Loosening/re-defining the curl... new pics up!

Ok, so on a few posts I swore I would be putting up the pics of what the heck I was trying to describe....

Just so others know what I mean - here is my attempt at explaining it! (The new pics are now up on my Fotki)

Maybe it only works b/c I have weird, shape-shifting hair, but I'm sure this happens to other curlies too.

My goal was creating looser curls on days that I feel like it (instead of something more permanent like a relaxer or texturizer). I don't know what to call my strange technique, but here goes:

Sometimes I say skip-curl (CHS term) b/c that is the closest thing I can find to it.... I'd say it's a cross between "skip curling" (CHS) and "shingling" (from Miss Jessie's) maybe.

The technical explanation for Skip-curling is here: http://www.frizzoff.com/SkipCurl.aspx - They tell you at the bottom (and I have found this to be true... the larger the section of hair that you work with, the looser the curls will be - conversely you could try using tiny sections/individual ringlets if you wanted tighter curl formations, would probably also take a longer time)

Technical explanation on "shingling" is here: http://missjessies.com/shingling101.htm

What I really do (and is shown in the pics - although I used a very small section in the pics b/c I was in a rush, usually the section is much larger...) is just basically wind a clump of soaking wet hair (some product in already) around 2-3 fingers and then let it hang in place - from that point, i do not touch it again until dry (ideally). I have been doing this by combing the hair first (with fingers or a comb), but have also done it w/o any combing at all and just grabbing chunks of hair at a time.

While wet, I slick product (i use a little [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Knot-Today-p-207.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-knot-today-leaveindetangler]Knot Today[/buylink] or [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Jessicurl-Weekly-Deep-Conditioning-Treatment-p-106.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=jessicurl-weekly-deep-conditioner-treatment]JC WDT[/buylink], usually in the shower, not rinsed out all the way, and then put on my beloved CurlKeeper) all over my hair (not tons) and then start with the combing part. Lately i have been doing this while upside down so I dont lose all the volume and then I plop with it once I "set" or "shape" my loose curls.

Lately I am dividing my hair into the crown portion and bottom portion with the end of a comb (basically a horizontal part, if that makes sense) and then taking a few large sections and wrapping around 2-3 fingers (at this point I add a bit more product to help me form the curls - i slick it all the way down the hair so it almost looks straight). I start with the front/crown portion then bring the bottom portion forward, and repeat - then plop the whole thing with those loose curls in place. the longer I plop the formation, the better.

I want to try doing this and then blow-drying almost completely to see if that helps set the curl even further.

As it dries, it will revert TOWARDS its usual curl formation but usually stops shy of it, giving me a looser curl.

This also worked when i used [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Curling-Custard-p-778.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-curling-custard]KCCC[/buylink] as the "setter" as well - although it is MEGA-crunch for me and I think I scrunched it out before the whole thing dried (which disrupted the curl loosening - so dont scrunch!)

Whew! I hope that makes sense!
3b, and increasingly c pieces... my curls will always be a little confused, but that is just fine!
PW: naturallycurly


  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Curl Connoisseur Posts: 10,573Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I like picture #3, pretty for a looser curl look. So you basically skip-curl but use 3 fingers then? I'll have to try that one day. I'm usually fighting my curls that want to loosen and use the skip-curl on pieces to make them curlier. Maybe I'll try to loosen them one day. ;)
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  • ConfusedcurlConfusedcurl Posts: 243Registered Users
    I will have to do another set of pics and do the tiny skip-curl approach to show how I can get smaller curls too.

    And when I do it, I dont actually do the "jump rope" twirl that CHS suggests. I do more of a "wrapping" or "winding" around my fingers and then I just unravel it.

    I did this method again today with more good results! (I always end up with softer, shinier hair this way too - an extra bonus!)
    3b, and increasingly c pieces... my curls will always be a little confused, but that is just fine!
    PW: naturallycurly

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