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Old 05-25-2013, 12:35 AM   #1
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Default New--need help classifying hair :)

Hi, so I am new to Naturally Curly and I was wondering if anybody could help me in classifying my hair. I would greatly appreciate it!

My hair is very long, and to be honest I'm not sure the thickness...the bottom layer of my hair has a much thicker texture compared to the top. I thought my hair might be fine, but I have never had a problem growing out my hair long and its overall appearance has never been thin. Hairstylists have told me I have "thick hair" but really, I think they were talking about the volume/density of my hair.

The top layers of my hair have less defined waves and poof easily. The underneath layers of my hair have a more defined wave/curl.

I haven't begun or committed to the Curly Girl method (let's just say I didn't even know that sulfates were bad until four days ago), and I am wondering if it's the best option for people with wavy rather than curly hair. Thoughts?
I appreciate any help!
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:53 AM   #2
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Many wavies and long hair straighties conditioner-only wash and are sulphate and silicone free successfully. CG is largely about healthy hydrated hair, that has the potential to work for almost any hair type. CO-washing may not work for those with a scalp problem or those who have very fine thin hair who benefit from the 'pouf' that shampoo can give.

Wavies generally don't know their true curl pattern whilst using commercial products and standard techniques - brushing, combing, towel turbans and silicones can all pull out curl. It's more important to know your hair properties that your curl pattern anyway as that will help you choose appropriate products and ingredients.

It's worth working your way through the stickies on the newbies board and general haircare board, plus some of the articles on the main NC site especially those by 'curl chemist' Tonya MacKay. If you are still confused by properties you might consider having a hair analysis done, either Live Curly Live Free (cheaper but generic information) or Komaza Care (more expensive but very detailed).
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2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG, growing out mechanical and chemical damage = breakage and very high porosity. Past armpit length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut
Treatments: Komaza Matani, coconut oil, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss ultimate volume, Inecto argan
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Experimenting with: going back to basics
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:57 AM   #3
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Your hair looks just like mine! Only longer and healthier, lol. I have fine individual strands as well, but my overall density is good and I have no problem growing out my hair (other than that it's so slooww, but I assume that's mostly generics anyway). Anyway, I would call that a 2a, with some styling (or the CG method) you could probably get it curlier, more of a 2b/2c, if you want. I love 2a waves though

I've played around with CG before, but have only gone fully CG about a week ago. There is already a huge difference, so I definitely recommend at least trying it if you are curious. If you look at some of the wavy members' signatures you can see products that tend to work for certain hair types and properties, but don't look at it like it's set in stone. Despite my hair type I like to use heavier product, but lighter, if any, stylers.
Just starting CG! 5-13

2A, fine, dense, high porosity, highlighted

low-poo: Leonor Greyl bain vitalisant b*
co-wash: CJ smoothing*
RO: ^, SS Caitlin's*
DT: CJ rehab
LI: CJ rehab
stylers: CJ CCCC*
oils: coconut


loves: aloe, oils, esp. coconut
hates: acv, baking soda
on the fence about polyquats

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Old 05-27-2013, 02:37 PM   #4
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I would say you're a 2b! But due to the length of your hair, the wave's probably weight down, so if it was shorter, you would most likely be a 2c
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:57 PM   #5
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Going CG is definitely good for wavies! If you don't want to strictly wash with conditioner (cowash), look into sulfate free shampoos. there are a lot of them out there and your hair will really appreciate it.
Hair Properties: 2A/2B, Medium-fine, Normal porosity, Normal elasticity, Medium density
Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cucumbers
Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cucumbers
Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender
Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
Gel/Mousse: AIF, AIA Curling Jelly, Sweet Elixirs Flax Seed Gel w/ Mag Sulfate added, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
Protein: Spiral Solutions Protein Spray for daily use
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