I posted in the general forum about this, but I thought I'd post here since it is possible that some of you may have a hair type similar to mine.
I finally got some pictures up.
Granted, it is WITH products in opposed to just natural, but it can give you some idea. The process that I used is described below the pictures.
Dose anyone have a similar hair type? Do you go straight, curly, or have you found a way to work with what you have? I'm just trying to find a good routine that works for me. But it takes lots of effort to go curly (and not all of it will curl), effort to go straight (and it ends up waving by the end of the night), and I haven't found a way to work with what I have to the point where it looks like I actually fixed my hair instead of rolled out of bed. I'm not CG, but scared to attempt it since I have oily hair. Any ideas?
2b, low porosity, high density, fine, loves protein
You have very pretty hair! It is similar to mine, but I am a total 2C and my hair is frizzy beyond explanation hehe You can see my pics through my profile to get an idea. I haven't blow dried my hair in the longest time and I don't want to! While my hair does straighten easily I'd rather work with my natural texture. To me waves and curls are much more fun looking than straight hair!
If your hair is oily, you may not want to go CG. I have dry hair and if I don't shampoo every so often it goes limp and gets too soft. So after many attempts at CG, I have decided to just find products that work for me (reguardless of cones) and stick with them. IMO there's nothing wrong with shampooing your hair as long as the cleansers aren't super harsh and there are moisturizing properties. I make sure to stay away from shampoos that contain Ammonium Lauryl & Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which are the most harsh of the detergents.
As for the products you are using, the Pantene conditioner is verrry heavy! And if you have oily hair without a strong wave pattern this will just weigh it down more. If you want to get more wave and less oil, go with a conditioner that is lighter. If you choose to go without cones, try the Suave Naturals line. If you don't mind cones, some nice ones are: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, Aussie Moist (A little heavy, but no waxes like Pantene, and makes the hair feel like silk!), L'Oreal Nutri-Moisture, John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Light Reflecting Moisturizing CO, Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner & Mask, Physique Hydrating.
I don't see a problem with any of the stylers you are using, although I have never used any of them. I have a love/hate relationship with gels, so I am always trying new ones, and then switching to creams when I get tired of them. I also use mousse sometimes and I really like the one by Rave which is super cheap and performs better than some of the high end ones I have tried! That doesn't leave my hair crunchy at all and it defines my waves pretty nicely. But I am a total product junkie so I am always on the look for the next best thing. I choose not to order anything online as much as I am tempted to, because I almost *know* that I am going to be disappointed and will want to try something else. So I mainly shop at drugstores and sometimes the salons. That way if I don't like something it won't be a hassle to return.
If I were you I'd just experiment with different products until you find what works well. That's the boat I am in right now. I am still trying to find a styling aid that pumps up my waves, doesn't leave my hair super hard, and doesn't weigh my hair down or make it look dull. It seems impossible since I have tried many things, but I am going to keep looking.
Well I hope all my rambling helped you somewhat! Let me know if you need any more help
Hey mtenpas, I'm a newbie, too. If you click on the 'WWW' button under someone's message, you can see her pictures.
jersey, your hair is pretty! The back of my hair is very similar to yours. We even have a similar haircut. It's frustrating to have hair that's too wavy to be straight, but too straight to look curly instead of tousled. I think that when I've finally grown out all my layers, maybe my hair will look more 'done' and not so messy. I wouldn't try CG if I were you, because I have dry hair and it still got weighed down and gross. I wish I had some advice for you, but this wavy hair thing is still pretty new to me - if you figure anything out, let me know!
I'm not CG, but scared to attempt it since I have oily hair.
Hey again, found your post
I'm not full CG right now, but I'm trying to learn all I can. I also have oily hair/scalp. Even with shampooing everyday with Jessicurl, my hair gets oily the next day. This is common I think for wavies, plus my hair is thin. For me, I have found that I have to shampoo everyday, and I really love Jessicurl HCC. As you know from my other post is my problem is overconditioning. I really think you should start with an ACV rinse and then use CG friendly products if you decide to start CG. I do a CO wash only once a week, although, haven't lately because of my over CO problem. So, I don't have a routine right now, but, like I said, wavies shouldn't be CO washing as much as curlies or going without shampoo. You have to experiment to see what amount is good for your hair type.
Hair Type: 3A/2C at crown with 2B/2A underneath. Trying to begin CG, have a lot to learn! Website pw: curls
Thanks. I am scared to try the ACV though because I read that it lightens your color. It took me years to grow out my old nasty hair color and get it natural. I really don't want it to lighten, BUT maybe if I only did it once it'd be okay?
2b, low porosity, high density, fine, loves protein
Gorgeous pictures. I'm a total wavyhead though. I have lots of loose waves on the top layer and very tight waves, almost curls, on the bottom layer. I usually just throw in some gel and blow dry with a diffuser to add even more curl. I have to admit that the last time I diffused dry my hair it was difficult because my hair was drying in the perfect wavy pattern...
jersey, I feel your pain. Your hair is a lot like mine, except that mine is thicker and more messy.
I've been trying to find something that either makes it go curly or stay straight, but so far nothing has worked with the exception of rolling my hair in curlers and using a flat iron. I don't like using either one of those because curling takes forever, and I have a mortal fear of frying my hair with a flat iron. If you find something that works, please let me know!
2a-2c (3a on the best of days)
Shampoo 1-2 times a week, condish with Suave Naturals Coconut, style with Suave gel and Aussie Sprunch Spray