Some More Probably Silly Questions From a Newbie.

Hey everybody!

This is going to be really long, I warn you. =p

I posted on this board about a couple of days ago, asking for some products recommendations and I got some really good ones. After some additional searching around on this forum, I came up with a list of things to get for my hair. But the thing is, I'm completely new to caring for my curls/waves. I don't even own a diffuser! I've always straightened and/or plopped a bunch of silicones onto my hair to tame frizz.

So I really don't know what I'm doing, and I want to make sure I buy the right products since I'm leaving the US for Australia in six weeks, I thought I'd run them by you guys and see if you could give me any suggestions and perhaps help me to choose between some different products. I want to make sure I pick the right ones since I don't know what CG friendly products I'll be able to find overseas, and also because I don't have a ton of money to spend on the wrong or unnecessary products.

Also, my hair is 2c in the sense that it's mostly big waves with the occasional spiral. If I've airdried after the beach and used no product, it sometimes looks like a 3a, but I've had days where it seems more 2b. The top of my hair (canopy) is the waviest/curliest, and the underneath is practically straight, with some waviness at the ends. My hair is about bra strap length but I've had it as long as my waist. When it's that long, the ends turn into spirals. I am planning to grow it out a bit.

My hair is about medium porosity (I think) and texture, although some hairs are very fine and a few are coarse. I do have quite a bit of hair and it's prone to varying degrees of frizz. I live between Sydney and Honolulu (am in Honolulu now) so I'm almost always somewhere humid. I seem to be sensitive to protein, or maybe just excessive amounts of protein, but I have been having a hard time finding many shampoos/conditioners with absolutely no protein (especially ones that are inexpensive). So I'll keep my fingers crossed that a small amount won't hurt me haha. I only started having problems when, at the suggestion of my (former) stylist, I started getting protein treatments every six weeks.

I hope that's enough info (also hopefully not TOO much!). Here's my list in progress:

Shampoo (Since I'm not quite ready to take the leap and co-wash, swim regularly and probably have tons of silicone build up in my hair): Elucence Moisture Benefits and Elucence Clarifying.

Conditioner: Elucence Moisture Balancing (I thought I'd mix in some oil and use heat for when I want to deep condition.)

Leave-In/Refresher: Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In (was thinking of using this more like a refresher to see if I can get myself some second day hair?)

So here is where is gets tricky...

Styler Options:

Gel: I can't decide between HE Set Me Up Gel or Biotera. Can anybody help me to decide which to get?

And I'm also indecisive about whether I should get some Flax Seed Gel or if I could buy Curl Keeper and Re:Coil instead. I understand that all of those things would need a gel with hold over them, is that correct? Would it just be better to buy them all and play with them? Of course, if that isn't necessary, I'd rather go with one option over another, so I can keep costs down.

Accessories:

Towel: Curls Like Us (decided to go with it over Curlease since plopping doesn't work well for me.)

Dryer/Diffuser: Revlon Tourmaline Ionic Hair Dryer.

Misc: Duckbill clamps.

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Am I missing anything?

Thanks so much! This is all pretty confusing to me and foreign to what I've done to my hair in the past, so I'm totally lost. I hope that before too long, I'll be as knowledgeable as you guys (as have hair as great as yours too)!
You really sound like you have it covered! I've only used HE Set me up, so I can't tell you which gel I think is better. They are both really inexpensive, so if you don't like the one, its not a bank breaker to get the other one though.

Why don't you make a batch of Flax seed gel (realllly easy) and you can try it out that way? Then you'll know if you even like it (you may love it!) and then it will make your Curl Keeper/Re: coil decision easier!

I've never used Re: coil, and Curl Keeper isn't my fave (but neither is flax seed heh) so I can't comment on those. However, we have different hair -- mine is fine/thin/high porosity, so different products will work on us.

Your list looks complete! You'll have to tell me how the curls like us cloth works. I've been thinking of playing with making my own.
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You really sound like you have it covered! I've only used HE Set me up, so I can't tell you which gel I think is better. They are both really inexpensive, so if you don't like the one, its not a bank breaker to get the other one though.

Why don't you make a batch of Flax seed gel (realllly easy) and you can try it out that way? Then you'll know if you even like it (you may love it!) and then it will make your Curl Keeper/Re: coil decision easier!

I've never used Re: coil, and Curl Keeper isn't my fave (but neither is flax seed heh) so I can't comment on those. However, we have different hair -- mine is fine/thin/high porosity, so different products will work on us.

Your list looks complete! You'll have to tell me how the curls like us cloth works. I've been thinking of playing with making my own.
Originally Posted by goobernut


They work pretty good, i have them and use them for everything hair related. They don't take out any product.
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You really sound like you have it covered! I've only used HE Set me up, so I can't tell you which gel I think is better. They are both really inexpensive, so if you don't like the one, its not a bank breaker to get the other one though.

Why don't you make a batch of Flax seed gel (realllly easy) and you can try it out that way? Then you'll know if you even like it (you may love it!) and then it will make your Curl Keeper/Re: coil decision easier!

I've never used Re: coil, and Curl Keeper isn't my fave (but neither is flax seed heh) so I can't comment on those. However, we have different hair -- mine is fine/thin/high porosity, so different products will work on us.

Your list looks complete! You'll have to tell me how the curls like us cloth works. I've been thinking of playing with making my own.
Originally Posted by goobernut
Thank you very much!

I think I'm going to chuck the Curl Keeper out of my list, since from what I understand, the benefits of Curl Keeper are things I could get from Flax Seed Gel, and FSG is natural, which I like. I would make some, but I've been checking out Botticelli Babe's Etsy and hers looks amazing. I think the custom blending and massively long list of fragrances really sold me.

I would play around with different products and order smaller sizes, but since I'm going overseas soon, and I have no idea of shipping costs, I really want to try to find the best products for me that I possibly can (fingers crossed), and order them in bulk if possible.

So FSG, AG:Recoil and HESMU (since I just preferred the reviews) for frizz-control and shine, curl encouragement and hold. I think I'm definitely set!

And yes, I'll tell you what I think of the Curls Like Us towel! Going to everything pretty soon, I think. We'll see how long it takes to ship to Hawaii haha.

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