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quintanion
October 1st, 2013, 07:40 PM
My hair is wavy, thin and a little below BSL when wet (~30"). I generally wear it in a braid or bun when I'm at work, but by early afternoon I look like a mess with a halo of flyaways and a braid that looks like a fuzzy caterpillar from all the shorter hairs sticking out. I'll frequently re-braid it or smooth the top with a BBB during my lunch break, which helps a little but it still looks pretty ragged by the end of the day. Does anyone have advice on how to keep my hair looking decent/professional throughout the day? Oil doesn't seem to help unless there's so much of it that my hair is visibly greasy, and even then manages to get a little frizzy. I also have issues with my hair getting badly tangled even while braided (not sure how that's possible, but it happens...). I'm at the point where a chop back to shoulder length is starting to sound appealing.

My care, in case it affects recommendations, is pretty simple. Wash with SLS-free shampoo and condition 2-3 times per week with the occasional CO-wash in between, occasionally apply coconut oil to the ends. No heat styling and rarely use products. I use a wide tooth comb when my hair is soaked with conditioner, then air dry. I love how my hair looks worn down (for a while...after a few hours it gets pretty frizzy), but rarely wear it that way because I'm trying to preserve the length and need it out of the way when I work.

Thanks for any advice you have!

prettyinpink
October 1st, 2013, 08:05 PM
before you make the braid coat the hair with conditioner and comb through as you go : D Dont cut your hair, its very pretty the way it is

Leeloo
October 1st, 2013, 09:54 PM
My hair is wavy, thin and a little below BSL when wet (~30"). I generally wear it in a braid or bun when I'm at work, but by early afternoon I look like a mess with a halo of flyaways and a braid that looks like a fuzzy caterpillar from all the shorter hairs sticking out. I'll frequently re-braid it or smooth the top with a BBB during my lunch break, which helps a little but it still looks pretty ragged by the end of the day. Does anyone have advice on how to keep my hair looking decent/professional throughout the day? Oil doesn't seem to help unless there's so much of it that my hair is visibly greasy, and even then manages to get a little frizzy. I also have issues with my hair getting badly tangled even while braided (not sure how that's possible, but it happens...). I'm at the point where a chop back to shoulder length is starting to sound appealing.

My care, in case it affects recommendations, is pretty simple. Wash with SLS-free shampoo and condition 2-3 times per week with the occasional CO-wash in between, occasionally apply coconut oil to the ends. No heat styling and rarely use products. I use a wide tooth comb when my hair is soaked with conditioner, then air dry. I love how my hair looks worn down (for a while...after a few hours it gets pretty frizzy), but rarely wear it that way because I'm trying to preserve the length and need it out of the way when I work.

Thanks for any advice you have!

Have you tried putting a tiny bit (I mean tiny) of coconut oil on dry hair at night (where you get the most frizz), then brush it with BBB. By morning coconut oil should be mostly absorbed. It helps hair tangle less and controls flyaways. If that works you'll have to do that every evening because coconut oil looses it's anti frizz function after a while. Hope that helps.

AspenSong
October 1st, 2013, 10:54 PM
For me, pure aloe vera gel is AWESOME for flyaways with buns/styles/braids. :)

jacqueline101
October 2nd, 2013, 01:23 AM
You could try some sort of leave in conditioner. I used it on my fly aways or you could use natural home made hair spray. That recipe is table spoon of sugar in an 8ounce spray bottle with warm water screw the lid on shake to mix. You can use more or less sugar if needed. I have used it on my halo of fly aways it works well too.

Firefox7275
October 2nd, 2013, 06:47 AM
My hair is wavy, thin and a little below BSL when wet (~30"). I generally wear it in a braid or bun when I'm at work, but by early afternoon I look like a mess with a halo of flyaways and a braid that looks like a fuzzy caterpillar from all the shorter hairs sticking out. I'll frequently re-braid it or smooth the top with a BBB during my lunch break, which helps a little but it still looks pretty ragged by the end of the day. Does anyone have advice on how to keep my hair looking decent/professional throughout the day? Oil doesn't seem to help unless there's so much of it that my hair is visibly greasy, and even then manages to get a little frizzy. I also have issues with my hair getting badly tangled even while braided (not sure how that's possible, but it happens...). I'm at the point where a chop back to shoulder length is starting to sound appealing.

My care, in case it affects recommendations, is pretty simple. Wash with SLS-free shampoo and condition 2-3 times per week with the occasional CO-wash in between, occasionally apply coconut oil to the ends. No heat styling and rarely use products. I use a wide tooth comb when my hair is soaked with conditioner, then air dry. I love how my hair looks worn down (for a while...after a few hours it gets pretty frizzy), but rarely wear it that way because I'm trying to preserve the length and need it out of the way when I work.

Thanks for any advice you have!

Your hair is wavy so the flyaways will tend to look like frizz if you brush/ comb them and they cannot join up with other hairs to make a clump/ defined curl and/ or pulling your hair back relatively tight. I have 2a to 2c waves and can get the neatest/ straightest hair from conditioner only washing, applying leave in conditioner, THEN towel turban, tie back wet, NO brushing - brushing tames temporarily but seems to make hair pouf way more afterwards. YMMV of course.

There is a book called 'Strictly Curls' which is up dos for wavy and curly hair. Gentle stylers to tame flyaways include flaxseed gel, okra gel or aloe vera gel - these are all film formers, AV is a more potent humectant tho so won't suit all dews/ humidities. Oils can be of use, if you use them as a minor ingredient of a leave in conditioner or styling product you should not get the greasies.

spidermom
October 2nd, 2013, 06:59 AM
The very last thing after styling, wet your hands, then rub aloe vera gel or styling gel between your hands (start with a small dab, no bigger than a dime). Then lightly rub your palms over the surface of your hair. Then don't touch it again! It doesn't prevent all fly-aways, but it helps a lot.

My hair tangles like crazy while braided! It seems to be that all the hairs that come out of the braid tangle up with each other. It helps to bun the braid. I've tried braiding with gel and smoothing gel down the surface of the braid to tame the fly-aways, but it only works if I then bun the braid. Otherwise it's swinging around across my clothing and becomes a fuzzy, tangled mess.