I need all kinds of help! D: Seeking advice from experienced curlies!

I'm brand new to being part of this site, but I've been browsing it for a while now. Finally, I worked up the nerve to ask experienced curlies for some help. And I do mean all kinds of help--I have a LOT of questions that nobody else has been able to answer for me. D:

First off, I have absolutely no idea what type to call my hair. Depending on the day, it forms a little differently. I'm going to attach a picture of how it looks today, after having been slept on and such.

I have issues with my bangs and overall flatness, if you can't tell from the picture. It isn't exactly the most flattering thing for my forehead, because everything looks kind of...lifeless, and I have to force it with a curler to do anything. Even then, that just goes limp after a bit.

The bangs kind of just hang there. The top of my hair is flat, making things really awkward, and the volume only seems to show up on the sides of my face where I have shorter layers...only it always fluffs out and looks frizzy, not ringlet-y. I really don't like using a curling iron, because it's kind of obvious when I only do the top of my head. I feel like it looks weird, if not a little fake. And I love natural curls! Any ideas on how to fix this?

Also, I have a problem where, when I diffuse my hair, immediately after, it looks lovely. Last night I had voluminous ringlets, and it was very nice. However, not a half hour later, it was almost like they deflated and just went frizzy. They hung there, and the sides of my hair fluffed out notoriously, making me look...well...not curly, just messy. It's not a flattering look, and I've no idea how to fix it.

For now, I use Suave Professionals, until I can figure out what the VERY best option is. (Hence my post on this forum!) I try to leave conditioner in for awhile, and I experiment with various mousses after getting out of the shower.

Sometimes, I get lucky, but usually it's not for long and my hair looks flat, lifeless, and boring. I know for a fact it doesn't always have to look that way! However, nobody I've asked, hairstylists included, seem to know what to tell me.

Sorry for the long ramble, I believe that's all the questions for now. Any help would be SO much appreciated. I love my hair, and am tired of being frustrated with it and not owning it like I wish to be.
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i'm not sure if suave professionals are cg. the ones that are i find very drying.
have you read all the newbie info on the newbie forum here?

here is another site to go to:
The College Curly: Laura Lee's All In One Guide to Going CG: Now Revised and Updated!

from your picture it looks like your hair is wavy. however, many of us thought we were wavies and once we started only using cg products we saw our hair is 3a, with even some 3b curls. you may find the same.

go to the products section and look up some conditioners to see what you want to try.

also, there is a thread here about hair properties which helps you to decide on products -- texture, porosity. there is another site that is very helpful, livecurlylivefree.com. click on basic curly info, faqs, etc. you will see the menu on the left side of the home page.

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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: [I] curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj aloe fix gel, cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab.
sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
sounds like to me that you gotta skip the shampoo and all th other chemicals..... try going all natural, i have a really sensitive scalp, and take great pride in keeping myself gawjuss with natural things, i research everything i put on my body and make sure that it has some benefit for me or i dont bother.

my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
First of all - welcome! I'm fairly new here, too.

One thing you can do is try mod CG, since it's sort of halfway between CG and "regular" hair care. For me, I only wash about once a week (sometimes less, sometimes more - depends on what my hair "wants", etc.) I do have a few cones in my hair diet, but they are typically the water-soluable ones. The few that aren't, I only use if I know I'll be shampooing the next day.

Wavy girls, so I hear, often need to cleanse more. I'm a mix of waves and curls, and just going mod cg has brought me a lot more curl, and they don't wilt as much as they used to.

Then, if you hair seems to really respond well to the mod cg, (and you've had a chance to use up some of your old stuff!), you can try full CG if you feel you need to go that route.

And, of course, get a really good cut from someone who knows how to cut wavy/curly hair!

You can of course read on here to try to determine your hair type and properties, but you can also purchase an evaluation and livecurlylivefree.com - I think it's only like $12 or something like that.

Good luck! I think your waves are beautiful as they are, too!

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