Post # 1
My fiance and I have our engagement photos coming up and I’m trying to decide what to do with my hair. I have naturally dark brown hair, currently no highlites or any hair color. Texture-wise, I have a lot of hair, very coarse if I don’t blow dry it with a round brush, naturally frizzy and crazy curls (not attractive curls). My hair is just touching my shoulders.
I wanted to wear my hair down for the photos, but it just lies flat and limp. I tried using the product “Aquage” to add body to my hair and it works for about 10 minutes, then my hair goes limp again. I tried teasing and spraying with hairspray, works for like 10 minutes then goes flat. I bought a curling iron because I wanted to try out some big loose curls, but my hair won’t hold a curl.
Any suggestions of a product I can use? I’m looking for body and volume. Thanks!
Post # 3
I have no idea…I use Aquage on my roots and it does a great job.
There is this really cheapo hairspray that will hold anything. It’s called Freeze It (the purple label, not the pink). I find it at Walmart for about $3/can. It holds ANYTHING. Maybe try that and see.
Post # 4
@nansky85: Same hair here. Try Foxy curls line or Diva Curl .. I think thats what it’s called. I would also by it’s a 10 for leave conditioner! My hair is so soft and smooth and very easy to deal with, with those products … gel has always been too heavy for me but mousse or a cream usually helps keep it lihjt and bouncy while holding the curls! 🙂 ALSO invest in a blowdrier with a diffuser! It spreads out the air and help decrease frizz!
Post # 5
@nansky85: Hmm. It sounds like you and I have very similar types of hair (if your hair is naturally curly–which it sounds like it is?). Have you ever tried “plopping” your hair dry? Apply product first (try moroccan oil styling creme for curly hair which might have the texture you need for your coarse hair). You then basically bend over at the waist and shake out your hair and while still bent over you put your head on an old t-shirt and wrap it up kind of like a turban (search for plopping on youtube to see how to do it). This allows your curls to dry on top of your head and it should help them maintain their natural shape. The reason you use a t-shirt is because the texture of towels usually contributes to making your hair frizzy. Then, allow it to dry in the “plopping” method for 15 minutes or so, take it down and air dry it–and do not touch it!!! Do not touch it until it is completely, 100% dry.
Another way that I like to style my hair that I actually like even better than plopping is to apply product (again–try the moroccan oil curl creme) and take my hair while it is still wet and grab a section about 2 inches wide and twist tightly until it looks like a rope. Then I take another section and repeat. Do this until all of your hair is twisted. Basically, it should look like you have Shirley Temple banana curls at this point. Then I hairspray my hair while it is in the banana curls and do not touch them again while they air dry. Once my hair is completely, 100 % dry, I flip my hair upside down and shake it out and finger comb through the curls to loosen them up. Then, flip up again and your curls will have a ton of volume, but in about 10 minutes, they will settle down and it will look like you have perfect curling iron curls. If there are any pieces that still remain in banana curls, just gently separate them using your fingers. I think this works best if you already have some layers cut into your hair.
Lastly, you might want to consider just getting a blow-out at a salon on the day of your engagement photos. They are usually about $35+tip, will last a few days, and they can usually give your hair volume and body that is very hard to get when you blow dry yourself.
I am happy to help if you have any other questions. I have tried many high-end products for my hair and can offer recommendations or reviews.
Post # 6
Thank you ladies!
I actually tried a new method to doing my hair and I think it really helped me. First when I showered this morning, I didn’t use any conditioner. Then I put more Aquage in my hair this morning and blow dried my hair upside down. Normally, I would have just worked through my hair upright with a round brush, but doing it upside down with my hands was much more effective. When I straightened out- I had a big poof of volume and then was able to manage it better with the straightener.
Anyone know a good hairspray? I’ve heard good things about Kenra 25.. any thoughts?
Post # 7
Use clarifying shampoo.
Blow dry hair after shower with round brush, take care to pull hair away from scalp with brush. Loreal Eversleek Frizz Serum. Big Sexy Hair Volumizing gel.
Post # 8
@nansky85: I have similar hair! I use the Be Curly line from Aveda. Without it, my hair is the nasty kind of curly and limp and frizzy all in one.
I recently started using the Be Curly shampoo and conditioner. When I get out of the shower, I use the style prep. Once that’s all through my hair, I use the curl lotion.
Aveda is very expensive, I just happen to find it worth it for my hair. I’ve used the styling products for a couple years, but just started using the shampoo and conditioner as well and think it makes a difference. The nice thing about their products is that a little goes a long way.
Post # 9
@nansky85: You NEED to moisturize your hair!! The less you put in your hair the more friz you get! The more deep clairfying you do will strip your hair of nutrients and leave it for easier damage. My sister is a cosmetologist and and has always stressed using the right conditioner. Curly hair is drier than straight. If you do anything please get it’s a 10 from a salon and spray it on after showering and blow dry and style like usual!