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Old 05-14-2006, 01:24 AM   #1
 
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Default The Lighter Products

Since I'm fairly new to the CG system, I assumed that all the conditioners were pretty much alike. In terms of heaviness, I meant. If I stayed away from conditioners that said they would do wonderful things to dry hair, I wouldn't have too much of a problem with buildup.
Which is where I ran into problems - I started using Suave Naturals Aloe as my "wash," which I understand is quite heavy, and the Aubrey Island Naturals, which I knew was very heavy and wanted to see what it did. What it did was make my hair kind of heavy and lifeless.
So then I'm informed by fellow wavy girl velvet paws that us wavies have to be careful, when we're dealing with CG-safe product lists, because many of them are very heavy products. Some of us (me) have a whole bunch of fine hair often mistaken for thick hair, and using a heavy product on fine hair just kind of weighs the hair down, especially if you're using two heavy products.

So who has some light conditioners to recommend? Deva is on my list as one to try, but are any of the drugstore conditioners likely to be less heavy than the Naturals Aloe? Or will I be continuing to confuse my postal worker with the amazing number of packages I get and then two days later, hand back to him for return?
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Old 05-18-2006, 04:12 AM   #2
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I am a wavy with very porous hair, so, heavy conditioners work well for me. For lighter conditioners that are still very moisturizing I would recommend Jessicurl Aloeba, Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner, DevaCurl OC and Beauty without Cruelty Moisture Plus Conditioner.

My husband has very fine 3a/b curls and those all work well on him.
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Old 05-18-2006, 01:47 PM   #3
 
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I just ordered the Deva One-C and the No-Poo, so I'm going to keep futzing with my drugstore conditioners until then.
I did find a product that seems to work okay with my hair - Marc Anthony Curl Lotion. It's really more of a gel, and I am having urges to try to dillute it down and turn it into a spray using the 1 cup boiling water/.5 cup product method that Massey gives for turning regular gel into spray gel in her book. That would mean it would be lots lighter and I wouldn't have to get my hands all slimy. Ick.
Lucky you - a curly married to a curly! My husband has straight-as-a-stick oily black hair inherited from his Chinese maternal great-grandfather. Very weird, especially since his three siblings all have dry blonde hair. I occasionally think that our (eventual) children will be almost like science experiements, at least in terms of hair and skin type.
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Old 05-19-2006, 10:00 AM   #4
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I have a wavy daughter too, so, I get to play lots!

On the other hand, I have to share :P
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Old 05-19-2006, 01:57 PM   #5
 
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I've done well with Suave Naturals Lavender, and all of the Giovanni conditioners.
My husband has very damaged curly hair. After explaining a little about CG while his eyes glazed over, I threw out his unbelievably ancient round hairbrush, a very therapeutic act!
I'm going to shape him up more as soon as I get a minute to talk to him about something as superficial as hair. My boys have my hair but its not really long enough to wave, and they comb it and encourage the straightness because they are boys and its easier. I have all I can do to get them to wash it regularly. No fun there.
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Old 05-19-2006, 02:16 PM   #6
 
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Last night at Walgreens, I picked up the Suave Naturals Coconut conditioner for 77 cents (!!!) and the VO5 extra body conditioner for $1.00. I figure if I can't use them, someone over in the swap section can.
I also bought this "Noodlehead" line from Sally's and...wow. I have never had curls like this in my life. VERY light spray, scrunch scrunch, and wild curls all over the place.
I'm making a list of the "lighter" conditioners and styling products that I'm finding and having people recommend to me (there's a curlygirls community on Livejournal that's pretty active), on the off chance that other wavies with fine hair might be able to use it. Where does one obtain the Giovanni line of stuff? Is it a drugstore line, or a salon-type purchase?
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Old 05-23-2006, 10:26 AM   #7
 
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It is from the Wholefoods or another health food type store. It is also CG friendly. The shampoos have mild sulfates, pretty far down on the list. No silicones in the conditioners.
The Tea Tree shampoo has been recommended as good for dandruff and scalp odor, which my two wild boys have.
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Old 05-23-2006, 01:33 PM   #8
 
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I did, actually, manage to get myself and my recalcitrant ankle to Vitaminshoppe today and took a look at the Avalon line and a few others. I ended up deciding on the Giovanni Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner, after an extensive chat with the hair-person there, who went so far as to pull on my hair to see if it "sprang" or just waved (I gave her permission first). She agreed with me - I do not have curly hair. At least, not at this length. It might get curlier later, so I'm going to store the Deva that's arriving today and give CG another try in a few months when I have more hair.
I guess the problem that I had was that everything was so heavy, which isn't that surprising for curlies, who need moisture, but my hair doesn't. So it got dragged out and straightened by residue and I had to use a fair number of shampoos before it went back to being wavy.

The frustrating thing is that according to the classification system, I'm SOLIDLY a 3b. My hair waves UP, it's medium-textured, it's impossible to style.
As I've said before - I think I have alien hair.
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