Before/After for Wavies

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Hi ladies,

This is my first ever post on Curltalk! Iíve been CG now for about 10 months and the results are good. Iíd still like to see better definition and softer, shinier curls. But Iím happy with my progress so far!

Here are my pics:

1st - about 4 years ago (I hardly ever wore my hair wavy so itís hard to find a more recent picture)
2nd Ė January 2013, about 3 months into CG, on what I thought at the time was a good hair day
3rd & 4th Ė July 2013, big improvement as Iíve since gotten a proper ďcurly cutĒ and the stylist showed me how to properly style it
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wavydaze and wavy_jaz like this.
Ok, I will post here since pretty much I am clueless and posting pics maybe would help - sorry if this doesn't belong here

First, background: I've been COing for a few months now. I use: VO5 kiwi lime, VO5 passion smoothie and Yes to Cucumbers (as leave in). I am soooo confused with the hair properties but i think I have: high density (when I use to go to the salon, I would get the whole: wow! you have a lot of hair), medium to high porosity (this is the one I have the most doubts about), coarse hair.

All this time I thought I was just a frizzy straighty hair girl...

Anyway, here are the pics:

Flat ironed hair circa 2010:


Clarified, untouched hair:


Freshly washed:


First attempt COing and plopping with xtreme gel on it:


One and only successful sock-bun waves:



This morning after washing and plopping overnight with some HE mousse and with an ACV:





My mayor issue is the styling... I don't know what to do with it and the humidity in South FL doesn't help... lol

Do you think I have hope? Am I a wavy after all? Would I ever be able to see defined waves or even curls on my hair?


Apologies for spamming the thread with pictures...
pixie likes this.
You have really lovely natural waves. I think you can get better definition in them by doing a couple of things: get some layers cut into your hair, use a nice liquidy gel instead of mouse, and pixie diffuse to get the moisture out before it weighs down your hair and pulls the waves out. I don’t think you’ll need to do too much!
You have really lovely natural waves. I think you can get better definition in them by doing a couple of things: get some layers cut into your hair, use a nice liquidy gel instead of mouse, and pixie diffuse to get the moisture out before it weighs down your hair and pulls the waves out. I don’t think you’ll need to do too much!
Originally Posted by zainab13
Totally agree with this post!!
You have really lovely natural waves. I think you can get better definition in them by doing a couple of things: get some layers cut into your hair, use a nice liquidy gel instead of mouse, and pixie diffuse to get the moisture out before it weighs down your hair and pulls the waves out. I donít think youíll need to do too much!
Originally Posted by zainab13
Thanks for your comment and compliment. Do you have any recommendation for gels?

My hair dries out very quickly (specially the ends) how do this plays in all this?

As for the cut... I am honestly SCARED to dead to go for a cut. The last time I did it, I went from BSL to chin length hair because the lady "found" my hair was dead and I needed to start fresh ... So, she razor cut it ...

Totally agree with this post!!
Originally Posted by chupie
Thanks for your comment and taking the time to read my super long post...


Off to find out about pixie diffusing...
I've tried 3 different gels so far -
Paul Mitchell Super Sculpt
Biotera
and Matrix Biolage Gelee

I didn't like the Biotera very much (didn't give me much hold) but both of the others are great. Am currently using the Matrix gel.

As for your dry ends, hopefully most of those will be taken care of when you get a haircut. But for what remains, remember that it will take some time to rehydrate your hair. That means be generous with the leave-in conditioner and do deep treatments often (once a week for awhile).

And regarding a cut - don't be afraid to get a haircut, just find the right stylist! You can find reviews on this website of good curly stylists in your area. I found a great one through this site and not only did I get a fantastic cut, she really took the time to teach me how to style my hair properly. Good luck!
You have really lovely natural waves. I think you can get better definition in them by doing a couple of things: get some layers cut into your hair, use a nice liquidy gel instead of mouse, and pixie diffuse to get the moisture out before it weighs down your hair and pulls the waves out. I don’t think you’ll need to do too much!
Originally Posted by zainab13
Thanks for your comment and compliment. Do you have any recommendation for gels?

My hair dries out very quickly (specially the ends) how do this plays in all this?

As for the cut... I am honestly SCARED to dead to go for a cut. The last time I did it, I went from BSL to chin length hair because the lady "found" my hair was dead and I needed to start fresh ... So, she razor cut it ...

Totally agree with this post!!
Originally Posted by chupie
Thanks for your comment and taking the time to read my super long post...


Off to find out about pixie diffusing...
Originally Posted by arel
Be forceful. Show where you want the length to END UP. Tell them to explain everything BEFORE cutting. Use the finder on here to look for a curly/wavy specialist with god reviews in your area. Use the word STOP if you sense anything off.
I'm finally ready to do a comparison of before and after

Before:ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1374985672.168113.jpgImageUploadedByCurlTalk1374985680.673491.jpg


Last week: ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1374985722.717736.jpgImageUploadedByCurlTalk1374985737.332356.jpgImageUploadedByCurlTalk1374985747.951374.jpg
pixie, sky2910 and wavy_jaz like this.
2C normal/high porosity?, medium/coarse texture, lower density
Cleanse: Pura D'Or every week or two, Yes to Cukes
Conditioner: VO5 Kiwi Lime (LOVE!), Tresemme Naturals, YTC
DT: GVP Conditioning Balm w/ coconut oil
LI: a touch of JCTS
Products: my HG is Tresemme Bouncy Curls Defining Gel mixed with a touch of BRHG over a little flax seed gel, SM Souflee/Milk for 2nd day hair, occasionally Bioterra Curling Creme and Gel
Modified CG since November 2012- finally found what works!
So pretty!
Salt & pepper wavy mix 2B/2C
Low to normal porosity, coarse, kinky, normal elasticity
Current favorites:
Low poo: Yes To Cukes Color Protection (the no sulfate one)
Conditioners: Renpure MPHIP, CJ Smoothing Lotion, AB LI, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan/Olive, Darcy's Pumpkin
Style: FSG, BRHG
Pre-poo/DT: Conditioner with honey & coconut oil

iHerb discount code: PNQ285
finally ready to post my progress! (:

first photo is on a "good" hair day back in January 2012. second about a month ago, only about a month CG. the last is today, around two months CG and finally using the right products! (:
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Zinnia, CurlyGrey3 and wavydaze like this.
Nice!! I don't think I'm to the "after" stage yet even 4.5 months in!!
Ok, I will post here since pretty much I am clueless and posting pics maybe would help - sorry if this doesn't belong here

First, background: I've been COing for a few months now. I use: VO5 kiwi lime, VO5 passion smoothie and Yes to Cucumbers (as leave in). I am soooo confused with the hair properties but i think I have: high density (when I use to go to the salon, I would get the whole: wow! you have a lot of hair), medium to high porosity (this is the one I have the most doubts about), coarse hair.

All this time I thought I was just a frizzy straighty hair girl...

Anyway, here are the pics:

Flat ironed hair circa 2010:


Clarified, untouched hair:


Freshly washed:


First attempt COing and plopping with xtreme gel on it:


One and only successful sock-bun waves:



This morning after washing and plopping overnight with some HE mousse and with an ACV:





My mayor issue is the styling... I don't know what to do with it and the humidity in South FL doesn't help... lol

Do you think I have hope? Am I a wavy after all? Would I ever be able to see defined waves or even curls on my hair?


Apologies for spamming the thread with pictures...
Originally Posted by arel
I love your waves! They look loose and natural, but still defined enough to tell your hair is curly/wavy. What's your routine like?
2A wave pattern, Long & swavy; Medium hair - Questionable porosity - High density - Normal elasticity
Cleanser: SM Moisturizing Shampoo
Conditioner/DT: GVP Conditioning Balm
Stylers: SM Curl Smoothie, KCCC
I love your waves! They look loose and natural, but still defined enough to tell your hair is curly/wavy. What's your routine like?
Originally Posted by sleighbelle
Hi Belle,

First, thanks so much for your compliment. Not sure if this had happened to you (wavies/curlies) but, most of the comments about my hair are like I pretty much look like Simba (to put it nicely) lol... So, when I say it really means a lot to me, is because it does.

As for your question, this is what I do:
CO: VO5 kiwi lime
RO: VO5 passion fruit smoothie
LI: Yes to Cucumbers Color Care Conditioner
Styler: HE Totally twisted mousse.
White Vinegar Rinse: sometimes (when I remember lol)

Now, in the last picture I tried the overnight plopping and I was impressed of how wavy my hair was... My friend at work said it look nice and chic (lol)

Right now, I am trying to put more stylers to tried to hold the shape. Yesterday I put FSG and right after Xtreme Wet Line Gel... and the waves, almost curls, were impressive! Some of them were too crunchy for my taste (still learning the SOTC method) and plopped. At the end of my day, I still had some waves, even-though I touched my hair a lot!

Next time, I will put more product and see how that works.

I haven't tried pixie diffusing yet,.I need to get a diffuser and the idea of using heat, even if is low, kind of scares me... I don't want to damage my hair ...

If you see, I don't use a lot of products and the ones I use are mostly drugstore/supermarket product. I love the idea of using cheap options (I'm always in a budget) and my bathroom and cabinets cannot store too much... So, that helps me to stick to only a few things.

Hope it helps... I am a rookie and I am still learning... Sometimes I read so much and want to learn more, that I get overwhelmed ...

Cheers,

arel
Very nice Chupie...
CO: VO5 KLSC Conditioner
RO: SNCT
PT: AIgirl's gelatin recipe

Testing: LALSAG, AVG,
Now if it would just last!
Ooh very pretty transformation Chupie, and your hair has grown a lot too!
KAT
~Curly, Runner, Self-confessed Nerd~

2a no product/2b-c styled
Low Porosity, Fine
No poo-SM
Co wash-VO5 kiwi lime*
Rinse out- ION EC
Leave in - Giovanni Direct then SM smoothie (ends only)
Stylers-SM souffle topped with BRHG*

Hair hates: glycerin (high dews here in TX)
Hair likes: Coconut Oil*, protein

*=HG
Yeah it'd growing! I want at least 5 more inches

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