I don't have to pay as much attention to dews now as I did early on in my journey. For about a year, I wrote down the temperature, dew point, products used, techniques used, and results I got every single day. It helped me to identify products and weather combinations that worked, and once I looked closely at those product ingredients, that gave me a blueprint to use any time. I now know that I need to avoid glycerin high on the ingredient list in the dry cold months, and that I need to DT pretty much every week in the winter, too. I've found that CJAO works for me year round, but CJDSC is only good in the warmer months. KCCC is my go-to styler in winter, but SSCEJ and FHG are my HG summer combo.

Since I'm not a product junkie, I just stick with what I now know works in each season and I'm good to go, but I don't think I could have gotten to where I am without that year of tracking first.


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Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010