Stuck in a serious hair rut...UPDATE

Ahh my hair is driving me crazy! I have 2/3a hair a couple inches below my shoulders, my routine has been the same for probably a year now, and I'm kind of stuck. Here are two pics of my hair at the moment...keep in mind that this is the end of a long day and I'm not having the best hair day...also, it's hard to take pics of my own hair!






I am getting my hair cut next week and I'm going to go right at shoulder length, about 1-2 inches off. I also am going to ask her about doing some color or highlights. However, I am in need of a new routine. Here is mine right now:

Wash with Suave Lavendar shampoo every few days
Suave Naturals conditioner (no cones)
I flip my head over right before I shut the shower off, condition, comb, rinse, get out of the shower
I keep my head upside down and scrunch/blot with a t-shirt, apply mousse/gel (no cones), scrunch once more with the tshirt, and flip my head back over
I then put a little more product on the back of my hair and other spots I tend to miss, and air dry.

I have found that I need to do the upside down thing in order to get any kind of curl at the first couple inches of my hair, but does anyone have any suggestions to update/improve on what I'm doing? Sorry for the long post!!![/img]

Your hair is gorgeous! I couldn't suggest a thing, because I want hair like yours!!!
Sometimes when I get bored or frustrated with my hair, I pull it back into a small clip or use a headband.
But really, your hair is GREAT!
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Your hair is gorgeous! I couldn't suggest a thing, because I want hair like yours!!!
Sometimes when I get bored or frustrated with my hair, I pull it back into a small clip or use a headband.
But really, your hair is GREAT!
Originally Posted by 2bforme
ditto!
what products do you use?

2c/3a
Growing out hair to a little above bsl
pw: ringlets
Double ditto! You have beautiful hair!

Will you update with photos of your new cut and highlights?
3B
Have had my hair short for almost a year now. No regrets! Still loving it!
Ditto here, too. I think it looks lovely!

We have VERY similar hair... your hair in those pics could practically be mine, except mine's a bit more tightly curled. So maybe our hair would like the same things?

I get lots of curl boosting from Herbal Essences Body Envy gel, L'Oreal Tightly Wound spray gel, and I use AG Cosmetics re:coil under EVERYTHING. Also, I've just started diffusing for a few minutes with a finger diffuser when my hair is nearly dry. I'll get out of the shower, put on my re:coil and gel of the day, and air dry as normal for at least an hour. When my hair is dry enough to scrunch out the crunch, I'll spray some Tightly Wound onto my hands, scrunch in to reduce crunchiness, and then diffuse in sections for 1 minute each (cool temp), sometimes repeating sections if necessary. Then, after it's 99% dry, I scrunch a bit more with my clean hands. I find that gives me a lot more curl where it would normally just be wavy.

I know how it feels to be in a rut, but your hair looks great. Maybe just play with your products, and you might find something that works a bit better!
2c/3a-M-i
modified CG since July 2004.
searching for products that work...
Your curls are not only absolutely gorgeous, but your hair looks terrificly (is that a word?) healthy and shiny! Whatever you're doing is working just fine. If that's your hair at the end of the day, you must knock their socks off at the beginning of the day!
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Ditto to what everyone said! You have gorgeous hair! Would love to know what gel/mousse you use!
pw: curls
3b/a
Cowash - No Poo, Suave Coconut
Conditioner - One Condition
Leave In - KCKT
Gel - KCCC at the moment
When you use shampoo, do you wash the hair too?
3b-3c CG
Awww you guys are so nice! I honestly wasn't expecting that response to my hair! I mostly just use Tresemme Flawless Curls Curl Enhancing Mousse. That's my main staple, but I also sometimes use Volumaxx gel (sp?) from Sally's that I've had for a few years. As for shampooing, I just shampoo my scalp and let the shampoo run down the length of my hair, I don't purposely wash the length. I will try to remember to post pics when I get it cut. Thanks everyone!

Cool! I will be on the lookout for that mousse...your hair looks sooo healthy.
pw: curls
3b/a
Cowash - No Poo, Suave Coconut
Conditioner - One Condition
Leave In - KCKT
Gel - KCCC at the moment
Your hair is beatiful. I don't think you need to change anything.

I know what you mean about being in a rut, though. Sometimes the hairstyle choices for curlies is limited. Maybe a few highlights will do the trick.

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3A hair; coloring with henna/indigo since July 2009; normally follow the CG method. Still searching for my HG products!

I use loreal upward spiral curls mousse (its curl enhanging and i love it, has a lil crunch when dry but i just scrunch out the crunch if needed ) but i didnt know tresemme had a curl enhancing mousse now..i used some of tresemmes products thru the years including the poo/condish and my hair hated them. the poo/condish always felt coated in my hair no matter how long i rinsed out Yuck!. and that was way before the new line came out now.. i wouldnt know if the new line is better of the poo/condish but im afraid to try them out..some mousses that dont have the hold/crunch factor makes my curls go limp by the end of the day , just that lil crunch sets my curls all day . i noticed that tresemme has that soft hold factor so i dunno if it work in my hair, where the loreal mousse says it doesnt wiegh curls down and it lives up to the name , this is the only mousse so far that doesnt weigh my hair down and i have used alot of mousses thru the years, but knowing my PJ i will most likely try out the tresemme mousse if i come across it lol.
Modified CG-Use Low Poo
Use Suaves & VO5 Condish For CG-Honey+ Condish=My curls are loving it!
*Suave gels ( love crunchy gels )*My HGs-Re:coil, Jessicurls , Boots , Loreal Spiral Curl Mousse, Tigi Amp*

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Ok so I got my hair cut last week and highlighted on Tues. So here are some new pics...I'm overall happy with it, just trying to get used to the back not curling as well, I guess because of the shorter length




It looks gorgeous! Are you still using the same products you mentioned above?? Your hair is so healthy!
pw: curls
3b/a
Cowash - No Poo, Suave Coconut
Conditioner - One Condition
Leave In - KCKT
Gel - KCCC at the moment
Wow....your hair is really pretty and it looks so healthy! Congrats on your new cut and color!
2c, thick & coarse
Inverted curly bob
Modified CG
It looks wonderful!
http://public.fotki.com/msgiblet/ - pw: gibber -- Pics Added 7/10/11
Fine, Thick, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity

Countess Balashi of Divi Beach in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

If I'm Going To Have A Bad Hair Day, It Might As Well Be In Aruba!

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