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dimiloo 07-19-2012 07:30 AM

Help me!!! First day CG!!!!!!
 
Hello everybody!!! I'm a new CG and i was wondering what type of hair i have!!! Can anyone tell me???? This is day one without flat ironing my hair and it doesn't look like the curls i used to have.. The inside is a lot curlier..and the outiside is like wavy.. I have not used any product in the pictures and i let them air dry... i flat ironed my hair for years!!!Thank you!!!!

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Corrina777 07-19-2012 07:38 AM

Welcome! It looks like you have great curl potential. Rather than focusing on curl pattern, work on learning your hair's other properties like texture and porosity because this information will be much more useful in finding the right product. The only thing curl pattern matters for is actual styles and cuts. I wouldn't be able to tell properties from your pictures, but based on you mentioning chronic flat iron use I would guess high porosity. You might want to experiment with protein to help with some of the damage, with the understanding that some damage is not reversible. But if you focus on being gentle with your hair, it will grow in beautifully.

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dimiloo 07-19-2012 07:47 AM

Hi Corrina777!! Thanks for answearing!!!! Well i want to be more careful with my curls!!! What do you think about co-washing??? Have you tried it??? Your hair is fabulous by the way!!!
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Corrina777 07-19-2012 08:08 AM

Thank you! I'm modified CG (CG mostly but not always). I have fine hair (but a lot of it), normal porosity and elasticity. I co-wash most of the time. Sometimes it's with a regular conditioner (VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea is my favorite), and sometimes I use a cleansing conditioner (currently rotating between Curl Junkie Daily Fix and DevaCare No-Poo). I don't normally use low-poos, mainly because I use a gentle sulfate shampoo once every week or two before I do a protein treatment and because my cleansing conditioners both contain coco betaine which is good for removing product buildup. Some people can co-wash pretty much exclusively, others do better rotating in a low-poo. CG is definitely a lot of trial and error, but it's definitely worth the time and effort.

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dimiloo 07-19-2012 08:15 AM

thank you so much!!!! well you don't put conditioner to your roots eh??? siily question i know but i'm new :flower:

Corrina777 07-19-2012 08:29 AM

When I co-wash I am using conditioner on my roots. I specifically only use conditioners labeled as clarifying. I use a lot at a time to get all of my hair and I massage my roots and scalp a good 2-3 minutes and continue massaging as I rinse. I use a richer conditioner on the length of my hair and that one I do keep away from my roots. I also use a leave-in every day. Some people don't rinse out all of their conditioner instead of using a LI. Some people skip LI completely.

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dimiloo 07-19-2012 12:52 PM

Thank you so much for the information!!!! :-D

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kathymack 07-19-2012 01:12 PM

As Corrina said, it's hair properties that count. Here's a link to help you with that Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics The best thing you can do is read, read and read some more. There are stickies at the top of each forum on nc.com that will help you learn what's going on.

Aside from the flat iron damage, the canopy of the hair is usually less curly because it's the most exposed (to the atmosphere: wind, etc.) and therefore dryer and more damage then the under layers.

As you learn to take better care of your hair, the curls will come back. You may want to get a haircut that's "geared" to wearing your hair curly--long layers, etc., to "lighten" it up and let it curl/clump better.

You want to pamper your hair--lots of protein and moisture. It won't fix the damage, but it will let your hair be the best it can be until the damage is removed (cut off.)

There's a lot to learn on nc.com. Good luck on your curly journey.

Corrina777 07-19-2012 01:17 PM

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Originally Posted by kathymack (Post 1996833)
As Corrina said, it's hair properties that count. Here's a link to help you with that Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics The best thing you can do is read, read and read some more. There are stickies at the top of each forum on nc.com that will help you learn what's going on.



Aside from the flat iron damage, the canopy of the hair is usually less curly because it's the most exposed (to the atmosphere: wind, etc.) and therefore dryer and more damage then the under layers.



As you learn to take better care of your hair, the curls will come back. You may want to get a haircut that's "geared" to wearing your hair curly--long layers, etc., to "lighten" it up and let it curl/clump better.



You want to pamper your hair--lots of protein and moisture. It won't fix the damage, but it will let your hair be the best it can be until the damage is removed (cut off.)



There's a lot to learn on nc.com. Good luck on your curly journey.


Thanks Kathy! I hate not being able to post all of the links. Stupid phone apps.

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dimiloo 07-19-2012 03:12 PM

thank you so much!!! and something last... i promise!! :binky: what is less worst?? to dye only tha roots or have highlights????

Corrina777 07-19-2012 03:20 PM

There are curlies who color and/or highlight their hair, so I'm sure that either can be done as long as you're careful. I believe kathymack does highlights so hopefully she'll come back and comment.

I personally had a really bad experience with highlights, so I ended up dying over everything with a color as close to my root color as possible. I will eventually need to do this again as the color fades from the highlighted hair (or the gray hairs get to me- not sure which will happen first).

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kathymack 07-19-2012 04:17 PM

I've had highlights for over 30 years! I get them done professionally. It's probably about 5% of my hair, so that's all that could be damaged. I get my hair cut every 6 weeks.

Depending on what you do as far as color, I think that highlights (thin ones, rather than "chunky" ones) would be less damaging.


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