A thread for low porosity, coarse curlies.

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PG, if you go to the curlyhairsolutions site, there is a short video about the roller jaw clips, and that should help. They are really very easy to use once you get the hang of it.
Myrna, I watched the video on clipping. I haven't showered yet today. (No work! Yay!!) But, anxious to try it when I do. I have some clips that are similar that I hope will work. I don't totally get exactly where to position them but I think I kind of have a good idea of what to do. It looks easy enough. We will see. I have always thought this would work well for me. I have been known to use a head band while my hair dries to gets some left in the front. My hair is pretty "moldable". It will hold well if I get it to dry in the position I like. I have one side that is always in my eyes and bugs me. I often clip that small piece back with a bobby pin and after a while I can take the bobby pin out and it will stay.
2C, low porosity, high density, coarse, shoulder length No sulfates, no parabens, no silicones
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PG, you are probably not old enough to remember roller setting of hair, but there was a standard pattern for use of rollers to set one's hair - that is how I place the clips. 3 down each side; a row straight back and down the back of my head; and a row of 2 clips or 3 on the back sides of my head. I do not clip all my hair up; just my head. You just kind of grab some hair in the clips. I love the CHS clips, they are very gentle. This morning I diffused my hair a bit before using them, as I am trying to keep my hair more wet to apply products. I dont know if Jonathan places the clips like I do, but it works for me. My stylist thinks they are great.
I do remember roller setting! Mostly because my mom and my grandma did it but seems like when it was time for a family picture I got my turn with the rollers too! I tried the clips today. I only had about 6 of them and didn't even leave them in very long because we were getting ready to go out for dinner. But, I really like the way my hair has turned out so far. It is still not all the way dry yet. If it still looks good when it is all the way dry I will have my husband take a picture. I am going to try to add some older pictures of my hair in a post below.
2C, low porosity, high density, coarse, shoulder length No sulfates, no parabens, no silicones
Shampoo- Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus, Giovanni Smooth As Silk, Deva No Poo, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera, Yes To Carrots
Conditioner- Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, Giovanni Smooth As Silk, Deva One Condition, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera, Yes To Carrots
Styler- Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Shea Moisture Shine & Hold Mist, Yes to Carrots Leave In and Yes To Carrots Anti-Frizz Serum
OK, I hope these photos work. They are a little bit older. I will try to get my husband to take one later of my hair today. I added a few just to show how wide the range of curl is that I can have.

This photo was taken in October. I have a funny look on my face because it was so cold. I can't remember what exactly I was doing to my hair at this time but it was pretty similar to what I do now. This was a pretty good hair day. I tend to prefer softer but smoother curls like this even if they are a littler bigger as opposed to smaller crunchier curls.



This photo was my wedding. This was with a lot of product and not my usual routine. But, this is about as curly as it gets.



This was taken about 4 years ago. At this point I had accepted my hair was curly but wasn't really working to amplify the curl in anyway. I had probably blown it dry a little bit.



This was before I had decided to accept my curl. I never straightened it with an iron or anything. But I would blow it it dry as much as I could until the curl was gone.

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2C, low porosity, high density, coarse, shoulder length No sulfates, no parabens, no silicones
Shampoo- Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus, Giovanni Smooth As Silk, Deva No Poo, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera, Yes To Carrots
Conditioner- Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, Giovanni Smooth As Silk, Deva One Condition, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera, Yes To Carrots
Styler- Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Shea Moisture Shine & Hold Mist, Yes to Carrots Leave In and Yes To Carrots Anti-Frizz Serum
P.S. I don't think my hair looks that thick in any of these photos. It gets thinned and layered which really helps with the dry time and keeps it from looking over the top thick. But, before I started getting it thinned it didn't fit in pony tail holders, barrettes or most any hair accessories.
2C, low porosity, high density, coarse, shoulder length No sulfates, no parabens, no silicones
Shampoo- Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus, Giovanni Smooth As Silk, Deva No Poo, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera, Yes To Carrots
Conditioner- Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, Giovanni Smooth As Silk, Deva One Condition, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera, Yes To Carrots
Styler- Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Shea Moisture Shine & Hold Mist, Yes to Carrots Leave In and Yes To Carrots Anti-Frizz Serum
PG, my husband and I just looked at your wedding pic and we agreed that your hair is very similar to mine. I dont think you should get your hair thinned and layered, if you dont mind my saying; I dont think curls should ever be thinned, thick, beautiful curls are a treasure. And thinned... no no no. You need to find another stylist if that is what is happening. I rarely get my hair cut any more; my stylist just snips a curl here and there; I think about 2 months ago I got a full cut (dry) which is still vastly different than what I used to get done.

I leave my clips in - all 12 or 14 of them - until my hair is almost totally dry - then I pull them out, look at my hair, and usually put 2 or 3 back in the top so that it looks like I want it to. I love the clips. I diffused today to cut down on the drying time - then put the clips in.
I have wondered about getting it thinned since I have been wearing it curlier. I have read a lot about thinning not being good for you. One little change at a time I guess! I'm scared it will never dry if I don't thin it. Especially in winter. It also feels SO heavy like I have a hat on!

My hair is pretty dry now. I just checked it in the mirror again. (Husband is napping and can't take a photo.) I really like the clips! Thanks for encouraging me to try them. Not only did they help with the flatness but also gave me better curls because I didn't have to keep touching my hair to plump it up. Maybe I will get a few more clips and I think I can do an even better job. Especially if I leave them in longer.

As, I've been typing in this thread I have been thinking that adding TONS of product, never touching, never combing, working SO hard to create curl is almost as unnatural as flat ironing, curling irons, tons of heat, brushing etc. I think being truly natural is somewhere in the middle. Your hair shouldn't feel like a job!

I think that is why I don't worry how much curl I have as long as it is enough to have have some life and stay out of my face. (The curlier it is the less it falls in my face.) I also say you have to be able to run your fingers through your hair without them getting stuck!
2C, low porosity, high density, coarse, shoulder length No sulfates, no parabens, no silicones
Shampoo- Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus, Giovanni Smooth As Silk, Deva No Poo, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera, Yes To Carrots
Conditioner- Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, Giovanni Smooth As Silk, Deva One Condition, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera, Yes To Carrots
Styler- Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Shea Moisture Shine & Hold Mist, Yes to Carrots Leave In and Yes To Carrots Anti-Frizz Serum

Last edited by pianogirl; 05-24-2013 at 07:42 PM.
I understand your feelings. I dont use a ton of products. My limit is two, and that is because one does most of the curl formation, and the other is for hold. I think what a lot of curlies do here is pretty crazy, if I can be totally candid for a minute; adding this adding that, mixing this with that, it IS crazy.
I tried the clips again today with even better results! I really like them. I bought 4 more this afternoon. They have rubber grips inside. I am wondering if that is a mistake. The rubber seems to stick to the hair. (I tried them out on dry hair.) I could see this leading to frizz. Maybe it won't be a big deal. I am not a big fan of accessories with the rubber inside because the rubber seems to get hung up in the hair. I know thats the point but I don't really find it necessary.
2C, low porosity, high density, coarse, shoulder length No sulfates, no parabens, no silicones
Shampoo- Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus, Giovanni Smooth As Silk, Deva No Poo, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera, Yes To Carrots
Conditioner- Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, Giovanni Smooth As Silk, Deva One Condition, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera, Yes To Carrots
Styler- Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Shea Moisture Shine & Hold Mist, Yes to Carrots Leave In and Yes To Carrots Anti-Frizz Serum
There was a lot of discussion on line when I was looking for clips. I HATED the metal ones, I dont care how they are shaped, they pulled out my hair and didnt work. Clips at Sally, Walgreens were discussed. In the end, I ordered the CHS ones, they are very gentle and have no plastic..they dont pull my hair at all. At $18 for a dozen, I consider them a bargain. I have spent a lot more on products of some sort or the other that do not work. So, even if a product is a bit pricey, or I cant get it on the ground, if it works for me, I will go for it. I encourage you to get the CHS ones. If they dont work for you, let me know and I'll take them off your hands. : )

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