wavy hair??

mdmd Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 1 Curl Neophyte
I have super thick, puffy, non-porous hair with some really slight wave once it dries. I'm the only one in my family with this hair type and haven't treated it as wavy/curly before, so I thought I'd give it a try.

I started using some of the curly girl hair methods a week ago with some of the wavy hair modifications (like using sulfate clarifying shampoos every few days and gel instead of cream).

My hair has gotten a bit wavier but still looks messy rather than wavy like it needs brushing (granted this is the first time in my life that i've tried not brushing my hair). The hair at my crown is separating and looks a little greasy. Also, i'm getting some halo frizz.



  • bomegabomega Registered Users Posts: 1,355 Curl Virtuoso
    edited March 2018
    Hi @md,

    Welcome to nc.com. Good for you for embracing your natural hair texture. Also, it sounds like you've already learned some of the basics and are already in experimentation mode, which is great, because with all curly types, experimentation really is where it's at. :)

    So, one thing that isn't clear is what is your basic routine? And what products are you using?

    Also, usually curlies clarify between 1x/week and 1x/month and cowash on the other days they wash their hair. If you feel like co-washing isn't for you (it isn't for many wavies), you can use a non-sulfate, non-clarifying shampoo (low-poo) and follow that with a rinseout conditioner. But using a sulfate more often than 1x/week is sort of drying. In addition, you probably want to use a leave-in conditioner if you don't leave some of the rinseout conditioner in (or put some back in). Either option would be fine. This might help with some of the poof and frizz. 

    I've heard that the scalp greasiness goes away as you continue to wash less frequently and your scalp adjusts is oil production. But I never gave my scalp that change - I wash my hair everyday. :|
    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

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  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Moderators Posts: 10,840 Curl Virtuoso
    Welcome, @md
    It can be a frustrating process, working out a regimen that works for you, but I encourage patience. You'll get there! 

    NaturallyCurly.com co-founder

    You are beautiful!
  • WavyKfromNJWavyKfromNJ Registered Users Posts: 853 Curl Virtuoso
    edited March 2018
    I am one of those wavies that could not give up shampoo.  I use a low poo and do not co-wash.  

    You may need to be careful where you use conditioners, some do not put it on their roots, that may help with the problem you are having on your crown.

    How do you dry your hair?  If you air dry it, you may want to use some clips to encourage it to wave in a certain direction.  If you blow dry your hair look on youTube for videos on pixie diffusing.

    The other thing that may help is getting a curly cut
    2b, 2c,
    High Porosity - Very Fine Hair

    Low Poo: Living Proof Restore Shampoo
    Rinse Out: Living Proof Restore Conditioner
    Leave In: Living Proof Curl Leave-In or Garnier 1 Minute Mask - Papaya
    Treatments: Restore Repair Leave-In, 
    Styling: Living Proof In-Shower Styler with Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Gel Stronger Hold
  • Therese1Therese1 Registered Users Posts: 2,563 Curl Virtuoso
    If you have really thick hair, it might be sensitive to protein, which can make the hair dry and frizzy. Have you tried using protein-free products to see if that helps the frizz?

    If you are low porosity, then you probably need a deep conditioning treatment to get moisture into the hair cuticle. You can use a regular rinse-out conditioner for this, but I would make sure that it is protein free, since it will sit on your hair for a long time. You just wash your hair as usual, squeeze out excess water, and then work the conditioner into your hair. Cover with a plastic cap and a towel on top of that (to hold in body heat) and let sit for about 30 minutes. Then rinse out as usual.

    Low-porosity hair also benefits from very warm water during washing, since heat opens up the hair cuticle, allowing moisture to get in.
    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

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