Clumpy curls

Ava79Ava79 Posts: 159Registered Users
Clumpy curls... what is MOST important? Product or technique*?

I have been using BeCurly and Confixor for quite sometime now. I have noticed my hair varies from thick chunky curls (fabuloso!) to stringy threads (yuck!). The only factor that changes is my technique which directly affects the outcome of my hair. Even the slightest difference in technique changes potential fab curls into horrendous string.

So here is a poll. Please feel free to leave comments. :wink:

* There is no "both" option... the key word is MOST.
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  • amarilla505amarilla505 Posts: 164Registered Users
    that's a hard one because both are needed to make the right clumps but i'm going with technique because i realized that when switched my own technique. i used to just layer my products and sort smooth the product on my hair but now i mix my products and comb them through and i have great corkscrews! i think the combing helps with saturating all the strands therefore helping them to clump together, be friends and make me look pretty with my curls :D
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  • Ava79Ava79 Posts: 159Registered Users

    your curls are RAD!!! Holy smokes.
  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,654Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I voted "technique". I've seen that no matter what product(s) I use in my hair, if I don't get the balance of plopping, scrunching, no-touchy and other handling down just right (or not at all), I don't get clumpy curls.
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  • amarilla505amarilla505 Posts: 164Registered Users
    aww shucks ava, thanks! i wish i could see your hair close up but from what i see in the pic, it's really cute :D
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  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    i voted "technique" because no matter what i use, if i rake instead of scrunch i get skinny curls. i've gotta scrunch if i want thicker chunkier clumps.
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  • love yourself firstlove yourself first Posts: 5,398Registered Users
    I also voted technique, because wetbrushing in the shower with lots of conditioner gives me chunkier results than when I don't brush. I apply stylng products with my hands.

    Cool survey :D
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  • JoyForeverJoyForever Posts: 1,628Registered Users
    Eh, I voted product, but that's probably because I have wavy hair, which likes to form bigger clumps anyway. As long as I don't actually COMB my hair, I can finger-rake, scrunch, whatever, as long as I use my hg gel.
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  • hollyphollyp Posts: 50Registered Users
    I voted technique even though I think it is a little of both. I have def used products that leave my hair full of stringy waves and girls. Mostly as long as I dont rake or comb my hair outside of the shower I will have clumpy happy waves and curls.

    guano - Joy4ever what is your HG gel?? I am desperately searching for one.
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  • JoyForeverJoyForever Posts: 1,628Registered Users
    hehe-- it's Suave's Biolage knockoff. I keep feeling like it SHOULDN'T be my hg because it's such a cheapie, but it works wonderfully for me-- it's the only styling product I use. Granted, I haven't tried TONS of gels, but of those I have tried, none work as well.
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  • petitfoxpetitfox Posts: 128Registered Users
    I voted for technique. I finger comb in the shower, scrunch in gel, plop, and diffuse, and always keep in mind to leave the curl undisturbed. This only has given me good results. The products I use can give more frizz, a natural or tacky look, strong or low hold... But for clumps and definition, technique is the key.
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    Technique (and genetics.) I actually have more natural clumping than I want, but if I really want to emphasize it, wet brushing, combing conditioner through very wet hair, not combing when it is dry, and finger shaping curls all create super-clumps. I can do it just with conditioner and no product, but I wish I had more separated hair!
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  • CurlyMom73CurlyMom73 Posts: 123Registered Users
    I really couldn't pick either one. My hair is effected by both factors equally.
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  • curly_princesscurly_princess Posts: 360Registered Users
    As I haven't really found a product that consistently gave me clumpy curls, I voted for technique. The more I rake and finger comb, the skinner my curls get. Also, the wetter my hair is when I apply gel, the clumpier my curls are.
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  • prettypollyprettypolly Posts: 48Registered Users
    Ahh I can't vote! Or did I vote already and forget? Haha. Anyway with my hair I can get bigger clumps if I smooth the product on, and it doesn't matter what product. So I would say technique.

    And my goodness I love you hair amarilla!!! Is that your hair styled naturally or is it using straws or something? Mind you, it doesn't look like it's been set with anything. Oh my! All those corkscrews <jaw drops>
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  • mitabirdmitabird Posts: 226Registered Users
    I voted Technique, even though I think products can play a part in it.
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  • modegrrlmodegrrl Posts: 273Registered Users
    I voted product because today I used the same technique I always use, but used a drier pomade than usual and before I even wrapped it in the towel I could see it wasn't clumping at all; I knew I'd end up with stringier curls, and I did. I guess I need products with a lot of moisture in them to get clumps.
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  • LadydncingLadydncing Posts: 964Registered Users
    CurlyMom73 wrote:
    I really couldn't pick either one. My hair is effected by both factors equally.

    Ditto! For me, it's a combination of both. :)
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  • curlyarcacurlyarca Posts: 8,449Registered Users
    technique. it doesn't matter if you have a tub of product on your head or if you've got the tiniest amount....if you don't know how to apply it, it's pretty worthless. for me anyway. :)

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  • amarilla505amarilla505 Posts: 164Registered Users
    well said curlyara :D
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