I need help!

My canopy layer of hair is so so so poofy and dry and frizzy! I'm deep conditioning it with olive oil.

I just started the curly girl method about a week ago too.

I think I have 3a hair.

Does anybody have any suggestions on how to fix this?

Pictures! (This is how my hair looks after washing it in the morning and sitting around the house all day)

Last edited by BrookieD; 06-22-2011 at 01:02 PM.
You might be a 3a if your hair is extremely damaged. But it looks like a 2c/2b while its still damaged
3a CG
Cleanser: shea moisture's african black soap cleanser or moisture retention shampoo
Conditioner: tresemme naturals, shea moisture restorative conditioner
Syler: shea moisture's curl soufflé and smoothie.
My suggestion is to stick with the CG method... my hair took 3 weeks to adjust, but now I'm loving it. I have SO much less frizz than ever before.
Use LOTS of conditioner, rinse with cool water, use a leave-in on the canopy, and don't mess with your hair while drying.
You already have gorgeous hair... it can only get better. Good luck!
2c/3a
CG since 5/20/11
co-wash & leave-in: Suave Naturals Green Apple
conditioner: GVP Biolage Matrix Conditioning Balm
style:
LA Looks Sport gel,
Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee,
Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Shine Serum Hair Polisher (use a little mixed with gel),
Fantasia i.c. gel (not sure if I like it)
My suggestion is to stick with the CG method... my hair took 3 weeks to adjust, but now I'm loving it. I have SO much less frizz than ever before.
Use LOTS of conditioner, rinse with cool water, use a leave-in on the canopy, and don't mess with your hair while drying.
You already have gorgeous hair... it can only get better. Good luck!
Originally Posted by melimose7
Okay! Thanks! I'm just glad I found this method because my hair is just unruly.


And this is the worst layer, it might be 2 but the underneath is 3a I'm almost positive.
Olive oil makes my hair really frizzy. So you may have to start trying other things if olive oil isn't working for you.
Mod CG since 8/2010
2cFii (fia), normal/normal, protein junkie. Itchy and allergic wavy!
Growing out
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Most oils are too heavy for me. Creams and leave ins make my hair tacky and frizzy too.

CVS has this new stuff, it's like a Moroccan oil, or macadamia nut oil? It's in a brown designed bottle with a bright green cap. It's a great oil. Not heavy and it smells amazing.
This is the first time I'm using olive oil so I'll have to see how it works. And I'll definitely try the stuff from cvs.

I've also noticed that when I am air drying my hair is when it acquires the most frizz.
You need to figure out your hair properties, like texture (fine/medium/coarse) and porosity (low/normal/high). This is much more important than your curl shape (2c/3a, etc.)

You may need a protein treatment. Sometimes frizz can be due to overconditioning.
Mod CG since 8/2010
2cFii (fia), normal/normal, protein junkie. Itchy and allergic wavy!
Growing out
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Last edited by Mountaincurl; 06-23-2011 at 09:39 AM.
+1 to figuring out your properties. That is truly the key to using the right ingredients for your hair. Curl type means next to squat when it comes to knowing what your hair needs. Read this thread:
Texture, Porosity, and other Hair Type Madness
and this page:
Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics
to help you figure out your properties.

Aside from that, you may just need time. I know that's tough to hear, but the canopy layer of our hair is the one that's been the most damaged, since it's been most exposed to the elements, and therefore will take the longest to get back into shape. Give that area some extra TLC - lots of leave-in conditioner, and if you use gel or stylers, be sure to rake it in well to get good coverage there. That will help it to look better short-term, but in the end, you just have to wait for that damaged part to grow out. My canopy was dry and not curly at all when I first started, and now, with proper care and enough time for that part to have grown out and gotten cut off, it's much softer and curlier.
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

Well one of my biggest problems was touching my hair while it was drying. I held back and today it's looking a lot better. And this is second day hair:


Oh geez. It's going to take me a while to figure out all of the properties, but I'll try lol.
Looks good! No puff or frizz in sight. :-)

The properties *can* be a pain to figure out - I finally broke down and got a hair analysis and product recommendations from Curl Wizard - Home. But once you know them, you are armed with everything you need to know. If you have fine hair, you will know that you need lots of protein. If you have coarser hair, you will know that you need less protein and more moisture. If you have low porosity, you will know that you need to do some extra work to get your products into your cuticle. If you have porous hair, you will know that you need to do some extra work to close your cuticle down so that the good stuff you put in your hair will stay there. If you don't know anything about your properties, you will spend a lot of time and money of products and techniques that may not work and end up super frustrated. The work is worth it!
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

Thanks! It's getting a bit frizzy now because the humidity where I live has been terrible, but it's not nearly as frizzy as before. And maybe I'll just see if my hair dresser (who is also my neighbor) can tell me some of that stuff
Your hair dresser may very well be able to accurately tell you your properties. Ask her, and let us know what she says. We can steer you towards the right products to try based on that info.
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

Okay, thanks! I will probably ask her within the next few days, and see what she says.

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