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Old 08-09-2009, 05:51 PM   #61
 
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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.
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.
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!
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:44 PM   #62
 
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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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Old 08-09-2009, 09:52 PM   #63
 
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I like the "curvy" hair suggestion, MJLove, I think that's what my hair will be called now!
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RCC, your avitar is deceiving. I would have never guessed your hair looked like this close up. It looks so spiral-y!

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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!
Yes! Like this (the one on the left)?

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

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I'm jealous. My hairline curl type is like 2a.

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Old 10-30-2012, 12:03 PM   #65
 
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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!!
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:01 PM   #66
 
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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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Old 10-30-2012, 01:10 PM   #67
 
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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.
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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.
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
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Jas - when it comes to curl pattern, I think you may be my hair twin
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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!
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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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.

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...
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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.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:31 PM   #73
 
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What the heck is a clump? I have the stringy non-clumping variety of hair.
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