Hello! General Questions
I'm a guy who's growing out his hair and living in China. Now onto the questions!
1) Any specific and easy to find shampoo, conditioner, and leave in conditioners you can recommend? I'm unable to translate the labels on my own and asking anyone to help me is out of the question. I see a lot of Herbal Essence, Pantene, Dove, some Suave, Loreal, and maybe a few other bigger named products in stores so finding something from these lines might be easier to do online (and cheaper) than others.
However, if I had a choice, in general I love coffee/chocolate things and if there's anything along those lines worth looking for I'd be happy to give it a try.
2) Since I sweat a lot, especially when exercising and such, what's the best way to manage frizz and such while keeping my eyes from stinging? A sweat band? Normally whatever I put in my hair ends up in my eyes as soon as I walk out the door.
3) I started growing my hair out a year ago and I'm a little confused about it's type. I part my hair to my right, and my left side seems rather flat (where as the right side will be wavy and even curly). My hair is generally a little wavy but then right at the bottom makes large curls (once it hits my shoulders and dries). That's why I'm wondering if my hair would look curlier if I shaped it. Not sure how to, guess I gotta find a video.
Here is a picture. Can you let me know what you think? And for the sake of opinion, what type would you classify me as?
Welcome. Products don't necessarily have the same formulation from country to country unfortunately, you may need to order products overseas or find someone to translate/ use an online translation tool of some kind. I believe both the Naturally Curly Curl Mart and British Curlies Curly Emporium will deliver overseas, or you might be able to use Amazon or eBay if you don't have friends/ relatives who can mail you products. There is a useful review section on NC as well as the two stores I named.
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The appearance of your curl pattern depends on your products and routine including the fact you parted the hair so combed at least part of it. My opinion on how to properly type your hair
It's more important to know your hair properties than curl pattern. Your hair might look curlier if you followed the Curly Girl method if you do not already, loads of information on this in the stickies on the newbies board and General Discussion board.
Hairbands made of sweat wicking fabric (often microfibre) are better than terry towel ones IME.
Damn, your hair is awesome!
Thanks. Read through that topic and I also agree that standardizing the way people do things before they check their type is the most logical way. I'll give the links you provided a look through as well. I don't doubt for a second that the formulations will have changed but from time to time there are people who sell imported products and generally it's better to have somewhere to start from. I really don't trust most of the stuff here and people annoyingly try and persuade you to buy stuff that looks really cheap.
For what it's worth, that picture was the day after a normal shampoo and conditioner with a long rinse. I also let it dry on it's own. I don't have much of a routine because I don't have access to products I'd use here.
When you say properties do you mean porosity and such? My hair didn't sink until I pushed it down to the bottom 5+ minutes after and it feels sleek.
I assume I have medium to coarse hair after holding it to the light and being able to see it easily.
Density is something that's hard to really "eye". I'll just assume medium at best because people with darker hair tend to have less hairs from what I've read (with blondes usually having the highest density).
Thanks, I think you're like the first person who's said that since I've started growing my hair out... haha.
I know L'Oreal has some sulfate free shampoos. The evercurl forumla is sulfate free, but I think it has some cones. However the shampoo should be sufficient to avoid cone buildup. That formula also has a cleansing conditioner that appears to be cone free for the US version (blue bottle with a pump on top) if you prefer that over using a low poo and separate rinse out conditioner. I know the Suave Naturals conditioners are usually cone free, so you could use that for your rinse out and even a little bit for leave in since it's so light.
I'm terrible at hair typing. But you do seem to have a strong wave/curl pattern!
Where are you wanting to purchase products online? What kind of price point are you wanting?
As for working out, are you opposed to putting your hair in a ponytail? That would help a lot. Also, if you're outside, a visor or hat would help!
I'm trying to use a local website just because it will be easier on my wallet and I can avoid things going through customs and such.
My hair is not long enough in the front to make a loose ponytail and even with a tight one (which isn't comfortable) hair manages to come loose because it's not actually under the tie. Speaking of which, what exactly is pony tail damage? I can't really walk around with a scrunchy... but eventually I will need to start wearing a pony tail for work.
I don't really understand some things regarding conditioners. Why are some people using a co-wash conditioner, then another conditioner, a deep conditioner, and then a leave in conditioner?
I think I'm going to need to be doing home made things. Been trying to translate the ingredients on my own and it's not really possible for me. I checked the recipe section but none of them have any reviews. Should I just try them? For instance, would baking soda and water really be enough as a "shampoo"?
What about a slim hard metal or plastic hairband or elasticated one to help your hair remain neat for work? David Beckham managed to pull it off, you could have them in the same colour as your hair so they blend in.
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Any tight elastic can damage the hair under it if worn day after day, it rubs on the cuticle chipping it off leaving the cortex exposed. Scrunchies might look a little unusual on a male, I use terry towel bands/ ponios which are very soft but not the smartest unless you match your hair colour and they are mostly hidden in your waves.
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Baking soda is horrible for skin and hair, it's alkaline (pH 7++), whereas skin likes pH ~5.5 and hair ~4.5.
I did some searching this week at my local shops and didn't find anything like a ponio. I'll probably try and find something online but what about elastic silk bands? Since it's silk I imagine it'd be easier on the hair but because it's elastic I wonder if it would make the silk rougher and if it wouldn't really change anything.
As for the hairband, I wear one at home but it's not really an option I'd be comfortable with at work just yet. I find it hard to feel comfortable with a pony tail even though it's still kind of doable. As an ESL teacher I work with a lot of children as well as co-workers who are just rude and inconsiderate, I get so many "cut your hair" or "you look like a girl" comments. Just yesterday I was doing a demonstration class outside and a parent who's child was my student when I had short hair said somethings about my hair to my co-worker. I understood she at least said I looked more handsome with short hair and she might have said more but then my co-worker immediately started saying she hates me hair and thinks I should cut it.
Firefox, since you use Inecto, do you think it would also work well if I used it as a leave in? Have you tried the shampoo/would you recommend it? Any advice for DIY leave ins?
I tried using an extra bit of mousse the other day and this was the result. Just a normal conditioner/shampoo and I tried to plop and scrunch though I'm still not sure if I'm doing it right haha. This was after being in the sun for a few hours which may be why my scalp is red but am I skipping a step? My hair wasn't fully dry but the hair pulled together and you could easily see my scalp in many places. I tried rubbing the root area a little to break up mousse and the result was a lot of flakes. Not sure how to control the flakes on my scalp. It might have been from the mousse because generally I don't see flakes in my hair but I do know my scalp seems to produce flakes. Anyway it look a lot better after switching shirts a few times and getting home.
1 and 2 are to give you an idea of how easy it was to see my scalp. 3 is after I tried breaking up the hair a bit. 4 is later that evening after sweating/changing shirts/etc.
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