Using a Curling Iron on your curls

Hello so I have type 3 b hair that is thin and fine but very with healthy springy curls. Stretched out its a couple of inches below my shoulders. For senior pics the lady washed brushed it out then curled it with a curling iron. I love the way those curls look. Is it bad to use a curling iron on curly hair? Is brushing bad?
I think after awhile, the curling iron could be damaging to your hair. My understanding is for heat damage by most damaging it's 1. Flat iron 2. Curling Iron 3. Blow dryer.

What did you like about how your curls looked when the curling iron was used?

I like how shiny my curls looked, and also how uniform and polished my curls looked with a curling iron.

Can you achieve the same look by forming the curls in your hair with your fingers when your hair is wet, after you condition and add your styling product?

I sometimes will just add a few polished curls with the curling iron on low heat for just a few seconds, at the very top of my hair.
Conditioner Wash and Leave-In Albert VO5 Strawberry Soy Moisture Milk Conditioner

Gel Styling Product: Batia and Aleeza Bio-Mineral Sculpting Gel
When I first started wearing my hair longer, I'd blow-dry it, style it with a round brush and occasionally used a curling iron. I got waves and volume but not necessarily curls.

Now I just wash and go and tousle it with my fingers and I'm good to go.
2B always with potential of white man's fro

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A curling iron is as damaging as a flat iron. It's all intense heat right on your hair. I had a hairdresser, prior to my going CG, who always pretended not to understand what I meant when I'd tell her I wanted my hair styled naturally, and insist that she was giving me a treat by blowing my hair out then putting curl back in with a curling iron. She actually burnt some of my hair off one day when she wrapped it around her curling iron just before someone asked her a question, and the hair in the curling iron actually went up in a puff of smoke while she was turned away briefly answering the question.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
I liked how big the curls were that made my hair longer. My hair shrivels up dry and I don't know what styling products to use. I tried moose and gel a year ago but it made my hair crunchy. Any product suggestions? Any styling tips for biggers curls?
My hair has a huge amount of jump. It just spends way more of its length going around in circles than it does going down, and sometimes it even defies gravity and goes up. It used to bug me no end, but once I read Curly Girl and understood it better, and found a Deva stylist who cuts my hair dry and with the curl so it doesn't look like I've been attacked with a weedwacker, it stopped bothering me, and I started to love it.

I used to hate the crunch, but that was before I learned to scrunch it out. Sometimes scrunching doesn't work as well for me as at other times, but I learned that if I pull my hair back as if I were pretending to make a ponytail, that usually does the trick. Another option is to use a lightweight pomade or a few drops of oil, distributed to both hands, then smoothed over my hair, which takes a few minutes, but seems to dissolve the gel cast.

When I started, though, I wanted length. I'd been involuntarily short haired (usually very short haired) almost my entire life, thanks to hairdressers who had no clue how to cut hair that jumps like mine does, and I wanted to see progress, darn it. It's been five years now, and I'm trying to remember what helped most. I think that's one of the things I liked about Kinky Curly Curling Custard (which I still love) that it seemed to pull my curls out a bit, but keep them well formed.

I'm afraid my brain is shutting down for the evening. Perhaps I'll think of more things that helped after sleeping on it.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
Kind of echoing what curly_kc said, have you tried 'skip curling'? I think there may be info on here somewhere on how to do it. I had a hairdresser do it on my hair once and I ended up with bigger more defined curls than I usually get so it may give you the effect you're looking for without the heat.
Sadly I could never replicate it myself.
3b in South Australia.
I find that when my hair clumps more, forming larger clumps, the curls are bigger around. If this leaves me with just a few clumps, that would look quite odd once my hair were dry and I SOTCed; however, I've found that I can usually separate tendrils in superclumps before breaking the gelcast without creating frizz IF I run my hands all the way to the ends, rather than just pulling the sections apart.

Another option which has occurred to me is that you might try Curlformers, which you can get online or at Sally Beauty. They'd be a lot less damaging than heat styling.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
I liked how big the curls were that made my hair longer. My hair shrivels up dry and I don't know what styling products to use. I tried moose and gel a year ago but it made my hair crunchy. Any product suggestions? Any styling tips for biggers curls?
Originally Posted by OldMovieFan
Try big bantu knot outs or big twist out for naturally big curls. Try also to use big flexi rods, roller sets or curl formers. You basically do this proctive styles before going to bed and let it airdry over night. No heat curls!

And to use a gel without getting the scrunch, apply a leave in conditioner in sections with your fingers and an oil of your choise before you apply a gel on top. Just scrunch out the scrunch for a softer look.
Hair type/properties:
3c hair, high porosity, mediumdensity, low elasticity, fine hair.

Curly hair routine/regime:
Combine the modified cg-method (low poo) and a modified tightly curly method.
-Condition and leave in: Aubrey Organics, Giovanni Barzilian keratin and argan oil
-Sealer: shea butter, Argan, olive and coconutoil
-Gel: homemade flaxseed gel, Kinky curly custard, Queen Helene Curl royal shaping creme.

Last edited by Curly Sara; 11-04-2013 at 02:42 PM.

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