Best way to hydrate curls after 15 years of straightening?
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Join Date: Apr 2002
I think for consistent results you should just stick to the either the
COs and one of the gels for a few weeks and not use any others.
If you haven't read the book yet, the way to start is by doing CO washes (with a fingertip scalp massage and then a thorough water rinsing) with the same frequency that you would normally shampoo. Follow by reapplying your CO, rinse it off lightly, squeeze off the excess water and scrunch in your gel (you can see a "how-to" video at
). In between "washes" if you need to wet your hair just rinse it off with water and reapply CO and gel.
During your 2nd week do just 2-3 CO washes, on the third 1-2 (the goal is to do only one every week to 10 days) and keep rinsing and applying CO the rest of the time. If at some point your hair appears greasy, frizzy, "producty" or less curly,
by rinsing your hair with "Lemon-Aid": 2-3 Tbsp. of your CO mixed with the juice of one lemon or lime (less if your hair is short or fine) worked through your hair very well.
I recommend that you get jojoba oil, which is the most similar to our natural oil (sebum), to keep your hair soft and moisturized. You can rub 2-3 drops in your hand and rub them on your moist ends and "canopy" (back of hair) before applying the gel or after when scrunching off the gel stiffness. You can also make a DT (deep treatment) by adding 1-2 Tbsp. of it to your CO and applying the mixture on damp hair, covering it with a shower cap and then a towel and leaving it on up to an hour (if possible), then rinse off with "Lemon-Aid".
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.
"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC