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Ride the WAVE with me

Hey all,

 

My hair was a beautiful 3B my teen and college years. After issues with hormones and kids I have only wave left. It is frustrating not knowing how to style your hair anymore. My hair is now 2B, 2C would be an excellent day.

 

I plan to have a no-buy for makeup for one year (started Nov 2018) and focus on finding the right hair products. I want to take the process gradually and give things time.

 

I started using Devacurl in Spring 2018. I had low-poo, one condition, and arc angel gel. My hair looked and felt like straw and was not getting any curl back so I stopped using all three products.

 

In October I chopped off a lot of hair for donation and hoped to get some bounce back. The stylist (Deva certified) recommended no-poo, one condition, coconut styling cream, and b-leave in gel. The routine was okay but I wanted more out of my hair.

 

Over the past week I changed my styling product to arc angel gel. I know, I know, the stylist and others have already said it was too heavy for my hair. I just wanted to experiment and find what product caused my hair to turn to straw in the spring. Arc angel seems to be in the clear. But since it isn't helping with any curl, I will pass it on to my 3C/4A mom.

 

I plan to resume the last routine and see how it goes or if it still seems lackluster. My one condition is almost out but I have a one condition delight. I want to see how my hair reacts to this.

 

I also have samples of Decadence. I believe it will likely be too heavy but it is time to find what works and what doesn't.

 

So here begins my hair journey. Hoping to either learn to ride the waves or return to curl.

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Hi friends! Have any of you tried the Curlsmith line? Unfortunately the new Living Proof line isn't working out as well as I'd hoped, so I'm back on the hunt for a shampoo, conditioner, and light defining cream. 

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Hey, wave riders!  Today was my turn to get my hair done.  Nothing dramatic like @CarolBT , only 1" or so, but what a huge difference!  My hair feels so much lighter and my curls have some definition.  I talked to my stylist about possibly doing some highlights next time--we'll see.  I haven't done that in years!

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@Titian06  Wow beautiful curls!!!!! What do you use in your hair??

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@ather - I use Seed Phytonutrients Anti-Frizz Cream.  I also use Bumble and bumble Surf Styling Leave In 5 oz/ 150 mL and DevaCurl B'LEAVE-IN™ Miracle Curl Plumper.  But the Anti-Frizz Cream is my favorite.

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@Titian06  I will have to see if that anti frizz one is available in Canada!! Thank you!! 

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Your hair looks great, @Titian06!

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Thank you so much, @curlychiquita !  💖💖💖

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Your hair looks gorgeous @Titian06. You are correct that even a small tweak to your Chan make a big difference!

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Sorry darn auto correct @Titian06. I meant to say that even small tweaks to your hair make a big difference.

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Thanks, @Loretta55 !  Yes, autocorrect and I don't always get along.  Of course, you don't notice until after you hit send or post! 😄

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Hi Beloved BIC, I made a big change this weekend and I cut off 17 inches of hair. What!? That's a lot! 

Now that my natural wave is on display, I'd love to keep it that way. I'm looking for recommendations on your favorite curl enhancers, curl definers (is that a thing? curl definer?), root lifts, sea sprays, etc. What do you love and why? Here’s a before and after:

 

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@CarolBT Your hair looks beautiful! Unfortunately the product journey is truly trial-and-error, which can be fun if you're a product junkie but also a little frustrating. I've learned that on my fine-thick-wavy (2b) hair, wave sprays don't do very much, foams and mousses are fine but I haven't found one I love, and most creams/butters are way too heavy. I've also learned that application technique can be almost as important as the products themselves. 

 

For a lazy wave day, I smooth in a light leave-in followed by the Davines Oil Non-Oil, then air dry. If I really want to pop the curl, the process is more involved: while I'm still in the shower, on very wet hair with my head upside-down, I smooth in a light cream (like Living Proof Curl Enhancer Conditioning Cream 6.7 oz/ 200 mL ), then take a tiny bit more and start to scrunch. I then take a quarter-sized amount of my favorite gel - Ouidad Climate Control - and scrunch that in. Flip my head rightside-up, take a tiny bit more gel and scrunch through the back 'cause it tends to get goofy. I blot the excess water with a t-shirt or curly tee towel, then air dry or diffuse depending on the day. It sounds RIDICULOUS when I type it out, but it truly makes a difference! 

 

Have fun on your hair journey!

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@tastelikewater Thank you for the tip on the Living Proof! I just got Virtue Curl Defining Whip and Virtue Mini Create 6-in-1 Styler 2 oz/ 60 mL and so far so good. I'm doing the no-towel-rubbing thing and only scrunching in the product while leaning my head to the side. So far, so good!

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I love your new cut, @CarolBT!

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@CarolBT , I have a couple of questions. How do you plan on styling your hair? Do you plan on diffusing your hair or letting it air dry? I am always looking for reliable styling products but I can recommend styling refreshers. I like OUAI Mini Wave Spray 1.7 oz/ 50 mL and DevaCurl MIST-ER RIGHT® Dream Curl Refresher 12 oz/ 355 mL . 

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@Loretta55 probably both! Depending on the day, event, or mood. I diffused it this morning and the curls were not as defined as when the stylist did it, so I think there is some sort of product she used that I need to get. Maybe a paste sort of thing? I think I have the Ouai spray in one of my product stashes! Will need to dig and find it (low spend/no spend). 

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@CarolBT , are you scrunching your hair styling products? I noticed that after I apply my styling products I section my hair to scrunch curls in my hair. I try to take my time scrunching my hair into curls and then depending on how much time I have I will either diffuse my hair or just let it air dry.
I find that my hair does not like paste products. Unfortunately it will involve a lot of trial and error to find the best products for your hair. 

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@CarolBT - I love your new shorter hair!  You look great!  I'm with @ather on the Bumble and bumble Surf Styling Leave In 5 oz/ 150 mL.  I also like DevaCurl B'LEAVE-IN™ Miracle Curl Plumper and Seed Phytonutrients Anti-Frizz Cream.

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@CarolBT  Wow!! You look amazing with short hair!!!! I’ve been using Bumble and bumble Surf Spray 4 oz/ 125 mL  and Bumble and bumble Surf Styling Leave In 5 oz/ 150 mL  the spray I’m not totally in love with but I’m loving the leave in. I’ve got super fine hair so I don’t like to have it to weighed down.

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Oh @ather , thanks for the reco on the Bumble and Bumble leave-in! I'll check it out. 

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