UPDATE: Question for re:coil experimenters

I bought some re:coil about three weeks ago and am still experimenting with it. I've read the many posts on this board about people's experience with it and how they use it and I have gathered that it is a somewhat "tempermental" product in terms of how much you use. I've tried the pea size, the nickel size, the quarter size and paired with it mousse, gel, even tried it alone and can't figure it out so I am trying to decide if maybe this product isn't for me.

I am not really asking how much you use or how you use it, but for those of you who have experimented, what was the result if you used too much or too little (i.e. flat curls, frizz, loose curls, stringy curls, stiff curls, etc.)?

Thanks. (btw I am 3a/3b)
Too little is like I did nothing different to my hair, just enough is curlier springy curls (that also depends on the humidity level as to how springy) and too much is gunky producty hair.
2c/3a?
Low porosity, medium texture.
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I just got this to work for me after quite a few tries. The only thing I did differently was to put it in my hair while it is soaking wet . Then I use a bit of gel and wrap it in a t-shirt while I get dressed . After I'm dressed I diffuse for a couple minutes and I have nice curl and some volume .
If I use too little, it doesn't do much. I have not used so much that my hair got gunky, and I've used up to 2 quarter-sized globs. When I use that much, it's hard on my wallet though.
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Too little is like I did nothing different to my hair, just enough is curlier springy curls (that also depends on the humidity level as to how springy) and too much is gunky producty hair.
Originally Posted by medusahair
Exactly - took the words right outta my mouth (except for the humidity part 'cause we don't have any here).
thick 3b; currently loving Devacurl and Kinky-Curly

Thanks for the input. Just wanted to get an idea of what results I was (and wasn't) looking for. I'll keep experimenting and hope I get results like the rest of you.
Thanks for the input. Just wanted to get an idea of what results I was (and wasn't) looking for. I'll keep experimenting and hope I get results like the rest of you.
Originally Posted by CurlGirl2005
Don't underestimate technique, either! Curlies have loved or hated this based on application technique.
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I put mine on really wet hair and rake then scrunch, then put my gel over it.
Nothing worse in my particular hair than putting it in without enough water left in my hair.
2c/3a?
Low porosity, medium texture.
http://public.fotki.com/Medusahair/

If it smells good put it in your hair, if it tastes good spit it out!
After several nonsuccessful attempts with this, I put it on soaking wet hair (still in shower), over Boots Curl Cream, dry in microfiber towel for a bit, and now getting awesome curls

I think the idea of less is more is key for me. I use about a nickel size
I do the same as Medusahair, soaking wet hair, add 2 'bean' sized drops - scrunch, Gel and Scrunch. Here's where the experiment came in:

I went to a Deva trained stylist about a week ago. She was a great stylist, did exactly what I wanted, used all Deva products, and the cut was great. What I noticed right away was that my curls weren't little rings anymore but my hair was more wavy instead.

So I went home knowing that I was going to be back with my usual routine and products (Suave Co, Re:coil and Tizz no Frizz) and my hair curled up right back to the ringletts I love! Since there's nothing special about the Conditioner or the gel, I have to assume my Holy Grail is the Re:coil
I don't know if it was good vibes from the people on this board or what, but I think that I finally have this stuff down and WOW!

For those that are interested, here's what I did:

After my shower (my leave-in was Fast Food), I rubbed some re:coil (a dollop a midway between a chocolate chip and a Hershey's kiss (Sorry, but since Valentine's day I have chocolate on the brain, and comparing the amount to coins doesn't really help me since coins are flat)) between my hands and applied to soaking wet hair by gathering it back like a pony tail and scrunching through. Then I used a pea-sized amount and scrunched through the back. Then I used one and a half Hershey's kisses-size worth of AnGell and scruched through. I flipped upside down and scrunched more with my microfiber towel. Then I put another pea-sized amount of re:coil through my hands, added some water so it wasn't so pasty, and smoothed it over my hair and lightly scrunched. (I don't know if the extra application of re:coil is necessary, but I did it on the first day that my hair turned out great so I am just going to replicate the process.) Then I diffused dry. Holy curls!! They are very soft, no crunch whatsoever, and I used the same routine three days in a row last week and got consistent results. Over the weekend, to experiment, I tried it with GF Curl Construct mousse instead of AnGell and got good results, but my hair felt a little producty and my curls weren't nearly as clumpy (the GF mousse is a new product for me so I am still trying to figure it out). Today I went back to the re:coil/AnGell routine and have luscious, clumpy, soft curls.

Thanks again, ladies, for helping me figure this out.
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Glad you made it work!

For those still figuring it out, I'll add my tip. I never could get Re:coil to work until I tried combing it through with a wide-toothed comb, then scrunching the curl back in. I thought combing would pull out the curl, but in fact it improved the clumping. Even distribution seems important with this product, and it's not easy to do since it's very thick and you use a small amount.

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