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Less really is more

I have had a problem with applying too much gel to my hair thinking that it was the only way to insure that my hair would not go frizzy. I was hoping that this would always give great definition, which it did, but I couldn't stand the crunchy appearance that my hair would have for hours while it dried. Well, last week I dared myself to put in very little and see what would happen. Not only did my hair dry much faster, but it looked fantastic. If I get a little bit of frizz I just spray in some Set it Free and it takes care of it completely.

I have been thinking for the last few years that gel might be the cause of some breakage with my hair. It just makes it so stiff, and then when you go to scrunch it out I was thinking it might break it a bit. I'm so glad that I finally got up the nerve to try using less.[/b]
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I also have been experimenting with less product. I found that if I use [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/DevaCurl-Set-it-Free-p-259.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=devacurl-set-it-free]Devacurl Set it Free[/buylink], I can definitely use less styler. Same thing with Robert Craig Conditioner (a little left in after wash) and doing deep treatments more frequently. Instead of gel in the cold weather I am using [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Jessicurl-Confident-Coils-Styling-Solution-p-116.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=jessicurl-confident-coils-styling-solution]Jessicurl Confident Coils[/buylink] and a little goes a long way.
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  • KurleeKurlee Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    My hair is the same way! My hair is frizzier looking when it is drying than when it is wet and I have noticed that the gel kinda keeps that frizz (from when it dries) after it has dried. If you get what I mean. So gel can in general make my hair look much worse than just a leave in.

    I strarted using shea butter in my hair instead of a gel. Kinda like a pomade and it works better. Much less frizz.
    And then I always use a leave in. One with Glycerin seems to work the best with frizz for me.

  • BrioBrio Posts: 1,432Registered Users
    Kurlee wrote:
    My hair is the same way! My hair is frizzier looking when it is drying than when it is wet and I have noticed that the gel kinda keeps that frizz (from when it dries) after it has dried. If you get what I mean. So gel can in general make my hair look much worse than just a leave in.

    I strarted using shea butter in my hair instead of a gel. Kinda like a pomade and it works better. Much less frizz.
    And then I always use a leave in. One with Glycerin seems to work the best with frizz for me.

    How are you using the shea butter? Just emulsifying a dab between your hands and scrunching it in? Is it pure shea butter or mixed with anything else?

    I bought some and it's very thick, almost hard, though you can make it melt if you rub your hands together.
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  • KurleeKurlee Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    Brio wrote:
    Kurlee wrote:
    My hair is the same way! My hair is frizzier looking when it is drying than when it is wet and I have noticed that the gel kinda keeps that frizz (from when it dries) after it has dried. If you get what I mean. So gel can in general make my hair look much worse than just a leave in.

    I strarted using shea butter in my hair instead of a gel. Kinda like a pomade and it works better. Much less frizz.
    And then I always use a leave in. One with Glycerin seems to work the best with frizz for me.

    How are you using the shea butter? Just emulsifying a dab between your hands and scrunching it in? Is it pure shea butter or mixed with anything else?

    I bought some and it's very thick, almost hard, though you can make it melt if you rub your hands together.

    It is 100% pure, but possibly "cleaned" some how... It doesn't smell anything heardly. Someone said their pure, untreated Shea Butter smelled kinda bad. Not sure if it depends on brand or not. It doesn't say anything about it being cleaned where I get mine.
    It is pretty hard but kinda melts when I rub it between my hands. It gets very soft anyways. Then I just scrunch it in, maybe "rake" just over the halo frizz a little. I seem to have best luck if I just scrunch it in. I use tiny, tiny amount. My hair takes very little product in general though.

    I use this one:
    pt-SheaButter.jpg

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