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Old 07-30-2013, 04:59 PM   #1
 
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Hi girls, I was just curious about how other 2bs-2cs have been styling their hair with products/wearing their hair other ways besides just all down.

I think I'm going to just throw in a little rant just because I can, too. I started going CG 4.5 months ago w/ my hair very damaged. I got a Deva Cut, but it really didn't improve my hair that much with all of the damage, so I got another 8 inches cut off a few weeks ago. My hair is collar-bone length now, and I'm still completely frustrated even though it looks so much healthier all around. Whether I use products or not my hair just never comes out to my satisfaction, so I brush out my curls and waves almost every day into a more, imo, favorable poof (I don't even care). I honestly don't even feel like putting in more effort with new products products or techniques (Yeah, after all of that money that's been put into this *sigh*) and I'm ready to chemically straighten my hair and call it a day. Willing to give it a final shot with hopes that my tears of frustration will reside, so hopefully I get some good ideas in this thread.
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Try this. I did the other day and it worked really REALLY well. Worth a try. Wavy Hair | Scott Musgrave Hair
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Try this. I did the other day and it worked really REALLY well. Worth a try. Wavy Hair | Scott Musgrave Hair
Chupie: you should do a video on that method.

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I think I will after I get back from a trip I'm taking this week. The best thing was I got pretty easy to rejuvenate 2nd and 3rd day hair. However I do think it may work best on normal to porous hair. I know a low porous gal having no luck with it. OTOH I know another gal with long thick stunning grey hair that it was A. Maz. Ing. On.
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Hi girls, I was just curious about how other 2bs-2cs have been styling their hair with products/wearing their hair other ways besides just all down.

I think I'm going to just throw in a little rant just because I can, too. I started going CG 4.5 months ago w/ my hair very damaged. I got a Deva Cut, but it really didn't improve my hair that much with all of the damage, so I got another 8 inches cut off a few weeks ago. My hair is collar-bone length now, and I'm still completely frustrated even though it looks so much healthier all around. Whether I use products or not my hair just never comes out to my satisfaction, so I brush out my curls and waves almost every day into a more, imo, favorable poof (I don't even care). I honestly don't even feel like putting in more effort with new products products or techniques (Yeah, after all of that money that's been put into this *sigh*) and I'm ready to chemically straighten my hair and call it a day. Willing to give it a final shot with hopes that my tears of frustration will reside, so hopefully I get some good ideas in this thread.
How much damage do you have remaining? Are you selecting ingredients and products based on your hair properties and dew points/ humidity? What is it you don't like about your hair? As a 2 you may find you need more length again to get good 'pattern repeats' on your waves.

IMO get rid of the brush, every time you use it you damage your hair further, pulling the curl out and separating clumps into frizz which potentially sets you back. It can take my hair up to three washes to recover from being 'straightened' even tho I do it just by gentle brushing and pulling back when wet not with heat.

I started out with chemically and mechanically damaged hair, so mentally wrote off the first year of CG as just being about getting my hair into better condition. That worked out really well for me since I didn't have expectations of 'good hair', so didn't get frustrated. I did a few smaller chops rather than a big one as you have, so maybe my hair was more damaged then than yours is now.

Beneficial ingredients for damaged hair include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides and panthenol. There is a good book 'Strictly Curls' which shows up dos for curly hair tho you might need more length, you can do a fair bit with bobby pins and imaginative 'twisting' or pulling the front back with various coloured/ patterned soft headbands.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:12 PM   #6
 
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Firefox: Do you find just wearing your hair up (not necessarily putting it up when wet) affects your curl pattern? I wear mine in a bun a lot and am wondering if it may be having a negative affect.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:54 PM   #7
 
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Hi Firefox, my hair is minimally damaged now. It looks much better at a shorter length than it did at a stringier, longer length. I'm not sure if it's just because my hair was so damaged before, though. Lately I've just been brushing instead of pulling out my straightener because I assume it's much less damaging. I don't think it's the products that are the problem for me. I'm beginning to think I just genuinely hate my natural curl type. I'll check out the book .
Below are two pictures before/after without product. The before was still after my first Deva Cut. Shower routines didn't change at all. Ignore the valid blacked out spots. I also have some tighter curls behind more damaged front pieces in the after, but didn't manage to get a shot earlier. The picture in my avatar is my hair brushed out.
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:16 PM   #8
 
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I love the after. What product?
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:59 PM   #9
 
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:39 PM   #10
 
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Is your hair brushed out in the "after" pic?

I think it looks really nice actually.

So what bothers you specifically about your hair? You're not using any leave-ins, or styling products, right? Most of us just have to... otherwise our hair gets poofy... it's just the way it is with waves and curls. Although, the CG method has helped my naked hair look way better than my naked hair looked before.... and also that's without damage, just in general proper conditioning + gentle poos + PTs and DTs.

Do you know your properties and dew points etc? You really can't get around this. It's really important in choosing the right products.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:55 PM   #11
 
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My hair is 2c canopy, 2a underneath. I've had the most success with adding a bit a coconut oil after my LI (KCKT) and before my product (SMCS) and just letting it air dry. The coconut oil really encourages the curl for me, but the trick is not putting in too much.

Once the weather cools down, I'm going to have to try the pixie diffusing method which will give me fluffier hair, which I do kinda like.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:25 PM   #12
 
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I've tried coconut oil but didn't manage to use the right amount. Any tips for using it w/out overdoing it?
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