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Growing out curls... Help?

LatinCurly17LatinCurly17 Posts: 10Registered Users
So I'm growing back my curls for the first time in a decade (im 17 now). My hair is getting longer, but what do I do with it in this awkward transition phase? Should I continue to massage/comb my hair forward or back or what? lol this is all very confusing to me. Should I just let it sit there?

Or is it just a matter of time before my hair just starts curling and does whatever it wants? Sorry if this is a stupid question (it probably is), but i have no experience with hair care, etc.

I think I'm 3c. It's been a while since my hair was long enough to tell. I usually don't let it grow past 1/2". It's about 5/16" (a little over a quarter of an inch) and its still straight (with waves).

Tips?

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  • curlyprincess1curlyprincess1 Posts: 468Registered Users
    Just embrace your curls! Curly hair needs tons of moisturizer. How about do a leave-in conditioner? The growing out phase is def the hardest! Good luck!
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  • LatinCurly17LatinCurly17 Posts: 10Registered Users
    yeah this stage sucks! I'm really tempted to trim it again, but I've decided to ride out the awkwardness (even at work! yikes!) and let my hair do it's thing. I also got rid of my sulfate (aka hair poison) shampoo and almost the entire line of Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus. Thanks !!
  • sixelamysixelamy Posts: 4,156Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I may not be the best advice-giver, because I straightened my hair in this stage. Excuse me while I await the curlies burning me at the stake for saying that. /sarcasm.

    It's rough... either you just let it do it's thing or you work against it. I did a lot of teeny tiny pigtails when it got long enough. You could try headbands to tame it.
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  • LatinCurly17LatinCurly17 Posts: 10Registered Users
    Thanks for the advice, but I'm a guy so when I say short hair, I mean really, really short (like almost 1" short). I have a new problems now lol for anyone who cares in helping me:

    I pretty much bought out the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus line. (Shampoo, conditioner, smoothie and soufflé). The experimentation from has begun! So the S+C didn't really work that well the first time. Then I prepooed and it was magic. My hair looked really nice right out of the shower. However, as I put product into my extremely short hair (lol) the product builds up super quickly.

    The soufflé does nothing for me except make my hair super greasy (then again I could just be overdoing it). I was reading online that the smoothie and milk from the line are "inseparable" should I also buy it then?

    What to do on the second/ third day after washday when sleeping makes your hair ugly? Lol wet it and reapply?

    Thanks!
  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users
    If you hair is about an inch then just wash your hair either co-wash or water rinse. It won't damage your hair as it's too short.
  • LatinCurly17LatinCurly17 Posts: 10Registered Users
    Should I still use product? How often should I cowash? Will my shea moisture coconut & hibiscus conditioner work as a cowash? Or should I just buy the cowash?

    Sorry I'm new to growing my hair past an inch lol.
  • curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users
    I tried the Shae moisture curl shampoo, milk and smoothie. That line, especially the shampoo, dried out my hair. 3c curls need more hydration than moisture. Use conditioners that hydrate the hair. Check out the deva curl website. It helped me learn how to care for my curls. Also, live curlylivefree website as well.
  • LatinCurly17LatinCurly17 Posts: 10Registered Users
    *sigh* this getting to know my hair process is becoming very expensive. I've already wasted nearly $100 on Shea moisture. On to the next I suppose. Thanks for the recommendation. Any specific shampoo/ conditioner/ cowash up you'd recommend?
  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users
    The thing is no one can tell you for sure what will or won't work in your hair. It is trial and error we must all go through. My first suggestion is that you figure out your hair properties and that will help you a lot when choosing products. For example my hair is fine and the SMCES also gave me buildup because it is very heavy. My hair doesn't like pudding consistency products very much. My hair is prone to buildup so I find I need to shampoo more often than others on the forum. I cowash my hair more in the summer because I use gels where I wash less during the time of year I don't use gels. listen to what your hair says it wants rather than telling it what it needs. So I would say how much you cowash depends on how often your hair tells you it needs to be refreshed. Also the SMCES can be used as a deep conditioner so you didn't necessarily waste your money. Most people use cheaper products cowash like Tresemme Naturals and VO5 and Herbal Essences and Trader Joes. In my opinion you have such little hair I would think cowashing and then not rising it completely out then sealing with a little dab of oil like coconut or Evoo would do the trick. shampoo or cowashing as needed.
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  • soulglofrosoulglofro Posts: 5Registered Users
    I'm a guy too so I can help more lol j/k and as for styling I've grown my hair long and cut it now I'm growing it again and from what you're saying your hair straightish curlyish if your hair is still above your east you can just moisturize it and leave it or you can gel it if it past your ears and maybe close to your shoulders or getting there you can part your hair ( side or middle ) comb it and condition it and/or gel it and let it hang or you can condition it an ponytail it or bun it
  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    sixelamy wrote: »
    I may not be the best advice-giver, because I straightened my hair in this stage. Excuse me while I await the curlies burning me at the stake for saying that. /sarcasm.

    OMG, AMY YOU DID WHAT? HOW COULD YOU? That is totally unacceptable behaviour and I feel like you should be banned from the forum . . . ;)
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  • LatinCurly17LatinCurly17 Posts: 10Registered Users
    Thanks for the advice guys. I'm in such an awkward stage were my hair ranges from straight, to wavy, to curly. Its very weird and working in a corporate environment for the summer, words cannot express the temptation I've faced to just trim it for a more straight, professional look. It'll be over in a few days now so I can grow freely without worry!

    I'm thinking of going on a new regimen and wanted to know your opinions as I'm still unclear on the big no-no's of curly hair:

    prepoo with coco oil, cowash, condition, detangle, Shea milk + smoothie, air dry. HOWEVER, my cowash and conditioner both have silicone in it, which I know is a huge no-no for cowashers. I was thinking though, is shampooing lightly with a sulfate shampoo (with the protection of prepoo of course) once a month a good idea? or should I just choose between completely no-poo and full-poo.
  • LatinCurly17LatinCurly17 Posts: 10Registered Users
    Btw, if I use hair gel, should I be washing my hair everyday?
  • SmilingElephantSmilingElephant Posts: 666Registered Users
    My two cents:

    Take whatever conditioner you have and user it to cowash.

    When you rinse it... try not to rinse all of your conditioner out.. if you do.. You can put some back in your hair...a little at a time... and if you have gel, you can put that on top... Also a little at a time.

    Co wash as much as you'd like at this stage of yours. :)

    Honestly...I shampoo for anytime I notice buildup. I use both sulfate and non sulfate shampoos... sometimes the non sulfates don't get my scalp very clean... But that's why I use both. I treat non sulfate shampoos as "intensive cowashes" lol

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  • curlyprincess1curlyprincess1 Posts: 468Registered Users
    Btw, if I use hair gel, should I be washing my hair everyday?
    Not necessarily.
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  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users
    Thanks for the advice guys. I'm in such an awkward stage were my hair ranges from straight, to wavy, to curly. Its very weird and working in a corporate environment for the summer, words cannot express the temptation I've faced to just trim it for a more straight, professional look. It'll be over in a few days now so I can grow freely without worry!

    If you are young and your hair is really a "mess" someone will "kindly" point that out to you.
  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users
    Are you using the gel every day? I don't apply more gel on days I don't wash, but do use a refresher spray I make myself with water, conditioner, and a scant amount of gel.
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  • LatinCurly17LatinCurly17 Posts: 10Registered Users
    I was just concerned with hair breakage as a result of sleeping on gelled hair.

    Thanks for the answers!
  • LatinCurly17LatinCurly17 Posts: 10Registered Users
    So many difficulties! whenever my hair likes something there is always a drawback. So I'm using coconut oil and my hair loves it. I use it as prepoo and as a sealant. However, I'm breaking out! Any suggestions?
  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users
    I have the same issue with EVOO. My hair loves it. My skin doesn't. I tend to use it as prepoo but not to seal. If you love co to seal first try using less and see how that does.I don't seem to have as much of a problem with EVOO when it's in formulation like ecostyler or part of an oil mix. So if you were to make an oil mix that was say 20% coconut oil you may be able to get some benefit from it without it being enough to break you out.
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  • curlyprincess1curlyprincess1 Posts: 468Registered Users
    Honestly, I don't think that's related, unless you are getting that on your face! Good luck and be patient.
    It's not easy being a princess, but hey, if the crown fits.