Completely flat roots, but only when diffusing hair upside down

komlekomle Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 1 Curl Neophyte
I can style my hair without diffusing upside down, but that leaves me with less defined curls. So generally i prefer to get my hair soaking wet, and diffuse upside down. Most of my curls get great definition and a lot of volume, but my roots just don't.. The first 2-3 cm of my hair lays completely flat along my scalp, so wherever my hair parts i get quite a large area that looks like I've been laying on it. I've tried clipping but haven't really had a lot of success, it doesn't seem to make much difference. Any tips on how to avoid this?


  • Therese1Therese1 Registered Users Posts: 2,563 Curl Virtuoso
    I would avoid putting conditioner on your roots.

    Some people also say not to put gel on your roots if you have this problem, but I find that putting hard-hold gel on my roots actually is helpful, because it provides some stiffness, which can help keep the hair off the scalp.
    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
  • Guide 65Guide 65 Registered Users, Moderators Posts: 1,984 Curl Virtuoso
    I have this problem so much.  When I'm in the shower applying my products, I really work to get the roots off my hair.  I gently pull the hair away from the scalp, I insert my fingers at my forehead and slide them along the scalp to lift them up.  Then when I get out, I usually diffuse a little bit to get it just a little dry, then I work on the roots again - I use my fingernails (gently!) to sort of scratch the hair off my scalp, trying not to break up the clumps.  Then I add clips.  It's easier if the hair is semi-dry. 

    I've also been adding some mousse or foam to the roots, and it helps a little.  I really like the AG Cloud foam, but Deva Frizz Free Volumizing Foam might work too.
    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

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