Hello from new wavy - and help for my hair type!
I'm pretty new and getting quite lost in all the info I've found so
far. I tried to start by determining the hair type I have but it's
difficult to match to pictures as it obviously changes depending on what
I've done to my hair.
Maybe you guys can help? I did the quiz and it came out a 2c. It also said high porosity but when I did the glass of water test my hair floated.
This pic is sort of my baseline. After washing I gently comb the top back from my hairline (to try and reduce frizz on canopy while drying), put in a little leave in conditioner or curl creme and leave it to dry. This looks pretty similar or second (and sometimes third) day especially if I refresh by scrunching with a handful of water and a little conditioner.
This is kinda the same but with a bit of light mousse that I tried today. It’s ok but a fair bit messier/frizzier than it looks in the photo.
This is what happens if I plunk it upside down while wet, in a tshirt, with a little curl crème (currently Boots). It tends to go nice and curly and the waves start much closer to my head (close to my goal) but it only lasts one day as it falls out a lot overnight. In the morning it’s straighter than normal. Never makes it to day 2. I have to wash it again or tie it up (and since it takes several hours to dry I can’t do it every day. Also I’m lazy.)
History: I thought my hair was fairly straight but very crap and
frizzy for the first 30 years of my life. I straightened it for the last
15 years. I stopped 6-8 months ago. I have always had quite thin hair –
thin as in sparse. My ponytail is about as thick as one of many other
people’s pigtails, if you see what I mean.
Routine: I co-wash exclusively using Palmer’s Olive Oil Co-Wash. My hair always feels clean after. I use one extra pump after washing as a leave in. I squeeze out some water with a tshirt and normally add Boots curl crème. That’s it for routine so far, except days when I plunk.
Goal: I would like it as curly as possible, but really what I want is to bring out my best natural curl pattern (whatever that is) in as low-maintenance way as possible.
Sorry for the mega post, but I am quite lost! I would love to find a simple routine that embracing my natural hair, but I cant stand looking messy, or the thought of having to wash and wait hours to dry every single day.
Thanks in advance for any tips or advice you can give me!