Let's get this party started! Fave products and routine

Home sweet 2b home! I'm claiming this as my home even though I have more than one type. I consider myself more of a wavy than a curly.

So this seems like as good a place to start as any. Let's get to know you and your hair. HG products? Miracle routines?

Do spill. I'll be back to post mine in a jiff.
2b-ish--embracing my waves this summer
Aussie Catch the Wave condish, L'Oreal NutriGloss condish; Nexxus Designing Texxtur Cream, Rusk Radical Creme, Pantene Curl Defining Mousse, Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam; coconut oil for DTs
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I am in the same boat as you. I am not sure if this is where I belong, but, close enough so here I am.

Getting to know me: (I copied and pasted some of this from the Getting to Know you Board....what a cheat!) :P

Hi my name is Kimberly and I am rapidly becoming a curloholic. I am fairly new to NC and would like to take this oppurtunity to introduce myself. I am almost 32 years old, married, have 10 year old boy/girl twins and work as a staff accountant.

My hair has been an issue for me for most of my life and I am very happy that I found this site and such a wonderful community that is so helpful and lets me share with them (even when I am a hair dunce).

My hair is bra-strap length with long layers and a few face framing layers. I would say that my hair is about a 2b/c, but, it seems to be changing since I have started following advice here. I will be posting pictures soon so that I can get even better advice from all those helpful people I have met here.

I am currently using Jessicurl and having a difficult time adjusting to it, but, I am keeping at it. Right now I am using HCC, TooShea, RR, CCSS and Awe Inspiraling Spray. I have emailed Jess and I am waiting for a reply before I give up. I am also trying to follow her routine on her website. Although, I plop and if I diffuse I only use the cool button.

No HG for me yet, but, hopefully someday (sigh)

My hair seems to really like leave-in conditioners. Any advice on which ones? My hair also seems to like coconut oil and honey. I never thought I would be starting so many sentences with "My hair"

Can't wait to get to know all the other 2b's out there.


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Hi there. I'm a 2b and I love Jessicurl and Devacurl products. And Elucence MBC. And Batia & Aleeza gel.
I wash with either Suave coconut condish or a sulfate free 'poo (Jessicurls or one of the Deva ones) every 3-5 days or so. Usually about 3 days in the summer and up to 5 in the winter.
I rinse and either leave some condish in or put a little leave-in on there. I then rake 2-3 puddles of RR into soaking wet hair, scrunch out the drips with a microfiber towel and then I scrunch in a gel or CCSS over that.
I plop into a t-shirt for a little while and then diffuse for a few minutes. After that I air dry and put some clips in at the roots for volume.
This has been working pretty well for me for over a year and I now have to wash less often. Sometimes I get lucky and can get 2nd or 3rd day hair, more often when it's cooler.
I usually wash at night because letting it dry almost completely and then having it up all night gives me more volume and taking the weight off of the hair gives me better curls.
I think I may have some 3a curls in the front but I'm mostly what I consider a 2b. More wavy than curly and it's a couple inches past my shoulders.
Who's next?
Hi there. I'm a 2b and I love Jessicurl and Devacurl products. And Elucence MBC. And Batia & Aleeza gel.
I wash with either Suave coconut condish or a sulfate free 'poo (Jessicurls or one of the Deva ones) every 3-5 days or so. Usually about 3 days in the summer and up to 5 in the winter.
I rinse and either leave some condish in or put a little leave-in on there. I then rake 2-3 puddles of RR into soaking wet hair, scrunch out the drips with a microfiber towel and then I scrunch in a gel or CCSS over that.
I plop into a t-shirt for a little while and then diffuse for a few minutes. After that I air dry and put some clips in at the roots for volume.
This has been working pretty well for me for over a year and I now have to wash less often. Sometimes I get lucky and can get 2nd or 3rd day hair, more often when it's cooler.
I usually wash at night because letting it dry almost completely and then having it up all night gives me more volume and taking the weight off of the hair gives me better curls.
I think I may have some 3a curls in the front but I'm mostly what I consider a 2b. More wavy than curly and it's a couple inches past my shoulders.
Who's next?
2b/3a, primarily use Jessicurl and DevaCurl products, Curls Hair Tea conditioner and various gels. I'm modified CG-ish since 5/04.
Hi, My name is Michelle, I'm 18 and about to start college in Galveston, Tx.
My hair routine is as follows: I wash with Suave Milk and Honey Shampoo (every other day), I then condition with Suave Milk and Honey conditioner, comb through, leave in for 3 minutes, and then rinse. I towel dry, put in some leave in from Visible Changes(that I don't like very much, by the way, then I scrunch in some suave Aloe Vera Gel, then I let it air dry.
I tried the CG routine, but it was not compatible with my wavy hair, without shampooing, it was like an oil spill had occured on my scalp! I gave up after 2 days.
Oh, by the way, my hair has a definite S-pattern and its length is to the top of my bra band in the back. I tend to get the "frizz halo" a lot because I live in such humid conditions.
I am mostly 2b. Wish I was more! CG routine drop out. Doesn't work well with my hair. I cannot refuse the diffuse.

PRODUCTS and ROUTINE:

Shampoo: Moist Shampoo (nearly everyday)
Conditioner: Moist Conditioner (nearly everyday)
Deep Treatment: Any of my left over reject conditioners (full strength) with a bit of honey. SATURATE hair and wrap in saran wrap for 4 hours. (2 times a week)
Gel: Tizz no Frizz and Dual Personality Gel + Water (layered on dripping wet hair. LOTS of "Dual" and finished with Tizz no Frizz)

I diffuse my hair, but only to the point of 80% dry.

Born again wavy. My siggy and avatar explains it all.
ha! kimmyc, I knew that certain 'guest' was you!
3a/2c f/mii. pics added 2/3/07
OK, my turn!

I have mostly 2b hair. It's fairly thick and even a bit coarse, so I call it 2b/c and I have some curlier 3a-ish parts near the front. But overall, I think 2b is the closest. It's a tad past my shoulders when dry & curly.

My general routine is to shampoo every three days or so (2 times a week generally, but sometimes 3). I do use CoN, but I'm presently experimenting with a shampoo that does have a sulfate (not SLS). My hair is dry but not that dry. I do wet my hair and condition pretty much everyday (except on rare days when I can do second day hair). Right now, the condish is Trader Joe's Nourish.

Fresh out of the shower, I blot my hair a bit so it is still pretty wet but not as drippy. I then rake in a curl enhancer, usually either RR or Re:coil (sometimes even a dab of both mixed together!). I scrunch a bit with my hands, then flip my head over and scrunch some more with a microfiber or t-shirt.

Then it's time to scrunch in the gel du jour. Right now, my gels in rotation are: B & A gel, HE HDG, Aura Hypoallergenic, Aquage Defining Gel. I don't necessarily rotate them evenly, it's just whatever I feel like that particular day.

Then I plop for about 15 minutes, diffuse via the Pixiecurl technique until the hair is about 80% dry and I'm off to work. I also have a honey/lavender/glycerin spray that I sometimes use to refresh. And I'll occasionally mix my conditioner 50/50 with honey. Or mix a dab of diluted glycerin in with my curl enhancer.
2b-ish--embracing my waves this summer
Aussie Catch the Wave condish, L'Oreal NutriGloss condish; Nexxus Designing Texxtur Cream, Rusk Radical Creme, Pantene Curl Defining Mousse, Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam; coconut oil for DTs
ha! kimmyc, I knew that certain 'guest' was you!
Originally Posted by lushaholic
!!! Apparently I have to make sure I'm logged in first so I can post now! I looked back and was like GUEST!?!? Of course once I did log in and quote myself I just made a double post.
2b/3a, primarily use Jessicurl and DevaCurl products, Curls Hair Tea conditioner and various gels. I'm modified CG-ish since 5/04.
Hello all,

I belong in two boards like most of you. My hair can be curly when wet and wavy when dry. It looks thin but feels thick (to me anyway as I always wished it was as thick as it felt!).

After going through the product junkie stage, of which I'm still partly in, I'm beginning to find my favorites. Although I consider myself mostly CG, my hair does respond well to cones, so some of the stuff I use does have a stray cone but I generally try to make sure it's not at the beginning of the list.

Conditioners (wash and leave-ins): (no particular order)
*VO5 Moisture Milk Strawberries and Cream w/honey
*Suave Professionals Humectant w/jojoba oil
*Potion #9 (Sally's version)
*Giovanni 50:50 Remoisturizer

Gels: (no particular order)
*Herbal Essence Humidity Defying Gel
*Aura Hypo-allergenic Gel
*Aussie Tizz No-Frizz
*Suave Biolage
*ABBA Weightless Gel
*Garnier Fructis XXL Volumizing Gel (this is rapidly becoming my HG even though it has a cone )

Mousses:
Joico Ice Whip
J/A/S/O/N pump mousse (not sure about this one)

Other "stuff":
FOTE
Honey
Jojoba oil

DT:
Sally's verion of Joico K-Pak

Second day hair is unheard of for me, so I usually end up co-washing every morning with Suave Humectant w/jojoba oil. Condition with VO5 MM Strawberries and Cream (LOVE the scent!). Blot dry with a microfiber towel. Put the leave-in de jour. Mix a little FOTE with the gel de-jour. Maybe put in a little mousse on the top of my (I NEED volume and will take anybody's leftovers!), then a little more FOTE and gel and scrunch. Try to see if I can use clips that day (hair is usually too thin ) ala Mayim's pics. Diffuse upside down 80% dry, then air dry.

Then the frustrating part comes ... trying to arrange my hair. The bottom of my hair usually gets sacrificed because it's so difficult to the the top of my head/crown area to behave (gotta make sure my scalp is covered). My curls end up being wavy because of the top of my head. As long as there's no frizz, that's okay though! But, with the Garnier Fructis gel, I've found that I can blow dry my bangs straight, then blowdry just the top for a few seconds to give it some lift before diffusing. Then I can do more of the scrunch out the little bit of crunch and go.

I am waiting on my order of Curl Keeper and Elucence to come in and I'm hoping the CK will help with some of the other cone-free gels. I'm just finding more and more that when I use the GF, I'm very pleased with the way my hair looks.

Did I write a book?

I'll have to cut and paste for the 3/a section of my hair
CG-modified since 4/05
2b/3a and 3b on occasion!
Products: The hair aisle in my own cabinets.
Best definition winner: KCCC
Best volume winner: LOOB
Yes me too, I don't know what I am. Definitely wavy. Very thick hair, but it's very silky. (is this fine? I don't know) It sometimes gets curly but was way more curly when I was little. Best curls recently was when I pin curled my whole head let it dry all day. (6 hours my hair never dries) When I took out the pins I looked like shirley temple!

I definitely need wavy support I think us wavies have the most complicated hair. I used to think I was the only one with this kind of hair!

I love you guys!!! :love:love.gif
My hair is a mix of 2b/3a and even a bit of 3b thrown in! I would call my hair wavycelli. It curls most when I leave it alone after wet scrunching. My hair has a spring factor of about 2 or 3 inches and has a very silky, medium texture.
I'm Susan, currently in Md with dh and two boys, 7&4. But we are on our way to Germany in about a month or so. I have I think 2b/c hair. Depends on how good a hair day I'm having. I will try to post some pictures later and maybe ya'll can give me some insight into what I am.

Shampoo: Elucence MBS every other day, but lately trying to stretch out to every 3rd day.

Condition: Suave coconut with a little ov mixed in to CO wash in between shampoo days, then either Deva One or Too shea or VO5 honey & almond (still testing this one out).

Deep Condition: none really, I never seem to have the time or when I do I forget. But I usually put shea butter on the length and ends at night. Not alot, just enough so my hair feels moisturized.

Gel: B&A and dep sports gel. Sometimes Biosilk RHG gets mixed in with the dep for added hold on the canopy area.

After shower I wrap hair in a microfiber towel, just to get the drips out, then I take down, run comb through it once on each side and back. Before I was using Aveda BE-Curly + B&A + stronger hold gel, and totally loving it, but since last week the humdity was horrible and I was frizzing like crazy I decided to try a new routine. So now I put in 2 puddles of RR+CCSS and CK. Then the B&A, then the dep or whatever other strong hold gel. Scrunch with the microfiber towel and put it up in a wet pineapple and wrap the towel back around to absorb any extra water or gels. I seem to get better volume and more curls this way than just straight plopping. After I finish makeup and stuff I diffuse until almost completely dry, clip the roots and spray. After getting dressed I unclip the roots and hope for the best! Lately though this seems to work ok. Now I am just waiting for my curlmart order of B&A and recoil. I have never tried the recoil, so any tips on it would be great.

I am so glad there is a board specific to hair types now. I love this!
Susan
2b color treated red hair.
Current routine: Oh honestly it changes so much I'd have to rewrite this daily!
Password: Curls
I'm pretty sure that this is where I belong . Here is my routine:

During the summer, I generally wash every day. I apply conditioner to the lower 2/3 of my hair, comb out the tangles with a wide tooth comb, then apply shampoo mainly at the roots, then massage my scalp for about 15-30 seconds. I then pile it all on top of my head while I wash, shave, etc. I rinse everything out of my hair upside down, gently scrunch out the water, put it up in a t-shirt, then get dressed.

When I take down my hair, I always use Abba Weightless Gel at my roots & use Rusk Calm Leave-In/Detangler on the lower 1/2 of my hair. The Abba helps hold up the volume in my hair so it doesn't fall flat during the day. Then I scrunch in whatever gel I happen to be using that day. I have several in my rotation - Back to Basics Curl Catalyst, Aura Hypo, Kenra Styling 17, Biolage Gelee, Aussie Gel & Water, L'Oreal Curl Vive Spray Gel (not sprayed - I just apply like every other gel), etc. I apply enough gel so that I get the "squishing" sound. I then diffuse my bangs over a round brush, & diffuse my hair using the pixiecurl method until about 70% dry. I'll spray the top/bang area with hairspray, then let it air dry for about an hour, until I get to work.

When dry, I bend over, run my fingers under my hair against my scalp & loosen everything up. This gives me great body & gets rid of the crunch.

In the winter I can do 2nd day hair - same routine as above for 1st day, then the next day, I'll put a quarter sized blob of Boots in my hand, add a bit of water, rub my palms together, then run them over my hair as if pulling it back into a ponytail. I then spray on Jessicurl Awe Inspiralling, scrunch upside down, & sometimes diffuse it just to spring the wave back up. As the day goes on, my hair will usually get curlier, but the only time this happens is with this combo

I'm a product junkie & have many products in my closet that I haven't even tried yet But I love experimenting!! My hair does get weighed down easily (that's the reason for washing out the conditioner), & I can't use silicones (unless they're way down at the end of the list) for that reason.
Discovered nc.com in 09/2003

2b~~fine texture~~normal porosity (except for highlights, which are high)~~normal elasticity~~medium density


Shampoo: Still use sulfates, but only on roots
Rinse out: Deva One C, JC Too Shea, Original Sprouts Deep Conditioner
Curl Enhancers: KCCC; JC Rocking Ringlets, JC Spiralicious, & Confident Coils
Styler: BRHG (over any and all curl enhancers) - this is the one product that I never change - absolute HG!!


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CelticMoonDance
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So far our party is pretty lame

Where to start.....

Well, it's nice to meet everyone. I hope that we can all learn a lot and come up with some really cool solutions if we combine all of our 2b knowledge. Unfortuantely, we might enable the PJ in each other

Now, let me say that my knowledge is limited

But, I will contibute what I can, where I can.


I am having decent results with Jessicurl products right now. I really love HCC and TooShea. I also am using EMB for a leave-in. I like RR too, but, my hair does not like CCSS at all. Can anyone recommend another product that will work well for hold in this scenario? My ideas or B&A gel or CK?

Does anyone have any thoughts on Silk leave-in? I have some to try and I am just wondering your thoughts.

I have found one thing that has helped my hair a lot this week. Rinsing with honey as Jess describes it on her website. My hair loves honey & Coconut Oil . I am not quite sure how to incorporate the oil into my line-up.

Also, I have been keeping a small piece of microfiber towel in my purse to scrunch my hair with after applying Awe Inspiralling mid day. My hair is a lot less frizzy than when I used my hands!

I can't wait to hear your replies. Have a great weekend too

Kimberly


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I have found one thing that has helped my hair a lot this week. Rinsing with honey as Jess describes it on her website. My hair loves honey & Coconut Oil . I am not quite sure how to incorporate the oil into my line-up.

Also, I have been keeping a small piece of microfiber towel in my purse to scrunch my hair with after applying Awe Inspiralling mid day. My hair is a lot less frizzy than when I used my hands!
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Originally Posted by 1228kimberly
I'm going to have to try the honey rinse and what a great idea about the towel!! I think you're a genius!! :dance:dance.gif

Thanks for sharing that. Oh, and I agree our party is a little lame. Where are all the 2b's!?!? I'm leaning more and more towards 3a (hopefully my hair will follow ).
2b/3a, primarily use Jessicurl and DevaCurl products, Curls Hair Tea conditioner and various gels. I'm modified CG-ish since 5/04.
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I'm going to have to try the honey rinse and what a great idea about the towel!! I think you're a genius!! :dance:dance.gif

Thanks for sharing that. Oh, and I agree our party is a little lame. Where are all the 2b's!?!? I'm leaning more and more towards 3a (hopefully my hair will follow ).
Originally Posted by kimmyc
Why, thank you, now, if I can just convince my hubby and kids I am a genius, life in my world, would go so much smoother

I wish my hair would follow to 3a also, not going to happen though

Kimberly
Wow, Kimberly, that is a great idea about scrunching with the towel after spraying Awe Insp midday!! I have a small towel & several bottles of Awe Insp, so I think I'll bring some to work & keep in the restroom cabinet (I'm the only female in the office)!! As far as using CK, my experience has been that it has NO hold whatsoever!! I use it as more of a leave-in type product under my Abba Weightless gel. I'd probably go with the B&A, although I haven't tried it personally - yet

I've never tried coconut oil, but the honey mixed with conditioner has worked great!! I'm definitely going to give the honey rinse a try, too

I would LOVE to be more of a 3A, but I've come to love my waves just as they are! My main concern is volume - there is absolutely no way I can have "flat" hair! One time, my stylist flat ironed my hair just for grins, & I thought "EEK!!" I drove home, praying that no one would be home when I got there for fear of scaring the living daylights out of someone
Discovered nc.com in 09/2003

2b~~fine texture~~normal porosity (except for highlights, which are high)~~normal elasticity~~medium density


Shampoo: Still use sulfates, but only on roots
Rinse out: Deva One C, JC Too Shea, Original Sprouts Deep Conditioner
Curl Enhancers: KCCC; JC Rocking Ringlets, JC Spiralicious, & Confident Coils
Styler: BRHG (over any and all curl enhancers) - this is the one product that I never change - absolute HG!!


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Hi 2b's! I have been gone from NC.com for a couple months and it's so great to see the separate boards for the separate hair types - so cool! I have actually been straightening my hair a lot lately, and have slowly been getting rid of my product graveyard (hooray!). I don't have a specific product I use right now, but I have been eying Ojon. Have any of you ever tried this line? I am interested in the Restorative Treatment and the s/c. Looks like good stuff!
2c with some 3a thrown in for fun!
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Hi 2b's! I have been gone from NC.com for a couple months and it's so great to see the separate boards for the separate hair types - so cool! I have actually been straightening my hair a lot lately, and have slowly been getting rid of my product graveyard (hooray!). I don't have a specific product I use right now, but I have been eying Ojon. Have any of you ever tried this line? I am interested in the Restorative Treatment and the s/c. Looks like good stuff!
Originally Posted by californiawaves
I like the new sections too! Makes it easier for us to swap information!

I have tried the smoothing cream. It worked really well on my hair, but, I just swapped it. The only reason I swapped it was because I just had too many things stacking up in my bathroom and it I was having difficulty working it into my routine

I am loving Jessicurl right now. It took me over a week to figure it out, but, I am slowly beginning to love her products. I also love the Devacurl line, EMB conditioner, CK, B&A gel, AG re-coil, and Sauve M&H as a conditioner wash. I really want to try Aloeba and Gelebration, but where on earth would it fit in my bathroom?

Kimberly
I really like Jessicurl too. I have been using re:coil instead of the rr+ccss lately, but I think I am going to have to order some more RR and go back to that for summer. I seem to get the best hair from it. But I am going to test the re:coil this weekend when the temp and humidity are supposed to be really high.
Susan
2b color treated red hair.
Current routine: Oh honestly it changes so much I'd have to rewrite this daily!
Password: Curls

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