Looser Curls?

anonymous_60337anonymous_60337 Posts: 22Registered Users
I have typical 3b hair, occasionally I'd like to have looser curls--such as for weddings or other special occasions. Does anyone have a way to turn your tight ringlets into softer, looser curls? Techniques? Thanks!
3b, shoulder-length, cut all one length
Co-wash: VO5 or Suave Naturals
Conditioners: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine
Leave in: Tresemme Naturals
Gel: LA Looks 9 Hold


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  • JennyWhiskeyJennyWhiskey Posts: 37Registered Users
    Oh man, i keep checking back here because I've been wondering this too. I have to be in a wedding this summer and wanted bigger looser curls without rollers or curling irons.

    I was debating on trying Miss Jessie's styling creams. A lot of the formulas seem a little heavy to get my regular results, but I wonder if using product with more weight would help to stretch them out...
    3b, shoulder length.

    Current Regimen: Co wash, Naked Naturals Aloe Awapuhi & Lavender Moisturizing Conditioner, Hamadi Healing Serum, L'oreal Everpure serum, DevaCurl AnGel, and Ganier Fructis Curl Shaping Spray.
  • SailaSaila Posts: 1,212Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    If you are looking for more softness, you could use products with less hold or after you SOTC add some type of cream/leave in conditioner.

    I am not sure exactly what you're asking, to be honest. "Tight ringlets" and "looser curls" are very relative terms. Do you mind sharing any pictures of your hair and the desired result?
  • anonymous_60337anonymous_60337 Posts: 22Registered Users
    well, besides the pictures I already have.......

    I look like this:
    hairstyles-with-tight-curls.jpg
    Ringlet%20Curls_3.jpg
    curls4.jpg

    Just want looser curls for a special occasion. Nothing in particular. Maybe something like:
    loose-curl.jpeg
    natural-curl.jpeg
    102008_swift_400x400.jpg
    long-curly-hairstyle-330x303.jpg
    3b, shoulder-length, cut all one length
    Co-wash: VO5 or Suave Naturals
    Conditioners: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine
    Leave in: Tresemme Naturals
    Gel: LA Looks 9 Hold


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  • CurlyCarlyCurlyCarly Posts: 8Registered Users
    I have a really odd way of getting looser curls. I can see from your pictures that our hair is different. Mine is thin, longer and the curls are a bit more loose than yours, but this method may still work for you.
    When I'm in the shower I comb my hair as if it were dry (I don't comb it back, I comb it down and with a part). After I get out of the shower and my hair is sopping wet, I run a leave in conditioner through it very lightly. I don't pull my fingers through the hair as if I'm scrunching it or change the part I created in the shower.
    Instead of scrunching and creating curl and volume, I leave the hair matted to my head with the part I created in the shower and due to this the curls start a little further down the shaft.
    Then I let it air dry. It takes FOREVER to dry but I find that after doing it my hair is more wavy than curly and the fact that the curl starts lower on the shaft makes my curls much looser.
    The only issue is that the hair lacks volume at the top. You can easily fix this with product and/or quickly throwing some curls into the mix with a curling iron. I realize this may be confusing- I'll post pics later trying to demonstrate!
    ---*Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end*---
  • CurlyCarlyCurlyCarly Posts: 8Registered Users
    Ok so I have a few pictures of the look after it's dry and a few curls have been placed in with an iron. You'll see what I mean about the curls starting further down on the hair shaft. I used a curling iron to boost the roots a tiny bit. I barely used the barrel on the bottom. I try to stick with the original curl that forms on the bottom and only use the iron to give a bit of dimension on the top. Good luck!

    Sorry about the picture of the back of my head... it was hard to take it on my own. (At work :])
    ---*Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end*---
  • SailaSaila Posts: 1,212Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    strish5 wrote: »
    well, besides the pictures I already have.......

    I look like this:
    hairstyles-with-tight-curls.jpg
    Ringlet%20Curls_3.jpg
    curls4.jpg

    Just want looser curls for a special occasion. Nothing in particular. Maybe something like:
    loose-curl.jpeg
    natural-curl.jpeg
    102008_swift_400x400.jpg
    long-curly-hairstyle-330x303.jpg

    All four of those pictures have been created with curling irons and stylists. That's probably what you're gonna have to do if none of the other methods suggested work.
  • anonymous_60337anonymous_60337 Posts: 22Registered Users
    CurlyCarly wrote: »
    Ok so I have a few pictures of the look after it's dry and a few curls have been placed in with an iron. You'll see what I mean about the curls starting further down on the hair shaft. I used a curling iron to boost the roots a tiny bit. I barely used the barrel on the bottom. I try to stick with the original curl that forms on the bottom and only use the iron to give a bit of dimension on the top. Good luck!

    Sorry about the picture of the back of my head... it was hard to take it on my own. (At work :])

    i will give a try! thanks a lot! :) I know they won't look like yours but I wasn't looking for any particular curl-look, just wanted a way to make mine a little looser for a day! I'll let you know if it works!
    3b, shoulder-length, cut all one length
    Co-wash: VO5 or Suave Naturals
    Conditioners: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine
    Leave in: Tresemme Naturals
    Gel: LA Looks 9 Hold


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  • zalimzalim Posts: 52Registered Users
    The only good way to achieve what you want is by straightening your hair and then curling it with an iron or with rollers.

    The other, not-so-great way is by styling your hair as you normally would and when your hair is bone dry, taking a flat iron to the roots and straightening them (around 3 inches or so). There will be a noticeable demarcation depending on how curly your hair is, but sometimes it can look good.
  • CopaseticCopasetic Posts: 222Registered Users
    CurlyCarly wrote: »
    I have a really odd way of getting looser curls. I can see from your pictures that our hair is different. Mine is thin, longer and the curls are a bit more loose than yours, but this method may still work for you.
    When I'm in the shower I comb my hair as if it were dry (I don't comb it back, I comb it down and with a part). After I get out of the shower and my hair is sopping wet, I run a leave in conditioner through it very lightly. I don't pull my fingers through the hair as if I'm scrunching it or change the part I created in the shower.
    Instead of scrunching and creating curl and volume, I leave the hair matted to my head with the part I created in the shower and due to this the curls start a little further down the shaft.
    Then I let it air dry. It takes FOREVER to dry but I find that after doing it my hair is more wavy than curly and the fact that the curl starts lower on the shaft makes my curls much looser.
    The only issue is that the hair lacks volume at the top. You can easily fix this with product and/or quickly throwing some curls into the mix with a curling iron. I realize this may be confusing- I'll post pics later trying to demonstrate!

    I do the same thing to loosen up my curls a bit. It's good for stretching your hair, but won't give you big, bouncy curls. If you want those you have to heat-style.
    co-wash: exact vanilla
    rinse out: tresseme naturals
    leave-in: giovanni direct leave-in
    stylers: kccc + he totally twisted mousse + coconut oil to sotc
  • JennyWhiskeyJennyWhiskey Posts: 37Registered Users
    Out of curiosity, what does everyone think about hot rollers???

    Are they as utterly destructive to the hair as curling/straightening irons?
    3b, shoulder length.

    Current Regimen: Co wash, Naked Naturals Aloe Awapuhi & Lavender Moisturizing Conditioner, Hamadi Healing Serum, L'oreal Everpure serum, DevaCurl AnGel, and Ganier Fructis Curl Shaping Spray.
  • anonymous_60337anonymous_60337 Posts: 22Registered Users
    CurlyCarly wrote: »
    Ok so I have a few pictures of the look after it's dry and a few curls have been placed in with an iron. You'll see what I mean about the curls starting further down on the hair shaft. I used a curling iron to boost the roots a tiny bit. I barely used the barrel on the bottom. I try to stick with the original curl that forms on the bottom and only use the iron to give a bit of dimension on the top. Good luck!

    Sorry about the picture of the back of my head... it was hard to take it on my own. (At work :])

    tried it out yesterday! i like the way it came out. the curls were less tight, exactly what i was looking for! thanks!
    3b, shoulder-length, cut all one length
    Co-wash: VO5 or Suave Naturals
    Conditioners: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine
    Leave in: Tresemme Naturals
    Gel: LA Looks 9 Hold


    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • happycurls24happycurls24 Posts: 263Registered Users
    Out of curiosity, what does everyone think about hot rollers???

    Are they as utterly destructive to the hair as curling/straightening irons?

    I don't think they are as damaging because less of your hair ends up touching the heated roller but they are still damaging.

    I use hot rollers and they made my hair straight. Looked good but took forever. I could never figure out how to make a loose curl with them.... except on those with naturally straight hair.

    As for loosening curls, maybe try different products. I have found depending on the products I use I can have curls as loose as a 3a to curls as tight as a 3c. Which I guess isn't a huge difference but still a difference.

    I found GVP conditioning balm to really loosen my curls. I use it whenever I plan on straightening my hair.

    For some reason Pantene made my hair SUPER ringlety and curly. But that was the old formula.... haven't tried this new one.
    Hair Type: 3b /3a?.... medium texture, normal porosity:afro:

    Conditioner:
    Aussie Moist


    Shampoo: Organix Shampoo

    Other products: Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam Mousse, LA looks Sport gel, & whatever is cheapest for a frizz serum.



    :blob:
  • CurlyCarlyCurlyCarly Posts: 8Registered Users
    Strish- I'm glad you liked the results! Even if it wasn't what you were hoping for you learned a new way to work with your curls and change up your look. I find that I need variety in my curls.
    ---*Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end*---
  • MerriMerri Posts: 160Registered Users
    I'm thinking of it as a way of getting bigger curls. Was wondering if any 3a/b have used them????:toothy8::toothy8:
    Deciding what to be when I grow up!!!
    Mostly a 3b with thick, dry, frizzy hair. Using Jessicurl CC, re:coil, jessicurl conditioners and Elucence and Curl Junkie
  • TaraVictoriaTaraVictoria Posts: 374Registered Users
    So, I loved this idea and just tried it last night - works GREAT! I used my usual leave in (smoothie) and I added some of the Extenzz (which hadn't worked for me, but, I figured, it couldn't hurt since I was trying to loosen curl a bit...)... parted with a wide comb, left it REAL wet and that was it. Not the most attractive (sorry, hubby) but I left my hair sort of "slicked" to my head -again, not so "pretty" - but I woke up with "calmer" hair and looser curl... I also just got a cute cut (I like a shorter "bob" type style), so this worked perfect !!!!
    thanks SO much for the help!
    Tara - have a curly day!!!

    LA Looks Curl Gel, Sauve Naturals conditioners Waterlily, CK, Deva Archangel , LOOB (has its days)...
    Deva One - LOVE it!!!!!!!

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    Curl Junkie Coffee Coco Creme (LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!)
    Shea Moisture Smoothie - GREAT stuff!

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  • CurlyCarlyCurlyCarly Posts: 8Registered Users
    So glad it worked for you!!! I do remember it working awesome when I had shoulder length hair. Now that it's a little longer it has a slightly different effect. Still love it :)!
    ---*Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end*---
  • cutenelicuteneli Posts: 58Registered Users
    3a, 3b (corkscrew)
    Texture: mostly medium except for some messed up parts on top which are coarse.
    Porosity: High
    Location: Israel
    Haircut: I got my hair majorly thinned!!! Best thing I ever did!

    Still looking for the perfect products! And trying to deal with hard water!
  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    The SSM definitely helps elongate curl pattern, especially if you dont scrunch.

    Another method I used to use was to diffuse my hair till it is totally dry. Then, while the hair is STILL WARM from the dryer, twist it into a topknot for a few minutes (the longer you leave it in, the looser the results, so you need to experiment with times). Take it down and, viola, looser curls.
    Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot:geek:
    3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
    My Photobucket Album
  • curlyqt6curlyqt6 Posts: 5Registered Users
    What I do to loosen my 3b tight curls: I shampoo and condition my hair and part (no specific way) into sections and apply leave in conditioner to each section and then twist in medium sized double strand twist usually about 10 total. I let air dry or sit under a hooded dryer until dry. The next day I untwist each section and style as desired it usually produces a spanish wavy type of curl on me. Each night I apply a moisturizing cream (I have really dry hair especially in the winter) to each section and re-twist. Each day the curls get looser and looser and it usually last about a week. Hope this helps!
    Curls gone wild!
  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    curlyqt6 wrote: »
    What I do to loosen my 3b tight curls: I shampoo and condition my hair and part (no specific way) into sections and apply leave in conditioner to each section and then twist in medium sized double strand twist usually about 10 total. I let air dry or sit under a hooded dryer until dry. The next day I untwist each section and style as desired it usually produces a spanish wavy type of curl on me. Each night I apply a moisturizing cream (I have really dry hair especially in the winter) to each section and re-twist. Each day the curls get looser and looser and it usually last about a week. Hope this helps!

    Thats actually a very interesting technique.... I'd even guess it would work for wavies who want to lock in a wave pattern....

    I dont think it will work on me as I have too many layers, but bravo on this.
    Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot:geek:
    3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
    My Photobucket Album
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    never mind
  • fiscje02fiscje02 Posts: 6Registered Users
    I only recently discovered that my hair naturally curls into 3b ringlets. For most of my life it has been loose and wavy (2a) because usually I have just washed and conditioned it with Redken Fresh Curls, combed it gently into a part and let it air dry.
  • geegollygoshgeegollygosh Posts: 11Registered Users
    I have a piggy back question on this.... I use drugstore products specifically for curly hair (herbal essences curly conditioner and la bella lots of curls gel). These products give me tight curls, but sometimes I want looser curls (not as loose as the original poster of this thread, maybe just 3a or something... get rid of the ringlets)

    anway, my question is: are the products I'm using promoting tighter curls? If I used a shampoo for "normal" hair, would it make a difference?
  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    I have a piggy back question on this.... I use drugstore products specifically for curly hair (herbal essences curly conditioner and la bella lots of curls gel). These products give me tight curls, but sometimes I want looser curls (not as loose as the original poster of this thread, maybe just 3a or something... get rid of the ringlets)

    anway, my question is: are the products I'm using promoting tighter curls? If I used a shampoo for "normal" hair, would it make a difference?

    IMO those products are ABSOLUTELY making your curls smaller/tighter. Its the hold factor. Thats why I use products with less hold.... I go for definition as opposed to hold... I like BBFSG or HESMU....

    hth
    Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot:geek:
    3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
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