College Styling

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  • 1 Post By maegancruz

Hey guys,

I've been trying to keep my hopes up but nothing is working. I going to college soon and I dont know how to do my hair.My hair is short

middle:7"1/2' or 8"
sides:5" or5"1/2"
back:4"
front:6"

I really cant do short hair styles because I have a big head. I like updos like buns but my hair is to short to do anything. I've been trying to find youtubers with my hair texture and hair length but I couldn't. Can you please help me if I cant find at least one good hair style then I probably have to go back to perming it which I dont want to do. If you have ant tips on growing my hair faster that would be great too.
There's not a lot of information that you left in your post- what products are you using, and what are your failures like? What styles have you tried? What would you like to get out of the style?

Putting as much detail as you can into these items can also begin to help you figure out your properties which will help most with moisture retention and length retention if you use them when choosing products, techniques etc. Length retention may appear as faster growth- hair always grows even when it doesn't seem that way.
3C/4A, fine texture, low-medium density, and low porosity
CG since November 2013.

Pre-Poo: infrequent now, Coconut Oil overnight
Shampoo: Curls unleashed/for occasional sulfate wash when needed, everlasting sunshine.
Conditioner: Suave Naturals Everlasting Sunshine and GVP's conditioning balm.
Styler: iagirl's flaxseed curl cream or gelatin gel/conditioner mix. <3
PT: iagirl's gelatin treatment 3-4 times a month, with conditioner/honey/avj
I'm using cantu shea butter leave in conditioning repair cream, shea moisture coconut & hibiscus curl enhancing smoothie, cantu shea butter no drip hair & scalp oil, coconut oil,creme of nature with argan oil 7-in-1 leave-in treatment. I like twist outs but the shea moisture coconut & hibiscus curl enhancing smoothie reverts my hair if its in a blow out so I dont really like to use it. I usually use the creme of nature with argan oil 7-in-1 leave-in treatment for heat protect. I want to find a curling creme that wont revert my hair. I've tried to do the hair when you hair is curled but its pulled to the front but I couldn't do it. I think I could do a lot of things when my hair is blown out but I need something that wont revert my hair. I really want to do a textured bun.
Ok, Thank you for clarifying that.To prevent that with the curl enhancing smoothie, you might have to start with wet or damp hair, then use an oil over top of it to keep the moisture you have in, and what you don't want out. You may also have better luck with the gel souffle it is less water based than the enhancer and should have better hold for something like that. I didn't have good luck using any of their lines other than the shine mist so I can't say for sure. Better yet, you may need to switch your focus to a specific twist cream product like the ORS twist and lock gel, ORS smooth and hold pudding, or Keracare has one that's not too bad. I didn't like the keracare in my hair but I had it layered on old hair and haven't retried it on clean hair to say fully. The other two I have not tried, I just know of their existence.

Even with the reversion, you might be able to combat the shrinkage with clipping the ends or bobby pinning them down and around your head until you're ready to take them out. Naptural85 has this video where she shows this with mini-twists here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P60mRRrcKPQ. She uses bobby pins- when I stretch twists out I use duckbill clips or magnetic roller clips on the ends to weight them down- my hair is fine textured and I get nervous about pulling too much with bobby pins. I'll sometimes even pin the roots down too, and with any of the pin down techniques you could try on wet/damp hair so that you have more hang time in each twist.

Another thing you may want to try is flaxseed gel as it acts as a film forming humectant with hold. I do make my own curl cream (the gel, conditioner, and sometimes honey or aloe vera gel) but since I've only used the cream to rock wash and go's or put in finger coils on freshly washed hair, I don't know if it would revert blown out hair. With one of my first batches, I applied the plain gel to a day old wash and go, then tried different setting methods all over. It was amazing- my hair held the curls very well- it was shiny, soft, and smooth. I used perm rods, did finger coils, curlformers, and some single braids/plaits. Up until then I had never been able to separate curls and keep curl definition, so it was a big plus. I didn't have to leave my house the next day, so I left the different styles in, slept like normal on my satin pillowcase (no headwrap) and for the most part they looked good for being loose overnight (and me touching my hair all day). I really need to experiment more with that. I use a quarter cup of flaxseeds to 2 cups of water to make my gel, then I freeze what I won't be using in the next week in an ice cube tray until I need them. When I need to use them I defrost them and add my conditioner/mix ins before styling my hair.
3C/4A, fine texture, low-medium density, and low porosity
CG since November 2013.

Pre-Poo: infrequent now, Coconut Oil overnight
Shampoo: Curls unleashed/for occasional sulfate wash when needed, everlasting sunshine.
Conditioner: Suave Naturals Everlasting Sunshine and GVP's conditioning balm.
Styler: iagirl's flaxseed curl cream or gelatin gel/conditioner mix. <3
PT: iagirl's gelatin treatment 3-4 times a month, with conditioner/honey/avj
I think you are using too many products and not using a clarifying shampoo. (Flashbacks from my product junkie days) You're using silicones so you need a clarifying shampoo to get them out. Or some sulfate shampoo. If you are using Shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie, you don't need a sealer oil. The smoothie is thick enough to use as your sealer. It has butters and oils in it that will seal in moisture. All you really need is a cowash for weekly washing, a clarifying shampoo for silicone removal (used monthly), deep condition (used as needed), a leave in, and styler. If your are tangle prone, you can use the oil as a pre-poo the night before you wash. 1 product per category. This will be college budget friendly. If you are looking for a better styler, try la looks wet looks gel. It gives great hold and defines curls beautifully. Best thing is the gel is cheap. Tips from a recovering product junkie.
What do you wash your hair with? Just reread you post and you don't have enough product.
Sorry for taking so long to reply the site is messing up on my computer. Yes I'm learning that I dont have to use so many product. I was trying to test of a bunch of products to see what works best with my hair. I shampoo my hair with suave professional almond + Shea butter shampoo. I'm sticking with coconut oil, shampoo and deep conditioner, and I'm trying to find a gel or cream or something I can use to without it reverting my hair.
Products that won't revert hair.. Can't help you. You may want to try the Jane Carter line. I think it's the wrap and roll something. I don't straighten my hair so I don't know much about those things. Also try heated rollers.
A classic hairstyle where the ends are cut to around jaw-level and aligned close to the facial area. This style is most common among women
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You know I was thinking about a bob hair cut but I didn't know how that would look and I dint want to keep putting heat to my hair. Though I want to see if I can somehow get my natural hair into a bob

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