New to forum and Need lots of advice?

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I am new to the forum and would love any advice anyone could give me. First off, would you consider my hair type a 3a? The back can get pretty curly all the way to the scalp but the front and sides is what is hard to get/keep curly? I have low porosity and high density Up until about 2 weeks ago I straightened my hair almost everyday But with 3 kids under 4 I need a faster routine. I now cowash with tresseme Natural and then while still wet put in a small amount ofShea moisture smoothing cream and then KCCC and then plop. For some reason, it still gets frizzy or puffy, and if I add more product it gets crunchy and weighed down? Please help with any advice you can give me on certain tactics that worked for you. I am trying to grow it out but it is not growing very fast;( Thanks so much..
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I'm a 2c/3a low porosity medium density and for me the SM smoothie was too heavy. I love KCCC but for me I find it pairs better with a lighter leave in (I use KCKT). However, I can only use the KCCC if I use a harder hold gel over it. If I don't, I get the poof because it doesn't have enough hold. I've had really good luck with the jelly-type products that give a hold somewhere between the KCCC and a gel like LA Looks. The SM Curling Souffle gives me great hold and definition but I recommend going easy on it until you find the right amount and use a leave in under it or it gets gummy/product-y. I also love Curly Kinks Coil Jam - it smells delicious and gives me the same definition but a slightly less stiff hold than the SMCS.

I've been CG for over a year now and still experimenting and trying to figure out what works technique-wise. The routine I have the best luck with for getting ready quickly is to shower in the morning, scrunch my hair LIGHTLY so it's really wet but not sopping, apply leave in and styler, plop while I get ready then diffuse upside down to dry my roots. If I'm frizzy or if dews are high I'll layer a light gel (Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle) over the top. With this routine I don't have a lot of frizz, my curls are defined and I have good volume especially at the roots which tend to fall flat by 10am if I don't diffuse.

Good luck!! I hope you find what works for you
Southern WI curly ~ mostly 2b/c with 2a/b underlayer and a few 3a curls on top
Low porosity, fine hair but LOTS of it!
Loves protein. Dislikes butters and heavy oils.
Working toward natural products and streamlining!!
Current Loves: JCCC, Desert Essence Coconut Conditioner, AG Recoil, CK Coil Jam
Thank you so much curvesncurl!!! Your post is a great help. I am noticing that also with the shea moisture but I thought I was just putting to much on but now I hardly put any on and it still feels that way. Anyway, I am definitely going to look into some of these other products. I have been told from a friend about the curl jam also so I think I am going to give that a try. This whole process is so frustrating sometimes especially when you do all this to your hair and 2 hours later you have it in a ponytail cause it is just a frizz ball SO thank you, all the adivce from people helps greatly!!!
I need a quick routine in the mornings before work.....so what i do lately is....
co wash with, Suave naturals coconut.
I rinse out conditioner completely.
Scrunch Curl keeper into soaking wet hair. Scrunch Devacurl arc angel in next.
Scrunch hair with hands. Plop for 5mins.
Diffuse....till 90 % dry.
Springy...bouncy curls.....and i have long hair, that is normally wavy!





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Hair type is relatively unimportant when choosing ingredients/products because they are transient based on the right products/techniques/weather, etc. It is your hair properties that matter. I may have missed it, but didn't see your texture.

My hair has always satiated on products, even back in my shampoo/conditioner only days. I wet, use a rinse out and style every day. Seldom let myself use any one product more then once in five days--if that. So, I'd try rotating products.

I was allergic to the original Shea M li, so was hesitant to try the mass produced products when they first became available (my hair prefers the more natural products from the online, boutique type companies.) I finally bought a few. While I use a lot of really rich products, I feel that these are way too heavy for me--I'm sure it's just the formulation.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams

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