What makes your curls get smaller?

I had taken to rinsing my hair through with a small amount of very cold water before I apply my gel, which I remember reading would help close your cuticle and form clumps. I noticed after a few days of this, however, that my curls, which are overal the size of fan pens, would get even smaller, like thin pencils. Oodles and oodles of thin pencils. I don't love this look, at least not at my current length. So I quit the cold rinses, and got the old curls back.

I noticed that the water in Chicago also had this effect, making my small curls tiny.

Does anyone else experience this phenomenon? What makes your curls change size?


  • journotravelerjournotraveler Posts: 2,816Registered Users
    for me, a multitude of things: humidity, the type of gel i use.....
    3B corkscrews with scatterings of 3A & 3C.
  • ItsiRCItsiRC Posts: 335Registered Users
    diffusing my hair makes it really, really tight. some products and humidity also do it.
    I'm going to Mexico until this bills business blows over.

    pw:master shake

  • modegrrlmodegrrl Posts: 273Registered Users
    humidity, diffusing, a shorter length than I have now (but not too short, because it loses curl at a certain point)
    "For many years the National Pretend Speed Limit was fifty-five miles per hour"--Dave Barry

    PW: frizzella
  • JuicyTubeJuicyTube Posts: 2,369Registered Users
    3b-3c CG
  • mayimmayim Posts: 2,301Registered Users
    coarse, thick 3a
    modified cg