Melting waves! :-(

naomilenanaomilena Posts: 47Registered Users
My waves melted away today, and I'm absolutely mystified! :sad1: Hope someone can help.

The details:
I have thick, coarse 2b hair. I cowashed and styled as normal. I used my regular products, which seem to work well, and I used my normal amount of product.

After styling, my hair looked better than it usually does. I had bouncy, well-defined waves and decent volume.

After my hair dried, the waves elongated and lost volume. It looked pretty blah. I noticed that my hair didn't get a gel cast today even though I used the normal amount of gel.

I also noticed the my hair is softer than normal. Pretty sure I didn't over-condition, though. The weirdest thing is that it was a bit humid today, but my hair didn't frizz up.

Any idea what might've caused the mysterious melting waves?


  • SereneCurlsSereneCurls Posts: 1,145Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have no idea, but it's funny because this happened to me today as well. I was surprised. My plan is to see if it happens again next time I wash or if it was just a fluke, and go from there.
    3a, dense, fairly coarse, normal porosity and elasticity, just below shoulder
    Low poo: Giovanni 50 50
    Co-wash: aia, suave coconut, salon care
    R O: Tresume Naturals, gvpcb
    L I: KCKT, gvpcb
    Stylers: cjpp, re : coil, kccc, brhg
    Oils: coconut, argan
    Experimenting with: curls rock amplifier, pantene mousse
  • naomilenanaomilena Posts: 47Registered Users
    Sorry to hear that! ... Although it's comforting to know it happens to others as well. Since I'm a newbie, I usually assume I've screwed something up again!
  • AKgirlAKgirl Posts: 341Registered Users
    Sounds like you may be over-conditioned or needing protein.
    2a-2bFii NP?

    Low poo: Deva Low-Poo, Jessicurl GLS, Moroccanoil Volumizing Shampoo, Aveda Be Curly
    Condish: Cure Care, Redken Body Full, Deva One C, and Jessicurl Aloeba
    LI: Aveda Be Curly Style Prep <3
    Products: Deva FFVF & Jessicurl Spiralicious (LOVE), TRESemme Curl Boosting Mousse
    Hairspray: Aussie Sprunch, TRESemme Curl
    locking Spray
    Experimenting with lots of products in my cabinet...

    My hair loves protein, plopping, and diffusing! Trying to find a way to style and air dry.
  • naomilenanaomilena Posts: 47Registered Users
    I'm still trying to figure out the whole moisture/protein balance. Generally, my hair seems to need moisture more than protein.

    Can your hair become over-conditioned if you're just using your normal amount?

    I'm a bit scared of doing a protein treatment! The last two times my hair got super hard and dry, and I lost a TON of hair.
  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    What kind if protein treatment?
    2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation
  • naomilenanaomilena Posts: 47Registered Users
    One was an accidental gelatin treatment. There was "slime" at a youth group event. I guess it must've had gelatin in it because it made my hair VERY hard and dry.

    The other was a diy hair mask. I used the dump method, but it was something like:
    -1 medium avocado
    -2-3 T honey
    -2 T mayo

    My hair also got very hard and dry, and I lost a ton of hair. It seemed like a very extreme reaction to the small amount of protein.
  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Wow. Yeah that seems extreme.
    2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation

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