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Old 03-19-2013, 07:58 AM   #21
 
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I've been getting really good results by pixie diffusing by grabbing my hair with the bowl and scrunching it towards my roots. Only way for me to get root curl really. I got a really cheap blow dryer that came with a diffuse from Wat-Mart. Made a big difference in the final outcome.

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Old 03-19-2013, 08:06 AM   #22
 
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Jleighs, where did you get this diffuser and what kind of dryer do you have? Mine is the Revlon tourmaline, nothing special but it works fine and has the cold shot.

Elizard, I am going to try to attach my previous avatar pic. I was going to change it back too, as it is more current. Lets see if I can do this - last night it took me half an hour.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:11 AM   #23
 
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Jleighs, where did you get this diffuser and what kind of dryer do you have? Mine is the Revlon tourmaline, nothing special but it works fine and has the cold shot.
That's the same one I have, and the diffuser came with it. It's this one.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:14 PM   #24
 
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I really love your current avatar pic, Myrna. Great volume, nice tight curls, beautiful style and cut. Is this how you are currently wearing it? Cuz if so, I'd say, why mess with perfection?
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:28 PM   #25
 
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Oh, thanks, Hoot, but ya see, I want my curls LOOSER, not tight 3B curls. But thanks so much! Yes the avatar pic was taken about 2 months ago. What I think may have happened was menopause - changed my curl pattern. Or, maybe its the fact that it is longer now.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:36 PM   #26
 
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Aren't there some products to help pull your curl down? Doesn't KC have one? I forget the term... The opposite of "shrinkage" - lol! I never look for that, so I can't recall!

It is possible the new found health of your hair has caused the tightening. Of course hormonal changes can do it, too. My curls used to be tighter, had gotten loser, and now have gotten tighter again after the babies. (While I was pregnant I went wavy, even!)
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:42 PM   #27
 
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Hey, Jas, that is what is puzzling. I NEVER thought I had this much curl. and certainly not 3B curls. Yes, it IS possible that my hair is healthier and there fore curlier. I dont know if you read any of Bigred's posts (Deva stylist from Michigan) but that was her opinion; that I used to beat up my hair more and so the curl was looser, etc. What I am thinking is that maybe it needs to be evened out some - the back is way longer than the sides. AND I never considered washing it once a week or so with a coco-betaine shampoo. Maybe I need to quit using gel, too - and just use mousse - but that tends to not hold my curls.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:30 PM   #28
 
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I move you try a series of experiments as I'm not sure the length could have changed it that much. I think it's more styling technique or how innately curly the hair is. (The reason I say this is because I can change my hair back to wavy really easily and make it more curly easily depending on what I do and what I use.) Try one day just mousse. If that doesn't work, mousse plus a modicum of gel. If your hair is healthier now it should retain its curl even without product. My hair is a very healthy 2C now without product and it takes a modest amount of product to boost it. That wasn't the case two months ago. I imagine your hair is wayyy healthier than mine after all the TLC you've been supplying it.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:41 PM   #29
 
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Dusa, I think you are right, and your hair looks a lot like mine, but to me that is 3A hair - not that it matters. But I dont live in a semi-arid climate. And your hair is a lot longer than mine.

The confusing part is the role of my low poo and conditioners..whether or not they are also playing a major part.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:00 PM   #30
 
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Yes but since you are 3B and you want 3A, it's the same system. (At least that's what I meant. I only mentioned my waves by way of illustration.) You could revert to looser curls just like I can revert to waves. If you're a 3B styled then you might be 3A less styled, you know what I mean? But yes, my hair is a little longer. And weather does play a role in making your hair curlier.

I'm not sure about the low poos and conditioners, but I haven't noticed any of the conditioners I've used have made my hair more curly or less curly. Really the curl comes with styling. At least for me.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:07 PM   #31
 
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I think I may get more volume with a lighter conditioner. NOt sure about that, or, maybe GVP is OK if I use less, and maybe dont leave any in. I never used to leave any conditioner in my hair (as in the pic I posted); I rinsed til it squeaked.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:06 PM   #32
 
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Rinsing 'til it squeaks sound dangerous for a frizzball like me but your hair looks gorgeous in that picture. Not frizzy, just fluffy and full of life. So I say go for it.
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