Tip O The Day: Elongate Your Curlz

If your hair curls up shorter than you prefer. Try elongating products like Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding. Or you can blast your curls with nozzled dryer set on medium heat to temporary elongate your curl pattern.

To do this-bast your hair section by section. Aiming the nozzle from roots to mid-shaft. The result will be elongated curls without all the frizz from over manipulating it!
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I'm still in the TWA stage and learning how to manipulate my curls. I'm going to have to try the Curly Pudding.

thanks for the info, but what are some cheaper alternatives?

I personally don't like Curly Pudding. Perhaps I didn't use it correctly, but the smell was overpowering and it didn't do anything for my 3b/c curls.

I do this all the time with a fresh twist-out. But you have to make sure your hair is COMPLETELY dry or you will get the dreaded frizz!


Yes, there are cheaper alternatives, depending on your hair type.

I hear that Kinky Curly Custard is awesome for type 4 hair for elongation. For type 3 hair, you should be able to use products that provide a lighter hold like leave-ins (Sunsilk Captivating Curls).

If you want to make something of your own, try mixing a gel like Aloe Vera with a moisturizer such as Shea Butter. I mix mine with Crisco and it provides great hold and moisture.

Just my opinion, but I don't know if elongating your curls is a product based approach or a style process based approach.

IMHO it's the way you style your hair.

One thing that helps to elongate my curl is if I weigh it down with something.

Starting from day 1 hair, wet, condition, etc. After wring drying my hair with a old cotton T-Shirt...I loosely braid it with the styling product in. Then squeeze out excess water and product. Some may wish to add some silver metal roller clips to the end of the braid for added weight.

I leave it in the braid until almost dry about 45 min/hour. I undo the braid with product on my fingers and pull the ends downward.

I think the braid (if needed you can do more than one), stops individual curls from shrinking and bouncing up. Once the hair is dry, shrinkage is not a problem.

Just my "non product" approach.

After you posted the J.Lo Sock bun video I watched the rest of SugarFreeTVs videos (I think she is hilarious) and saw she had a natural hair vid. I took her advice and sprayed in some setting lotion before putting in my gel and it worked great! I've only tried it once, but I think this technique is a keeper for maintaining the curl pattern of wet hair. And I sprayed the setting lotion after I put in some leave-in conditioner so hopefully my hair won't dry out.


thanks, I'll try those, but what about IC Fantasia gel does that work good for 3c/4a hair?

I love the Kinky Curly and like someone said, technique has a lot to do with it. It also helps to put the product in when your hair is dripping wet out of the shower. The weight of the water elongates the hair. If you dont' touch it until it is about 80% dry, then the hair should keep the length.

As far as IC Gel, I only like it for small areas like my edges or to slick back a ponytail. The Gel tends to flake which makes it harder to transition between different hairstyles.

With the Kinky Curly Custard, once it is dry you can do all different types of hairstyles throughout the week

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