How do I clump my curls?

curlydurlycurlydurly Posts: 1Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
Hi everyone, I am so stuck. I have between type 3a and 3b hair -- and I HATE it. I do everything right: sulfate & silicone free shampoo, only brush when conditioning, only shampoo once a week, deep condition once a week, loose ponytails, t shirt to dry, and I use a custard and a gel. Yet, somehow, my curls ALWAYS turn out stringy because my hair is so fine. Using a wide tooth comb makes them extremely thin and separates them, so there is always frizz. I don't like this look either. I got a Devacut a few months back and she nailed my hair. It didn't look super stringy and frizzy, but the curls were thicker and had a really nice shape to them. I don't know what to do because it ends up like this every time. (Also, I have tried shingling and styling curl by curl, doesn't work). Help?


  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 20,724Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    I have 3a-3b hair and it can easily get stringy if I use too many products or mess with it too much. I only brush/comb out my hair a few times a year, to get out all the shed hair that gets stuck in with the rest of my hair. And it's always stringy the day after I brush. My hair clumps best when I just wash with my usual conditioner, add gel, scrunch, plop, air or diffuse dry, done.
    --I'm located in Western PA.   --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, joined the forums in May 2005, started going grey in late 2005.   --My hair is 3B with some 3A, currently at mid back length when dry,  texture-medium/fine, porosity-top is low, middle is medium, ends are porous, elasticity-normal.   --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, coconut oil, honey, vinegar.   
    --My CG and grey hair progress -   
    --My article at NaturallyCurly about going grey -
  • Guide 65Guide 65 Posts: 1,984Registered Users, Moderators Curl Virtuoso
    For me, my hair clumps nicely with the right combination of conditioner + water.  I do both the super soaker method and S2C in the shower, adding more conditioner if my hair isn't clumping, or adding more water if it gets too dry.  Once I'm done with all that, I add a gel on top to keep the clumps together, but I don't expect the gel alone to form the clumps.
    Formerly known as Janiegirl
    2B/2C, fine hair, low density, mixed porosity, protein loving hair
    Current products:
    Changing up my shampoos because I can't find one I like
    Deva Curl One Condition (original formula)
    Innersense I Create Volume
    Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel
  • EyeAmShanEyeAmShan Posts: 22Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I do the pancake hands method. I don't rake because that causes separation. Try the pancake hands with products on wet hair. Then scrunch out extra. I diffuse right after.
  • Therese1Therese1 Posts: 2,563Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    Sometimes glycerin in hair products can create a stringy look. You could try eliminating glycerin and see if that helps.

    I have problems with clumping too, and what helps me is to scrunch water into my hair when I am adding leave-in, gel, etc., if I feel that my hair isn't clumping well. That usually restores the clumps.
    Low poo: Intelligent Nutrients (IN) Harmonic; Oribe Cleansing Creme
    RO: IN Harmonic
    LI: CJ Beauticurls; Jessicurl (JC) Gelebration Spray
    DC: JC Deep Conditioning Treatment; Weleda Rosemary Conditioning Oil
    Stylers: JC Confident Coils; IN Volumizing Spray; IN Perfect Hold Hairspray; John Masters Sea Mist; Bumble Bb. Gel; Kenra Firm-Hold Gel; Sevi Blue Yarrow Sea Salt Spray
    Low-porosity 2a/b baby-fine hair
  • bomegabomega Posts: 1,355Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    Not scrunching has helped my hair form clumps. Instead of scrunching with the t-shirt to dry, I smooth the t-shirt down the length of my hair, squeezing gently I as go down. I do this a few times until I feel like my hair is dry enough. This seems to promote clumps and minimize frizz for me. It comes at the expense of slightly lengthening my curls, which is not ideal, but something I am willing to live with for the above benefits until I figure something better out.
    Low-poo: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Shampoo for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Coconut & Shea Hydrating Shampoo
    Clarify: Kinky Curly Come Clean
    Rinse-out: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Conditioner for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Everyday Coconut Ultra Hydrating Conditioner
    DT: Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioner
    Leave-in: As I Am Leave-in
    Styler: Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly
    Treatment: Daily tea spray; Coconut oil overnight treatment; Citric acid rinse for hard water; 2-step Henndigo w/ amla to cover gray

    2C, fine, low porosity, low/medium density, protein sensitive

    Looking for styling products and tools

    iHerb Code KQS149 for 5% off your order
  • EyeAmShanEyeAmShan Posts: 22Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Prayer hands....pancake hands. I have heard it both ways. Whoops!
  • ChescaCatChescaCat Posts: 12Registered Users Curl Novice
    I find that for me personally washing my hair every 3-4 days with DevaCurl's No-Poo works amazing. I style my hair in the shower by leaving in DevaCurl's One Conditioner and then scrunch in Davine's Love Curl Building Serum. After that I scrunch it once more with an old pajama shirt then plop it into the shirt for the night. Wake up in the morning, take off the pajama shirt, shake out my hair and I am good to go.

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