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    Default Styling help - what should I use?

    I wonder if anyone could offer some advice. I've decided to wear my hair down to a party this Christmas. I'd ideally like slightly piecey curls/waves, with some volume around my face. No frizz!!!!!!

    Some background info.

    My hair is hip length (with braid waves - when it's wet it rests on my thighs). It has a real tendency to curl; if I twist my wet braid tassel round my finger the hair will ringlet and hold that shape. I tried bendy rollers once, and my hair took such a curl that it shrank up to my shoulders!

    It's quite fine and flyaway. My hair waves nicely if braided wet, although the canopy will frizz up quite quickly when it's out of the braid. If I let it dry itself I look like a banshee - no matter how well-conditioned my hair is. I've never dyed, permed, or straightened.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated

    ETA - this is the sort of thing I'm after: http://static.px.yelp.com/bphoto/m13..._niBFv9btwiw/l
    Last edited by Boudicca; November 14th, 2009 at 01:32 PM. Reason: Added link

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    Default Re: Styling help - what should I use?

    Is your hair curly or wavy or what?
    To combat frizz I would suggest mixing aloe vera gel with coconut oil (50/50 mix) and apply it. It really helped me combat frizz well. As for the curls or waves, I'm not sure how your hair behaves on it's own. The picture reminds me of the curls/waves I get if I dry my hair in a rope braid, then take it out and french braid it.

    Soft hair that is nice to sit on - now I'm bragging!

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    WCC method (washing) --- Rinse-out oil (MO) --- LOC/LCO method (styling)

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    The picture reminds me of the curls/waves I get if I dry my hair in a rope braid, then take it out and french braid it.
    Almost spot on! My hair there had been rope braided and then finger combed out.

    I think my hair is more wavy than curly - although it does do the odd ringlet curl. If left to its own devices (ie. air dried and not touched) it goes very frizzy and flyaway, with irregular waves. I braid it to get some control over it. It is oddly..ductile, if that's the right word. It will curl quickly and to the extreme if twisted round rollers, etc.

    I've got aloe vera gel, so I could give that a bash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lapushka View Post
    Those would be perfect, if I could get them right from the scalp. I might have an experiment over the weekend...

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    Have you thought about large rollers? Orange juice or limeade juice size?

    I wonder how those would work with your curls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SurprisingWoman View Post
    Have you thought about large rollers? Orange juice or limeade juice size?

    I wonder how those would work with your curls.
    Firstly - OMG, your hair is stunning!

    Secondly, I've been trying to get hold of those big rollers, but they all seem to be the velcro kind, which I don't want to put in my hair. I'll keep trying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boudicca View Post
    Almost spot on! My hair there had been rope braided and then finger combed out.

    I think my hair is more wavy than curly - although it does do the odd ringlet curl. If left to its own devices (ie. air dried and not touched) it goes very frizzy and flyaway, with irregular waves. I braid it to get some control over it. It is oddly..ductile, if that's the right word. It will curl quickly and to the extreme if twisted round rollers, etc.

    I've got aloe vera gel, so I could give that a bash.
    I think you might be curlier than you think you are. You say it does few odd ringlets but also it's generally frizzy. The frizz might be indicator to badly formed curls actualy.

    Did you try to leave conditioner in? Did you try scrunching? Did you try flopping? Most of it probably unfamiliar to you, you can always check the wurly curly thread for more advice.

    Soft hair that is nice to sit on - now I'm bragging!

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    Boudicca, since your hair holds natural waves very well, I would apply a light styling gel or a mousse to your hair when damp, that give you the hold that you want. Then, buy a pack or two of self holding rollers and set your hair into the rollers. If you have a hair dryer, you can use the hairdryer on the rollers to dry it faster or if you are patient you can sit for the several hours it would take for it to naturally dry. When you take them out, you will have sexy, gorgeous curls that will last for days!

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    Hi guys. Thanks to everyone again for the advice.

    Well, I tried the rollers. Oh dear. My hair is just so contrary. It decided, on this occasion, to not hold very much curl at all. It also looked very blowzy. I think it might have something to do with the texture - it is very fine and flyaway.

    Well, the next experiment will be the bendy rollers and a product sprayed in at the roots to give some lift. I'll report back

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