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Old 08-18-2013, 02:26 PM   #1
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Smile 3b hair type trying to accept natural hair

I've had naturally curly 3b type hair that I've NEVER liked... still don't. It's thick and as many of you all know I frizzes really bad and gets puffy. Rain in the forecast stresses me out because rain + humidity = extremely bad hair day. I straighten my hair every day but I am trying to find (as always) the right products for my hair that don't make it stiff, keeps it soft and doesn't puff up. I have thick hair anyway....

I discovered here that I'm a 3b type, light porosity. I have been using coconut oil, Suave coconut conditioner, and Gardiner fructise spray. Used only conditioner for several days, today my hair looked clunky. How much coconut oil should I be using? I think I'm using too much.

Any tips would be helpful!!!
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:40 PM   #2
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Coconut oil is good to make it soft but too much makes it's so greasy and it's kinda hard to get it out of your hair. And since you are straighten it, I think it's better to start using a lighter oil because the coconut oil is weighing it down and it won't look so good

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Old 08-19-2013, 03:57 AM   #3
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Talking attempting to accept the curls

I've decided to go natural, finding the right products, and using the right amount is tricky!!!
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:48 AM   #4
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Type is relatively unimportant because it's transient--depending on weather, products, technique, haircut, etc. It's mostly the properties that really influence what type of ingredients/products you use. I'm not sure what "light" porosity means. So, here's a link to help you understand the terminology better Curly Hair Basics | Live Curly Live Free

My fine/low porosity hair doesn't do well with straight oil/butter. It just doesn't absorb them. It does do well with them in well formulated products. I can't use the SM Coconut & Hibiscus line--it just sits on my hair and I have to wash it out.

Can't help you with straightening. If you decide to go curly, there are a lot of folks here to help you on that journey.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:17 AM   #5
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I guess I have medium porosity, according to what the site says. Curly hair seems complicated, we'll see how long I attempt to deal with it naturally. Whenever I look at it, it always looks too puffy to me....
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