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How do you fix your afro???

GmoGmo Posts: 47Registered Users
What do you guys do to syle your hair when you just wear it as a straight up afro??? I'm not talking about a twist out or a braid out but just your normal hair with products on it. The way I've been doing it isn't working as well now that my hair is getting longer so I just wanted some tips or ideas. The main problem I'm having is that when my hair is dry it's got a bunch of coils all over the place, like on the inside of a pen, but when I wet it and put leave in or gel in it my hair frizzes up and the coils aren't really very noticeable until much later in the night. I would just not wet my hair, but I kinda need to every morning when I wake up cause of how flat my hair gets while I'm sleeping and it's the only way I can really get my hair poofed out. Also, my hair looks pretty dry unless I wet it everyday.

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  • Alice_42 Alice_42 Posts: 791Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Gmo wrote: »
    What do you guys do to syle your hair when you just wear it as a straight up afro??? I'm not talking about a twist out or a braid out but just your normal hair with products on it. The way I've been doing it isn't working as well now that my hair is getting longer so I just wanted some tips or ideas. The main problem I'm having is that when my hair is dry it's got a bunch of coils all over the place, like on the inside of a pen, but when I wet it and put leave in or gel in it my hair frizzes up and the coils aren't really very noticeable until much later in the night. I would just not wet my hair, but I kinda need to every morning when I wake up cause of how flat my hair gets while I'm sleeping and it's the only way I can really get my hair poofed out. Also, my hair looks pretty dry unless I wet it everyday.

    I'm not sure I'm understanding your question. Do you mean how do you maintain a wash and go-esque style at night? For me, I spray a leave in conditioner (when I did wash and goes, I would use a mix of coconut oil, lavender oil and water) and put a satin bonnet on at night. The next day, I would take off the bonnet, spray with my coco-lavender water and fluffy gently to get some shape back.
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  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users
    Not sure I completely understand either but the only way I avoid the smush hair is to twist or braid or pineapple. I have to wet my hair every day but some days I spritz. some days I wash. Sounds strange your coils don't come out when your hair is wet. Have you been dcing and clarifying periodically?
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  • GmoGmo Posts: 47Registered Users
    Sorry, I guess I was referring to a wash and go. I should of just said that, my bad.
  • dee-naturedee-nature Posts: 630Registered Users
    Okay so if im not mistaken you want to know what products best work for afros?

    I rarely wear my hair in an afro because like you,my hair coils and makes lots of knots and tangles badly. It also gets super dry. I find that SM hibiscus milk (or kimmytube leave in) Help with this problem. When I wear my hair IN LOOSE STATE i apply my hair milk as a leaving on wet hair. Then i seal with oil of my choice or melted Shea butter. I make chunky twists to lock moister in. the next day I undo twists and comb them out with a pick. Results is nice,soft,moist, and fluffy fro. SM is very moisturizing so i rarely have to spritz throughout the day or nite but if i do i lightly spritz. As tempting as it is try not to touch to much so it doesnt dry out or get tangled. At nite just pineapple your hair. HTH

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  • GmoGmo Posts: 47Registered Users
    Oh, and I was more referring to what do you actually do to style it as well as what you do at night. But more so what you do to style it. I feel like my hair gets really poofy and frizzy whenever I try and style, and I only actually like the way it looks come sometime later in the evening. During the day, for the most part, it's just a frizzy poof.
  • dee-naturedee-nature Posts: 630Registered Users
    Gmo wrote: »
    Oh, and I was more referring to what do you actually do to style it as well as what you do at night. But more so what you do to style it. I feel like my hair gets really poofy and frizzy whenever I try and style, and I only actually like the way it looks come sometime later in the evening. During the day, for the most part, it's just a frizzy poof.
    sounds like it lacks moisture



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    My hair LOVES oil
    :love5:
    2. "Being natural must be the new crack cus im hooked!!":afro:

    “Being happy doesn't mean that everything is
    perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.”:wav:

    www.fotki.com/dee-nature-619

  • secret_karmasecret_karma Posts: 438Registered Users
    At night to keep it from getting too smushed I use ouchless bands and put my hair in about 4 puffs, that helps to stretch it a little. My favorite style when wearing my hair in a fro is to twist or braid the front of my hair like a braided headband using your own hair then just take out the puffs, apply a moisturizer, oil and fluff it out with my fingers.
  • GmoGmo Posts: 47Registered Users
    Thanks for all the advice guys. But how do ya'll style your hair?? Do you just use leave in or do you use leave and gel?? Or maybe just some type of oil or something?? I've been using eco styler olive oil gel along with shea moisture restorative condition to style but lately I've been feeling like the gel is weighing my hair down or something so I've just been using the conditioner to style it the past few weeks. I'm just looking for some different things to try, to see how it affects the way my hair looks.
  • Alice_42 Alice_42 Posts: 791Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Gmo wrote: »
    Thanks for all the advice guys. But how do ya'll style your hair?? Do you just use leave in or do you use leave and gel?? Or maybe just some type of oil or something?? I've been using eco styler olive oil gel along with shea moisture restorative condition to style but lately I've been feeling like the gel is weighing my hair down or something so I've just been using the conditioner to style it the past few weeks. I'm just looking for some different things to try, to see how it affects the way my hair looks.

    When I do a wash and go I use a leave in (QBBRC), sealer (castor oil or shea butter/coconut oil mix), gel (IC Fantasia Gel, the clear one) in that order.

    Wash and goes, at least on me, don't last ever long before getting super dry and I need to restyle-I can get 4 days on a good run. So it might be possible that your dryness issues might have more to do with the style and less about the kind of products you're using.
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  • dee-naturedee-nature Posts: 630Registered Users
    dee-nature wrote: »
    I find that SM hibiscus milk (or kimmytube leave in) Help with this problem. When I wear my hair IN LOOSE STATE i apply my hair milk as a leaving on wet hair. Then i seal with oil of my choice or melted Shea butter. I make chunky twists to lock moister in. the next day I undo twists and comb them out with a pick. Results is nice,soft,moist, and fluffy fro.

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    From my prev post this is detailed way i wear my fro


    Sent from my MB612 using CurlTalk App
    hair type: 4a VERY dense u39v2snfy.png

    hair goal
    = WL Aug. 23, 2013

    My hair LOVES oil
    :love5:
    2. "Being natural must be the new crack cus im hooked!!":afro:

    “Being happy doesn't mean that everything is
    perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.”:wav:

    www.fotki.com/dee-nature-619

  • GmoGmo Posts: 47Registered Users
    adthomas wrote: »
    Not sure I completely understand either but the only way I avoid the smush hair is to twist or braid or pineapple. I have to wet my hair every day but some days I spritz. some days I wash. Sounds strange your coils don't come out when your hair is wet. Have you been dcing and clarifying periodically?


    I actually haven't been clarifying, but I did for the first time in a LONG time a few days. I actually feel like that took care of a lof of my issues. The reason I hadn't clarified is 'cause I was under the impression that if you're on the CG routine then there's no need to ever use shampoo and you can just cowash all the time instead, but that shampoo wash the other day definitely helped, and my hair feels a lot lighter. Just to make sure though, clarifying is using a shampoo that has sodium laureth sulfate or some similar ingredient in it, isn't it???
  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users
    Gmo wrote: »
    adthomas wrote: »
    Not sure I completely understand either but the only way I avoid the smush hair is to twist or braid or pineapple. I have to wet my hair every day but some days I spritz. some days I wash. Sounds strange your coils don't come out when your hair is wet. Have you been dcing and clarifying periodically?


    I actually haven't been clarifying, but I did for the first time in a LONG time a few days. I actually feel like that took care of a lof of my issues. The reason I hadn't clarified is 'cause I was under the impression that if you're on the CG routine then there's no need to ever use shampoo and you can just cowash all the time instead, but that shampoo wash the other day definitely helped, and my hair feels a lot lighter. Just to make sure though, clarifying is using a shampoo that has sodium laureth sulfate or some similar ingredient in it, isn't it???

    For me the number one cause of dryness is buildup. I'm completely silicone free. Being CG doesn't necessarily mean you never have to clarify your hair. Products like butters, oils, gels, conditioners can still build up but not as quickly as if you were using silicones. How often a person needs to clarify differs. From reading the forums, I think on average most people do it once a month. You can clarify with a sulfate shampoo but you don't have to. I use a nonsulfate shampoo that has cocamidopropyl betaine as a cleaning agent. Some ladies who dont like shampoo at all use ACV. Anyway, after so much buildup your hair won't be able to absorb moisture. However, clarifying can be drying so follow right after with a very moisturizing deep treatment. Actually you might even want to do a prepoo before you clarify to lessen the dryness.
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  • curlyberrycurlyberry Posts: 549Registered Users
    I dont fix my fro, it fixes itself. Whenever it gets wet it turns back into a fro. The only extra thing i do is moisturize,seal, and pick it with a comb to even it out lol.
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    BC - August '11

    Fall/Winter PRODUCTS

    Clarifier - Paul Mitchell Three Low-poos - BoBeam Conditioners - TJ Nourish Spa, CJRM!, Co-Wash - N/A, Leave-Ins - N/A, Moisturizers - Afroveda Coco Latte, QBCTDG, CR Moisture Butter, Sealants/Stylers - Any BASK butters and creams, Jane Carter N&S, QBATB
  • BlackAngelPlayahBlackAngelPlayah Posts: 1,419Registered Users
    I do more of a chunky fro. When I wash my hair I use an EXCESS of gel!! I mean I get it SLIMY with gel. (Nasty, I know.) so that first day it's not really fro like. More bob like. But the rest of the week, I just spritz with water, add oil, fluff/shake and go.

    I don't do the picked out fro because my hair just gets straightish and looks raggedy. Plus that's just too much combing/picking for me. Feel like I'd end up tearing half my hair out! LoL!!

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