New & confused..Am I 3b or 3c????? Help!

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Hello, this is my first post and I did a google search and found this site...THANK GOD!

I've had my hair natural for about 10 years and eventually found a system that worked for me.
Unfortunately the company of the hair products I used to use stop making my items.
I then started with Tressame hair care, which worked pretty good but not as good as the old stuff.
It sufficed.
Problem is now I've moved to Belgium, and they don't carry Tressame products, or much of the products I used to use in America and my hair is suffering for it.

That's when I found this site and now I'm SO confused because I don't know what hair type I am so I can begin the proper care in order to nurse my tresses back to health.

The front of my hair barely curls...if anything it's more of a slight wave....the middle....well is the frizziest and the back are ringlets that wrap around my pinky.
Also my curls definitely loosen as they grow out....which I find very annoying.

I have a pic of when it behaves
when it doesn't...
when it's in a ponytail
and when it's wet.

Please help!!!

Thanks guys
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Now that I've decided to jump into the curl-size-typing ring, I'd say you have 3a/3b combo curls.

As for the right products, I would imagine they have some kind of light conditioners in Belgium, although I wouldn't be able to point you in the direction of a brand. Is your hair normally very dry? Does it absorb products quickly or do they sit on your hair? You need to know more than your curl-size to get the right products that will work for you.

Take a look on the site here, especially in the newbies forum.. there's a lot of basic info there.
"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
"...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)
My hair is very thin...I just have a lot of it.
So I can't use much product or it weighs my hair down and makes it look dirty.
I just recently tried the ACV rinse and followed with AVG and a few drops of olive oil mixed in it and I LOVED the results.
They do have light conditioners here but it's not enough to detangle my hair completely without breakage.
So I'm figuring I might have to make my own products.....
As for dryness....it has it's days where the shine and moisture level are perfect....then days when it's like the Sahara desert.

Thank you for your reply!!!

Last edited by LisaBennett; 12-14-2011 at 08:03 AM.
Hi Lisa..

Well if your conditioners aren't slippy enough, you can always add an oil (olive oil for example) to your conditioner. I normally add an ounce or two of grapeseed oil to my own conditioners, even if they're already slippy, but for conditioners that don't slip much to begin with a bit of oil can help.

Glad to help.. hope some others also chime in.

Welcome aboard.
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"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
"...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)
Thank you, I'm definitely going to try that!
Hi Lisa, you have beautiful hair. And nice pictures! I am a neighbour, from the Netherlands and a lot of products that are CG (like Kinky Curly) and great for curlies you can buy through the Mariposa import website. They deliver to Belgium as well.
I believe you also have the Kruidvat drugstore where you can buy a lot of good hairstuff. (are you living in the Dutch speaking part or the French?) For hairstylist specials you can try hair salons (kapper), you probably find there some of the same products as in the US.
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2B/C-3A) fine - low porosity
Routine:
Wash: Daily Fix,SMT, Kesham, Urtekram
RO: Motions CPR Li, Inecto Cocos co, AO GPB, KCTT
acv-rinse, sometimes honey-rinse
LI: coconut oil (winter), CJBC-LI
Styling: AVG, Etos Solid Power Gel, Taft gel, CJPP
, JCCC, BRHG
Plopping~Pixiecurl diffuse~clipping
KrullenWijzer.blogspot.nl

Thank you!
Your hair is lovely as well...I wish I could get it to that length.
lol
We do have the Kruidvat in Poperinge...what products would you suggest from there?
I usually just go for the candy lololol and I'm from the Dutch speaking part.
Westouter.
Never thought I'd meet a neighbor on here!!

Thank you for the info, I'm actually gonna check out the website right now.
Like the colour of your hair, your curl starts at the root and look like 3B & 3A, you say something about using heat tools quite regularly in your other post so your hair might appear curlier after a while if you go cg.

Thank you!
Your hair is lovely as well...I wish I could get it to that length.
lol
We do have the Kruidvat in Poperinge...what products would you suggest from there?
I usually just go for the candy lololol and I'm from the Dutch speaking part.
Westouter.
Never thought I'd meet a neighbor on here!!

Thank you for the info, I'm actually gonna check out the website right now.
Originally Posted by LisaBennett
Thanks for the compliment. I use Kruidvat's own brand Kruidvat Cremevoeding (met ei-proteine) for co-washing and Moisturizing DT's (3 Tsp Kruidvat cremevoeding, 1 Tsp honey, 1 Tsp AVG) It a plastic bottle with yellow cap.
It's very cheap but great for detangling, co-washing, RO and LI.
2B/C-3A) fine - low porosity
Routine:
Wash: Daily Fix,SMT, Kesham, Urtekram
RO: Motions CPR Li, Inecto Cocos co, AO GPB, KCTT
acv-rinse, sometimes honey-rinse
LI: coconut oil (winter), CJBC-LI
Styling: AVG, Etos Solid Power Gel, Taft gel, CJPP
, JCCC, BRHG
Plopping~Pixiecurl diffuse~clipping
KrullenWijzer.blogspot.nl
I cant really tell your type but it looks like your curl is much tighter at the root (PICS 2 and 3) looks like it could be 4a but we would need a better pic of your roots. Do you heat style frequently? I see you have color which can actually alter your curl pattern. Do you also still have relaxed ends?

Last edited by boujoischic; 01-24-2012 at 10:46 AM.
I think you may need to grow in more of your natural hair texture before determining your real hair type. There appears to be a difference between your roots and the rest of your length probably caused by heat and/or color damage. If you leave it natural for a while and let your hair grow in unaltered you'll be able to tell better in a few months.


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Last edited by lenasblend; 01-24-2012 at 10:54 AM.
I'd also agree that you're 3a/3b. Lovely hair!! so pretty <3
3C, fine/med texture, normal porosity, high elasticity, very defined spiral

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