Hello! New, do I belong here?

Hi, I've been at this CG all week, and I'm a little leery to post, there is so much info to go through!
I did read the book and the newbie info and livecurlylivefree.....
I think I am a wavy....not sure which pattern though, because right now I have a short layered cut. I've been a person who thought they had straight hair that wouldn't co-operate most of my life!
So I ditched the shampoo, I've been co-washing with BBMM, and I think I over did it on treatments.
My hair is so dry because I color/high light (early gray!) and blow dry/flat iron.
Of course since CG, only the diffuser, and a little iron up front.
But anyhow, I did a milk/egg pack, then the next day I did a lemon rinse after putting coconut oil in, and today I did a clarifying baking soda cowash with ACV rinse, and my hair looks terrible! I don't know if I overdid it or not, I will just co-wash and condish the rest of this week and see.
Anyhow, some pictures from before the crazy kitchen treatments!
I have very fine hair that is damaged and porous.


Hi, I've been at this CG all week, and I'm a little leery to post, there is so much info to go through!
I did read the book and the newbie info and livecurlylivefree.....
I think I am a wavy....not sure which pattern though, because right now I have a short layered cut. I've been a person who thought they had straight hair that wouldn't co-operate most of my life!
So I ditched the shampoo, I've been co-washing with BBMM, and I think I over did it on treatments.
My hair is so dry because I color/high light (early gray!) and blow dry/flat iron.
Of course since CG, only the diffuser, and a little iron up front.
But anyhow, I did a milk/egg pack, then the next day I did a lemon rinse after putting coconut oil in, and today I did a clarifying baking soda cowash with ACV rinse, and my hair looks terrible! I don't know if I overdid it or not, I will just co-wash and condish the rest of this week and see.
Anyhow, some pictures from before the crazy kitchen treatments!
I have very fine hair that is damaged and porous.


Originally Posted by WavesNC
Welcome! I think you are a 2c right now, but probably will end up being more of a 3a after a few weeks going cg. Your hair is very cute and after cg it will be beautiful!!!!!!!!
Soficurls3a, 3b
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CW SuaveCoconut
C GarnierTripleNutrition
DT VatikaCoconutOil
Style Biotera Creme, LA sports gel, HETT Gel or mousse, a bit of honey with any of these!
SuperSoak FlourSack TowelDiffuse and sometimes TT HairSpray!
Yes, I think you belong here, too!! I think you are a 2a/b, but not sure.

Take a look at this site:

http://www.ehow.com/how_4695043_type...ia-system.html

It may help you figure out your hair properties.

Good luck!!
Hair Type - wavy/curly, fine texture, thin/medium density
Here is some more info that I have come across:

-- Proteins in themselves are not bad. It all depends on your hair type. If you have fine hair then you will do well with protein. If you have coarse hair then you should avoid proteins. If you have damaged hair, then protein can help to repair the damage. If your wet hair is extremely stretchy and elastic then you need protein. If your hair is strawlike, brittle and breaks for no reason then you need to avoid protein. This is the basics on protein.

-- To determine porosity:
1. Your hair soaks up water easily. Your hair dries quickly. Your hair absorbs hair dye quicker than the time indicated on the box. When you run your finger along a strand of hair from end to root, it is bumpy. = porous hair.
Porous hair can use some protein. You also have to figure out a way to keep moisture in your hair because while it absorbs moisture readily, it also loses it quickly. But also if your hair soaks up too much moisture it will be poofy and lack definition. With porous hair you have to be very careful about the amount of humectant products used and pay careful attention to dewpoints. You also have to seal in the moisture you put in. A lot of porous hair curlies do ACV rinses, use hard hold gels or emolients like oils and butters to seal in moisture.

2. Your hair takes a long time to soak up water, long time to dry, takes longer time to dye. When you run your finger up the strand it is silky smooth. = low porosity.
Low porosity hair has too much protein so you want to avoid it. You also have to figure out how to get moisture into your hair by maybe using humectants (in the right dewpoints) or moisturizing products.

3. Anything else is probably normal porosity. You can use about any product your want. But make sure to keep a balance between moisture and protein levels.

--To determine elasticity:
Take a strand of hair. I like to use hair that has pulled out from a comb or brush. wet it and hold at both ends. Pull on it.

1. If it stretches about 30-50% without breaking you have normal elasticity. You can use any product.
2. If it doesn't stretch far before snapping you have poor elasticity. This means your hair has too much protein so avoid products with protein and use products with intense moisture.
3. If it stretches a lot, more than 50%, before breaking, then you have very elastic hair. This means you need more protein. Use products that contain more protein.

Note: since hair can be a blend of porosity, textures, and elasticities that don't actually have similar properties (ie., fine, non-elastic, with high porosity) it requires experimentation to figure out what balance of products will be good for your hair. You can use the above as a guideline on where to begin.

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Hair Type - wavy/curly, fine texture, thin/medium density
--To determine elasticity:
Take a strand of hair. I like to use hair that has pulled out from a comb or brush. wet it and hold at both ends. Pull on it.

1. If it stretches about 30-50% without breaking you have normal elasticity. You can use any product.
2. If it doesn't stretch far before snapping you have poor elasticity. This means your hair has too much protein so avoid products with protein and use products with intense moisture.
This can also mean you need lots of moisture.
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
How complicated is this! My hair seems to be fine, is most likely damaged. I think it is porous, but not elastic. So I am not sure where to go from here. I did get an Aubrey Organics protein pack, thinking I needed it, but I have been afraid to put anything else in my hair. Although, at this point, it can't get much worse! I guess i can always resort to hats!
If you are nervous about trying protein, you can always test the PT on a clump of your hair first. Be sure to also DT. Your hair will probably not feel great after you rinse out the PT and before you DT. Just letting your know so you don't have an eeek moment.
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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