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Old 09-01-2013, 09:28 AM   #1
 
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Default Type 2 realizations or Ah ha moments

If there is already a topic similar to this I didn't find it, at least not a recent one.

I'd like to start a topic where we say what our "ah ha moments" were with our hair. Like what realizations have helped you the most with your hair, either through making it curl better, or just you being overall more happy with it. Maybe this can help others with a new perspective or idea that they haven't considered trying yet. (That and I'm just happy I'm finally having more days that I'm happy or at least comfortable with my hair than not and I want to share)

Here are mine (ymmv):
-My hair does not like do be washed or styled upside down. It gives some pretty spots and some really not pretty spots. I like consistency. And I seem to shed a lot more upside down.

-style my hair right side up, once I get it how I want it to look wet I can plop and air dry or plop and diffuse.

- rake products through IN shower, with the water still going, just step out of the water. It helps my hair clump back together.

-curlier is not always better. Touchable waves are cuter than product-y forced curls

-length will loosen my curl pattern... But I want long hair again.

-technique is more important than product (unless your hair really hates the product)

-glycerine is not ok... (75+ dews)

-putting hair up, especially 3+ day hair is not a failure, and stretching washes makes my hair feel and act better.

-I love hair sticks, they're easier and cuter than a pony in my hair
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:20 AM   #2
 
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Pre-CG: hair was voluminous (even with lots of layers) and frizzy and felt rough to the touch or coarse

Post-CG: hair is less voluminous (so am growing layers out) and less frizzy and feels so soft to the touch. I love the way it feels, so am always touching it and getting some level of frizz; however frizz is way less than my best pre-CG wavy/curly day!
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:37 AM   #3
 
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Pre-CG...I barely used conditioner. Made my hair feel gross and greasy.

Now...the more the better!
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:41 PM   #4
 
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-My hair will revert back to 2B-ish no matter what. I can coax it to be 2C/3A but it's not worth it because it droops.

-I can skip LI if I cowash rather than low poo.

-Too much manipulation (touching, scrunching, blotting, etc.) causes my waves to break up and frizz. Exception: I can hand scrunch a lot IF my hair is super wet.

-Upside down rinsing does not work for me. It leads to seriously wonky roots.

-Upside down styling is okay as long as I ruffle my roots away from my head first.

-Adding product when hair is dry (or drying) or trying to fix or perfect pieces only makes things worse. I settle for "pretty good" and stopped trying to constantly perfect and improve my hair.

-Often only my canopy is frizzy or messy. The rest of my hair is usually fine so simply pinning back the front section with a clip works great.

-While highlights are pretty, they are not worth the damage and hassle. I now stick to demis.

-Although my hair is fine, porous, and generally loves protein, it IS possible to overdo it. I am finding I need to focus more on moisture. For now, at least.

-Even using low heat and low air when diffusing dries my hair out. I need to limit it.

-Dry/curly cuts make a world of difference.

-Limiting the products I use and focusing on technique helps ALOT. I will set aside a set of products (maybe once a week?) and stick with them to really get an idea of what works and what doesn't.

-It's imperative to wait til my hair is 100% before SOTC.
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:46 PM   #5
 
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Oh gosh, I have a ton of these..

- Leave-in condish is always not necessary
- Just because you start CG with 2A waves does not mean your hair will become 2B/2C
- Even if you don't think a technique won't work, try it anyway
- if your hair responds best to cowashing with Suave Naturals Coconut than all the rest of the scents, it's probably the protein (took me 1 1/2 years to realize this)
- The world won't end if you use the occasional 'cone
- And mostly importantly, you're far more critical of your hair than anyone else is
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:00 PM   #6
 
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Biggest "aha" is

- Don't go into your routine with expectations. Let your hair be your hair and work with it. Maybe one day you have to clip it up, or twist the sides back. Maybe another it is loose and beachy. On another it's bouncy. For instance, today I got zippo definition so I carefully wide combed it out. That looks ok too.

There are about 2 million variables a day, even when you have a routine down. And if you add trying different products or techniques, 2 million more. Hair would be utterly boring if it looked exactly the same every single day. That's kind of what is fun about it. It's a little like having a wardrobe that you don't get to pick out.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:11 AM   #7
 
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Just starting, so I haven't had a chance to have many, but I'm hoping I can learn a little bit from other people's

So far, though, my biggest is that I'm 30 and know next to nothing about my hair, other than it's on my head. I didn't even realize it was wavy until a few weeks ago. The last time I saw it in its natural state when dry was a year ago and it was curly at that length. Also, it's much finer than I realized. Oh, and it very much likes being upside down.

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Old 09-06-2013, 08:54 AM   #8
 
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Hey you have 20 years head start on me!! Can't believe it took me til 49 to notice I have waves. Or use a conditioner.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:56 AM   #9
 
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You must have been in decent shape beforehand, then! I started using conditioners when I was about 17 and haven't gone a day without since, even if that's all I did to it. I've been using the wrong kinds for my hair, incorrectly, but it still seemed better than nothing.

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Old 09-06-2013, 09:29 AM   #10
 
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Mostly I kept my hair short. So I had enough natural oils going on. Once I started to grow it out and saw the waves I needed something. And before that when I stupidly permed I just had no clue so did nothing.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:33 AM   #11
 
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Oh no, you said the P word! Lol. Once, idiotically, in middle school was enough to cure me of thinking that would even out my curls. It worked for my mom, but not for me.

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Old 09-06-2013, 10:13 AM   #12
 
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-My hair hates a lot of product. If I use 1 I'm good. 2 is pushing it.
-I get better curls if I scrunch my hair upside down.
-I am never cutting my hair short again! I've always known there was a wave to my hair, but it was so darn out of control that my mom kept my hair short all my life, which I continued throughout my life, because growing it straight was so awkward with my very strong wave in the back. I used to perm my hair, and I had absolutely no idea what was under all that! I wish I would've figured this out long ago - and still not sure exactly HOW I figured it out... probably just a lazy day I didn't have time to blow dry and flat iron.
-My hair hates soap.
-My hair hates shea butter.
-I finally know what build up feels like.
-ACV rinses attracts all sorts of flies and bugs to my head. I use ACV to trap fruit flies.. what was I thinking!??
-I have to scrunch when soaking wet then not touch it anymore. I tend to scrunch my hair too much after toweling it, because I'm a perfectionist... I need to stop.
-Yes to Cucumbers is my soul mate conditioner.
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:37 AM   #13
 
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poxyfairyplume: that thing you said about "a lazy day" really made me laugh... because that's how I discovered I had whurls as well!
I fell asleep before I had time to blowdry and flat iron my hair, and woke up with some nice waves/curls...
That's when I decided I wouldn't go through flat ironing again. (before I always had "straight" hair that looked like I had been in an explosion)
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:18 AM   #14
 
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poxyfairyplume: that thing you said about "a lazy day" really made me laugh... because that's how I discovered I had whurls as well!
I fell asleep before I had time to blowdry and flat iron my hair, and woke up with some nice waves/curls...
That's when I decided I wouldn't go through flat ironing again. (before I always had "straight" hair that looked like I had been in an explosion)
Haha! What's even funnier now is all the work we do to enhance the curls, where before it was just pure laziness. Go figure I lived off my flat iron and had SO much damage when I tried to go CG the first time, it just didn't work. So I chopped it all off and flat ironed very minimally before I decided to try again. No more iron for me either!!
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:26 PM   #15
 
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Mine was more of an "in a hurry" day. It was really hot and I wanted to get to the park early, so I basically washed it, combed it, and walked out the door. I was on my way home a few hours later and the wind blew it into my face... I was expecting curls or basically straight since I straightened it so often, so imagine my surprise when I saw all these little S's...
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:43 PM   #16
 
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Frizz is not the enemy

Work with what your hair's doing at any given moment

Don't fiddle - it's looking nice so don't blow it!

Don't try to be a 3a because its not going to happen

I had ringlets from age 2 and thought they were so uncool, but 43 years later I love them

A flat top can be pinned at the roots. No worries.
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:59 PM   #17
 
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  • Flour sack dish towels work are the best to use.
  • Leave-in conditioner is a must for summer (we'll this winter if it is a must for then too).
  • Hair doesn't need to be cleansed every other day.
  • My waves actually do frame my face better than straight hair does.
  • Volume is not something to be afraid of.
  • Pixicurl diffusing may take time, but the results are worth it.
  • It takes time to undo the damage of blow drying your hair straight years. If you don't see instant results, it doesn't mean that the process doesn't work.
  • Be willing to embrace what you have. The more you love your waves, the more the world will too!
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:01 PM   #18
 
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My ah-ha moments:
- Raking product works better for me. I have always scrunched when wearing my hair curly my whole life, but raking works better.
- As someone mentioned above, hair can look awful and stringy when wet and then dry into beautiful waves. I am mystified by this.
- Give it time. I was ready to give up when my hair started looking better on a regular basis. (It took about two months even though I low-poo instead of cowash.)
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:57 AM   #19
 
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Ah-ha moments:
-Rake through product. This way it gives hold to other bits of hair apart from my root. Then scrunch it in
- Apply products before scrunching out water with a towel. This gives me better clumps and waves
- After scrunching out water with a towel apply a little bit more gel, but this time just scrunched in. My hair really appreciates it haha
- It's ok to use a sulfate shampoo. I live in an area with crazily hard water (and I have greasy hair) so sometimes it really helps perk up my hair
- Despite this, following the Curly Girl method has really helped my hair, making it shinier and healthier
- Hard hold gel = AMAZING!!
- Likewise, diffusing = AMAZING!!! It really enhances my waves, and gives pretty consistent results. This is probably my biggest ah ha
- Having 2 different hair textures (ringlets at the front, waves at the back) doesn't make me a hair failure
- Being different is fine. I am different to most people I know in many ways, my hair is just one of them. I don't try to make my blue eyes brown, so why should I make my wavy hair straight?
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:19 AM   #20
 
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I have normally have BSL (now APL! ) hair that is virgin, normal-low porosity, fine, with medium density and normal elasticity. I live in an urban tropical country, which means my hair is exposed to the outside sauna daily. I have soft water. My curl pattern is now 2c. These have been some of my "AHA" moments.

1. My fine hair is VERY protein-friendly. I use protein-rich ROs and try to PT regularly (but don't always have the time). Protein helps with volume and curl formation.

2. Uncomplicated styling routine: just gel! I don't know why I always got mixed up with thinking I *needed* an LI. I don't. My hair's not dry so doesn't need anything other than a styler. I don't need to seal.

3. Diffusing makes a BIG difference in how my hair turns out. I get more root wave/curl and LOTS more volume. Night and day.

4. Cannot use waxy or waxy-feeling or heavy products. Waxes are worse than silicones for me. Way worse.

5. Most want big clumps but I'm liking medium-smaller clumps. I find they spring more.



And of course:

6. No humectant-heavy gels or leave-in products.

7. No sulfates or drying ingredients.
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