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Old 07-04-2014, 10:17 AM   #1
 
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Hi All,
So I just started wearing my hair curly again after 7 years of straightening it. I actually started straightening it because I didn't know how to make it pretty anymore. I somehow lost the ability after years of having beautiful curly hair when I was a teenager. I am tired of straightening it so I got my hair cut a month ago at the Ouidad salon and they made it look beautiful...Perfect ringlets, no frizz and the ability to last 3 days. I did the rake and shake at home but somehow it still ends up looking either stringy or overly clumpy (not free flowing curls, just a big mop) and worse yet, I have to rinse/or wash out the style every day because it looks horrible the next day. I attempted plopping a little and got the craziest poodle hair ever with stringy curls. I don't want to straighten it again but I'm starting to get depressed with my over abundance of bad hair days. When I went to the salon she made my curls uniform but when I do it, its excessively curly on bottom and straighter on top. Plus, even tho I use clips, I'm still getting the flat top. Could this be buildup? I'm not sure I am asking a question here but perhaps I need encouragement and maybe some styling tips from girls with shoulder length hair? I am also feeling overwhelmed with all the advice out there regarding products. As a Canadian I don't have access to all the products you American girls have I am between a 3A and 3B hair type. The attached picture is how they made it look in the salon and how I want it to look!
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Old 07-04-2014, 11:10 AM   #2
 
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Hi All,
So I just started wearing my hair curly again after 7 years of straightening it. I actually started straightening it because I didn't know how to make it pretty anymore. I somehow lost the ability after years of having beautiful curly hair when I was a teenager. I am tired of straightening it so I got my hair cut a month ago at the Ouidad salon and they made it look beautiful...Perfect ringlets, no frizz and the ability to last 3 days. I did the rake and shake at home but somehow it still ends up looking either stringy or overly clumpy (not free flowing curls, just a big mop) and worse yet, I have to rinse/or wash out the style every day because it looks horrible the next day. I attempted plopping a little and got the craziest poodle hair ever with stringy curls. I don't want to straighten it again but I'm starting to get depressed with my over abundance of bad hair days. When I went to the salon she made my curls uniform but when I do it, its excessively curly on bottom and straighter on top. Plus, even tho I use clips, I'm still getting the flat top. Could this be buildup? I'm not sure I am asking a question here but perhaps I need encouragement and maybe some styling tips from girls with shoulder length hair? I am also feeling overwhelmed with all the advice out there regarding products. As a Canadian I don't have access to all the products you American girls have I am between a 3A and 3B hair type. The attached picture is how they made it look in the salon and how I want it to look!
Welcome! It's so awesome you decided to join us. Your curls in the picture you provided look beautiful. When getting one's curls done professionally, it is always a good idea to ask the stylist (if they don't happen to share such already with you) about how to properly maintain the look. So that way, it would be easier on you in regards to best maintaining the style at home. As, i don't like hearing you feel so down over not being able to get your hair to look the same way it came out in the salon.

I will try and do my best to help you, okay. And, I certainly do welcome others here to provide any help that they can as well. So don't worry as eventually things will be worked out.

First i will need to know what products you are currently using in your hair? As i would appreciate knowing as much about your current curly hair routine as possible.

In the salon, did they diffuse your hair dry, or did they use another method? Please let me know.
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:36 PM   #3
 
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Hi Reservechic! Thanks for replying.
In the salon I actually videotaped her doing my cousins hair (which she did exactly like mine the day before) and she also wrote down the instructions for me and told me what products she used. I think I am having a hard time following her exact "technique" because I have watched the video a thousand times. I use the following products:
1. Regis Design Line Olive Oil Shampoo and Regis Design Line Olive Oil conditioner. This was amazing on my hair when I used to wear it straight. I also only washed my hair 1-2 times a week when I wore it straight. I know it has sulfates in it but it wasn't so bad when it was straight. I am not entirely sold on the CG method of cowashing it since I tried that years ago and my hair was a poofy mess. Will it get better if I stick to it??
2. Ouidad Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner & Styling Primer- I use this as soon as I get out of the shower and only put it on the bottom half of my hair, never on top.
3. Ouidad climate control heat and humidity gel- I do a quick "sweep" of this product through my hair.
After all product is in my hair I take small sections and add a bit more gel to my hands, rub my hands together and rake the product through. After I am done I clip the top and would use a towel to lightly scrunch and dry (by the time I am done its usually not soaking wet anymore) but last night I used a tshirt. If I have time I diffuse my hair and if I don't then I quickly do the top of my head and leave the clips in while I drive to work, air drying my hair. In the salon she took the time to diffuse my hair to 90% dry. She used a low setting and it took about 30 mins. Unfortunately unless I do my hair at night I just don't have the time in the morning to do this.
I need to make this process simple and I'm feeling overwhelmed. I'm spending more time on my natural hair than I did trying to straighten it!

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Old 07-04-2014, 03:49 PM   #4
 
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Hi Reservechic! Thanks for replying.
In the salon I actually videotaped her doing my cousins hair (which she did exactly like mine the day before) and she also wrote down the instructions for me and told me what products she used. I think I am having a hard time following her exact "technique" because I have watched the video a thousand times. I use the following products:
1. Regis Design Line Olive Oil Shampoo and Regis Design Line Olive Oil conditioner. This was amazing on my hair when I used to wear it straight. I also only washed my hair 1-2 times a week when I wore it straight. I know it has sulfates in it but it wasn't so bad when it was straight. I am not entirely sold on the CG method of cowashing it since I tried that years ago and my hair was a poofy mess. Will it get better if I stick to it??
2. Ouidad Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner & Styling Primer- I use this as soon as I get out of the shower and only put it on the bottom half of my hair, never on top.
3. Ouidad climate control heat and humidity gel- I do a quick "sweep" of this product through my hair.
After all product is in my hair I take small sections and add a bit more gel to my hands, rub my hands together and rake the product through. After I am done I clip the top and would use a towel to lightly scrunch and dry (by the time I am done its usually not soaking wet anymore) but last night I used a tshirt. If I have time I diffuse my hair and if I don't then I quickly do the top of my head and leave the clips in while I drive to work, air drying my hair. In the salon she took the time to diffuse my hair to 90% dry. She used a low setting and it took about 30 mins. Unfortunately unless I do my hair at night I just don't have the time in the morning to do this.
I need to make this process simple and I'm feeling overwhelmed. I'm spending more time on my natural hair than I did trying to straighten it!
I am glad to hear about the video taping that was done, while your cousin was getting her hair done, in the same way that the stylist did yours. As that was a very smart thing to do. And, it was great of the stylist to provide a listing of what products she used and instructions on how she used them as we
I have never tried the Regis Desigine Line Olive Oil Shampoo and Regis Design Line Olive Oil Conditioner before. However this is what your hair stylist recommended that you use to cleanse and condition your curls with.
Thanks for letting me know that you have tried the CG Method, which consisted of your cowashing your hair. And, that it didn't work well for you.I honestly would never force you to go back to something that didn't work for you. If you wish, it it is something you can try again and see if you get better results this time around. As, the CG method does work for a number of curlies. But, there are curlies out there that the CG Method simply doesn't work for at all. However, if you do decide to try the CG Method again, I would highly recommend that you get Lorraine Massey's Curly Girl book. As it provides a wealth of information towards the Curly Girl Routine.

To style your hair, you have been using the Quidad Whipped Curls Daily Conditioning & Styling Primer, followed by the Quidad Climate Control Gel. And, the next step is drying your hair. With the conditioning &styling primer, you are to apply to damp hair and then comb through. With the gel, you are to use Quidad's Rake and Shake Technique. While hair is still damp, divide it into 4-6 sections. Spread a nickel sized dollop through each section, with your fingers separated like a rake. Rake section from scalp to ends, then holding the ends shake hair back and forth to create curls. Repeat process for each section. You can let your curls dry naturally or diffuse them. On Quidad's website, they offer videos on how to use their products correctly. So, that should be of great help to you.


Quidad does sell a cowash within their line. So, it is worth trying if you would like to stick with using products all from the same line. It is sulfate free, paraben free, and silicone free. Because you work and don't have time to rewash your hair daily in the mornings. There is an alternative to such. Quidad does offer a product called Botanical Boost. It is great for refreshing your curl pattern in the morning without the need to rewash. It can also be used throughout the day as well. So this would save you from having to wash your hair daily. And, i would recommend (if your not already doing so) sleeping on satin pillowcases or wearing a satin bonnet at night, for preservation of your curls overnight.
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Staple Haircare Lines:
Mixed Chicks
It's A 10
Cantu
Suave
Tresemme
Hydroquench Systems
Profectiv
Creme of Nature
Elasta Q
African Pride
Eden Body Works
Aussie
Bobeam
Herbal Essence

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