stringy curl strands

When I get out of the shower, my curls are perfectly bundled into large curls. However, whenever I apply a product on my wet hair, the curl strands break up into thinner ringlets and by the time I diffuse it, it looks somewhat close to a jheri curl (which I do not want.) I don't want a bunch of thin, hardened curls. How can I get my curls to form together like when it was out of the shower, and also be dry?
When I get out of the shower, my curls are perfectly bundled into large curls. However, whenever I apply a product on my wet hair, the curl strands break up into thinner ringlets and by the time I diffuse it, it looks somewhat close to a jheri curl (which I do not want.) I don't want a bunch of thin, hardened curls. How can I get my curls to form together like when it was out of the shower, and also be dry?
Originally Posted by lovlee
How are you applying your product (e.g. scrunching, raking, smoothing...)?
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This is what I do that I find helps clumps my thick hair back together-

I use a pretty thick gel, L.A. looks durahold(godsend btw) and I have to rake it through because I'll never get proper distribution otherwise. I mix this thick gel with a more liquidly one(Biotera gel) in my hand and it makes it much easier to distribute and breaks up my hairs less. Then I smooth it together with my hands and scrunch it up. Sometimes I even hand twist some curls together after smoothing it together, especially if I have a frizzy spot.
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3a/b Thick, dry, in need of a haircut.
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If you like the way your hair looks when it is really wet, then try this: After you get your products in there take a spray bottle and generously re-wet you hair. I have found that it helps to kind of "stick" my hair back together. I know it sounds wierd, but it works for me.
If you focus on the negative not only is that what you'll see, that's what you'll be.
Then I smooth it together with my hands and scrunch it up
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Can you explain this step a little more in depth. I'm not picturing it. Do you mean that you smooth your hair together? How? I have a problem getting nice clumps too and I want them SO bad
Vanessa
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medium texture; slightly porous

Currently loving:
anything from CJ, KBB Luscious Locks Hair Mask, Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner, CHS Tweek
I second the nice wet clumps request once I put product in the nice clumps become small stringy waves
2c/3a - Miii - Coarse - Low porosity I think

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low-poo, 20/80 honey and JC TS, ACV rinse, honey and TW

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im always looking to get more clumps and i thought the solution was scrunching the product in, but last night i gently raked in a leave-in and then raked/scrunched in my gel, and i got bag fat spirals in the morning that lasted all day! i also used more leave-in than usual, so that could be it, but whatever it is its working and im doing it again tomorrow night (im hoping this will last for 2nd day hair)
i also used more leave-in than usual, so that could be it, but whatever it is its working and im doing it again tomorrow night (im hoping this will last for 2nd day hair)
Originally Posted by curlquest
I have noticed that mixing a little conditioner in with my hair gel seems to lead to better clumping, but I couldn't say for sure.

I really wish I had the time/energy to make notes about what exactly I did with my hair each day coupled with pictures of the results.

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