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Old 08-06-2009, 09:56 PM   #1
 
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Default Non clumpy, skinnny curls, s-curls? Come on in!

Why not have a thread for the non clumpers.

Do you like your waves? Are you tired of feeling like you need to achieve the almighty clump?

Do you have S-curls instead of corkscrews and feel curl inadequate?

Do you feel that your curls just aren't fat enough?

Are you happy with you non clumps? Give others a lift!

Are you lamenting your non corkscrews? Come on in and learn to love your skinny curls, your waves, your almost curls, whatever it is you have.
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*raises hand* yeah, I got clumps all right. I can get the clumps but they look like CLUMPS of messy hair not nice waves. It seems to be either one or the other - waves or clumps. I'm learning to live with skinny waves.
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No clumps here, just stringy curls. It's always been that way. It's a little crazy with coils, s-curls, sometimes it reverses direction part-way down.
It won't clump no matter how hard I try so, just as I learned to love my curly hair, I have also learned to love my stringy curly hair.
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I like my s-curls! I especially like how they corkscrew on the last inch.
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:39 AM   #5
 
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*raises hand* Skinny curls here.... I think I will always have skinny curls. Maybe when my hair gets longer, I may have clumpy curls...but, I'm really thinking this is the way my hair is. My hair is fine and it just won't clump.
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I like my s-curls! I especially like how they corkscrew on the last inch.
Mine do that too!!! Sometimes. When they are in the mood. Today - just s-curls all the way down.

I thought I was clumping and even posted a photo in the super clumping thread but then I looked at it and decided it really was not. I think I wanted it to so I made believe it did and then the photographic evidence proved me wrong.
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I like my 4a/3c S-curls. Most of them actually have a wee bit of clumping. But the part in the front that doesn't understand the word clumping makes me sad sometimes. I've mostly given up on clumping in that section and I just try to treat it nicely. I have envied those with a full head of corkscrews in the past, but my S-coils are their own unique thing (and I have a few rogue corkscrews on my head so I don't feel totally left out). Also, if I ever get the urge to straighten, the s-curls are really easy to pull out.
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No clumps here, just stringy curls. It's always been that way. It's a little crazy with coils, s-curls, sometimes it reverses direction part-way down.
It won't clump no matter how hard I try so, just as I learned to love my curly hair, I have also learned to love my stringy curly hair.
You and I do have similar looking curls!
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I just have to say that I cracked up reading the OP. RCC, you sounded like a late night infomercial.

And now I will leave the thread because I have nothing to add. I'm an overclumper.
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I tried tried and tried again and No fat curls!!!
Clumps??? What are they anyway?? My hair doesn't quite get it!! The s curls and few ringlets I get look great but am very happy to have what I have!! Just like root curl have pretty much given up on that too!!
Will embrace what GOD has given me and I feel very lucky to have it!!
Great thread RCC!!
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RCC, are you taunting us with that enviable hair of yours?????
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I just have to say that I cracked up reading the OP. RCC, you sounded like a late night infomercial.

And now I will leave the thread because I have nothing to add. I'm an overclumper.
I'm channeling my inner Billy Mays, lol.
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I'm very glad you started this thread, rcc. I am new to CG and have been thinking I'm doing something wrong with my hair that it is not clumping.

Now I know, some of us are destined for skinny curls!
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No clumps here, just stringy curls. It's always been that way. It's a little crazy with coils, s-curls, sometimes it reverses direction part-way down.
It won't clump no matter how hard I try so, just as I learned to love my curly hair, I have also learned to love my stringy curly hair.
Mine is terrible about that! It's practically impossible for me to try like the "skip curl" method or any kind of twirling the hair around my finger to make ringlets/clumps because the coil reverses directions sometimes 2 or 3 times! It works better if I just scrunch it and hope for the best.

My biggest problem with clumping (or lack thereof) is that my hair is never consistent. Some days they're good, some days they're not. And I have a serious variety of curl types, so that makes it more complicated too. I would love to have better clumps and ringlets, but I would be happy if I could just get it to be consistent.
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And I'm still of the belief that the super-clumpers almost always have 3A hair like rudeechick, and the super-stringies are usually 3B.
3A hair seems to be more consistant in its coiling, 3B has a multitude of curl types on one head so the hair just can't clump. So we need to just let it do it's thing.
Just my 2 cents.
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And I'm still of the belief that the super-clumpers almost always have 3A hair like rudeechick, and the super-stringies are usually 3B.
3A hair seems to be more consistant in its coiling, 3B has a multitude of curl types on one head so the hair just can't clump. So we need to just let it do it's thing.
Just my 2 cents.
That does make sense.

I've seen better clumps from 2Cs and 3As than I do with 3Bs and up. There are exceptions of course. I've seen 3Cs and 4As with teeny corkscrews that would be considered clumpy for the typical 3C/4A curl diameter.

Then you have the mixed types, the 3a/b mixes like Hockeymom that get great clumps.

I think that it is just a little easier to clump/corkscrew when you have a larger curl diameter.

I can get corkscrews - sorta - and they tend to be a bit lazier and more loose if that makes sense. I guess those are more spirals than corkscrews. I also had them when I had short bangs.

ETA: I agree that it is easier to let the hair do its thing. I just have to stop being jealous of the clumpers, lol.
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No clumps here, just stringy curls. It's always been that way. It's a little crazy with coils, s-curls, sometimes it reverses direction part-way down.
It won't clump no matter how hard I try so, just as I learned to love my curly hair, I have also learned to love my stringy curly hair.
Mine is terrible about that! It's practically impossible for me to try like the "skip curl" method or any kind of twirling the hair around my finger to make ringlets/clumps because the coil reverses directions sometimes 2 or 3 times! It works better if I just scrunch it and hope for the best.

My biggest problem with clumping (or lack thereof) is that my hair is never consistent. Some days they're good, some days they're not. And I have a serious variety of curl types, so that makes it more complicated too. I would love to have better clumps and ringlets, but I would be happy if I could just get it to be consistent.
Same!

I've always kind of wished I could have clumpy ringlets instead of my highly individualized ('stringy' sounds gross, which my hair is not. :P) s-curls that only turn into true ringlets at the last inch or so. Buuuut I suppose it's time to love my hair for what it is.

Also, for those with highly individualized curls - do your curls clump in the shower? Like, do they form a sheet when you comb conditioner through? My hair refuses to clump, even when I'm combing conditioner through...my hair pretty much looks exactly the same when it's wet as it does dry, only wetter. My friend has 3a hair that clumps like crazy, and I've always wondered if the non-clumping-in-the-shower phenomenon has to do with hair type, texture, or what.
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Thank you so much for starting this thread, RCC. I too have stringy, spaghetti-sized curls, s-curls, some sort of spirals and waves all mixed together. I can relate to what many have posted already, including having curls that corkscrew the bottom half-inch (how strange is that??) and not being able to do the pin-curl method because my curl switches direction halfway down. I really appreciate the idea of embracing my hair no matter what it does. After reading about clumping on this board, I was starting to get so frustrated and feeling so inadequate, similar to the inadequate feelings I had all the time when I would flat-iron my hair for a good half hour and it would NEVER look as smooth and shiny as my stepdaughter's naturally poker-straight long hair. Nor would my hair ever MOVE once I got it straight, because I slicked it with a ton of silicone and hairspray. I don't ever want to go back to feeling that way, and don't want my CG journey to become another way to feel inadequate about the great hair I was given. My hair now MOVES, it is bouncy and shiny for the first time ever, and it is healthier and curlier than it has ever been. I am trying also to make peace with its inconsistencies, because on any given day I can have more or less waves, more or less curl and right now I can't always figure out why. Years ago I got full spiral perms for several years so that I could have consistency in my curls. I am DONE with damaging my hair (well, except for coloring it, but the CG method helps me keep it much healthier even with coloring) to make it something it is not.
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Interesting about the shower.

I get a long sheet of hair that turns into spirals in the last few inches.

After I shower, I brush in my KCCC, which gives me one solid straight sheet of hair. I then have to scrunch to get my regular curl pattern started, but it goes along pretty well when I do it.

When my hair is wet, it's more like this.



It will curl up as it dries, but it does it a lot more efficiently and neatly if I use gel!
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I can clump a bit but if I do, my hair has no movement and takes forever to dry. I have skinnier curls and although most are corkscrew, a bunch are something between corkscrew and s-curl. Very frustrating sometimes.

As mine gets longer, it will probably elongate and look more like rcc's hair. Since it is so dense the weight will eventually affect it. My bangs are JUST like your's though rcc. I'm thinking of asking Struttswife to snip mine a bit shorter so they don't separate as much and stop falling into my eyes.

All in all, I love my hair. It is healthy, dense and I have a lot of curl. I have learned to enjoy it.
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