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u/curlyhairy · 1 pointr/curlyhair

Hi, fellow curlies! Long time lurker, but I created a separate account to show off my 3a/3b work in progress! I’ve divided this up into sections because it’s definitely of TL;DR length, so skip right to the routine part if that’s what you’re after.


Mostly very strong 3a, but there’s a good chunk of something approaching 3b at the crown.

Really thick, I can’t use small hair clips or ties, even with it being shorter. It feels like it’s become a tad less thick, maybe due to age (I’m in my 30s).

Last cut in March (8 months ago), it’s a shorter curly cut that’s growing out but still looks decent.

Highlights and color applied at last cut. The highlights were subtle, the color was close to my natural hair color to help cover the whites coming in.

No flat iron/high heat for the last 4+ years. Most heat I’ve used is a dryer on low with bursts of cold air.

No “bad” products for the last 4+ years. It’s only been curly approved products with no traditional shampoo! Only No Poo with the occasional clarifying shampoo.

Very dry climate. So dry here I have a sinus moisturizing gel I shove up my nose before bed to avoid nosebleeds. I know most curlies hate the humidity but I wish I had a little bit, I think my hair would benefit.

Hair washed once weekly, twice weekly at most. More often during the week if I’m exercising (which I haven’t done much of lately, hah), but coarse/dryer hair + very dry climate = fewer washings. I do a lazy pineapple to pin it up when I do quick body-only showers.


It’s a story that’s all too familiar here: My hair was NOT cool as a kid— the 90s were not nice to big hair, and I was also one of the only “ethnic” people in super white schools. When in its natural state, it was almost nothing but fuzz and it almost looked like I had an afro. Stylists had no clue what to do with my hair, so the cuts never helped.

I first heard about the curly method in 2009 or 2010. Even though that wasn’t THAT long ago, the spectrum of products we have available now versus then is night and day. With my limited hair understanding, I took the plunge and went natural, but it didn’t look so great. I stuck with it, though, mostly out of laziness because life got really busy and stressful. Straightening my hair literally takes hours, so laziness won. Used to use DevaCurl No Poo and One Condition in the shower before crunching in the DevaCurl Light Defining Gel. Never experimented with other stuff because, again, I was lazy and busy.

Recently, my hair was going limp and was feeling greasy no matter what I did, so I started reading through the links in this subreddit and experimenting with newer products now that my life has slowed down. I bought a few new products based on recommendations here, and what I outline below is after playing around with a few different things for the last couple of months.


“Routine” is in quotations because routine suggests I do this with regularity when this is the first time I’ve done this whole “routine” as outlined below.

I realized I last clarified my hair when my hairdresser cut it several months ago, so I figured it was time to clarify. The pics are from last night, a couple of hours after washing.

  1. Clarify with Kinky Curly Come Clean Natural Moisturizing Shampoo. I really spent my time massaging it into my scalp, and I liberally applied to my hair and worked it until it had the “squeaky clean” feel. I used a rake comb to help detangle and make sure the shampoo was applied evenly throughout. I NEVER, EVER tug at any tangles, I take my time gently combing them out.

    (I really love how my hair turned out, I’m not sure if I’m going to just clarify every time I wash my hair. I wash it so infrequently and it has so much product applied to it each time that I think I’ll be fine, but I’ll edit this post if it turns out to be a bad idea.)

  2. Crunch out excess water.

  3. Condition with Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner. I applied liberally, massaging it into scalp and crunching it up into my hair until my hair felt smooth/soft. I crunched by leaning my hair to the side (and switching sides periodically) and making sure the crunch action reaches my scalp to ensure that the product it applied throughout.

    NB: Don’t over-apply to the point that the conditioner is dripping out of your hair, it’s wasteful and doesn’t add anything more to your hair apart from making it feel too greasy later.

  4. Crunch out excess water. Crunching will be your life for the next 20-30 minutes.

  5. Crunch gently with a towel. I just used my regular bath towel. Same crunch method as detailed in #3. I crunch until the dripping mostly stops.

  6. Apply Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Curls. I squeezed out a generous palmful, tilted my head to the side, and crunched it up into my hair. Same crunch method as detailed in #3. I crunched until I felt I’d crunched it up evenly throughout and my hands weren’t covered in product.

  7. Apply Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls. Same directions as in #6.

  8. Get a handheld hair dryer, remove whatever piece is at the head of it so the airflow isn’t concentrated in any particular way. I have a Che hairdryer I bought 10+ years ago that works well. (I had a diffuser, can’t find it, if I find it/use it I’ll edit this post. If anyone has any diffuser recs for someone with 3a/3b hair, let me know, I may have gotten rid of mine accidentally, oops.)

  9. Tilt your head upside-down, and dry with the hairdryer on low heat setting with one kept a a few inches away while your other hand continues to crunch. Occasionally shift your hair to either side of your head and back to upside-down.

  10. If your hair dryer has a cold burst setting, use it for 20 seconds every 60 seconds or so. If not, just remove the heat for a few seconds as you continue crunching. CRUNCHING IS LIFE, IT IS THE ONLY LIFE YOU NOW KNOW.

  11. Dry your hair until it feels dry, never stop crunching. Your hands shouldn’t be damp or wet. I always used to rush through this part and the curls aren’t the same, the more time I spend with any low kind of heat (either with this hair dryer or using the helmet dryer at the salon), the better for me.

  12. Finish your hair with a small amount of shine serum. I plopped my head upright and scrunched in a small palmful of serum, focusing on the hair at the crown, the most coarse/fuzzy. I have some old DevaCurl MirrorCurls Serum lying around. I don’t like the smell, I’m open to trying something else.

  13. Fin. Maybe now is a good time to go gather the hair from the drain trap before your spouse yells at you for secretly threatening him with tribbles.


    I’m happy with my hair, but I have some things to work on:

  14. Fuzz. It’s still a little fuzzy at the crown, way better than before, maybe I need to make peace with it? Maybe a diffuser would help.

  15. Length. I haven’t had long hair in years, I’d like to continue growing it out and seeing how much more the thickness/length of the hair will weigh it down and make it less bouncy.

  16. Finding these products in bulk. It seems impossible, but I won’t give up hope. I would be willing to spend more money upfront for this stuff if it meant it was cheaper per ounce.

  17. Figuring out how to keep it looking good through the week. I do the pineapple at night with a giant, silky scarf and then cover the top with a night cap, but it still looks fuzzier/less awesome the next day. What do you recommend? This climate is WAY TOO DRY for me to do this this whole routine any more than twice/thrice weekly.

    Wow, that was a novella. Thanks for reading, and best of curls to you all!
u/crumpleforskin · 5 pointsr/curlyhair

I have a hard time taking good photos of my hair, but I noticed that it looked pretty nice here so I'm taking the time to share my routine with you guys!

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo

Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner (rinse out)

Then when I get out of the shower I use the L.O.C. Method with these products followed by squishing my hair in the sink with a few hand-cup-fulls of warm water. I found that raking them in and then squishing my hair with a little water afterwords eliminated the frizz that I got when I did S2C and also made my curls clump together more neatly since the products add a bit of slip. It also removes any excess product and doesn't make my hair feel greasy and weighed down as it did with S2C.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner (leave-in)

Una Designing Oil Non Oil (dime sized amount on each side of my head)

Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner (only on the bottom 1/2 of my hair)

This is when I squish with the water and then I grab my Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel and rub a good amount into my palms. I run my fingers gently through my now clumped and dripping wet curls, and then squish from the bottom which gets rid of the excess water and allows the gel to form a cast around the curls. I do this on both sides of my head, and then squish any dripping water away with a cotton t-shirt.

I then diffuse my hair on a medium heat setting until it is about 40% dry, and then I transfer over to my space heater. The reason I do this is because diffusing gives me good volume, but if I diffuse all the way my hair gets too much volume and ends up looking 1/2 the length it is and my curls begin to warp in to wonky directions. By switching to my space heater, the slow warm air flow doesn't disrupt my pattern and makes my hair dry extra soft and bouncy. I don't like air drying because it takes way too long, and from me moving around I get a lot of frizz. I also noticed that it feels more like the products are just sitting on my hair rather than drying to become soft and flowy.

I am now able to pineapple my hair at night (I prefer using these scrunchies over traditional hair ties because they stay in place 100x better and also just slide off of my hair without giving me snagged curls, frizz, or any sort of kink) without even using a satin pillowcase, and come out the next day with what I could call almost better than day 1 second day curls! The pineapple gives me even more volume without taking away length and I just go in with a little bit of water on my fingers to smooth out any out of place curls. I give full credit to the Eco Styler Gel for allowing me this luxury. It didn't work for me with my previous routine, but now that I have converted to the L.O.C. Method I couldn't be more pleased and in love with my hair!

Sidenote: I also dyed my hair with Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Cream #63 Brown Sugar to get rid of my roots and lighten my hair a very very slight bit, and I came out with ZERO damage, ZERO difference in texture, and ZERO split ends. My hair is so healthy now, I am beyond amazed.

Thank you to the moon and back to all of you here for helping me figure out how to take good care of my curls and allowing them to reach their full potential. I am forever grateful! <3

u/minniesnowtah · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

\> with short hair is it really worth it?

Anything is worth a try, but whether it's worth it to keep it up is your call once you see how you like it.

\> Or would a gel be better?

Gel is certainly easier and cheaper, so we recommend it as a starting place. LOC is great too but having that many steps introduces more potential for troubleshooting problems.

\> Can I use tiny butterfly clips to curl my hair while my hair is wet and has styling products to help add more curl?

Yes! Or flat, metal root clips like these (just picked a random one off amazon to link).


You'll also want to experiment with adding protein or not, since your hair feels coarse. I'm not sure whether you'll need more or less (guessing more?) but that's another variable to play around with to improve the texture.

Good luck with everything! Hope that helps.

u/Delfoxy · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

Can't speak for the blow dryer itself, just the weird hand diffuser that I use with my BaByliss Pro Rapido. I recently picked up the devafuser because I felt my regular diffuser wasn't quite doing enough - my ends were drying but my mid-shaft and roots were still damp even after a long while. I was 75% sure I would try it once and return it after reading reviews, people seem to either enjoy it or hate it.

I have fine hair that needs a lot of help getting definition and the devafuser does such a good job for me! It cups against my scalp better which makes it easier for my clumps to stay formed while drying. Also, unlike my regular round diffuser the Deva one has "fingers" that can be positioned right at my roots (just like if you were to stick your hand along your scalp). Doing this makes getting root volume SO much easier! It is a bit more difficult to work with big chunks of hair as they're more likely to slip off compared to a regular bowl shaped diffuser so for thick hair I feel like it would be easier to something like this. But all in all I think it does a better job getting my hair dry faster and with more volume.

I also will say like the others that investing in a quality dryer makes a huge difference. There are lots of guides and reviews out there - and don't be afraid to try something out and return it if it's not for you!

u/dragonfox · 1 pointr/curlyhair

creme does not hold up as well as gel does, but i think it looks nicer, on my hair at least.

Maybe you could find a picture of what you want your hair to look like to give me an idea? Like what is your goal, what would you want your hair to look like.

It sounds like you might want more...volume? Your hair seems more on the fine side and like a 3B/3C. I follow the curly girl method, you can learn more about that on the sidebar. I use Yes to Carrots Conditioner, but I'll be stopping that when the new formula makes it to the local grocery stores (they just started adding silicones, but old formula, which is still available near me, doesn't have that in it). And I use Curls Goddess Curls for gel. For creme, I use whatever I find on sale that fits curly girl friendly.

Gel is great for humidity, it also is lighter and helps curls curl better. Cream is heavier, better for dryer conditions because it adds moisture, but it's heavier and will loosen curls.

And you have to find the right balance of conditioner so your hair isn't too weighed down, but also isn't frizzy. For your hair, I'd think a poker chip size amount of conditioner would do and then half of that for the styling product.

u/psvzum · 3 pointsr/curlyhair

First of all, your hair is beautiful! Love the curls.

My only suggestion would be to add layers. It looks like you may have some in the back but they should be trimmed up a bit. That'll help a little with volume.

My hair is alot like yours. To get the volume I want, I use gel and scrunch the living heck out of it. Add the gel when your hair is soaking wet and scrunch upside down. Make sure you use enough as all the water dilutes it. You'll have to play around with this to find the right amount.

I also use a diffuser with long teeth (does this make sense?) and use it to lift my top layers for added volume. Diffuse on low/hot setting. I alternate diffusing by lifting and by putting my hair upside down. LOTS of volume. Also, when my hair is almost dry, I scrunch in additional gel. It gives me better curl formation. If your curls come out crunchy you can scrunch out the crunch. It'll all depend on the gel you use.

Don't worry about using Deva products. There are others just as good and 1/4 the price. Also, what other others may recommend for styling products may not work for you. I use Kinky curling custard
and others swear by Eco Style Gel-Olive

The curling custard is expensive and I use it when I want my curls to look spectacular. Otherwise, I go for a good strong hold gel.

Look at Youtube videos too. There are a bunch out there on getting volume for curly hair.

u/TenaciousTapir · 1 pointr/curlyhair

Looking for product advice from fellow fine haired folk!

My hair: Fine, high-normal porosity (I think just high rn from heat damage), wavy, but sometimes get ringlets here and there, definitely mixes of diff curl patterns.

Routine: low poo w/ TJs Tea Tree Tingle shamp, STC w/ Sauve Coconut cond, rinse out cond, leave-in cond L'Oreal Elvive Protein Recharge, Herbal Essences totally twisted mousse, plop for 10-20 min, then diffuse to 80%ish with xtava Black Orchid diffuser.

What's working: My hair is the healthiest it's been in a long time just after following tips from y'all! Low poo is definitely working for me, and the diffuser I have is AMAZING (shoutout to someone on here who recommended it).

What's NOT working: I think I need to find a different product to put in after leave-in conditioner. I used gel on day 1 and I think it weighs down sections of my hair too much so I think I need a mousse, but the HE one made my hair look pretty shiny/made it really obvious there was product in it. Also having a hard time getting the ends of some strands to have wave.

Hair Journey: Recently moved to Seattle after being in a dry climate with hard water for 2 years. Knew that trying to straighten my hair/what I'd been doing was not going to work well for me/bring back epic hair struggles, and luckily I found this sub to help me out. While living in dry climate past 2 years, I had been straightening my hair or using a curling wand 2-5 times a week, so my hair was super damaged/always too dry from hard water and overuse of heat. I always struggled to find a way to do my hair that I actually liked growing up, and when I started using heat tools daily in high school it started to get damaged. I went to college in Seattle and the humidity here helped my hair get healthier but I spent a lot of time straightening it only to go outside and have it completely ruined in 5 minutes flat. Really hoping that CG method works for me and excited to have healthy hair for the first time in memory!!

u/gonesquatchin85 · 3 pointsr/curlyhair

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Anyway next month I will have exactly 1 year of hair length I have never grown it out at all and this subreddit has been very helpful in taming my mane. It's been a very pleasant experience but as any guy growing out long hair... I really am alone in my endeavors and critique/advice is seldom. I just worry if im starting to look silly, so far I've gotten a lot of praise but at the same time I have gotten a lot of quiet stares. As usual my own folks hate it and rather prefer me clean cut. I figure I might as well get it over with now rather than regret it later. /worse im a guy and the potential to go bald can happen...

I like my hair a lot, I feel it makes me unique I however am mixed with the size of my forehead (more like a fivehead... sixhead maybe!) and the empty corners of my forehead have always been huge!! It makes it hard to emulate a male celebrity being that they don't have a huge forehead like mine. So far I try to emulate David Bisbal If you have any ideas what I should do please let me know.

My method. Basically I do my routine in about 15-20 minutes. I wake up rinse my hair in the sink do a fast version of squish to condition using Yes to carrots. Once I feel it is seaweed like during rinse... I then pat down with a t-shirt to remove excess water. Afterwards I apply Eco Style Gel olive oil in a squish-to-condition manner. My hair is flipped in curls to the front of my face covering my entire forehead and I then leave to work. I don't use a hair dryer... Im a guy and "ain't nobody got time for dat" the best thing I have is using my A/C on full blast in my truck. My commute is about 20-25 minutes and at about the 15 minute mark when im driving, once I feel that the gel has semi-hardened, I flip it back. it has to be a little hardened in order for my hair to have a bit of volume otherwise its just flat and lifeless hanging from my scalp. Sometimes I part it to the side or tuck one side behind the ear. It takes about 3 hours to fully dry at work I occasionaly scrunch it once or twice breaking the gel masque in order to achieve a softer look/feel. After the 3 hours have passed and its fully dry I decide if I want to fluff or not. Essentially I just pass my hand at the base of my scalp and gently tussle until I get the needed volume. And there you have it!

u/KareBexar · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

First, I'm sorry depression has been rough for you lately but you're doing awesome to try and do some self care where you can!

Cowashing simply means you use conditioner to wash your hair instead of shampoo. Just like you do right now where you scrub your head/ hair with shampoo, you use conditioner instead. That doesn't work for everyone. More so if you have dandruff.

I do cowash and I use a shampoo brush every wash day, about once a week, which definitely helps with flakes. I used to have some mild dandruff but incorporating that in my routine helps slough off the dead/ dry skin. This what I use: Hair Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush, MAXSOFT Scalp Care Brush

I definitely advise you to start with the quickstart routine in the Community Info. It's less than $15 USD. As your hair gets healthier you hair will curl more. As far as those pieces around your face I'd just pin curl them until they cooperate.

I hope this helps you get started!

u/return-null · 1 pointr/curlyhair

I know, the number of Shea Moisture products is overwhelming. I did a bunch of research before I bought their products. I'd say that the internet's favorite styling products are these:

  • The Curl Enhancing Smoothie. This is more like a leave-in than a gel. It's a nice and heavy product, which I really like. It has some protein in it. My hair is protein sensitive and it's too much for regular use.
  • Moisture retention conditioner. This is super moisturizing and protein free. It's a bit lighter than the smoothie. The advantage of this product is that you can use it as a leave-in or rinse out or deep conditioner. I've gotten great results from using it as a leave-in. I'm using it less lately because I think it made my hair over-moisturized. Like it feels too soft now.
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil Reparative Leave-In Conditioner. I've never tried this but it's well loved. It has a lot of protein which some people like.
  • If you want something lighter, the new Fruit Fusion Mousse is well liked. (Not to be confused with the 10 in 1 super fruit line.) I've never used this product either but I want to try it.
u/starrkittyface · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

I have read here / seen on YouTube that a lot of curlies have success with this diffuser which can attach to this dryer. I think depending on shipping / any discounts you'd be right around $50 maybe a lil over. I think you can technically attach the diffuser to other hair dryers but may have to do some handiwork to get it secure. :-)

I got this one years ago (before I started CG) and it came with the diffuser pictured, it's still going strong all these years later and for the way I diffuse it is perfect. Gotta love the $25 price and the cold shot button.

I hope this helps! :-)

Edit: forgot words

u/WeAreStarless · 4 pointsr/curlyhair

>I don’t blow dry my hair. I should start.

not necessarily, you can just air dry. diffusing will speed up your drying time and also prevent the weight of wet hair from weighing your curls down, but you don't need it

>What blow dryer do you have? Does it even matter?

honestly, the kind of blow dryer doesn't really matter. i just bought one that would fit my diffuser. i do like that mine can do medium and cold air though, and not just hot

>I don’t have a diffuser. I lost that part... lol.

i see some people here pooling their hair in a strainer/sieve and then just pointing the blowdryer at it, so maybe that could work lmao

>Do you wear protective hair styles? If so what do you do to protect your hair?

personally, not really, although i wear my hair in a high ponytail on top of my head when i go to sleep so i don't smush my curls flat. i also sleep on a satin pillowcase

>How often do you wash your hair?

i wash mine once a week but this will be different for anyone you ask. everyone's hair is different; some people's hair needs to be washed every day. so this is for you to figure out

>How do you know if it’s “approved” it doesn’t have silicones or anything like that in it.

run the ingredient lists through curlsbot and/or isitcg

u/surf-actant · 6 pointsr/curlyhair

Looks SO great! Gold medal to your stylist, for giving you great advice. She's a keeper.

I, like you, shower etc. at night. Now that I CGM, I try to make sure I do all this business pretty soon after dinner, so that I have a good 2-3 hours dry time. Also, do you have a diffuser that attaches to your blow dryer? If so, use it. If you don't, or don't like the one you have, the xtava black orchid diffuser was a game changer for me!!!

Diffusing upside down will give your hair, esp w/your short, layered haircut, lots of volume.

I sleep in my crunch, and when I wake up, there are usually only a few curls/waves in the front that need sotc.


u/mtszyk · 7 pointsr/curlyhair

I have 2b-2c fine hair as well! For me, putting the gel in when my hair is still dripping wet then plopping really helps. Only scrunching it in, no raking. I also use pins to get my roots to have some volume and follow up with diffusion, but that's a project every time I do it. I've had much better results like that.

For nice simple waves I just scrunch in a small amount of gel at the ends of my hair and then plop in the same way, Waaaay less work but doesn't look quite as nice.

Also, for me the cheap LA looks blue gel works better than the deva curl ultra defining (stronger hold), but that's something to play with!

u/TarantusaurusRex · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

Oh my god you are fabulous, thank you so much for the information.

I have been buying products at Bleu Libellule and MGC Beauté, (their websites don't list ingredients, it pisses me off), and there are hundreds of pharmacies throughout Paris that carry a lot of beauty products that you won't find in a typical supermarket (Avène, Klorane, La Roche-Posay, René Furterer, Vichy, Bioderma, etc.).

I found the styling gel on! I found the As I Am products, but they are very expensive (25-37 euros, as opposed to 8.99 USD at Walgreens). The can of Herbal Essences mousse is 46 euros, haha.

I think I will try Aubrey Organics GPB (I found it on French Amazon, too) and a silicone-free conditioner called Timotei here in France. I have a curly-haired friend that has had luck with it.

Thanks so much for your input, that is so nice!

u/bringmeahigherlove · 1 pointr/curlyhair

Hi! I'm not the commenter but I also clip my roots and it honestly could be a game changer for you I think! I like double prong clips, like the devacurl ones. These are the ones I use, way cheaper than devacurl's-

And then for how to clip them, I tried of techniques from this video-

Good luck :)

u/SkivvyLivvy · 3 pointsr/curlyhair

Same situation as you - thought I had straightish hair most of my life and turns out it is 2B (2A if I don't take good care of it). Here's my routine and products:

  • Wash with Shea Moisture shampoo - sulfate free and very gentle. Leaves the natural oils in my hair so it's shiny and moisturized, but clean looking.

  • Work DevaCurl One Condition into my hair and comb through tangles with my fingers. Then I do the "squish to condish" method to get all the conditioner into my hair and let it sit while I do the rest of my shower stuff. :) The DevaCurl conditioner is pretty expensive, but very worth it to me. It's just so moisturizing and does wonders for my waves.

  • Rinse out with cool water, flip my head upside down and scrunch up my soaking wet hair to get it to form its curls.

  • Scrunch L.A. Looks Gel into my hair, then plop in a t-shirt.

  • Either let my hair air dry or use the pixiecurl method with a diffuser (there are videos of how to do this on youtube). The pixiecurl method can be a bit tedious and give me a bit more frizz, but it also gives my curls way more definition and volume than if I air dry.

    Note that the L.A. Looks gel does make hair feel crunchy when it is drying (which I hate the look and feel of), but once it's dry I release the gel hold by scrunching my hair and tossing it around a bit and it looks completely soft and natural. I used to be totally gel-phobic because I hated the crunchy gel look - then I learned you can scrunch the gel hold out of your hair! You get the nice definition that gel gives you and the natural look of something softer like a serum.
u/naturaldrpepper · 1 pointr/curlyhair

If you're getting buildup, dollars to donuts you're using silicones. What is your "normal" shampoo? After looking at your shampoo & conditioner, I notice that the SheaMoisture is very heavy on wax - I wonder if this is causing "build up"? (The spray gel contains sulfates, FWIW.) What are you allergic to in the DevaCurl line? What is your hair "profile" as far as texture, porosity, density? From the pics, it looks like your hair is definitely weighed down.

I would recommend stopping shampooing all together. You're going to have a transition period - this is a given. What you can do to lessen the "intensity" of the transition is, after a final wash with a clarifying shampoo (to remove all the silicones from your hair), is to co-wash or no-poo cleanse every day, and slowly go to every two days, and every three days if possible. Look into getting a copy, from your library if possible, of Lorraine Massey's Curly Girl Handbook - it's a wonderful resource. :)

My hair is very fine, and is sensitive to weights of conditioners (I suspect your hair is both of those, too!). The Tresemme Naturals line has been a blessing for my hair - it's not heavy, non-greasy, rinses clean and gets my hair cleaner than anything else I've ever tried while still leaving it soft and springy. :) I can't use anything that's heavy - that Shea Moisture conditioner would be murder on my curls.

u/masona23 · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

You're going to get a bunch of different opinions on that DevaCurl dryer. It is a reputable and well-loved brand for sure, but it has a very nontraditional diffuser (the green thing on the end) that some people love and some people hate.

Personally, I use this hairdryer and absolutely love it, along with this diffuser, and am really happy with it.

Honestly, I do not think the dryer really matters as long as it's a decent brand. There really aren't any dryers that I've found that are specific to curly hair, the difference is all in the diffuser for me personally.

u/One_of_a_Kind · 7 pointsr/curlyhair

Two tips for curly hair and updo's: try out spin pins, they're bun pins for curly hair. I find them super comfortable. My hair is about belly button length.

Another idea for keeping it in place is to literally sew it. A super blunt needle (I use big plastic ones) and some yarn. There's someone on the /r/weddingplanning sub just today who's hair was done like this.

If your hair is braid-able, you can braid a circlet on the top of your head to keep things looking pretty and under control. Like this

Edit: I forgot to add my favourite updo/bun method: use chopsticks!

u/dodoconundrum · 1 pointr/curlyhair

I see the pics but not sure which brand of brushes those are. But I can vouch for the strength of the Tangle Teezer Ultimate, designed for thick and curly hair. I use this when my (4a) hair is too matted for my fingers to handle.

If that still isn't enough, you could try a denman brush. No chance she'll be breaking it, it's extremely sturdy. In fact the only I reason I don't recommend it first is because it's almost too sturdy, so it doesn't detangle as gently because it doesn't bend as much. Still, some people love it and it does clump curls nicely.

Just checking here - are you detangling while the hair is wet and slick with conditioner? And are you making sure to go section by section, starting from the very ends and working your way up to the roots? Never try to brush from the roots down.

As for the baby hairs in the front....if you can't catch them with a braid because they're too wispy, I would just leave them be or slap a soft head band on the front. They look like baby hairs /edges rather than breakage to me.

u/JessicaMaple · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

Yes, please get Curly Girl! It's a great book that breaks it down very simply!

If you hair is frizzy when it dries its usually because there isn't enough moisture in your hair. Leaving conditioner in after you shower will help boost moisture and protect your hair from the elements. You are not leaving conditioner on your scalp, so there is no itchiness/greasiness.

Some days I use gel, some days I just leave conditioner in my hair and let it dry that way. Both work well, the gel just gives my waves more hold. If I'm using gel, I'll rinse the conditioner out of my hair very gently, focusing more on rinsing it out of the top 1/3 of my head and letting the ends stay sorta slimy with conditioner, then I style as usual.

u/Wtfkassiex3 · 1 pointr/curlyhair

La looks and deva curl doesn’t work for me. I use either SM momongo gel, the eco styler flax seed or SM gel with the pink label. The SM curl enhancing smoothie too.

CG approved styling foam includes creme of nature styling foam, and there’s one by styleID I LOVE bc you can use heat (I diffuse with med heat idc idc)

I use twisty Bobby pins like this and hair clips like this puff cuff like i said, great when I need a pony without the headache.

u/puppylish1028 · 3 pointsr/curlyhair

Hi! We have similar hair, I think! When I went to Devachan they gave me a bunch of clips to use on my roots while my hair is drying - helps that part curl up more. These are the same ones.
I also find that keeping my head upside down until it’s time to SOTC helps a lot. It can be quite the time commitment though.

But honestly, I often find I quite like the straight-ish at the top look. Feels unique :)

P.s. halfie here too!

u/thewidowaustero · 4 pointsr/curlyhair

As someone who has grown out curly hair from quite short, there's definitely an awkward phase. I highly recommend getting a few cute headbands or hats, they can help make you look a little more put together during the awkward in between lengths. Get the back trimmed every 6-8 weeks, the hair on the nape of the neck gets long fast and regular trims help to avoid a mullet look. Once the hair on the sides of your head reaches your chin (when it's dry and curled) you can have it cut so the longest part is even all around your head and then start styling it as a short bob, like this. I also like a slight inverted bob, which is where you have it cut so the front is longer than the back.

This sub advocates the Curly Girl method, based on this book. It's sort of an alternative approach to hair care with curls in mind. The common way that most women take care of their hair is shampooing with a sulfate shampoo and then conditioning with a silicone containing conditioner every day. The CG method is based on removing those two ingredients (sulfates and silicones) from your routine and instead using only a light conditioner to cleanse the hair for each wash. There are a lot of variations and different techniques for this routine, poke around this sub and check out the resources in the sidebar for more info.

u/MisforMisanthrope · 3 pointsr/curlyhair

I have very thick 3B curls and I'm really loving Carol's Daughter leave ins, especially the Sacred Tiare line (it smells SO GOOD!) but I also like Shea Moisture products. I just got a sample of "The Good Stuff" leave in repair balm in my Target beauty box, and I'm excited to try it.

I too live in the depths of hell and need a lot of moisture when our temps get 110+ in the summer.

ETA: I just saw that you said deep, not leave in. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Treatment Masque has been incredible for my hair.

u/curl_on · 1 pointr/curlyhair

OMG I had the same issue when I first started CG and I've only just found the solution.
This has been a game changer for my oily roots. When I lo-poo or cowash I use this. I rake my product in to make sure I get coverage everywhere (sometimes separating and clipping parts of my hair up to make sure I really get in there), then I use this tool and do the tiniest circular motion over and over all over my head to get it in to the roots. This isn't a brush, so don't use it like one. Just massage all over. I'll spend like 5 minutes doing this and it feels sooooo good. But I found it helped break up my worst spots (back of the head especially) where water/product wasn't necessarily coming in or going out. I didn't even realize I was missing that part of my head before! I just thought I just had weird spots on my head that would get more greasy than others. So I'd end up doing a clarifying shampoo like once every two weeks which was helping with the grease, but not the frizz and left my hair lifeless and dry. Not anymore :)

So after I massage in the lo-poo or cowash with this thing, I'll put in some leave-in conditioner, again parting/clipping up pieces of my hair and making sure I get even coverage everywhere, and IMMEDIATELY put in my products sopping wet. Agreed with some of the others, frizz means needs more moisture, but the oily bits are just not rinsing out. You have to start with an even baseline to really get consistency everywhere.

Good luck!

u/thesoundsyouknow · 4 pointsr/curlyhair

I would definitely recommend this book ('s what all this "CG" stuff is based on) and I'm pretty confident it's fine for a 12 year old reading level too. I think just sending them into this sub might be a bit overwhelming esp. if she hasn't used reddit. The book has mostly the same info, and may be available at your public library (mine has it).

Also from right of the bat from what you've told us, I would say definitely to ditch brushing and instead try a wide tooth comb, and never use while dry.

u/KitsuneGao · 1 pointr/curlyhair

I am just always interested in seeing everyone's routines. (Plus I think it's in the rules to post routine? Either way, it is helpful all around.)

I'm still trying to learn my hair myself. But something I know that helps a lot of people is clipping your roots for volume. (If volume is something you like anyway.)

Denman brushes are also popular for brushing in the shower. Supposed to help with curl definition. (I'm still learning so mine is trial & error..)

u/PurpleBootedBandit · 1 pointr/curlyhair

I am a 3b (I think) and am having frizzing issues.

I use Regenepure, primarily for the active ingredient, for shampoo and a conditioner reccomended in the FAQ: Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave In Conditioner/Detangler

I use Beyond-Zone-Noodle-Head-Moisture and apply when wet straight out of the shower. It hardens, which I dislike, and after about 4 hours dries to give my hair the best appearance from all products I've tried (not many)

However, my hair has become drier, I know not whether this is due to the weather or what but my hair has become frizzier and harder to have those good hair days. I'm looking to try a new leave in conditioner/curling moisturizer. My hair isn't as thick as it appears, it just holds a lot of volume, especially when dry. I'm looking for something that is great for retaining moisture.

Any ideas?

u/SuperNarioBro · 5 pointsr/curlyhair

yes of cours!! here is the brush (i use 7 rows) and here is the styling cream. rizos curls is a latina brand that's pretty new so i believe it's only found online. it has a powerful, tropical scent. my hair LOVES it.

u/BonhamsFourSticks · 3 pointsr/curlyhair

The Deva Curl diffusers DO look like a creepy hand! LOL

My favorite diffuser for my fine, medium density 2B-3A waves/curls is the Black Orchid. The DC type diffusers are great for the roots, but the rest of my hair does better piled into the Black Orchid for pixie diffusing.

u/Taaaylo · 2 pointsr/curlyhair


Co-wash with Tresemme Botanique Nourish + Replenish with Coconut Milk and Aloe Vera . I apply enough to be able to get a medium comb through it while showering and remove the stragglers (my hair is super thick, so my wall is usually plastered with fallen hair after I finish). I let the conditioner sit while I finish bathing and rinse completely with cold water.

After showering, I wrap it all in a towel turban and dry for 15-30 minutes. When my hair is fairly damp, but not dry, I apply a generous amount of SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie and work gently through from tips to root.

Immediately after, I apply DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel (or Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Styling Gel) and let my hair air dry.

Once it’s all finally dried completely, I gently scrunch out the gel and style my hair as necessary.

u/moxiecontin714 · 1 pointr/curlyhair

Biotin is a B vitamin and it's good for your hair skin and nails. It makes my nails and hair grow faster and my hair just looks healthier and my curls look better.

As for the filter, I have hard water (means it's full of minerals) and porous hair, so I got myself a showerhead with a charcoal filter from Amazon and I've been much less frizzy since then. There's something in the sidebar about testing the porosity of your hair, if you can't find it just respond here and I'll dig it up for you. Good luck!

u/hedera3 · 1 pointr/curlyhair

Your hair is beautiful and I really love the color with your rosy skin. You look like the quintessential English girl. 😊

Since your hair likes olive oil, have you ever tried Eco gel?

Start with a small amount, and build up from there to see what your hair can take. I really like mop top but it's superexpensive in the UK.

u/Guacamoleskinnypp · 8 pointsr/curlyhair

Hello there! This is the brush I use:ürste-D3-schwarzer-Gummikissen/dp/B00197623M/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?keywords=denman+brush&qid=1567353795&s=gateway&sprefix=denmna&sr=8-3
Hope it helps and I am glad to hear that you are breaking up with those tools, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life lol!
It's in german though, but you can see the exact same brush I use. Good luck!

u/balsooma · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

I use a microfiber hair towel turbie twist and it works great! They have them at walmart for like 5$. It's cool 'cause it has a loop thing that you can secure the twist with so that it doesn't unravel!

u/pking10 · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

Also for volume, have you tried clipping your roots? these or something like it are helpful. Sometimes when I’m in a rush I’ll clip my roots, blow dry said roots, then drive to work and when I park I’ll take the clips out & SOTC. Good luck!

u/Im-Probably-Drinking · 1 pointr/curlyhair

Me too, that will make it easier for me to help :)

I like VO5 Moisture Milks as a co-wash. It's CG-friendly, inexpensive, and runny/thin, so it spreads easily and rinses out easily. No residue at all. If you find yourself running into the greasy-scalp issue, alternate between co-washing and non-sulfate shampoo for 3-4 weeks. The sulfate-free shampoo will still lather and down out the grease while your scalp is adjusting. Shea Moisture tends to be the favorite, I like their 10-in-1 Superfruit.

Conditioners are totally hit-or-miss depending on the person and hair type. I'm fine, thin, and low-porosity, so what works for me may not work for you. I have yet to find a rinse-out conditioner in a store that I like, so I buy mine online - Darcy Botanicals Vanilla Delight is my favorite, but I think the company may be going out of business :( , so my regular is Yes To Carrots Nourishing Conditioner.

I'm not 100% CG, and I use a leave-in that has a non-water-soluble silicone. It gives me the best shine and moisture and clumping, no matter what extra gels (etc) I use. Its available online or in drugstores, Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream.

As for styling products beyond that - what's your goal? Do you want curl clumping, volume, loose curls, tight-and-smooth, etc?

u/missdanielleloves · 24 pointsr/curlyhair


I wash my hair with Burt's Bees shampoo and use a super rich conditioner that I totally forgot to grab the name of but will update later!

After the shower I put in Shea Moisture Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner while it's still wet and then let it sit while I do my makeup. I diffuse my hair on low heat until 80% dry and then scrunch in Marrakesh Oil to tame the frizz/give her a little extra moisture.

My routine isn't perfect yet but it is so much nicer than trying to fight my hair. I love it!

u/elilili · 3 pointsr/curlyhair

Well...I don't really know. My hair just does that on its own most of the time. I have to put an effort in to get it to stop doing that.

>Herbal Essences Totally Twisted gel

Use products for curly hair. Herbal Essences, Dove and other mainstream beauty products that market to "curly" hair are actually made for very wavy or loosely coiled hair.

Your hair loss may be from using horrible products on your hair. I know if you're using Herbal Essences, you are probably also sleeping with a cotton pillowcase, so that could be a reason also.

After you wash it, you should put in a leave in conditioner, followed by an oil and then a gel or a cream.

This my favorite detangler/conditoner if you need a product recommendation. To grow you hair back you could try a shampoo and conditioner with argan oil or black castor oil. Mane and Tail also makes a hair growth line.

Alopecia Free With Jass is a youtube channel that also might help you deal with alopecia. You could also try taking biotin.

u/PuffMama764 · 1 pointr/curlyhair

Eco Style Gel is pretty good about not going crunchy. You have to way too much on for it to crunch and even if you do just spray some water on it and scrunch it a bit and it will soften. I love this gel :)

u/ForMyOneLife · 5 pointsr/curlyhair

Thanks! It’s a styling brush that’s become quite popular for curlies

Amazon Link Here

I picked it up at a drug store, it’s pretty easy to find.

As for my twisting method, I brush through sections with the Denman brush, curving as I get to the end, the. scrunching/shaking out each section for a good uniform curl. That gives me shrinkage more than anything. Then, starting at the top of my hair, I take a section, fairy small, about 3-5 curls, put the brush in at my roots, and then brush down the hair, twisting as I go.

Today I did it with my fingers, which is essentially the same thing, just taking 3-5 curls and twisting them (fairly tightly but loose enough that as they dry they poof out to about double the diameter) down to the ends.
Tutorial Here

I do mine tighter than the girl in the video but that is the technique. As I said in my routine, then I air dried but I can diffuse these twists too.

Hope this helped! :)

u/lleahmurr · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

My old diffuser that came with my hair dryer is there for comparison. I learned about this diffuser from a couple of CG YouTubers and I've been eyeing it for awhile. It was only $12.99 on Amazon

I used it this morning and it definitely dried my hair more quickly and I think helped some with frizz

Fyi, it's marketed as only fitting on a 6" diameter, but it has a inner ring that is very easy to remove (which is what I did to fit it on my Revlon 1875).

u/Neofrog · 8 pointsr/curlyhair

Mine where so damaged for so long I forgot that my hair could look as healthy as what people post here.

I think what helped the most was frequent moisturizing. They’ve gained some of the shine and definition from years before I allowed salt water to destroy them.

I also found experimenting was essential into finding the perfect technique that somewhat worked for me.

In the end, what I think helped the most for me was a descent big bowled diffuser along with additional moisturizing with jocoba oil.

This is the diffuser that changed everything!

All that being said, you are beautiful.

u/SuperEli · 4 pointsr/curlyhair

Long time lurker here. I enjoy all the success pics.

I decided a while back to stop fighting my curls with gel and short haircuts. It's been going well and get compliments and surprise from friends and family. Those who haven't seen me in a while are totally confused and have asked if I've gotten a perm!!! I guess I have two questions

First: I'd like to go for the Jon Snow look if possible. I've been letting my hair grow and grow and grow. Now it feels like an afro-mullet combo. How should this hair be cut while it's still growing out? I get frustrated with stylists/barber/etc as I want an expert or at least someone with experience to guide me through this instead of asking what I want. "I don't know... that's why I'm asking you..." I don't want my hair ruined by someone guessing or going off of my unqualified instruction.


Second: At the end of the day, it gets frizzy/puffy (see the last pic in the album). I've tried not showering and it ends up looking greasy. How do you get smooth curls that aren't greasy or crunch due to gel?


Daily Routine:

  1. Warm/hot shower with Shampoo and Conditioner from Costco.
  2. Dry with a cotton t-shirt while hanging my head upside down
  3. I'll apply Shea Curl Enhancing Smooth or Shea Curl & Style Milk

u/Grendelbeans · 1 pointr/curlyhair

Cowashing with a silicone free conditioner actually does clean your scalp, but gently. The conditioner on your scalp breaks down oil, and I use a silicone scrubbing brush like this to exfoliate dead skin. I even leave a tiny bit of conditioner in my hair to keep it moisturized. In the beginning my hair was dry on the ends and oily on the top because it was being stripped of oil from harsh sulfates. After a few weeks it stops overproducing oil and it has become extremely soft

Good luck!

u/PlaysWithPaint · 1 pointr/curlyhair

That’s the Xtava Black Orchid.

It’s awesome! Day 2 of diffusing and loving it so far.

u/soupastar · 1 pointr/curlyhair

I just had to message you again and tell you thank you! I got the peace rose and the knot today and wow! Also I got the hibiscus and cocunut curl and style milk and curl enhancing smoothie and they are just all so amazing!!!! So to repay the favor I suggest this diffuser if you ever want one

I even got the hair dryer to go with and first off the packaging is just amazing but the products are even better!!!! Here are my curls
With the products plus diffuser

It's a game changer my curls
Are curlier with it no doubt and have more volume so happy holidays and thanks again

u/Kathmandu99 · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

ok, high porosity makes sense if it's color treated. So, I use either the Hask Keratin protein mask or the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil deep conditioners, and both of them work really well. In fact, I was having issues just last week because I had moved climates and my hair was getting REALLY dry... so I did an extra-long treatment with the Shea Moisture one (left it in for about 45 minutes) and my hair is MUCH better again. Now, I don't recommend doing that, it risks protein overload, but a good 20 minute treatment might be what you need.

I have to do a mask about once a week to keep mine looking good.

Personally I just use some little butterfly clips that I had lying around, but these ones are the actual recommended style:


(note that is the Canadian Amazon site!)

u/dianaestelle · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

Honestly I rarely brush my hair. I use a scalp massaging brush in the shower like this one. Don't bother with the vibrating ones that are about $ waste of money.


I use my fingers to detangle and finger coil after I've put product in my soaking wet hair (dab excess moisture with a microfiber towel) OR use a wide tooth comb if you really want to 'brush' your hair and get it all in the same direction before scrunching and coiling.


I highly recommend finger coiling, not only does it dry beautifully, this will get your beaten down hair to reshape into curls until they do it themselves naturally again! So long story short, I never brush my dry hair.

u/makeitorleafit · 3 pointsr/curlyhair

Ooh! For a comfy bun- Goody makes these spin pins that have saved my life! I love the shorter ones cause my hair is thin and makes a tiny bun.

u/Kheldarson · 4 pointsr/curlyhair
  1. On washing: when I switched over, it took about 2-3 weeks for my hair to stop feeling extra oily. I'm now on month 3 and on day 4 hair today (my sewer line is backed up again, so avoiding the shower; I normally wash every 2-3 days) and my hair feels like my day 2 hair used to before CGM. So it's a process. But as others have said, as long as you're using a CG-approved shampoo and conditioner, it's okay to wash every day! You could also do just water washes, if you think that doing too much cleanser will hurt your hair.


    You might also include a shampoo brush in your routine (I just bought this: It can possibly give a deeper massage and leave you feeling cleaner longer (it has for me!)


    I also don't like hair touching my face on general principal. Even on day 1 hair, I pin my hair back. But for later days (like today), I just bought these: Less damage on my hair and I don't have to deal with the limp curls going everywhere.


  2. On sleeping: So, I've got long hair. Like mid-back length. Just mentioning in case your hair is shorter. I do a pineapple bun with satin sleep cap for sleeping. The bun is the basic pineapple method, but I don't pull my hair all the way through the scrunchy. I also use a little Argan Oil (I may be switching to something for more moisture since this doesn't seem to be working for me on containing frizz like it said) on my hair as I put it up.


    Then, in the morning, I spray my hair with a mix of warm water and Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Milk and Curl Smoothie. I basically spray until damp, S2C, and I've started diffusing since it's so cold now. I don't bother with this if I'm just going to do a bun or ponytail though.
u/kt_zee · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

One of my friends has extremely curly hair and she maintains it beautifully. She uses the curly girl method and swears by it. It can be overwhelming at first but she said she wishes she would’ve known how to care for her hair sooner. Also, when she gets a hair cut make sure you find a stylist who knows how to cut curly hair.

u/rosierj · 4 pointsr/curlyhair

One thing to consider is that you need to rinse out the NoPoo really well. Also, now that I'm using the NoPoo I use a handheld silicone head scrubber thingy. Someone else on this sub mentioned it and it really helps!

It's like this:

u/SwirlingGalaxies · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

I got mine off amazon for $8 from this link.
It ends up being $9 with prime shipping. I found a page for 3 bottles for $12 as well if you love the stuff and want to stock up

u/Laulitan · 3 pointsr/curlyhair

How about maybe scrunching in the gel to keep the poof, but like a more styled poof, if that makes sense. gel
That’s the gel I got. :)

u/JollySailorBold · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

I agree with /u/HaxtesR, something to style your hair would be most beneficial. But the DevaCurl products are quite expensive over here so you might wanna experiment with different types of stylers before you spend so much money on it in case your hair doesn't like it. Or see if you can find one of their travel kits.

Some cheap things to experiment with are:

Boots Curl Creme

Umberto Gianni Scrunching Jelly

EcoStyler Gel -There are smaller and bigger sizes of this available.

Also have a look on to see if theres anything you think better suit your needs. They carry quite a few brands.

u/KitchenLazarus · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

Hi! My hair is mostly 3A as well, and I live in the Southern US, which is extremely humid, especially in the summer.

I use gel as my styler. They do have the potential to be stiff/sticky when they dry. However, if you layer your gel on top of a leave in conditioner, that will solve the problem. My routine is cowash, S2C, apply my leave in (which can either be a small amount of your normal conditioner or an actual leave-in), apply a frizz serum (I use KY liquid because I can't afford Curl Keeper), and then apply my gel, which is the LA Looks Extreme Sport Gel. This is a high-hold gel, and it does get hard as it dries. But once it's dry, I flip my hair over and scrunch it until all the crunch comes out. I am left with soft, bouncy, well-defined curls that will usually last me about 3 days before I have to cowash again.

I personally have not tried any creams because they weigh my fine hair down and make it feel greasy. I would at least try a gel and see how you like it - just be sure to use a leave-in underneath!

*Edited to add a picture of my wash day hair!

u/German-Jun · 1 pointr/curlyhair

>Let me know if you have more questions!

Lets say I have these 5 items here:

  • Microfiber hair towel

  • Wide tooth comb

  • La Looks Gel #10

  • TRESemmé conditioner

  • V05 Clarifying shampoo

    Do I need any more items?

    If no, for the first wash using these items, what do I do?

    I know you don't use the V05 shampoo for anything except the first wash, but what do I do for the first wash? After I get the first wash down, the only thing I need to do is remove the use of V05 clarifying shampoo right?

    Let's say I get into the shower. Turn the water on and wash my hair and make it wet. Do I need a specific temperature of water? Let's say I add the TRESemmé conditioner. How much do I add for my amount of hair? What do I do with it? I add a certain amount to my hair, do I just let it sit there, do I massage it in, do I "scrunch it"? How long do I keep the conditioner in? Do I use the comb while in the shower working with the conditioner or during a different time? How do I use it?

    In the styling portion of the beginner-routine it states that you take a large amount of gel and scrunch it into your hair. For my volume of hair, would a handful of gel be too much? What does it mean to "scrunch it in"?

    In the drying portion it says to scrunch your hair with a microfiber towel, is this a different type of scrunching than the one in the styling portion? What's "plopping"? What does "scrunching out the crunch" mean?

    Thanks. Sorry for so many questions.

u/thebambiraptor · 1 pointr/curlyhair

Sure do. I bought this one and I love it. I'm sorry the link is mobile. I'm on my phone.

u/wntrdove · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

I'd lean toward the conditioner (that's what it would be with me). If you have medium to long hair just don't apply conditioner to your roots — just mids to ends. If you have short hair or can't avoid getting conditioner on your roots make sure you're massaging well — really well — especially when rinsing. And consider getting a scalp massager (the massager is the only way I can even consider a cowash).

u/shit_waffle · 1 pointr/curlyhair

Jumping on OP's comment about how you style. I'm a fellow wavy and I just realized this last week by mistake that if I let my hair air dry for a while after a shower (I've started with 30 mins but plan to work up) before applying any products it seems to give my curls more time to 'develop' without product or water weighing them down...anyway just a thought! Also here's some links to the styling products I've been using for a while:


Curl Cream

Curl Cream #2 (I like to do a mixture of both curl creams because I'm not a fan of the first one on it's own but I do like them together.)

u/catnpc · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

Thank you! I’ll try spritzing them.

This is the diffuser I use. :)

u/IcemanBlizz · 4 pointsr/curlyhair

I haven't heard of a T3, who makes it? One of the best diffusers I've seen is the Xtava Black Orchid for $15. I got a cheap pipe coupler here to adapt it to a Devacurl dryer.

u/SuB2007 · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

Pretty sure they were talking about this or something similar.

u/bluetagine · 6 pointsr/curlyhair

Deva cuts and styles use these clips to build volume at the root; my stylist used them when I got a deva cut and recommended them to me. I really liked what they did, so I bought some - they are surprisingly foolproof. You can find tutorials online, and you can find the clips for much cheaper elsewhere (I got a pack of a dozen for a few dollars at CVS). I use them both when I diffuse my hair and when I let it air dry.

u/AngelicXia · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

These things. I love them. Of course, right now I can't find any of mine, but…

u/30152010 · 1 pointr/curlyhair

Curly Girl: The Handbook

This is the woman who founded the cgm. This book is a great place to start and understand the method.

u/hey-there-reddit · 5 pointsr/curlyhair

Denman Cushion Brush Nylon Bristles, 7-Row

It’s a customizable brush made specially for curly hair. You use it on wet hair to help distribute your product and it promotes clumping and curl definition.

u/what_the_deckle · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

I have a dry itchy scalp and use Yes to Carrots. It really helps with the flaking and as far as I can tell it's curly friendly.

u/annihilatos · 6 pointsr/curlyhair

I use Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie.

My hair is more like 2b but this stuff works really well for me. It's not at all crunchy and it keeps my hair curly through the whole day (before it got all frizzy a couple hours in). You really can't feel it at all, it's not heavy or greasy or anything.

u/killer_cupcakes · 1 pointr/curlyhair

I use these. They stay in place and they are the perfect size.

u/mariajciao · 1 pointr/curlyhair

I forgot to mention about diffusing! You can use a hairdryer with either a diffusor attachment, or you can get a diffuser bonnet

Otherwise, you can let your hair air dry :)

u/FunctioningCog · 1 pointr/curlyhair


They sell them at Sally Beauty Supply stores which is better than having to pay shipping. I use them and allow your hair to dry more while plopping. Personally I plop overnight with it, but my hair still doesn't dry all the way by the morning so I'm still experimenting...

u/ilikebugs24 · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

How should I use SheaMoisture styling milk? I've never tried product on long hair before so I'm curious on how this goes. My routine is to scrunch for a bit, plop for 15 minutes, and then diffuse. Should I apply it during the scrunch, plop, or diffusion?

My other question is are these ingredients CG safe?

> Methylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

These are ingredients that I found in LA Looks Sports Gel.

u/beimiqi · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

What is your current CG routine like? I might have a few ideas but don't want to give unhelpful advice if you're already doing it!

I'm guessing that you aren't doing anything wrong but that the CG method(s) simply take a bit of time (AND trial and error!). I have the Curly Girl book and somewhere in there Lorraine Massey talks about how your hair routine, at some point, might need to become a matter of priority (going either direction: more or less precedence).

u/cass1512 · 5 pointsr/curlyhair

I use about 5 pumps of gel, and I use clips like these to add extra volume when I diffuse! They really help control the curl and add some volume, especially on the front pieces.

u/toplegs · 10 pointsr/curlyhair

Hi, I have similar hair to yours, but probably thicker... I can't really tell from your picture. Anyway, I found some things that really moisturize my hair. In the shower I use this stuff as a normal conditioner. Even though it says masque, it works really well for my hair if I use it in the shower. I usually leave it in for about 10 minutes while I do whatever else I need to do in the shower, and then rinse it out last. I also use this leave in cream while my hair is wet. It really moisturizes my hair and smooths the frizz. Then I usually use this gel It seems to keep my hair really soft, at least compared to other styling products I've tried. I think the thing that helped the most was that shea moisture masque though, so I'd encourage you to try it!

u/mpond38 · 1 pointr/curlyhair

How often you clarify is really up to you. I find that I need to do it about every 3 weeks (more/less depending on how often I've gone to the gym or other things that tend to get my scalp gross).

Root clipping is where you put little clips like these in your hair right up to the scalp. There's a few different ways to do it. I found this one to be the most helpful, but there's plenty of videos and tutorials.

u/Nextian_Geometry · 5 pointsr/curlyhair

I don't have advice on how to make it work because I have the exact same issue with plopping BUT last time I got my hair cut I asked my hairdresser what I could do to give my curls some more volume around the top of my head and she suggested getting clips like these and inserting them around the crown of my head with the tips pointing toward the top of my head. It holds the roots up while my curls set and then I can just pull them out whenever I want and I have the volume I am looking for. It doesn't in any way solve the problem of not being able to plop my curls so I've just lived without that but they hold up alright anyway. Sorry I can't help with your actual problem! Hope this helps someone at least!

u/milkshake125 · 5 pointsr/curlyhair

This is what I got!

xtava Black Orchid Large Hair Diffuser For Curly and Natural Hair - Professional Blo...

u/Aynielle · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

These are the devacurl ones, but I found cheap off-brand ones at Sally's that work just as well.

u/themysticpurplefox · 1 pointr/curlyhair

I use spiral bobbypins to put my hair in a bun. No creases and you can make the bun as loose or tight as you need. I usually use 4 pins for a nice and secure bun (for top, bottom, and each side)

u/Jakgr · 1 pointr/curlyhair

Hi! Some of the people on here still brush their hair in the shower while conditioning. If you find the no-brush thing doesn't work out well for you, I'd recommend this brush, it's a CG cult-classic:

u/Hiwhatsupdoc · 1 pointr/curlyhair

We could help if you had specific questions, but you don't have specific questions.

If you want an overview and can't use the Internet then buy : the Curly Girl: The Handbook.

Link for your phone:

u/Sandwichamacallit · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

Stick your head under the faucet. If you don't have enough time for that you could try a lavender spray.
This recipe is from Curly Girl The Handbook: Simmer 1/2 a gallon of water and 5 drops if lavender essential oil for an hour. Let it cool and put it into some spray bottles.

u/somethingelse19 · 1 pointr/curlyhair

i used to get that a lot more (still kind of do) but what helped the most was using more conditioning conditioners and applying more gel near my roots to my hair. i have dry scalp so i don't apply it to my scalp. i more of smooth product on my nape of my neck, both sides of my head and then the top. then i squish it in.

i also use a microfiber turbie twist.

u/TeaPartyInTheGarden · 1 pointr/curlyhair

I use one called a Turbie Twist. I'm in Australia and they're available in a Target-like shop called Big W here. I found them on Amazon (let's see how that linking goes!)
I like that there's no elastic around the head so I can wrap them as tightly or loosely as I want depending on what I'm going for, and I can plop into them and then wrap them up.

u/ShittyGingerSnap · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

Yes! I've been plopping like this for a while so I think your lengthy should be fine. I have a couple different versions of a turbie towel mostly so I can always have at least one clean one even if I haven't done laundry in a while. I use the same method for plopping (flip head over and lover curls into the towel) but I wear the towel backwards from the way they show it on the packaging so the twist doesn't muss up my hair.

The microfiber sucks water out of my hair pretty quickly so I don't still have really wet hair when I take it down (which was a big problem for me with a shirt) and it really cuts down on the time it has to be up before I defuse.

u/junewinslet · 1 pointr/curlyhair

I looked back at some of your posts, and I think you're on the right track with products and S2C, etc. Hard water is the WORST, and I saw someone else recommend this, can't vouch for it myself (we have a water softener) but if you can swing this, it should help with hard water

u/Dog_of_Flanders · 4 pointsr/curlyhair

The Curly Girl Handbook by Lorraine Massie has lots of suggestions for wavy hair.

u/heliotropedit · 3 pointsr/curlyhair

If you look at any guide for curly hair, for example, the Curly Girl guide by Lorraine Massey, they tell you never to brush your hair when it is dry. The hair is too fragile.

u/LittleHelperRobot · 2 pointsr/curlyhair


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u/VerseForYou · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

I use this stuff:

Conditioner 1


conditioner 2

It frizzes out all the time, but such is life in the south. I don't rinse anything out. I don't use a lot of the gel. I'll update again when I go full simba.

u/Luckystell · 1 pointr/curlyhair

I found them here five dollars for 80 as compared to only 8 deva clips for $17

u/creeny18 · 1 pointr/curlyhair

This is the one I bought: Denman Classic Styling Brush 7 Rows - D3 - Hair Brush for Blow-Drying & Styling - Detangling, Separating, Shaping & Defining Curls for Women

u/rawwwrcaitmonster · 1 pointr/curlyhair

I got mine at Ulta since it was a need-same-day kinda situation, but here's an Amazon link.

u/AlehCemy · 1 pointr/curlyhair

I was looking through some posts here and came across your comment. Wanted to confirm if it's this one before buying.

u/Caisha · 3 pointsr/curlyhair

It's just the type/brand of diffuser!

u/RetiredStripperClown · 5 pointsr/curlyhair

Get a universal diffuser. They're designed to work with most blow dryers. I kept breaking the diffusers that came with my blow dryers, so I bought one of these I can even use it with those tiny blow dryers in hotels.

u/CourageNA · 4 pointsr/curlyhair

"Routine" (only did it once):

Double wash hair with Tresemme Botanique Conditioner, Nourish & Replenish , pulling out and detangling curls in the shower. I leave my second wash in my hair, squish out most of the water, then detangle curls one last time while putting LA Looks Extreme Sport Alcohol-Free Hair Gel in, and leaving to dry for about 30 mins outside.

u/KeataKate · 4 pointsr/curlyhair

The jac-o-net mesh scarf. I plop wet after the shower with product in. Take it off in the morning. Not as perfect as air drying but I’m not going to wake up that early!

Jac-O-Net Triangle Veil Net

u/QueenBoosh · 20 pointsr/curlyhair

A Denman brush! (Sorry for the crappy link, on mobile)

You can pull the rubber base off the handle and remove rows to your liking. I bought a 7 row brush but have since modified it to 4 rows.

u/mountainsandrocks · 1 pointr/curlyhair

Definitely go see a dermatologist. You need to get psoriasis confirmed by a doctor, and they can give you a prescription strength product to use. I get psoriasis on my scalp pretty bad and I’m prescribed a clobetasol liquid solution that I put on my scalp 1-2 times a day when it’s bad, it’s not a rinse out thing. It works well at stopping the itching and bringing down the inflammation. When I’m in the shower I scrub my scalp really hard with either my finger nails or I have this little rubber pointy brush for your scalp to remove any dead skin build up.

u/conqueror-of-earth · 1 pointr/curlyhair

No not a perm, I recently just applied Ors curls unleashed sample, but I’m probably going to switch to Shae Moisture. Do these have permanent effects?

u/dialmformurderess · 9 pointsr/curlyhair

You may want to look into getting a scalp brush for your dandruff shampoo - it really scrubs the flakes and dead skin off your scalp. It also allows you to scrub your scalp extremely thoroughly, section by section, without your hands getting tired

Here’s one on Amazon that I recommend ($7):

u/Jarvan_v · 1 pointr/curlyhair

I usually bathe in the bathtub as my skin is very sensitive and gets dry/itchy in the shower (even with lukewarm water)

I soak my hair in the water and pull out any stray hairs that have fallen out and are tangled.

I then use DevaCurl Buildup Buster if my hair is feeling clumpy, otherwise I just use water or Devacurl No-poo Shampoo

Next, I use the faucet to rinse the shampoo out, use a microfiber towel to dry my hair a bit, and then use Agadir Argan Oil Conditioner I let it soak for about 3 minutes while using a wide-tooth comb to comb through my hair and then use the faucet to rinse it out.

I will use Shea Moisture Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner about once every 3 weeks and leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it out.

After my hair is drying from using another microfiber towel, I put some DevaCurl Light Defining Gel in my palm and scrunch it in my hair.

I have no idea why my hair is so bad, I'm wondering if maybe hard water could be a culprit. The only reason I still keep my hair is because I hate having short hair..But at this point seeing it makes me want to chop it all off.

Here is another picture of my hair:

u/zanyzanne · 3 pointsr/curlyhair

A "shampoo brush" cured my scalp condition I've had for years. This one. I have 3b-3c, so I use it while co-washing in a straight line pattern (circular motion would cause tangles.) I co-wash the top, rake it front to back, then flip my hair and co-wash the nape, raking the shampoo brush from nape to crown. I also use it a bit while I'm rinsing. Cured a very bad scalp (with open sores/ scale/ horrible itching& burning) within weeks of purchase.

u/delightcocoa · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

Most people have flyaways, but I guess I have moonrocketaways now?

It's my own fault of course. I've posted before about some of the difficulties I've had with my hair and how it can kind of get me down a little.

I admit I had no idea how to deal with my hair a year ago, I was just raking through it in the morning (admittedly with a tangle teezer) after getting up, slapping it in a ponytail for work, then brushing again in the shower in the evening before bed. My hair was kinda strawlike and poofy, but also manageable, and when I did decide to leave it down it did behave (though didn't look great).

Since starting CG my curls have got more defined by far, but the change in my hair quality has left me rather stumped. I've got far more frizz around the front than I've ever had before, such that tying my hair back more often than not results in bits flicking in front of my face. It also feels heavy (such that it can feel hard to turn my head sometimes?) and can itch like nothing else.

I've tried mousse, gels, and various kinds of conditioner, but I find that even on the next day after wash day my scalp starts to feel itchy again. Knowing what I know I can't go back to how things were a year ago (I still get some breakage but nothing like the hairballs that were coming out twice a day before!) but I'm also none too eager to change my daily routine much either.

It might be something as simple as waking up with wild curly hair and then just putting it in a ponytail is not a good idea.

TLDR: It's less the CG method failing and more the fact that I'm struggling to find a new normal with my hair that allows me to feel professional at work without being in pain. I'm literally having to relearn how to care for my hair again and that's overwhelming.

And of course, my routine! :

Daily: Condition the mid-end parts of my hair with a CG friendly conditioner. Finger detangle (or use a Wet Brush), then lather it in LA Looks gel. Pin the front parts back as they dry. Wait for my hair to dry before bed, then sleep on it. In morning, wake up, put my hair in ponytail for work.

Twice a week: Shampoo using Noughty Wave Hello Curl Defining Shampo. Condition with CG friendly conditioner. Then do the same gelling.

u/sasajack · 1 pointr/curlyhair

Cowash: Yes to Carrots Nourishing Conditioner

Conditioner: Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner (Also my leave-in if needed)

Deep Conditioner: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Mask (Once a week)

Shampoo: Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine Shampoo (Once a week)

I don't really style my hair because I'm scared of picking the wrong styler. :/

u/letsmakepeace · 1 pointr/curlyhair

I've watched so many YouTube videos and have followed the guides on here and product recommendations, they are so helpful!

So I have low porosity/thin/fine hair and I've been trying to take care of my hair more (I bleached my virgin hair last year and I regret it; I also cut my own hair recently using the double ponytail method and it has given me a boost in volume!). I have a new routine down that's been giving me amazing results but I still need to figure out how to keep this style to last for days...

Once a week my routine is this (ALERT - not a true CG method):

Pre-poo: I heat up a small amount of a homemade mix of coconut, jojoba, and caster oils. I rub that into my scalp and the lengths of my hair. I put it in a heat cap and leave it for 10 mins.

Shampoo: I shampoo TWICE using a sulfate free/clarifying shampoo (Giovanni). I do this and use this specific kind of product because my hair is low porosity so it gets weighed down easily from a lot of product build up. Cowashing is the enemy for low porosity. I suffer from oily/itchy scalp and dry hair so this really helps it to tone down.


Conditioner: My hair detangles like A LOT and I lose A LOT of hair. By the end of the week, my hair is rat's nest. I used to use my fingers and/or a wide toothed comb to detangle, but recently I just bought the Wet Brush Pro Quick Dry and it helped decrease my detangling time by 30% plus I shed a lot less. I just use a conditioner with lots of slip. I'm still trying to find one that is CG-approved and has lots of slip for my type of hair, but Giovanni does the trick right now. SQUISH TO CONDISH!

I rinse some of the conditioner out and put a deep conditioning masque on along with the heat cap again for 10ish minutes. I've been using a random one I found, but I'm going to be trying a SheaMoisture one soon.

I make sure to rinse all of the conditioners out AND rub my scalp to make sure it doesn't stay and cause buildup under hot water.

I then run Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-in Conditioner through my hair, followed by LA Looks gel (just tried this out!). I style my hair using the denman brush (brush outwards from the scalp, scrunch, then push back. I put a little bit more of gel on my hands and scrunch the end a bit more.

I put my hair in a silk cap, air dry for 10-15 minutes, diffuse until 80% dry, SOTC, and fluff.



Heat cap:

Detangling brush:

Denman brush:

Shampoo/conditioner (Giovanni):

Deep Conditioner:

Leave-in conditioner:


u/snake-eyed · 1 pointr/curlyhair

So my story is, I've been doing baking soda/apple cider vinegar washes once a week for about 2.5 years now. Yesterday I sort of came-to and realized how brittle and straw-like my hair feels. I was looking in the mirror and a lot of hairs around my roots seem like they're even stripped of color (I'm only 22 so not going grey... I hope).

So of course I hopped on the internet and read a few blogs of women who'd experienced the same slow decline in hair health due to BS/ACV. I quickly bought SheaMoisture's Restorative Jamaican Castor Oil [shampoo & conditioner] ( and hair mask. Afterwards, I discovered this sub and the concept of co-wash, which intrigues me.

At any rate, the SheaMoisture stuff I bought doesn't have sulfates or parabens or silicones, but it does have castor oil (obviously) and rice protein. My question is: what's so bad about castor oil and protein?

Just for reference, I have really thick, frizzy, mid porosity?, 2c hair.

Tl;dr Destroyed hair with long term BS/ACV use, got new product with castor oil & protein, wondering how it is bad for my hair.

u/spookyxskepticism · 1 pointr/curlyhair

Newbie here! I need some advice on repairing Damaged hair.

My hair type is naturally a 3A, but I've damaged it due to bad dye jobs and not properly taking car of it, so now parts of it look like 2A, others like 2C. Just overall horrible damage, but it looks okay if I use a diffuser and blow dry it.

I found this sub a couple days ago and got the following products after watching a lot of tutorials here and reading the product list to begin my curl repair/curl maintenance journey:

A Satin Pillowcase

Evo Liquid Rollers Curl Balm

Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Hold & Shine Mist

Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo and Conditioner Set W/silk Protein and Neem Oil

*SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Reparative Leave-In Conditioner

I also have this heat protectant spray I use when diffusing my hair by CHI.

I wash my hair with sulfate-free shampoo about once or twice a week, but I condition my hair every morning so that it's wet and I can style it. I currently do a lazy-girl version of what I've seen people describe here: I flip my hair over my head, put product in my wet hair, use a cotton t-shirt to scrunch/dry a little bit, then I diffuse.

So, my question is, do you guys have any other suggestions for repairing hair? Anything I could add/change about this routine?

Thank you!!!