I dont know what the problem is....
Im pretty sure i have 3a hair, and I currently have '2b/2c' with like 2-4 3a curls somewhere in my hair, but I think its because i can't find the right products for me. There are TIMES when theres a nice curl here and there and its pretty but most of the time my hair is just an undefined, frizzy mess. I can't seem to find what works for me. I started CG maybe a bit over a month ago, and I thought it'd be way easier to find what works for me.
I also seem to have low porosity, and I've read i should avoid proteins. Lately I've been avoiding using styling products so that i can see the natural improvement in my naked hair. There were at the most, 3 days where its looked pretty nice considering my hair was naked.
I've tried these products but I feel like I'm just doing something wrong.
Suave Naturals Wild Cherry Blossom
Suave Naturals Ocean Breeze
Suave Naturals Everlasting Sunshine
v05 Passion Fruit Smoothie (seemed to be okay but it has protein so idk?)
v05 Kiwi Lime (my hair doesn't seem to like it)
v05 Shea Cashmere
Tresemme Naturals Moisture Conditioner (I can't seem to tell if my hair likes this or not)
Herbal Essences Set me up gel (have gotten a FEW nice curls but nothing impressive)
KCCC (haven't tried it yet)
Suave Naturals Coconute (haven't even touched it ;p might not try it)
I feel like my best days were with the suave ocean breeze (cowash) with the v05 passion fruit smoothie (RO/LI)
I dont exactly like the feeling of like... squeakiness when i run my fingers up my hair though which is usually how it felt when i used those products^
There were times when i used different products and my hair didn't feel squeaky when i ran my hair up it, instead it felt almost the same as when i ran my fingers DOWN my hair..
I kinda cowash everyday too, i feel weird if i dont, but im thinking i should try to cowash less?
I've always had a lot of hair, and ive always lost a good amount too (mostly in the shower) but i feel like im losing a bit more than i should and its worrying me because i feel like my hair will become less nice looking in the long run if i keep losing hair, like there will be less curls and overall hair to WORK WITH.
I feel like i'm just wasting my money :banghead:
Plus I barely turned 15 and can't/dont know how to drive, so I can't just go and drive to whatever stores to buy whatever products, especially since i dont have money. My mom is kind of alright with buying products for me but she just doesn't like having to drive me places xD she gets fed up easily.
Today I cowashed with the Suave Naturals Everlasting Sunshine, and I left in some Tresemme Naturals Moisture Conditioner, and it felt a bit weird, like the ends of my hair were like STANDING UP a little and it felt not so soft against my back and just overall ;p it didn't feel very moisturized and a BIT rough (mostly at the back of my hair) so i started covering my hair in the Suave again (/.\) i just didn't like how it felt, and then i put in some Herbal Essences set me up gel and scrunched a little with a shirt, and now im just waiting for it to dry (it takes like 3 hours to completely dry ;p)
so... can I get some help here? u.u (sorry I wrote so much Dx)
I understand your frustration I'm sort of in the same situation. I think I might have 3a potential but so far I just get 2c curls then again my hair is damaged from years of flat ironing and dyeing my hair I'd say bout 10+. The back tends to be really limp its hard to get my hair fully coated with products cause it's thick and I have a lot. I think the most important part is the right haircut which I'm in the hunt for since hair that is weigh down wont curl as nice. After that its just trial and error till you find something that fits also try and stick to one routine for a while before trying something else your hair might just need time to adjust. Ive been told its important to know and read what works for your hair properties that will make the biggest difference. Also I heard plopping helps a lot. Sorry couldn't help much but if I find something that works ill post back. Good luck and don't give up :)
Ladies, I swear by the Redken Extreme CAT. It comes in a dark blue, see-through bottle, costs around $15 at Ulta and is a miracle.
How I use it is shampoo my hair, rinse, then spritz 2-3 sprays of CAT on the hair while wet. Gently spread it all over your hair (not scalp) - it feels as light as water - and leave it on for 3-5 minutes, then rinse.
I have used it for years and it gives my hair bounce, tames the frizzies, makes my hair touchably soft, and the 3a curls pop into place. I do not recommend using additional products post-wash, because it weighs the hair down. If you MUST, I recommend sparing amounts of Hask Placenta while your hair is towel-dried but still damp. Then let your hair air dry. Minimal frizz, maximum curls.
As far as shampoos, try not to use heavy cream/conditioner based ones. Over time, it builds up on hair and weighs it down. Honestly, the Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle works just fine and the essential oils are good for you. It does have SLS, so if you want to go organic, try Neem or Acure Organics found at Whole Foods.
Only place I've read that low porosity hair doesn't like protein is on nc.com. My fine/low porosity hair never met a protein it didn't like. So, you may not want to steer clear of protein unless your hair is coarse.
Can't help you with products. I use things that I buy online. Just read some of the threads about drugstore products. Find people with similar properties and see what products they use that you might be able to buy.
I would definitely try a protein treatment, low porosity does not necessarily mean protein sensitive.
I agree I read on this site that protein is suppose to be for ppl with fine hair. I don't have fine hair at all its between med/thick and my hair loves PT. it really has helped my curls come alive. I do it once a week.
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