I'm brand new to being part of this site, but I've been browsing it for a while now. Finally, I worked up the nerve to ask experienced curlies for some help. And I do mean all kinds of help--I have a LOT of questions that nobody else has been able to answer for me. D:
First off, I have absolutely no idea what type to call my hair. Depending on the day, it forms a little differently. I'm going to attach a picture of how it looks today, after having been slept on and such.
I have issues with my bangs and overall flatness, if you can't tell from the picture.
It isn't exactly the most flattering thing for my forehead, because everything looks kind of...lifeless, and I have to force it with a curler to do anything. Even then, that just goes limp after a bit.
The bangs kind of just hang there. The top of my hair is flat, making things really awkward, and the volume only seems to show up on the sides of my face where I have shorter layers...only it always fluffs out and looks frizzy, not ringlet-y. I really don't like using a curling iron, because it's kind of obvious when I only do the top of my head. I feel like it looks weird, if not a little fake. And I love natural curls! Any ideas on how to fix this?
Also, I have a problem where, when I diffuse my hair, immediately after, it looks lovely. Last night I had voluminous ringlets, and it was very nice. However, not a half hour later, it was almost like they deflated and just went frizzy.
They hung there, and the sides of my hair fluffed out notoriously, making me look...well...not curly, just messy. It's not a flattering look, and I've no idea how to fix it.
For now, I use Suave Professionals, until I can figure out what the VERY best option is. (Hence my post on this forum!) I try to leave conditioner in for awhile, and I experiment with various mousses after getting out of the shower.
Sometimes, I get lucky, but usually it's not for long and my hair looks flat, lifeless, and boring. I know for a fact it doesn't always have to look that way! However, nobody I've asked, hairstylists included, seem to know what to tell me.
Sorry for the long ramble, I believe that's all the questions for now. Any help would be SO much appreciated. I love my hair, and am tired of being frustrated with it and not owning it like I wish to be.