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Old 06-02-2011, 09:19 AM   #1
 
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Question Embracing the Curls

Hi Guys,

I'm new to this community but I have been wearing my hair curly for a few years. I would always alternate between straightening and curling my hair until recently when I decided I would just let my hair be what it is in an effort to take better care of it. I would say I'm somewhere between a 2b and 2c. This would depend on what the weather is like and how much humidity is in the air =P
My main problem is frizz. This is probably a result of me shampooing almost every day. I work out 5 times a week so I shower twice a day. Do you think the no shampoo method would work for me being as I get pretty sweaty at the gym?
I'll take any hair care tips you guys are willing to give. I've also notice most of you have a regimen you follow. I would also like to start something like this.
Again, please keep in mind that I do work out a lot and also, I live in a pretty remote area so I only have access to drug store products.

Thanks so much,

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Old 06-02-2011, 11:06 AM   #2
 
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I too was skeptical of the no-poo method; I didn't think my hair would feel clean. But if you use plenty of conditioner and really rub the tips of your fingers into your scalp -- and here is where I don't skimp, I really give myself a good, brisk massage -- your hair WILL get clean. It's the friction of your fingers that loosens the residue and stimulates your scalp. I've been poo-free for about a week now and my head is as fresh as a daisy.
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:30 AM   #3
 
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Thanks for the input! I'm going to give it a try tonight after I get some good quality conditioner thats 'cone and sulfate free. I see some of the great results people have been having with this method so i'm excited.
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Awesome! Also, you don't really have to spend a lot on a conditioner -- the Suave Naturals Coconut is what I use and it's only .97 a bottle at Target. My co-wash is actually where I prefer to spend less money, just because I find that I am going through it so much faster than everything else! (I co-wash every time I'm in the shower and don't skimp on the amount I use)



Let us know how it works out for you! I'm only a week in to the CG method myself so we can compare notes
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How is it working out for you so far? Do you use another conditioner after you co-wash your hair? I will definitely keep you posted as to the result. I look forward to seeing how you make out as well. Some of the before and after pics on here are amazing!

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Old 06-02-2011, 01:31 PM   #6
 
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Hi, I've just started co washing this week. I did my second wash today. So far so good My hair is so soft tonight after air drying, I hope it continues
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:40 PM   #7
 
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Hi Amy!! Welcome to the Land of the Wavy!! I thought I'd give you a few links to help you with the beginning process of going CG since it can be kind of overwhelming at first.

This link The College Curly: Laura Lee's All In One Guide to Going CG: Now Revised and Updated! breaks downt the CG method and explains what it's all about.

Knowing what the properties and texture of your hair are is really important because it will allow to see what type of products (not necessarily brands) work best for you. Texture, Porosity, and other Hair Type Madness This link will help with that.

This link will help you figure out some of the more popular and tried-and-true styling techniques that most of us here TECHNIQUES LINKS: SuperSoaker,Spritz&Condish,Plopping,Frizz,Clipping IceQueen, etc

One of the most used and loved products on this site, regardless of hair type, is Flax Seed Gel. You can either make it yourself (there's recipes floating around) or you can buy some from another NC member named Botticellli Babe. Here's a link to her Etsy page and it'll also explain how it works, etc. Hope this helps some!! Good luck!!!
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:41 PM   #8
 
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Realized the last link didn't come up! Here we go 8 oz AllNatural Flax Gelee Custom by BotticelliBotanicals on Etsy
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How is it working out for you so far? Do you use another conditioner after you co-wash your hair? I will definitely keep you posted as to the result. I look forward to seeing how you make out as well. Some of the before and after pics on here are amazing!

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I am doing great so far -- my biggest adjustment has been to not brushing or combing. I get out of the shower and put in gel and spritz maybe, scrunch, and done!

As far as conditioning goes, I am still playing around with it. I co-wash and then use a Tresemme Naturals conditioner as a rinse-out; I have tried leaving a little in, and also using the Giovanni leave-in conditioner. I find that too much conditioner weighs my hair down so I am maybe going to cut back on the leave-ins and see how that does. Since my hair is really more on the wavy side, I am trying to keep it light and free for max curl potential!

I also have a before and after shot over in the "Before and After for Wavies" thread. It's after four days of CG, I think -- so you can get an idea of how it's going so far for me! I can definitely tell that my hair is grateful for no sulfate shampoos, my roots are much shinier looking with fewer flyaway crazy hairs.

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Old 06-02-2011, 01:46 PM   #10
 
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Sweat mostly just rinses off. There are lots of people who exercise and run who are CG.
If you haven't seen this blog post, it explains CG well.
The College Curly: Laura Lee's All In One Guide to Going CG: Now Revised and Updated!
this link has links to the techniques and methods people here use. Be sure to try plopping, pixie curling, super soaker method, and ice queen method.
TECHNIQUES LINKS: SuperSoaker,Spritz&Condish,Plopping,Frizz,Clipping IceQueen, etc

Figuring out your hair's properties is the best way to get good product recommendations. livecurlylivefree.com has the curl genie and the curl wizard. One tells you texture, porosity, and elasticity and the other does that + product recommendations. Here are some other links
The Wavy Tales: How to classify your wavy hair
Porosity and Curly Hair | NaturallyCurly.com

Also, read in the newbie section. The stickies at the top of the page have all the good info.
Edit: I somehow missed most of this thread when i read it. There is lots of double info.
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Old 06-02-2011, 04:18 PM   #11
 
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I agree with the other ladies that cowashing (as long as you scrub hard/long enough) will usually work.

However, it doesn't for me, so on days I work out (about 4 times a week) I mix a little bit of a low-poo(shampoo without sulfates) in with my cowash, and my hair seems to be doing pretty well with it. Just another option in case.
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Realized the last link didn't come up! Here we go 8 oz AllNatural Flax Gelee Custom by BotticelliBotanicals on Etsy
Thanks so much for linking this! I see everyone on here talking about FSG but making my own just wasn't in the cards for me -- so I bought a bottle from her today, yay!
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Old 06-02-2011, 05:21 PM   #13
 
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I sweat a lot when I workout, which is about 5x/wk. Anything from workout dvds (love Jillian Michaels!), classes, running outside and swimming. I only low poo, which is using a sulfate free shampoo, 2-3x/wk. My hair never smells bad and feels clean when I cowash or water wash!
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Old 06-03-2011, 04:58 AM   #14
 
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I also have a before and after shot over in the "Before and After for Wavies" thread. It's after four days of CG, I think -- so you can get an idea of how it's going so far for me! I can definitely tell that my hair is grateful for no sulfate shampoos, my roots are much shinier looking with fewer flyaway crazy hairs.

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Your pics are definitely reassuring. I did my last sulfate shampoo last night post workout. I also did a co-wash for practice. After my hair dried, I definitely noticed less frizz which is always a good thing. I don't mind a little frizz because I find it makes your hair look more natural.

I really appreciate everyone's input and ideas. I did check out the links, which were a great help. My main concern is that my curls will look "crunchy." I'm a big fan of au natural so I like when curls look soft and bouncy. This makes me hesitant to try any sort of gel or mouse. I've always been a cream kind of girl.

Thanks again everyone. I'll be sure to post some pics in the before and after post.

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Old 06-03-2011, 05:39 AM   #15
 
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I hate "crunchy" hair too, but you will find that gel will really help with your curl formation. You'll see "SOTC" around here a lot -- that's "scrunch out the crunch." Once your hair is totally dry, scrunch again to break the gel cast and free your hair -- making it look more natural!
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:55 AM   #16
 
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Oh thank goodness... I just hate the look of crunchy curls. I will try and find a cone free gel today.

I tried the "plunking" method as well as the pixie method for diffusing. Both worked great! I prefer the plunking method as it requires the least effort =P
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Update: So I've been doing CG since thrusday and so far I am liking the results. Way less frizz and better curl formation.
I'm using the Fructis triple nutrition conditioner as a co-wash and RO. Marc Anthony strictly curls lotion and Totally Twisted mousse by Herbal Essences for styling.

Thank you all for the advice and support. All of the info was a great help. I now find myself preaching the CG gospel to all of my curly-haired friends.
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