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Old 07-02-2005, 11:02 AM   #1
 
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Default What's your routine?

I am just getting started going curly...no more straightening! I've read Curly Girl, but her routine just doesn't work for me. Gel weighs down my hair, and it looks dirty if I'm not using shampoo.

What products do you use? What's your routine? And advice would be great!
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Old 07-02-2005, 06:28 PM   #2
 
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I had to work my way into CG. Start by switching to a gentler shampoo. Then switch to every shampooing every other day. Start working your way towards twice a week. I shampoo every 3-4 days. At first the condition wash didn't work for me, but I have learned to scrub until my arms are sore with Suave Milk & Honey. I didn't leave conditioner in at first, and didn't like leaving in gel. However, I have slowly worked my way towards it. Do one step at a time.

My current routine:

Shampoo every 3-4 days with DevaCurl Low Poo (cg book: alternate Lemonaid and sugar conditioner wash, in between as needed)
Rinse: alternate ACV/water & honey/water
Conditioner: Jessicurl Aloeba or DevaCurl One Condition
Squish gel in soaking wet hair, while still in the shower
Towel dry: microfiber towel, scrunch curls with hair flipped upside down
Spritz 1/2 aloeba, 1/2 water on hair with spray bottle.
Deep treatment: once a week with Jessicurl DT
Pixiecurl diffusing method if needed, or air dry (still learning how to clip roots up for drying)
Afternoon pickup-me-up: Spritz with aloeba/water or awe inspiring, flip hair upside down and shake roots with fingertips.

You don't need to use gel if your hair doesn't get frizzy, otherwise try a spray gel--Jessicurl gelebration or awe inspiring (or mix 2/3 water & 1/3 gel in a small spray bottle). A great way to start CG is just to start reading ingredients, a picking products without harsh cleansers, alcohol and silicones. Jessicurl has a sample pack--inexpensive, and good way to see what your hair needs. Good luck!
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Old 07-04-2005, 06:56 PM   #3
 
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Can those products be found easily, or do you have to special order most of them? I'm so new at this!
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Old 07-07-2005, 08:14 PM   #4
 
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I tried the CG method and my hair felt clean but weighed down. I have a chin-length layered bob, 2a in winter and closer to 3a in summer, especially if I work at it. This is my routine:

Shampoo, combing with fingers
Blot dry thoroughly with a towel
Wrap my hair in an Aquis microfiber towel using the "Plopping" method, but without any products for about 10 min.

Apply small amounts of gel in 6 sections:
Top of head
Left side
Right side
Back Upper
(Flipped over) Back Lower
(Flipped over) Scrunch double amount of gel into ends

Flip upright
Part hair
Diffuse in upright position by heating a section of my head, then holding that section in a tight scrunch as it cools while heating the next section
All the way around my head

I get the best results when my hair is just slightly damp when I apply gel. I find that the "soaking wet" method that some others prefer leaves my hair limp and wastes product. In summer I can use any shampoo, but in winter I like JessiCurl Hair Cleansing Cream because it prevents static, or regular shampoo plus conditioner. I prefer gels that are kind of thick and sticky. Thin or slippery gels just make my curls slide out of each other into straightness.

Favorite Shampoos: JessiCurl Hair Cleansing Cream, Avalon Lavender Shampoo, LUSH Washday Greens, Aveda Sap Moss Shampoo, Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo, Bumble & Bumble Seaweed Shampoo, DevaCurl Low-Poo

Favorite Conditioners: JessiCurl Aloeba Conditioner, Terax Crema, Aveda Cherry Almond Bark

Favorite Gels: Kiehl's Extra Strength Styling Gel, ABBA Weightless Gel, Aveda Custom Control (although I cannot handle the smell), Herbal Essences Humidity-Defying Gel has been good so far, but I don't know yet if it will work in winter.

Hope this helps!
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Old 07-08-2005, 06:01 AM   #5
 
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I wash and conditon every day...not washing isn't pretty and leaves my hair blah. I do a cool rinse for the conditioner and then flip my head over and use a wide tooth comb to detangle my hair and lift up the root a bit. Then while still in the shower I apply a few small pumps of ISO Bouncy Creme. Once I get out of the shower:
-Add in some kind of gel or light weight styling pomade to still super wet hair. I need some weight in my hair or it will poof too much...but I have to be careful to get the weight on the body of the hair and not up on the crown.

-Again flip my head over and comb (wide tooth comb) through upside down. This gives lift at the roots and separates the hair strands into noodle strands.

-I use a face cloth to scrunch my hair and take out the excess water. I then part it and start to get dressed/ready.

-Sometimes I will use TIGI Curl Booster (the spray) right before I diffuse. I scrunch again with a face cloth (this helps to avoid frizz) and then spray a few sprays of the Curl Booster. The Curl Booster helps to ensure super curly days.

-Within 5 minutes I am diffusing (I lay down on my back on the bed with my hair falling into the diffuser - bring the diffuser almost all the way up to your head, but before the fingers touch your head, give the dryer a little twist. A hairdresser taught me this.)

-That's it. I diffuse until about 85 percent done. Make sure my hair is in place and let it finish drying. Before I leave the house I might use the gel or styling pomade (just a dab rubbed between my hands) to fluff up my hair a bit. The whole thing takes about 10 minutes.
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Old 07-17-2005, 09:22 AM   #6
 
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Yes, unfortunately I order most of my hair care products over the internet. I can get the devacurl at a local salon.
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Old 08-23-2005, 12:04 PM   #7
 
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I'm trying to work towards cg by replacing products with cg friendly products as I use them up. I'm also cowashing on M, W & F.

Other than that, I am still blundering about aimlessly trying this, that and the other. I like plopping, it gives me more curl, but it also leaves my hair looking unkempt. I'm not sure how to get my part and the back looking good. After I unplop, there are always a few messy crossed about hair groups in the back. I'm so paranoid about touching that I uaually just leave it be, but school starts on the 6th, and I have to show at least a modicom of professionalsim, and I don't think showing up looking like I haven't combed my hair fits that bill. I thought I'd try the clipping routine after I unplop. Does anyone have any suggestions for neatening up my appearance without combing or touching too much? You can see what I'm talking about in my album. My hair's wet there, but it looks pretty much the same dry, except it's lighter.
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Old 08-23-2005, 12:07 PM   #8
 
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I'm trying to work towards cg by replacing products with cg friendly products as I use them up. I'm also cowashing on M, W & F.

Other than that, I am still blundering about aimlessly trying this, that and the other. I like plopping, it gives me more curl, but it also leaves my hair looking unkempt. I'm not sure how to get my part and the back looking good. After I unplop, there are always a few messy crossed about hair groups in the back. I'm so paranoid about touching that I uaually just leave it be, but school starts on the 6th, and I have to show at least a modicom of professionalsim, and I don't think showing up looking like I haven't combed my hair fits that bill. I thought I'd try the clipping routine after I unplop. Does anyone have any suggestions for neatening up my appearance without combing or touching too much? You can see what I'm talking about in my album. My hair's wet there, but it looks pretty much the same dry, except it's lighter.
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Old 08-30-2005, 09:14 AM   #9
 
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Hey, Alice--
I struggle with the same problem. In fact, our hair looks similar, except mine is very thin, and seems more prone to frizz. I, too, hate the"beach look" because my hair is so thin, and it also looks darker and dirty. If I comb to break up the crunch, I lose some of the wave, and am prone to frizz. I wind up using hair spray to restore some wave, give hold and control frizz. I have not been able to find a product that will replace my need for hair spray

2AFi, basically baby hair. Wavy CG routine since 2/05.
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