Trouble with 3a/3b hair

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For the past few years I've been able to tame my natural hair to more of a wave. I usually lightly straighten just the ends of my hair and the front where my part is. I'm going to college in Vancouver next year and visited recently. It is quite rainy and I learned that the way I have usually done my hair doesn't hold up out there so I decided to try it naturally. It didn't work out too well. I don't have thick hair but boy do I have a lot of it. I tried to diffuse it but it just made my hair that much bigger but if I don't I end up getting a triangle effect. When I use the herbal essence mousse my curls seem to be thicker, meaning more of my hair is in one curl rather than when I use gel or diffuse my hair where there is only a little hair in a curl but many of them which makes my hair crazy big and undefined. I apologize for such a long explanation but if you have any ideas or suggestions I would greatly appreciate it! Also sorry if I wrote this in the wrong spot.. I'm very new to this site. Thanks so much! It for some reason wouldn't let me upload photos until I post a few times so I'll try to upload them later. Thanks!
Have you tried the simple basic routine of conditioner + gel in really wet hair, scrunching it, and letting it dry? Using gel should not break up the clumps if you apply it in a good way.
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3a/m/iii - waist length wet
Cleanser: Naturelle Volumizing
Conditioner/LI: Garnier Respons Avocadooil and Shea Butter, Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Volume Conditioner
Styling: Eldorado Hairgel Strong
Hi there!

I have a lot of 3A hair and I also live in Vancouver! I find here since you never know what the weather is going to be like it is better to keep it simple.

It's really easy to use too much product here, and when the weather changes (as it does) you go from looking okay to feeling like your hair is heavy and dripping.

I low-poo, DT, leave in and use one styling product as soon as I get out of the shower and scrunch like a mad woman. I find diffusing in the humidity really help get some of that extra moisture that can make your hair puffy once you get outside out.
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3A-3B / Medium / High Density / Low Porosity
Modified CG
Low poo: Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine
Conditioner: Curls Unleashed NB
Leave in: Creme of Natura Argan Oil Strengthen & Shine
Styling Product: Curl Keeper/ Curly Solutions gel
I live on the Washington State Coast, just south of Vancouver (or north, if you're talking about the "other Vancouver" which is in the "other Washington" LOL ) and Aspen is right. Less is more when it comes to products. I actually have found that the rain and mist make my curls look better but not if I've got a ton of product in my hair. I've got 3a or a "curly 2c" hair type and I have a lot of hair as well.

I'm definitely a "curly" 2c. Sometimes curly and sometimes just wavy upper layer with a ringlety under layer. My hair has been thick and coarse since birth. Strawberry blonde in color that can and does change depending on the type and amount of light.

All in all, I'm happy with my hair type but almost for sure think yours is prettier.
I am a self-proclaimed curly hair advocate. I think that going against your curls is an up-hill battle. I would suggest that you get the Curly Hair Handbook by Lorraine Massey as a starting point.

The key to your success will be the right combo of products and techniques.

3b, Medium-Coarse (slight coarse charactericstics), Normal porosity & Low elasticity per Curl Wizard Profile.
Low-poo: Nourish Shampoo
Co-wash: Suave, Vo5, HE, Aussie Moist
Deep Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm
Leave-in: Nourish Conditioner (Trader Joe's)
Stylers: LA Looks Sports, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil.
Methods: Wet plop or pineapple at night, diffuse in the morning. Scrunch w/joboba, coconut or almond oil.
In addition to what the others have said about using a very simple routine, it might help to use just a scant amount of gel on your hands when you SOTC. That should leave your hair soft, and also help prevent it from expanding.

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008

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