SC Curly in Need of Advise

So I've been doing the CG routine for a while and yes it has made my curls feel healthy and look shiny and minimized the frizz by quite a lot but I'm still having a few problems and I think it has to do with where I live. South Carolina has high humidity almost all year and on those extra humid days, no amount of leave-in or gel will help my hair fight off frizz. Is there anything I can do about that?
My other problem is that I often pull my hair back into a ponytail and some strands fall out and they curl into beautiful spirals but when I leave all my hair down it doesn't curl the same or as far up [I end up with wavy hair at the top and curls at the bottom] and on some days, it just doesn't look that great like that. Any advise?
So I've been doing the CG routine for a while and yes it has made my curls feel healthy and look shiny and minimized the frizz by quite a lot but I'm still having a few problems and I think it has to do with where I live. South Carolina has high humidity almost all year and on those extra humid days, no amount of leave-in or gel will help my hair fight off frizz. Is there anything I can do about that?
My other problem is that I often pull my hair back into a ponytail and some strands fall out and they curl into beautiful spirals but when I leave all my hair down it doesn't curl the same or as far up [I end up with wavy hair at the top and curls at the bottom] and on some days, it just doesn't look that great like that. Any advise?
Originally Posted by FeeFeeCurly
From reading on this forum since April, you should have happened upon the advice to determine your properties and post them in your siggie (which makes it easier for folks to advise you and recommend stuff and easier for you to find your hair twin).

So, yeah, I recommend you do that first so others can guide you more targetedly. And post a pics (or several, front, sides, back, and at least one showing the frizz). Sometimes, the frizz that seems huge to you looks fine to others. Sometimes, seeing a pic can give people ideas on how to handle YOUR particular issue cause they have similar hair and had the same issue.

I live in a humid climate (Miami, FL), and I find I just have to accept a certain amount of frizz (when I straightened, when I'm curly, no matter) just cause I hate putting a lot of product in my hair. The only way I get NO frizz is to put a ton of moisture/sealing/gel. Then I have really producty hair, but, hey, no frizz. hahahah

I like touchable hair, so I embrace some frizz.

BUT...you can minimize frizz by making sure you are VERY well (but not over) conditioned and your protein needs are taken care of. When My curls lose "sproing" and look frizzy, it's usually time for a solid dose of protein tx (I did a Spiral Solutions Repairing Protein treatment a few days ago and my curls just snapped back to action and frizz was reduced, not eliminated though). Last month I did K-pak reconstructor protein deep tx. Again, helped with frizz and curl activation.

If you have fine hair, and you aren't currently using products with protein or doing deep protein txs, it's time to consider . (See Rymorg's thread on advice to newbies on protein treatments if you're not sure how to do it.)

Other than that (well moisturized, protein, added gel, possibly sealants), I dunno what to tel ya. Maybe examine your styling techniques. I find that if I brush with a Denman (brush product ON a la WowOhWow's method in the thread she started about abolishing frizz) I get a lot less canopy frizz, but I also get loss of volume, which I hate.

So, post properties, post your routine (how you wash, with what products, how you dry/style, with what products, etc)...and people can maybe help you better.
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Last edited by MirCurls; 09-07-2010 at 12:51 PM.
Oh, and if you have the inclination and the moolah, you can do what Michelle (one of the founders/moderators here on NC) did and get regular Brazilian Blowouts that KEEP the curl but BLAST the frizz. She has an article up and she redid it after a few months cause it worked well for her. So, that's an option. Just make sure you go to a salon that has an experienced stylist with the system so they don't damage your curls. (It will relax the curl some, but mostly add defrizzing).

If I ever come to trust a stylist down here to do it (ie, I see pics of them keeping curls on clients), I'd do it in a heartbeat to get through summers and humid late spring/early falls down in Miami.
3a3b dry, dyed --newly "banged"
Natural since 11/25/09 (Miami)

Shine & Spring w/ Sweet Curls Elixirs!
Curl Junkie Conditions!
Re:coil ROCKS!

~CJ Protein Tx
; BEE-U-Ti-Ful Deep Condish
~S&C; SMasters Method; Pixie-curling
Dumping clumps for VOLUME!
http://public.fotki.com/MirCurls/


Marchioness Mir, Magister of Moisturization & Mystic of the Lofty Crown in the Order of the Curly Crusaders
What's your hair type? Since I'm a 2, my hair doesn't have super-tight curls. I'm from NC, so I totally sympathize with your plight. What works for me is cutting back on washing my hair (I maybe put product in my hair 2 or 3 times a week). Also, I use my fingers to shape my curls when my hair is wet, and I apply a little bit of gel when I'm done.

How do you dry your hair? Are you using a traditional towel or a pillowcase or T-shirt to soak up moisture? You might want to stay away from a normal towel and try out something softer that won't damage your curls.

Also, scrunching your hair upside down may help you get a more consistent curl pattern over all your head. You may also want to look into a layered haircut that will allow more air to get around your curls and help dry them. One more thing: how porous is your hair? Porosity can affect how your hair handles moisture and humidity.

Some summer days, I just accept the fact that my hair will frizz. When it is 95 degrees and 90% humidity, my hair will not be smooth. To that point, I can't expect miracles. But I bet you can see a lot of improvement in your hair with a little more research! Let us know the properties of your hair so we can help you a little better.
2b/cFi, low density, normal porosity, high elasticity

Low-poo
: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Conditioner
: Suave Naturals (whatever scent I have on hand)
Styling
: Paul Mitchell Round Trip, Tresemme Climate Control Finishing Spray

I'm a hair minimalist: the less time I spend on my hair, the better.

I'm in Sc too, humidity ack! lol
If it's cloudy I have to use light conditioner as a rinse out, rinse it real well and a light light leave in or none depending on my gel.
Also, nothing with glycerine in it. Oh and generally a medium hold gel like that HESMU (for me on cg it's medium) or even a bit more flexible gel works best for spirals. I find a stiffer gel while giving good hold doesn't let my hair spiral around as it sucks up the water in the air during the day.That might be why the strays curl so well, less weight.

As long as I don't over condition or use a humectant I don't get much frizz. I do need to use enough gel though. If I go to light I'll have a good deal of halo frizz along with my curls.

Part of how your hair reacts might be different from mine, I'm just real aware now of things that don't work with humidity. Any humectant or over conditioning is just awful in my hair when it's humid.
2c/3a?
Low porosity, medium texture.
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