Is there a way to loosen your curls without chemicals?

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I'm trying to find a way of loosening my curls without any chemicals. I will never put any sort of chemical in my hair ever again. But when I was younger, my hair naturally had much looser curls. My hair was much easier to do and had a lot less breakage.

Having a tighter curl pattern has been much more high-maintenance and it takes a lot longer to style. It has also been more prone to breakage and dryness and doesn't grow as quickly. In no way do I think that tighter curl patterns are less attractive, nor am I insecure with my hair. Looser curls are way easier to style and grow quicker for me as an individual, and I know, because I had them before!

If you know anything about loosening one's curls without the usage of chemicals, I will greatly appreciate your advice! Thanks in advance

P.S. I already know how to get a more defined curl pattern through stretching methods such as braid-outs and twist-outs. But I would like loose curls without the application of product.
Curl Pattern: Chunks of 3B, 4A, and 4B mixed all up in this odd head of hair of mine.

Normal porosity, high density, medium width strands.

Current length: Between armpit length and bra strap length
Short-term goal: Bra strap length
Long-term goal: Mid-back length
Ultimate Goal: Waist length

Last edited by CloudNine; 02-01-2014 at 06:57 PM.
Yoghurt and honey are chemicals.

If you want to loosen your curls you may as well use a chemical relaxer as at least the results will be predictable.
Although your tighter curl pattern may make your hair more prone to breakage if you detangle without plenty of patience, it could be the other way around. Damage and dryness may be causing your curl pattern to tighten: hydrolysed protein and magnesium sulphate boost curl by dehydrating the hair for example.

Work with your hair properties when choosing ingredients and products. Use plenty of wash out and leave in conditioners rich in the major emollients (fatty alcohols, cationic surfactants). These soften, give slip for detangling, lightly moisturise, increase elasticity and can help reduce breakage by reducing friction.

Use styling techniques such as raking that help elongate curls. Avoid styling ingredients that dry out or tighten curls - gels are more prone to this.
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2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
I'm not sure if there's a long-term way, but you can always look up tutorials on YouTube on how to achieve certain curls. There's a ton for achieving waves, loose curls etc. (all heatless, so no damage). Maybe they'll work?
3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity.

Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo / ElastaQP Créme Conditioning shampoo
Conditioner:
Experimenting
D/C: Giovanni 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra Moist Deep Moisture Mask

Leave-in: My DNA
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
I wanted to second FireFox's post specifically her comment that "it could be the other way around. Damage and dryness may be causing your curl pattern to tighten..." My curl pattern definitely loosened a bit and my clumps got bigger after I started following the CG method. In my case dryness had a significant impact on the look and feel of my curls. However, at the time you could not have told me that my hair was dry, I was doing everything I knew to do to care for my hair and it looked and felt good to me. It wasn't until I tried something different that I saw what was really going on with my hair.

If your curl pattern has changed from before it may be that something you are doing is contributing to that change. Of course it could also be that your hair has just changed (in which case without chemicals you are not going to be able to significantly and/or permanently loosen your curls) but it is worth evaluating your routine and trying some different things to see if dryness is the culprit. HTH
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Hair
Type: 3c/b; Density: M; Texture: M-C; Porosity: L-N

Products
Cleanser: SM Raw Shea Moisture Retention Shampoo
Conditioner: SM Raw Shea Restorative Conditioner
DC: SM JBCO Mask
Leave-In: SM JBCO Leave-in
Styler: CRN Curl Maker
SOTC: MO
Refresher: Oyin Juices and Berries

Regimen (CG since 3/31/12 )
Condition twice a week; Cleanse once a week; DC as needed; Henna as needed (Hennahead since 7/2/13).

http://www.youtube.com/user/BlkButterfly777/videos
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 76
Thanks for the answers so far My hair doesn't feel or look dry but it could possibly be. One thing I've noticed is that my hair used to stay wet forever after I washed it, but now my hair dries pretty quickly

And I'll look up some Youtube videos, BotticelliBrit
Curl Pattern: Chunks of 3B, 4A, and 4B mixed all up in this odd head of hair of mine.

Normal porosity, high density, medium width strands.

Current length: Between armpit length and bra strap length
Short-term goal: Bra strap length
Long-term goal: Mid-back length
Ultimate Goal: Waist length
You said your hair is prone to dryness in the OP??
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 76
@Firefox, My hair does not actually feel or look dry, but my hair has started losing moisturization much quicker than before, which is why I said my hair seems to be more prone to dryness.
Curl Pattern: Chunks of 3B, 4A, and 4B mixed all up in this odd head of hair of mine.

Normal porosity, high density, medium width strands.

Current length: Between armpit length and bra strap length
Short-term goal: Bra strap length
Long-term goal: Mid-back length
Ultimate Goal: Waist length

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