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goingcurly 01-19-2007 03:30 PM

Advice for going curly
 
I am 37 years old, and have been drying my hair straight almost every morning since college. I want to go natural/curly, but don't really know how. I just found this website today, and would love some advice. My hair is (I think) type 3b - straightens very easily, don't use products when straight. I shampoo and condition every day.

I don't know what kind of products to use to go curly. I have some products (something from bumble & bumble, and Aveda's Be Curly). But when I use them, I feel that I can't distribute them evenly - front of head looks greasy and matted, back of head is frizz city! I don't even own a diffuser.

I've worn my hair straight so long I don't think my husband even knows I have curly hair!!

Any advice would be appreciated. Free me from my hair dryer!

brandym22 01-19-2007 04:08 PM

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SmallFry 01-19-2007 04:30 PM

Hello! Congrats on your decision to go curly! Well a few things that I can think of to help are
-apply products to wet hair so you can get more even distribution
-apply products either by scrunching/raking http://www.jessicurl.com/Demo-Videos-p-6.html has informative videos on this. (jessicurl products are pretty good)
-only comb hair while wet and loaded with conditioner in shower
-after you have styled your hair, don't touch it. that causes frizz
-use a microfiber towel to dry your hair by gently cupping and scrunching
-Use a very good conditioner, curls need moisture and the right conditioner can set the foundation for a good hair day
-most curlies use a leave-in conditioner under styling product(s), this is essential since its cold now
-I think lotsa curlies like to use a gel and maybe 3rd product if needed (usually cream styler, mousse, or something new they are trying!)
-there's a possibility that your curls are in shock from being straight for so long but don't worry, they'll pop back once they get enough moisture and get used to being free :D
well that's a few quick things I pulled from the top of my head.

Here is a website that is from another curly on this site (sweetpeacurli). It's VERY informative and tells you everything you need to know to start. It changed my life! Before this, I was 100% clueless on what to do with curly hair! :oops:
http://healthycurls.awardspace.com/

I hope this helps :D

cunninghamair 01-21-2007 05:15 PM

Big steps for me--throw away the hair brush, comb, hair dryer and hairspray. Work off of the shampoo--switch to every other day, then every third day. Start using gel instead of hairspray. This gave me huge results. Everybody's hair is different, so finding products can be a never ending quest--then the weather changes! However, find a milder shampoo (if necessary) and a creamier/moisture conditioner. Good luck!


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