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Old 05-09-2007, 02:31 PM   #1
 
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Default Hot weather = sucky hair

During the winter I can manage my hair with gel and hair cream and it looks pretty good. Now the weather is heating up and my hair can't be managed with gel and cream like in the winter. I don't know how to work with during the summer at all. Right now it is puffy, super frizzy, flat at the roots, stringy, and undefined curls. :x I hate my hair in the summer because of this and don't get why it has to be sooooooooo difficult.

Help please. Anyone have routines for summer or suggestions?
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Old 05-09-2007, 06:49 PM   #2
 
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I'm kind of in the same situation of trying to figure out a routine for the warmer weather but I've found that cutting back on the heavy conditioning and using a lighter conditioner plus cool water rinses have been helping with frizz somewhat. Other than that I'm still playing around with new styling products that will give me more hold and less frizz .
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Old 05-09-2007, 06:58 PM   #3
 
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Hola twins! I've been trying the same stuff as Magoo, but it doesn't completely help. I think I should start using gel... any gel suggestions? Curlmart or drugstore? Someone help us please!
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Old 05-09-2007, 08:18 PM   #4
 
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Ugh, I feel ya! My hair was doing really well for a few months and since it's started warming up and getting more humid, it's just gone to crap. Absolute crap. It sucks.
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:40 AM   #5
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I use a lighter conditioner and no leave-in in the summer. Last year I discovered that Herbal Essences Set Me Up has the best humidity resistance of any styler I've ever tried.
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Curl Keeper is the best for summer hair. Great frizz control.
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Old 05-10-2007, 10:59 AM   #7
 
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Just wanted to add that a lot of the curlies on here love BRHG (Biolage Rock Hard Gelee) for summer. I tried it and didn't get great results but that was about a month ago so maybe I'll try it again.
SuzenGuide, are you talking about the SMU mousse or gel? I loved the gel during the cooler months but it hasn't been working well, at least for me, in the warmer weather .
I've been thinking of trying Curlkeeper since everyone raves about how great it is for controlling frizz but my hair doesn't like prop. glycol and it's one of the main ingredients, sigh . My hair is a pain in the BUTT! :x
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Old 05-10-2007, 11:03 AM   #8
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The gel. I use a fairly large amount over Curl Keeper. For my hair, it holds up amazingly well.
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Does CK have enough hold to use alone? How does it work over Re:coil?

HE's SMU is to gooey for my tastes and it broke me out like you would not believe. I don't think my hair/skin likes Laureth-23 or whatever. I think that's why all the HE gels disagree with me.
I'm still gonna suck it up and try that tube of Body Envy I bought the other day though. *shrug* I think I may have SMU, BE, and Humidity Defying up on the swap board soon. *sigh*
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Old 05-10-2007, 12:15 PM   #10
 
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Whew. So I guess this is a common problem.

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I use a lighter conditioner and no leave-in in the summer. Last year I discovered that Herbal Essences Set Me Up has the best humidity resistance of any styler I've ever tried.
This might be the problem: I'm using a creamy conditioner and plus leave-in conditioner. No, wonder my hair has that "feel". So heavy conditioners probably don't work well in the summer and the same goes for hair cream/lotion?

I guess for the summer it just is gel pretty much?
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Old 05-10-2007, 01:12 PM   #11
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Leave-ins decrease the amount of hold my gel will have, and in humidity I need all the hold I can get!

Curl Keeper is actually intended to be used alone, but most people use small quantities under their styler, kind of like a non-silicone serum.

I find Body Envy gel to be very much like SMU in my hair, but some find one to be better than the other.

Biosilk Rock Hard is good for strong hold and is much liked on this board. The various LA Looks and Dep gels also work for some.
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In addition to the tips already given, I also have to wash my hair much more often in the summer. That includes a good clarifying with a clarifying shampoo when needed as well. My hair and scalp were driving me nuts until I clarified and now ahh much better! I always follow this up with a deep treatment but the only way I'll do deep treatments in the summer is if I shampoo my hair first otherwise I'll have overconditioned hair.
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Living in Florida is curly hair hell in the summer time and it seems nothing works to tame the frizzies. When it first turned hot this year, though, I tried Tressa styling gel for the first time. It's very lightweight compared to other gels and has been doing a great job keeping the frizzies at bay, as long as I rub a last bit between my hands and run it over my hair once it is completely dry.
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Old 05-10-2007, 02:45 PM   #14
 
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hey sorry to hear about that
I get the same problem if i try to go more than 3 days without washing my hair.

so far i've been using the blue bottled Fantasia Ic Sparkle Lites Gel. It seems to work fine so far.
I used ti rake now i just smooth it in and kinda scrunch the top of my head (my hair is short for now) and that works even better for my fly aways
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I'd be afraid to not use a leave-in with the styling products I use
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Leave-ins decrease the amount of hold my gel will have, and in humidity I need all the hold I can get!
This could be the cause as to why my curls haven't been defined and holding up lately I purchased the Herbal Essence Set Me Up as suggested and tommorrow I am going to try it. I really hope it works, because I know how different products have various results on different people's hair. The quirks of curly hair.

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I'd be afraid to not use a leave-in with the styling products I use
I felt the same way before but lately the leave-in hasn't been taking too well to my hair lately but I guess it boils down to stick with what works for you. So if leave-in works and is a must, then there is no reason why you can't continue using it.
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This thread prompted me to pull Biosilk Rock Hard out of my product stash, and I'm really glad it did! I like it better than I remembered. That might be another one for you to try.
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Actually, it's been really hot and humid here lately, and i've been having some really great hair days!

A little bit of frizz due to the rain yesterday, but that's to be expected.
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I actually love the humidity, it gets my hair better curls. But to control the frizz, I now use Curl Keeper after my re:coil but before joiwhip. HTH ~~jax
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I actually love the humidity, it gets my hair better curls. But to control the frizz, I now use Curl Keeper after my re:coil but before joiwhip. HTH ~~jax
I guess I'm the opposite. So I tried the herbal essence set me up, clarified my hair, went easy on the conditioner and left out the leave-in and it is soooooo much better. Not quite as good as my winter hair - just need to tweak with it better.

I find I have to apply gel twice now: when it is wet and when hair is mostly dry to get good results. Not sure what I am going to use to freshen my hair up tommorrow though.
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