Two new 2's - daughter & me

Hi, I'm Tricia & I have been reading here for a couple of days. I ordered the CG book & have come here hoping to find help, advice & support for myself & my 12 year old daughter, Elizabeth. I am pretty sure we are both wavy 2's, probably 2a, possibly with a bit of 2b thrown in, but it's still early to tell for sure.
I actually posted on another, unrelated, forum, looking for advice for my daughter's hair & was given some tips & info on the CG method as a friend told me she probably has a lot more curl than it appears.
This is what I wrote about Elizabeth:
My oldest daughter, Elizabeth, who is 12.5 years old, has extremely long, thick, wavy hair. I really need to trim it or get it trimmed to get rid of the dead ends.

Anyway, it is now about down to her waist in the back. She does not want it to be cut shorter, but would be willing to consent to a very minor trimming as mentioned. However, she is not good at all about taking care of it. I will say she is improving & there aren't quite as many rats nests as there used to be.

She isn't very "girly" and doesn't like what she calls "fancy" hairstyles. Even a simple, loose braid is considered fancy. All she wants to do is pull it back with a scrunchy at the base of her neck, which is not very pretty looking at all, and I think she likes doing this because it's easy to do even if her hair is knotted up.

She doesn't like anything that would be tight & pulls on her head at all. She doesn't like a standard ponytail, although she put up with it for dance recital because she had no choice.

Can you give us ideas for helping her to manage and/or style her beautiful hair better? It is very very thick & is also pretty wavy. I keep advising her to brush daily, and to use conditioner (at least on the ends) when she showers but it is just as hard as getting her to remember to wear deodorant. She also has dandruff that I don't want to irritate too much (some of which could be from not taking care of her hair properly in spite of countless instructions, up to & including me taking a shower with her & washing it for her & showing her the proper way to do it).

Also, in the past we have always grown out the hair & then donated it, cut to shoulder length bob, and the regrown it out. She has had hair cut to be donated three times in the past, but is not interested in it this time. Both my girls have gotten old enough to decide they like their hair long and want to keep it. My second daughter, Katie, has perfectly straight hair, not quite as long because it grows a little slower, but nearly as long, yet because it is so straight & also because she is so "prissy," Katie has a much better time with her hair. It is also not so thick, which makes it much more manageable. Katie would love it if I would style her hair in a fine fashion every day (although I seldom do).
Here is Elizabeth's hair after her dance recital this past June.
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...54730853_n.jpg

So, I switched to conditioner-only washing a couple of days ago. When I went to work today, my hair felt kind of icky. Tonight I washed with conditioner (no -cones) and had my oldest daughter do the same thing. We combed with a wide-toothed comb (her) and my fingers (me) in the shower while the conditioner was in our hair. (I haven't brushed my hair in a few days & it feels weird to say that.)
Our hair doesn't really have a lot of damage from heat or products, since we rarely use anything other than hairspray (and then only once or twice a week to hopefully repel lice when the kids go to church.) (They are homeschooled, so we don't have to worry about it most days.) We hardly ever use our hair dryer (as in maybe once a year or less). We did use sulfate shampoo but won't be using it anymore. I did find some at Walmart without sulfate by Loreal to use if we really feel the need to wash. Yesterday I started using an old T-shirt to dry my hair & showed my oldest daughter this evening how to do that. Additionally, I plopped both of our heads tonight.
Here are some pics from before. I will post some others in a minute.
Attached Thumbnails
Two new 2's - daughter & me-dsc09269.jpg   Two new 2's - daughter & me-dsc09288.jpg   Two new 2's - daughter & me-dsc09298.jpg   Two new 2's - daughter & me-dsc09305.jpg   Two new 2's - daughter & me-dsc09390.jpg  

Tricia, 2b/2c, long hair, med. porosity, thickness, etc.
Mom to Elizabeth, age 12, 2b, long & thick, Katie, age 10, long & straight, & Michael (unknown hair type)
New to CG 9/4/12
Products we are using:

Suave Tropical Coconut Condish (co-wash & RO)
Loreal Eversleek Humidity Defying Leave in Creme
Loreal Everstyle Strong Hold Defining Gel
Suave Captivating Curls Spray Gel
Products we just bought but haven't used yet:
KCKT, KCCC, KC Low-poo, KC Spiral Spritz
Here are some more pics from before (recent ones). Elizabeth's hair pics (last 2) were just taken today.
Attached Thumbnails
Two new 2's - daughter & me-dsc09394.jpg   Two new 2's - daughter & me-dsc09407.jpg   Two new 2's - daughter & me-elizhair.jpg   Two new 2's - daughter & me-elizhair2.jpg  
Tricia, 2b/2c, long hair, med. porosity, thickness, etc.
Mom to Elizabeth, age 12, 2b, long & thick, Katie, age 10, long & straight, & Michael (unknown hair type)
New to CG 9/4/12
Products we are using:

Suave Tropical Coconut Condish (co-wash & RO)
Loreal Eversleek Humidity Defying Leave in Creme
Loreal Everstyle Strong Hold Defining Gel
Suave Captivating Curls Spray Gel
Products we just bought but haven't used yet:
KCKT, KCCC, KC Low-poo, KC Spiral Spritz
Here is my "after" (2 days in) pic. Looks a bit stringy to me. Hope that gets better soon! Hard to look very professional at work like that. Any tips? I ordinarily just put my hair up in a big clip at work. Would that still be okay?
Thanks for any advice!
Oh, products, we bought Suave coconut conditioner (which we co-washed with), some kind of alcohol free gel by Loreal & some kind of sulfate free shampoo by Loreal (only if desperately needed). Also a cone free leave in but I forgot the name of it right now & it is in the other room. We only applied a smidgen of it to the very tips of our hair.
Attached Thumbnails
Two new 2's - daughter & me-momhair.jpg   Two new 2's - daughter & me-momhair2.jpg   Two new 2's - daughter & me-plopped.jpg  
Tricia, 2b/2c, long hair, med. porosity, thickness, etc.
Mom to Elizabeth, age 12, 2b, long & thick, Katie, age 10, long & straight, & Michael (unknown hair type)
New to CG 9/4/12
Products we are using:

Suave Tropical Coconut Condish (co-wash & RO)
Loreal Eversleek Humidity Defying Leave in Creme
Loreal Everstyle Strong Hold Defining Gel
Suave Captivating Curls Spray Gel
Products we just bought but haven't used yet:
KCKT, KCCC, KC Low-poo, KC Spiral Spritz
good luck with your new routine. I know many of the wavies still low poo from time to time. And be prepared for an awkward adjustment period.

started CG on 6/25/12.
  • 2c with a strait underneath
  • normal elasticity on top, none on the underneath
  • Fine side of Normal
  • Thick hair
  • Poriosity is a mystery. I think its all over the place.
You're doing great, the book will probably help you feel more confident about everything though. I think you both are more of a 2B/2C with lots of potential! And make sure your L'oreal Sulfate Free Shampoo doesn't have any cones. Some of them do and some of them don't.

Trending Topics


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:51 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2011 NaturallyCurly.com