Big curly crazy hair but barren back

naturecatnaturecat Registered Users Posts: 1,986 Curl Neophyte
Okay, so I have a special event coming up this week and been playing around with my hair gel recipe and technique to get bigger hair (since I'm low density). I over conditioned and weighed down my hair/pulled out curl, but still got my hair to be big and poofy, like this:

I used ice queen and diffused upside down too. It leaves this barren spot in back of my head. I could fool the camera by positioning my hair like this:
However, people seeing me in person are going to see this in back:

When I try to pull back my hair that flipped forward to the back, I get separated ramen noodles and lost curl (though in part it could be that I made my gel a little too sticky, slightly too much protein). It's partly the gel that is making my hair bigger, and partly the technique. If I give up the whole upside down thing I won't have as good clumps or volume. But I also want my hair to be acceptable in back. Any suggestions? I'm getting down to the wire so any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

Super baby fine hair, low porosity
Shampoos: SM Fruit Fusion (mostly), Avalon lemon (to clarify). Occasional aloe vera and glycerin to wash.
Stylers: Intelligent Nutrients Perfect Hold Hairspray
Treatments: Catnip tea, IA girl's PT, Fermented Rice Water, Catnip Tea, Amla tea, Irish Moss, SS PT


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