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Old 04-01-2011, 11:25 AM   #1
 
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First off let me update you on my hair "issues". Before I ever started co-washing my hair was kind of curly AND very very short (I mean around my EARS short) and had a lot of bulk at the bottom and no lift on top. I was battling with my curly mess and hating it so much I would constantly wear it up in a sort of pony-tail. Well a few months passed (like 4) and my hair is now a bit longer than my shoulders and it's WAVY. I hated it so much and I couldn't believe that my curls went away. I would diffuse my hair after using some mousse and I'd get great root lift and volume but not that many curls.
Oh! And I was also battling with a kind of scalp problem. It wasn't dandruff but just random flaking and it was very very very VERY itchy.
Well it was then that I came across this curlygirl at naturallycurly. Needless to say I went out "hair" shopping. I bought argan moroccan oil (i have INCESSANT frizz), a wide-toothed comb, and Suave Coconut Conditioner. I was so excited to begin. Well my first day after co-washing and plopping my hair I was shocked. It look WONDERFUL. My hair felt healthy and curls were back and I looked like "me" (lol). After a few hours though, I started noticing some frizz, unfortunately. Well I have been co-washing for 2 weeks already and the frizz is EVERYWHERE. I mean, the curls are back but they are surrounded with a frizz HALO. Even in the shower when conditioning my hair I notice that there is still some frizz that isn't absorbing the conditioner. It's driving me MAD. Also, the itchy scalp is a lot better but still there. Any suggestions? I used Selsun Blue thinking it was dandruff but to no avail. The itching and flaking was still there.

Soo..I would love some advice about how to take care of 2c/3a hair, prevent the frizz, and get rid of the itchiness.

Please and thank you!
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:11 PM   #2
 
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First off let me update you on my hair "issues". Before I ever started co-washing my hair was kind of curly AND very very short (I mean around my EARS short) and had a lot of bulk at the bottom and no lift on top. I was battling with my curly mess and hating it so much I would constantly wear it up in a sort of pony-tail. Well a few months passed (like 4) and my hair is now a bit longer than my shoulders and it's WAVY. I hated it so much and I couldn't believe that my curls went away. I would diffuse my hair after using some mousse and I'd get great root lift and volume but not that many curls.
Oh! And I was also battling with a kind of scalp problem. It wasn't dandruff but just random flaking and it was very very very VERY itchy.
Well it was then that I came across this curlygirl at naturallycurly. Needless to say I went out "hair" shopping. I bought argan moroccan oil (i have INCESSANT frizz), a wide-toothed comb, and Suave Coconut Conditioner. I was so excited to begin. Well my first day after co-washing and plopping my hair I was shocked. It look WONDERFUL. My hair felt healthy and curls were back and I looked like "me" (lol). After a few hours though, I started noticing some frizz, unfortunately. Well I have been co-washing for 2 weeks already and the frizz is EVERYWHERE. I mean, the curls are back but they are surrounded with a frizz HALO. Even in the shower when conditioning my hair I notice that there is still some frizz that isn't absorbing the conditioner. It's driving me MAD. Also, the itchy scalp is a lot better but still there. Any suggestions? I used Selsun Blue thinking it was dandruff but to no avail. The itching and flaking was still there.

Soo..I would love some advice about how to take care of 2c/3a hair, prevent the frizz, and get rid of the itchiness.

Please and thank you!

it sounds like you *might* need a good exfoliation. Try some tea tree oil on the scalp, and then scrub with an olive oil/brown sugar combo, and rinse with apple cider vinegar. If this doesn't help, I'd almost suggest seeing a dermatologist - you may have dermatitis, and that can be helped with a prescription shampoo (I know, i know...)...
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:46 AM   #3
 
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Deedle gave you good advise about the scalp issues. When you cowash, you have to use the pads of your fingers and "scrub" your scalp.

If you're using the commercial "moroccan oil" that's not pure argan oil--it's full of cones and you can't just cowash. So, that may be the cause of some of your frizz issues. When you buy products, you have to check the ingredients for cone, zane and conol.

Here's a good blog on starting CG: The College Curly: Laura Lee's All In One Guide to Going CG: Now Revised and Updated!
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Thank you so much guys! I really appreciate it. Today I went out and bought Devacurl diffuser thing-y (that I LOVE it gives me soo much root lift!) and Catwalk Curlesque Curls Rock Amplifier creme and I'm in LOVE with my hair (apart from the scalp issue lol). Thanks guys!
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Thank you so much guys! I really appreciate it. Today I went out and bought Devacurl diffuser thing-y (that I LOVE it gives me soo much root lift!) and Catwalk Curlesque Curls Rock Amplifier creme and I'm in LOVE with my hair (apart from the scalp issue lol). Thanks guys!
If you use the Catwalk product, you'll need to do more then cowash. Here are the ingredients:

Ingredients:
Water, VP/DMAPA Acrylates Copolymer, Cyclomethicone, Polyquaternium-11, Polyqauternium-37, Styrene/Butadiene Copolymer, Parfum (Fragrance), Polysorbate 60, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Cetearyl Alcohol, PPG 1 Trideceth 6, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Helianthus Annuus (Hybrid Sunflower) Oil, Panthenol (provitamin B5), Bacopa Monniera Extract, PVP/Dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate Copolymer, Cinnamidopropyl Trimethyl Ammonium Chloride, Chitosan, Butylene Glycol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylcholoroisothiazolinone
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:43 PM   #6
 
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oh nooooooo....=''/
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