Extremely thick wavie, help!

Hello, I am new here but am completely overwhelmed by all the info!
I have extremely thick hair with waves/loose curls. I have had the same style hair for almost 10 years now and have used the same product for that same amount of time, thinking that nothing else would work. I have been using Herbal Essences Totally Twisted mousse because it is heavy enough to hold my hair, and am usually left with hard, crunchy curls. I have longer hair, about mid-back, and usually put layers in it. When it my hair is dry it doesnt frizz but it "poofs" out and I usually end up having to put it in a pony tail because it gets sooo big. Any suggestions on new cut styles or products to help define without the crunch would be greatly appreciated!!
I don't really have much advice for you, but I can tell you what the first thing everyone will say. Post pictures! It's so much easier for people to help you if they know what your hair looks like! And we're curious too!
A lot of people use this site: http://www.fotki.com/us/ It's free!
Good luck!
I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

Products:
9/02/08 Went CG
05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

http://public.fotki.com/QuirkyYogini/



Have you looked for a Deva trained stylist? You can go to this website and click on "find a salon" http://www.devaconcepts.com/ or check out the "CurlSalons" on this page to find a stylist in your area. Is your hair dry? That may cause it to be poofy. Try a leave in conditioner like SheaMoisture leave in http://www.beautyofnewyork.com/shopp...VM200207KB0319, Kinky Curly Knot Today (at CurlMart), or just leave in a bit of your regular rinse-out conditioner. Some people really like the Herbal Essences gels like the Body Envy, Set Me Up, and Totally Twisted. Also, Biotera cream layered over Biotera gel is also really popular (available at Sally's). If your hair tends to poof, gels may be the way to go instead of using a mousse since it causes your hair to expand. There's also a thread in the 2 boards: Favorite products for wavies???
That may give you some more ideas about styling products from people with your hair type.

Almost forgot: If your hair is crunchy from products, you can usually scrunch it out with your hands after it is totally dry. Scrunching dry hair always gets rid of my crunch, no matter how hard the hold of the product.
2b
conditioner - AOHR
shampoo - Beauty Without Cruelty Rosemary Mint Tea Tree
styling products - KCCC, BRHG, Boots Curl Creme, Re:coil

Last edited by BrandyC; 05-14-2008 at 11:42 AM.
Thanks for the help. The picture posted was taken when my hair was still wet and not poofy. I dont have any of my hair down when it is dry because it is usually up. Im getting it cut soon and will try to post a new picture up soon. I am looking into some new products as well.
My hair isn't hugely thick (4 inch ponytail), but I have the SAME problem if I touch it. Brushing, running your fingers through, or even flipping it upside down will make it instant "80's" hair! It sounds like you have the "right" cut. I bet your hair is enviable even if you think it's too big!
HeatherDawn
2C/3A

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