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Stringy curls...

Anyone have any advice on how to get rid of stringy curls?

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  • BoomygrrlBoomygrrl Posts: 4,940Registered Users
    What's your routine? I would say go one step "harsher" and see if that works. If you only CO wash, then try a non-sulfate shampoo...if you use non-sulfate shampoos, then use a sulfate shampoo...only every once in awhile, of course, as a "clarifying wash."
    If you use sulfate shampoos, then get an actual clarifying shampoo (which might have stronger or more sulfates in it).

    Some people will recommend baking soda, but I think even the harshest shampoo is more gentle than baking soda...but you be the judge...everyone's hair is different.

    Good luck!
    That's right, I said it! I wear scrunchies!!

    I am a sulfate washing, cone slabbing, curly lovin' s.o.b. The CG police haven't caught me yet.
    :blob8:

    3a/3b
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    Nope. My curls are little and are just that way.
    Kiva! Microfinance works.

    Med/Coarse, porous curly.
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,757Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    Yep same here. Strings instead of ropes.

    Some people have success with different methods mentioned here, but none work for my hair. I have no luck with the search function here or I would give you some links.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, joined the forums in May 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, currently at mid back length when dry,  texture-medium/fine, porosity-top is low, middle is medium, ends are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, coconut oil, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
    --My article at NaturallyCurly about going grey. Yes, it's in the senior section. : / -- https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/seniors/how-i-went-completely-gray-and-loved-it
  • MysticSpiralMysticSpiral Posts: 1,024Registered Users
    I found that gel settled on my hair and broke up my clumps into strings, I changed to using a mousse
    Lady Fand of the Joy Filled Summer Skys in the Order of the Curly Crusaders!
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  • mitabirdmitabird Posts: 226Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I know this doesn't apply to everyone, but raking gives my stringy curls. I have to smooth and then scrunch in products.
    Western Pennsylvania

    3b, medium textured, medium thickness, medium porosity, protein sensitive
    CG since 6/22/04

    CO Washes: Suave Conditioners, Devacurl No Poo
    Conditioners: Trader Joe Nourish, GV Conditioning Balm, JC Too Shea
    Styling: Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee, Chi Infra Gel, GF Pure Clean Gel
    DT: Devacurl Heaven in Hair, Nature's Therapy Mega Moisture, Hask Henna & Placenta (every 3 mo)

    Hair photos
    pw: manycurls
  • belasunabelasuna Posts: 599Registered Users
    mitabird wrote: »
    I know this doesn't apply to everyone, but raking gives my stringy curls. I have to smooth and then scrunch in products.

    +1. I do the ponytail method...smoothing on the product like you would smooth out a ponytail. Then I scrunch very gently. As with Mitabird, if I rake at all I get stringy curls + frizz.
    ~belasuna :angel1:
    3a/b, very dry, fine/med-coarse, high porosity
    CG since 7/27/09
    Bella Curl Products
    CW: protein free-cleansing creme
    CO: protein free MRcondish
    Styler: FSG + protein free LI Elixir, Gellie, Shine & Seal Serum
    Lady of Elixir, Keeper of the Secret Blend, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders
  • IamDonnaIamDonna Posts: 546Registered Users
    mitabird wrote: »
    I know this doesn't apply to everyone, but raking gives my stringy curls. I have to smooth and then scrunch in products.
    +1
    :love1:3a Long (waist) thick med course dry thirsty
    Poo: Eulence moisture
    Co-wash: GVP CB
    Condish: GVP CB
    LI: KBB nectar
    Styler: CK CIAB
    Gel: BRHG
    DT: Curl Junkie
    Diffuse 70% dry
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  • hairlikethewaterhairlikethewater Posts: 15Registered Users
    I would try this:

    1. Wash with something that will remove grease and build-up.

    2. Use conditioner and comb out thoroughly.

    3. When you get out, apple leave-in, but go easy. Also, Apply hairgel. Once the hairgel dries, scrunch out the crunch. Stringiness should be gone. :)
  • FairlyCurlyFairlyCurly Posts: 839Registered Users
    mitabird wrote: »
    I know this doesn't apply to everyone, but raking gives my stringy curls. I have to smooth and then scrunch in products.

    I agree. When I rake in a product my curls get weighed down and stringy. It's better for me to first shake the curl into my hair and then scrunch the product in. Scrunching works better if you start from the bottom and scrunch upwards towards the root. Also, I think the less product you use, the less likely you are to end up with stringy and weighed down curls.
    3a/3b, Fine, low porosity.
  • sveetiepiesveetiepie Posts: 209Registered Users
    you may want to cut out the gel too.
    I found once the cooler weather came my gel turned my curls stringy- now I just put my curl cream in and it seems to be working.

    shoulder length long layered 2b/3a lots of it
    wash: Live Clean shampoo Abba pure curl Mop c hydrating
    cond: suave coconut Goldwell curly twist
    Protein: Redken Extreme Cat
    style: Ag:recoil Deva Mist-er right
  • Heather0kayHeather0kay Posts: 667Registered Users
    I have super fine, thin hair and a lot of gels with strong hold glues my hair into unscrunchable strings. Sometimes a leave-in will help but not too much or it will cause more strings! For fuller curls I like AOMM with a little [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Curly-Qs-Curly-Q-Gel-lesc-p-944.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=Curly-Q-Curl-Gel-Les-C]Curly-Q Gel-les'c[/buylink] or BHRG over top ( on fairly wet hair). With this combo it may take some time to SOTC but I get no frizz and the fullness lasts all day.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Type: 3a, fine, thin, low porosity Water/Climate: soft/ marine Washes: water w/washcloth, shikakai, clay Condition: Style:Seamollient, CurlsPFCCP, Miracurl, Gel-les'c, CK; rudeechick's super soaker method; blot, air dry 30 min; diffuse
  • curls101curls101 Posts: 334Registered Users
    i use a mousse and the Giovanni leave in ...
  • Robin-in-FLRobin-in-FL Posts: 1,731Registered Users
    SicilyCurl wrote: »
    mitabird wrote: »
    I know this doesn't apply to everyone, but raking gives my stringy curls. I have to smooth and then scrunch in products.

    I agree. When I rake in a product my curls get weighed down and stringy. It's better for me to first shake the curl into my hair and then scrunch the product in. Scrunching works better if you start from the bottom and scrunch upwards towards the root. Also, I think the less product you use, the less likely you are to end up with stringy and weighed down curls.

    Sorry, hijaking but several people here said they scrunch in, not rake, including iamdonna, who has long hair...

    I can't figure out how people do this without getting messy hair.

    If you don't rake products through, or comb after shower how are you getting product on evenly and not in spots? And how are you not ending up with one big messy mat of hair?

    I've not found any way to get even application without sectioning and raking, and haven't figured out how to not comb or finger-comb while styling, scrunch-in just seems to make a mess. My daughter with the thin and fine hair can scrunch-in after combing (not comb gel thru) but she doesn't have much hair, some of y'all have lots and I'd like to know how you accomplish the scrunch-in without causing uneven application and tangling.
    2c / C / iii (FIA)
    Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

    Shoulder-Length now.

    Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
    Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
    Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
    Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

    Henna!
  • tinahtinah Posts: 1,195Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'm wondering if some of this might be cause by the product. I've changed my routine lately and I've had really good results with it. I've been getting out of the shower with my hair sopping wet - don't even wring it out in the shower and then scrunching in a fair amount of conditioner (using as a leave in). Then I don't comb it or anyting - just wrap it up for about ten minutes to get the water out of it. When I take it down I position the curls to either side of my part and either leave it or diffuse it for more volume. This has given me really great hair. I've been using the GFTN as a leave in but I've noticed my curls are really skinny. I decided to try a different conditioner as a leave in last night. I used the Aldi's knock off of the co balm. It gave me some fat curls but mostly just undefined fluff. Tonight I'm going to try the GF sleek and shine conditioner and see what it does. I don't mind the skinny curls that much but would like it if they were just a bit fatter. But I think the product might have something to do with my results. Not saying that's the case for everyone but it's something to consider.
    CG - 3/27/09
    3b - dry - medium texture/medium porosity!
    Co wash/rinseout/leave in: currently auditioning products
    Styling: lube and BRHG
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I get stringy curls with too much product. Maybe try cutting back on it and see what happens?
  • IamDonnaIamDonna Posts: 546Registered Users
    SicilyCurl wrote: »
    mitabird wrote: »
    I know this doesn't apply to everyone, but raking gives my stringy curls. I have to smooth and then scrunch in products.

    I agree. When I rake in a product my curls get weighed down and stringy. It's better for me to first shake the curl into my hair and then scrunch the product in. Scrunching works better if you start from the bottom and scrunch upwards towards the root. Also, I think the less product you use, the less likely you are to end up with stringy and weighed down curls.

    Sorry, hijaking but several people here said they scrunch in, not rake, including iamdonna, who has long hair...

    I can't figure out how people do this without getting messy hair.

    If you don't rake products through, or comb after shower how are you getting product on evenly and not in spots? And how are you not ending up with one big messy mat of hair?

    I've not found any way to get even application without sectioning and raking, and haven't figured out how to not comb or finger-comb while styling, scrunch-in just seems to make a mess. My daughter with the thin and fine hair can scrunch-in after combing (not comb gel thru) but she doesn't have much hair, some of y'all have lots and I'd like to know how you accomplish the scrunch-in without causing uneven application and tangling.[/quote

    I only comb and detangle (with condish) in the shower with water running thru my hair.
    Never ever attempt to comb or brush otherwise.
    Upside down with dripping wet hair I apply products.
    Smoothing, scrunching, and squishing to distribute.
    It seems to result in even application. If I think not I spray water on it and squish and scrunch some more.
    Plop for about 5-10 mins so it doesn't drip all over me. Arrange my part and spay a bit more water if I have to then air dry for while & diffuse to perk things up. (about 75% dry). Pinapple and go to bed.
    :love1:3a Long (waist) thick med course dry thirsty
    Poo: Eulence moisture
    Co-wash: GVP CB
    Condish: GVP CB
    LI: KBB nectar
    Styler: CK CIAB
    Gel: BRHG
    DT: Curl Junkie
    Diffuse 70% dry
    Location: Pompano Bch Florida
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  • NalliaNallia Posts: 2,979Registered Users
    Speckla wrote: »
    I get stringy curls with too much product. Maybe try cutting back on it and see what happens?
    Me too.

    I do rake in my leave-in. Then I scrunch in my styling products. I scrunch from the ends up to the roots, and I squeeze a bit around the sections along the length, both with my hands (when applying product) and with my curl towel. That puts the clumps back that get broken up. Since my hair is fine, I have to scrunch very gently or everything breaks apart beyond any ability to get it back together. Scrunching gently and squeezing a bit along the length keeps that from happening.

    But if I use t much product, my hair will end up stringy no matter what I do. And there are some products that make my hair stringy regardless, like KBB Hair Milk.
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  • Heather0kayHeather0kay Posts: 667Registered Users
    I rake/comb then scrunch; if I just scrunch I get maybe 3 clumps because my hair is so fine.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Type: 3a, fine, thin, low porosity Water/Climate: soft/ marine Washes: water w/washcloth, shikakai, clay Condition: Style:Seamollient, CurlsPFCCP, Miracurl, Gel-les'c, CK; rudeechick's super soaker method; blot, air dry 30 min; diffuse
  • knotty_loveknotty_love Posts: 170Registered Users
    I noticed after I've been doing hair masks, my curls are clumpier and thicker. I feel, my hair was lacking protein and causing it to b limp.
    Sometimes I think the craziness just curls out of my head..:geek:

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  • runnerchickirunnerchicki Posts: 475Registered Users
    I have no advice because I've come to the conclusion that this is just how my hair behaves.

    I prefer to call them "skinny" curls.:laughing6:
    FIA: 2cFii

    Lady Crispina, Confector of Pharmaceutria and Conjurer of Exquisitus JuJu, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders
  • IamDonnaIamDonna Posts: 546Registered Users
    I have no advice because I've come to the conclusion that this is just how my hair behaves.

    I prefer to call them "skinny" curls.:laughing6:

    Me TOO!!!
    After it drys they all hang together and create an illusion of fatter curls.
    :love1:3a Long (waist) thick med course dry thirsty
    Poo: Eulence moisture
    Co-wash: GVP CB
    Condish: GVP CB
    LI: KBB nectar
    Styler: CK CIAB
    Gel: BRHG
    DT: Curl Junkie
    Diffuse 70% dry
    Location: Pompano Bch Florida
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  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    mitabird wrote: »
    I know this doesn't apply to everyone, but raking gives my stringy curls. I have to smooth and then scrunch in products.

    +1
    4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

    HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils

    SL APL BSL MBL
  • mamaherreramamaherrera Posts: 886Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    mitabird wrote: »
    I know this doesn't apply to everyone, but raking gives my stringy curls. I have to smooth and then scrunch in products.

    I just have to say that I want clumps like yours, beautiful. Mine used to be fatter ringlets, less in quantity, but fat. Now, right straight out of the shower, they're skinnier from the get go. Doesn't matter if I apply product to soaking wet hair, they're already formed into these skinny clumps. Obviously mine is a new thing, I don't know how to get my thicker ringlets back. In the back, I still get fairly thick clumps, but on the sides, they're more but skinnier. :icescream:
    2c
    Medium texture
    Normal porosity
    Normal elasticity
    can get weighed down with lots of oils
    Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
    Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
    Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
    Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
    Gel: Kiss my face gel
    DT:Jessicurl
    Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
    working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
  • Valerie J.Valerie J. Posts: 8Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I went through this about a year ago. I think I was using too many products with glycerin. Everything I used seemed to have glycerin. I did a sulfate poo wash, protein treatment, moisturizing treatment and things were much better. I cut out glycerin in my products for about 6 weeks, then slowly reintroduced them, but now mix up my products some have glycerin some don't. When I see my curls starting to get a little limp, I do a protein then moisture treatment and it helps.
    3A, low porosity, fine.
    Shampoos- KC Come Clean, SheaMoisture Baby Head to Toe, CJ Daily Fix
    Rinse Out Cond - Biolage Cond Balm, AOGPB original
    Leave In - KCNT, Shea Moisture Leave in (white bottle) just bought YTC leave in
    Styling - Curls Goddess Curls (Target), ECO Styler Krystal :love1:, CJCQ, CJCIAB
    PT - ION Effective Care, Deva Heaven in Hair
    DT - SheaMoisture Mask, CJCR
    Pomade - Jane Carter Nourish & Shine
  • mamaherreramamaherrera Posts: 886Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    good reflection. Thanks for sharing! It's always something. Now my ends are are separated, they're looking for moisture, I'm sure!
    2c
    Medium texture
    Normal porosity
    Normal elasticity
    can get weighed down with lots of oils
    Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
    Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
    Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
    Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
    Gel: Kiss my face gel
    DT:Jessicurl
    Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
    working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
  • SereneCurlsSereneCurls Posts: 1,145Registered Users
    Kind of a dumb question, but do skinny curls look worse than fat curls for any reason? Is it just a matter of preference? I know what looks better by feel but I'm looking for a visual reference.
    3a, dense, fairly coarse, normal porosity and elasticity, just below shoulder
    Low poo: Giovanni 50 50
    Co-wash: aia, suave coconut, salon care
    R O: Tresume Naturals, gvpcb
    L I: KCKT, gvpcb
    Stylers: cjpp, re : coil, kccc, brhg
    Oils: coconut, argan
    Experimenting with: curls rock amplifier, pantene mousse
  • rhosyn_durhosyn_du Posts: 99Registered Users
    Kind of a dumb question, but do skinny curls look worse than fat curls for any reason? Is it just a matter of preference? I know what looks better by feel but I'm looking for a visual reference.

    I think to some degree it really depends on how curly/loopy and consistent your curl pattern is. For example, last night on the train, I saw a woman with absolutely gorgeous 3c/4a skinny curls. They were tiny and sproingy-looking and just lovely. My hair, on the other hand, tends to look stringy, unwashed, and pretty much exactly like Hollywood-styled "bad hair" if I end up with skinnier clumps in my 2b canopy over my 3a underlayer.
    2c, fine/medium with a few coarse grays, medium porosity, normal elasticity, protein-sensitive

    Modified CG
    Low-Poo: L'Oreal EverCurl Shampoo
    RO: L'Oreal EverCurl Conditioner
    LOC: KCKT,
    Nightblooming Triple Moon Hair Anointing Oil, & Nightblooming Panacea or Freya Hair Salve
    Styling: Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Gel, Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Finishing Paste
  • SereneCurlsSereneCurls Posts: 1,145Registered Users
    Oh thanks, that makes sense now. :)
    3a, dense, fairly coarse, normal porosity and elasticity, just below shoulder
    Low poo: Giovanni 50 50
    Co-wash: aia, suave coconut, salon care
    R O: Tresume Naturals, gvpcb
    L I: KCKT, gvpcb
    Stylers: cjpp, re : coil, kccc, brhg
    Oils: coconut, argan
    Experimenting with: curls rock amplifier, pantene mousse

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