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Anyone have any advice on how to get rid of stringy curls?
What's your routine? I would say go one step "harsher" and see if that works. If you only CO wash, then try a non-sulfate shampoo...if you use non-sulfate shampoos, then use a sulfate shampoo...only every once in awhile, of course, as a "clarifying wash."
If you use sulfate shampoos, then get an actual clarifying shampoo (which might have stronger or more sulfates in it).

Some people will recommend baking soda, but I think even the harshest shampoo is more gentle than baking soda...but you be the judge...everyone's hair is different.

Good luck!
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Nope. My curls are little and are just that way.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

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Yep same here. Strings instead of ropes.

Some people have success with different methods mentioned here, but none work for my hair. I have no luck with the search function here or I would give you some links.
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I know this doesn't apply to everyone, but raking gives my stringy curls. I have to smooth and then scrunch in products.
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I know this doesn't apply to everyone, but raking gives my stringy curls. I have to smooth and then scrunch in products.
Originally Posted by mitabird
+1. I do the ponytail method...smoothing on the product like you would smooth out a ponytail. Then I scrunch very gently. As with Mitabird, if I rake at all I get stringy curls + frizz.
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I know this doesn't apply to everyone, but raking gives my stringy curls. I have to smooth and then scrunch in products.
Originally Posted by mitabird
+1
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I would try this:

1. Wash with something that will remove grease and build-up.

2. Use conditioner and comb out thoroughly.

3. When you get out, apple leave-in, but go easy. Also, Apply hairgel. Once the hairgel dries, scrunch out the crunch. Stringiness should be gone.
I know this doesn't apply to everyone, but raking gives my stringy curls. I have to smooth and then scrunch in products.
Originally Posted by mitabird
I agree. When I rake in a product my curls get weighed down and stringy. It's better for me to first shake the curl into my hair and then scrunch the product in. Scrunching works better if you start from the bottom and scrunch upwards towards the root. Also, I think the less product you use, the less likely you are to end up with stringy and weighed down curls.
you may want to cut out the gel too.
I found once the cooler weather came my gel turned my curls stringy- now I just put my curl cream in and it seems to be working.

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I have super fine, thin hair and a lot of gels with strong hold glues my hair into unscrunchable strings. Sometimes a leave-in will help but not too much or it will cause more strings! For fuller curls I like AOMM with a little Curly-Q Gel-les'c or BHRG over top ( on fairly wet hair). With this combo it may take some time to SOTC but I get no frizz and the fullness lasts all day.
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i use a mousse and the Giovanni leave in ...
I know this doesn't apply to everyone, but raking gives my stringy curls. I have to smooth and then scrunch in products.
Originally Posted by mitabird
I agree. When I rake in a product my curls get weighed down and stringy. It's better for me to first shake the curl into my hair and then scrunch the product in. Scrunching works better if you start from the bottom and scrunch upwards towards the root. Also, I think the less product you use, the less likely you are to end up with stringy and weighed down curls.
Originally Posted by SicilyCurl
Sorry, hijaking but several people here said they scrunch in, not rake, including iamdonna, who has long hair...

I can't figure out how people do this without getting messy hair.

If you don't rake products through, or comb after shower how are you getting product on evenly and not in spots? And how are you not ending up with one big messy mat of hair?

I've not found any way to get even application without sectioning and raking, and haven't figured out how to not comb or finger-comb while styling, scrunch-in just seems to make a mess. My daughter with the thin and fine hair can scrunch-in after combing (not comb gel thru) but she doesn't have much hair, some of y'all have lots and I'd like to know how you accomplish the scrunch-in without causing uneven application and tangling.
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I'm wondering if some of this might be cause by the product. I've changed my routine lately and I've had really good results with it. I've been getting out of the shower with my hair sopping wet - don't even wring it out in the shower and then scrunching in a fair amount of conditioner (using as a leave in). Then I don't comb it or anyting - just wrap it up for about ten minutes to get the water out of it. When I take it down I position the curls to either side of my part and either leave it or diffuse it for more volume. This has given me really great hair. I've been using the GFTN as a leave in but I've noticed my curls are really skinny. I decided to try a different conditioner as a leave in last night. I used the Aldi's knock off of the co balm. It gave me some fat curls but mostly just undefined fluff. Tonight I'm going to try the GF sleek and shine conditioner and see what it does. I don't mind the skinny curls that much but would like it if they were just a bit fatter. But I think the product might have something to do with my results. Not saying that's the case for everyone but it's something to consider.
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I get stringy curls with too much product. Maybe try cutting back on it and see what happens?
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I know this doesn't apply to everyone, but raking gives my stringy curls. I have to smooth and then scrunch in products.
Originally Posted by mitabird
I agree. When I rake in a product my curls get weighed down and stringy. It's better for me to first shake the curl into my hair and then scrunch the product in. Scrunching works better if you start from the bottom and scrunch upwards towards the root. Also, I think the less product you use, the less likely you are to end up with stringy and weighed down curls.
Originally Posted by SicilyCurl
Sorry, hijaking but several people here said they scrunch in, not rake, including iamdonna, who has long hair...

I can't figure out how people do this without getting messy hair.

If you don't rake products through, or comb after shower how are you getting product on evenly and not in spots? And how are you not ending up with one big messy mat of hair?

I've not found any way to get even application without sectioning and raking, and haven't figured out how to not comb or finger-comb while styling, scrunch-in just seems to make a mess. My daughter with the thin and fine hair can scrunch-in after combing (not comb gel thru) but she doesn't have much hair, some of y'all have lots and I'd like to know how you accomplish the scrunch-in without causing uneven application and tangling.[/quote

I only comb and detangle (with condish) in the shower with water running thru my hair.
Never ever attempt to comb or brush otherwise.
Upside down with dripping wet hair I apply products.
Smoothing, scrunching, and squishing to distribute.
It seems to result in even application. If I think not I spray water on it and squish and scrunch some more.
Plop for about 5-10 mins so it doesn't drip all over me. Arrange my part and spay a bit more water if I have to then air dry for while & diffuse to perk things up. (about 75% dry). Pinapple and go to bed.
3a Long (waist) thick med course dry thirsty
Poo: Eulence moisture
Co-wash: GVP CB
Condish: GVP CB
LI: KBB nectar
Styler: CK CIAB
Gel: BRHG
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I get stringy curls with too much product. Maybe try cutting back on it and see what happens?
Originally Posted by Speckla
Me too.

I do rake in my leave-in. Then I scrunch in my styling products. I scrunch from the ends up to the roots, and I squeeze a bit around the sections along the length, both with my hands (when applying product) and with my curl towel. That puts the clumps back that get broken up. Since my hair is fine, I have to scrunch very gently or everything breaks apart beyond any ability to get it back together. Scrunching gently and squeezing a bit along the length keeps that from happening.

But if I use t much product, my hair will end up stringy no matter what I do. And there are some products that make my hair stringy regardless, like KBB Hair Milk.
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I rake/comb then scrunch; if I just scrunch I get maybe 3 clumps because my hair is so fine.
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I noticed after I've been doing hair masks, my curls are clumpier and thicker. I feel, my hair was lacking protein and causing it to b limp.
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