I have A LOT of hair on my head and I have no idea how to manage it......

Hello all! I was blessed with a full head of curly hair but I have never figured out how to manage it... I have dreamed of wearing it down without getting frizzy or poofy, but it has been a struggle to find the right method without it feeling crunchy or getting big an hour later. I also grew my hair out long in hopes of weighing it down, but it still won't cooperate. Any advice out there? Should I maybe get it thinned (or will that just make my hair frizzier)? Also, side note: My hair in the picture got very poofy later, of course... I believe I styled it with moroccan oil, herbal essences mousse and hair spray, and some biolage gel.

4 Answers

Please don't thin it out! That's not the best for curlies. Part of what may help, if you're not already doing this is to use the curly girl method: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/all-about-the-no-poo-routine-2. If you are using a shampoo especially one with sulfates in it, it is drying and that dryness can cause frizz. Try washing your hair with a botanical conditioner (one without silicones like dimethicone...) or a cleansing conditioner. Then, put some conditioner back in your hair and leave some in. While your hair is still pretty wet, apply a gel that does not have silicons alcohols that are drying: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/all-about-alcohols. You can use the plopping method to remove some water from your hair: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/to-plop-or-not-to-plop. You can also dry your hair with a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer on low heat or air dry. This is important too : : DO NOT TOUCH, COMB, BRUSH YOUR HAIR WHILE IT IS DRYING. This will cause frizzy, pouffy results. Only use a wide tooth comb or Denman /detangling brush or your fingers while your hair is wet and while it has conditioner in it. Don't brush or comb your hair while it is drying or when it is dry. Use a microfiber towel or a t-shirt to squeeze or scrunch water from your hair. Rubbing with regular towels will cause frizz. To preserve your hairstyle for the next day try pineappling it at night: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/kinky-hair-type-4a/how-to-pineapple-your-hair.You may also benefit from searching "curly hair routine" on YouTube or you can go here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCB3455DFCD01BEBEI think it's great that you want to learn how take care of your naturally curly hair! I really hope this helps! 
Lovely hair! I would have to agree with Prispicacity! Great advice and things you can try. The best way to manage long curly hair is to separate it when washing. Either in two or four sections. Break it down so that it's not so overwhelming! :)
You have gorgeous hair! I would suggest finding a stylist who really knows what they're doing with curly hair. I agree that you don't want to thin it because it can make it more difficult to manage if it's done wrong. Here's a link to our salon finder: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlsalons
Thank you all for the help!! I'm so glad to have found this community.I have worked with devacurl products before and still had some trouble with my hair getting too big, but I have not tried many of these methods that you all have suggested. Im looking forward to adding them into my hair routine! Thanks again!