What did you learn about hair this week?

Hair in general: Apparently I did not understand the proper way to wash ones hair. Embarassed to find out I've been lazy about washing my scalp my whole life. It explains the build-up on my scalp.

My hair: Did my first deep protein treatment and I think my hair is much curlier. Yay! I wonder how long the curls will last.

Off topic, but does anyone understand why we need so much protein. I'm wondering because my hair was curlier prior to CG and got less curly after about 2.5 weeks of CG and now it is better. Lazy washed my hair with sulphate prior to the Protein treatment so I didn't think it was build-up, but maybe that shouldn't count since I only half-washed my hair?

Thanks everyone for all your help!
What did you learn about hair in general this week?
I learned the difference between dry scalp and dandruff

What did you learn about your hair this week?

Volume is there (I guess it's always been) and I really love it big, I just have to learn what are the products/techniques that help it come out
Volume is there (I guess it's always been) and I really love it big, I just have to learn what are the products/techniques that help it come out
Check out this thread called "I want bigger" for tips on more volume.
I want BIGGER
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
What did you learn about hair in general this week?
Pantene has some CG stylers.
Kathy Mack didn't use a styler before 8-07. It is possible to become an expert quickly.
Tons and tons about styling retro hair. Thanks Hookilau!
I learned that there is a roller called a pillow roller and I now own some.
What did you learn about your hair this week?
I can straighten it without much heat and it looks good without using a curling iron. I'm lucky to have hair that straightens easily.
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
I've learned that my over-conditioned hair just looks plain ol' weird, it's a slippery slope and I need to learn when to say when

That poking around the 'halp please' posts yield good information complete with thread (thank YOU Ped!)

That the search function is my best friend but occasionally kicks like a mule

That until I know exactly what makes my hair tick, a daily photo in the same place under the same lighting conditions, pose, and careful notes etc. provides invaluable objective data.

I've learned more about some different techniques to try like clipping, super soaker, ice queen, and spritz and condish (which I totally want to try once I get a water spritzer). I've learned that Beh Meth is an ingredient used for detangling. I've also learned that I still prefer natural products even when the suggested items are much cheaper but not so natural.

About my hair I have learned that I can generally get successful results with overnight plops and that my second and third day hairs lose their shape and definition as the days go, but that they still look better than when I wasn't styling or paying much attention to my hair. Once I get a water bottle I think I'll be able to manage this better. I'm not entirely sure whether scrunching is contributing to my frizz.


Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...5&postcount=59

Plunky, a tip from the former frizz-monster (and I learned the thing about product last week, so it fits!):

I try not to scrunch my dry hair without some kind of product on my hands, be it a little bit of leave-in (my current fave), or water for refreshing, or a little bit of creme, or what-have-you. (I don't have to do this to SOTC, but after that if I don't have some kind of product if frizz.)

I also don't touch it once it's started to get crunchy until it's completely dry. If I do, it frizzes.
Location: West Virginia (Eastern Panhandle)
2b/cMii, medium-high porosity

Likes protein and most oils, HATES mineral oil
Summer Routine
Poo: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Cowash CJ Daily Fix
Rinse out: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Leave In: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture, SSRPT
Stylers: Ecostyler Krystal, LALSG (in really high dews)
PT: SS Repairing Protein Treatment
Plunky, a tip from the former frizz-monster (and I learned the thing about product last week, so it fits!):

I try not to scrunch my dry hair without some kind of product on my hands, be it a little bit of leave-in (my current fave), or water for refreshing, or a little bit of creme, or what-have-you. (I don't have to do this to SOTC, but after that if I don't have some kind of product if frizz.)

I also don't touch it once it's started to get crunchy until it's completely dry. If I do, it frizzes.
Originally Posted by finaleofseem
Thanks. I don't think am scrunching dry hair without product or water. I try not to touch it while it dries, but life goes on around me and touches it. Since I can't stay indoors for 4 hours while it dries usually, I have to go outside and the wind usually plays with it. Also, getting on my scarf and jacket on to go outside plays with it. It sometimes gets stuck when I put my purse on my shoulder too.


Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...5&postcount=59

I learnt that protein + my hair = SOFT
To apply leave-in Everywhere
That i should write down what I find out.
That 'stalking' people with hair like me is useful as I can get good info and give them good info.
That my frizz has gone
2c/3a - M/C - ii/iii
Countess DuckyDot , Keeper of the book of Vegetarianism and Arty Pants, Leader of the Curly Ducks in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

Away and might not be back. See me at: http://walkintowhispers.blogspot.com/
I learnt that protein + my hair = SOFT
To apply leave-in Everywhere
That i should write down what I find out.
That 'stalking' people with hair like me is useful as I can get good info and give them good info.
That my frizz has gone
Originally Posted by CurlyPolkaDot


Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...5&postcount=59

What did you learn about hair in general this week?
Certain gel ingredients work better in humidity then others.
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlre...about-hair-gel
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
What did you learn about hair in general this week?
That hair needs both protein and moisture to be it's best and that there needs to be a balance. The trick is finding your balance.

What did you learn about your hair this week?
That I'm a total wavy but can be scrunched and plopped into spiral (with or without product) but that with the right product my hair looks a whole lot better alot longer. Like more than 5 minutes
I also learned that my daughter likes my more spiraly hair better. She said this morning that I looked funny with flat wavy hair. Go figure!
What did you learn about hair in general this week?
I learned more about plopping... or rather, I actually tried it out of experimentation. What I learned is for most people I've seen on the board is that the shorter plopping time, the better.

What did you learn about your hair this week?
It looooooves honey and that olive oil is not the DC for me. Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but it just turned out INSANELY greasy. I only DC'd for 15 min and then rinse with a little shampoo and cold water. What else...hmm...

This is a really nice idea for a post


I learned that glycerin is a humectant and that this time of year I should be looking at anti-humectants, though they're mostly not CG...PVA is I think. Dew points and humidity are confusing.

I learned that my co-workers like my hair wurly as opposed to naked where it is ok, there's wave and curl but not terribly defined and it is a bit fluffy. I used to be a wash and air dry and no style, but since I have been styling, I am getting better results.


Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...5&postcount=59

Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 15,530
I learned that if I use JC Gelebration & Awe Inspiring Spray after plopping but before scrunching with a woven cotton rag (what are those things called again?), I get spirals at the ends, which I love and which don't come easily to this 2.
Volume is there (I guess it's always been) and I really love it big, I just have to learn what are the products/techniques that help it come out
Check out this thread called "I want bigger" for tips on more volume.
I want BIGGER
Originally Posted by pedaheh


Thanks a lot! That was very useful and informative!


What did you learn about hair in general this week?
Conditioner can be used as moisturiser but with caution. Leave in conditioners are much thinner and lighter than rinse out, but still rinse outs can be used as leave-ins!What did you learn about your hair this week?
Oils are not good. Either that or I have no clue how/when to use them.
I have tried several times and ended up always with super greasy hair calling desperately for poo.
I've learned that banana is hard to rinse out from a DT if not blended, and that baby food can be used but that it is not quite the same as using a fresh nanner.

I've learned that my hair takes an awful long time to air dry even after long plops, and that I can sleep out the crunch ok on days I wash early enough for it to be dry by bedtime...this assumes I am in all night and not going out.


Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...5&postcount=59

Do a search for "banana chunks hair" and you get several threads. You are not alone.
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
Today I learned that I overdid the coconut oil, and Alaffia shampoo was not enough to undo it, (oily fingers even after drying,and significant curl droop) so I had to lowpoo again with Christophe natural, then Alaffia, then add the Alaffia hair lotion, FOTEAVG and Ic gel.
I also learned there is a hair salon in my near distant area that had a recent great review on this website, and it is more affordable than the last one i tried! So, I made an appointment.
Do a search for "banana chunks hair" and you get several threads. You are not alone.
Originally Posted by pedaheh
Oh yeah, I'm sure. Do you know if avocado is as bad/hard to get out of hair as banana?


Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...5&postcount=59

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