Why would I need hold?

Hold, how I love thee....
Since I'd like to be able to fit through a door when I enter a room, gel is quite helpful.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Hahaha! That cracked me up!
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Hey firelily

You may just be blessed with naturally spirally hair! In which case, don't worry about using a gel. I've experimented with gels only because i feel i "need" to because every other curly seems to use one! (i've just ordered some Confident Coils because I can't help but think "i'll give it one more go, i might be missing out" it'll probably be on the swap board in a week ). My experience is usually the opposite of what most people report, I get droopy curls when i DO use gel because my hair is so easily weighed down, gels seems to stop it springing up! I find leave-ins or coconut oil help my hair hold a curl better as the better moisturised my hair is the more it springs up. I do have quite fine hair though so i can see that if i had a thicker hair i'd need hold.

Best of Luck!
Originally Posted by GrecianCurls
Yeah, my hair spirals, no matter what, and there's not really any difference between my hair in the beginning of the day and the end of the day. Aside from really humid days, it looks great no matter what (or at least I think so).

So...I guess I forget the gel or needing any hold, and go for the cream stylers, which seem to work better at definition and frizz control.
Originally Posted by firelily
I recon you'd get great results from cream stylers / definition type products instead.
fine 3b curls and spirals - first goal BSL!!

HG's - Body Shop Honey shampoo & conditioner and Shea Moisture leave-in condish which gives me lovely frizz-free bouncy curls. My PJ is calling me to experiment with gels again... argh!
My curls would never fall out, not in the middle of a hurricane. I've never considered people whose curls would fall out by the end of the day to be "curly."

I've always classified "curlies" as people fighting the battle to keep them under control.
Originally Posted by beckysma
I think it's time to reconsider your outlook.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
I agree with Bailey422! Ouch! My curls may need a bit of a boost and definitely some hold to keep from ending up weird-looking/smushed, but even on my worst hair day, I don't think anyone would look at my naturally wavy/curly hair and say that it's not curly. And definitely no one would think that it's straight!
Originally Posted by curlyincollege
I 3rd that! That actually made me a little sad - like my curls are not worthy of being called curls.
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I like gel because it..
a) gives me a better curl definition
b) prevents frizz
and c) reduces the shrinkage

Well ,I use a cream gel from Nivea and I like it alot ,becaue it's not as drying as other gels.
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Are you supposed to put gel in your hair when its wet or when its dry? If I do it when its dry it takes a lot of gel, although my hair is curly when its dry and i want to keep it like that, but its straight when its wet and i dont want it to look like that all day.
My curls would never fall out, not in the middle of a hurricane. I've never considered people whose curls would fall out by the end of the day to be "curly."

I've always classified "curlies" as people fighting the battle to keep them under control.
Originally Posted by beckysma
I think it's time to reconsider your outlook.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
I agree with Bailey422! Ouch! My curls may need a bit of a boost and definitely some hold to keep from ending up weird-looking/smushed, but even on my worst hair day, I don't think anyone would look at my naturally wavy/curly hair and say that it's not curly. And definitely no one would think that it's straight!
Originally Posted by curlyincollege
I 3rd that! That actually made me a little sad - like my curls are not worthy of being called curls.
Originally Posted by xcptnl
I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt that way.
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My curls would never fall out, not in the middle of a hurricane. I've never considered people whose curls would fall out by the end of the day to be "curly."

I've always classified "curlies" as people fighting the battle to keep them under control.
Originally Posted by beckysma
I think it's time to reconsider your outlook.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
I agree with Bailey422! Ouch! My curls may need a bit of a boost and definitely some hold to keep from ending up weird-looking/smushed, but even on my worst hair day, I don't think anyone would look at my naturally wavy/curly hair and say that it's not curly. And definitely no one would think that it's straight!
Originally Posted by curlyincollege
I 3rd that! That actually made me a little sad - like my curls are not worthy of being called curls.
Originally Posted by xcptnl
Don't feel sad! Us wimpy-curled girls are just as much a part of the curly club, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt that way.
Originally Posted by meriellyn
Me too! Funny, how all these years I have battled and denied my curls, and now I'm so sensitive and protective about them.
2c-3a/m/ii (FIA), CG since June 1st, 2007!
Love Jessicurl and KCCC might be my HG.

Give the newbie a break, please.

Originally Posted by beckysma
Hey, mistakes happen. It can take some time to realize that there are all types of curlies out there. Perhaps we should have been mroe sensitive to your membership date.

I used to think that if someone had straight roots and curly ends, then they must have had a perm becase naturally curly hair was curly the whole way. I just had to get educated. I had to learn that not all curly hair is coarse and dry like mine. Some have very thin fine curls and/or silky curls.

Some curlies do have natural curls and/or waves that start out perky, but the environment, weather, type of water, product, etc can make a huge change in how they look, how curly the curls are and how long they stay perky before some environmental factor weighs them down or frizzes them out. Some curls are harider and don't flatten out or get weighed down. We have such a wide variety.
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Give the newbie a break, please.

Originally Posted by beckysma
I guess we can let it go just this once.
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Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid. ~ George Carlin
I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt that way.
Originally Posted by meriellyn
Me too! Funny, how all these years I have battled and denied my curls, and now I'm so sensitive and protective about them.
Originally Posted by Annika
Haha, I know! It's kinda amusing because all through my teen years I went WAY out of my way to make sure *no one* knew I had curly hair!

Give the newbie a break, please.

Originally Posted by beckysma
Aw, it's ok. I didn't look at your count when I read your post.
One thing most people don't realize (I sure didn't) is the amazing array of variations there are in the curly hair area. I mean, there are a lot of different categories/types (ie, the 1/2/3/4 a/b/c typing system) and beyond that each head is different. Heck, many of us have more than one (or even two!) hairtypes/curl types at any one time! It's crazy.

I'm sure you'll get aquainted with that kind of thing pretty quickly around here though. We have quite a variety.
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