Difficulty Styling Hair

I have always wore my hair the same style. It is really frizzy and coarse and always has been even when I was young before ever using any styling aids. The back is long and naturally curly and I let it air dry. But the top I have always blown dry and used a curling iron. I don't part it just wear it curled back and with bangs curled forward.

Over the last year I have noticed more gray (even though I am only 38), but the real problem is over the last few months it has decided to part no matter what I do to try and make it not. Any suggestions on what to do? Thanks.

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By gidget10 from Florida

September 20, 20090 found this helpful

Have you tried styling gel? It should help, good luck.

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September 20, 20090 found this helpful

Hi. I always use hair gel and have even tried spraying each section of hair before I curl it with hair spray. That helps a little but not enough. Thanks everyone. Shannon

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September 22, 20090 found this helpful

You could also try going to a hair stylist for ideas.

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September 24, 20090 found this helpful

Curls are beautiful. My advice is to do as I have and give up the fight. You should start with a trip to a reputable stylist. I know it's hard to give up your regular salon but you don't seem to be getting the cut you need or any styling hints. You probably need to rethink your hair care too.

Although I am white, I use Creme of Nature products. The shampoo and conditioners really loosen the curls. I don't blow dry or straighten very often. It never stays straight very long any way. Try shine serum on wet hair, combing it through with your fingers first, then a wide tooth comb. Try not to pull on the hair to get tangles out, just work from bottom to top gently. Then blot, never rub, with a thick towel until just damp.

This is when you use gel or mousse for defining curls and get it in from roots to tips. Bend over and start scrunching your hair in your hands working over your whole head. When you raise up you will have a gorgeous mane of curls. Top that with a light spray of hairspray. On the bangs I would try scrunching a little and blending it in with the sides and a little on the forehead. I grew my bangs out and now wear a bob style that is longer in front (little past my chin) and short in the back.

It works well with the curls and camouflages the coarse texture. I know this sounds like a lot to do but I can do my hair in about 10-20 mins depending on how much I want to fuss with it. Hope this helps.

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November 18, 20090 found this helpful

Try a Ouidad salon. They specialize in cutting curly hair.It can be pricey but it is worth it! The cut will last 10 to 12 weeks and they show you how to style curly hair as well as teach you what to do with the different textures of your hair. I drive about 2 hours to get to the Ouidad salon in Charlotte NC. Check it out on www.Ouidad.com.

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