bouncier curls

What products do you find make your curls bouncier/tighter/springier?

I'm new here- I'd do an introduction but it's 2am haha... I just thought I'd quickly ask this so that maybe I'd have some answers when I wake up.
I am having great success with Curls by Sisters Smith Wet Set Pudding. I've been using it for about 3 weeks now and I have better curls than I've had in a long time! And it's not very expensive, even after you pay shipping. I generally use different products every time I do my hair, but I've been so happy with this that I haven't changed anything in the last several washes. Good luck with finding something you like!
Currently using:
shampoo bars, GVP K-Pak, Abba Pure Gentle Leave-in, Mop curl cream, Babaii Mousse and BRHG
Honestly? Humidity. Summer hair is far bouncier than winter hair.

For example:

July '08 hair



January '09 hair



No, my hair did not grow half a foot in that short of a time, but the humidity-induced curl pattern change makes a big difference.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
I agree - I want summer back. With the dewpoints in the teens and (last week) in the negatives I am getting staticy/frizzy hair no matter what I do. I am also wondering if I might need a deep treatment.
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Honestly? Humidity. Summer hair is far bouncier than winter hair.

For example:

July '08 hair



January '09 hair



No, my hair did not grow half a foot in that short of a time, but the humidity-induced curl pattern change makes a big difference.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
I love your hair in summer and winter. It is beautiful.
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4a/3c combo with 4b in the front

Hair Goal: Shoulder Length and Curly before April 2010!

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Products I am currently loving:
Trader Joe's Nourish Conditioner
Anita Grant Rhassoul Deep Conditioner
Anita Grant Cafe Latte
Suave Naturals Coconut Conditioner

Thank you kaymoore!

Still, I really wish I could be a 3c.... how often I've wondered if I could just go get a straw set.

This winter, I'm learning to just accept the weather induced changes. As long as I keep my hair healthy and maintain the proper protein/moisture balance, I should just be happy with whatever curl pattern happens that day. I'm learing to focus less on maintaining a certain type.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
Alright I'll introduce myself now that I'm not falling asleep :P I know there's a section for this but I figure not many people check that section.

I have 3a curls at the moment. I used to have tight springy curls at the ends with almost straight hair farther up. I don't even know how to explain my hair just before that, because I had no idea how to handle curly hair, so I'm pretty sure I ended up brushing it in the morning when it was dry :/

Anyway, now my hair is naturally almost straight in the bottom "nape" area, mostly 2b and frizzy in the very top layer (the layer always exposed), and some 2b and some 3a throughout the rest of my hair.

I got a perm a few weeks ago because I missed my old curls that I just didn't even know how to manage back then, and I wanted to even out the curl so that the bottom layers and the roots were curlier.

I don't know yet what my hair is sensitive to and what it likes.

I guess that's all there is to say for now... Oh yeah- I don't have an established routine, but at the moment I use Tresemme Moisture Rich shampoo and conditioner, Tresemme Curl Hydration Lotion, and sometimes Matrix curl.life Spiral Spray. Sometimes I use VitaminShampoo and VitaminConditioner, which you'd think would be nice since it's sulfate-free and all that, but I've only used it once since my perm, since it seems to give my hair that squeaky feeling when it's wet.
Welcome goldilocks!

The straight root, curly end pattern you describe is very typical for a 3a. There's nothing wrong with it, and it doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with your roots. One needs to be a solid 3b before you can keep a solid root curl.

With the changes you have now, it sounds as if your hair may just be dry, especially in the way you describe your canopy. Some moisture will help a good bit with this, and so will spring and its higher humidity.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
Is the Tresemme Moisture Rich a bad idea since its second ingredient is Sodium Laureth Sulfate?
Is the Tresemme Moisture Rich a bad idea since its second ingredient is Sodium Laureth Sulfate?
Originally Posted by goldilocks036
For me, it would be because I avoid sulfates. My hair tends to run dry, and that sulfate would be no friend to me.

Have you investigated going sulfate free or using the cg method? It can really help to address the dryness that can come with curly hair, and it can work well to being out the curl pattern.

This link gives an overview of the cg method. There is also a poo-less forum that can help. You can also ask here.

For some visual proof of what going mostly silicone and sulfate free can do for you, check this link.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
I forgot to say I also have very fine hair. I'd always thought it was thick until we learned how to take measurements with a microscope a few years back by measuring the width of our hair strands. So now I can confidently say that I have verrrryy thin/fine hair- and lots of it.
mostly 3a. a little 2c and 3b.
fine/thin, but lots of it.

Last edited by goldilocks036; 01-19-2009 at 01:04 PM.
I forgot to say I also have very fine hair. I'd always thought it was thick until we learned how to take measurements with a microscope a few years back by measuring the width of our hair strands. So now I can confidently say that I have verrrryy thin/fine hair- and lots of it.
Originally Posted by goldilocks036
That's OK. Going sulfate free or low sulfate can still work for you. You will probably end up needing a less rich conditioner than the coarse haired curly - after you are satisifed that your current dryness has been taken care of.

There is a thread for fine haired curlies around here somewhere - you can search it out.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
How am I supposed to know what my hair needs? More protein / more moisture, etc ?

Also what would be some signs that sulfates are bad for my hair? I'd rather figure that out before I spend extra money just to try something new.
mostly 3a. a little 2c and 3b.
fine/thin, but lots of it.
How am I supposed to know what my hair needs? More protein / more moisture, etc ?

Also what would be some signs that sulfates are bad for my hair? I'd rather figure that out before I spend extra money just to try something new.
Originally Posted by goldilocks036
Sulfates are bad for curly hair in general. Read why here: http://dormroomcurly.blogspot.com/20...ons-table.html

Basically to sum up what's in there, sulfates strip your hair of it's natural oils. When that happens, curlies often turn to silicone loaded products because silicones coat the hair shaft and make the layers of the hair cuticle lay flat. It's a quick fix for a big problem. The silicones seal your hair and prevent moisture that it very badly needs from getting in and keep the harsh detergents (sulfates) in where they can cause long term damage like drying and brittleness. A lot of us on this forum follow a method of hair care that involves cutting out sulfates and silicones called the Curly Girl (CG) method
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Fine/thin 2c/3a, Low-Medium Porosity, Dry!
How am I supposed to know what my hair needs? More protein / more moisture, etc ?

Also what would be some signs that sulfates are bad for my hair? I'd rather figure that out before I spend extra money just to try something new.
Originally Posted by goldilocks036

I actually used the Suave Coconut (which has protein) for a couple of weeks, loved the results, and THEN developed a sensitivity. Your best bet is to just experiment... Suave is a good brand that will only set you back about $2.
3a/b
Protein sensitive
med/low porosity/med texture
Baking Soda/Vinegar rinses
Suave Ocean Breeze
HE TT Gel
CG since April 12th '08! (No shampoo whatsoever!)
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ITA with rcc - summer does make for bouncier, plumper curls.

I have tried many different product combos in the past month trying to get rid of the drab lifeless curls. A protein treatment helped a bit, Curlisto application method helped somewhat, learned to not use KCCC (which others find a godsend) as it drags my curls down but the biggest find is that I go to the sauna at the gym a couple times a week. The heat makes quite a difference. Mine is a dry sauna but if you have access to a wet one it would probably be even better.
Current Products: CJ Products: CF, DF, CT, SG, AFG, CIAB AND CK is back!
Current Experiment: S&C by D

Curl Fix and Daily Fix are my HGs


Sulphate and cone free since July 2007

wavy/curly fine texture/medium porosity/medium-low density

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ITA with rcc - summer does make for bouncier, plumper curls.

I have tried many different product combos in the past month trying to get rid of the drab lifeless curls. A protein treatment helped a bit, Curlisto application method helped somewhat, learned to not use KCCC (which others find a godsend) as it drags my curls down but the biggest find is that I go to the sauna at the gym a couple times a week. The heat makes quite a difference. Mine is a dry sauna but if you have access to a wet one it would probably be even better.
Originally Posted by whatsercurl
Crud . . . I thought KCCC was expensive . . . now I've got install a suana???
CG since 10/5/08
Faux Red-head since 1997 - recent henna head
3a/2b
CoWash: Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut
Conditioners: L'Oreal Vivre Pro Nutrigloss
Winter Stylers: KCKT, KCCC, FOTE, BRHG, Boots
Summer products I'm missing: CK, re:Coil, Tweek
Techniques: single plop, pixiecurl diffuse


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ITA with rcc - summer does make for bouncier, plumper curls.

I have tried many different product combos in the past month trying to get rid of the drab lifeless curls. A protein treatment helped a bit, Curlisto application method helped somewhat, learned to not use KCCC (which others find a godsend) as it drags my curls down but the biggest find is that I go to the sauna at the gym a couple times a week. The heat makes quite a difference. Mine is a dry sauna but if you have access to a wet one it would probably be even better.
Originally Posted by whatsercurl
Crud . . . I thought KCCC was expensive . . . now I've got install a suana???
Originally Posted by aoedecmj
rofl ... not that I wouldn't consider installing one but a gym membership might be slightly cheaper
Current Products: CJ Products: CF, DF, CT, SG, AFG, CIAB AND CK is back!
Current Experiment: S&C by D

Curl Fix and Daily Fix are my HGs


Sulphate and cone free since July 2007

wavy/curly fine texture/medium porosity/medium-low density

http://public.fotki.com/whatsercurl/

PW: wavycurly

Seek not to change the world. Rather seek to change your mind about the world.
see my hairtype is 3a .... my sister has type 3b and i LOVE her hair with a passion . i want my curls to become tighter , bouncy , and spiraly like hers . but i dont have the money to be buying all these crazy hair products you speak of ?? what should i do !!! i hate my hair (/.\)
see my hairtype is 3a .... my sister has type 3b and i LOVE her hair with a passion . i want my curls to become tighter , bouncy , and spiraly like hers . but i dont have the money to be buying all these crazy hair products you speak of ?? what should i do !!! i hate my hair (/.\)
Originally Posted by tiawanaa
What are your hair properties and routine at present? Are you full or modified Curly Girl?

My hair became curlier when I quit sulphate surfactants and silicones, recently accidentally used a silicone again and got stringy lank hair. DIY deep treatments with coconut oil and sugar syrup (many use honey) make my hair curl up tighter.

Not all the products mentioned here are expensive: Suave is cheap AFAIK. Plenty of people here do Curly Girl on a drugstore budget.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

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