CG Method- curls defined but hair is dry

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Hey all,

I've been doing the CG method for a few weeks and I like how defined my curls have become! I wish my hair was more moisturized though. I have low porosity hair, so getting moisture in is difficult. I have a few questions:

Has anyone ever NOT rinsed out their deep conditioner? My hair feels so great after I leave the dryer, but it doesn't feel as moisturized once I rinse out my deep conditioner. If I leave in my deep conditioner, will that harm my hair?

Can you use curl activator while doing the curly girl method? I'm considering using S-Curl or Wave Nouveau Finishing Lotion.
I just saw in my instagram that themaneobjective used a sheamoisture deep treatment as her styler, and that she got the idea from mahogany curls. I usually just mix up my own deep conditioner/protein treatments. I also use my regular rinse out conditioners as my stylers, mixed into my treatments, and have only bought one leave in conditioner since going CG at the end of November 2013.

About the curl activators, I don't know of any. Make sure you don't see silicones- things ending in -cone, -conol, -xane. I really like this list at science-y hair blog: Science-y Hair Blog: Silicone Ingredient Solubility List because it lists the silicones by solubility, so if you get curious about modifying the cg method you can proceed with caution to the silicone's that don't build up or can be washed away with water. There is another cg-friendly product list thread in the general discussion forum and here is the link: CG Friendly Product List!!. Disclaimer: I don't know if it actually has any curl activators on the list or not.

Science-y hair blogs newest blog post was also about moisturizing low porosity hair, and another blog I love is the natural haven.
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3C/4A, fine texture, low-medium density, and low porosity?
CG since November 2013.

Pre-Poo: Coconut Oil overnight, or a greek yogurt mixture
Shampoo: Curls Cleanser and/or clarifier
Conditioner: trying out different Suave Naturals conditioners and GVP's leave-in conditioner at the moment
Styler: iagirl's super smooth flax curl cream. <3
PT: iagirl's gelatin treatment 3-4 times a month
DT: conditioner or yogurt base with honey and oil if the conditioner has none.
Just because a product is CG doesn't mean it has enough moisture for your hair. TN voluminizing was not moisturizing enough for mine although CG. Plus most people say it takes a least a month for your hair to adjust to CG. for me that was the case.

I have used activators but not those brands. Some are liquids. Some are gels ect. Out of the ones I tried I like Smooth and Shine activator gel. Great moisture. Watch out that some activators have mineral oil which is not CG. I do know a natural who uses Wave Nouveau and loves it. A lot of people don't know these can be used on natural hair. They get confused when I say I use activator gel because they're like you don't have a jheri. . I actually grew up using a lot of WN products because that's the type processing I had until high school when I went to relaxing.
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Not sure about the activators but I know several curlies who keep all of their conditioners in or either wash out a small amount. Hard water could be a possible cause of dry hair after you wash your deep conditioner out.
Shampoo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Cowash: Curls Unleashed No Restrictions Conditioner
Deep Conditioner: Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
Leave-In: Curls Unleashed No Boundaries
Oils: olive, argan, and Jamaican Black castor oils
In regards to leaving in a DC, when I first started CG and my hair was particularly dry I'd do baptism rinses with my deep conditioner, so maybe that'll help you?

In case you didn't know, a baptism rinse is basically just not rinsing out all of the conditioner. So you wet it a little (maybe cup some water in your hands and splash that in your hair, or really quickly get under the shower head and then jump back out) so you get off the 'excess' layers of conditioner, but then you leave the rest on. This also eliminates the need for a leave-in

I haven't done it in ages, but I used to really love it. My hair always felt very soft after!
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Allie

Curly type: 3A Botticelli curls. Medium porosity / density.
Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Conditioner: Faith in Nature Raspberry and Cranberry
D/C: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative, mixed with honey & other goodies
Leave-in: My DNA
Styler: Umberto Giannini Scrunching Jelly / Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
I have been doing the CG method as well and my hair feels dry the following day after doing my w&g. After cleansing my hair with As I Am Coconut CoWash, I use the LOC method on my 3b/3c medium thick to thick density hair. I use SheaMoisture Curl & Shine Conditioner, SheaMoisture Curl & Style Milk, and SheaMoisture Curling Souffle (the original formula). I am having problems with moisture retention and my hair is normal porosity.
Last relaxer: May or June 2007
BC: May 10, 2013
Type: 3b/3c
Hair properties: curly, wavy & fine texture; medium thick to thick density; normal porosity; normal elasticity

Current Loves:
Shampoo: Shea Moisture Black African Soap Deep Cleansing, Shea Moisture Moisture Retention, Carol's Daughter Rosemary Mint Clarifying, Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla
Conditioner: Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
Leave-In: Design Essentials HCO Leave-In Conditioner and Blow Drying Lotion
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Originally Posted by naturallyjaz View Post
I have been doing the CG method as well and my hair feels dry the following day after doing my w&g. After cleansing my hair with As I Am Coconut CoWash, I use the LOC method on my 3b/3c medium thick to thick density hair. I use SheaMoisture Curl & Shine Conditioner, SheaMoisture Curl & Style Milk, and SheaMoisture Curling Souffle (the original formula). I am having problems with moisture retention and my hair is normal porosity.
Since your.curl pattern is looser, maybe you do either the milk or conditioner and substitute the other for oil. Also, how often do you protective style or use low manipulation styles? What do your ends look like? I just recently received a trim and my hair immediately began retaining moisture once I let some of those ends go.
Shampoo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Cowash: Curls Unleashed No Restrictions Conditioner
Deep Conditioner: Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
Leave-In: Curls Unleashed No Boundaries
Oils: olive, argan, and Jamaican Black castor oils
Try using a leave in conditioner under your styler. I tried using oil under my styler and my hair was still dry. Use a actually conditioner that says leave in not a regular conditioner.
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Try using a leave in conditioner under your styler. I tried using oil under my styler and my hair was still dry. Use a actually conditioner that says leave in not a regular conditioner.
Actually, it's perfectly fine to use you regular conditioner as a leave-in too. Leave-ins are basically just watered down conditioners and a bunch of people actually prefer to use 'real' conditioners as leave-ins because they find them a lot more moisturising and feel like they benefit the hair more.

I flicker back and fourth between using an actual leave-in and using my normal conditioner as one
Allie

Curly type: 3A Botticelli curls. Medium porosity / density.
Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Conditioner: Faith in Nature Raspberry and Cranberry
D/C: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative, mixed with honey & other goodies
Leave-in: My DNA
Styler: Umberto Giannini Scrunching Jelly / Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)

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