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Old 08-07-2009, 10:34 AM   #1
 
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I already have curly hair (maybe about 3a, perhaps a tiny bit less). I really like it and everything, but I'd love it even better if it was more curly. I use a natural shampoo that doesn't contain sodium laureth sulfate, lots of conditioner since curls need moisture. I scrunch my hair and use products for curly hair. My hair is healthy. But I want more curl. How can I do it?
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Old 08-07-2009, 12:57 PM   #2
 
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hey! well, let's see. Is your hair really long? because for a lot of curlies including me, the shorter your hair is the more curly it will be because if you have long hair it stretches your curls. Can you tell us a little more about your routine (do you blow dry, air dry, or plop? Or any thing like that?) tell me and that will be able to help me be able to help you!!
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Thanx! Okay, here is some information.

I have hair that goes just a little below my shoulders. I recently got a hair cut which got it to be that length; a cut and long-layers. The first day I got my hair cut, my hair was really curly. But after that, it wasn't quite so curly, and I don't know why. I was really disappointed. I use shampoo that doesn't contain sodium laureth sulfate and it has natural ingredients. I use a lot of conditioner to keep my curls moisturized. I blot/scrunch my hair after I'm done washing it and then I don't touch it except for adding some product (mousse and then a few minutes later some curl gel). Then I leave it alone until it dries. I never blow-dry; always air-dry.
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alright, so to make it curlier what I would do is to really scrunch in your products, using an old t-shirt to scrunch your hair should also help to. Additionally, after the first time you aplly gel, try waiting like 5-8 minutes and then add a little more gel and scunch it some more. I hope some of this helps, if it doesn't tell me because I have some other ideas! Good Luck!
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Oh, thank you! I will soon be trying that! And yes, I will inform you if it doesn't change anything Thanks again!
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Actually, I know many curlies on this site that said the longer their hair was the curlier it got. That was the case for me, but it all depends on your hair.

Here are some things that have worked for me to get curlier hair:

No brushing, only use a wide tooth comb

In the shower, scrunch your hair instead of running your fingers through it to wash it and such

Scrunch your hair in a towel to dry it instead of rubbing the towel on your hair

The pixie curl method with a diffuser

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Oh, and scrunching product in to soaking wet hair (straight from the shower) always helps me too.
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Have you considered going CG? Along with everything else mentioned, that would help.
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Have you considered going CG? Along with everything else mentioned, that would help.
No, actually, I haven't tried going CG. Is it worth it? Does it really make a difference as long as you're using sodium laureth sulfate-free shampoos?

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It really honestly does make a difference I completley forgot to mention that!! Good call crystal rain!!
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Old 08-11-2009, 09:31 AM   #11
 
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I agree! Applause for Crystal Rain!

You are off to a good start, but going CG *definetly* helps the curls. It also helps with frizz, texture, definition, and shine! Going CG is the best thing I've ever done for my curls.

Post your before & After CG pics This thread has some before and after CG pics. They are pretty amazing!
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Old 08-11-2009, 01:01 PM   #12
 
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No problem. Oh yeah, CG can cause drastic improvements. I myself now consider my hair 3a-curly rather than just wavy with a few corkscrews as it was before. And the best part is how much it helps your definition and hair health.

If you want to try it, here's some info. CG seems really overwhelming at first, but all of us at NC are here to help. :biggrin: It's simply cutting out shampoo and an overuse of products, taking care of your scalp properly, and then reading the ingredients label. Here is a page you will find very helpful to get started: http://dormroomcurly.blogspot.com/20...ons-table.html

And here is one on curl basics and how to figure out your texture (fine, medium, coarse) and porosity (very important to help in what sort of products will be best on your hair): http://livecurlylivefree.com/curly%20hair%20basics.htm

Once you've read through those and have an idea in mind of what you're going to do, be sure to post a thread in "going shampoo-less" to discuss any questions you might have. The good thing about CG is once you figure out how it works, it's quite simple.
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I agree! Applause for Crystal Rain!

You are off to a good start, but going CG *definetly* helps the curls. It also helps with frizz, texture, definition, and shine! Going CG is the best thing I've ever done for my curls.

Post your before & After CG pics This thread has some before and after CG pics. They are pretty amazing!
Oh, my goodness! I couldn't believe the difference in hair! I will seriously consider going CG. Thanks!

And thank you, Crystal Rain, for those links. I am going to check them out. I think I AM going to give a go at going CG!

To "Don't Worry be Curly": I tried you advice...instead of using a towel to scrunch my hair, I used an old t-shirt, and I applied gel twice. My hair is still wet so I won't see the end result until a little while, but I did notice my hair to be even curlier while it was wet! I'll definitely report how it went in this thread.

THANKS SO MUCH EVERYONE! I think all of your recommendations are going to help me on my quest to make my hair curlier. Keep the posts comin' =D
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I hope it goes well! but like if it doesn't I have other ideas to like I said!!! Good luck!
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I hope it goes well! but like if it doesn't I have other ideas to like I said!!! Good luck!
It turned out great! Yeah, my hair was noticably curlier. But, just out of curiosity, what were your other ideas?
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well, one of my other ideas was for days when you want really curly hair you could diffuse it (not often) but for me my hair is curlier when I diffuse it. Additionally, I have found if I wash my hair in the morning (rather than at night and then sleep on it) it will have more curls, even though I prefer washing it at night. For me puttingin products when my hair is SOAKING wet helps a lot to. Finally using a leave-in conditioner helps me to! so yep!
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plopping is like my savior the longer i plop the curlier my hair is.
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plopping is like my savior the longer i plop the curlier my hair is.
What do you use to plop it? An old t-shirt or something? I want to start plopping my hair, and I was thinking...would it be all right to use a soft beanie? I can just carefully lower my wet hair into it and then adjust it on my head. Do you think that would work?
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