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Frizzy mess, any tips on styling products? Please!

MaimccMaimcc Posts: 6Registered Users
Hello ladies,
I have read about some styling gels but didn't want the ones that leave your hair with a scrunchy feeling to it.

I have 2b/2c type. Fine, medium and coarse texture. I think low to normal porosity.

I was looking the KCCC and Camille Rose Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter gel.

Do you guys have any tips?

Thanks in advance. :)

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  • Curly_LynCurly_Lyn Posts: 116Registered Users
    I haven't tried either of those. I've heard AIF doesn't dry too crunchy.
    2B/fine to med texture/med porosity

    Started CG on 5/5/12!
    Battling dry/itchy scalp since April 2010.... Starting to WIN! :)
    Low Poo: Nature's Gate Tea Tree Shampoo
    Cowash: GTTTT or GVPCB
    RO : Ion Effective Care
    LI : KCKT or GVPCB
    Stylers : FSG
    PT : IAgirl's PT w/ acv, coconut oil, GVPCB, herbs, green tea
  • MaimccMaimcc Posts: 6Registered Users
    Thanks a lot Curly_Lyn. Ill look on that one. :)
  • wavymomwavymom Posts: 292Registered Users
    I use KCCC, it doesn't have a lot of hold though so I always top it with BRHG (the hardest hold gel out there). I really like KCCC but it definitely took a lot of trial and error to get to that point.

    I have also used AIF and it doesn't have any crunch when it dries (for me) but also as a result not much hold. In the past I have also used Biolage gelee with similar results (no crunch, not much hold, but it does help tame the frizzies at least).

    If you do get crunch, just scrunch it out (SOTC) and you should find your hair is soft and bouncy after that. My hair dries crunchy but after SOTC, I have great soft waves. No one that touches my hair would guess I put so much hard hold gel in it. But for me, it's the only way to keep the frizzies at bay and hold my curl pattern while it dries.

    Other tips for taming frizz include ACV rinses and oil sealing (applying a teeny tiny amount of oil to your hair after your LI but before any other products). I also swear by coconut oil treatments (smear coconut oil through dry hair, let it sit for a couple of hours, then wash and style as usual) but not everyone's hair loves coconut oil.

    Hope something in there helps.
  • MaimccMaimcc Posts: 6Registered Users
    Hello Wavymom! Thanks a lot for replying.

    I do oil seal my hair and was just wondering if I should seal it before or after styling.
    Where I live is very dry with really low dew points. Now it's 27, so sealing is a must for me.

    I have no idea how to SOTC since I have never used styling products on my hair before. But I'll look into that.

    Ill see if I can find the products you mentioned.

    And thanks again. :D
  • wavymomwavymom Posts: 292Registered Users
    Maimcc wrote: »
    Hello Wavymom! Thanks a lot for replying.

    I do oil seal my hair and was just wondering if I should seal it before or after styling.
    Where I live is very dry with really low dew points. Now it's 27, so sealing is a must for me.

    I have no idea how to SOTC since I have never used styling products on my hair before. But I'll look into that.

    Ill see if I can find the products you mentioned.

    And thanks again. :D

    Ah, well, if you are willing to have crunch if it can be scrunched out, then that is going to allow you to play around with many different gels - which will really help hold your curl pattern while it dries. There are many ways to SOTC, do a search on this site and you'll find a ton of suggestions. You can use dry hands, or lightly coat them with oil, pomade, curl cream, or some even use conditioner. Then just scrunch your hair. I gather my hair from the bottom and push it up to my roots in a scrunching motion. But many people have many different techniques. Once you are done, your hair should not be crunchy anymore. It is best to do this once your hair is totally dry, although I sometimes do it around 90% dry if I'm in a hurry.

    For the oils, just figure out what works best for you. If you put it on after your LI, then you are sealing the moisture from the conditioner in - which is the idea of sealing. If you use oil to SOTC after your products are applied and your hair is dry, that is fine too, but I think it is less of a sealer and more of a softener to help break up the crunch.

    Hope this helps.
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Maimcc wrote: »
    Hello ladies,
    I have read about some styling gels but didn't want the ones that leave your hair with a scrunchy feeling to it.

    I have 2b/2c type. Fine, medium and coarse texture. I think low to normal porosity.

    I was looking the KCCC and Camille Rose Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter gel.

    Do you guys have any tips?

    Thanks in advance. :)

    I've used both. The CR Whipped Gel really isn't a gel, it's more like a curl enhancer. They just came out with a gel called Curl Maker. I just ordered it, so haven't used it yet. I do like the other products I've used.

    I just added KCCC back into my rotation. I used it today with Curly Kinks Curlycue ReNew underneath. Our dew point is in the 70's and my hair stayed really well despite being out and about. My hair feels and looks product free; however, with low porosity hair, it does take a long time to absorb the Curlycue ReNew.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • asianrunnerasianrunner Posts: 2,251Registered Users
    KCCC does leave a crunchy feeling. Crunch shouldn't stop you from trying/using a product. When your hair is dry, you can SOTC with your bare hands, a little hair butter or conditioner or a serum.
    Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
    cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

    rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Beauticurls, CJ Smoothing

    jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC
    gels: CJ CQ, CJ Pattern Pusha, BRHG

  • CubanwavyCubanwavy Posts: 293Registered Users
    I am really liking the Biotera curl cream and gel. Alone it's a light hold, but enough. For a stronger hold, I mixed equal amounts of LA Looks Curl Gel and the Biotera Gel, rubbed palms together and raked through. I had more hold, but still not crunchy. I don't like crunchy at all! And, the Biotera and LA Looks Gel together have no stickiness at all. I happy! BTW, Biotera is sold at Sally's
  • MaimccMaimcc Posts: 6Registered Users
    Thanks a lot everybody. You guys are really helpful.
    I'll take a look on the ingredients of the gels mentioned here and choose the best for my hair.
    And now I know I can always SOTC. (yay) lol :cheers:
  • elizardelizard Posts: 284Registered Users
    kathy, how did you like the camille rose curl maker?
    2b/c wavy modified CG since July 2012
    medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
    hair likes protein, doesn't like oils, easily OC'd

    low poo: JCHCC, CJGCS
    RO/co-wash/LI: YTCarrots, DB Pumpkin Seed
    stylers: a bunch of stylers that are all pretty much the same (KCCC, UFDCM, CRCM, CKCJ) or ArcAngel if I need more hold
    DT/PT: CJRM, CNPF

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