curly when i diffuse, wavy when i air dry! what the heck?!

I've been cg for only about a week and a half now.The last time I co washed (w/ no poo) was sunday nt. On monday and tuesday I wet and conditioned, then diffused my hair w/ different products (once w/ jessicurl, once w/ devacurl) to good, curly and full results! However, this morning I used jessicurl again (rr and ccss) and let my hair air dry. The crown has some decent curls (cuz my hair's curliest there) but the rest is wavy w/ mild curl formation, but no fullness or oomph at all! Do you think this is because I air dried, or is it possibly time to co wash, cleanse, or exfoliate (maybe a brown sugar exfoliation)? I wet and condition my hair everyday, but I am planning to try to only cleanse once per wk, and DT once per week or every other wk. Is it the different drying methods or do I need to switch up the co-washing/conditioning routine? I want to be able to air dry sometimes and not have it look awful! Any help would be appreciated!!
That is totally normal. Diffusing really helps your curl formation. Think of it this way, the longer the water is in your hair, the heavier your hair is and it's pulling out the curl. When you are diffusing you are getting rid of the heavy water and lifting your hair so it's easier to curl. Do you plop? That could also help your curl formation and pull a lot of water out of yor hair on days you want to air dry. Or try a CurlsLikeUs towel...cuts drying time waaaay down. I love them.
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I never let my hair air dry b/c it pulls the curl right out. Diffusing is a must for me.
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I never let my hair air dry b/c it pulls the curl right out. Diffusing is a must for me.
Originally Posted by Katina128
Same here!
Somewhere between a 2c & 3a
Liking:
-Suave Naturals or VO5 (co-wash)
-GVP Conditioning Balm (conditioner)
-L'Oreal Vive Pro Nutrigloss (conditioner)
-Giovanni Direct Leave-in or GVP Conditioning Balm as leave-in
-Flax seed gel (my favorite right now)
-KCCC
-Biotera Gel
-HETT mousse
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I never let my hair air dry b/c it pulls the curl right out. Diffusing is a must for me.
Originally Posted by Katina128
Same here!
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Diffusing isn't a must for me, but I have worked it into my week more often. I've discovered that if I don't sleep in on Tuesdays and Thursdays I can wash, style, and diffuse and be ready to go (in fact, today is Thursday, and I just finished my diffusing for the day haha). Diffusing helps with shrinkage and tighter curl formation for sure. In my mind, it helps to preserve the good curl pattern that is there right after you apply products. Also you help it along if you push the curls against your scalp with the diffuser (pixiecurl method). That's also encouraging shrinkage. So I'd say you're totally normal.
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I can get my med. to fine 3A to curl by air drying but I usually have to keep scrunching it as it dries to encourage it, which usually leads to frizz, so I don't often do it except maybe on the weekends.

When my hair used to be more curly, it was no problem to air dry it - it still curled right up.
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HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing then clips or clamps & air dry. Blend gray w/henna glosses

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I'm actually the opposite...well kind of anyway...I can't diffuse because it ends up making my hair incredibly frizzy and i find it takes some of the curl out (I know weird!) So I usually just air dry or gently towel dry with a Micro-fiber towel
3B, fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity

Starting CG over beginning June 2013

Co-Wash: Treseme Naturals
Cleanse: Waiting on DB and CJDF
Rinse out: Biolage CB, Yes to Carrots, Giovanni 50:50
LI: Treseme Naturals, Yes to Carrots
Stylers: KCCC
PT: IAgirl's PT

No: Polyquats, BTMS in leave-ins/stylers
Yes: Protein, ACV, Oils
You girls are awesome - thanks so much for the responses! I was wondering what the pixiecurl method was - so you just push the diffuser all the way against your scalp? Do you dry your hair like that the whole time?
Pixiecurling is basically this:

While your diffuser is OFF, cup your hair with the bowl and hold near or against your scalp.
Turn it ON in that position, and hold for however long you like.
Turn if OFF, and pull the diffuser out and reposition it somewhere else while it's OFF.
Then turn it ON, and repeat.

It helps cut down on frizz but can increase drying time.
3b/c, CG 9/18/08
Last process: 04/05/08 Big Chop: 08/08/09
Currently: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel (summer only), Boots Curl Creme (winter only)
Got it, thanks! Do people typically diffuse on high or low heat? What about high or low air flow?
as far as i know, as a non-diffuser although i try every so often, i'm sure it's low heat and low air-flow, thats what makes the most sense to me anyway
3B, fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity

Starting CG over beginning June 2013

Co-Wash: Treseme Naturals
Cleanse: Waiting on DB and CJDF
Rinse out: Biolage CB, Yes to Carrots, Giovanni 50:50
LI: Treseme Naturals, Yes to Carrots
Stylers: KCCC
PT: IAgirl's PT

No: Polyquats, BTMS in leave-ins/stylers
Yes: Protein, ACV, Oils
I medium both but some use high heat and medium air flow. What you want to avoid while diffusing is your curls blowing all around causing frizz.
High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

I actually use low air, high heat. But I also only diffuse for about 10 minutes tops - I lose focus fast - I just don't have the patience for it. I do it to get my curls set and then I let it airdry the rest of the way.
Central Massachusetts

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
Mostly low air, although my diffuser doesn't blow my hair around much. I start with high heat for a moment but then switch to low so I don't fry either my hair or my scalp.
2C/3A/3B - mod. CG, med. to fine, normal to low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated, GTTT or Aim2Health 'poos as scalp needs, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein Trtmt & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, AO Mandarin Magic, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing then clips or clamps & air dry. Blend gray w/henna glosses

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