I need help. Don't know what to do or where to start

Hello!
I have type 2c/3a hair. Since i am Hispanic i guess you could say that i have hispanic hair. It's long and thick and curly! However, i do straighten my hair with a hair straightener sometimes and i always straighten my bangs because i hate how they look when they are curly. They don't look good at allllll. My hair when i leave it natural is always super poofy and frizzy. I never know what to do with it. it never looks good, but i try my best to make it look decent. But i really want nice looking, smooth, healthy curls! I used to straigthen my hair a lot when i was younger but i stopped doing that when i got older. I just do that occassionally when i feel i need a change. I cut my hair about every 3 months or so. My hair stylist tells me i don't have fried hair. I just want to know how to deal with my hair so it actually looks GOOD. how do i embrace my texture? what do i need to do? please help. thank you for reading this
Hello and welcome.

To learn to care for you hair you can help yourself by:
1. Working out your hair properties of strand size, density and porosity. Go to the main site and you will find information on what these mean and how to do it.
2. Post your hair regime and the products you use. By that I mean post how you deal with your hair on a day to day basis, when you wash it etc.

Your hair type tells you how to style your hair while your hair properties tell you how to take care of it. So for example those with fine hair are likely to use products with protein and those with coarse hair are more likely to avoid it.

Once you have posted answers to 1 and 2 people will give you ideas on what you can do. However you need to be prepared to do a bit of experimentation.
I forgot to add in my post once you start reading and understanding about curly hair you will realise there is no such thing as "Hispanic" hair.

You will walk around and notice people with similar hair to you from different ethnic backgrounds.

Also when you understand your hair properties you will find some one with say dense hair who has a different curl type can teach you more about hair care than someone who has the same curl type as you but has different hair properties to you.
Ok well i'm really sorry that i don't know the proper terms. I am just starting out. But anyways, I found out i have low porosity hair (my strands of hair floated in the bowl after several minutes). I also have medium density, medium width, and my length is long. any help now?
Ok well i'm really sorry that i don't know the proper terms. I am just starting out. But anyways, I found out i have low porosity hair (my strands of hair floated in the bowl after several minutes). I also have medium density, medium width, and my length is long. any help now?
Originally Posted by curlywhirly12
Here is a great "beginner's kit" video by Waterlily and in the description she has links to basic curly girl techniques. YOu can do a lot of reading and certainly you have to experiment and try to figure out what works for your type of hair, but as a visual person I find these videos very helpful. Her hair is probably finer than yours but I bet you have similar properties over all. Curly Girl Method Drugstore Beginner's Kit: Products & Accessories - YouTube
The float test isn't very reliable. Without getting you hair properties analyzed professionally, it's better to go by dry time. If your naked hair takes a LONG time to dry (mine would be 6+ hours), it's low porosity; less then about 2--it's probably porous. In the middle would be average.
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Ok well i'm really sorry that i don't know the proper terms. I am just starting out. But anyways, I found out i have low porosity hair (my strands of hair floated in the bowl after several minutes). I also have medium density, medium width, and my length is long. any help now?
Originally Posted by curlywhirly12
What kind of shampoo, conditioner, and products are you currently using?

Basic advice would be to have you switch to a sulfate free shampoo, a silicone free conditioner, and then use some sort of silicone free curl cream or gel to define your curls and prevent frizz. Don't use a normal towel on your hair because they cause frizz (too much friction). Use a smooth tshirt instead to remove excess water if needed.
Hair Properties: 2A/2B, Medium-fine, Normal porosity, Normal elasticity, Medium density
Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cuc's
Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cuc's
Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
Gel/Mousse: Sweet Curls Elixirs FSG w/ Mag Sulfate added, Sweet Curls Elixirs hard hold gel, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
Protein: Spiral Solutions Protein Spray for daily use

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