Why can't I get a curl cast?

DanielleMcCDanielleMcC Posts: 13Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
edited November 2018 in Low Porosity
I'm using Devacurl products...low poo, one condition delight, and ultra defining gel and I cant seem to get a curl cast. In fact I don't think I ever have with devacurl or any other product for that matter. I'm doing things just as directed...applying to soaking wet hair...like really sopping wet as they suggest but no cast at all. Most of the time it's like I didnt put product in my hair at all...so when its wet it looks good and curly but when it dries I have little curl definition. Has anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions? I'm using plenty of product so it's not that. Any suggestions?  I have fine to medium strands, 2b (used to be more 2c until the past 2 years), low porosity hair. 

Best Answer

  • Guide 65Guide 65 Posts: 1,984 Curl Virtuoso
    Accepted Answer
    Maybe try putting on your gel after towel drying.  I think putting it into very wet hair makes the cast really soft, and putting it into damp hair makes it harder.  I always put my gel in really wet hair, but sometimes I squish with my towel and then add a little bit more. 

    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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  • tinksaysbootinksaysboo Posts: 543Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    You're probably not using enough gel. How much are you currently using?  I don't get a cast (or a very good one) when I don't put in enough gel.    
    2c/3a | low porosity | fine/medium | low/medium density| protein,coconut, and green tea sensitive | Modified CGM

    Low-Poo:  Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream
    Sulfate Wash: Aveda Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo
    Rinse Out Conditioner: DevalCurl One Condition
    Leave-In Conditioner: Curl Junkie Smoothing Lotion
    Deep Conditioner: DevaCurl Heaven In Hair
    Curl Enhancer: Curl Junkie Spiral Lotion
    Gel: Jessicurl Spiralicious Gel
  • BrittanyMBrittanyM Posts: 1,217Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    When I first started, I didnt get a cast every time. Not sure why but you might get one as you go on.
  • DanielleMcCDanielleMcC Posts: 13Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
    You're probably not using enough gel. How much are you currently using?  I don't get a cast (or a very good one) when I don't put in enough gel.    
    I'm using a lot...like a palm full. 

    Love your bouncy curls btw. 
  • DanielleMcCDanielleMcC Posts: 13Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
    BrittanyM said:
    When I first started, I didnt get a cast every time. Not sure why but you might get one as you go on.
    That's interesting. Maybe as my hair gets healthier it will curl cast. My hair is not healthy right now. I started CG a few years ago but didn't stick with it for more than 2 weeks. I'm trying to stick with it this time, but modified as I need to clarify sometimes, so hopefully my hair will get healthier with time. 
  • tinksaysbootinksaysboo Posts: 543Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    You're probably not using enough gel. How much are you currently using?  I don't get a cast (or a very good one) when I don't put in enough gel.    
    I'm using a lot...like a palm full. 

    Love your bouncy curls btw. 
    Thanks!  What gel are you using?  Some gels & mouses just don't cast well.  I've also heard quite a few curlies echo @BrittanyM about not getting a cast when they started CG.

    Another thing to explore is how you are drying your hair.  Again, based on personal experience, I get a better cast when I air dry opposed to diffusing.  
    2c/3a | low porosity | fine/medium | low/medium density| protein,coconut, and green tea sensitive | Modified CGM

    Low-Poo:  Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream
    Sulfate Wash: Aveda Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo
    Rinse Out Conditioner: DevalCurl One Condition
    Leave-In Conditioner: Curl Junkie Smoothing Lotion
    Deep Conditioner: DevaCurl Heaven In Hair
    Curl Enhancer: Curl Junkie Spiral Lotion
    Gel: Jessicurl Spiralicious Gel
  • AlmaPetraAlmaPetra Posts: 104Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    What's your hair type? I'm type 4 and I tried Deva Curl Ultra defining gel before and found it to have very weak hold in my hair. You might need a real hard hold gel depending on your hair type and the condition of your hair. 
    4a/4b, highly porous, fine hair.

    Co-wash: DevaCurl No Poo Decadence, AIA Long and Luxe Cowash
    Leave-in: KCKT, Soultanicals Knot Sauce
    Stylers: UFDCM, WLXG

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL
  • DanielleMcCDanielleMcC Posts: 13Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
    edited November 2018
    Guide 65 said:
    Maybe try putting on your gel after towel drying.  I think putting it into very wet hair makes the cast really soft, and putting it into damp hair makes it harder.  I always put my gel in really wet hair, but sometimes I squish with my towel and then add a little bit more. 

    So I tried putting the gel in my hair after having wrung out a lot of water so it wasn't as wet and while I still dont have much of a cast there is a little bit of one and my curls are bouncy, and seem to be staying. I'll keep experimenting. Thanks so much 🙂  My hair is low porosity so perhaps when it's soaking wet it just can't absorb anything else. 
  • hmr1016hmr1016 Posts: 66Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Sometimes I have this issue too and solve it by diffusing my hair on low heat for about a minute so the gel dries.
    Current 2B/2C Routine:
    Cleanse -  NYM Curl Talk Shampoo or NYM Clean Freak Cleansing Conditioner
    Condition - Elucence Moisure Balance Conditioner
    Treatments - Olaplex (step 3) or Elucence Moisture Repair Treatment
    Style -  Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave In + AG Re:Coil

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