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Old 12-19-2012, 04:57 PM   #1
 
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Hey guys,

I have fine hair that is in between 2a and 2b. Since I am the only curly haired one in my family, I never learned how to take proper care of it and how to make it look as fabulous as y'alls!

I would love to hear what your routines are and what products are the best for my type of hair!

Any advice you can give is much appreciated!
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:28 AM   #2
 
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I was in the same boat as you. My family pretty much has stick straight hair. I never really knew what to do with my natural texture. I used to just straighten, curl or throw my up hair.

Although I do not know what your hair porosity is, which can make a difference with products, I would say experimentation will be key.

If I were you, I would buy a cheap gel and mousse to see which one you like better for styling. Also, you could try a sulfate free cleanser and a silicone free conditioner.

I have found that with my fine hair, I need a good cleanser in order to keep my roots from being weighted down. Also, I have to apply my conditioner from the ears down, so the roots are not weighted down.

As for styling, I rake a leave in conditioner through my hair from the ears down. You may not need this extra moisture, but I do. After I rake in the conditioner, I scrunch in a gel. Then I use a cotton towel to remove excess moisture. After this, I diffuse my hair with my head flipped over. I also flip my head from side to side as I diffuse. After this depending on the time I have, I will clip my roots. HTH
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:13 PM   #3
 
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Thank you so much! I will definitely try experimenting with some different products. Do you have any favorites you would recommend? I was thinking of just picking up the cheapest at the nearest drugstore. If you don't have any specific products do you prefer one brand to another?

Thanks again =)
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:36 PM   #4
 
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Are you using the CG (curly girl) method? As in, no sulfates or silicones?
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:30 PM   #5
 
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I don't really know... As you can tell I'm really new to curls. Would you recommend it? It's definitely worth looking into...
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:44 PM   #6
 
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I think CG is pretty useful. Silicones weigh my fine hair down, so eliminating them has helped my hair to spring up more. As for sulfates, they completely dry out my hair so again eliminating the has been super awesome. However because my hair is fine, I do find that a good sulfate free cleanser works well. I cannot conditioner wash without my hair being a hot mess. It just doesn't work for me. But the good thing about CG is that you really end up experimenting until you figure out what your hair likes. For some strict CG works for others it does not.

As for products:
Cleansers- Giovanni tea tree triple treat (harsher) and Shea moisture moisture retention shampoo ( a gentle delight in my hair )
Conditioners- tres naturals and yes to carrots
Gel- L.A. Looks Sport Gel is a good cheap option. It does have protein, which your fine hair shouldn't have a problem with, and it has glycerin, which can cause problems for some. It is also a pretty strong hold. Aussie instant freeze gets good results although I have never tried it. I also like Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel. My favorite is kinky curly curling custard but it is more expensive.

I do not like mousses so if you are thinking about them maybe someone else will chime in.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:50 PM   #7
 
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Ah ok. Many people here follow the CG method, others modify to suit their needs. I modify it since I use a gentle sulfate shampoo every now and then (Redken Fresh Curls).

Here are a few links to get you started:
Dorm Room Curly: All in One Guide for the Curly Girl Method

Pedaheh's Hair Blog: What do I need to start the Curly Girl method?

Pedaheh's Hair Blog: Curly Girl Friently Products

And it's also helpful to know your hair properties:
Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics

Read these links! They might help answer some of your questions.

oh and if you decide to go CG, make sure you do a final wash with a sulfate (but no silicones) shampoo.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:04 PM   #8
 
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For me, with wavy 2c wavy hair, a light hold gel is a must. Some like a mousse, but I find they make my hair crunchy. When I had long hair (see profile pic) I did the following: conditioner cleanse with suave naturals, condition with Elucence mbc, pat dry with microfiber towel, rake through curl keeper, scrunch in ag recoil, scrunch in biosilk rock hard gelee. Then I diffused gently, and wore silk scarves over my hair if I wore a motorcycle helmet that day. I got second day hair regularly with DevaCurl set it free, but not water alone. Hope that helps!

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Old 12-21-2012, 08:45 AM   #9
 
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Wow! Thank you guys so much! It definately sounds like the CG method is the way to go! I'm going to go do some more reading up on it and find out what my best product/brand options are.

I'm super exited to start working on my curls!

Thanks again!!!!
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