Tight curls when hair is wet, waves when it is dry

Patatina13Patatina13 Posts: 18Registered Users
Hey I have been having an issue with my hair being much tighter when it is wet but looser when it is dry. It is not bad really but I prefer my curls tighter. Does anyone have any suggestions?


  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users
    What is your regime?

    I found out when:
    1. More hair was more moisturised, or
    2. I use a protein deep conditioner, or,
    2. I use henna
    I have tighter curls.
  • Patatina13Patatina13 Posts: 18Registered Users
    I use sulfate free shampoo
    then conditioner
    leave in conditioner
    then this curly lotion gel type thing
    and once a week i use deep conditioner
  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users
    Patatina13 wrote: »
    I use sulfate free shampoo
    then conditioner
    leave in conditioner
    then this curly lotion gel type thing
    and once a week i use deep conditioner

    What is your deep conditioner?

    Do you know your hair properties? If you do what are they?
  • PrincessHair09PrincessHair09 Posts: 33Registered Users

    My first thought is that it sounds like you might have a lot of product weight going on.

    Each curl is like phone cord (you know those kinds that are all spiraled and springy?) hair products can lay on the surface/ add weight to hair and do the equivalent of pulling on the curl and making it appear wavier instead of curlier.

    My recommendation, try letting your hair dry without any product in it to see what it wants to do on its own when dry. You will see if it's dry and needs moisture, if your curls spring back ,etc.

    An option to look into is trying some oils in your styling. A little goes a long way, and they are much lighter in your hair. Though they usually need to be sealed in! (look up the LOC method on the website here. I do an altered version with Gel instead of creme, so LOG I guess :D )

    Knowing what you're working with can really help.
    Hair Type: 3A, low porosity.
    : Deva No-poo, weekly: Lush Squeaky Green shampoo bar.
    Condish:Rotating, constant- Deva One Condish, current- Say Yes to Cuc
    DT: GVP Conditioning Balm
    Styling: Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine oil, sealed with DEP lv 10 gel.

    I'm a total product junkie and LOVE trying new products every time!

    Inspiring CG Botticelli Curls Hair envy since August 2009.
  • bringingcurliesback?bringingcurliesback? Posts: 1,307Registered Users
    You need to style with light products. Maybe try using more water based products etc. Just think light and layer on.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I317 using CurlTalk App
    *Current Routine*
    LP: SM RSB
    CO/CW: CJ Daily Fix, GR Restorative, SM RSB, SM SFC
    DC: SM, CJ Rehab, G.Nutrafix, DIY
    LI: a CO, KCKT
    Sealers: an oil, JC N&S
    Stylers: just CO, CJ CIAB, KCCC, aloe gel, FSG
    Once in a while: ACV, Lemon-Aid

    Oils to seal, rinse, and/or pre-poo as needed :love10:

    2c/3a/3b coarse, normal porosity
    :toothy4: CG since 2007 :flower: