New Wavie - pics for the start of my journey!

Hi there Wavies! I've recently succumbed to my wavy hair and decided to try and avoid the straightener and see where I can go with following the Curly method. Things are a little more challenging for me since most of the lovely products recommended by you aren't available in Canada! Since I'm just starting out, finding and testing a variety of products is far more difficult when I can't just grab them in store. I have pictures at the link below!

Hair Journey - Imgur

1st pic is technically a "before". I shampood and conditioned as I normally would, then used a Gel cream, Terry cloth towel and all.
2nd pic is after being more careful, I did shampoo only the scalp, conditioned like mad, and used a gel, all products by Ouidad, Heat and Humidity/climate control line. That was taken last night while mostly dry.
3rd pic is today, woke up and placed my hair, i misted it with water first, and then with Marc Anthony Strictly Curls.

Now I know it's early in my journey, but if you were to recommend JUST ONE product that would absolutely change my life what would it be? I could consider spending the extra cash with customs and international orders.. so let me know your thoughts!
Support would be great too, I'm already tempted to return to the straightener..
Welcome! Your hair is gorgeous! Most people (myself included) will tell you that in order to recommend the right products, we need to know what your hair properties are- not the curl pattern, but things like texture and porosity, which are what really affect how our hair does with certain ingredients. If you haven't figured these out yet, livecurlylivefree.com has a ton of really helpful info.

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
Thanks so much Corrina! I'll dive into that site right away.

At a quick glance, I'd venture a guess that I'm along the lines of fine texture and normal porosity. My hair was cut last month, and even then the stylist said it wasn't really damaged, so I'll say also it's fairly healthy. Though the cut wasn't curly-hair specific, but that's a battle for another day =)
My one product would be a styler. Either a curl cream, mousse or gel.

Mine is Giovanni mousse as it leaves my hair feeling light and soft - as I have fine hair it's easy weighed down by certain products.
Pretty beachy waves! Is that your natural colour? If I was to recommend one product it would be pure coconut oil, but even that everyone doesn't get on with. Many with fine hair do well with hydrolysed protein treatments, but it seems to be different products for different people there too.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Laura1982: Thanks for the ideas! I used Ouidad's Climate Control Gel just last night (so second picture). It made it crispy, which i scrunched out lightly when it dried. Maybe I should use more? I took the hair in sections (about 5) rubbed a dollop of the gel in my hands, ran it through until saturated, and then scrunched. Probably could use more on the crown/near the neck, i didn't think about going there =)
I'll also look into Giovanni, I think I saw on the Canadian sub-forum people were mentioning where they saw them sold here.

Hi there Firefox! Yeah, this is the natural colour, it changes on me in the summer and lightens up, so now it's still stuck winter mode Coconut oil I can figure out, but I don't know much about protein treatments, do you have recommendations or websites with good info on specific treatments? Are there at home versions?
Try not manipulating your hair in such a way to straighten it: finger combing and stroking down the hair can pull wave out. Maybe try 'scrunch and pump' everything in to wet hair (see Techniques sticky on the 'General Discussion about Curly Hair' board). If you apply products with your head upside down that can help you hit all the areas right up to the roots. You may find with your length that scrunching takes some practice or even doesn't work. On the other hand some even find scrunching in their rinse out conditioner has a positive effect, which you would not expect since you are rinsing afterwards.

Some here are doing gelatin protein treatments (see Recipes board). I'm not convinced enough of the protein is hydrolysed to penetrate so I use a commercial product. Komaza Care is relatively natural, tho they look to have adjusted the formula slightly since I last purchased.
Products - Komaza Care
Some also use Colorful Neutral Protein Filler from Sally's or Amazon/ eBay which you can add to your own products or dilute and use as is. AFAIK not full of dodgy ingredients, just lots of hydrolysed protein.
http://www.sallybeauty.com/protein-f...efault,pd.html

ETA found the ingredients
"Water, Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (and) Wheat Oligosaccharides, Keratin Amino Acids, Aloe Barbadensis, Humulus Lupulus, Urtica Dioica, 1, 3, Bix(Hydroxymethyl)5, 5 Dimethylimidazolidine-2, 4Dione, Methyl ester 4 Hydrozxybenzoic Acid, Tetrasodium Edta, Polysorbate-20, Parfum."
Some are funny chemicals, some are useful - for example EDTA is a chelator so will get rid of chlorine and other nasties that might get into hair from tap and pool water. Humulus lupulus is extract of the plant hops and Urtica dioca is extract of stinging nettles!
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

Last edited by Firefox7275; 05-08-2013 at 01:02 PM.
I'm going to look into the recipes board for protein treatments, and keep my eye out for commercial products.. unfortunately the two products you listed aren't available here (or will be, for 30$ shipping
I mix some leave in conditioner into some of my styling products and have found the gelatine recipes the best protein treatment for fine hair. I mix mine with a spoon of essential oil and conditioner, wrap in seran wrap, leave it on for around 30 mins x1 a week then deep condition.

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