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carrielynn 11-12-2012 03:00 PM

stringy waves?
What might cause stringy waves? I'm so jealous of those photos I see of thick, clumpy, rolling waves...

Keihs 11-12-2012 07:05 PM


Originally Posted by carrielynn (Post 2069025)
What might cause stringy waves? I'm so jealous of those photos I see of thick, clumpy, rolling waves...

Do you use gel? I've noticed that with certain gels, if I use too much my waves get string and limp. You can also try rhe supersoaker method to encourage clumps and some people say the denman helps too. Also, how do you apply products? Instead of raking them in, you should try just smoothing them on and scrunching if you haven't. When do you detangle and what do you use? Try a wide tooth comb or a denman. For some, after their final rinse they try to stop manipulating their hair which can break apart clumps. Hope I've helped.

Knotty_Maddy 11-12-2012 07:24 PM

Supersoaker method, with Denman, plus I gently resoak again (lightly) after applying my hair hold products...and Aussie instant Freeze gel plus double plopping (once for 5 mins when it is still sopping wet, then scrunch with a second t-shirt, then last plop, for ten mins. Air-dry and voila, massive clumps! I reseal my clump ends with more gel after SOTC so they don't break apart.

I have also found that certain things help my hair to clump better, like KY jelly (if you aren't off glycerin for the winter), loads of moisturizing, DT's with coconut oil, and Epsom Salt (I use some in my RO.) However, smaller clumps (I get those too) do happen. Sometimes, if they are particularly bad, I "whip" my curls (spin them in a curl shape quickly around a finger) with added gel - then when I scrunch, I get pretty ringlet clumps (I have predominantly S shaped clumps.) If you use that last method, you can put two clumps together and twist them into one.

Hth! You have lovely hair!

asianrunner 11-12-2012 07:43 PM

Have you tried different techniques for applying styling products?

I personally scrunch in my curl enhancer into soaking wet hair and then plop into a long sleeve t-shirt. Then I scrunch in my gel and plop again into a flour sack towel.

carrielynn 11-12-2012 09:20 PM


Unfortunately my photo is from last spring... when I still had wonderful pregnancy hormones helping me out. :wink: Now I have a 3-month-old and am also going through the lovely post-partum hair loss... I'd love to have my hair looking again like it did that day!

Current routine, every 2-3 days: lo-poo with GTTT (having some flaky scalp issues), then use Tresemme Naturals Moisture conditioner. Get my hair soaking wet with the RO and water and use a wide toothed comb to detangle. Briefly wet hair again and mostly just rinse out my scalp. Sometimes use Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk as a leave in (not always), then LA Sports Gel. Cool water to supersoak, plop w/tshirt about 15 min, air dry.

I haven't gotten my hair cut in over a year (I know, I know...), so it's about waist-length now, which means I do rake product through to make sure I get it on the whole length.

Gotta keep the routine as quick as possible with a 2.5 year old and a 3 month old...

I have a feeling it has to do with ingredients, but I don't have the money to spend on lots of trial and error... Just wondering if anyone had any general thoughts. So far the supersoaking has worked best, but there are still off days.

Knotty_Maddy 11-12-2012 11:28 PM

Have you tried a Denman brush instead of the wide-tooth comb? Once I did the Supersoaker with the Denman, I threw away my comb, lol! It made that much difference. I bought a Denman look-alike at the pharmacy, it is infused with palm and coco oils (don't ask me how that works! lol!) it cost me $16 and I will never, ever part with it - it was love at first swirling clump! :love7:

(I also use it to detangle with while conditioning...then leave it be, in the clumps from that, till RO time...)

ETA I just noticed you use cool water to supersoak with, on Rudeechick's video on the subject, she said warm water works better...

Re-ETA: I go directly into a wet plop after the SS method, leave it on for 5 mins, then I use a second t-shirt to scrunch my curls and get the water out...then plop again in a third t-shirt for about ten minutes...this also seemed to help me...also for styling and holding the curl, I use a curl creme, then sort of "seal" with a last layer of gel. I just tried Aussie Instant Freeze gel today for the first time, loved it! great hold and great curl formation. And after I SOTC, I use gel as a "serum" to seal down fly-aways and frizzies, and to seal my ends with. Hth!

asianrunner 11-13-2012 12:33 AM

Oh my hair absolutely hated LALSG! I figured it was something with the protein/glycerin in it.

I'd try Aussie Instant Freeze or if your hair doesn't mind glycerin, then Ecostyler Krystal. Both are cheap. The Ecostyler is much "grabbier" than other gels. And if you are willing to splurge, you could try Kinky Curly Curling Custard. It can be a hit or miss though!

You can find the AIF at about any drugstore, Ecostyler at Sally's, CVS, and probably most drugstores, and KCCC at Target.

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