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Old 07-20-2007, 03:27 AM   #1
 
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I am new to these boards, just like to say hello.

Up to now I have always straightened my hair every morning for work, I am going on holiday soon and have decided to stay curly. I have type 2A hair unfortunately when I style it if I put to much mousse in it ends up like a stiff board, and if I put less in it ends up like a puff ball, can anyone give me any tips.

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Old 07-20-2007, 04:11 AM   #2
 
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Hello!

My hairs curlier than your's so this may not be the best advice, but have you tried gel instead of mousse?

Umberto Giannini Curl Scrunching Jelly is very good. It doesn't have super strong hold (although it says it does! ).

With gel you may have to scrunch out any crunch, but this can be as simple as just running your hands over your hair. It wil get rid of any wet look you may get.

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Old 07-20-2007, 04:17 AM   #3
 
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Thanks Laura

I always thought that gel would make it more stiff just goes to show how wrong you can be eh? I will look up this product and start thinking about using gel.

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You can get the Umberto gel in a little tube for under 2 if you want to try it out.

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Yeah, I am going to pop to Boots in a mo and get some, I will let you know how I get on, the problem with my hair is that it need something to give it body as well as its so fine, does the gel help with that as well.
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Yeah, I am going to pop to Boots in a mo and get some, I will let you know how I get on, the problem with my hair is that it need something to give it body as well as its so fine, does the gel help with that as well.
I don't know how it will be with body. Maybe a thickening spray on the roots would help with that?
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If you mix conditioner with a light gel you may get better results, but you shoould put the conditioner in your hair first before the gel - if you mix them in your hand you can sometimes get glue-like globs in your hair.

I use pantene for curly hair and suave's matrix knockoff.
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Old 07-20-2007, 08:16 AM   #8
 
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Thanks Munchy I will give that a go, all the products I have bought up to now have been to staighten my hair, so will have to buy in some new stuff, I have seen some great products on this site, will have to see if they ship to the UK.

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Old 07-20-2007, 10:31 AM   #9
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Cazo:

Just wanted to welcome you. You'll get a lot of great advice here! Also, check out our August article on wavy hair, which goes up in two weeks.

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Old 07-21-2007, 06:06 AM   #10
 
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I have very fine hair, that's 2c/3a. I find that it works well for me to scrunch in a little bit of Boots Curl Cream and then a really tiny bit of John Frieda Frizz-Ease gel; then to diffuse for no more than 5 minutes - just to get the excess water out and stop it weighing down my hair.

A shampoo that I've always found to be good/return to is L'Oreal Professional Shine Curl, which contains magnesium sulphate, a a curl enhancer. It's not sold very widely but can be found in some hairdressers and can be bought online at www.lookfantastic.com which is a UK based site that also sells some of the other products mentioned on this site.

I don't use conditioner, as I find that it can make the curl drop out of my hair, but I find that the Boots Curl Cream stops my hair from getting dry.

Hope this helps!
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Old 07-23-2007, 02:52 AM   #11
 
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Thanks Michelle for the welcome, and curly again for the great tips, I will look for Boots Curl Cream and give it a go.

I have baby fine hair, which used to be quite curly, but with the constant straightening is now only wavy, it is quite damaged on the ends. I can get a good curl if I scrunch, but it sometimes ends up a bit like an 80s perm and stiff lol. I would like a product that gives volume and curl but you cant get them if you buy for volume you tend to lose the curl and visa versa. This site is great so many great tips.

Thanks again for your welcome and the styling tips.

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