Seeking advice for my gray 2B hair (color)

Its been a while since I have been here and I am thrilled to see a 2B dedicated board!!! After seeing most of your pics I am now positive this is the club for me!!!!

I have just beyond my shoulders very very dark brown (almost black) irish curls. I tend to get flat on top and recently grew out all my bangs. I switched a new hairdressers who has very nice curly hair her self and she convinced me to snip some long bangs back in (I LOVE it!!) For the first time I can actually wear my hair not pulled back! And when I do I get that nice spiral that hangs near my face... anyway.... I tried CG about a year ago but it just was not working for me.

I have gray (well white) hair - a lot of it. I am total salt and pepper if I dont color it. I would go S&P but my whites are wild. The color just calms them down - so its very necessary.

Its finding a shampoo that is safe for color that I have trouble with. I have been using Tigi Bedhead Honey and Oatmeal Treatment S & C for years now with occasional Purology .... not sure the name...but its a clarifier. I would love to try the Sauves, and Trader Joes, etc... but I do not think they are color safe. I guess I always wonder if I could find something that gives my curls some enhancing. I also think I could be hydrating my hair more with a better condish. I am sure I am using ones that have silicones. But again I need color safe.

Anyone else out there find a good solution for this 'white/gray' problem??

I am sure I have MANY other questions - but will start with this one!!

OH and I plopped for the first time the other day and it was SO COOL! Had a great hair day - and Second Day hair was awesome too!

Karen
ColbyCurls
2C/3A Botticelli with dark Irish curls. Lots of Gray hiding in there too! Use demipermenant color, all Deva products.
Hi there Karen (my sister's name is Karen!),

How long did you try to go CG? Sometimes it takes a few weeks for your hair to respond. Alot of us on here have highlighted or colored hair and I don't recall much talk about products being color safe, not sure why. I use Suave (Humectant right now) to "wash" with. Then Elucence (the most recommended moisturizing condish around here) mixed with a little VO5 Milk Moistures Strawberries and Cream (LOVE the scent).

I would think most conditioners nowdays would be color safe even if they don't specifically say so. I hope some other gals can be of more help.

Welcome back to nc.com and don't forget to post your question on the 3A board and General board!
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
Thanks!

I will look into Elucence and ignore the 3a on my signature... that was from a year ago when I was not sure what I was!!

I did CG for about 2.5 months. I just felt... itchy and sweaty and dirty... I just do better with a cleaned scalp. I did try the suggested things (brown sugar, acv, etc.) but it just was not working. My curls were very ... clumpy? I lost all my nice ringlets. Just had big fat waves/clumps. (I should gather some pictures....)

I am glad to be back!!
ColbyCurls
2C/3A Botticelli with dark Irish curls. Lots of Gray hiding in there too! Use demipermenant color, all Deva products.
I use epsom salt when my scalp feels itchy ! I've found it also plumps up my hair, but you do have to use a conditioner afterwards. I just mix it in with "washing" conditioner and massage it with my fingertips for a few minutes. Rinse and then condition. Works like a charm for me .

I don't remember how long it took for my hair to respond to going CG. I never did have the dirty feeling, thank goodness!

Would love to see pics!
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

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