Modified CG Tips, Rules, etc...

How many curlies here have found success following a "modified" CG routine? I say modified because everyone's hair different and I'm more than positive that CGers don't follow every rule exactly. I really like Amneris' sig. line saying that she follow's the AHS. :-) I want to learn how to work with my hair to the point where I can say I followthe KHS.

Anyway, I'm interested in the modified CG routine because I have noticed my hair "acting" up after continued use of certain products. I'm sure it has to do with "cones." I don't really read most labels because I shampoo once a week, but I love how may hair feels after just co-washing. If I could co-wash all the time and only shampoo when necessary, that would be great. I mean, I've had the same bottle of Elucence MB Poo since November. And it's still not half gone. That's great because I save money, but it also shows that I could possibly go longer without pooing if I eliminate certain products or not use them as often.

Thanks in advance for the advice.

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When I BC'ed I followed a "modified" cg routine, I used cone free products but shampooed once a week with a sulfate free cleanser, and co washed on all the other days.

7 months later, I still co wash daily and shampoo once a week, but now I use products with cones sometimes because my hair responds well to most of them. The more I get used to my naturally curly hair, I find that it's more important to develop a routine that my hair likes becuase no one knows my hair better than me. If anything, the cg routine has made me more aware and informed in my product decisions, but it's not the law in my book.
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i agree w curlilocs completely.

i follow cg in the sense that i avoid laurel/laureth/ammonium sulfates, mineral oil, petroleum, drying alcohols, etc...but the cones havent been bad on my hair at all. most of the conditioners i use (except suave naturals and organic brands) contain at least one.

i conditioner rinse daily and wash/clarify when needed. (jason shampoo, clarifying conditioner or an acv rinse)

since ive eliminated the use of styling products, the cg routine has been working greatly, but i dont follow it to a tee.
loose 4a, silky meets cottony
routine: co-wash, add leave in or plain water, shake & go
staples: elucence poo & conditioners, V05 & suave naturals, jessicurl too shea, AO.
I'm scared of cones because of Pantene Hydrating curls. I figured it was the cones that robbed me of my curls for a minute. At least I think it was the cones. I shampoo at least once a week and condish wash with my Elucence. It seems to work. I would love to find the secret to soft hair but I think that is not attainable for me
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I've been using Cream of Nature ( sulfate free shampoo) 2x a week with a cone free conditioner - Curls tea conditioner. The curls styling lotion has a cone ( amodimethicone) and my hair responds very well to it.
The only cone is use is the amodimethicone in DevaCurl One C. I forego all other cones because I do not want to have to shampoo with harsh surfactants. Maybe every two or weeks or so, I will shampoo with Low Poo or Creme of Nature (both sulfate-free).

Other than that, I try to follow the CG routine as closely as I can.

Prior to going CG (or mod-CG) my hair liked cones a lot. But I am just not willing to use the sulfates needed to remove them. So I forego the cones (except One C).
3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG

I follow the CG routine with great success. I can't believe how well it works for me. (But, I think using the Kinky-Curly product is also reponsible for a lot of good hair days) I am now using the new Color Glaze from John Frieda and that has a cone in it. So, I am not exactly cone-free. I am hoping that it won't be too drying to my hair. But, I love the CG routine.
I follow a modified CG.

I wash with Elucence shampoo about once every two months or so and I'll clarify with their clarifying poo after I get a blowout done, which is maybe 4 times a year.

Overall, I don't use cones in my hair. The only times that I do is when I'm wearing my hair straight. The serum my stylist uses has cones and the Waterfree Lockout spray I use to maintain it also has cones. That's why I clarify after a blowout.

In general, I avoid the harsh sulfates, mineral oil, petrolatum, drying alcohols, cones, parabens, propolene glycol, etc. If my products start acting up and making my hair feel funny, then I know it's time to shampoo.
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I am new to this and don't know what a CG routine is. I have 3C/3B hair. It is actually quite soft not coarse. Right now I use shampoo infrequently, less than once a week. I condition every day. I use frizzease hair serum and it helps with the frizz. My main problem is stacking and shrinkage vs. frizz. I am ready to start using better products but not sure where to start. Can anyone help?
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THe only things I ever followed in the curly girl book was the no shampooing rule, and no brushing rule. I havent paid much attention to cones and find they do really nothing to my hair.

I do follow a modified curly girl routine. First off, I never do my hair in the morning because it is so long and porous and takes forever to dry if I do it in the morning. At night, I condition my hair with LeKair (lots of it) and let it sit for about 3 minutes, then I rinse the underside for 5 seconds...basically leaving most of it in. When I get out of the shower I wrap my hair in a towel to soak up most of the water. Then I take the towel out and use Queene Helene gel to scrunch my hair upside down. Then I pull it in a ponytail on the top of my head (pineappling) and go to bed. When I wake up the next morning I just take down the ponytail, kind of scraggle my hair upside-down with my fingers, and scrunch out the remaining gel, and I have soft dry curls! So there is my personal pseudo-curly girl routine

Note: When my hair was shorter (above my shoulders) I never plopped with a towel. I scrunched gel in it while it was soaking wet. But now it's past my shoulders so I have to plop because the products seems to get squeezed out if it's soaking wet when I do it. Just in case anyone else wanted to try this
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I hope this is an ok question... I think I have 3C hair but I noticed that most of the people with pictures are black. Can I have 3C hair and be white? My hair is curlier than a lot of black people but I think it is a different texture. I always thought that products for black hair would be too strong for me. What do you all think?
3B/3C, corkscrew curls
mackeith,
thats why i dont like the andre system!!! 3c has nothing to do w texture, its all about curl size...which tells you diddly sqaut about how to care for your hair! find the LOIS system and you'll get a better understanding of your texture.

also, as far as products are concerened, alot of us dont use products marketed to black women. we use products marketed to moisturizing, and often time, they are multiethnic! go through our albums and you'll see more organic stuff than anything.
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ETA: if you had photos, it would give us an idea of how to help out. there are a few "non black" ladies in 3c, and we all exchange info. dry/curly hair transcends race
loose 4a, silky meets cottony
routine: co-wash, add leave in or plain water, shake & go
staples: elucence poo & conditioners, V05 & suave naturals, jessicurl too shea, AO.
I hope this is an ok question... I think I have 3C hair but I noticed that most of the people with pictures are black. Can I have 3C hair and be white? My hair is curlier than a lot of black people but I think it is a different texture. I always thought that products for black hair would be too strong for me. What do you all think?
Originally Posted by mackeith
I have 3c hair and I'm half white......
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mackeith,
thats why i dont like the andre system!!! 3c has nothing to do w texture, its all about curl size...which tells you diddly sqaut about how to care for your hair! find the LOIS system and you'll get a better understanding of your texture.
Originally Posted by jazzijenni81
There is no 3c in Andre's system. 3c was invented on this board.

Texture has a visual component as well as a tactile component and an aural component, so how big or small or loose or tight the curls does speak to the texture to some extent. But yeah, the tightness of the curl alone will not tell you what products will and won't work.
3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG

I hope this is an ok question... I think I have 3C hair but I noticed that most of the people with pictures are black. Can I have 3C hair and be white? My hair is curlier than a lot of black people but I think it is a different texture. I always thought that products for black hair would be too strong for me. What do you all think?
Originally Posted by mackeith
If this board teaches you nothing else, it will teach you that you need to EXPERMIENT, EXPERIMENT, EXPERIMENT, even with the most unlikely products.

I can't say what would be too 'strong' because I haven't seen your hair, but my off the cuff guess is no, many would not. Black products aren't particularly 'strong,' but some are 'heavy.' But many are not.

Post some pics!
3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG

mackeith,
thats why i dont like the andre system!!! 3c has nothing to do w texture, its all about curl size...which tells you diddly sqaut about how to care for your hair! find the LOIS system and you'll get a better understanding of your texture.
Originally Posted by jazzijenni81
There is no 3c in Andre's system. 3c was invented on this board.

Texture has a visual component as well as a tactile component and an aural component, so how big or small or loose or tight the curls does speak to the texture to some extent. But yeah, the tightness of the curl alone will not tell you what products will and won't work.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
oops about confusing 3c w andre.
i get more help from someone saying: i have fine, shiny, dry prone ringlets w minimum frizz, that straighten when wet, curl when dry, and afro when dry combed (os med-fine thready)....than someone telling me they're 3c/4a...all that tells me is the person has curly hair...in circumfrence of marker to pipe cleaner.

*i use the letter number sytstem b/c thats whats used on the board, but honestly, i find it to be very misleading. LOIS, however, gets the job done*

ETA: not knocking anyone elses views, these are jennifer's
loose 4a, silky meets cottony
routine: co-wash, add leave in or plain water, shake & go
staples: elucence poo & conditioners, V05 & suave naturals, jessicurl too shea, AO.

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