How do I get my hair to look "soft" like this?

I was interested in this hair style:

http://img182.imageshack.us/img182/9632/ffftb2.jpg

My hair is very similar, I have long curly hair, may be a little less curly in the font. But his hair looks very free flowing. If I were to use product to style my hair like that it would just look wet and sticky. I've been using the no shampoo method for a little over a week but it changes the texture of my hair. If I don't shampoo it then it doesn't get that soft look like in the picture.

So to solve the other problem, if my hair isn't quite as curly as his what can I do to make it more curly. It doesn't have to be drastic really. And how would I go about styling it?
First of all, if you're using gel and that's making it wet and sticky looking, you might be using too much gel. I wouldn't use more than a little dime-sized dollop at that length. Also, you might want to try leaving some conditioner in before the gel. Again, just a dab. It'll help it have a softer look. As for encouraging the curl, you could scrunch that gel in.
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Have you tried a curl creme, as opposed to gel? These dont give the hold gels do, but they do dry softer. You have to go easy though, or they can make u feel producty

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Well I don't use gel, I tried using mousse today but it does the same thing. It wasn't strong enough and it made it wet looking.

I have a curl cream, the Garnier soft curl one but yeah I don't use it because I felt it didn't really do anything.

Any suggestions on how to use this stuff properly?
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this is a stretch but you might try dying it...usually lighter dyes make the hair look softer...i dont know if they really make it feel softer.

I mean softer really means thinner...
Maybe I should just throw the whole soft idea out. I said that because I thought that was the only way to get it like that, but all I really need to know is how to style it to look like that and how to add extra curl.
Hey Hunter - I would try a pomade or texture creme. Also. maybe you could print that photo and walk it into a salon somewhere and ask one of the stylists how to get that look. Gel is going to make your hair crunchy as will mousse, but you might get some dimension and wave with the two items I mentioned above.

Good luck! That's an awesome looking style.
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ugh okay well I tried using the garnier curling cream and it didn't really work as I expected. It doesn't give any hold.

When I was in the shower I conditioned my hair, and strangely it looked like that style I wanted while I was conditioning it!! I dried my hair slightly when I got out of the shower and I tried to style it but the product wasn't strong enough and my hair dried pretty soon and became unstylable.
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could you possibly post a picture of you and your hair?

I personally dont like Haden christensen or his hair, but I'd like to find a way to help you.
Well I don't use gel, I tried using mousse today but it does the same thing. It wasn't strong enough and it made it wet looking.

I have a curl cream, the Garnier soft curl one but yeah I don't use it because I felt it didn't really do anything.

Any suggestions on how to use this stuff properly?
Originally Posted by hunter84

I have 2 c hair, with a little bit of 3 a thrown in around my face.

This is what I do, and I have CRAZY soft curls that actually hold:

Cleanse, making sure to rinse well.
While hair is still SOAKING wet, I work in about a half dollar size dollop of Tressemme curlcare mousse, and comb it through with a wide tooth comb.
Immediately afterward *hair is still soaking* I take about a nickel size dollop of that same garnier curl creme leave-in and comb it through.
THEN, with my head upside down, I scrunch my curls, squeezing out (gently) excess moisture.

*up to this point, I'm still in the shower. I have my mousse and leave in my shower to aid me in this*

I get out of the shower, "plop" my hair into a tshirt (or a normal towel in a pinch) and leave it that way for about 10-15 min while I do other grooming stuffs.
Take hair down, shake, air dry...AND DO NOT TOUCH

It sounds like a lot, but it's not
Well I don't use gel, I tried using mousse today but it does the same thing. It wasn't strong enough and it made it wet looking.

I have a curl cream, the Garnier soft curl one but yeah I don't use it because I felt it didn't really do anything.

Any suggestions on how to use this stuff properly?
Originally Posted by hunter84

I have 2 c hair, with a little bit of 3 a thrown in around my face.

This is what I do, and I have CRAZY soft curls that actually hold:

Cleanse, making sure to rinse well.
While hair is still SOAKING wet, I work in about a half dollar size dollop of Tressemme curlcare mousse, and comb it through with a wide tooth comb.
Immediately afterward *hair is still soaking* I take about a nickel size dollop of that same garnier curl creme leave-in and comb it through.
THEN, with my head upside down, I scrunch my curls, squeezing out (gently) excess moisture.

*up to this point, I'm still in the shower. I have my mousse and leave in my shower to aid me in this*

I get out of the shower, "plop" my hair into a tshirt (or a normal towel in a pinch) and leave it that way for about 10-15 min while I do other grooming stuffs.
Take hair down, shake, air dry...AND DO NOT TOUCH

It sounds like a lot, but it's not
Originally Posted by quixoticmantis
Thanks I'll try that. I seem to get better curls with my hair soaking wet.

BTW how can I find out what kind of curls I have? Through this number/letter system.

I looked at the one on the site but it looks like it's just for girls
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Well I don't use gel, I tried using mousse today but it does the same thing. It wasn't strong enough and it made it wet looking.

I have a curl cream, the Garnier soft curl one but yeah I don't use it because I felt it didn't really do anything.

Any suggestions on how to use this stuff properly?
Originally Posted by hunter84

I have 2 c hair, with a little bit of 3 a thrown in around my face.

This is what I do, and I have CRAZY soft curls that actually hold:

Cleanse, making sure to rinse well.
While hair is still SOAKING wet, I work in about a half dollar size dollop of Tressemme curlcare mousse, and comb it through with a wide tooth comb.
Immediately afterward *hair is still soaking* I take about a nickel size dollop of that same garnier curl creme leave-in and comb it through.
THEN, with my head upside down, I scrunch my curls, squeezing out (gently) excess moisture.

*up to this point, I'm still in the shower. I have my mousse and leave in my shower to aid me in this*

I get out of the shower, "plop" my hair into a tshirt (or a normal towel in a pinch) and leave it that way for about 10-15 min while I do other grooming stuffs.
Take hair down, shake, air dry...AND DO NOT TOUCH

It sounds like a lot, but it's not
Originally Posted by quixoticmantis
Thanks I'll try that. I seem to get better curls with my hair soaking wet.

BTW how can I find out what kind of curls I have? Through this number/letter system.

I looked at the one on the site but it looks like it's just for girls
Originally Posted by hunter84
Its not just for girls, curls know no gender...and that's why i wanted you to link to a picture.
Creams will certainly give you looser, more touseled curls than a gel. You can always apply a cream, than scrunch in a bit of gel over the top to add hold. Most of us layer products. Also, a curl-enhancing cream like AG Re:coil might be in order.
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