My curls are confusing. Help!

So, right after I shower I then apply some products, scrunch and voila. It looks amazing and feels so soft, just the way I wanted it to be. But after it dries BAM, frizzy, limp and life-less curls. Not to mention how coarse it is.

Help, please?
Right there with ya. I'm leaving it to having just started cg this week and that I have damaged hair from coloring and straightening.
Are either of you using protein or a really good moisturizer? It's a lot of trial and error until you find what works for you.

Please keep posting (both) and ask questions and maybe we can be more helpful. It would help to know your hair properties, (low, normal or high porosity, for example,) what type of curls you have, the length, what products you use, what techniques, etc.

ETA: Also, there are some excellent videos on Youtube. Good luck!
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift
I believe I have low porosity according to a float test and my hair taking forever to dry. I'd say thickness varies, I've seen some thin hairs and some thick ones. Density- medium? I've always thought very dense but I've met someone who's density almost made my jaw drop. I have suave as a co wash, KCKT, KCCC, and HE set me up gel. Still trying different techniques.
OK - I have high porosity so can't help you there. I think low porosity is better because it means your hair isn't damaged.

It may come down to getting a really great haircut. Are you diffusing or air drying? If your hair looks great while it's wet, that's the first indication that it ought to look good dry. Have you tried some of the techniques to make your hair clump better or look more defined like twirling?

It took me a really long time to find routines that work more than 50% of the time. I need to vary the products I use according to the dewpoint. There is a great dewpoint indicator right on this website.

Bottom line, keep reading and trying different products and techniques. It might help if you can keep a little journal. Then when you have a great hair day, you have a record of what you did. Please post back as you continue trying different techniques and products and let us know how it is going. I know it is complicated and confusing at first! Also, not everyone likes the cg method - some people prefer using cones.
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift
Properties are the best way to choose ingredients/products. Look for people with similar properties and see what they use (in signatures.) It's the best place to start.

Many of us rotate products. My hair satiated on product, even in my shampoo/conditioner days. I wet, use a rinse out and style every day. Seldom use any one product more then once in five days.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams

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