Hi everybody, long time lurker.
I am 2c/3a/3b, (normal porosity,I do get itchy if I don't shampoo/cleanse) finally went CG about a month ago because while I had great 3b curls going on up front and underneath, it was lacking in the back and was more 2c. I was using Loreal Intense Smoothing Sulfate free Shampoo(about twice a week)/Conditioner, then styling with Frizz Ease serum and Frizz Ease mousse, and John Frieda smoothing cream. I also would diffuse. Overall, it didn't look too bad, a little frizzy on top/back but curls up front were good. It was impossible to wear second day though.
So when I went CG, I did use a Suave sulfate shampoo. Then I started using the DevaCurl products (used them about 6 or 7 washes) and while they were ok, I wasn't that impressed for that much money and my curls weren't looking that great. Plus, I found it impossible to not touch my hair until it was absolutely dry for the Angel. So I switched to Loreal Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner and Nourishing Conditioner, with Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel, then I plop for about 20 mins and diffuse. While the curls aren't bad, there's no volume, they're too crunchy and they take forever to dry, even with 30 mins of diffusing. I suppose I could be using too much gel, though.
I've also started pinappling, my second day hair is looking great now! very impressed with that.Other than better second day hair, I just don't feel like my curls are looking that much better, if not a little worse, since doing CG. The curls up front don't corkscrew as well anymore.
I guess my question is, is it possible that my hair doesn't work as well on CG as it did before? How terrible were the products I was using before on my hair? Do have any recommendations for me as to what I could do better or what products might work better for me? How long should I give it before I give up? I'm sorry if these questions have been asked before, I just am starting to get frustrated.