to roll, straighten, or perm?

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Hi! I'm new here, but I have regularly visited the site since 2004. I'm currently trying to figure out what to do with my hair, and I can't find a good answer just by running a search and reading old threads

I have been mostly CG for the last nine years, but I am reaching the point where it just doesn't seem worth it anymore. I know how to take care of my 3b curls (they almost look like Keri Russell's, as an example), and my hair is very healthy. But, it doesn't matter how healthy it is, what conditioners I use, or what gels or styling products. If I wear my hair down while it is natural, the curls poof. It isn't like my whole head poofs, but each individual curl gets around twice as big. And if I happen to touch my hair or take a coat on and off... well, forget it :P As a result, I wear it up in a clip all the time, and while that was fine when I was a teenager, now that I am in my early twenties I want a more adult look - which usually means wearing my hair down. I only straighten maybe ten times a year, because I don't really like how my hair looks straight either. This summer, I discovered large hot rollers and my life has been changed. When I roll my hair, I feel like my hair is finally mine. I can wear it down and I can style it, and it just feels very me. For the first time in my entire life I actually love my hair.

I've been natural, I've tried that for nine years, and now I want to try something else. When I hate the results, it just doesn't seem worth the aggravation day after day. And while the rollers are great, I really don't like the amount of time that goes into them. It ends up being a four hour process by the time I wash my hair, let it mostly dry, and then roll it for 45 minutes. I am pretty low maintenance, so to spend that much time planning out my hair routine drives me batty I am contemplating using velcro rollers and blow drying, but I am deathly afraid of frizz with that option. The other thing I am considering is getting a large roller perm in hopes it would look similar to my hot rollers (I'm leaning toward this option). I also looked into the Pravana beach wave, or even a permanent straightening treatment, but I really don't want straight hair. My hair is pretty resilient against damage, and the not running for cover every time it rains would be worth it, I think. I honestly have no idea if any of those options would be viable though, or if I should just stick with my hot rollers. Does anyone have any experience with any of this? =)

Last edited by thebookworm; 01-28-2012 at 10:25 AM.
I'm surprised that your hair is so healthy after using hot rollers. That's great! I use rollers but I dry them a little and then let them air dry. You are right - it does take a lot of time, but then my hair stays nice for a few days.

Here's a suggestion though - how about a good haircut to start off? Shorter hair means shorter drying times.

Good luck whatever you decide.
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
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I have 3a curls under and 2b on top and never have a second hair day. So I bought myself a hot air brush, revlon iconic hot air brush and I LOVE my hair now! It's easy to use and doesn't take a lot of time. I use it twice a week and have had it for almost a month. My hair is still curly just not tight curls and not all that frizz and it's past my shoulders in length. But that's just me and how I'm rolling now...
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Hair, 2-3a
Co Wash, Sauve strawberry and coconut
Leave ins, Lustrasilk SM, GF triple, KCKT
LowPoo, 365 grapefruit, GSAS, GTTT
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Modifed CG since 5/09

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I have 3a curls under and 2b on top and never have a second hair day. So I bought myself a hot air brush, revlon iconic hot air brush and I LOVE my hair now! It's easy to use and doesn't take a lot of time. I use it twice a week and have had it for almost a month. My hair is still curly just not tight curls and not all that frizz and it's past my shoulders in length. But that's just me and how I'm rolling now...
Originally Posted by curlydi
Do you use those brushes to dry your hair naturally, or with heat? How loose do your curls look now? I have a curl pattern similar to yours and was hoping to get curls that weren't so tight or frizzy.
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