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!
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Last edited by brandym22; 01-26-2010 at 07:03 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
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!
http://healthycurls.awardspace.com/

I hope this helps
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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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