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CaribbeanCurls2 10-30-2012 05:51 PM

Need help to have more volume!!??
Ok, so this is my first time on here! And I'm hoping to find ways to have a lot more volume in my hair. I have 2c type of curly hair where it's wavy/straight at my roots and turns into spiral/ringlets at the bottom. And my hair is about 5 inches past my shoulder (when I pull my hair straight) so its actually pretty long. I wash my hair every other day with sulfate free shampoo and condition my hair every day. I use Moroccan oil intense curl cream and oil treatment, and Jane Carter leave in conditioner spray. I "plop" my hair with a cotton long sleeve shirt overnight so I have curlier hair in the morning, but then through mid day, it goes limp again!!! Does anyone have tips for me?! Thx!

Knotty_Maddy 10-30-2012 07:10 PM

lol you sound like my hair twin :) and I have the same trouble.

I blow dry my roots by hanging my head upside down, then bringing the nozzle (at a very low heat!) right to my roots so I don't disrupt the other curls...if I am air drying, I "pine-apple" my hair (use a ribbon and tie it in a pony tail on the top of your head, a ribbon helps not to disturb the curls) and that should give you root lift too.

If you are a 2C the hair naturally hangs close to the head, so there isn't a lot you can do about that...unless you lift your hair very gently and carefully and apply heat to the roots, or put in duckbill or jaw clips all over your head at root level ;p

You can also occasionally do the "rock n' roll" head shake, you know, bend forward at the waist and sort of toss your hair, whipping it around in the air. I often do this when I want a bit of natural lift. :) You can also try a volumizing mousse product for your hair, TiGi puts out a product called Totally Baked that gives awesome volume (I use it on my roots) but you cannot use more than two pumps for ALL of your hair, or your hair will go frizzy and greasy looking! A little goes a looooong way! I use one pump of the foam and emulsify a bit in my hands, then just rub it into the roots of my hair.

Hope any of that helps!

I am sure many others here with more experience will have better solutions for you! Me, I have just learned to live with minimal volume, and focus on the curl definition instead :)

ailene 11-19-2012 07:18 PM

You absolutely sound like my hair twin, except that I have thinner hair that I've had for my whole life.

I used to plop every morning for a long time as well. While it did give me tighter curls, they would be flatter against my head instead of voluminous.

I would experiment with using less oily/conditioning products that weigh the hair down and using more light hold gels or mousses, which give the hair definition and body.

I use DevaCurl one condition and AnGel, and they always work really well for me


not gonna lie, sometimes I use cheaper conditioners and gels from walmart... and as long as I do the same routine as I do with devacurl, my hair turns out the same.

This is exactly what I do:
  1. Co-wash with whatever conditioner, then rinse
  2. fully coat my hair with the conditioner and detangle
  3. flip hair upside down and scrunch out excess conditioner (I leave most of it in)
  4. flip back up, don't touch it while i dry off and do whatever
  5. scrunch upside down with a t shirt
  6. scrunch in good amount of gel upside down
  7. diffuse upside down until mostly dry
  8. flip back up and when it dries completely, go to the bathroom or something and shake your hair upside down and massage your scalp from underneath.

I know it looks long, but this whole hair routine takes me about 20 minutes from conditioned to diffused... but then again I have done plenty of experimenting.

Good Luck, I hope you find what works best for you!

Knotty_Maddy 11-19-2012 08:21 PM

wow, thanks for sharing! :) I do similar, but I can't use Deva, my hair detests it. Have you tried looking into the methods here?

Myself I really like the Supersoaker method. :D I think, if you have nice curls but less volume, it may be best to go for curl definition...? I find that does make up for a lot. And by second day hair, I have tons of volume. I think finding out what your hair likes is quite individual, imo! lol...experiment is all you can do - and hope for the best! :D

ETA: Maybe you are using too much leave-in...? That can make hair quite flat...hth!

Jharna 11-23-2012 05:07 AM

Eat healthy food and nourish your hair with proper oil and cleaning the hair it will give you bounce.

Morgan_Adcock 11-28-2012 02:30 PM

Does your hair do this no matter what the dew point is? Or did this start after fall weather arrived?

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