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Old 07-07-2013, 02:00 PM   #21
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I've got fine, thin hair too. The styling products that work for me are flax seed gel, Pink Boots (I'm in the UK), Body Shop Cotton Seed Curl Boost, KY gel (yes, really - it's just a very light gel, works best in damp/humid conditions) and Moroccan Oil (which has silicones)

I find that I can't really use conditioner under a styling product or it weighs me down and most of those have some conditioning quality anyway.

Sometimes I just use a rinse out conditioner and no styling product, sometimes I use a tiny amount of conditioner and don't rinse it out.

Sometimes I use a dab of coconut oil on the ends overnight and shampoo out in the morning - that seems to work like protein treatment for me.

I can't use any styling product more than three washes in a row before my hair gets flattened and needs a sulphate wash to sort it out - and then usually a couple of days with just conditioner before I can use product again.

A Denman D7 hairbrush definitely makes it fuller and curlier - but maybe fluffier. I can't not brush/comb, or it just looks messy.

Most of the CG 'rules' did not work for me - if you've got very fine hair it's worth trying lots of things, but don't follow anything slavishly, you'll need to tweak a lot of the products and routines.
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:14 PM   #22
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I just tried gel (volumemax mega) pre-plop, then mousse (loreal everstyle) post plop (5 min) then pixie diffused all the way dry. I've had the best results yet! I didn't know i could pixie diffuse to a fully dry state without being a giant frizz head, but considering my hair is so flat and predisposed to straightening out, i figured i'd just go for it. and YAY!
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:03 AM   #23
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fine - low porosity - medium density - normal elasticity. Very high dews. Soft water.

Cowash: CJ Daily Fix
Low-poo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo, Giovanni 2chic BK&AO
RO: TN Radiant Care, Giovanni SaS, Ogx BKT*, Sukin Nourishing, SS Caitlin's, various
LI: sometimes TN Radiant Care
Styler: FSG with CNPF, CJ Pattern Pusha, Volumax Mega, Ouidad Climate Control*, Ogx BKT serum*
PT: CJ Repair Me, IAgirl's gelatine

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Old 07-23-2013, 07:53 PM   #24
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Hey, Nikki, I feel your pain. I too have baby-fine, thin, limp hair, a LOT like yours.

One thing I've learned is that for my hair, which is about the same length as yours, less is more on the products. I rarely use anything more than a pea size drop on my whole head for styling products and I never use a leave-in while my hair's wet.

RE: the whole low-maintenance thing, thanks to CG, I now only need to wash 1-2 x per week. I don't bother to style my hair wet any more, the water weight just pulls it out, so I wait till it's probably 75% dry, then scrunch in gel and let dry the rest of the way. Then I'm good to go for 3-4 days. On in between days, I squirt with a mix made of filtered water, aloe juice, a tiny squirt of conditioner, and mag sulfate (also known as epsom salts) and scrunch and go. takes less than two minutes.

Good luck with your experiments!
2a/2b, fine and thin
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cleansing: BS/ACV rinse weekly
PT: Gelatin PT
Conditioner: Desert Essences fragrance-free
Styling: LOTD Aloe
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