Help with Styling

Hi, Everyone!

I need some advice regarding styling my 3c hair. I just recently got a Deva Cut, which I love, but when I tried to replicate the style that my stylist did, I couldn't do it at all. When I left the salon, my curls were so defined and springy, but when I tried to do it myself this morning, they were just kind of "bleh."

Typically, I style my hair by doing the following:

Wet it down with a spray bottle, put some leave-in on (I use AG's Fast Food) and then comb it out with a wide-toothed comb. Then, I put more leave-in on, and I just started using a mixture of the Deva Curl gel and a curl definer by MoMo. Then, I diffuse and maybe put a little hairspray on.

The results of this are very lackluster and my curls are not defined at all. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but it's really frustrating because I've seen how good my hair CAN look, but normally it doesn't look that way at all.

I just need some advice or insight on what I'm doing wrong. Is it because I use a comb? Am I not using my products correctly? I'd appreciate any advice you might have.


Last edited by notorious; 04-02-2013 at 08:38 AM.
If the comb is not working for you, try to finger comb your hair. I find that makes the curls bigger and springy. Lay off the hairspray it will make your hair very dry, causing more frizz. Also I have found that the MOST IMPORTANT part of styling for defined curls is styling in SECTIONS. Separate your hair into smalled sections and then apply your leave-in and styler. This ensures you get every curl. Styling is less about products and more about technique.
3c Hair
Fine Strands, High Density, Low Porosity
CG since August 2011
Loving my hair!!!
I tried sectioning today, and that did seem to help a little. However, I think what I'm noticing that is bothering me is that when my stylist did my hair, she used what I think is the "plopping" method, and it produced bigger, thicker curls. My hair is not doing that at all when I fix it. I'll post some pictures to show as examples:

When my stylist fixed my hair:

When I fixed my hair:

That second picture looks rough when I put it next to the first one...I really need help learning how to fix my hair.

Last edited by notorious; 04-02-2013 at 08:36 AM.
I know you all get a million messages like mine, but I would greatly appreciate any feedback!
Plopping is when you take a tshirt and put your hair in it upside down almost like a turban to help it dry faster. Is that what she did? It gave you bigger curls? Finger combing always gives me fat curls opposed to using a comb or brush or you could try skipcurling your hair which is taking pieces and twirling them around your finger to make perfect curls
3c Hair
Fine Strands, High Density, Low Porosity
CG since August 2011
Loving my hair!!!

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