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Hair expanding as it dries...

I have a problem with my hair expanding massively as it dries. After I condition it I put in product and do the whole plopping thing. My curls look awesome when they're damp, but as they dry my hair gets big and the curls are less defined. Does anyone have any ideas?

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  • ParasolParasol Posts: 291Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
    How do you spread the product?? How I do it has something to do how my hair will end up looking like. If I only scrunch it in I often leave out sections which tend to puff up.

  • katybeekatybee Posts: 5Registered Users
    I try to smooth the product out over the entire outside of my hair like I'm pulling my hair into a pony tail. You know what I mean? I just kind of smooth it around as I do that motion and then I scrunch some more into the rest of my hair. I do that because it seemed to be working for a while but now it really doesn't do much.
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    What's the product you're using...and are you raking it through all partsof your hair? Smoothing and scrunching may not be getting every part.

  • katybeekatybee Posts: 5Registered Users
    Yeah I rake a little bit. I switch around a lot because I haven't found anything that works with my new (horrible) haircut. I have various smoothing creams like the suave one and the aussie moist and then I either use clear gel or garnier fructis's mousse. I also got this product from the salon called Potion 9 but it doesn't seem to do much. My type used to be 3A but ever since I was on the pill it's just become bushy. I've been off it for a few months now but my hair hasn't changed back.
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    katybee wrote:
    I try to smooth the product out over the entire outside of my hair like I'm pulling my hair into a pony tail. You know what I mean? I just kind of smooth it around as I do that motion and then I scrunch some more into the rest of my hair. I do that because it seemed to be working for a while but now it really doesn't do much.

    Doesn't sound like product is reaching all strands of your hair with that method, just the outside and certiainly not the roots, crown and back. Also you may need a product with more hold and definition. What are you using?
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  • Pisces_FishPisces_Fish Posts: 7Registered Users
    I have a similar problem. When my hair is half dry it looks great, but as it dries it becomes less defined. I find that raking gel (I use a mix of Aussie flexible and firm hold gels) through SOAKING WET hair upside down first, and then combing it through(just a bit) helps. When I flip my head back over I use some more gel on my "problem areas" then plop with a microfiber towel. I make sure my hair is REALLY clumpy before I plop. If need be, I loosen the clumps after removing the towel. I plop for about half hour or more.

    The key for me is to start with very, very wet hair and to make sure every strand of my hair has product in it. If I don't plop I get stringy curls and stained clothes LOL.

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  • ConfusedcurlConfusedcurl Posts: 243Registered Users
    I have a similar problem. When my hair is half dry it looks great, but as it dries it becomes less defined. I find that raking gel (I use a mix of Aussie flexible and firm hold gels) through SOAKING WET hair upside down first, and then combing it through(just a bit) helps. When I flip my head back over I use some more gel on my "problem areas" then plop with a microfiber towel. I make sure my hair is REALLY clumpy before I plop. If need be, I loosen the clumps after removing the towel. I plop for about half hour or more.

    The key for me is to start with very, very wet hair and to make sure every strand of my hair has product in it. If I don't plop I get stringy curls and stained clothes LOL.

    Good Luck!!


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    and that helps me immensely with defining better curls (look at my fotki folder #1 versus folder #2!)

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