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sweetiepie
January 29th, 2011, 01:32 PM
guys, I am really desperate here. you see, if I don't at least fingercomb my hair at least once per day it gets so tangly I don't even wanna get there (and I tried to go 3-4 days without touching my hair so don't think I am taking some minor tangliness way too seriously here, I know what is tangled hair and mine's really tangled by the end of one no finger combing day).

BUT if I touch my hair it turns into a frizz ball and curls loose their definition dramatically (and I am talking about finger combing here!).

where do I go from here??

would be thankful for any kind of advice!

for reference: my hair length - APL when dry, hairstyle - layered, 3b

chopandchange
January 29th, 2011, 01:36 PM
Are you wearing it loose?

I don't have a problem with brushing and combing my hair, despite having curly hair, because I don't wear it loose anyway. I plait it or bun it. If you have it out of the way, the frizz doesn't show as much so it doesn't matter if you comb it.

Hope this helps.

sweetiepie
January 29th, 2011, 01:38 PM
Yes, I wear it loose.

sweetiepie
January 29th, 2011, 01:41 PM
I guess my question is for those who also have apl or longer 3b hair and wear it loose then.

BunnyBee
January 29th, 2011, 01:44 PM
If your hands are causing static (strange, but maybe it's from your sleeves or something) you could get a very wide toothed wooden comb (rake) so you wouldn't have to touch your hair.

A drop or two of oil might help de-frizz your hair, but then being a 1a I don't know much about curls sorry!

Speckla
January 29th, 2011, 01:46 PM
Are you finger combing when your hair is dry or wet? Put some product or oil on your hands and then work through while finger combing. Do this when your hair is wet and it won't frizz out while it dries, the product will be evenly distributed, and you'll have nice springy curls.

Kat Girl
January 29th, 2011, 01:52 PM
Oh no. Finger combing is almost all I do these days. I have damaged hair and it does tend to frizz, especially while it is air drying. But for me going through it with my fingers actually seems to help it. I do use a little coconut oil on the ends and I use, wen, which comes with a styling cream that you put on your hair when it is still wet. I like it because it helps tame my hair and is not sticky or drying like gel or other products.

manderly
January 29th, 2011, 02:43 PM
My hair does not get messed with from drying after putting my product in to next wash with tons of conditioner. I do not run my fingers through my curls, I put it up and sleep on it. I expect tangles. It doesn't matter because the next detangling session is when my hair is wet and full of conditioner.

My suggestion, if you want to have curly hair and wear it down, don't mess with it. Period.

wendy51
January 29th, 2011, 02:49 PM
I felt like that too. but use a good oil that works for you when fingercombing or eventually do a chelating shampoo , maybe there is too much sediment in hair.

(L) Peace

Wanderer09
January 29th, 2011, 02:56 PM
After you fingercomb, try spraying your hair with water (or water mixed with a little conditioner), then scrunch with aloe vera gel or your favourite product spread lightly on your hands. Then, leave it alone while it dries. You should get at least some curl definition back. :)

heynormy
January 29th, 2011, 03:17 PM
Make sure you're not finger combing when wet, this causes frizz. Perhaps you can try a light oiling to tame the frizzies!

tinywife
January 29th, 2011, 03:26 PM
Maybe you could comb it right after you wash it, and at no other time.
Though I guess this applies only if you could wash/comb every day.

GRU
January 29th, 2011, 08:23 PM
My suggestion, if you want to have curly hair and wear it down, don't mess with it. Period.

I agree completely with manderly.

Breaking up your curl pattern is going to make frizz, end of story. There is no way to "comb" or "brush" curly hair and have it stay nice and curly with no frizz.

Read through the Wurly and Curly Thread (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=369) and you'll get all kinds of info!

sweetiepie
January 30th, 2011, 12:16 AM
Thank you, everybody. Oils don't help with frizz in my case, sprinkling water is a good idea (thank you, Wanderer09) but it only gets some curl definition back and leaves me with some considerable frizziness. Tinywife, you are right my problem is exactly that - I wash way too infrequently.

Also, I don't use conditioner. My hair is perfect before I touch it. I don't naturally need anything to get rid of the frizz I just need to not touch it but if I don't it tangles.

Wow, GRU, you seem to have really curly hair - does you hair tangle?

GRU
January 30th, 2011, 12:47 AM
Wow, GRU, you seem to have really curly hair - does you hair tangle?

Yep -- In the morning, I jump in the shower, wet my hair, put conditioner on it, then use a wide-toothed come and work out the tangles, starting at the ends and working my way up.

FYI, curly hair CRAVES moisture. Using conditioner might make your hair happier, which might result in fewer tangles over the course of the day.

sweetiepie
January 30th, 2011, 01:02 AM
Нep -- In the morning, I jump in the shower
Wait, like every morning? From your signature picture I can tell your hair must take long hours to dry... I can't wash my hair every day, I tried sprinkling so that it dries fast but to really restore curls that go without frizz I need more time that I can afford. And even if I were one of those who go out with wet hair, I wear a hat because it's cold outside and a hat kills the effect unless my curls are fully dry.

FYI, curly hair CRAVES moisture.
I know, I use jojoba oil for that but conditioner is not good for my hair, I gave it up.

GRU
January 30th, 2011, 08:05 AM
Wait, like every morning? From your signature picture I can tell your hair must take long hours to dry... I can't wash my hair every day, I tried sprinkling so that it dries fast but to really restore curls that go without frizz I need more time that I can afford. And even if I were one of those who go out with wet hair, I wear a hat because it's cold outside and a hat kills the effect unless my curls are fully dry.

Pretty much. If I don't CO-wash my hair in the morning, I wear it up or braided. (I detangle it with a Tangle Teezer brush in those instances.) There is no humanly possible way to get my hair into its curl pattern without wetting it down.

lapushka
January 30th, 2011, 09:34 AM
Try dampening it with a spray bottle filled with water, then put some conditioner on your ends or some leave-in and rake through it with your fingers or a wide tooth comb. Let it dry. The key is not to comb when it's dry.

anodyne_ame
January 30th, 2011, 10:17 AM
My hair is really static, especially in winter. If I'm not careful I end up with almost-dreadlocks. I use some spray leave-in conditioner from Paul Mitchell (can't just remember the exact name, sorry), it's the only thing that completely removes the static for me. Don't know if it would work for curls though, as my hair is pretty straight.

Leoslaire
January 30th, 2011, 10:26 AM
Have you tried an acidic rinse like ACV? I found that an ACV rinse helped me and I have over processed 1c hair that's bsl.

I use acidic mineral water (pH 3 - 3.5) to spritz my problem areas after my hair is dry, that smooths out any remaining frizzies. Since hair is 3 - 3.5 pH, its completely safe.

sweetiepie
January 30th, 2011, 11:19 AM
Have you tried an acidic rinse like ACV?
Yeah, they help but my hair is so stiff and if I make them less strong they don't fight frizz... And the hair still tangles.

If I'm not careful I end up with almost-dreadlocks.
Actually, no static problem here. Unless I blow dry. But the almost dreadlocks problem is my issue. That's why I feel I have to finger comb daily.

bumblebums
January 30th, 2011, 11:50 AM
Wait, like every morning? From your signature picture I can tell your hair must take long hours to dry... I can't wash my hair every day, I tried sprinkling so that it dries fast but to really restore curls that go without frizz I need more time that I can afford. And even if I were one of those who go out with wet hair, I wear a hat because it's cold outside and a hat kills the effect unless my curls are fully dry.

I know, I use jojoba oil for that but conditioner is not good for my hair, I gave it up.

If you have a problem with commercial conditioner, you could still try some conditioner-like natural treatments. Flaxseed gel is very moisturizing, for example. You take 1 tbsp of whole flaxseeds and boil them for 5 min in 1 cup of water, then strain the seeds out and allow the mixture to cool. Put it on the ends like you would a leave-in conditioner.

Aloe vera gel is another thing that doubles as leave-in conditioner. Buy some that is mostly (like, 99%) aloe vera, and use it as you would a gel. You'll hear some debate as to whether humectants are drying or moisturizing, but there's no way of telling what they will do to your hair in your climate, so you just have to experiment.

sweetiepie
January 30th, 2011, 12:51 PM
Thank you, Bumblebums.