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Hello! I was enlightened to the CG method through a post on another website. I was intrigued so I did some Googling and ended up here.

I believe that I am a 2a/2b, low to medium porosity (low near the roots), medium to thick density, and medium width (with some wide, especially the grey--which is ever-increasing). I had it dyed once, over a year ago and will likely never do that again. I used to flat iron it often, but recently haven't been heat styling much at all.

I started using L'Oreal EverCurl shampoo, conditioner, Silk 'n Gloss Dual Oil Care and the Sculpt and Hold Cream-Gel about a month ago. I wash my hair only once or twice a week. I have been brushing it and drying it with a terry cloth towel, but this morning I plopped with a t-shirt and just used my fingers to detangle my wet hair. I only blow-dry my bangs and almost always let the rest air-dry (no time to blow-dry or diffuse). I live in a pretty humid area during the summer and then things dry out as the seasons change. My hair feels better, but it doesn't seem to look much better and it's driving me crazy.

As I am a new mother who works outside the home full-time, I have very little time to devote to any sort of real primping. I've tried to glean what I can from this site and the stickies here, but it is all so much to sort through. I feel like I could use a distilled version of what I could do to help my hair be all it's meant to be. I've attached a few pics of what I look like today to give you an idea of what I'm working with. As you can see, my canopy is much less wavy than the underneath.

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Welcome!

There is a lot to get your head around, the best thing is to just read or change one thing at a time, at your own pace. At the end of the day you are making a change to prettier, healthier hair for life, just like you would expect a new diet or exercise regime to take a while to give results. Lots of good videos on YouTube if you prefer than to reading articles.

Be careful not to weigh your waves down with products/ ingredients that build up, that oil spray is wall to wall silicones and will just give you stringy greasy hair. The cream gel is humectant heavy which can also weigh hair down or cause frizz in higher dews, it also contains several silicones, conditioner also has glycerin and cetyl esters which can build up. You would likely be best continuing to clarify whilst you are using these.

When are you finger detangling, after plopping? If so don't touch your hair after it comes out of the plop, other than to clip the roots or briefly arrange your part if you have one. At present your hair looks like it would benefit from more leave in conditioner.

Not clear how recently how much heat damage/ dye damage you have left but ingredients beneficial for this include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol.

HTH, sorry it's not really what you asked for but I honestly don't think there are any real short cuts to learning about your own hair and the method yourself. There are so many variables, how much water your scrunch out, how much product you scrunch in, how long you plop and so on.
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
Actually, everything you said is quite helpful! I was feeling like I need to get a whole routine down immediately, so your suggestion to change one thing at a time is brilliant! (I don't know why I didn't think of it myself, but I'll blame it on sleep deprivation and a teething baby :-) .)

Thanks for the warnings about the products I'm currently using. I assumed that since they are sulfate-free, they'd be good for my hair and I admit that I didn't carefully look at their ingredient lists. I am thinking of trying out some of the Suave Naturals and LA Looks products I've seen recommended on here, as I'm on a pretty tight budget. I also may try some coconut oil since I have plenty of that because I use it in so many other ways.

I also didn't realize I should detangle before plopping. Not sure how I missed that detail in the reading and watching I did, but thanks for enlightening me.

I definitely feel like I have more of a handle on this now thanks to your advice! One more question, though: When you are experimenting, and you find you don't like a product, what do you do with the left-overs? I'd hate to be wasteful.

Thanks again for your help!
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Actually, everything you said is quite helpful! I was feeling like I need to get a whole routine down immediately, so your suggestion to change one thing at a time is brilliant! (I don't know why I didn't think of it myself, but I'll blame it on sleep deprivation and a teething baby :-) .)

Thanks for the warnings about the products I'm currently using. I assumed that since they are sulfate-free, they'd be good for my hair and I admit that I didn't carefully look at their ingredient lists. I am thinking of trying out some of the Suave Naturals and LA Looks products I've seen recommended on here, as I'm on a pretty tight budget. I also may try some coconut oil since I have plenty of that because I use it in so many other ways.

I also didn't realize I should detangle before plopping. Not sure how I missed that detail in the reading and watching I did, but thanks for enlightening me.

I definitely feel like I have more of a handle on this now thanks to your advice! One more question, though: When you are experimenting, and you find you don't like a product, what do you do with the left-overs? I'd hate to be wasteful.

Thanks again for your help!
Originally Posted by LurkerBee
Glad to help!

Detangling is done in the shower when slathered in conditioner, ideally not at all after that, just scrunch/ rake/ palm in your products (most wavies need some scrunching). Hair can look blooming awful when wet - tangled or frizzy - and then miraculously dry into pretty waves. I have no idea how that is possible, but it really can happen.

Shampoos can be used up as body washes or hand soap, conditioner as body lotion or shaving cream, give to any non fussy menfolk, donate to battered women's shelters, some products can be mixed (eg. too oily conditioner with too light one, a natural oil added to a plain gel), anything pricey list on the NC swap board.
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
I've been reading here on the forum for the past 2 days and have been trying to determine what kind of hair I have etc. Firefox thanks for the great suggestions on what to do with our non-GC friendly products. Of course my husband can use my leftovers but I never thought of using them the other ways you suggested. Thanks!

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