Why does my curly hair look wet all day?

Hi everyone!

I am VERY newly curly, and am completely lost, lol! My hair has always been long and straightish (except when I was very little and I had Shirley Temple curls). I was thinking back to the curls I used to have, and decided to try the CG method just to see what would happen. I was IMMEDIATELY a 2b! I'm hoping for 3c potential, but we'll see!

Anyway, even when my hair is dry, it looks wet. Last night I wet it (no conditioner), applied a dime of gel and scrunched, then slept in a "plop". Today my curl looks great, but wet. It has looked wet since I started. Am I using too much of something, or is my hair still trying to adjust (I just went poo-less last week). I am having to fight the urge to brush to make it look softer!

Thanks!
Christi

pre-CG
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today, still looking wet
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Comments

  • nuckingfutznuckingfutz Registered Users Posts: 51
    You need to scrunch out the crunch.

    Literally, just gently scrunch your curls after they've dried, and the wet look will go away.

    And don't worry if you feel a little silly because you didn't know that... I just found that out a couple of weeks ago, and I've been using gel since I was like.... 11? I'm 32 now. :lol:
    American living in the UK going on 5 years now.

    Currently trying out:
    • Boots Essentials Classic Care Conditioner
    • Boots Essentials Curl Cream
    • Shockwaves Ultra Hold Gel
    • Dark & Lovely Ultra Cholesterol Conditioning Treatment (as a DT)
    My fotki album.

    Convo with my husband:
    Him: I'm cold. Turn on the heat.
    Me: You turn on the heat. You're already up.
    Him: You turn on the heat! What do I look like, some heat-er... turn-er... on-er... guy?
    :laughing7:
  • NottyNotty Registered Users Posts: 1,456
    i'mcurly? wrote: »
    Hi everyone!

    I am VERY newly curly, and am completely lost, lol! My hair has always been long and straightish (except when I was very little and I had Shirley Temple curls). I was thinking back to the curls I used to have, and decided to try the CG method just to see what would happen. I was IMMEDIATELY a 2b! I'm hoping for 3c potential, but we'll see!

    Anyway, even when my hair is dry, it looks wet. Last night I wet it (no conditioner), applied a dime of gel and scrunched, then slept in a "plop". Today my curl looks great, but wet. It has looked wet since I started. Am I using too much of something, or is my hair still trying to adjust (I just went poo-less last week). I am having to fight the urge to brush to make it look softer!

    Thanks!
    Christi

    First of all...........step away from the brush.

    Have you tried ACV (Apple Cidar Vinegar) mix a couple of teaspoons into a cup or more water, rinse it out after you co-wash, (don't worry the smell won't stay). Then do the condition or leave-in. Good Luck and don't forget we love pictures!:blob7:
    :toothy7:between Botticelli & Corkscrew curly-very thick, coarse hair
    http://public.fotki.com/notty6



    When I get to be 'Queen of the World', I will absolish WIND!!!:queen:
  • kat180kat180 Registered Users Posts: 6,280 Curl Novice
    I would say its probably the gel- it doesn't sound like you are putting a lot in but I know my hair has that wet look from gel until I have scrunched out the crunch. It can take a while to find a gel or creme combo that works for you (Im still looking) the stuff Im using at the moment doesn't scrunch out easily and I end up playing with it all day to get rid of the hardness, and I only used a pea-sized amount diluted with some water! I would try the acv rinse too. Im sure part of it is probably your hair adjusting but please don't brush you lovely waves out!
  • a.l.i.c.e.a.l.i.c.e. Registered Users Posts: 673
    Gel on wet hair just doesn't work for me very well. Even after I scrunch out the crunch I still look wet for some reason. I have found that I get better results with a curl cream scrunched into wet hair. Then once my hair dries, I use a tiny bit of gel to seal down any frizzies the cream didn't control.
    botticelli-ish bob.

    Current Routine:
    -Suave Aloe & Waterlily cowash/leave-in
    -Giovanni Direct Leave-In
    -FOTE aloe vera gel
  • rudeechickrudeechick Registered Users Posts: 6,726
    Hi, I'm kinda new to the site, but not to curls. If your hair feels crunchy or crispy AND looks wet, it's likely your gel. Maybe try a diff one - or a curl creme or Mousse.

    Congrats on your new found wave! Some curlies find that a cut or trim helps those waves turn to curls.

    Good luck!
    Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot:geek:
    3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
    My Photobucket Album
  • tlentz04tlentz04 Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 0 Curl Neophyte
    I have the same issue. New to CG as well. It's only been about a week, but I have been only washing my hair every 3-4 days for several years. I dont use gel at all right now, but my hair still feels wet. It's soft to the touch, but still looks wet. I didn't like the gel, and switched to a cream, but am still having the issue. I just clarified yesterday, did a deep condition, added a leave in, and a cream. Does the wet look stop after a bit?
  • stokes874512stokes874512 Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 0 Curl Neophyte
    Since it is so dry, of course, condition it really well. Aveda “Dry Remedy” products include several options including oil that conditions without leaving a wet-looking sheen. You could possibly cut your hair or layer it a bit. Old fashioned setting overnight with foam curlers or loose braids it a combination of both can create long-lasting curls without damage. Glad you have thick hair going for you! See: https://time4buying.com/best-hair-toners
  • jimsmithsjimsmiths Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 0 Curl Neophyte
    You can also use hairspray to help keep baby hairs in check. Editor's tip: Make sure to use the hair spray before the hair gel has dried. Take the can of hair spray and spritz some onto your wet hairdo from about 10-12 inches from away from your head. And cactus planter pot's oil is also good fot that .see further https://expertplantman.com/best-pots-for-christmas-cactus/
  • jimsmithsjimsmiths Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 0 Curl Neophyte
    and you can get further details on lil peep crybaby bird, where you will get the information about how to get curly hairs for whole day...https://peepmerch.store/product/lil-peep-crybaby-sweatpants/
  • jimsmithsjimsmiths Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 0 Curl Neophyte
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  • jimsmithsjimsmiths Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 0 Curl Neophyte
    Kigurumi, inaczej onesie, to jednoczęściowy kostium, który narodził się w Japonii i początkowo służył tamtejszym artystom, jednak szybko został zapożyczony przez szersze grono klientów, z uwagi na jego nadzwyczajny komfort i oryginalny wygląd. Obecnie może przedstawiać prawie dowolny wzór graficzny. Kigurumi świetnie się sprawdza w roli piżamy, jak i przebrania. Jeśli masz do siebie dystans, kigurumi może też służyć jako zwykły strój. https://kigurumistore.com.pl/shop
  • KINGsdaughterKINGsdaughter Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 0 Curl Neophyte
    you must have some healthy naturally shiny hair, cant say i would complain about that. wish mine did that:)
  • SheilySheily Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 2 Curl Neophyte
    There are two big things going on that you might want to address: 1) the build up of product and 2) the overly hydrated condition your hair is in.

    Product buildup can be caused by a variety of factors, but usually it's over-application or high use of oil-based products (which can penetrate deep into the coils). This makes it difficult for water to actually rinse away any residue from shampoo because oils repel water (like how oil and vinegar don't mix!). However, what you're describing sounds like an issue of being over-hydrated. The best way to eliminate this problem is with frequent conditioning treatments, which add weight back onto the hair without pulling on its natural fluidity.
    Second You should choose Silk Satin Pillowcase rather than cotton or flannel pillowcase
  • modegrrlmodegrrl Registered Users Posts: 278 Curl Connoisseur
    I would try using a curl cream instead of gel.  Some have hold ingredients and some don't.  You could experiment with trial sizes.  These polymers in these gels are essentially plastic and some people like the strong hold but some don't.
    "For many years the National Pretend Speed Limit was fifty-five miles per hour"--Dave Barry

    PW: frizzella
  • andreajones188andreajones188 Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 127 Curl Connoisseur
    Curly hair rocks, but it can be pretty challenging to deal with. It takes some work to get it to look just right, and if you’re naturally curly-headed, we don’t have to tell you this twice - you’ve learned it the hard way. You’ll also be hard-pressed to figure out the perfect products and routine for your high-maintenance coils. Even after hours of styling and globs of product, it can still look like you just got out of bed. How can you make sure that your curls are always looking gorgeous, glossy and full of life?

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