Is there any help for me?

I posted this on the "2" board, but it seems to be running a bit slow and I have no patience with my hair!

Hello ladies,

I've been a member here back in 2001 (FrizzyWaves). I've since strayed, and I feel like my hair has changed. It used to be coarse, and dry feeling and very frizzy. It is still very frizzy, but feels very silky and soft these days. I believe I am a 2a/2b. My hair dries in a very strange pattern when I sleep with it wet--it isn't straight, but has these odd bends in it--mainly due to the layers I have in it. If I use curl enhancing products and air dry, it tends to get very stringy and pathetic looking.

It is currently shoulder lenght and I am cutting it shorter. here are some questions that I'm hoping you guys can answer for me:
1. would layers help or should I make it all one lenght?
2. i cannot show up to work with wet looking hair, or those sexy California beach waves--my work environment is very stuffy professional, so it has to be dry. I've been washing at night, but like I said, it looks horrible in the morning--should I try diffusing it? in the past, diffusing led to stringy messy hair...
3. products--where do I even start? I have a yucky itchy oily scalp that builds up fast, so I use a tea tree shampoo. Yes I've tried the CG routine, and it didn't do it for me at all. I currently own the HE Set me Up gel; the Recoil, BTZ Frizz Zapper (Noodlehead didn't work for me). I am wondering if Jessicurl's products could possibly work better, or even the Devacurl ones.

Any help with fine, medium density frizzy mess, that feels silky soft, would be greatly appreciated!
I hear ya about the wet hair thing ... It really isn't accepted at my workplace either ... My hair also takes so long to dry that I would end up spending the whole day wet.

My hair is 2c to 3a, but it has the tendency to frizz as well. The layers can be a bonus ... but only if they are done by a stylist who is good with curly hair. I tried to do layers before and ended up looking like a curly bowling ball.

My stylist cuts my hair dry ... she looks at how the curl is falling and just cuts it in places to give me some lift on either the sides or back of my hair. I have never found the traditional way of cutting layers worked for me. This method has been by the best way of cutting my hair.

Have you tried diffusing? For frizziness, CK and RR are mainstays for me. If I put too much CK in my hair (especially by my roots) it takes forever to dry though. I put some in my hair with my head tipped over, comb it through. I flip my head up and do the same thing. Then I add some product. I dry with a MF towel and then diffuse. I diffuse until my hair is about 75 to 80% dry. When it is about 60% dry, I add clips to it to give myself some height to the top of my head and some volume on the sides. I continue diffusing for a few more minutes.

I take the clips out just before I leave for work and scrunch out the crunch. If I have some wonky pieces, I use bobbypins to put them in to place. Sometimes I can remove the bobbypins mid-day, but even if they are in for the day, I can normally hide them in my hair.

The pixie method of diffusing is best. There are other strands on that method right now if you're not familiar with it. I find this method is critical for avoiding frizz while I diffuse. I also bought a professional hair dryer. I was never able to get the cheaper ones to work for me ... but there is another thread on Connair hair dryers that is under $30 and some curlies are raving about.

HTH ... let us know ... and Welcome Back !!!
Type: 3a fine & dense,with normal porosity, terrible product junkie
ROUTINE: LI, enhancer, gel, plop with Curlease towel, serum product (either CIAB or Gel-les'c), clip & diffuse.
Too many favourite products to list ... I finally have my routine that works and alot of products to choose from. My product stash is huge, but well loved !!!
This is so very helpful, thank you so much!!! Off to research pixie method, and CK (CurlKeeper, I assume?).

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