Too limp hair - and the hideous twirl!

Hi everyone,

I think I have hair that is somewhere around 2A to 3A (or it would be if it was in good shape). I've been trying out the no-poo thing for a couple of days (even though it's hard since I can't find good products). Well, actually today was my first CO-wash day. I washed my hair yesterday with some cone-less shampoo and day before that even with some dish hand wash liquid to get out all the build-up.

Well, all would be fine except my baby fine hair is too limp! I keep getting fly-aways too and the curls just loosen during the day. I also have trouble with my scalp. If I can't brush or comb how am I supposed to get the roots from not clumping up and looking like I have a road map on my scalp? Today I did cave in and brushed before crunching with some mousse but still... I have a terrible twirl/uneven parting in the back of my head! The parting on top of my head is okay but it doesn't stop there, it continues down my head and it looks terrible.

All I came up with was to loosely braid my hair and try not to use any hair spray. I put some Got2Be Beach Boy-wax on my hair but don't know it it helps. The rest of my curls are a bit stringy and awful but since they're braided, can't see them.

I need help!
CG takes a while to start working well. There is a period of time when your hair has to adjust. It took me a while. My hair was really dry. REALLY dry! SO hang in there. I suggest that you read back through the other posts and grab some tips. If you don't have the Curly Girl book it is WELL worth the money!!

1. Hydrate your hair! Start out with a gentle shampoo (most wavies need a wash a couple times a week) and get a cone efree conditioner. Jojaba oil is the best. Just scrunch a dime size amount into wet hair and watch your damage disappear! Dry hair flies away to catch the moisture in the air.

2. Use products on wet hair. While you are in the shower, squeeze out excess water and scrunch in your product. I like to do my Jojab oil treatment first and then my gel. Products work SO much better that way!

3. NO TOUCHING! This is the hardest for me. Now that my hair is all soft I like to touch it, but you just can't unless you want to look frizzy.

Hope that gives you a start!
HeatherDawn
2C/3A
I second what Heather Dawn says. It takes awhile for your scalp and hair to adjust to less shampooing and less/no detergent use when you wash it.
Just treat your hair and scalp well and hang in there for a few weeks and see what happens. CG may not be for you, or you may have to modify it, but you need to give it time first. Until then, ponytails?!
2B wavy thick hair
Fia=2a M iii
modified CG since 1/12/06
Today is my second day with CO-washing. I have barely a curl left, just small fuzz on the top of my head and where hair is shorter and once my hair dried, the hair turned almost totally straight. It feels like I would still be using silicones!! I can't even remember when I had slick hair like this. Am I over-conditioning it?

I'm thinking of maybe washing my hair tomorrow although I don't have a sulfate free poo yet. I might still have some buildup left.
At least I managed to find a couple of styling products from a nearby shop. They're not anything great, but would they be okay? I bought Wella Shockwaves Ultra Strong Power Hold Gel which claims it has no alcohol and I couldn't find any cones either. I'll post the INCIs if you want. The other thing I bought was Wella Shockwaves Ultimate Effects Wonder Sculpting Cream which seems good too, only it has some copolymer. Do these sound okay?
I just noticed on your first post that you used a wax on your hair. Palmades are great for about two uses, but you are putting WAX on your hair. It is tought to get back out and will make your waves disappear FAST. I do still use it, but maybe only four times a year and usualy just before I'm due to clarify.

Have you tried clarifying yet? There are several great things you can do, but my favorite is to wash in the evening with a regular shampoo (my hubby's) and then do an Apple Cider Vinager (ACV) rinse. Afterward I will do an oil treatment over night and then rinse in the AM. That will kind of get you to square one so that you don't have any build up.

I'm not sure about your products. I usually use Aussie gel myself and JASON organics shampoo. Also don't worry about you wave pattern too much yet. If you look through my Fotki (the www below) you will see that my hair took a while to reach it's full curl. Plus this CG thing can be confusing!! LOL!

Let us know if you need more help!
HeatherDawn
2C/3A
If I can't brush or comb how am I supposed to get the roots from not clumping up and looking like I have a road map on my scalp? Today I did cave in and brushed before crunching with some mousse but still... I have a terrible twirl/uneven parting in the back of my head! The parting on top of my head is okay but it doesn't stop there, it continues down my head and it looks terrible.
Originally Posted by KittyKurls
I've been using a chopstick to fix my curls when they're still wet. I can slide it in at a 45 degree angle to deal with individual wonky waves or slide it in horizontally near the crown and move down the length of my hair to even things out all around. It's made a big difference in eliminating any strange formations and doesn't pull things straight the way combing can.

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