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Old 07-14-2005, 06:58 AM   #1
 
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Not sure if I am posting in the right place but the kids are sleeping and I can write so here it is.

This is my second try at being natural but I have a few questions...(some might be stupid) I want to be successful this time..so I am staying away from those family members who do not like curly hair. any how..

1. when I wake up my hair needs to be "fluffed up" how do you curlies make it look decent?does everyone wash their hair everyday if not, do you wet it every day ? with a spray bottle? do you mix it with anything? I've tried the suave conditioners mixed with water but it did not work it made it frizzy.

2. I've tried the no poo method but left my scalp very itchy, dandruffy (new word) LOL and very dry. So I prefer the actual leave in conditioner.

3. I have this really problem spot in the back of my hair that breaks off very easily. any suggestions or anyone else have this problem?

4. actually got rid of all the texturizer in my hair last may and my hair was cut into a "bob" with lots of layers so now my hair looks like a bowl.

thanks for the help...
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at least can someone share their routine...anyone!!
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Old 07-14-2005, 03:03 PM   #3
 
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Not sure if I am posting in the right place but the kids are sleeping and I can write so here it is.

This is my second try at being natural but I have a few questions...(some might be stupid) I want to be successful this time..so I am staying away from those family members who do not like curly hair. any how..

1. when I wake up my hair needs to be "fluffed up" how do you curlies make it look decent?does everyone wash their hair everyday if not, do you wet it every day ? with a spray bottle? do you mix it with anything? I've tried the suave conditioners mixed with water but it did not work it made it frizzy.

I don't rewet or wash my hair everyday. I use a medium/strong hold gel over my leave in after washing/condition(which is 2 times a week). The gel gives my curls flexibilty and allows my curls to stay curly without having to really do anything else to it for up to four days(i've been using a leave in to moisturize my curls lately). My curls stay soft, and when used in combination with a satin pillowcase, this helps preserve my style.

2. I've tried the no poo method but left my scalp very itchy, dandruffy (new word) LOL and very dry. So I prefer the actual leave in conditioner.

I tried it also, and my scalp didn't particularly like it. Some suggest trying it for atleast a month to really start seeing a difference. I prefer washing with a gentle shampoo, and since I sometimes use products with cones, I need shampoo to get them out.

3. I have this really problem spot in the back of my hair that breaks off very easily. any suggestions or anyone else have this problem?

Do you wear your hair up alot? If you put your hair in a ponytail frequently, that could contribute to your hair breaking in the back. The breakage could also be from being extremely dry/brittle, or from being damaged. I guess I would suggest doing some deep treatments with protein, if you hair can handle them. Joice K-pak dt is a good one to try. After doing the deep treatment(at least once a week) follow it up with a good moisturizing conditioner. Many curlies here love Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner, which is sold here on the site.

4. actually got rid of all the texturizer in my hair last may and my hair was cut into a "bob" with lots of layers so now my hair looks like a bowl.

It may not look as bad as you think. Once your hair grows a bit, the cut will, how can I say, "mellow out" and will blend better with the rest of your hair. Give it time.

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Not sure if I am posting in the right place but the kids are sleeping and I can write so here it is.

This is my second try at being natural but I have a few questions...(some might be stupid) I want to be successful this time..so I am staying away from those family members who do not like curly hair. any how..

1. when I wake up my hair needs to be "fluffed up" how do you curlies make it look decent?does everyone wash their hair everyday if not, do you wet it every day ? with a spray bottle? do you mix it with anything? I've tried the suave conditioners mixed with water but it did not work it made it frizzy.

2. I've tried the no poo method but left my scalp very itchy, dandruffy (new word) LOL and very dry. So I prefer the actual leave in conditioner.

3. I have this really problem spot in the back of my hair that breaks off very easily. any suggestions or anyone else have this problem?

4. actually got rid of all the texturizer in my hair last may and my hair was cut into a "bob" with lots of layers so now my hair looks like a bowl.

thanks for the help...
Canela, I'm rather new at accepting my hair myself (I am actually visiting my mom and sis right now, and they both keep their hair relaxed and straight!), but I'll offer what I've got.

1. To get hair that looks nice the 2nd or 3rd day, many people use a "scrunchie" to put their hair in a ponytail on top of their head and sleep on a satin pillowcase. I do this sometimes and my hair looks less frizzy and needs very little fixing the next day. If some spots look frizzed out or weird, I just let water droplets land on my hair and add a little conditioner that I leave in. I am also finding that if I mix honey with my conditioner and leave the mixture in my hair, it holds up very well the next day.

2. I don't like skipping shampoo either. Myself and lots of others use Cream of Nature Shampoo which is very conditioning. I have also tried Deve Red Low-Poo by Devachan. It just gives you alittle biut of suds, but it makes my scalp feel nice and clean.

3. I haven't experienced breakage, but I would think always leaving conditioners and/or oils or butters iin your hair would help keep it soft and less likely to break.

So keep looking around the boards and I don't know if you've read the "Curly Girl" book by Lorraine Massey yet, but lots of people get tips from it.
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shygirl and urban thank you for answering all my questions it has been helpful.
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Hi Canela,
I have always been natural as I tried a perm once and my hair started waving right back up in a week, so I figured I would never try that again Moisture is the key. For me personally, wetting my hair everyday works best. I wet it, apply conditioner (experimenting with a few now), detangle, rinse some of the conditioner out (not all) and go. You can use a gel or styling cream, mousse, etc. at this point if you want. Some people use a leave in conditioner. I use raw shea butter as an alternative to gel because I don't really like the wet look. My opinion is get plenty of moisture in a routine that works best for you.

As far as shampooing, I too did the CG routine for about 10 months and my hair felt good, it just didn't grow. I started back with shampoo and my hair started growing again. So now I shampoo once a week to every 10 days and wet and condition everyday. Just a thought, you may want to get regular trims to get rid of the proccessed hair as fast as possible. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-15-2005, 07:03 AM   #7
 
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Girls,

Since I got all my procesed hair cut off it is not long enough for a pony tail or to tie yet. It looks like I have lenght but I don n't know it is just so bulky. What do you suggest then?
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Not sure if I am posting in the right place but the kids are sleeping and I can write so here it is.

This is my second try at being natural but I have a few questions...(some might be stupid) I want to be successful this time..so I am staying away from those family members who do not like curly hair. any how..

1. when I wake up my hair needs to be "fluffed up" how do you curlies make it look decent?does everyone wash their hair everyday if not, do you wet it every day ? with a spray bottle? do you mix it with anything? I've tried the suave conditioners mixed with water but it did not work it made it frizzy.

2. I've tried the no poo method but left my scalp very itchy, dandruffy (new word) LOL and very dry. So I prefer the actual leave in conditioner.

3. I have this really problem spot in the back of my hair that breaks off very easily. any suggestions or anyone else have this problem?

4. actually got rid of all the texturizer in my hair last may and my hair was cut into a "bob" with lots of layers so now my hair looks like a bowl.

thanks for the help...
1. I have to wet my hair everyday to control it. If I have a good product, I will occationally spray sections with a water bottle and brush though it to restyle, but rewetting is the best.

2. I use use Jessicurl's HCC 2-3 times a week and do an ACV rinse once a week.

3. I would invest in a silk pillowcase so your hair slides at night and do a deep treatment with moisture. If your hair has been overload with protein, the back section of your hair may be reacting to it.

4. Just be patient and let your cut grow out. Patience is the key and treating your hair with care.
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Since I got all my procesed hair cut off it is not long enough for a pony tail or to tie yet. It looks like I have lenght but I don n't know it is just so bulky. What do you suggest then?
I would suggest a puff. I wore that style for a long time and miss it now.

ETA- Sorry my spelling is bad today.
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The puff look is so cool. I love how it looks. I wore that for awhile too a long time ago. Maybe add some clips or a headband to dress it up?
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hi canela, congrats on going natural again

1. i have to fluff my hair up also. it all depends on how my hair looks, some days i can fluff and go, while other days i spray my hair with a coconut oil/water mixture. coconut oil is the best oil i've used so far and it gives me great hair days. i don't have to completely start over and re wet fully for about a week. since it's summer time, i like how my hair feels when it's wet so i do my hair about 2 time a week. acheiving 2nd day hair and beyond is a challenge you have to figure out because everyone's hair is different. i'm sure if you keep reading around here you'll find the perfect option that will give you 2nd day hair

2. other shampoos and condish that i liked so far have been redken's line of all soft, smooth down and fresh curls, myhoneychild's jamaican island scalp cleanser (light lather and very moisturizing) and conditioner, and biolage ultra hydrating. also, a good acv rinse is always good.

3. do you tie your hair up at night or use a satin pillow case? that will help prevent dryness and breakage. i would day to just pay special attention to that area when you do deep treatments and keep it well moisturized.

4. i wish i could help you here but my hair isn't long enough to a ponytail or get a layered cut style. i'm sure you can find plenty of cuts you like from looking at the beautiful curlies here at nc.com

i hope this helps you, good luck
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Not sure if I am posting in the right place but the kids are sleeping and I can write so here it is.

This is my second try at being natural but I have a few questions...(some might be stupid) I want to be successful this time..so I am staying away from those family members who do not like curly hair. any how..

1. when I wake up my hair needs to be "fluffed up" how do you curlies make it look decent?does everyone wash their hair everyday if not, do you wet it every day ? with a spray bottle? do you mix it with anything? I've tried the suave conditioners mixed with water but it did not work it made it frizzy.
Yes I rinse my hair with water daily, or else I'd have a poof!
I suggest rinsing it cold since it makes the cuticle lie flat and reduces frizz.
When you apply a styling product ,apply it when your hair is wet or damp. After you put it in your hair. DON'T TOUCH IT ANYMORE! Or else you'll have frizz.
Maybe you should check out the Curly Girl Book from Lorraine Massey

2. I've tried the no poo method but left my scalp very itchy, dandruffy (new word) LOL and very dry. So I prefer the actual leave in conditioner.
no comment.

3. I have this really problem spot in the back of my hair that breaks off very easily. any suggestions or anyone else have this problem?
Sounds like a moisture problem to me . I suggest using moisturizing conditioners and Jojoba oil or Castor oil for your ends.
Do you drink enough water to hydrate the curls from inside? This is VERY important.

4. actually got rid of all the texturizer in my hair last may and my hair was cut into a "bob" with lots of layers so now my hair looks like a bowl.
Let it grow! Long curls look so gorgeous^^

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Old 07-18-2005, 02:04 PM   #13
 
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Thanks again all for the imput.

ON pushing the hair back: I am trying not to do this since I have had some breakache since giving birth.

I followed the advice given here and I got my first compliment on my hair this weekend...woo hoo!

Just got the denman hair brush to try and brush the conditioner in. Thanks!!
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1. when I wake up my hair needs to be "fluffed up" how do you curlies make it look decent?does everyone wash their hair everyday if not, do you wet it every day ? with a spray bottle? do you mix it with anything? I've tried the suave conditioners mixed with water but it did not work it made it frizzy.
- i have to wet my hair everyday and i use elucence mb conditioner as a leave in

2. I've tried the no poo method but left my scalp very itchy, dandruffy (new word) LOL and very dry. So I prefer the actual leave in conditioner.
-umm...i guess i dont have anything to say about that!

3. I have this really problem spot in the back of my hair that breaks off very easily. any suggestions or anyone else have this problem?
-no advice once again, sorry!

4. actually got rid of all the texturizer in my hair last may and my hair was cut into a "bob" with lots of layers so now my hair looks like a bowl.
- join the club! after my BC grew out i had the ugliest shaped hair. i hated it. so i wore a headband everyday for...oh, a year! fat cloth ones, skinny plastic ones, hair clips, slick it all down to do a bad billie holiday impression...dont worry about it. i bet your hair doesnt look as bad as you think it does. and to be honest, i still havent had my hair shaped! i just get the ends trimmed, ive still got the same cut i had when i chopped it all off 2 yrs ago!
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