Need product help, please

Hi curlies! I'm new to the forum and relatively new to the CG method. I think that I'm a 3a with high porosity and fine-to-medium width.

I started using Jessicurl products about 2 or 3 months ago and I've been very happy with them. I'm using the Hair Cleansing Cream, Too Shea Conditioner and the Deep Conditioner (which has worked wonders). I have not been able to figure out which styling products to switch to, so I'm still using my old stuff.

I use Aveda's Be Curly Curl Enhancer before plopping (usually for about 10 minutes) and then Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Curl Perfecting Spray. I know the last one has sulfates and cones, so I'd like to move away from those kinds of products. I think the spray does help with frizz, though that effect may be from something else.

I don't mind spending extra as long as I can find a product (any brand) that works well and is consistent. I think frizz is probably my biggest issue.

Also, is there such a thing as too much deep conditioner? My best hair days as of late have been after deep conditioning. I do leave in some conditioner every time I wash my hair, but maybe I should switch to just the deep conditioner for every day or maybe I should always leave in my regular conditioner for over 15 minutes or so.

I'm attaching 3 pictures of my hair with the current regimen. Any and all advice is welcome! Thank you!
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If you're looking for a styling product that controls frizz you might want to try Curl Keeper. It has a lot of good reviews and since you have fine/medium hair it might work for you. I did notice it helped with frizz but wasn't enough for my thick hair. I think the only downside of deep conditioning too often is your curls getting weighed down. I am recently using my repairing masque as a LI as well and it always helps me with my frizz, but it all depends on your hair and what it can handle. Hope this helps
CG NEWBIE
curl type: 2c/3a on a good day
med/high porosity & high density
hair strand width: med/coarse
BSL hair & growing



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The best way to choose ingredients/products is by hair properties. Here's a link to help you with yours Live Curly Live Free - Home Once you determine your properties, you can look for people with hair like yours and see what they use (in signature.) It's the best place to start.

If your best days are after you DT, it means your hair needs more moisture. Try to up your moisture--do more frequent DTs, use more moisturizing products, etc.
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, Aloe Fix and CCCC
Do you live in a particularly low or a high humidity area? I found that taking the dew points into consideration (and thus choosing my products based on appropriate ingredients) helped with my frizz a TON.

Also, deep conditioning with a bonnet dryer/heat (to help penetrate the hair shaft) was like magic for my hair.

HTH!

2c/3a, fine, low porosity.

Poo: Garnier Fructis Pure Clean (yes, it has A Sulfate!!, but I have Teflon hair)
Co-wash (when I feel so inclined, which isn't often!): VO5 Kiwi Lime Clarifying Conditioner
Conditioner/LI:
same for both -- whatever I have in the shower at the time (I experiment a lot)
Style: EcoStyler Olive Oil <3
Dry: Diffuse or air dry, or both...depends on my mood

When my hair is longer (currently it reaches between my shoulder blades when wet, but curls up to shoulder length when dry), it looks a lot like yours, just not as plentiful. I actually use the Jessicurl Weekly Deep treatment as my rinse out conditioner and I also use JC Too Shea as my leave in fairly often. My curls pop with moisture, I always need a lot. I've read that lots of curlies with high porosity use oils to seal, maybe that would work for you? Sometimes I can use a little bit of a richer product in that sense, but my hair is too fine and thin to use that technique on a regular basis. If you're still using products with 'cones in them, you might need a stronger cleanser than the Hair Cleansing Cream. You could incorporate a gentle shampoo instead of a cleansing cream to wash the cones out of your hair. There are several threads about what kind of surfectant is needed to wash certain products off your hair. There are lots of CG styling products available on the ground to start with. Target has a great selection and so does Sally's Beauty Supply. If you do a search on the forum, there are many threads about where to buy. Good luck!
3a, baby fine i/ii, low to normal porosity, protein sensitive
Mod CG since 5/12, from rainy Western WA
dislikes: glycerin, wheat protein
Likes: moisture, Mag Sulfate
Poo: Elucence Moisture Acidifying Shampoo
Cond: CJCR, VO5 Clarifying Conditioner
LI: JC WDT, CJ CR
Style: Loma Curvature Curvy Cream, True Polaris Protein Free Truly curly styling gel (Etsy), Sweet Curls flax seed defining gel (Etsy)

Last edited by ltdeforrest; 03-21-2013 at 10:57 AM.
My biggest issue is also with frizz. The things that seem to work best for me are 1) SEALING the hair after my leave-in with jojoba oil, and 2) Curl Keeper after sealing and before gel or cream. And throughout the day, I use Jane Carter Nourish and Shine to smooth down any flyaways. But you could also just use the CK or oil for that too.

I've also been hearing great things about Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic, used like Curl Keeper.
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip

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