How do you get curls smooth?

I have thick 3a or 3b hair. I am using Deva low poo and one c and rock hard gelee. My curls look like a frayed rope with pieces coming out all over. What can I do to smooth the curls or is it the cuticle? Any suggestions? Thanks
I have to 'clump' my curls to make them smooth. I take a fine tooth comb down the length of a curl-size clump of hair, when it is smooth I 'train' the curl by winding it around my finger. If I do this to my entire head, I have smooth 3a/b curls. If I dont, there is not a frizz free curl on my head.
Do you comb it when it's very wet or semi dry? My curls are very fuzzy too and I would love to find a way to make them smooth.
Definitely wet. I twirl just after I put Gelee in my hair. If your hair begins to dry before you get through it, wet the dry parts with a spray bottle of water (I mix 25% leave in conditioner in my water). If it is dry when you twirl, it won't work.
When I use BRHG, I have to use a curl cream, conditioner or mousse under it. It works great and gives me soft, frizz-free curls.
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I have that same exact problem and have been trying to find a solution myself. I have noticed that there are products that seem to lessen the frizz. Today I used some GF Curl & Shine leave-in conditioner and my hair is less frizzy. I may try combing/raking all my products in to see if that works.

I would love to do the twirl and curl thing, but I don't have that much time in the a.m.
3B with some 3a. Fell off but am now back on the CG bandwagon and looking for my HG products.
After you comb, do you air-dry or diffuse?
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I have to 'clump' my curls to make them smooth. I take a fine tooth comb down the length of a curl-size clump of hair, when it is smooth I 'train' the curl by winding it around my finger. If I do this to my entire head, I have smooth 3a/b curls. If I dont, there is not a frizz free curl on my head.
Originally Posted by ManthaJay
Wow. Does this take you a long time in the morning?
embracing my inner curl since late Nov 2006
2b/3a (I think?)
color-treated red/brown, medium-textured hair
PJ, currently using Suave citrus smoothie, B2B pom cond, GF C&S leave-in, AG re:coil, LOOB, HE SMU, Jessicurl HCC, CC, AIS
bump
Member since 2001;back with new name. 3a/b. Current faves and routine:very little pink boots,HEBE , smooth and scrunch with L'Oreal Weather or Not.
the reason why I bumped is because combing actually works! It doesn't matter which product I'm using, I get full seperated curls. Just trying to learn to tweek it a little. I'm not sure how big the sections I should take, should I clip it? And how long should it take? Any suggestions?
Member since 2001;back with new name. 3a/b. Current faves and routine:very little pink boots,HEBE , smooth and scrunch with L'Oreal Weather or Not.
You might try shingling them (combing your products through) to get a smooth coat and let it dry.

OR you can try richer products if your hair is a little more dry to normal than oily to normal like maybe Garnier fructis soft curling cream (or the old gel + diffuse routine might do the trick).

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It takes me about 15 minutes to clump all of my hair, but its on the short side (above my neck). It took over 30 minutes when it was past my shoulders. I always air dry my hair by the way, if a diffuser gets within 20 ft of my hair it ruins all of the effort I went through to clump.

I actually only clump on special occasions, and use my 2 minute dump and go routine (I comb through the product and air dry) on a regular basis. My curls are a little frizzy and not as well defined, however.

To figure out how much you should comb at a time, I think that depends on your hair. I know how much makes a good sized curl for me, but the amount differs for my mother, who has to take less than I do (her curls are bigger than mine...this may make a difference). I usually start from the bottom and work through to the top, clipping the top (unclumped areas) as I clump the hair under the canopy.
Thanks for your advice. You are very helpful.
Member since 2001;back with new name. 3a/b. Current faves and routine:very little pink boots,HEBE , smooth and scrunch with L'Oreal Weather or Not.

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