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Hey ladies,<br><br>
Ugh hot summer again! In the winter i usually just blow-dry my hair straight but during the humid summer that doesn't work<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> If want to keep in curly i generally have to put a lot of yucky styling products in my hair, or its frizz city. What do you do to keep your long curly hair:<br>
out of your face?<br>
cute?<br>
controled?<br>
Any ideas?<br>
keep in mind I have a two year old and a baby and not a hole lot of time, lol!
 

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Frenchbraid--this is really the best method, braid in the morning and it's fine until I unbraid, comb, and rebraid the next morning.<br>
Braid--Like frenchbraid, but more whispy face bits<br>
Bun held with chignon pins--fast, decorative, and totally secure, but can't sleep in it.<br>
Bun/Frenchtwist held with hairsticks--fast, decorative, not as secure as the chignon pins, can't sleep in it.<br>
Ponytail--fastest possible choice, can't sleep in it, doesn't stop tangles.<br><br>
Used to use cloth headbands, but for somereason they started making the hair at the base of my neck tangle. I'd bet that the other sort of headband wouldn't do that.
 

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I get a good trim at the beginning of the summer and get it layered. I wash it a couple of times a week at most and put in lots of leave-in conditioner when I am done. I let it air dry and just run my fingers through it a few times while it is drying. When it is completely dry, I just put it in a ponytail - that is how I wear it most of the year anyway.<br><br>
I find that the curls stay in easily in the summer because of the extra humidity. When I was younger I worried a little more about how it looked, now I kind of like the wild curliness of it in summer weather - and the pnytail keeps it out of my way.
 

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When my hair was long and all one length I did a lot of French braids too - with the layers the curls look more curly than bushy so buns and ponytails work great.
 

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<a href="http://www.morganreed.net/hairsticks.html" target="_blank">These hairsticks</a> are amazing! I use them a lot.
 

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I use Abba Weightless gel mixed with some Abba conditioner (I no-poo, and these are no-poo friendly) and I let it airdry. Easy-peasy in the summer!
 

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I stopped using shampoo, except maybe once every 3 weeks or so. My hair no longer has all of the moisture sucked out of it in the shower and doesn't frizz. I condition it everyday with Jansen 84% aloe vera conditioner, towel dry and go.
 

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i no-poo with jason aloe conditioner when it's really, really humid and leave a little in for control.<br><br>
i have corkscrew curls all the way down my back and live in central texas, so i hear ya on the heat, humidity and frizz. if you start no-pooing now, your hair will be so much lighter, less fizzy, and much easier to deal with by the time it gets really really hot. plus, you won't have to deal with your shoulders or back being sticky from product. and you'll never be terrified of going swimming and getting your hair wet again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
oh, and i'm a pony tail or piled on top of my head with a pencil gal. never mastered the french braid. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My DDs and I have curly hair and recently gave up shampoo. We all condition every day, and then either comb or just run fingers through, and go curly. (I use a tiny bit of mouse in my hair.)<br><br>
Shampoo makes curly hair frizzy.
 

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Another vote for going no shampoo. I HATED my curly hair until I stopped using shampoo. What a difference. It no longer gets frizzy and the curls are super soft and bouncy and they hang better now. Before throwing away my shampoo I mostly just wore my hair up because I just didn't like it at all but now it's rarely up and the humidity in summer or getting it wet swimming and allowing it to air dry no longer scare me.<br><br>
ETA: And throw away your brush! That I did at the same time I threw out the shampoo. Now I just finger comb in the shower. I'm always getting compliments on my curly hair so it works.
 

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I pull the top half back with a rubberband or barette.<br><br>
I do lots of ponytails.<br><br>
"Fancy" usually involves a bun of sorts held in place with double pointed knitting needles...
 

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I agree no brush or comb ever. I read Curly Girl but I still use shampoo - just every other day or two instead of every day. I do condition every day, and run my fingers through it with conditioner in in the shower to detangle.<br><br>
I use product - a firm mousse or a curl gel on wet hair. Air dry if I'm in a hurry, or dry partially with a diffuser if I have five minutes.<br><br>
Took me many years to finally like my curly hair, and understand how to make it look good (not frizzy).<br><br>
I like to take a section from each side and pull it back with a clip, leaving a few strands to hang down near my face.
 

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