New to curly hair and need help!

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I had straight hair my whole life and now it's curly. I just discovered this a few weeks ago and I am really struggling to style my hair! I think I'm a 3a - I've attached a couple of pics.

I could just really use whatever advice you have for hair products, how to use the diffuser, and what to do when my hair gets attacked by the wind. In the last few weeks I've had some good hair days and some nasty hair days and I can't seem to control the styling process. (Note: I wasn't the one who styled my hair in the photos below. I wish.)

Thanks for your help!
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I think you are a 3. Really pretty hair. Lots of it, pretty color. I like the way you style your hair.

My hair is straighter when it is short. So I think when you grow it out, if you decide to, it will probably be a 3a with the curl forming at your roots.
Hi there! You will find tons of great information here, but I STRONGLY recommend you read Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey. It gives you a very good, practical overview of how to care for your curls, that you can use as a jumping off point for the myriad of different techniques, tips and tricks you'll find on NC. I'm kind of a fan of learning the basics first, and Curly Girl will at least introduce you to those.

Good luck and welcome!
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CG since September 2011

Type: 2c/3a
Texture: medium-ish
Porosity: normal to low
Density: THICK!

Co-wash: OC
Cond/Leave-in: OC
Style: MOP Curl Defining Cream, Angel, Garnier Pure Clean Gel
SOTC: MOP Glisten pomade, Aveda Humectant Pomade

Looking for: good curl definition, clumping and no frizz
I also lived my life with straight hair until after my boys were born (in early 40's)...then suddenly I had curl. It's a completely different world to learn what works. One thing I have noticed is that I don't tend to have the frizz issues (which is a wonderful thing) and it doesn't appear in your photo either. I think that you are a 2B/ potential 3A like me. The longer my hair gets, the more it spirals. I started with a chin length bob, but it's a few inches above shoulders now. Your hair is shiny and appears to be in good condition. I would try CG method - I had great success with gaining more curl and the overall health of my hair. Goodluck!!!!
2b/3a fine/med-hi density/high porosity (I think)/ highlight-no silicones/sulfates
Lo-poo - ABBA Gentle Shampoo/ Shea Moisture Curl & Shine
Conditioner: GVCB (love it!)/ Regis OO
Leave in
: As I Am
Co-Wash: Tresemme or DevaCurl NoPoo
Stylers: As I Am Curling Jelly/GF Pure Clean/ LALCurl gel - all with BRHG added
Style: scrunch/ diffuse, then air dry. I don't Have much frizz at all

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