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New_to_Curlz 01-29-2013 08:22 PM

Help! Im new to all of this! 2B or 2C?
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Hi everyone! I have been lurking and reading for a while and wanted to get some of your expert opinions.
Just a little background info... I had stick straight hair until I had my first daughter. Even after that I thought my hair was straightish but I had to straighten it often. When I went to my new stylist a year ago I told him about my battle with frizz and he informed me it was probably because of all of the curl in my hair. He diffused my hair and I was shocked at the results! Needless to say, it has been about 18 months and I haven't straightened my hair since. I LOVE the idea of curls but I am having a hard time figuring it all out. I found this site and am overwhelmed with all of the information.
I THINK from all that I have read that I am 2b or 2c with fine to medium, normal elasticity, medium thickness, and Im not sure about porosity. My hair takes forever to dry with product on it and sometimes if feels like product sits on my hair,but my hair feels smooth when I rub with my fingers. I like the way oils make my hair curl, but it lays close to my head. I also notice from the pics that my hair is flat in the back. I have been co-washing for 7 days and use Kinky Curl Cream and Totally Twisted Gel. In the pictures I diffused my hair but I feel like it causes frizz, but if I don't it takes forever to dry. The last picture is second day.
I am also wondering about protein and how I know if I need it or not. I would love any advice or suggestions.
Thank you so much in advance!

HairObsessed 01-29-2013 10:45 PM

Isn't wavy hair awesome? :)

Porosity always seems to be the hardest hair property to determine... Products can lengthen drying time greatly, so you make want to assess the drying time of your naked hair. Does your hair feel smooth when you run your fingers up a strand (from tip to scalp)? Smooth = low porosity, rough = high porosity. Damaged hair usually has high porosity. You can also kind of figure out your porosity based on how easily your hair gets wet. Easily = high, Not easily = low.

As far as protein goes, a good indicator of if your hair needs protein is based on porosity. High porosity likes protein. Fine hair also tends to like protein.

Diffusing causes my hair to get frizzy too. :neutral: You can try pixie diffusing if you haven't already, but that didn't work for me either, and I felt like it was bad for the hair dryer, turning it on and off repeatedly.

If you're exclusively cowashing, there's a chance you could be experiencing buildup from any number of things (products, hard water, pollutants, etc.), so you could always try a low poo every once in a while.

Whew, I just wrote a lot. HTH though.

New_to_Curlz 01-30-2013 05:12 AM

Thank you so much for all of the help!
I would say my strands feel smooth but my hair gets wet easily. So confusing!
Do you think I look more 2b or c?

katie100 01-30-2013 05:31 AM

I agree with HairObsessed on almost everything except diffusing because it does wonders for me :)
but I put my hair in the diffuser push it close to scalp (but not all the way so that it doesn't touch my scalp) and turn it on for a moment, then turn off and repeat all over my head
best results for volume - doing this but with head upside down
best results for curl and root volume at the back - to add product and concentrate for a moment on the top layer of hair in the back - a second mirror comes in handy so that you see what you're doing
my hair is less frizzy after diffusing that without it, but the key is to put a lot more product (leave-in + extra hold gel) on - to saturate the hair - and remember about product in the back, oh and I don't SOTC after less than an hour from using the diffuser - it lets the hair dry completely so that SOTC doesn't disturb my curl when it's completely dry (it can frizz up if you SOTC slightly damp hair)
but I guess diffusing is sth that some people like while others don't - a personal preference ;)

katie100 01-30-2013 05:46 AM

I think right now you look like 2b with quite a few 2c elements but this can shift to 2c maybe with 3a elements as time goes by and you find the sort of rituals that suits your hair best :)

bluebonnet 01-30-2013 03:51 PM

Your hair looks a lot like mine! With practice and technique it will probably get curlier. I started out 2b/c and now it's more of a 2c/3a. I co wash 1-2 times a week, and clarify with a sulfate shampoo every 2 weeks or so. You can see my properties and products in my signature. You might like some of them as our hair seems very similar.

New_to_Curlz 01-31-2013 12:05 PM

Thank you Katie! I'll have to look up videos on diffusing like that an try it out.

Bluebonnet I'd love to see more pictures if your hair. The one on here is so small. Thank you do much for the advice! I'm going to look into some of those products.

carmelwaves 02-01-2013 03:31 PM

hi there! I would say judging by your picture 2b, your hair isn't quite as curly as mine and i'm pretty sure im a 2c

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