has greatly reduced how big my hair gets. Note - my fringe is still very long, it frames my face nicely, but I have cut the odd chunk out from the top pieces and it works brilliantly.

So, step 1 is to be sure that your cut is not only flattering but also ensure your top layers are at least 1-2 inches shorter than the rest of your hair. Mine is just past my shoulders and the top layers are about 5 inches shorter than the lower layers.



Step 2:
Wash your hair thoroughly with a shampoo designed for dry hair - the Aussie brand is really good.



Step 3:
Put a load of conditioner through your hair. DO NOT RINSE OUT.
(You will get through conditioner quick, but who cares!)
Your hair goes frizzy because it is dry. Your hair will love the conditioner and it will soak it up like a sponge!!
Don't dry your hair too much, otherwise step 5 won't go very well. You need to keep your hair quite damp. Just get rid of excess water.


Step 4:
Tie the vast majority of your hair up, leaving a thin section all the way round your head.



Step 5:
Take a very small section at a time, twizzle/twirl it around your finger....the important thing is to ensure that you get it tight at the root! the tighter you do it, the better this will work.

The reason this is important is that how you do this will affect how far out your hair expands.

If you do not bother with doing very small sections of hair, twirling it round your finger and getting it tight at the root, then your hair will just expand out! By doing this twirling, you are controlling how your hair curls.


Step 6:
Repeat that curling technique all the way round until the whole lower section has been 'twirled' into shape! note - the thinner the twirls of hair, the better. If they are too chunky they can end up looking similar to dreadlocks. Also, by being thinner, your hair will dry faster.



Step 7:
let down some more hair, again a small thin section - all the way round like the first time.



Step 8:
Repeat step 5.

Basically continue all the way until you get to the top. Once you have finished it's often worth looking at some of the curls that may appear 'looser' than others and re-twirl them!






Screw gels/mousse etc, they will not do the job that conditioner and twirling does. Ever.

My hair has never, ever been so strong, healthy, shiny and it looks really great.

How I twirl it in the morning is how it stays all day.



If you are in a hurry somewhere, then get a hair dryer with the diffuser and have it on a very low heat...blow dry your hair a little bit but don't aim to get it fully dry this way or it will look a mess!


***And finally

When all is done, there is ONE product that I would recommend. Frizz-Ease serum. It will help your curls stay defined AND it gives a shiny/glossy look. Twirl it through your hair over the top bits and some of the lower sections.


I'll upload some images as soon as I get chance so that you can see more clearly before and after results, as-well as some pics of the hair being done.
Although it takes a lot of time, (at least for my hair because it's super thick too) this method really helps the poof:
1. wash or cowash, condition
2. rinse in cold water
3. blot hair with old t-shirt
4. put hair in loose braids
5. blow dry braids (not diffuse) until it's almost completely dry
6. sleep w/ hair in braids
7. take it out in the morning, and VOILA: pretty, not poofy curls
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My hair used to poof into a big frizzy mess ALL the time no matter what I did. But then one morning before school (like a month ago) I dampened my hair a little, then put a dime size of honey into my palms, rubbed it together with some water then smoothed it through my hair. And guess what? All thoughout the day I had NO poof, just pretty, shiney spirals. So maybe you can try what I did.

My hair is 4a though so you might not want to use as much honey as I did. Also, once you put it in your hair don't touch it throughout the day cause I think that might cause frizz.
Hope I helped!
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So ya , it sounds like i have basically the same hair as you
I used to have almost exactly the same problem, untill I discovered the wonders of a good leave in conditioner
When I get up in the morning I shower or dampen my hair, the put in some leave in conditioner, then scrunch my hair in my hands with brocato curl karma
My hair has been looking so much better
Another way I keep it from getting bigger throughout the day is I play with it lot, twirling it in my fingers creating bigger loose ringlets
IDK if this helps
but it really works for me
and best of all it only takes like 5 minutes to do!

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