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Be careful what you wish for...

Hi fellow curlies,
I've been reading this site for a long time but this is my first post. I've been CG for about six months.

So I've found a way to make my 3B curls really defined and pretty (DevaCurl No Poo and One Condition, comb through Kinky Curly Knot Today, plop with a flour sack towel, plus it helps that winter is here and there's less humidity), but it turns out defined, frizz-free curls also means my hair is noticeably shorter. Probably not a surprise to the rest of you, but it was to me! I'm trying to grow my hair longer--right now it's below my shoulders when wet, above them when dry.

Anyway, I guess I have to figure out what's more important: perfect curls or length. I apologize if this topic has been discussed before, but I was just wondering if anyone here ever chooses frizzy, looser curls over perfect curls because you want your hair to look longer? :smile:
*3B, medium/fine, normal porosity, normal elasticity, shoulder-length when dry.

Comments

  • SpiralSpunkSpiralSpunk Posts: 243Registered Users
    Maybe you can find a happy medium? :)

    The longer I go without restyling my hair the bigger it gets - the curls get looser ( and some parts go straight) but sometimes I don't care and I do like the length. It just depends on my mood.

    It also depends on my mood (and the weather, and products) when I'm styling - my hair can be anywhere between short ringlets and basically a puff ball.
  • CalendulaCalendula Posts: 60Registered Users
    Thanks for responding, SpiralSpunk!

    Yes, I'm going to keep experimenting...darn, guess I'll have to buy more products. :smile:
    *3B, medium/fine, normal porosity, normal elasticity, shoulder-length when dry.
  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users
    Try being a 4a. There are those of us who kill, steal and trade our first born for that level of shrinkage. LOL!!
    Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it. :wav:
  • CalendulaCalendula Posts: 60Registered Users
    adthomas, thanks for giving me some perspective! :wink:
    *3B, medium/fine, normal porosity, normal elasticity, shoulder-length when dry.
  • Knotty_MaddyKnotty_Maddy Posts: 518Registered Users
    I'm the opposite - I would kill to have Adthomas's bouncy 4A curls ;)

    My hair is so long, towards my waist when wet and forced straight...but it shrinks up to above my bra when it dries. I don't mind at all :) I do not like it when it poofs though ;p or when some parts mysteriuosly go straight over night! I can never figure that out - and it looks ridiculous, one long straight piece with a ton of shorter curls. Like I got a perm and the stylist missed a clump ;p
    Finer, mixed with coarser strands, low-porosity, wavy curly whirly hair...3A, 2C hair. Medium thickness, medium elasticity.
    S-shaped hair with corkscrew ends. My hair is even more confused than me ;p
    My hair officially hates protein ;) Once a month is enough!
    Currently a fan of TiGi products, (rock on, TiGi Curlesque styling creme!) but that will soon change - I am a self-avowed product junkie! Yay! :D
    BIG fan of supersoaker method - thanks Rudeechick!
  • EricachristinaEricachristina Posts: 496Registered Users
    My hair is waist length when it is straight but I have very defined curls that shrink quite a bit when my hair dries. I do not like this, I would like my hair to be the length it really is because I have always had and prefer long hair on myself. My hair however does not get very frizzy, I don't actually need much product and even with no product at all my curls dry very defined and soft (like spirals) and since they are naturally defined they don't tend to frizz up.
  • Knotty_MaddyKnotty_Maddy Posts: 518Registered Users
    My hair is waist length when it is straight but I have very defined curls that shrink quite a bit when my hair dries. I do not like this, I would like my hair to be the length it really is because I have always had and prefer long hair on myself. My hair however does not get very frizzy, I don't actually need much product and even with no product at all my curls dry very defined and soft (like spirals) and since they are naturally defined they don't tend to frizz up.

    ok, I'd kill to have EricaC's hair too ;p lol! Sadly I have frizz...only a bit though. But I defs prefer the curls to the length - *I* know the length is there :)
    Finer, mixed with coarser strands, low-porosity, wavy curly whirly hair...3A, 2C hair. Medium thickness, medium elasticity.
    S-shaped hair with corkscrew ends. My hair is even more confused than me ;p
    My hair officially hates protein ;) Once a month is enough!
    Currently a fan of TiGi products, (rock on, TiGi Curlesque styling creme!) but that will soon change - I am a self-avowed product junkie! Yay! :D
    BIG fan of supersoaker method - thanks Rudeechick!
  • EricachristinaEricachristina Posts: 496Registered Users
    My hair is waist length when it is straight but I have very defined curls that shrink quite a bit when my hair dries. I do not like this, I would like my hair to be the length it really is because I have always had and prefer long hair on myself. My hair however does not get very frizzy, I don't actually need much product and even with no product at all my curls dry very defined and soft (like spirals) and since they are naturally defined they don't tend to frizz up.

    ok, I'd kill to have EricaC's hair too ;p lol! Sadly I have frizz...only a bit though. But I defs prefer the curls to the length - *I* know the length is there :)

    Thanks :) Even though I don't usually get any frizz I actually think a bit of frizz looks good. I love those big volumized curly pony tails with a bit of frizz, I think it looks kinda messy and cute
  • CalendulaCalendula Posts: 60Registered Users
    Yeah, I tend to always want everyone else's hair! I just think longer hair looks better on me. Part of it is that my hair for some reason is always in this big triangular clump--whether the curls are defined or not--that is really obvious when it's above my shoulders, if that makes sense. I think if it were longer, past my shoulders, the shape of it all would look better.
    *3B, medium/fine, normal porosity, normal elasticity, shoulder-length when dry.
  • Knotty_MaddyKnotty_Maddy Posts: 518Registered Users
    Calendula wrote: »
    Yeah, I tend to always want everyone else's hair! I just think longer hair looks better on me. Part of it is that my hair for some reason is always in this big triangular clump--whether the curls are defined or not--that is really obvious when it's above my shoulders, if that makes sense. I think if it were longer, past my shoulders, the shape of it all would look better.

    I believe some curlies get layers, to offset the pyramid look...? Myself I can't wear them, but others swear by them...I do think you are right though, and when it gets longer you won't have that...
    Finer, mixed with coarser strands, low-porosity, wavy curly whirly hair...3A, 2C hair. Medium thickness, medium elasticity.
    S-shaped hair with corkscrew ends. My hair is even more confused than me ;p
    My hair officially hates protein ;) Once a month is enough!
    Currently a fan of TiGi products, (rock on, TiGi Curlesque styling creme!) but that will soon change - I am a self-avowed product junkie! Yay! :D
    BIG fan of supersoaker method - thanks Rudeechick!
  • CalendulaCalendula Posts: 60Registered Users
    Yes, KnottyMaddy,I think you're right. I'm going to my stylist on Saturday (she's Deva trained) and I'll ask her what she thinks. Thanks for your input! :smile:
    *3B, medium/fine, normal porosity, normal elasticity, shoulder-length when dry.
  • KellyBKellyB Posts: 68Registered Users
    If only I had a certified curly stylist near :sad2:


    Texture: Coarse / Porosity: High / Elasticity: Low / Curl pattern: 3b - 3c
    BC and CG since Sept.15.2012
    I like Tresemmé Naturals, Knot-today, Kinky Curly Curling Custard[/I][/B][/COLOR][/SIZE]
  • jipszeejipszee Posts: 57Registered Users
    too funny!! same thing happened to me!!I've been growing my hair out and but I was frustrated with my fine limp curls as I know I had more curl to give. When I started applying what I learned on this site, my hair shrunk 2 inches at least! I loved the curls but missed my length. 2nd day hair gives me a nice balance as my curls have loosened up and my hair is longer.
    Hair: lots of fine 2c/3a
    Length: Mid back
    Shampoo:Shea moisture coconut hibiscus
    Cond:, suave naturals coconut
    Post condition/Leave in: Shea moisture smoothie
    HG:L'oreal evercurl gel. AG: Recoil,
  • Knotty_MaddyKnotty_Maddy Posts: 518Registered Users
    Calendula wrote: »
    Yes, KnottyMaddy,I think you're right. I'm going to my stylist on Saturday (she's Deva trained) and I'll ask her what she thinks. Thanks for your input! :smile:

    Oh, good luck! :) How nice that you have Deva trained people nearby! You'll have to tell us all about it, and post a pic ;)

    I've learned to just give in to my hair...it's taken me a long time to just accept the whims it has, and that it never looks the same two days in a row, lol! :geek:
    Finer, mixed with coarser strands, low-porosity, wavy curly whirly hair...3A, 2C hair. Medium thickness, medium elasticity.
    S-shaped hair with corkscrew ends. My hair is even more confused than me ;p
    My hair officially hates protein ;) Once a month is enough!
    Currently a fan of TiGi products, (rock on, TiGi Curlesque styling creme!) but that will soon change - I am a self-avowed product junkie! Yay! :D
    BIG fan of supersoaker method - thanks Rudeechick!
  • CalendulaCalendula Posts: 60Registered Users
    jipszee wrote: »
    too funny!! same thing happened to me!!I've been growing my hair out and but I was frustrated with my fine limp curls as I know I had more curl to give. When I started applying what I learned on this site, my hair shrunk 2 inches at least! I loved the curls but missed my length. 2nd day hair gives me a nice balance as my curls have loosened up and my hair is longer.

    Second-day hair doesn't exist for me (well, it does, if you count a horrifying mess of frizz and weird shapes). That will be the next thing I work on...I've already orders a silk pillowcase!
    *3B, medium/fine, normal porosity, normal elasticity, shoulder-length when dry.

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