How to get great curls all day long?

Hey experienced naturally curly members, i could use some of your helpful advice right now. =)
I'm in highschool right now and one of my biggest problems is this: I wake-up with nice soft 3a curls and go to school, But by the middle of the day, sometime around lunch, my hair begins to lose definition and frizzes like something awful. How do i prevent a bad case of the midday frizzies? All your advice is greatly, GREATLY, appreciated! Thanks so much!
That rather sounds as if your hair is getting dried out because of the low, winter dew points and heated air. You may also be using products with humectants, which are fine in medium dew points, but will draw moisture out of your hair in low dews. The easy solution. Go wash your hands. Shake excess water off, then smooth them over your hair, ending by holding the ends in your hands and scrunching up. If the curl is also falling out of your roots, dampen your fingertips, then scrub your roots; flip your head over, and scrunch.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
Let me first tell you I feel your pain, 3a curls are certainly stubborn little things. I have a few suggestions, one being to put a little bit of hairspray (or I prefer hair gel) in your hair while it is still wet. It helps hold the curls in better, for me at least. Also, if you are losing your curls and have the time at lunch, maybe splash a little bit of water on your hair and scrunch up your curls once more. I know it sounds odd, and you don't have to drench your head, but a little moisture goes a long way.
Hope this helps!
I have found that my 3a curls last all day ever since I added aveda's newest product- be curly style prep to my routine. I either start off with 1 1/2 pumps of it before adding their phomollient (foam) and a dab of their curl enhancer, or I use it as my last product but just about the size of a pea before diffusing. It has a little hold in it and curl defining properties so it keeps the curl and style all day. If you find a salon that sells aveda, they are giving away samples of this product now since it's a new one. Worth a try!

3a (
with 3b)
Fine texture/
Normal porosity/Medium density
Low Poo
(Aveda's damage remedy); Styling: Aveda's: Color Conserve Daily leave in+ Be Curly Style Prep+ Phomollient (mixed w/ Defining Whip)
Finishing: Aveda's Texturizing Creme or Defining Whip; Eufora Pure Polish Drops
Color
Maintenance:
Aveda's Madder Root condish+Clove condish
If I use products that don't keep my style all day.... I change them. To me, that means my styling products don't have enough hold.

What are you using??
Janet ~ Northern NJ
Properties: Dense, Fine, Low Porosity, Low Elasticity
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What I used in this photo:
Cleansing: Suave Tropical Coconut Condish
Conditioner: CJ Smoothing Condish
Styling: CJCQ
Either your styler doesn't have enough hold or sealing power (to hold the mmoisture of your conditioner in) or your leave-in conditioner isn't hydrating enough.

What are you using and how are you using it? Describe your routine.

Also, check out this site. You should know if your hair is fine, normal, or coarse as well as the porosity.

http://www.livecurlylivefree.com/cur...r%20basics.htm
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Low porosity thick/coarse texture. nml elasticity
Routine: No rules, just happy hair

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Last edited by Naturalista; 02-15-2011 at 03:28 AM.
Thanks for all the replies guys, =) I'll tell you my routine, just so you guys know i am on a modified cg regimen with some silicones and a low poo.
So on a day i don't need to shampoo my routine goes like this:
In the shower i will condition my hair with tresemme moisture rich conditioner. After leaving it on for a few minutes i will lightly rinse my hair leaving some conditioner in my hair.
Next after i'm done in the shower i'll rake in biotera curl cream to my hair and then layer biotera gel on top of it. Lastly i'll spray some biotera hairspray on my hair to give me a little more hold. After i finish raking the product in my hair i usually gently scrunch to encourage the curl to come back. So after all this is complete i just let my hair air-dry. And since i take showers at nighttime, it makes it difficult to find a method for me to sleep with my hair. I tried the pineapple, haha and i woke up looking like frankenstein's bride or something! Ok i hope this information helps some, I really appreciate all the additional advice!
I used to keep a small spray bottle with water and a glob of gel mixed in to it in my car. BUT- honestly I agree with RacerWife, since I changed my products and found the right level of hold for my hair, I don't have to do touch ups (even for my long 18+ hour days).
Hairtype: 3a/b, normal elasticity, low porosity, medium thick & fine- my hair can't get enough protein!

*****HG Routine*****
Cleanse: Care Cure Conditioner
LI: Biolage Conditioning Balm (not very often used anymore, really)
Styling: Eco Style Protein Gel and a diffuser (pixiecurl method).


Thanks for all the replies guys, =) I'll tell you my routine, just so you guys know i am on a modified cg regimen with some silicones and a low poo.
So on a day i don't need to shampoo my routine goes like this:
In the shower i will condition my hair with tresemme moisture rich conditioner. After leaving it on for a few minutes i will lightly rinse my hair leaving some conditioner in my hair.
Next after i'm done in the shower i'll rake in biotera curl cream to my hair and then layer biotera gel on top of it. Lastly i'll spray some biotera hairspray on my hair to give me a little more hold. After i finish raking the product in my hair i usually gently scrunch to encourage the curl to come back. So after all this is complete i just let my hair air-dry. And since i take showers at nighttime, it makes it difficult to find a method for me to sleep with my hair. I tried the pineapple, haha and i woke up looking like frankenstein's bride or something! Ok i hope this information helps some, I really appreciate all the additional advice!
Originally Posted by curlytwirlygirl
You need a better LI than Tresemme or you need to stop with the biotera combo, which is drying to the hair layering it like that IMO. It's not enough sealing/conditioning support for your hair to last.
Type: 3c with some 4a highlighted
Low porosity thick/coarse texture. nml elasticity
Routine: No rules, just happy hair

Cleanse: CJDF, Prell, LUSH Curly Wurly, Bobeam
LI/RO:BBB, CJ, SheaM, HEHIS, Garnier, KBN Shealoe, CD Chocolat, Oyin HH
Styling: CJ, CR, UFD, Zuresh, Ecostyler,MJ
PT/DT: BBB, CJ, Lather, MJSSB

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I agree with RacerWife & musicaleloquence about not needing to touch up after finding the right products. I really didn't know I needed more hold until I tried the Aveda leave in Be Curly Style Prep and that really held it throughout the day. Now I see such a difference. It's CG friendly and good for air drying. Good luck!

(Sorry, I can't seem to make the underlining above go away!!)

3a (
with 3b)
Fine texture/
Normal porosity/Medium density
Low Poo
(Aveda's damage remedy); Styling: Aveda's: Color Conserve Daily leave in+ Be Curly Style Prep+ Phomollient (mixed w/ Defining Whip)
Finishing: Aveda's Texturizing Creme or Defining Whip; Eufora Pure Polish Drops
Color
Maintenance:
Aveda's Madder Root condish+Clove condish
Naturalista, I was wondering what products you would recommend for me? I would like to get products that give me better results, but on my limited budget i really can't afford pricier products. Thanks-again for your help.
Naturalista, I was wondering what products you would recommend for me? I would like to get products that give me better results, but on my limited budget i really can't afford pricier products. Thanks-again for your help.
Originally Posted by curlytwirlygirl
You don't need to spend a fortune to have great hair. I'm a just product junkie and it's a passion for me to try everything. LOL!!

Anyway,

Conditioner: is the Tresemme condish you're referring to from their Naturals line? If not, switch to that. It's silicone free and really nice for cowash, rinse out or LI if your hair isn't on the thicker side.
- Giovanni's Direct LI can also be found in drugstores, it's on the thicker side, but easy to distribute and the moisture does last.

Is there a Sally's near you? You said Biotera so I assume there is. Try Sally's GVP balm. This can be used as a LI or deep treatment.

Gel: There are so many decent drugstore gels
-Aussie Instant Freeze (my absolute fav one)
-Herbal Essences Set Me Up
-LA Looks Sport Gel
-Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee
-Ecostyler


What shampoo are you using? Sulfates can be drying to the hair, so if you are using these shoot for low sulfate or non-sulfate shampoo's. Giovanni's has a good one too-- Tea Tree Triple Threat. Burt Bee's also has great poo's too. Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo is a cheapie buy from Sally's.

HTH
Type: 3c with some 4a highlighted
Low porosity thick/coarse texture. nml elasticity
Routine: No rules, just happy hair

Cleanse: CJDF, Prell, LUSH Curly Wurly, Bobeam
LI/RO:BBB, CJ, SheaM, HEHIS, Garnier, KBN Shealoe, CD Chocolat, Oyin HH
Styling: CJ, CR, UFD, Zuresh, Ecostyler,MJ
PT/DT: BBB, CJ, Lather, MJSSB

HUGE PJJJJJJJJ!!!!

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Thanks for the help Naturalista! =) I will definitely try the products that you recommended. And yes there is a Sally's close to where i live, so i will try that conditioning balm! And i've been interested in trying one of the burt's bees shampoo, so i will go out and try one of them! Thanks again for the recommendations!

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