new year's resolution

My new year's resolution is to make peace with my hair. It's currently above my shoulders but below my chin. Maybe about half way. It's wavy but I've never noticed curls. It's really layered right now. It's also fairly thick but it seems fine b/c it's not super full of volume. I want to grow it out long again (as does my dear husband) and wear it wavy and stop the heat madness.

So what should I do? Product recs? I've read the book and I'm confused as to wether or not I can shampoo or not. Right now I'm using:

Burts Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet shamp&Cond
Giovanni tea tree triple treat shamp&Cond

Vo5 heat protectant spray

And I blowdry and hot iron my hair daily.

I suppose I will need to clarify and deep treat it. Any help? [/b]

Edited to add that I would like to stick to drugstore or the natural type stores (wild oats, whole foods, etc) for now. Thanks!!
Definitely stop blowdrying and flat ironing !! If you must blowdry, are you using a diffuser?

I've never used the Burt's Bees stuff so someone else can chime in on that. I've used the Giovanni Triple Treat and love it (just hate the bottle as it's hard to get the last bit of stuff ).

I would clarify, deep condition, and as for drugstore products, there's several you can try that are popular around here.

*Clariol Herbal Essence gels (Body Envy, Set Me Up, or Totally Twisted)
*L'Oreal Out of Bed Instant Texture
*Aussie Tizz No Frizz

There are some Garnier Fructis products that are good but do have a cone so they're not totally CG:

*Soft Curl Cream
*Weightless Volume XXL Gel (not mentioned much here but I've used it and love it)

Cheap conditioners, mainly Suave or VO5, are great to use for "washing" and the Garnier Fructis conditioners (mainly the Sleek-n-Shine or Curl-n-Shine along with their matching conditioning leave-in cremes) are good.

A microfiber towel that you can get in the auto section at Walmart is excellent for curly/wavy hair (doesn't "grab" the hair like regular terrycloth towels do).

Hope this helps and I know some other curlies will offer their tips.
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As far as clarifying and deep conditioning, do you have any product recs?

And I should only be using a conditioner to wash or since my hair is wavy can I was with a shampoo?

Thank you so much for your help!
We love to help around here !

I use Suave's Clarifying Shampoo when I need to clarify. As for deep conditioning, I rarely do it. No reason other than I never think about it ! But I've used Sally's knock off of Joico's K-Pak and it's really good and inexpensive.

Jessicurl, which you can get here at Curlmart or on her website, has some good deep conditioners that come highly recommended here. I've used her Too Shea! and love it.

My hair is mostly wavy in it's natural state and I mostly use conditioners to wash with. You have to experiment to see what works, but do give it some time to let your hair adjust to washing with conditioner only if that's what you decide to do. I also think if you reduce the shampooing, or at least cut out the sulfates, you'll find your hair will wave more, which could lead to some nice curls when it gets longer.
CG-modified since 4/05
2b/3a and 3b on occasion!
Products: The hair aisle in my own cabinets.
Best definition winner: KCCC
Best volume winner: LOOB
Thanks again! I would love to just conditioner wash but I'm nervous (as I'm sure most are at first). I'll have to try it. First I will clarify and deep condition though.

I uploaded some pictures:

I don't think there is a password. For some reason the pictures aren't showing up except when you click on them. Don't know why. As you can see my hair is super dry and frizzy right now.
What a great resolution!

I use a vinigar rinse to clarify my hair. It really gets that build up off.

For a deep conditioning, I like to put about a tsp of Burt Bee's Apricot Baby Oil into about 2Tbs of my conditioner. I apply it to damp hair and wrap it up in a towel. Just leave it in as long as you can stand it and rinse with COLD water.

Ditch the flat iron unless you have a REALLY good one. It will just fry your curl out. I gave mine away and the lady that got it was glad to have it. I haven't missed it at all. Since I only straiten (blowout) about once every week or two, my hair is smoother when I do because there is less damage from the flat iron. That thing is a catch 22! Break the cycle! LOL!
Thanks, I already have the Burt's Bees so I will try that. The cold water is enough to get the oil out of the hair?

I want to try to get rid of my hair iron but I'm addicted to that thing. I don't know if I can do it but I know I need to!
MissKellyAnn, We need a password to see your pictures.
2C-3A??? Currently using Curly Q Milkshake, 3-minute Aussie Miracle, using non-sulphate shampoos, MopTop Pomade, Boots curl creme, always looking for that next miracle product for my hair! My PJ is never satisfied.
Try "waves". I added some pictures from today. Normally when I wore my hair wavy before I used mousse and I don't know if the gel is going to work. Are there any cone free mousses? And I feel like my hair is in my face all the time. I think I'll have to pin it back with a bobby pin.
Day 2 and my hair is looking better already. Are any of the other boards more busy then this one?
pw = waves
Your hair is looking so nice! It's much wavier than in the first pic and I love the color and wave pattern!
Low porosity, medium texture.

If it smells good put it in your hair, if it tastes good spit it out!
Definitely seeing more waves!
Ditch the flat iron and be glad! LOL
Money might not buy happiness, but it will buy a shiny red Mustang and you can drive up REAL close to it.
Day 2 and my hair is looking better already. Are any of the other boards more busy then this one?
Originally Posted by MissKellyAnn
The General Board Discussion is much busier than this forum so if you want quick questions, that's the place to go. These hair type forums are great, though, for getting responses for people with similar hair .

Be sure to give your hair (and you) time to adapt to the changes. It can take a few weeks, but hang in there!
CG-modified since 4/05
2b/3a and 3b on occasion!
Products: The hair aisle in my own cabinets.
Best definition winner: KCCC
Best volume winner: LOOB

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