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Old 06-28-2012, 12:11 PM   #1
 
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Red face 2b/2c - need product help!

Hey there.

So I think I've figured out my hair properties (listed below). I have severely damaged hair that's lost most of its natural wave/curl...

It was suggested to me to use a protein treatment and deep treatment. After reading Live Curly Live Free I'm not sure WHAT to do?!

I won't do the BC...I've been growing out my hair for almost 2 months now from a pixie...I want "mermaid hair" as I call it. It's also been colored recently, AND I'm going to be a mother in October!

Also, I'm looking for curl reviving or enhancing products (to make the curls come back and stand out more) that are natural or even organic.

Any suggestions for a brand new curly girl with tortured hair??

Thanks curlys!!!!
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Texture: Medium - although some parts would be considered "reconstructed"
Porosity: Normal to High
No product regimen as of yet.

*Trying to go natural after years of hair abuse!!*
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:12 PM   #2
 
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My favorite PT is IAgirl's gelatin PT: PT recipe - as promised
It is a strong dose of protein though, so you may want to test a small portion of your hair, or use a lower dose version (i.e. 1/4-1/2 packet of gelatin instead of the whole thing). I do this weekly (using a whole packet of the gelatin) and absolutely swear by it.

For DTs, I like Biolage conditioning balm / GVP conditioning balm (Sally's), and I also recently discovered L'Oreal Eversleek DT which is awesome. I actually don't need DTs all that often though, as my fine hair gets easily overconditioned if I'm not careful.

Generally, you'll probably want to find a good balance of protein and moisture for your hair to keep it happy. Here's a great site explaining this: Protein vs Moisture Pittsburgh Curly

As for products, there are sooo many you can choose from. As a wavy, you'll probably want a good low-poo (a lot of people love the Shea Moisture shampoos). Having a light conditioner for co-washing, and a heavier one for rinse-out (RO) is good. Then for stylers, you can look at different curl cremes / pomades and definitely also look into gels. There are some examples of these products in this post: Pedaheh's Hair Blog: What do I need to start the Curly Girl method?

Hope that helps get you started. Congrats on your soon-to-arrive baby!
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:57 PM   #3
 
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Thank you!!!

I've been looking into the DevaCurl and Curl Junkie products, I've also heard good things about the AG line, specifically the Re:coil.
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Texture: Medium - although some parts would be considered "reconstructed"
Porosity: Normal to High
No product regimen as of yet.

*Trying to go natural after years of hair abuse!!*
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:10 PM   #4
 
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Thank you!!!

I've been looking into the DevaCurl and Curl Junkie products, I've also heard good things about the AG line, specifically the Re:coil.
I personally like both Deva and CJ (I think I probably prefer CJ over Deva, but I haven't had enough experience with Deva to really get a good feel for it), and have had great experiences with ReCoil. Some people find the mag sulfate in it drying, but I never had that experience.
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PT/DT: IAgirl's PT, GVP CB
LI: KCKT, Cure Care, CJ CCCC Lite
Styling: Curl Keeper, As I Am Jelly, UFD Curly Magic, CJ Curl Queen, TIGI Strong Hold Mousse


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Old 06-30-2012, 12:37 PM   #5
 
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I haven't tried much of either Deva or Curl Junkie - but I would say it seems Curl Junkie is more popular, a lot of people love that line. I tried AG Recoil and it was just awful in my hair - major frizz and sooo dry. But a lot of people have great luck with it. I bought it at Ulta and they let me return it for a full refund when I took it back and said it gave me terrible results - so you may want to buy it there if you can. Then you can have a worry-free return if necessary. They also sell Deva products.
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