Finally found a method that works for me!

I've had curly hair for decades now. At first, before my teen years, my mom didn't know what to do with it so I just had a terrible brushed out fro'. During my teens I sort of figured out mousse etc, but still had average hair stylists so I had a sort of triangle short crunchy/wet curly look. I've even been curly girl for 10 years and have been getting Deva Cuts for 5 of them, but I still had a hard time actually making my long (mid-back when pulled out, shoulders when curly) hair look nice everyday. I would style it with gel and clips and my deva fuser for special occasions but for every day it would take too much time to dry and I usually ended up yanking it uncurled into a bun.

But a few months ago I finally figured it out and I have worn my hair curly every day since and even get decent 2nd day hair out of it. So I thought I'd share in case someone similar to my hair can use it.

1) Cleanse. I only shampoo with no-poo once a week. The rest of the week I condition and scrub. Then a gentle rinse with my hair upside down with cold water.

2) I scrunch to get a lot of the water out. Then I use a combo of AnGel and ArcAngel throughout my curls and crunch. Then I add Deva Volumizing foam over this (I really think it makes it dry faster and gives more definition). Once all the product is in I quickly scrunch with a microfiber towel and then flip right side up.

3) Then I clip. EVERYWHERE. (see pics below) I used to just clip the top for some volume on top but now I clip all the hair to the top of my head using the top clips as bases. Then all the hair has the weight taken off it and is all in one place the dry/curl better.

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4) Once its all clipped I sit on a stool under a hood dryer (I bought a babyliss from Sally's for $80 last year). While I dry the underside with my DevaFuser. I use my diffuser on 6 sections for about 2 minutes each while I do all my other stuff with my free hand (face cream, lotion, brush teeth etc).

5) By the time 12-20 min of doing all my other stuff has passed I'm done drying and I go to bed and sleep with the clips in. At this point its dry enough that its not actually wet, but the curls haven't firmly set yet. So if I do it in the daytime I usually leave the clips in for 3 hours before pulling them out and crunching. So it works better at night to just sleep in. (sleeping isn't so bad, I got used to it pretty quickly I don't really notice the clips - every now and then I have to pull out one or two that are poking me but for the most part its not an issue)

In total it takes me 30-40 min to do from the time I step in the shower to going to bed.

6) In the morning its totally dry, clips come out (5 min) and I crunch for long lasting defined curls!

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Took 2 decades but finally I found something that works for me. Its really funny because since I started doing it this way I've had several people ask me if I just had a perm or am wearing a wig. Horray for curls that finally behave!

Last edited by alwaysaangel; 04-27-2012 at 05:36 PM.
is it just my computer, or are the pictures not showing up for others? I'd really like to see how your clip your hair!
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Awesome! Your hair is gorgeous! Mt hair is so oit of control. Can you help? I have tried the curly girl method and sticking to ot. I rinse with conditioner. What the trouble is is that i have tons of new hairs right at the front side place and they dry in a completely disserent shape!! They go so awkward so the rest of my hair is perfwxt but the front two bits when you pull them in front of your shoulders look like a troangle frizz. My hair is really long so how should I clip it and how do you keep it so moisturized??
is it just my computer, or are the pictures not showing up for others? I'd really like to see how your clip your hair!
Originally Posted by SaraNoH
Yeah it wouldn't let me imbed them. They're just links now and should work.

Basically I do the usually clips at the top to get some lift (and will often clip from both sides to make it really secure). Then I'll take sections of hair and pin under the "base" (the top clip) with the pattern of the curl. I keep doing it and each section of curl ends up being clipped 3-4 times to get it all to the top. The sections are pretty small maybe a dime sized circle of hair from the scalp.
WOW your hair looks awesome! Congrats on finally finding something that works. I love all the shine you have too.
Ooooo I've got some hair envy! I have a chronic lack-of-root-lift problem so I'll have to try clipping up ALL of my hair like you've shown.
CG Birthday: 7/25/11
Type 3a/2c
Dense, Fine in front Coarse in back, Low porosity
Low-Poo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Rinse Out: Tresemme Naturals
Leave In: ^^^^
Stylers: AIF, Natural Silks Curly Gel
*Desert Curly*
Your hair is gorgeous! Yes, it looks like it could be a wig, so perfect!
Wow!!! Your hair is GORGEOUS!!!

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So I tried a variation of your clipping today, and wow! Am I impressed!

What I did (styling):
1. In the shower: clipped up (I used all inch-wide jaw clips) the top portion of my hair, and divided the rest into left and right.
2. Applied my product to the left and right sections, then clipped back out of the way.
3. Combed the top portion upside down to really get some root lift going, and applied my products.
4. Plop for 1 hr
5. Diffuse upside down, then clipped up EVERYTHING and diffused around the clips a little.

Best. Hair. EVER.
Thanks!
CG Birthday: 7/25/11
Type 3a/2c
Dense, Fine in front Coarse in back, Low porosity
Low-Poo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Rinse Out: Tresemme Naturals
Leave In: ^^^^
Stylers: AIF, Natural Silks Curly Gel
*Desert Curly*
Yay!! I'm so glad it worked well for you. It's amazing how easy the clipping gets the more you do it.

When I first started clipping everything I did it in hopes of getting everything under my little hood dryer so it would dry faster. But now I'm a big fan for the definition and easy way to sleep too.

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