Greetings Wavy Gals!

Hello! I recently decided to accept that I too have wavy hair (2B/2C combination). Throughout my childhood I had fairly straight, shiny hair, but at puberty the texture changed, and waves and frizzies came in full force.

For the last 4 months, I have been trying to follow the CG method. My hair is not there yet, as it still seems pretty unruly. Is this just because I choose to embrace the truth during humid summertime? Any insight would be most appreciated as I want to stop fighting and keep nurturing what is natural.
So what are you doing?
I condition my hair every day using devacurl one condition. 2x per week I use the deva curl no poo. After scrunching some of the water out, I put in leave-in conditioner and gel. Air dry for about 30 minutes, then diffuse the rest of the way. Scrunch out if any crunch (there usually isn't any).
I'm a true broken record but you'll need to figure out your hair properties and dew points and choose your products based on your hair properties and the dew points in your city.
fine - normal porosity*?- medium density - normal elasticity. Hard water. SoCal.
*Used to be low-porosity, but I lightened my hair 1-2 shades, so I may be normal-porosity now.

New climate! Current favorites:
Low-poo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo, Giovanni SaS
RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: CJ Repair Me, IAgirl's gelatine

Experimenting with: JC Confident Coils, JC Rockin Ringlets, CJ CIAB, gelatin gel

iherb discount code: CFN646
Also I agree what kind if hair do you have? Fine medium coarse? Dense or thin? Porous or normal? If you dye or have been using lots of heat you are probably more porous. Figuring these out is not totally easy but if you search hair properties you'll find some guides. There are also a few services where you can send hair in and have it analyzed. Komaza, Goosefootprints on Etsy (she's running a giveaway it you go to her page and send her an email before Aug. 30) and Live Curly Live Free.

What is your gel?
I have medium dense hair. Porosity seems a mystery to me. I do dye my hair and diffuse on cool to low heat, but both the float test and the running finger over hair test seem to indicate lower porosity. I am beginning to think there is maybe a protein overload.

Based upon the before/after thread, it seems that others had longer hair journeys as well, so I will keep experimenting, possibly with low protein conditioner and see how that goes.

Both you ladies have beautiful hair!
I have medium dense hair. Porosity seems a mystery to me. I do dye my hair and diffuse on cool to low heat, but both the float test and the running finger over hair test seem to indicate lower porosity. I am beginning to think there is maybe a protein overload.

Based upon the before/after thread, it seems that others had longer hair journeys as well, so I will keep experimenting, possibly with low protein conditioner and see how that goes.

Both you ladies have beautiful hair!
Originally Posted by mandymae
Those home tests have been debunked, look at how your hair behaves for porosity. You are unlikely to have low porosity hair if you use permanent dye, heat style and wash daily (hygral fatigue). How does your hair react to protein treatments and to coconut oil soaks? If you are still confused maybe have a hair analysis.
THE NATURAL HAVEN: Junk Science - Hair Porosity Tests / Float or Sink
Pedaheh's Hair Blog: GoosefootPrints Hair Analysis with My Analysis Results

What are your dew points/ humidity? The free 'Curls on the Go' app is helpful if you have a smartphone. Very high or low dews you may be wise to avoid glycerin, which is in some of the Deva products, very high in One Condition. Another possibility is you are just not using enough leave in conditioner to give clumping or control frizz.

Proven beneficial ingredients for colour treated hair include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol. Fine hair does well with protein, coarse hair not so much. My colour treated hair will take a lot of protein, and that really aids curl formation. But I find I need a balance of other ingredients especially a little oil to control frizz since protein is a weak humectant. I don't find protein plays nicely with other potent humectants like glycerin and propylene glycol.

Try diffusing first then air drying to finish as per the Curly Girl method, that should give less frizz and be less damaging. Ingredients that can help protect from heat damage include hydrolysed protein, some polyquats, glycerin and propylene glycol. Obvfiously you may not be able to use the potent humectants for this in all dews.
THE NATURAL HAVEN: Blow Drying Reduces Moisture in Hair (even with low heat!)
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 oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

Last edited by Firefox7275; 08-25-2013 at 05:10 AM.
Definitely decided to get my hair analyzed. Thanks for the idea of diffusing first. I am going to try that this week.

As for dew points, I live in MN, land of humid summers and dry winters. Based upon reading other posts, it seems like I might need to have different products for winter and summer. Does this sound right?

Has anyone tried Aveda confixor gel?
Oh good heavens - MN! I lived there for 8 years and Ioved it (except for the really, really cold weather). Now I'm in Iowa and I use slightly different products in summer vs. winter. I need more protein and conditioner in summer because the sun fries my fine hair. I know lots of people are the other way around (more conditioner in winter). To each their own.
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Humidity for me equals a messy bun, as I have BSL hair and it's just too hot to do anything with it.

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