twisting hair when wet

I've started twisting my hair into tendrils/ringlets while it's wet and letting it dry like that, then separating them all/shaking them out. It gives me even curls that aren't stringy (like mine normally are)! I would like to not have to do anything but my curls are pretty tempramental.

Does anyone else do this? Is it.... cheating??
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No, I call it finger twirling my hair. You can use one finger or two, depending on whether you want a tighter or looser ringlet. I usually let it dry and then lightly scrunch it. No, it's not cheating...if you like the look, why would it be cheating?
That's right, I said it! I wear scrunchies!!

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I do this too. Takes a long time but it looks good.
I just made a post about this on the 2 boards in a tread about clumping. I'll just copy and paste what I just typed.

"I found I got slightly better clumps when I twisted my hair as well. After I put my curl creme and gel in and got as much water out as possible with my microfiber towel, I twist sections of my hair, squeeze water out of the twisted hair then pin the twist against my head. I then essentially plop except all it really does in this case is keep it in place and out of the way when I get dressed and maybe dry it a tiny bit more. After about 5 minutes I take the tshirt off of my head, the pins out and shake my head a bit upside down. Sometimes I scrunch in some more gel but that makes it clump less.

Keep in mind this just improves my clumps, which were nonexistent before so it might not be much of an improvement for others."

And I wouldn't call it cheating, more like encouraging.
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I've started twisting my hair into tendrils/ringlets while it's wet and letting it dry like that, then separating them all/shaking them out. It gives me even curls that aren't stringy (like mine normally are)! I would like to not have to do anything but my curls are pretty tempramental.

Does anyone else do this? Is it.... cheating??
Originally Posted by miralaluna
I did it for 20 years- I called it finger twirling and curl placing. It was very successful for me. But ultimately i found it stressful. If I didnt "place" the curls right they dried funny. I couldnt "move" til my hair was fully dry - plus it took longer to dry due to the density of the handmade curls. It was also frustrating for me because there was no consistancy, so everytime I held my breath to see how my hair would look.

Lastly, it was a look that didnt allow me to touch or play with my hair, which drove me nuts.

It was the reason I loved having straightened hair for the last 5 years and the reason I was hesistant to go natural. I SWORE I wouldnt do it anymore because for ME, I equate it to being a slave to my hair and not going fully "natural" (Thats just me, NO JUDGEMENT, I SWEAR)

Since I transitioned i have done it exactly once: The 2nd week I went natural (and looked like ap-cray) I tried it. My hair looked great and I was distraught that that was the only way I could get it to look good curly. So I blew my hair straight again(for my sons bday party). When I saw a pic of myself from that day I knew I HAD to be curly at all costs. Its just so much more ME.

I was resigned to having mediocre hair....THANK GD, that was the week I went CG. I can now go curly without all that careful manipulation and I am thrilled.

Sorry to go on so long, but you asked Enjoy whatever makes you happy!
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Last edited by rudeechick; 06-21-2008 at 04:52 PM.
Oooh I'm glad I'm not the only one

I suppose I thought of it as "cheating" because I ultimately want to leave my hair in as natural a state as possible, without creating extra hassle for myself. This twirling business creates extra hassle, but at the same time, it seems like a good trade off, because I have far fewer things to complain about, i.e. stringy curls, undefined or strange-shaped curls, sticky-outy curls, etc

My method may be slighty different from some of yours. I don't pin the curls to my head or anything like that. I just twist fairly big sections so I look a bit like a scary Shirley Temple, then gently separate them/shake them out when they're dry (or after diffusing them). It works very well but I can't see myself having the willpower to do this every morning, despite having crap curls if I don't.
Fine texture (I think?!), normal porosity
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Current products (used only as & when required!):
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- Jojoba oil

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I love how my hair looks when it's styled this way. My hairdress does it GREAT. When I do it, the curls tend to end up looking like tight sausages. When they do it at my hair salon I get perfectly formed, wonderfully placed curls.

I have not perfected the art of doing this technique. You wrap the curl around your finger, and then pull your finger down, right? When I do this, my hair kind of just hands there, basically looking straight. When my hairdresser does it, the curl well...curls. Even when wet. What am I don't wrong when I try this?
I love how my hair looks when it's styled this way. My hairdress does it GREAT. When I do it, the curls tend to end up looking like tight sausages. When they do it at my hair salon I get perfectly formed, wonderfully placed curls.

I have not perfected the art of doing this technique. You wrap the curl around your finger, and then pull your finger down, right? When I do this, my hair kind of just hands there, basically looking straight. When my hairdresser does it, the curl well...curls. Even when wet. What am I don't wrong when I try this?
Originally Posted by CalamityM
Its not quite like that - you end up with what we used to call Banana Curls when you do it that way.

You know how some people absent-minded twist their hair around and around their finger? Its more like that. Take the amount of hair you want, start fairly high, and loosely twist as your work the spiral down the length of that hair; eventually the coil works its way off your finger.

At least thats what work for me.
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I always finger curl my hair when wet and then give it volumn and separate after it drys. The guy that created curl keeper has a video of the technique at frizzoff.com that really helped me get the idea - I can do it pretty fast now - I skip the "skip" he does after he twists.
I always do this. I think my curls just look nicer and last at least a couple of days with this technique.
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I tried this once and will never do it again. The curls were gone by the time my hair dried, and I had more frizz (if that's even possible) than usual.
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^ really? That's odd. My hair is quite happy to stay all twisty. I suppose it depends on your hair type.
Fine texture (I think?!), normal porosity
No 'poo since May 2007

Current products (used only as & when required!):
- Naked Sensitive Scalp conditioner
- Shikakai powder
- Jojoba oil

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