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ArielRae
01-21-2008, 02:02 PM
Hey ladies I was wondering what you all use to tame your curly locks. I am looking for a product that I can just use in the morning and not have to worry about the rest of the day. It seems everything I use doesn't last the day. I always wear my hair in a ponytail and it gets really poofy and tangled. I don't want to have to break the bank on any products. Thanks for your advice.

bumbershoot
01-21-2008, 02:25 PM
Well first, what are you trying to do with your hair? Are you trying to straighten it? Enhance the curl? Make it sleek like straight hair can get? That will help with product assistance. :)

AuroraBorealis
01-21-2008, 02:35 PM
I've used many products ranging from really inexpensive to embarrassingly pricey ($48 for 1.7 oz of a curl cream -- worthless! And bad for the budget.) and I've found that Pantene Hydrating Curls line works the best!

I get the best results from using the line together (shampoo, conditioner, serum, mousse, and spray gel) but the mousse is my daily standby! It really holds without being "crunchy."

I've found the key to keeping my curls frizz free is to keep my hair well conditioned. I use the Pantene Curls conditioner and deep condition about once a week. Pantene Restoratives makes a good deep conditioning mask.

I also blow dry my hair with a diffuser. That cuts down on frizz and helps define the curl. I got my diffuser at wal-mart for less than $5 and I've had it for about 8 years.

Pantene is the most budget-friendly product line that works for me. And it works the best, even compared to more expensive stuff I've tried.

Good luck!

MoniqueU
01-21-2008, 02:50 PM
I use a product called Aveda Hang Straight. It REALLY keeps the tangles and poof down. I can use it to both straighten my hair and also to keep it curly. Not greasy, not sticky and I have a natural look whatever style I go with.

BCV2003
01-21-2008, 02:56 PM
I use Sebastian's Potion 9 which is a leave in conditioner. I have long thick curly hair and I only need to use a small amount. If I want to enhance my curl more in addition, I use that is combination with Framesi's Snapp or Halo's Curl Enhancing Cream

clarabelle
01-21-2008, 02:57 PM
I have crazy curly hair -like I know very few people with my kind of hair.
Coarse and Frizzy and super curly in places.
One thing that I would try is experimenting with amounts. Like if it says dime shaped -I can use a silver dollar sized glob. Also combing the product through my hair when it is wet.
Another thing -you may want to experiment with products for ethnic or "women of color". Some of those work well for me (they are usually a little oily -but my hair can take it) and they are not very expensive.
Pantene has those products as well.
Good luck!

Malificient Tater
01-21-2008, 02:57 PM
I like Gardnier curl shaping spray, it makes it curly and not poofy or stiff. But I am always trying something else because things just stop working

Lintasare
01-21-2008, 03:39 PM
After I wash my hair I put in a good amount of Aussie Dual Personality Mousse with Leave in Conditioner. It defines my curls and keeps them from tangling and then once they are mostly dry I put them up in a ponytail or loose bun.

I also like to use the Umberto Controller. It's a spray in leave in with a detangler and heat protector. I get it at Target.

runwad
01-21-2008, 04:27 PM
I'm like the other poster I've tried all kinds of products, all the expensive stuff at the salon and the cheap stuff in the stores, I can't tell a difference between any of them and none of them work. The one that works kinda the best for me is Pantene Frizz Control Ultra Smoothing Balm. I read in a magazine article once that creams work best on curly hair.

Frye7127
01-21-2008, 04:33 PM
John Frieda's stuff works well for me and my mom. We both have curly hair that is coarse and can be unruly at times. You can find it at Wal-Mart, but if you have a Big Lots, try there. I bought some of hte wind-down creme - love it - for $2. Should have bought all they had and some other spray stuff that helps iwth frizz for $2.50

pezheadmeg
01-21-2008, 04:35 PM
I like Gardnier curl shaping spray, it makes it curly and not poofy or stiff. But I am always trying something else because things just stop working

I second the spray. I have hair that borderlines between wavy and curly plus I go to work at 5 am.

My solution is that I comb through the leave in conditioner with a tad of styling cream into damp hair the night before. I then divide my hair into about 4 sections (I have a chin length bob) and twist and pin each section into a bun. In the morning I take down the pins, then either use the spray or the curl shaping gel to keep some shape. This pretty much keeps the shape going most of the day.

Now for days where it's like 200% humdidity, I dampen the hair in the morning, comb through a combination of deep conditioner and gel then make friends with a wide head band. :rotfl:

torinsmom
01-21-2008, 04:49 PM
I don't have curly hair, but my son has lots of curls! He is biracial, so he has curls but very "white"(sorry, can't think of a better way to describe it) texture. The best products I found were from a site called Curls at http://www.curls.biz/curly-hair-products/curly-hair-products-for-women.html
I used to buy the moisturizers for him there. They moisturized and conditioned, but didn't leave his hair weighed down or oily. They have a lot of natural oil products, which are great at conditioning. Now, he likes his hair buzzed:sad1: so he doesn't use anything.

Marsha

TotalSnowWhite
01-21-2008, 04:54 PM
I'm a stylist, so I'm always on the hunt for the next best thing. As far as curly hair products (I have big, thick curly hair), I really like Catwalk's Curls Rock cream. I don't like TIGI (who also does BedHead), but this works wonders for me!!
I like BioSilk Silk Therapy for straightening and any time glossiness!!

goofyisinphilly
01-21-2008, 05:29 PM
I have curly hair that looks like an 80's perm. To keep from having the retro look I follow this plan:

Wash with John Freida blonde shampoo
Condition with Sleek by Matrix...the best stuff ever.
Mousse with Pantene curl defining
Hair Spray with either Herbal Essense spritz or Thermasilk aerosol.
Dry and add more hair spray.

My hair and doesn't frizz and isn't really stiff. Works for me.

canwegosoon
01-21-2008, 05:39 PM
One of my sisters who has Extremely Curly tight hair gets Japanese Straightening done about 2 times a year. It lasts a really long time and she loves it...she has be having it done for at least 5 years. As her roots come in(since they are really curly) it gives a slight lift, but the weight keeps it fairly straight. It is expensive-but she saves a ton of time and has the hair she wants.

TotalSnowWhite
01-21-2008, 06:03 PM
Condition with Sleek by Matrix...the best stuff ever.


Sleek.Look is one of our top sellers!!

disynut
01-21-2008, 08:42 PM
I have long curly hair. My favorite product is Bedhead Creative Genius(it is by Tigi). But it is getting harder and harder to find. The Curls Rock is good, too, but it's hard to find as well. A good cheap alternative for me is Samy Mousse(it's in a yellow bottle--can't remember the exact mousse name--it's something about curls). One thing I learned to look out for when shopping for products is to avoid anything with alcohol as a main ingredient--it dries out hair which leads to frizz.

I may have to try some of these other products mentioned here--especially the Matrix stuff. I do use Pantene Blonde Expressions shampoo and conditioner.

I'm curious--TotalSnowWhite--why don't you like TIgi?Just wondering if there's something I need to know about the company....

brettgirl
01-21-2008, 10:07 PM
My daughter, 14, does not like her curls. After a few flat irons we found the Chi works the best. It is expensive, but she said it works faster than the others and stays the way she wants it (it is one of the hottest I could find). We got it for her for Christmas. Her hair stays straight for days.

Princess-in-Training
01-21-2008, 10:11 PM
I love my TIGI curls rock stuff! both the spray and the lotion. soft curls. i don't blow dry, though, that also may have something to do with it.

HeatherAnn23
01-21-2008, 10:30 PM
I also have curly, prone to frizzy hair - that I color. I have found a fairly successful routine that works if I wear curly or straighten. I use the Pantene moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. About once a week I follow up with Joico Moisture Recovery for an intense condition - it's like butter! I put the Pantene Frizz Control in my hair wet, then put it in a towel loosely while I do makeup, etc. Then when I take it out of the towel I use Chi Silk Infusion (which I LOVE, was recommended to me by my stylist) then blow dry for about a minute, just to kind of get it going the way I want it to lay - and done. Wow - what a pain it is to have curly hair!

TotalSnowWhite
01-21-2008, 10:40 PM
The Curls Rock is good, too, but it's hard to find as well.

I'm curious--TotalSnowWhite--why don't you like TIgi?Just wondering if there's something I need to know about the company....

You can find Curls Rock at Ulta or you can special order it from any salon that carries TIGI.

TIGI relies mostly on packaging and scents. They have a few good products, like Curls Rock, but I think there are much better products on the market in the same price bracket. I'll admit, though, that I religiously use Catwalk Oatmeal and Honey shampoo and conditioner. It doesn't really do what it claims, but it smells incredible!!! :upsidedow
I actually went to a TONI&GUY school, so I was kind of the odd girl out. :laughing:


My daughter, 14, does not like her curls. After a few flat irons we found the Chi works the best. It is expensive, but she said it works faster than the others and stays the way she wants it (it is one of the hottest I could find). We got it for her for Christmas. Her hair stays straight for days.

The Chi is FABULOUS!! I love it! They've gotten a lot more reasonable in recent years. They started out at over $200, but now you can pick even the highest priced one up for around $150. I like my original one inch, no bells or whistles. I also like it a lot better than a curling iron to curl my hair. Yes, I straighten my hair, then curl it. :rolleyes:

PinkTink63
01-21-2008, 10:52 PM
I have long curly hair and I'm too lazy to straighten it! LOL It is not as curly as it used to be, but it definitely has the frizz factor! I have to have product in my hair or it's a "frizz ball"!

I have used many things in many price ranges. The best things I have found for me is...First of all I have to have a really good conditioner! My favorite is by Joico and is called K-pak. It is an intense hydrating conditioner and I use it everytime I wash my hair, which is every other day.

Next, I comb through my hair and then put "Skinny Serum" in it and just let it dry. I use it very generously too! I think it is by Paul Mitchell. I have also used a product called CHI (Catotonic Hydrating Interlink) Silk Infusion. I like it really well, but it is a little harder to find. My hairdresser gets it for me. I kind of switch off between the two.

Good Luck!

bamagirl@hrt
01-21-2008, 11:32 PM
Another vote for Curls Rock! I love the whole line - shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, moisturizer, curl booster, and creme. I don't use every product every time, so my hair doesn't seem to "get used" to the products so that they quit working so well.

jwfla422
01-22-2008, 12:15 AM
Living in the almost all year around humidity in South FL I'm always battling my frizzy curls.;) But, I have found a few products that have consistently worked well for me over the years either applied right after washing my hair or even the next day after just spritzing my hair with water.

One is Artec Smoothing Serum-helps tame the frizz, brings out the curl and gives it a fresh shine.

The other is KMS Curling Balm-this is a gel that I sometimes mix in my had with the smoothing serum (just a small amount). Also helps give the curls life without making them dry.

I have tried many styling products but always end up using these. Artec was bought out by Loreal a few years ago. They used to sell it in a large bottle for about $25 but now only offer the smaller pump for about $13 at Publix. Still worth every penny!:goodvibes

Mysteria
01-22-2008, 01:23 AM
I'm a stylist, so I'm always on the hunt for the next best thing. As far as curly hair products (I have big, thick curly hair), I really like Catwalk's Curls Rock cream. I don't like TIGI (who also does BedHead), but this works wonders for me!!
I like BioSilk Silk Therapy for straightening and any time glossiness!!


This is my favorite product as well.

Since you said you wear a ponytail when you are done put another small amount into your hand and scrunch it into your ponytail. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect thing but this product and tactic works best for me. Good luck!

douglisa
01-22-2008, 01:38 AM
I use a Matrix brand called Curl Life. I use all the products in the line. I have really curly hair and on humid days my hair looks like Don Kings hair. It smells like kewi all day long. The curl definition prevents frizz and difines your curls all day. Makes it shiny too. People say "What perfume are you wearing." LOL
Lisa

SandraVB79
01-22-2008, 03:05 AM
Since I use the Gliss Kur Asian Beauty shampoo + conditioner combined with Fructis mousse for curls (Garnier) I haven't looked too much like a miserable sheep. Now I look like a human being with curls!

Princess Minnie5
01-22-2008, 06:34 AM
I have curly hair that looks like an 80's perm.


Me too! :rotfl:

I think I'll be buying Curls Rock soon. Thanks for the info, Disers. :worship:

TotalSnowWhite
01-22-2008, 11:35 AM
I love all the descriptions of curly hair!! Haha!! Miserable sheep, 80s perm, Don King! :lmao: :rotfl2: :rotfl:

dyna
01-24-2008, 01:23 PM
http://www.naturallycurly.com/index.php

One thing I learned is don't shampoo hair very often at all shampooing drys hair out.....condition wash instead. I been doing this for about a year an my hair dresser can not believe the difference it has made in my hair.