Free Flowing and Manageable Hair

Orlando Bloom hair
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Q: I'm a guy and I have a little past shoulder length long wavy-curly thick hair (which is particularly curly at the back). After I shower, I add hair serum to tame the curls. But after it dries it becomes ridiculously curly and particularly thick and unmanageable at the back. I can't pass a brush through it, and it looks puffy and awkward.
I've tried gels mousses, pomades and serum, but nothing is giving me the results I desire, which is wavy/curly hair but manageable where the ends (especially the hair at the back of my head) are free flowing and where I can pass my hand through it without pulling out hair.
What should I do? Any product able to give me the results I want? The celebrity closest to my hair type is Orlando Bloom. His hair looks free flowing and manageable. My own is halfway there except for the thick back. What should I do?

A: As odd as it may seem, you are probably not using enough of the products needed to give you the results you want. Here is my suggestion for you:
Start by using a shampoo and conditioner formulated to give you smooth and silky hair. Remember that your hair should be conditioned every day whether or not you shampoo. In fact, in many cases, conditioners are sufficiently acidic to remove any dirt and oil that accumulates in a day's time.
After shampooing the hair, apply conditioner and use a wide-tooth comb to distribute it evenly through the hair from scalp to ends. Leave on the hair as directed and then rinse the hair with lukewarm water followed by a cold water rinse.
Towel the hair dry by blotting and squeezing it. Be careful to avoid roughing up the hair by rubbing it. If needed, you can wrap the hair in the towel in turban fashion and allow the excess moisture to be wicked away while you proceed to other parts of your daily grooming routine.
Once towel-dried, apply your anti-frizz/smoothing serum liberally along with a leave-in spray conditioner on the lower portions of the hair. Use a wide-tooth comb to evenly distribute the product.
Avoid using gels, mousses and other styling products that contain alcohol as these can dry out the hair and worsen your problem. If you need to use a hair dryer, be sure to use one that has a diffuser attachment and that the diffuser is in place whenever you dry the hair.
If your hair becomes dry and frizzed during the course of the day, you should re-apply the leave-in conditioner as needed. In addition to the normal daily hair routine, I also suggest that you begin giving yourself weekly deep-conditioning treatments. To do this, simply apply your favorite conditioner to the hair, comb it through the hair to distribute evenly, cover the hair with a plastic cap and wrap the hair in warm towels for 20 minutes. Rinse the conditioner from the hair using cool water.
Once a month, you can also give yourself a hot oil treatment to help smooth the cuticle layer of the hair and keep it shiny. Remember that it took time for your hair to reach this stage, and it will take some time to return the hair to its best condition. However, perseverance will make all the difference in the world.
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