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    Kate
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    My hair’s also pretty curly but fragile and not thick. And frizzy. A lot of the curl products that work great on other people are way too much for my hair… too heavy. One I remember worked pretty well was MoroccanOil Curl Cream.

    I would say if a product line is pricey, see if you can get samples OR if you can return the unused portion. Curly hair is so different from person to person and takes a lot of experimentation.

    Check out the blog hairromance.com to learn how to work with curly hair and do cute hairstyles to make you look put together for work in just a few minutes.

    #742010 Reply
    freckles
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    I have a curly poofy mess and I have used so many different products trying to figure out what works for me. But I think I’ve finally got it.

    I use DevaCurl products in the shower (the No-Poo Shampoo and the One Conditioner). When I get out, I use Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask in my still sopping wet hair (run it through and scrunch). Then I plop my hair in a t-shirt and leave it like that for 15-20 minutes (Google it if you’re not familiar with plopping – it’s the best!).

    After I take my hair out, I use Moroccanoil hair treatment (the original). I swear this has made the biggest difference in my hair! Pricey, but worth it! Then I add a little DevaCurl gel, and let it air dry as I go about my day.

    Summary:
    – Devacurl shampoo and conditioner
    – Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
    – Moroccanoil Treatment
    – Devacurl gel
    – plopping!

    It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely better than it used to be.

    @kate, I’m intrigued by the Oribe products, I’ll have to look into those!

    #742012 Reply
    Copa
    Copa
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    I’m pretty sure my sister uses Devacurl, too, but I’ll ask to be sure. She can put gel in her hair, scrunch it, and leave — her hair curls nicely, but a lot of drugstore products made it crunchy/heavy and did nothing for frizz. I got a gel for curly hair in my Birchbox a couple years ago and gave it to her. I *think* it was Devacurl, and one day I asked what she did differently. Her curls looked so much nicer. Not crunchy, not frizzy. It was the gel! I bought her a full-sized version for Christmas that year. 🙂

    ETA: I’m pretty sure Kate linked to the brush a bunch of us have been raving about in these forums. I got my sister into that brush, and it even does a great job on her super thick, very curly hair. (I wasn’t sure it would.)

    #742016 Reply
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    Kate
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    Yeah, Steph, if you need to look polished quick, that dryer brush is a godsend. It volumizes too, so your hair won’t be flat.

    Lianne has a toddler and travels a lot for work, and she said that thing totally changed her game. She washes at night, puts it in a bun or something, then takes it down in the morning still a bit damp, and is able to blow it out smooth really quickly. Neither of us could do very well with a normal dryer and brush… took forever, didn’t look smooth, would have to go over it with a straightener. This does it all at once.

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    anonymousse
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    How many months postpartum? Is part of the frizz all your baby hairs growing back after it fell out around 3mos PP?
    I have frizzy, fine, wavy hair, it’s generally about 2a. I’ve learned a few things related to the frizz recently.

    Do you co wash?
    I wash with a sulfate free shampoo around my face or where my hair is oily, but I co wash or just condition otherwise. It’s cut a ton of frizz down for me.
    I use B&b mending conditioner. It’s light, but repairs my frizz like magic. I’m not enthused about their Don’t Blow It. I like Living Proof perfect day shampoo and conditioner, and their Frizz line. You should try to avoid heat stying as much as possible. However, I love both of the brushes. I typically air dry if possible and swipe through with the brush.
    I also have a silk pillowcase which helps with my bedhead acquired frizz and split ends.

    And going to your favorite stylist and trying to figure out a better cut for your lifestyle/time in the morning might help.

    #742022 Reply
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    Kate
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    Did you get the round one, Anon??

    #742023 Reply
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    anonymousse
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    I bought both of the ones you recommended! I use the round one more. I’m not sure I’ve used the first one since I got the round one.

    #742025 Reply
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    Kate
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    Yeah, wish I’d known about the round one first!

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    anonymousse
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    They’re both great! I was sold on your recommendations.

    #742050 Reply
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    SpaceySteph
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    It could be all the hair growing back, I guess. But even the hair that’s longer (not the frizz) seems to have a different texture that isn’t as soft/sleek as it used to be. And my hair has always been pretty frizzy, so I’m not sure if its worse now or more noticable. Or maybe that due to other stress and sleep deprivation in my life, its affecting my appearance more.

    I had never heard of co-washing before now… seriously I am such a newbie about hair despite having had it for 31 years! I use shampoo (and then conditioner) every other day, don’t wash my hair at all on the alternating days. I could try to go down to just shampooing after I work out once a week but I don’t think I could skip it altogether. Also in googling co-wash there was mention of using combo shampoo/conditioner vs straight shampoo so that’s maybe something to try too.

    Thanks for all the great ideas ladies!

    #742102 Reply
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    Kate
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    I think the first thing you should do is get a clarifying shampoo. There’s a good one by Suave Naturals, or there was recently. Neutrogena is another option. You may have product buildup in your hair that’s keeping moisture from getting in, making it dry. Then use a really good conditioner that’s heavy-duty, but only on the ends. Do that before trying new products so you have a blank canvas. And work in the 20-minute deep conditioning treatment weekly.

    Co-washing doesn’t work for me, but it does for a lot of people. If you co-wash, you really have to avoid all silicones.

    #742104 Reply
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    anonymousse
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    I kind of put shampoo where I get oily (around my face, underneath the back, around my ears…) and either put conditioner where I need it and then lather it all up, or I wash it solely with conditioner.
    I don’t think the ends of your hair would be affected by hormones/pregnancy, etc.
    Living proof also makes a ‘split end mender’ or something and that’s good for me with the frizz in the lengthy part.

    I have never bought the expensive NO poo things you’ll see.
    Have you had a trim or cut recently? That’s probably a good first step.

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