When you determine your hair/curl type do you base it off of naked or styled hair?

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I plop, but don't consider it manipulation of curls so much as anti-gravity for my heavy long hair before it stop actually dripping water. As mentioned, if I let my hair completely air dry it would be much looser because of the weight of the water at the start. To me curl/wave created by scrunching/plopping/blotting (no including product) is true curl if it stays. If it falls back out, it was just from the technique for that few minutes or whatever.
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My Hair:
2c
Fine, low porosity, med/high density
BSL - going for mid back to waist

HG: currently
just washing with a low poo that contains protein (Alba Naturals Coconut) and using Suave Naturals Coconut as both a RO and LI. No stylers right now, but this gives me pretty good curl, definition, low-ish frizz, and it feels and looks good. Also an occasional PT (liking the Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula which has cones) seems to be key for me.

Modified CG since February 2013

Wow! All of the different perspectives are so interesting!


i was just curious about this because with no product, scrunching, etc i am a frizzy 2A... With 1-2 products (maybe a leave in and/or light gel) I'm 2B. If I REALLY manipulate my hair I can get to 3a... But it doesn't last all day and it is more trouble than its worth.
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2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Dry climate.


That's why I put a description rather than a type in my signature. My hair really varies - day to day, hour to hour, seasonally, all over my head, etc. My hair is straightish up near my part, wavy in the middle, and ringlets in the underlayer. I think many wavies can be inconsistent like that, especially those of us with heavier hair. There is no real curl type for me.

[BTW, I just realized from a reply above that if I didn't air dry I'd probably be curlier (too much work for me). Maybe I'll see what plopping does.]
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Salt & pepper wavy mix 2B/2C
Low to normal porosity, coarse, kinky, normal elasticity
Current favorites:
Low poo: Yes To Cukes Color Protection (the no sulfate one)
Conditioners: Renpure MPHIP, CJ Smoothing Lotion, AB LI, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan/Olive, Darcy's Pumpkin
Style: FSG, BRHG
Pre-poo/DT: Conditioner with honey & coconut oil

iHerb discount code: PNQ285

Last edited by CurlyGrey3; 06-10-2013 at 03:23 PM.
Wow! All of the different perspectives are so interesting!


i was just curious about this because with no product, scrunching, etc i am a frizzy 2A... With 1-2 products (maybe a leave in and/or light gel) I'm 2B. If I REALLY manipulate my hair I can get to 3a... But it doesn't last all day and it is more trouble than its worth.
Originally Posted by kaykre
For me, the goal isn't "curlier". The goal is healthy looking & good feeling hair with minimal frizz. If I get that with looser waves, fine. If it turns curlier some days, that's fine too.

I'm not saying you're doing this, kaykre, but in general I see posters getting really hung up on the "level", in particular on going up the scale. This isn't a contest. I've never seen so much varied & beautiful hair as on this board!
Salt & pepper wavy mix 2B/2C
Low to normal porosity, coarse, kinky, normal elasticity
Current favorites:
Low poo: Yes To Cukes Color Protection (the no sulfate one)
Conditioners: Renpure MPHIP, CJ Smoothing Lotion, AB LI, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan/Olive, Darcy's Pumpkin
Style: FSG, BRHG
Pre-poo/DT: Conditioner with honey & coconut oil

iHerb discount code: PNQ285
yesterday I plopped for 2 hours (which is a long time) and then left it to airdry for 4 more hours... You might find that manipulating but 1) if I don't, my hair would be wet for like 8 hours or so... 2) I spend way less time on my hair than before CG or than before wearing my hair curly (and I'm a 2cish curly) and I achieve "the same sort" of curls (they stay the same way) for 3-4 days (then I just need to wash because of frizz, since I don't use any products between 2 washdays)

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