How much product to use?

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Basically every time i wash my hair i dont know how much product to use! If i use too little my hair doesnt hold and frizzes out, and if i use too much it looks sticky, i use gel and mousse. how do i determine the perfect amount for my hair?
Keep playing with the amounts, only you can tell how much product your hair needs. It takes a lot of trial and error but you will find the right combination eventually. It took me about two years to know exactly how much is too much or too little
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Co-Wash: VO5, Tresemme naturals, Fructis naturals
Cond: Nature's Gate conditioners
Stylers: Lotions made at home with coconut oil, honey, AVG, vegetable glycerin, OO, and EO.
Gel: LA Looks sports gel for high humidity days.


Hair goal: Waist length healthy curls
Knowing your hair properties will help you know more about your hair and what to use. It's the best way to pick ingredients/products. Using the right products (and technique) will help you use the correct amount for your hair. It will also help people give you good advice.

Here's a link to help Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics Once you determine your properties, you can look for people with hair like yours to see what they use (in signature.) It's the best place to start.

Using the right amount, of the wrong product, won't help, LOL! My stylist doesn't recommend using mousse. Aside from the fact that many contain drying ingredients--the propellant can also be drying. You be using the right amount of gel, but need a leave in for more moisture. You could also have build up from ingredients in your products, that are causing frizz when you use the right amount.

After you figure out what you need to be using, generosityt is right. It can be a lot of trial and error, but it shouldn't take you two years.
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my hair is low porosity i think, 3a although underneath they're 2b , and don't really tend to curl that much, is leave in essential as my hair is soft, and doesn't appear to look that different when i do use it.. i only recently tried using gel and mousse together because i started sleeping on my hair overnight and when i wake up it's not frizzy but it's soft because i decided to use 2 holding products to preserve my curls, considering when i sleep i scrunch out some crunch...
You don't have to use anything that you don't want to. It's up to you.

Low porosity hair takes a long time to absorb products, so you generally don't want to use too much. If you're using just a little more product and it makes your hair stingy, I'd suggest trying some other products.
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i think its the mousse causing the soft hold or stickiness, maybe ill just stick to using gel and not mousse...

Last edited by justdoingme; 04-04-2013 at 03:11 PM.

After you figure out what you need to be using, generosityt is right. It can be a lot of trial and error, but it shouldn't take you two years.
Originally Posted by kathymack
LOL, that's true but maybe what you said is the reason why it took me two years, I was clueless in terms of products and ingredients so I guess it was a combination of not knowing what to use and not knowing how much to use. Also what threw me away was that some products will work great for my hair the first few weeks and after a while something in them would weight down my hair or dry it out. Now I know that's what it was, but I the time I thought it was me doing something wrong. So it also takes a time to know that that product is good for your hair. Now it's easier as once you know your hair properties you can tell from the beginning whether a product is going to work for your hair.
A Mediterranean 3b lady
In love with my curls, love love love
CG since Nov/07


Co-Wash: VO5, Tresemme naturals, Fructis naturals
Cond: Nature's Gate conditioners
Stylers: Lotions made at home with coconut oil, honey, AVG, vegetable glycerin, OO, and EO.
Gel: LA Looks sports gel for high humidity days.


Hair goal: Waist length healthy curls
While the scientific thought is that hair is dead and doesn't know you're using the same product all of the time, that hasn't been my experience. My hair has always satiated on product, even back in my shampoo/conditioner only days. I always kept several bottles of shampoo/conditioner around--swapped them out when my hair looked limp.

Many of us rotate products for that reason. I wet, use a rinse out and style every day. I rarely let myself use any one product more then once in five days, if that.
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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
trial and error basically. There are certain products that if I use too much, I'll get flat, greasy looking hair. Too little, no hold what so ever. I am back to using Deva products and loving them right now. I was only using a small amount of the gel and getting so-so results. I went in for a deva trim a couple weeks ago and she said to use at least a large quarter size on my hair. I have fine, thinnish hair and I thought - NO WAY - that would flatten out my hair but it did the opposite. I do have to do alot of scrunching and I do diffuse but that amount is perfect. I get volume and hold and will usually get second and third day hair.
I think it depends on the product being used.
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