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This is how my hair USED to look - and I want it back!

MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
I dont remember what I did, what products I used; I realize it was way shorter. I know I diffused it that day with a hot sock, and a professional photographer took the pic, but that was the best hair day of my life, and I dont flippin' know how to get it like that now. I was definitely NOT CG then. I am using this pic temporarily to get ideas and thoughts from my curlfriends here.
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  • elizardelizard Posts: 284Registered Users
    can you put the pic in the post? it's really hard to see in the profile pic.
    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
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I dont know how to do that..
  • JessiebananaJessiebanana Posts: 940Banned Users
    Hit that little picture of a mountain. Copy and paste the URL and it will do all the work for you.
    3C/Fine to Medium/Low Porosity/High Density

    :love5:MoistureMoistureMoisture:love5:

    Low Poo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo
    RO/DC: DB Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: Queen Helene Sculpturing Gel & Glaze

    No Salts, No Waxes, No Butters, No Heavy Oils
    No ACV, No Saponified Oils, Protein Sensitive
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    when I hit that icon, the triangle, it tells me to report a post, which I have used to report spam....
  • elizardelizard Posts: 284Registered Users
    i don't keep my pictures on a hosted site. i keep them on my computer, so i find it easiest to attach the pictures. in order to do so, you cannot hit quick reply. if you hit reply to post, you get a lot of options that pop up over the top of the text box. when you mouse over them, a description will pop up. the one you want is attachments, which looks like a paper clip. a box will open, and you click on "choose file." from there, you navigate you where you keep your pics on your computer and choose the one you want. then click upload and you're good to go.
    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
  • JessiebananaJessiebanana Posts: 940Banned Users
    Not the triangle...the picture of the mountain in between the thought bubble and the globe.

    Mountain_zps86db659d.jpg

    You can also hit the Manage Attachments button, under Additional Options if you need to upload straight from your computer.
    3C/Fine to Medium/Low Porosity/High Density

    :love5:MoistureMoistureMoisture:love5:

    Low Poo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo
    RO/DC: DB Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: Queen Helene Sculpturing Gel & Glaze

    No Salts, No Waxes, No Butters, No Heavy Oils
    No ACV, No Saponified Oils, Protein Sensitive
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I am not sure my pic will show up here or not...
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    SO, OK that only took 30 minutes to figure out...if you click on the attachment, it will enlarge. TIA.
  • MojoDojoMojoDojo Posts: 702Registered Users
    My hair used to look a bit like that. I mostly got it from combing through my products when my hair had the excess water blotted out (wetter then damp, but not soaking wet, you know what I mean?). Then I'd scrunch and either air dry or diffuse (didn't matter either way).
    I AM THE NEANDERTHAL SLAYER!!!
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    What kind of hair do you have, Mojo? because before I knew about scrunching in products, i used the rake technique, and I may have done that then...
  • curleeangelcurleeangel Posts: 53Registered Users
    Your curls are so beautiful!

    Sent from my MB860 using CurlTalk App
    2b/c low porosity, coarse, high density and protein sensitive.
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Thank you so much, but I cant get them to look like that now!
  • jsuzkelleyjsuzkelley Posts: 610Registered Users
    Hi Myrna :) What a beautiful picture! I think you're right that the extra length you have now may be part of the issue (I always lose volume and curl with length). I'm also wondering if their could be an issue with product weighing down your curls? I don't remember what you said your routine is, but maybe an occasional clarifying wash would help?
    2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
    fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate
    My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    CG since 12/29/2011 :laughing6:
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My routine has been that I have been using SM moisture retention and coconut hibiscus; different conditioners, including GVP Shea Cashmere, Cure Care and more recently, Yes to Tomatoes; then I have been using a mousse and gel combo. then I clip up my hair and let it air dry. I did not used to clip and air dry, and the day that pic was taken, I know I diffused, and probably with a hot sock, bent over. When I look at it , I can hardly believe that happened the way it did. Anyhow, right now, I have a lot of length in the back, which may be pulling down some of the curl, so I am going to talk with my stylist about leveling it off, also because I think it may be more flattering for my face, etc. Today I shampood with Yes to Cucumbers, which has coco betaine, and I liked the results. I am beginning to wonder about the SM shampoos, at least as a regular diet of t hem, but you see, I wash every day. So! I dont know. But, Jsuzkelly, thank you so much for the compliment.
  • jsuzkelleyjsuzkelley Posts: 610Registered Users
    Hmmm...it could be that you need something a little stronger than the SM shampoo once in a while. It may not be your products alone either - I have hard water and need to clarify occasionally for that reason. And diffusing definitely pumps up the volume - but I would hate to have to do that every day. You could try diffusing for just a few minutes, but not all the way - see if that kicks up the curls a little without adding too much extra work.
    2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
    fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate
    My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    CG since 12/29/2011 :laughing6:
  • curleeangelcurleeangel Posts: 53Registered Users
    Have you tried the pixie diffusing technique?

    Sent from my MB860 using CurlTalk App
    2b/c low porosity, coarse, high density and protein sensitive.
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Well, I USED to diffuse my hair. However, I honestly dont have the patience to pixie diffuse; AND, I hate my diffuser. I think putting hot plastic on my hair doesnt help it. I have had better luck with a hot sock. But, my diffuser is not a "bowl", like professional diffuser, it came with the dryer, and the dryer works fine, so I dont want to buy another. I went to Sally one time to see if I could get a bowl diffuser but it did not fit on my dryer. But see, I use these CHS roller Jaw clips - in theory, that plus air drying should give me great volume - its not just the difference in volume, it is the difference in the kind of curl! I went from 2C/3A to 3A/3B, and I am not pleased!
  • JLeighsJLeighs Posts: 904Registered Users Curl Novice
    Myrna wrote: »
    But see, I use these CHS roller Jaw clips - in theory, that plus air drying should give me great volume - its not just the difference in volume, it is the difference in the kind of curl! I went from 2C/3A to 3A/3B, and I am not pleased!

    I can use clips until I'm blue in the face and I still won't get the same amount of volume that diffusing gives me. Believe me, I tried. For 2 years. I use this type of finger diffuser at high heat but low air output (this is key for me) and concentrate on my roots/crown. I use the fingers of the diffuser to lift up and out a bit, going over different areas repeatedly until the gel/mousse/whatever has "set". One it has set and is partially dried, I air-dry the rest of the way. This is the only way I get volume, and it gives me incredible volume without fail.
    2C/3A, fine, higher porosity.
  • elizardelizard Posts: 284Registered Users
    Myrna, I don't know how recent your previous avatar picture was, but I thought your hair looked great in that one. Maybe I looked at it wrong, but it looked like you had a very long angled bob. Dunno if that was an optical illusion, but you may want to try a cut like that. It looks great both ways, just different looks. The curls you used to have in this thread do appeared to be more brushed out.
    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
  • curleeangelcurleeangel Posts: 53Registered Users
    I've been getting really good results by pixie diffusing by grabbing my hair with the bowl and scrunching it towards my roots. Only way for me to get root curl really. I got a really cheap blow dryer that came with a diffuse from Wat-Mart. Made a big difference in the final outcome.

    Sent from my MB860 using CurlTalk App
    2b/c low porosity, coarse, high density and protein sensitive.
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Jleighs, where did you get this diffuser and what kind of dryer do you have? Mine is the Revlon tourmaline, nothing special but it works fine and has the cold shot.

    Elizard, I am going to try to attach my previous avatar pic. I was going to change it back too, as it is more current. Lets see if I can do this - last night it took me half an hour.
  • JLeighsJLeighs Posts: 904Registered Users Curl Novice
    Myrna wrote: »
    Jleighs, where did you get this diffuser and what kind of dryer do you have? Mine is the Revlon tourmaline, nothing special but it works fine and has the cold shot.

    That's the same one I have, and the diffuser came with it. It's this one.
    2C/3A, fine, higher porosity.
  • HootenannyHootenanny Posts: 300Registered Users
    I really love your current avatar pic, Myrna. Great volume, nice tight curls, beautiful style and cut. Is this how you are currently wearing it? Cuz if so, I'd say, why mess with perfection? :)
    :cat: Medium/coarse, low porosity, dense, mix of 3s :cat:
    CG (again) since Nov. 2012

    Cleanse: SM Moisture Retention, Elucence MBC, KC Come Clean
    Condish: Giovanni DL, Cure Care, Ion Treatment, GVP Balm, AOHR
    Protein: AOGPB, CNPF, SSRPT
    Stylers: KCCC, SM Souffle, AOMM, SS CEJ, JCRR, JCCC

    :cat: Trying out steaming! :cat:
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Oh, thanks, Hoot, but ya see, I want my curls LOOSER, not tight 3B curls. But thanks so much! Yes the avatar pic was taken about 2 months ago. What I think may have happened was menopause - changed my curl pattern. Or, maybe its the fact that it is longer now.
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    Aren't there some products to help pull your curl down? Doesn't KC have one? I forget the term... The opposite of "shrinkage" - lol! I never look for that, so I can't recall!

    It is possible the new found health of your hair has caused the tightening. Of course hormonal changes can do it, too. My curls used to be tighter, had gotten loser, and now have gotten tighter again after the babies. (While I was pregnant I went wavy, even!)
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Hey, Jas, that is what is puzzling. I NEVER thought I had this much curl. and certainly not 3B curls. Yes, it IS possible that my hair is healthier and there fore curlier. I dont know if you read any of Bigred's posts (Deva stylist from Michigan) but that was her opinion; that I used to beat up my hair more and so the curl was looser, etc. What I am thinking is that maybe it needs to be evened out some - the back is way longer than the sides. AND I never considered washing it once a week or so with a coco-betaine shampoo. Maybe I need to quit using gel, too - and just use mousse - but that tends to not hold my curls.
  • anonymous_133347anonymous_133347 Posts: 1,426Registered Users
    I move you try a series of experiments as I'm not sure the length could have changed it that much. I think it's more styling technique or how innately curly the hair is. (The reason I say this is because I can change my hair back to wavy really easily and make it more curly easily depending on what I do and what I use.) Try one day just mousse. If that doesn't work, mousse plus a modicum of gel. If your hair is healthier now it should retain its curl even without product. My hair is a very healthy 2C now without product and it takes a modest amount of product to boost it. That wasn't the case two months ago. I imagine your hair is wayyy healthier than mine after all the TLC you've been supplying it.
    3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

    CG since Nov. 2012

    Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
    Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
    Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
    Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

    * = HG

  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dusa, I think you are right, and your hair looks a lot like mine, but to me that is 3A hair - not that it matters. But I dont live in a semi-arid climate. And your hair is a lot longer than mine.

    The confusing part is the role of my low poo and conditioners..whether or not they are also playing a major part.
  • anonymous_133347anonymous_133347 Posts: 1,426Registered Users
    Yes but since you are 3B and you want 3A, it's the same system. (At least that's what I meant. I only mentioned my waves by way of illustration.) You could revert to looser curls just like I can revert to waves. If you're a 3B styled then you might be 3A less styled, you know what I mean? But yes, my hair is a little longer. And weather does play a role in making your hair curlier.

    I'm not sure about the low poos and conditioners, but I haven't noticed any of the conditioners I've used have made my hair more curly or less curly. Really the curl comes with styling. At least for me.
    3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

    CG since Nov. 2012

    Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
    Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
    Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
    Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

    * = HG

  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I think I may get more volume with a lighter conditioner. NOt sure about that, or, maybe GVP is OK if I use less, and maybe dont leave any in. I never used to leave any conditioner in my hair (as in the pic I posted); I rinsed til it squeaked.
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