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bahnbahn 05-18-2013 07:49 AM

Mix of hair, 3a front, 2c back
I think for years I have been trying a mix of products that treat one or the other but not both. I just stumbled on this website and hope it will get me the advice my hair has been craving!

Should I consider using a different product on the back side of my head than in the front? Do I treat them the same way in the shower? My 2c hair in the back never keeps shape, is frizzy all the time, so I never let people take photos of me from the side. My 3a hair in the front usually works well all the time.


Firefox7275 05-18-2013 08:59 AM

You don't need different products based on curl pattern but you might need different treatment if the areas have different porosity, one is more dry or damaged than the other. If the back of your hair is frizzy that could be not enough moisture, product build up, not using enough styling products or how you wash or dry your hair.

What is your routine at present and do you know what your hair properties are?

Rytoka 05-18-2013 09:38 AM

I have the same issues. I use all the same products for my whole head but realized my technique was part of the problem. Super soaker was a bust because I couldn't get my 2C waves to clump right. Ended up with a mess. But the 3a in the front looked great I found that putting on all products soaking wet while still in the shower helps and doing everything upside down, when I get out of the shower I flip and add more the the back canopy. Seems that is the area that gets missed when I add on product upside down, then I flip back and scrunch like crazy. They never match all the way but its much better. Still working on the frizz back there tho. It may never go away completely.

rbb 05-18-2013 10:28 AM

do you have layers in your hair? that helps.
i would put on some deep conditioner at night on those areas. and in the morning after you wash your hair, i'd make sure those parts got extra leave in (add it on separately, scrunching it in where it seems to need it), and, do you seal your hair? that section might need it.
i would use the same products, just more in the back.
and, don't dry your hair too much, let it be a little drier than dripping to air dry. that should help.

bahnbahn 05-19-2013 11:57 AM

I'm not sure I even have a good/decent routine. I use a non-sulfate shampoo starting at the scalp and rinsing away build up. Then One-Condition starting at tips and working up. I tried Deva No-Poo but found build up at my back scalp to be horrible. The only product to ever work on my hair, best in the front 3a part, is TIGI Curls Rock. I've tried a number of others but nothing has quite worked the same way. I haven't tried a leave-in conditioner as I don't really know the process, but a stylist recommended using a baby towel to scrunch my hair to get the water out without frizzing the curls.

Any suggestions?

Firefox7275 05-19-2013 12:42 PM

Are you not rinsing the One Condition out properly as per the CG book? Leave in can be really useful for encouraging clumping and preventing frizz, you can use OC you don't need another product. Many curlies need more conditioner if they choose to shampoo. Are you doing deep treatments?

The other obvious option is try a different conditioner wash product, don't quit on the first one. Deva can build up on some people but if it's only in one spot TBH you might look at your wash and rinse technique, you might just not have been cleansing that area properly. You can also alternate shampoo and co-wash it doesn't have to be all or nothing, or do condition-wash-condition.

Are you scrunching the water out before or after you apply all your products? See the techniques sticky on this board for various product application and clumping links.

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