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Old 05-07-2012, 09:31 AM   #1
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Default what method do you use to break up the "casts"?

If I place my fingers on my scalp and move them around, it doesnt really work. I dont think I should pull my fingers through my hair...but those casts stay. And, I do not use a lot of product. Mousse and just a bit of gel. What do others do?
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:48 AM   #2
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I rub some product into my hands - either curl cream or conditioner - depending on how my hair feels. Then I scrunch. Dry hands in my hair causes frizz. Too much product leaves my gunky. I rub just enough product into my hands to coat them. It really helps me break up the cast without messing up the curl.
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HGs: FSG, anything with glycerin, Tresemme Naturals conditioner, Curls Like Us cloths, satin pillowcases.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:51 AM   #3
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What a great idea! conditioner!
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:42 PM   #4
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Yes, definitely scrunch to break up the gel cast. (Don't drag fingers through your hair.)

Like mhen, I also like to SOTC with a small amount of product rubbed in my hands. Sometimes I'll do a light conditioner, but that tends to make my hair too soft. I really like KC Spiral Spritz for SOTC actually. I also can use curl cremes or finishing pomades or even light gels. Basically whatever I have on hand that I think my hair may need that day.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:33 PM   #5
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I SOTC with argan oil -- my hair hates just about anything else for some reason! I've never been able to successfully use curl creams or anything else.
whurly girly (2C/3A).
thick; medium/coarse; low porosity.
hair that is drier than the sahara desert.

LOW-POO: Renpure Organics
CO: L'Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
RO: Renpure Keratin Conditioner. New HG!
LI: L'Oreal EverSleek Humidity-Defying LI Creme
Styling: SM Curl Milk, Argan Oil for sealing, sometimes GFPC Gel, some honey for hold, TIGI Control Freak Serum!!
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:58 PM   #6
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I either use dry hands or coconut oil. Conditioner or curl cream would be too heavy and gunky.
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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
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:14 AM   #7
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I can't use anything except dry hands or I get product-y hair that is weighed down or frizzy. I just rub my roots to get the root lift, then scrunch out the curls (gently and upside down). Lately I am liking gels that scrunch out easier so that I end up with less broken up clumps (LALSG or CJCQ vs BRHG or KCCC)
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Co-Wash: V05 Kiwi Lime
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:06 AM   #8
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I also use just my dry hands to SOTC. I just have to be careful that I don't scrunch too much or it breaks up the curls and I get major frizz!
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Co-wash/rinse out/leave in : L'oreal Full Restore 5, GFR&S, Schwarzkopf Bio Pomegranite
Gels : Umberto Giannini Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly
Finish product : Boots Naked Style Frizz Fighter Serum or a pea-sized blob of condish smoothed over canopy
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:57 AM   #9
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I use this lovely conditioner from Sally's called Cure Care. It has been discussed here. It works GREAT. So on days that I use a firmer mousse, and have more crunch, I use mhen's method, just a bit on my hands to scrunch, and not too hard.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:21 AM   #10
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I lightly wet my hands with water and then sotc!
3 a/b Medium texture/Normal porosity/Normal elasticity
Products I'm currently using:
Lo-Poo: KC Come Clean (1 x week)
Co-wash/RO: Suave Naturals Everlasting Sunshine
Stylers: UFD CM + BRHG

Hair dislikes: lots of protein, glycerin
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:39 AM   #11
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That would give me frizz.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:41 PM   #12
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I use coconut or sweet almond oil; dry hands if my hair is cooperative that day.
High porosity. 3C.
Poos: NG Hemp Shampoo.
Condish: Alba Botanica Gardenia Hydrating Condish. Mill Creek Keratin. Aussie Moist.
Leave in: Alba Botanica Leave In. Tresemme Naturals. Cantu.
Seal: Whipped Shea Butter Mix.
Styling: GF Pure Clean. EcoStyler Protein.
Hair loves: Finger combing. Protein.
Hair hates: Plopping.
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:32 AM   #13
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I squeeze my curls with dry hands and the diffuser going.
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:17 AM   #14
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My hair is longish; I turn upside down and twist it as though making a bun on top of my head, then rub at the roots.

Figured this out when one day my hair was misbehaving and I was trying to put it up in a twist but it wasn't even doing that right and I kept twisting at it and was getting frustrated but then looked at it and said "oh" because it actually looked good down after all the twisting, it was pretty funny.
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Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
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