3b curly-top from the uk in need of help!

Hi guys,
I'm a newbie to naturallycurly.com and have been browsing through everything, I've established I'm 3b, my curls are ringlets but can be flat on the top so I make sure I have lots of layers.
The picture is of me and my unruly hair.

I'm after some advice really - I shampoo and condition my hair without fail every day, and then use curling creme and hairspray to try and control it. When I wake up in the morning, all my curls have almost fallen out

I keep reading about girls who have been 'no poo' for 7 years :O
Does this mean no shampoo for 7 years? No way!
I'm stuck with what to do. I don't want to wash my hair every anymore, makes it really dry

Any help anyone can give would be awesome.
Thanks in advance,
Bryony xx
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Hi guys,
I'm a newbie to naturallycurly.com and have been browsing through everything, I've established I'm 3b, my curls are ringlets but can be flat on the top so I make sure I have lots of layers.
The picture is of me and my unruly hair.

I'm after some advice really - I shampoo and condition my hair without fail every day, and then use curling creme and hairspray to try and control it. When I wake up in the morning, all my curls have almost fallen out

I keep reading about girls who have been 'no poo' for 7 years :O
Does this mean no shampoo for 7 years? No way!
I'm stuck with what to do. I don't want to wash my hair every anymore, makes it really dry

Any help anyone can give would be awesome.
Thanks in advance,
Bryony xx
Originally Posted by Bryonymary13
I don't see any problems in your hair . If your hair feels dry you should definitely follow curly girl method though..
Curl Pattern: 3a mixed with 3b
Porosity:Low
Density:Medium to High
Width:Medium-Coarse
Length:Medium

CG Method since 25/6/13

Want to reach terminal length !
Most important thing you can do is read and learn. When I started lurking on nc.com, I was a winter wavy/summer 3a who didn't use products. All I did was shampoo/condition every day for the 30+ years that I'd worn it natural. I learned how to take care of my hair and now it looks like my signature picture all year around.

I do use a low poo every few months--if I use an ingredient my hair doesn't like. Other then that, it's natural soap bars to clean my scalp (they were very popular about five years ago and have since fallen out of favor.)

You want to read the stickies at the top of the hair forums. Here's another link that will help you learn Live Curly Live Free | the naturally curly hair experts Hair properties are more important for choosing ingredients/products. Once you determine your properties, you can look for others with similar hair and see what they use.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Hi guys,
I'm a newbie to naturallycurly.com and have been browsing through everything, I've established I'm 3b, my curls are ringlets but can be flat on the top so I make sure I have lots of layers.
The picture is of me and my unruly hair.

I'm after some advice really - I shampoo and condition my hair without fail every day, and then use curling creme and hairspray to try and control it. When I wake up in the morning, all my curls have almost fallen out

I keep reading about girls who have been 'no poo' for 7 years :O
Does this mean no shampoo for 7 years? No way!
I'm stuck with what to do. I don't want to wash my hair every anymore, makes it really dry

Any help anyone can give would be awesome.
Thanks in advance,
Bryony xx
Originally Posted by Bryonymary13
Welcome!

What is your overnight routine, do you 'pineapple' and have a silk or satin pillowcase?

Hairspray will make your hair dry, consider a spray gel instead. If you are not ready to quit shampoo switch to something gentler than sulphates - based on a betaine and/ or glucoside, pH 4.5 to 5.5, for example
Shampoo SLS free Extra Mild - Naturallythinking Pure Aromatherapy and Spa

There is also a list of Curly Girl friendly high street products on the British Curlies forum.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Proper hair care comes from experimentation IMO. As you experiment with various wash methods (like co-washing), or different products and styling techniques, the best thing you can do for yourself is to "listen" to how your hair reacts. That should be your chief guide.

You can experiment with washing your hair a little less if you have problems with dryness, instead of first trying out the "no-poo" or "lo-poo" methods. Maybe start by just washing it every 2 days, instead of every day, so that your hair's natural oil can provide more moisture.

The pineapple method used at night, along w/a satin pillow case, may help preserve your curls for that extra day before you wash it again.

You are right on when it comes to layers: that has been my savior against the "flat top" look you describe.
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