Newbie

So, I think I have type 2B hair... it's wavy with the "S" curving. I am having huge issues with hydration. My hair is incredibly dry and damaged. I don't blow it dry, haven't flat-ironed it in years. I use Biolage color-treated shampoo about every 3rd day, Nexxus leave-in conditioner, Redken clean lift for some volume, and then Biosilk medium hold mouse to hold the curls. My is brittle and seems to break easily. What should I do? I was told a deep conditioning would be beneficial or this Moroccan oil on the scalp. I tend to have an itchy scalp at times and have periodically used scalpicin.

I'm just wondering what I should change as far as products are concerned. My hair is past my shoulders and maybe adding layers would be beneficial. I have a hair appt with a well-respected hair dresser in a few weeks, so I'm hoping she can offer some insight as well. I NEED HELP!!!!

Oh and I also have started taking the recommended dosage of Biotin and B12 vitamins, since I read those help with hair health.

Last edited by BradCountrygirl; 04-21-2010 at 07:37 PM. Reason: forgot to add something
Hi BradCountryGirl,
My hair is also 2b and dry.
My first suggestion is to look into the CG (curly girl) method. Most people here use it. It has made a HUGE difference in my hair. Pre CG my hair was dry and always felt rough. I thought fine hair was supposed to feel that way. Nope. Now my hair feels soft and silky. It is also way more moisturized.
CG before and after picture thread
Post your before & After CG pics
How to do the CG method.
http://dormroomcurly.blogspot.com/20...ons-table.html

Whoops, my computer is acting up. Hopefully I'll be able to help you out later. Be sure to read in the newbie section also. There is good info in the stickies there.
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
Sorry. Took me a while to get back to this thread.

To add moisture try the spritz and condish method.
Spritz and Condish Washing for Porous Types+Thirsty Curls Everywhere!

This thread lists heavy conditioners.
What is the HEAVIEST (most moisturising) conditioner you've ever used?

Coconut oil has really helped me to get moisture into my hair. I use is as a pre wash. I add it to dry hair at least 10 minutes, but as long as overnight. Coconut oil works for some and not others.

If your hair is either fine, damaged, or naturally porous, a protein treatment will work wonders. Sally Beauty has some that are reasonably priced. If your hair is coarse or non porous, protein could be a terrible idea.

hair texture (fine, medium, coarse)
http://thewavytales.blogspot.com/200...wavy-hair.html
Porosity
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlre...and-curly-hair

If your itching is caused by dry scalp, the CG method should help.

From what I've read, biotin is helpful for hair if you have a biotin deficiency. If you don't, it won't do much. But what the heck, it can't hurt.

Do a search on youtube for plopping. This way of wrapping your hair in microfiber towel (or other) helps set the waves and enhance them. Also do a search for the pixie curl method. If neither of these styling techniques work, there are lots of others to try.

You didn't list a conditioner. If your aren't using one, add one to your routine.

Good Luck and be sure to post any follow up questions.
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
Sorry. Took me a while to get back to this thread.

To add moisture try the spritz and condish method.
Spritz and Condish Washing for Porous Types+Thirsty Curls Everywhere!

This thread lists heavy conditioners.
What is the HEAVIEST (most moisturising) conditioner you've ever used?

Coconut oil has really helped me to get moisture into my hair. I use is as a pre wash. I add it to dry hair at least 10 minutes, but as long as overnight. Coconut oil works for some and not others.

If your hair is either fine, damaged, or naturally porous, a protein treatment will work wonders. Sally Beauty has some that are reasonably priced. If your hair is coarse or non porous, protein could be a terrible idea.

hair texture (fine, medium, coarse)
http://thewavytales.blogspot.com/200...wavy-hair.html
Porosity
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlre...and-curly-hair

If your itching is caused by dry scalp, the CG method should help.

From what I've read, biotin is helpful for hair if you have a biotin deficiency. If you don't, it won't do much. But what the heck, it can't hurt.

Do a search on youtube for plopping. This way of wrapping your hair in microfiber towel (or other) helps set the waves and enhance them. Also do a search for the pixie curl method. If neither of these styling techniques work, there are lots of others to try.

You didn't list a conditioner. If your aren't using one, add one to your routine.

Good Luck and be sure to post any follow up questions.
Originally Posted by pedaheh
Thank you so much!!!! I am using a Nexxus leave-in, spray conditioner... My hair tends to weigh down easily, as it is relatively fine, when I use a normal conditioner. If/when I flat-ironed it, it was very noticeable. What kind of conditioner is recommended to not weight hair down and still add moisture? I've been reading the CG method and have gotten some great ideas... and what you said about the itchy scalp really was eye-opening! After reading this, I might have normal hair and not thin... I measure it and it was about 2 1/2... I'll look into that coconut oil, if this Moroccan oil doesn't do the trick. I really do want to try this curly girl formula... I've heard about it for years!!

Last edited by BradCountrygirl; 04-28-2010 at 09:46 PM.
this thread lists conditioners that won't weigh down hair. Tresseme naturals is another that wasn't out at the time of this thread.
calling fine haired wavies
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
Since your hair is fine, I'd suggest doing a Protein Treatment. A PT should help you retain moisture in your hair. This is a good thread to explain how moisture and protein work in the hair. It is about African American hair, but applies to all hair.
http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...re.html?cat=69

Follow a protein treatment with a deep treatment or a moisturizing conditioner. Some CG PT's are Nexxus Emergencee, Joiko K-pac, Spiral Solutions protein treatment (on ETSY), Aubrey Organics GBP (includes moisture, so no need to follow with a DT, it is mild) and from Sally Beauty Supply: Ion effective hair care (mild, about 2$), Generic version of Joico K-pac (forgot the exact name), and Aphogee (very strong). The joico and generic joico contain mineral oil. So does the 2nd step of the aphogee. Mineral oil has the potential to build up if you are doing CG. Most people will use their own DT in place of step 2 of the aphogee. Since you are still using sulfates, this should not be an issue.
Another important thing to mention is that after your rinse out the PT your hair will feel awful until you do the DT. I'm letting you know so you don't freak out.

Another good thread is the hair bio thread. You can look through it to find people with similar hair and see which products and techniques they use. It can help narrow down what to try.
Share your Hair Biography
If you decide to try some more expensive products, the user KathyMack sells samples.
I'm guessing you may be starting to feel overwhelmed. Everyone feels this way at first. This whole site and process is very overwhelming. Don't worry. It gets better.
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
I'm guessing you may be starting to feel overwhelmed. Everyone feels this way at first. This whole site and process is very overwhelming. Don't worry. It gets better.
Originally Posted by pedaheh
Thanks from me! I was also worried when I saw some general hair forums that seemed unfriendly to newbies!
The unfriendly to newbies thing started after someone kept starting new threads under different names. The fake threads started out pretty normal and then got really hateful. For a short period of time all new threads were suspect. That is pretty much over now. Other then that, pretty much everyone here is friendly.
There is a lot to learn at first, but it will get better. We'll help you get through.
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers

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