I can't take this poof anymore (Male)

Hi

Many times I've tried to grow my hair out and embrace my curls, and every time my hair turns into a giant unmanageable poof. In fact it's been called the "Jewfro" by my friends and myself (I'm Jewish) and looking at certain pictures of my past, it just looks ridiculous.

I love how my hair looks and feels after a shower, but then overnight it turns into a monster. I end up just wearing a baseball hat, but even that can barely contain it. I want the curls to go down and be soft, not go up and be a dry/poofy fro!

Here is a current pic, and this is only about two months after my last haircut where I got it cut short.. it grows so fast, and is so thick:

About 3 weeks ago I started the co-washing method, with Suave juicy apple, followed by Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition. I think it's gotten a little better, but not by much. I don't apply anything afterward such as cream, which I think may be my main problem. But I play sports a lot, and I have sensitive skin, so I'm worried the hair products would cause me issues.

Here is a pic from two years ago when I let it go really long.. and I honestly can't remember what I put in my hair if anything. It looks okay, but even there it's terribly poofy.




Only pic I could find, sorry. But anyway.. I'm seriously considering lopping it off again. Maybe someone can talk me out of it? I don't really want to start trying a million different methods and creams.. but if you really think something could help me to keep my curls I'd be up for it.

This post went way too long.. if you decide to reply thanks!
I think the simplest change you can make is to try using some of the Suave conditioner as a leave-in after you shower. You can also try mixing a little honey with your leave-in. If that isn't enough, I know a lot of guys that use the L'Oreal Out of Bed Texturizer (http://www.drugstore.com/products/pr...73&catid=12252). Its not very expensive. I used to use it and its CG (at least it used to be, someone correct me if I'm wrong). A little goes a long way and it will also help add weight and definition to your hair. Its got the consistency of glue though so it takes some getting used to.

Hope this helps!
3a, medium texture, low porosity(?)
Poo: KC Come Clean
Rinse-out Condish: Jessicurl Too Shea
Leave-in: KCKT
Styling Products: KCCC, HETT/HESMU, Joiwhip
Weekly Treatment: Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioner
Monthly Treatment: Henna

Hair Pics (most I've hidden from public view but if you want to see more, PM me and I'll open up the security on them): http://flickr.com/photos/eponaaran/s...7610671796089/
I would agree with Epona. My youngest has really thick hair, and I put in conditioner after her shower...sometimes Suave or sometimes some other regular conditioner. I've used the Garnier Fructis myself as a leave in, and I like it. You have nice hair...no need to cut it.
Started CG July 8, 2008


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Co-wash: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle or Trader Joe's Nourish Spa
Rinse out: Ion Effective Care Treatment
Leave-in/Styling: Moisture Maniac with Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner on top
Protein Treatment: Nutress Moisturizing Protein Pack
Deep Condition:Acure Moroccan Argan Conditioner+Sally's GVP Balm
First off:
WOAH. My nickname used to be Epona. For you is it the celtic goddess or the horse from zelda? I was the goddess and it pissed me off when they called me a horse.

Second off:
DON'T CUT IT. I, and many other people I know, love curls on boys like that... I'm referring to the second picture. If you can hold out long enough to grow it that long again (you said it grows fast?) it looks great just like that! As for how to hold it down if you don't like the jewfro look (which i rocked for about a year and a half... Only I'm a girl, and I dyed it multiple colors. DISASTER), use regular conditioner to hold down my frizz. My dad, who has hair a LOT like yours, does the same, rubbing the conditioner on his hands and then running his hands through his hair. Works for him!
OH OH. Use the conditioner very sparingly though... A dime sized amount or a little more should be enough for your hair with the method I described. I use a lot more, but my hair is to my shoulder blades.
And do it when your hair is DRY.
God, I forget everything.
You could try using aloe vera gel on wet hair as a curl-definer and leave-in. I have a sensitive, very picky scalp, so if your scalp is like mine, using most regular conditioners (even the natural ones) as leave-ins might not work out too well. So lately I've been using aloe vera gel mixed with some grapeseed oil as my moisturizer and sealant. My hair loathes Fruit of the Earth aloe vera gel, so I recommend the Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gelly. It's certified organic, and you can get it at Whole Foods or a health food store. HTH.

For the first time ever, my teenage son is growing out his curly hair. On it's own it's poofy and out of control but every morning (he showers at night) he sticks his head under the tap to wet it and then takes some cheap (from the grocery store) "LA Looks Sport" gel and runs it thru his hair. His curls look fab like that.
Another thing I learned that has been huge for me is, don't towel dry your hair after your shower because that separates your curls and makes them frizzy. Instead, leave in some conditioner and squeeze the excess water out with an old t-shirt instead so your curls stay intact and NEVER comb/brush your hair out of the shower either because that will also separate your curls and make them frizzy...do everything with your fingers. Hope that helps!
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Co Wash: Tresemme Naturals, Say yes to Cukes, Elucence moisture balancing Cond
Leave In: AOHR, Elucence
DC: MC DeepCond, Aussie 3-minute miracle, CJ Curl Rehab
Style with: Curl Keeper/AG Re:coil; KCCC, Jane Carter's Nourish & Shine, KC Gloss Pomade, Coconut Oil

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Yes, don't cut it! My twin 12 year old boys' hair is a lot like yours. They want the long shaggy look but end up with a fro as well. They're multi-racial though, I guess you'd say they get Italian/Irish/Scottish/Jewish/Ohlone/German/Mexican fros!

They love the way their hair looks when it's damp but when it drys, it grows. They still like using L'oreal, Suave kids shampoos however. But they don't use a leave in, hmm, I guess it's worth a shot.

Maybe some leave in as some have mentioned on WET hair and gel, then scrunch most of the water out with your hands, then use an old t-shirt to scrunch(blot) out more water-then once dry scrunch out the crunch and I'll bet your hair will look great.

Try out some of these folks' suggestions and post us some pics. I love the Harry Potter pic by the way, your hair looked cool!
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3B w/3A underneath

Medium texture
Average porosity

Crazy-picky hair; likes some oils and proteins, but not others, can tolerate some glycerin.

Current products-
Co-wash: Suave/Vo5/TJ Refresh
Rinse out & Leave in: Suave Tropical Coconut/Garnier Triple Nutrition
Gel: Herbal Essences Set Me Up/Aussie Tizz No Frizz
First off:
WOAH. My nickname used to be Epona. For you is it the celtic goddess or the horse from zelda? I was the goddess and it pissed me off when they called me a horse.
Originally Posted by Rowan999
Nice to meet another Epona!! I've been using this as my nickname/online name for about 10 years now. Originally I picked it for the Celtic goddess but now I'm a huge gamer so it works both ways for me. Only problem is that the horse in Zelda is brown so people always try to correct me, and I end up having to inform them on Celtic mythology. lol
3a, medium texture, low porosity(?)
Poo: KC Come Clean
Rinse-out Condish: Jessicurl Too Shea
Leave-in: KCKT
Styling Products: KCCC, HETT/HESMU, Joiwhip
Weekly Treatment: Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioner
Monthly Treatment: Henna

Hair Pics (most I've hidden from public view but if you want to see more, PM me and I'll open up the security on them): http://flickr.com/photos/eponaaran/s...7610671796089/
I'll keep it... for now.

Unfortunately I can't try any of the suggestions just yet as I'm going through some skin issues on my face, and I can't add any new things to my routine until I find out what the problem is.

But hopefully soon, and I'll be back in the future with updates. It'll be a pic with my hair looking absolutely amazing or shaved off!

Thanks for the replies and mm2ndj too for the PM.

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