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Old 07-07-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
 
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Default I want frizzier, crazier, bigger, curlier hair help?

I really like biracial hair, and pretty tighter curlier hair. I have 3a/3b hair but I wish it were curlier and more fun. Do you guys have any tips? I was thinking maybe getting my hair cut short but I think I would regret it. I love afros but the last time I had a fro was when my hair was badly heat damaged years ago. And I don't think I'd like to go through that ever again. All my friends and family would kill me if I cut my hair (and sadly I'm pretty emotionally attached to it). Also, I've been growing it out and I had a deva cut a few months back so its not like I have a hair cut that's weighing it down or anything. I have an oval shaped face that's kinda long. IDK what would you guys do? I'm kinda bored of it
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:04 PM   #2
 
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Start using shampoo, stop using leave in conditioner, start brushing your hair, use a spray containing magnesium sulphate (epsom salts) to boost curl without weighing the hair down.
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:13 PM   #3
 
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Or, instead of going back to damaging your hair, you could just try different techniques when styling. Use lighter products. Tousle a bit when you diffuse, flip your head all directions for more volume, ruffle the roots gently when it's dry, try mousse or spray gel instead of heavier products, clip your roots, etc. Hard to tell without knowing what you're currently doing.

Probably wont be able to get it much curlier than it naturally wants to be but it's fairly easy to give it a messier, more voluminous, more unruly look.
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I really like biracial hair, and pretty tighter curlier hair. I have 3a/3b hair but I wish it were curlier and more fun. Do you guys have any tips? I was thinking maybe getting my hair cut short but I think I would regret it. I love afros but the last time I had a fro was when my hair was badly heat damaged years ago. And I don't think I'd like to go through that ever again. All my friends and family would kill me if I cut my hair (and sadly I'm pretty emotionally attached to it). Also, I've been growing it out and I had a deva cut a few months back so its not like I have a hair cut that's weighing it down or anything. I have an oval shaped face that's kinda long. IDK what would you guys do? I'm kinda bored of it
haha trust me I dont do anything speacial to get my hair poofy. I have very course hair. so no product for me = frizz and a huge mess. I don't like it so I put alot in to weight it down and control it. But if you want it poofy then yeah like fire fox says. brush it out. If I play with mine when its dry, it gets poofy. Don't use oils or leave ins and yeah shampoo.
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:17 PM   #5
 
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Or, instead of going back to damaging your hair, you could just try different techniques when styling. Use lighter products. Tousle a bit when you diffuse, flip your head all directions for more volume, ruffle the roots gently when it's dry, try mousse or spray gel instead of heavier products, clip your roots, etc. Hard to tell without knowing what you're currently doing.

Probably wont be able to get it much curlier than it naturally wants to be but it's fairly easy to give it a messier, more voluminous, more unruly look.
ITA. You might also want to try a root boost or using a bit of hairspray after drying. When I'm going for big hair, I diffuse upside down and then spray Big Sexy Hair Flip It Over through my hair and scrunch before I flip my hair right-side up.
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:24 PM   #6
 
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When I want bigger hair, I carefully finger comb my hair when it is dry. It pulls the clumps apart and causes lots of volume. Another thing I try is not using as much product and that also gets rid of my clumpiness.

Here is a not so great pic of what happens when I do what I described:
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:21 PM   #7
 
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Default Thankyou Everyone!

I actually posted this thread right before I went to Costco. I didn't expect much of anyone to reply. However, I am pleasantly surprised. Well, I guess we don't always love what we have all the time but I'll work on new techniques. Maybe I'm using too much product for summer anyways.
Funny story, right when I walk into Costco the direct tv guy says something to me really fast that I didn't catch. "What?!" I asked. This random direct tv guy complimented me on my hair.
I felt awesome. I think I will retain my length but experiment with styling.
What are your routines like? Atleast for summer?
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:51 PM   #8
 
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Lighter products like just use a leave-in then either diffuse then pick your hair out with a Afro comb or let air dry and touch it as it dries that's what makes my hair huge
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:14 PM   #9
 
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Interesting thread, ladies!

I often prefer BIG hair, even if it's a little frizzy. I've been struggling with this lately, between definition and volume. I seem to be able to achieve one but not both.

What gives me volume is if I blow-dry or diffuse upside down and shake my head or move the drier around.

I actually discovered how to create a "tousled" look by accident... I started by pixie diffusing which started to set the curl but then I got impatient/adventurous so I switched up the method, took off the diffuser and just blow-dried upside down kinda moving the hair dryer around every which way. I blow-dried on low, warm and cool shot, never letting it get too warm. The effect I got was pretty nice....some of my curls/ waves unfurled and I got lots of volume, very textured-looking. Maybe not for every day but I did like it. I only had the SM Milk in my hair.

Oh by the way bringingcurliesback... your hair is beautiful! I wouldn't change a thing!
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:19 PM   #10
 
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I am very fond of big hair too, and I occasionally make it happen on second or third day hair. I get the most volume if I co wash as usual, then scrunch in a hard hold gel (sometimes I use a tiny bit of AG recoil before the gel). It works best the more tightly I get a curl going on 1st day hair. I diffuse as usual. The first day I have definition but not a lot of volume. I pineapple at night, then the next day I gently pick out or comb my hair with a wide tooth comb. This takes a while and I work from the ends up. My hair usually triples in volume. I spray in a little moisture with something very light like Botanical Boost and scrunch, then pile my hair loosely into a plastic shower cap for 10 or 20 mins while i get dressed. I don't bother to secure it. The heat and moisture help the waves and curls lightly reform a just a bit. I just shake it out and go. It's big and fluffy and I get a lot of compliments on it, with the occasional wise crack thrown In. One of the guys I work with saw me come in one morning. He walked by me and said, "the 80's called and wants it's hair back." It cracked me up.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:37 PM   #11
 
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^^ LoL!!! Don't you just love smart asses?

Anyway, I would keep my hair health and moisturized and I would NOT brush it. It would be frizzy, but you want curls too.

For styling I'd use light products. You don't want your hair weighed down. Experiment. Go on YouTube and search big hair or 3a/b hair. Even search the hair types you WANT. search 3c hair! There is so much info on there.

I'll bet your hair is beautiful! But we do all want what we don't have. I'd love to have bigger curls! LoL!
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Use a light leave in and shake your hair occasionally while diffusing to break up the clumps. While tighter curls are out of the question, you could probably achieve some Diana Ross action...without actually damaging your hair.
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Hey, my hair twin's back. I recommend tossing your head down and ruffling the roots. That gives me bigger hair right quick, I tell ya. If you want extra extra volume with a side part, what I do is sweep my hair all the way over to one side. If that's not enough, I'll sweep it all over to the other side. That way my clumps and definition are intact but my hair just, I don't know, expands really fast. If there are unruly or errant curls headed the wrong direction you can use bobby pins to pin pieces of hair in place. Once your hair is huge nobody will ever see them.
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:46 PM   #14
 
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Thank you for all your replies!! And yes dusalocks here I am!
Funny thing how most things awesome happen by accident. A few years ago when I always straightened my hair I would have never thought my biggest nightmare would be getting hair that was less curly lol.
The world works in weird ways.
How often do you girls wash? Also, did you put away most of your so called "winter" stash products?
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