UK Newbie-Helloo there

Hello lovely people

I have finally plucked up the courage after many, many year's of viewing the wonderful posts on this site. I can't tell you how much your posts have helped me, thank you.

I have decided to join up as I am struggling with my fine low porosity curls. I am guessing I am 3b but could be totally wrong - any suggestions? I am hoping you can see a picture of my curls when wet. My issue is frizz on the outer layer in places and stringy stiff hair after applying product and air drying. I know a cast can be a good thing to hold the curl. I currently use a leave in Giovanni olive oil one and my styler is the Jessicurl Sprialicious. My curls seem to dry flat particularly at the roots which seem straight and the rest of my hair stringy and crunchy looking. I apply a really small amount of styler maybe a pea size to each side of my hair. I deep condition every week. Even with trims this does not help my roots I have longer layers. I do srunch the cast once dry-too impatient most times to wait and know I contribute to frizz but the flat look is not good. I feel too embarrassed to leave the house when my hair is drying and diffusing just causes more frizz (not nailed the technique yet). I have tried varying my technique, how I apply products and the products I use. I find applying products to damper hair as opposed to dripping wet is better as too wet it drags down my curls then causes a lot more shrinkage. I am limited to products I can use as I find glycerine (even my favourite leave in) may be causing me frizz and I am allergic to essential oils and fragrance. Since deciding to leave my curls in its natural state to air dry (I use to roller set every week and air dry took all day) I feel I can't leave the house as my curls are too flat and stringy. I know I get looks when I am out and about. I try to rock my hair with confidence but finding this challenging. There must be something wrong with my technique and products I use and welcome suggestions to avoid the limp, crunchy curls.

Sorry for the long post, I didn't realise I had so much to ask. Thanks for reading my first post.

Jubear
Fine curls past shoulder length and growing well
Challenges:Frizz to outer layer of hair
Pre-poo: Coconut oil night before hair washing
Shampoo: Shea Moisture Manuka honey and manfura oil low poo
Conditioner: The Body Shop Rainforest conditioner Moisture
Deep Conditioner: The Body Shop Rainforest Deep Conditioner Moisture
Leave in conditioner: Giovanni 2Chic olive Oil Leave in
Styler: Jessicurl Spiralicious gel
Sealer: Grapeseed oil
I'm a UK curly girl too. Have you tried plopping? I find that is really helps with volume and preventing my roots from sitting too flat. After I've applied my products, I tend to plop for 15 - 30 minutes before diffusing my hair. My hair has a tendency to dry stringy if I let it air dry because it's long and the weight of wet hair pulls out the curls. I diffuse on low heat, low speed until it's 75% dry and I find that my hair has more volume, there is less frizz and my curls are more clumpy. I'm still struggling with frizz though so I can't be much help there, but diffusing might help. By the way there isn't a picture attached to this post so I can't see your hair.
After I apply all my products, I scrunch with a microfibre towel all the way up which really helps get curl definition and volume at the roots for me! The best towel I've found is on amazon and its meant for dogs LOL but it works soooo well! I used to have the same issue. You want a 70 or 80% polyester to 30 or 20 % polymide blend for the towel. Then it won't hard large loops and cause frizz. Scrunching all the way up to my roots when my hair is still quite wet helps form my curls root to tip and also helps remove excess styling product which is great for us LP girls in the UK where humidity is always present (takes for flipping ever to dry!) Really reduces the dry time! I unfortunately can't recommend you any products really because the ones I like over here all have glycerin and essential oils like lavender and patchouli. The boucleme range is great though. I would suggest making your own flax seed gel. Its really easy! There are a bunch of vids on youtube. That stuff is really great at smoothing the hair and keeping it defined but its essentially weightless and you can use tons without frizz or sticky hair. It feels almost like eggwhites.
In terms of diffusing, I have to do it because my dry time is insane, but I use cold are exclusively and I try to dry the roots first to stop them from being weighed down. This has helped tremendously. Any diffuser will do however I do highly recommend the deva hand because you can dry your hair inside out without disturbing it or frizzing it. I'll usually apply my products and then do my make up or something before I diffuse, just to let the gel cast form a little bit before I disturb it. Then I diffuse gently in sections, making sure go in the direction my hair grows all the way to the scalp but not so tight that the air can't circulate. Low Speed low air, I know it takes forever but its the only way I can get 3-4 days or else I have to fully wet down my hair. Being 100% frizz free in our climate isn't something that is obtainable but you can get close.

Type: 3a/3b | LP | high den | shoulder Lng
NP: Deva NP, SM African Black Soap poo or Boucleme (clarify) ACV rinses
RO: Deva 1 Cond, SM 10 in 1
DC: Deva 1 Cond (30 mins w hood or hot towel). SM 10 in 1 mask.
Protein: Joico K Pak Recons
LI: 1 Cond, SMJBCO (diluted)
Styler: Deva SC or 1 Cond, SM Milk
Gels: Deva UDG, FSG with Lavender, Boucleme KCCC
Refresh: water w Lavender oil.
Scalp: Amla Potion, Lav/jojoba/rosem/pep oils.
24 hrs to airdry! - Diffuse on cold
Hello lovely people

I have finally plucked up the courage after many, many year's of viewing the wonderful posts on this site. I can't tell you how much your posts have helped me, thank you.

I have decided to join up as I am struggling with my fine low porosity curls. I am guessing I am 3b but could be totally wrong - any suggestions? I am hoping you can see a picture of my curls when wet. My issue is frizz on the outer layer in places and stringy stiff hair after applying product and air drying. I know a cast can be a good thing to hold the curl. I currently use a leave in Giovanni olive oil one and my styler is the Jessicurl Sprialicious. My curls seem to dry flat particularly at the roots which seem straight and the rest of my hair stringy and crunchy looking. I apply a really small amount of styler maybe a pea size to each side of my hair. I deep condition every week. Even with trims this does not help my roots I have longer layers. I do srunch the cast once dry-too impatient most times to wait and know I contribute to frizz but the flat look is not good. I feel too embarrassed to leave the house when my hair is drying and diffusing just causes more frizz (not nailed the technique yet). I have tried varying my technique, how I apply products and the products I use. I find applying products to damper hair as opposed to dripping wet is better as too wet it drags down my curls then causes a lot more shrinkage. I am limited to products I can use as I find glycerine (even my favourite leave in) may be causing me frizz and I am allergic to essential oils and fragrance. Since deciding to leave my curls in its natural state to air dry (I use to roller set every week and air dry took all day) I feel I can't leave the house as my curls are too flat and stringy. I know I get looks when I am out and about. I try to rock my hair with confidence but finding this challenging. There must be something wrong with my technique and products I use and welcome suggestions to avoid the limp, crunchy curls.

Sorry for the long post, I didn't realise I had so much to ask. Thanks for reading my first post.

Jubear
Originally Posted by Jubear
***I also forgot to ask... How do you apply your products? Is your hair wet or damp? I find that washing my hair upside down helps, also applying my leave in right after I rinse out my cond while my hair is still dripping and in a downward motion to smooth it...the water helps distribute the products evenly throughout the hair. Then scrunch with your hands till the water looks like half water half cond (sort of milky) then apply my gel downward again making sure every strand gently gets some then scrunch upward (you should hear a squish from the water, its mixing everything together evenly), Then lastly, scrunching with the microfiber towel to remove excess product and water but not too much, don't want to create frizz. This forms the clumps and prepares me for difussing or airdrying. I hope any of this helps!! :-)

Type: 3a/3b | LP | high den | shoulder Lng
NP: Deva NP, SM African Black Soap poo or Boucleme (clarify) ACV rinses
RO: Deva 1 Cond, SM 10 in 1
DC: Deva 1 Cond (30 mins w hood or hot towel). SM 10 in 1 mask.
Protein: Joico K Pak Recons
LI: 1 Cond, SMJBCO (diluted)
Styler: Deva SC or 1 Cond, SM Milk
Gels: Deva UDG, FSG with Lavender, Boucleme KCCC
Refresh: water w Lavender oil.
Scalp: Amla Potion, Lav/jojoba/rosem/pep oils.
24 hrs to airdry! - Diffuse on cold
FYI, I just watched this girl's video and its very similar to how I apply my products..thought this might help you to see it in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWeLH8q4CFM

Type: 3a/3b | LP | high den | shoulder Lng
NP: Deva NP, SM African Black Soap poo or Boucleme (clarify) ACV rinses
RO: Deva 1 Cond, SM 10 in 1
DC: Deva 1 Cond (30 mins w hood or hot towel). SM 10 in 1 mask.
Protein: Joico K Pak Recons
LI: 1 Cond, SMJBCO (diluted)
Styler: Deva SC or 1 Cond, SM Milk
Gels: Deva UDG, FSG with Lavender, Boucleme KCCC
Refresh: water w Lavender oil.
Scalp: Amla Potion, Lav/jojoba/rosem/pep oils.
24 hrs to airdry! - Diffuse on cold
Thanks for the replies not sure how to attach my pic. LOL. I have tried again hope this works. I have changed my regime a bit and applying products to wet hair and then scrunching with a t-shirt to take out any excess water and product. I am getting mixed results-the first day looks great once I have broken the cast. Second day not so good. I have been experimenting with gels I am torn between Spiralious and eco-styler. I have no idea why I waited so long to try this product. It gives me more volume than the spiralious but more frizz. Now need to perfect day two hair. At the moment I am just pinning it up.
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Fine curls past shoulder length and growing well
Challenges:Frizz to outer layer of hair
Pre-poo: Coconut oil night before hair washing
Shampoo: Shea Moisture Manuka honey and manfura oil low poo
Conditioner: The Body Shop Rainforest conditioner Moisture
Deep Conditioner: The Body Shop Rainforest Deep Conditioner Moisture
Leave in conditioner: Giovanni 2Chic olive Oil Leave in
Styler: Jessicurl Spiralicious gel
Sealer: Grapeseed oil
Thanks for the replies not sure how to attach my pic. LOL. I have tried again hope this works. I have changed my regime a bit and applying products to wet hair and then scrunching with a t-shirt to take out any excess water and product. I am getting mixed results-the first day looks great once I have broken the cast. Second day not so good. I have been experimenting with gels I am torn between Spiralious and eco-styler. I have no idea why I waited so long to try this product. It gives me more volume than the spiralious but more frizz. Now need to perfect day two hair. At the moment I am just pinning it up.
Originally Posted by Jubear
I haven't ever tried Spiralicious gel because its hard to get it over here but I know a lot of people dig it. Eco styler, i can relate to the frizz. I feel like it makes your hair nice and fluffy and so soft but its a bit to heavy for my hair. Like after its dry, it doesn't keep my style even though I love how soft it is. There are quite a few eco stylers though, I've only tried the olive oil one. Day 2 hair is a pain! sometimes after I pineapple, I can just spritz a little water and scrunch but many days I have to spray it all over and sometimes add more supercream or a little gel. I can tell my new growth is stronger and when I get rid of my color/heat damage that I'll have to do all that a lot less. I can't wait! lol Gotta keep those pins handy lol. I'm a fan of the half up half down because my day 2 fringe is like flashdance. Its definitely a "situation". If you find any other gels you like, please share. I love my deva ultra defining gel but on very high dew days, it just gives me chunky fluff sausages.

Type: 3a/3b | LP | high den | shoulder Lng
NP: Deva NP, SM African Black Soap poo or Boucleme (clarify) ACV rinses
RO: Deva 1 Cond, SM 10 in 1
DC: Deva 1 Cond (30 mins w hood or hot towel). SM 10 in 1 mask.
Protein: Joico K Pak Recons
LI: 1 Cond, SMJBCO (diluted)
Styler: Deva SC or 1 Cond, SM Milk
Gels: Deva UDG, FSG with Lavender, Boucleme KCCC
Refresh: water w Lavender oil.
Scalp: Amla Potion, Lav/jojoba/rosem/pep oils.
24 hrs to airdry! - Diffuse on cold

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