Non clumpy, skinnny curls, s-curls? Come on in!

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Sign me up in the non-clumpy, skinny & s-curls club!

I have major clump envy from those whose heads are covered with them. I also have major wave envy from those who are solid wavies. I guess I feel like a curly without a country, or curl category, as it were. lol My hair actually has only 2 super clumps. They are always hidden in the undermost layer, one behind each ear. They are as fat as sausages and when properly moisturized, can increase in size and clumpiness as the day wears on. My shorter layers can corkscrew, while the back is mainly s-curls.

I did attempt the supersoaker method, but to no avail. I did also purchase a Denman brush and I do like that as it seems to encourage more curls and even distribution of product and curls. Any clumps that do form, quickly disappear as I scrunch the water out with my t-shirt towel. Oh well. I have learned to just accept and embrace. what I have and admire others from afar.
Originally Posted by misspam
ANd you do have fabulous hair.

I like what was said earlier. No one thinks "Oh, she has skinny/stringy curls" when we look at another poster. But, we think it on ourselves while we admire the same type of curl on another.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Awwww, thanks redcelticcurls. And you're so right. Why do we do that to ourselves?

Oh, and I loooove the pic of that perfect curl in the front of your hair. Absolutely perfect!
This is definitely me! This thread was so encouraging to me, as I have really skinny curls as well. The top of my head is pretty much solely spaghetti-sized ringlets! All of my ringlets are very thin, yet incredibly springy. I've been so jealous of those with clumps, but I've realized my stringlets are quite fun as well!

Someone here felt like they felt like a curly without a country, and that's how I feel. I'm definitely a mix of s-shaped curls/waves and skinny ringlets. I know the majority of s-shaped curls constitutes me as a wavy, but my curl pattern is so strong that although hair is super short, I still get a ton of wave and curl right from the root. I don't have the straight roots that a lot of wavies have, nor the tendency to lose curl with less length. My hair is too wavy to be wavy, yet not curly enough to be curly! I guess we could make a portmanteau and call it "curvy" hair! I guess I'd consider myself a 3a with S-curls. I sometimes wish the curl pattern definitions weren't based on the type curl, but rather how strong/tight the curl pattern is, whether it be ringlets, botticellis, corkscrews, or s-curls.

P.S.: RCC, your hair is absolutely gorgeous! It's amazing. Serious hair envy! The color, the texture, everything.
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3a, wurly girl
loving deva angell, aohr, and mill creek botanicals jojoba poo

I like the "curvy" hair suggestion, MJLove, I think that's what my hair will be called now!
3b in South Australia.

Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
RCC, your avitar is deceiving. I would have never guessed your hair looked like this close up. It looks so spiral-y!

Am I the only one who gets what I call "helix curls"?? My s curls turn into ringlets, and sometimes two individual curls that ended up drying in opposite directions get twisted together and look like strands of DNA!
Originally Posted by AppleCurls
Yes! Like this (the one on the left)?

Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Yes! I get these all the time. My apparent clumps usually turn out to be these on closer inspection.




Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
I'm jealous. My hairline curl type is like 2a.

I have multi-personality hair.
Originally Posted by Speckla
Speckla, you make some of the greatest quotable statements! I love this one!!
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hair type: 3a-3b/M/iii
length: slightly past tailbone when pulled tight
normal routine: Nature's Gate shampoo (on scalp only), Suave Aloe conditioner, apple cider vinegar, raw shea butter, FOTE Aloe Vera Gel, TRESemme Curl Locking spray (occasionally).
other favorites: olive oil, rhassoul clay, honey
I have to say I'm relieved to see this thread! I've been reading up on clumping and have gotten pretty frustrated trying to make my hair behave that way. I think I've realized that my hair won't clump no matter what I try.

That being said, what do you ladies do to get defined and unfrizzy non-clumpy curls? I've embraced the fact that they're skinny but I really would like to have less frizz. How much LI do you use? How much gel?

I have 3b hair and I'm pretty sure its less porous but am new to NC so I'm still figuring this all out. Thanks for any input!!
I actually like my hair better when it's just "s wavy" and not curly. It's generally softer and I spend a lot less time in the bathroom styling it when I just let it do what it wants to do instead of trying to force it into submission. I do love my hair, as unruly as it is.
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2(I have no idea what pattern), low porosity, mix of medium and coarse, dense

*Have just discovered the amazingness that is the "Spritz and Condish" routine*

Shampoo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Co-wash: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying Conditioner
RO: GVP CB, Garnier Triple Nutrition
LI : Whatever conditioner I used + EVOO or Argon oil
Stylers: Organix Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Creme, EcoStyler Gel (krystal)

Last edited by txwvy32; 10-30-2012 at 01:08 PM.
I relate to this! I have a mix of S-curls and corkscrews, and some of my corkscrews are elongated. You know how some people's corkscrews are almost horizontal? Well, most of mine are diagonal.

I often say I have "Sybil hair" - lol! It has a serious identity crisis.
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
This is definitely me! This thread was so encouraging to me, as I have really skinny curls as well. The top of my head is pretty much solely spaghetti-sized ringlets! All of my ringlets are very thin, yet incredibly springy. I've been so jealous of those with clumps, but I've realized my stringlets are quite fun as well!

Someone here felt like they felt like a curly without a country, and that's how I feel. I'm definitely a mix of s-shaped curls/waves and skinny ringlets. I know the majority of s-shaped curls constitutes me as a wavy, but my curl pattern is so strong that although hair is super short, I still get a ton of wave and curl right from the root. I don't have the straight roots that a lot of wavies have, nor the tendency to lose curl with less length. My hair is too wavy to be wavy, yet not curly enough to be curly! I guess we could make a portmanteau and call it "curvy" hair! I guess I'd consider myself a 3a with S-curls. I sometimes wish the curl pattern definitions weren't based on the type curl, but rather how strong/tight the curl pattern is, whether it be ringlets, botticellis, corkscrews, or s-curls.

P.S.: RCC, your hair is absolutely gorgeous! It's amazing. Serious hair envy! The color, the texture, everything.
Originally Posted by MJLove
You just described exactly how I feel! I've been listing my hair as 2c/3a and unable to really decide because my hair is exactly as you said - too wavy to be wavy and not curly enough to be curly. I have some corkscrews/ringlets around my face/above my ears, but not a lot of shrinkage and the majority of my hair is very strong s-curls. I do get some clumping, but too much and I lose volume, so I sort of walk the middle road on that. I like "curvy" hair - may have to start using that! Maybe they should start a forum for that - those o us with hair identity crisis can band together
2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate

My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!

CG since 12/29/2011
Jas - when it comes to curl pattern, I think you may be my hair twin
2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate

My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!

CG since 12/29/2011
Am I the only one who gets what I call "helix curls"?? My s curls turn into ringlets, and sometimes two individual curls that ended up drying in opposite directions get twisted together and look like strands of DNA!
Originally Posted by AppleCurls
I do I get these "lover curls" that look like they are trying to be one with each other, and they spiral around each other

But I have so many different types of curls on my head, and every few hours they change what they are doing and they come loose, into s'sses, or else they curl up tight, at the ends, like corkscrews. Or they stay put for a day, or they frizz and poof. I never look the same twice! it's great. At first I hated it, just wanted consistent curls, and now I am learning to embrace it.

After all, I don't conform ;p so why should my hair? lol!

And, I have to say, I have had some occasional success at clumping, but not often. My hair is too fine, so I will get some skinny clumps, or loads of stringy clumps, but rarely any fat-bottom clumps...I am so glad RCC started this thread, as I will admit to being occasionally jeals of some of the curlies here with gorgeous corkscrews! Oh well. We are as we are learning to work with what S'sses I have has been waaaaay more productive and positive!

ETA if you look at my hair pic, the third curl in from my face is actually spiralled and is trying to do the Helix love thang with its neighbor! lol I even have one string that is 4A, if y'all can believe that...it's on the other side of my head from this pic ;p
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Finer, mixed with coarser strands, low-porosity, wavy curly whirly hair...3A, 2C hair. Medium thickness, medium elasticity.
S-shaped hair with corkscrew ends. My hair is even more confused than me ;p
My hair officially hates protein Once a month is enough!
Currently a fan of TiGi products, (rock on, TiGi Curlesque styling creme!) but that will soon change - I am a self-avowed product junkie! Yay!
BIG fan of supersoaker method - thanks Rudeechick!

Last edited by Knotty_Maddy; 10-30-2012 at 02:18 PM.
This is definitely me! This thread was so encouraging to me, as I have really skinny curls as well. The top of my head is pretty much solely spaghetti-sized ringlets! All of my ringlets are very thin, yet incredibly springy. I've been so jealous of those with clumps, but I've realized my stringlets are quite fun as well!

Someone here felt like they felt like a curly without a country, and that's how I feel. I'm definitely a mix of s-shaped curls/waves and skinny ringlets. I know the majority of s-shaped curls constitutes me as a wavy, but my curl pattern is so strong that although hair is super short, I still get a ton of wave and curl right from the root. I don't have the straight roots that a lot of wavies have, nor the tendency to lose curl with less length. My hair is too wavy to be wavy, yet not curly enough to be curly! I guess we could make a portmanteau and call it "curvy" hair! I guess I'd consider myself a 3a with S-curls. I sometimes wish the curl pattern definitions weren't based on the type curl, but rather how strong/tight the curl pattern is, whether it be ringlets, botticellis, corkscrews, or s-curls.

P.S.: RCC, your hair is absolutely gorgeous! It's amazing. Serious hair envy! The color, the texture, everything.
Originally Posted by MJLove

This. I have seriously confused hair too And I also thought RCC had the perfect hair! lol!

ETA - my curl pattern actually gets far stronger when I have long hair. It sounds impossible, but it's true! Typical of my confused hair to get that wrong, too! lol...
Finer, mixed with coarser strands, low-porosity, wavy curly whirly hair...3A, 2C hair. Medium thickness, medium elasticity.
S-shaped hair with corkscrew ends. My hair is even more confused than me ;p
My hair officially hates protein Once a month is enough!
Currently a fan of TiGi products, (rock on, TiGi Curlesque styling creme!) but that will soon change - I am a self-avowed product junkie! Yay!
BIG fan of supersoaker method - thanks Rudeechick!

Last edited by Knotty_Maddy; 10-30-2012 at 02:20 PM.
I have fine but dense s curls and waves that don't love to clump, and that's perfectly fine with me! I personally prefer soft, voluminous curls to clumps anyway. Sometimes I can use gel and take a lot of time and care into getting clumpy curls, just for a change, but I rarely do it.
2a/b
medium/thick
high porosity (from coloring)

Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
Oils: caudalie, sweet almond
What the heck is a clump? I have the stringy non-clumping variety of hair.
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