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Old 09-16-2005, 06:59 PM   #1
 
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I'm sure you guys are probably tired of reading my frustrated posts, but I tried doing my hair curly tonight, and it worked...kind of (some of it stayed straight other parts wavy and some curly plus it has the wet look). I just can't seem to get anything to work. I'm at the point of giving up and wearing my hair straight--always...and I don't want to do that!

I don't really know what the rules are on mentioning non-CurlMart products, but if I violate a rule, feel free to delete this part...I didn't mean to. BUT I saw this in a magazine once and wondered if it was really worth it or what? The picture looks curling ironish, but the video demo does not. Should I spend money to try it or just try the same thing using products?
www.scrunchandcurl.com

You guys have been amazing at advice, but being a thick slightly-wavy, it takes so much effort to go either way.

I'm going to try RR when it gets here, but I've almost lost hope in even thinking that it could work.

Ugh...I need some help.
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My hair is fairly straight (wavy, i guess, would be more correct) on the sides of the canopy, and the RR has been great at getting more curl out of them.

also, i've noticed and i think other people have pointed out that after adapting to the CG routine and/or just cutting out sulfates, and once their hair gets healthier, that it tends to get curlier.

also, when i'm really desperate, i create a pin curl by winding a curl around my finger, all the way up to my scalp, then pin it in place with a clip until it dries. that usually works very well when i can't get a curl any other way.

given the fact that i'm fairly cheap, i would recommend trying some of these things before spending money on a gadget that might not work. i'm sure some others will post with a whole host of other ideas, as well!!
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Old 09-17-2005, 03:47 PM   #3
 
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My advice is not to spend the money. I have wasted SOOO much money on hair products and gadgets, it isnt even funny. Don't make the same mistake I did. Or, rather mistakes. The worst mistake I ever made was spending money to get my already natural curl spiral permed. I don't know what I was thinking.

Veronica is right. I have been on CG since August 25, and my thick waves have become spirals that I didnt even know existed. I only started seeing results yesterday, and I was about to give up, literally.

Try giving CG a shot if you can. It might be frustrating, but it isnt any more frustrating than buying gadgets that don't work.
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Thanks guys. I may try a new routine. Question though: Is the Curly Girl book only available online?
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Question though: Is the Curly Girl book only available online?

I bought mine at Barnes and Noble.
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I wouldn't waste my money on that product either. Just intuition I guess. But like the others have already said, once you start CG and cut out the harsh shampoos, then you will be surprised at how your culs will improve. B&N has the book, as well as Borders.
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Old 09-18-2005, 10:01 AM   #7
 
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Don't spend a ton of money. Since your hair is slightly wavy, you're not going to be able to coax spiral curls out of it. Go for more waves than curls. I'm not an expert about hair care and styling, but the one piece of advice I can give you, is to understand your hair type/texture. Forget spiral curls (I don't even know if you were trying to do that) and go for more waves. That won't take as much time and you'll still look great. Sexy waves as well as curls are in right now.
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Okay, I'm not going for spiral curls. I guess it's hard to explain my hair without a picture. I guess I'm more or less going for consistancy. The front of my hair curls up great...really loose wavy curls, but underneath stays almoat COMPLETELY straight, and the back doesn't want to curl, and I have random flat spots. Consistancy isn't always present in curly hair, but the way mine is looks bad. I'm at the point where I'm just going to straighten because I can't get anything to work.

I may try CG, but then again I don't know if I should try it before a break because of the adjusting period. Plus, I do still like to alternate between straight and curly, so I don't want to make that harder.

What I'm trying to acheive...I've seen people with my hair type do something similar, but I just can't get it to work.
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you can borrow the CG book from your library and not have to buy it thats what I did. Im rather cheap
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Old 09-19-2005, 05:18 PM   #10
 
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What's RR?
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Old 09-19-2005, 07:36 PM   #11
 
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Okay, I'm not going for spiral curls. I guess it's hard to explain my hair without a picture. I guess I'm more or less going for consistancy. The front of my hair curls up great...really loose wavy curls, but underneath stays almoat COMPLETELY straight, and the back doesn't want to curl, and I have random flat spots. Consistancy isn't always present in curly hair, but the way mine is looks bad. I'm at the point where I'm just going to straighten because I can't get anything to work.

I may try CG, but then again I don't know if I should try it before a break because of the adjusting period. Plus, I do still like to alternate between straight and curly, so I don't want to make that harder.

What I'm trying to acheive...I've seen people with my hair type do something similar, but I just can't get it to work.

I was just using that as an example. I didn't think you were doing that. My point is: not to try to get something you can't have. You might wantto talk to a professional hairstylist for advice if our advice isn't working. They CAN help.
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No, no. I didn't mean it like that. I totally understand what you mean. I agree.
BUT my hair isn't consistant. I love the way the front does...but I want the back to do the same thing...and it hasn't been.

I'm using the advice that I get here. I've already bought several products, and I am trying different techniques. I appreciate all advice.

I just moved to a new city and haven't had the time nor money to go try and find someone. I love my old hairdresser, but she is just too far away. I'm sure I'll end up asking them as well as advice from here whenever I find someone decent.

But I do appreciate it all. I understand what you mean...I'm just not good at explaining what I'm trying to acheive since I have no picture to go along with it.
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I definitely think you should give CG a try, at least for 4 weeks. I thought mine just had an annoying wave to it before I started over a year ago, and quickly realized I was wrong. The first week is the hardest though. You'll never know your wave/curl potential unless you try it.
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I definitely think you should give CG a try, at least for 4 weeks. I thought mine just had an annoying wave to it before I started over a year ago, and quickly realized I was wrong. The first week is the hardest though. You'll never know your wave/curl potential unless you try it.
Lush-CG made your hair curlier? I've seen a lot of improvement in health of my hair since getting away from harsh shampoo but still shampoo with something most days. I'm thinking about giving CG another try this link [/url]http://naturallycurly2.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=52872http://makes me want to try the whol...<br /> Chelle
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Chelle, I went cold turkey and yes, it did make my hair curlier. Especially when I go back and look at the pictures of when I first started. I started using No-Poo and condition washing right away, with the occasional salt scrub or brown-sugar scrub, and lemon-aid. But I haven't done those last 3 in ages, just when I first started.
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Thanks Lush, I think I'll try to continue using my MOP but only use it every other day and see how that works. I've had good luck sometimes just rinsing my hair without conditioning again if it still feels soft.....mine gets over conditioned so easily that I have to be careful.

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