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Old 04-29-2008, 05:02 AM   #1
 
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Hey Aussies,

How many of you are there? The last post on this was last year.
I'm trying CG and going 'cone free so...
If you have any info, i'd appreciate names of 'cone free products - cheapish. And is the Alchemy range found at chemists and health food shops a good one to try?

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Old 04-29-2008, 06:39 AM   #2
 
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I just said hello in the "we'd like to meet you" board. I think I'm the only Aussie who visits here on a regular basis even though I'm not a prolific poster. Others sign up now and again and then seem to disappear without trace. I'm not much help with the products - I'm always trying new things, but I have used Alchemy conditioners in the past and like them (I've tried a couple but can't remember which ones now). What products are you interested in, ie gels, mousses, creams? If you let me know I can wrack my brains and try to remember what I've tried that's cg.
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Old 04-30-2008, 02:11 AM   #3
 
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Hi im an aussie too Ive recently brought a condtioner its called goldwell curl definition it works really good but Im not sure if its cone free though, Ive used jojoba oil from the health food shop but its a bit expensive they have other oils I buy the apricot oil which is cheaper but I think the jojoba absorbs better into your hair
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What products are you interested in, ie gels, mousses, creams? If you let me know I can wrack my brains and try to remember what I've tried that's cg.
well, mostly interested in gels because i've never used them before and want to try if they're supposedly so good. mousses too, but i usually steer clear of those because they encourage volume which i don't want lol.

but the oils sound interesting patientlygrowing. thanks for the advice girls (i assume).
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Howdy,

Ive tried the alchemy range, but to little effect. It actually felt very drying and damaging to my hair and left it brittle. Something tells me they've replaced the sulfate cleanser with something equally harsh.

Just purchased the "Mastey Paris" range from price attack which is sulfate free, its wonderful so far! Give it a try!
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Old 05-03-2008, 02:01 AM   #6
 
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Now, I don't really like gels, or my hair doesn't anyway, it also has expensive tastes, so I won't be much help here! The only gel I like is Biolage defining elixir which has virtually no hold, but I've had luck pairing it with PPS Sculpt It. A lot of Paul Mitchell stuff is cg, but you have to check the bottles, it's not cheap either. I've got a thickening gel atm but I hate it. Ditto a lot of Joico stuff, but I don't like their gels either. Got an Andrew Collinge anti-frizz one in Coles, that was cheap, but my son's using that up, see I really don't like gels! There seems to be very little in the chemist/health foods/supermarkets that is cg, I tend to get things from Hairhouse Warehouse or Price Attack, even then I spend ages reading labels - I think they've got used to me now!
I like mousse and find it doesn't give me too much volume (I don't like extra volume either). I've used PM's scupting foam, Joico's joiwhip and an Alfaparf one (my favourite). They're all cg and I'd buy them all again.
Hope that's a bit of help, I'm no expert and still fighting with my curls - if you saw them you wouldn't ask me for advice!
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Old 05-03-2008, 09:48 PM   #7
 
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Thanks for the advice. It's funny to be reading about Coles and Price Attack on this website lol.

I sometimes switch between cheap and expensive so i might try out those brands you mentioned.
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Old 05-05-2008, 05:02 AM   #8
 
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Hiya! I can't help you much with CG shampoos (I have awful dandruff, so it's Head'n'Shoulders for me) but I love L'oreal Techni Art Curl Memory Up spray. Long name, awesome product, and I think that it's CG. Just be careful with overdoing it - I have almost BSL hair and I only need 3 sprays for my entire head.
Is anyone else here from Melbourne?
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Aaaah, priceline, how i love yee with all my heart. I think i have easily spent more than an hour there lost in all of its lights and glory. Hehe.

I cant go with gels in my hair. As its quite thin, i find mousse gives it some lovely body and bounce. The best one in the world ive found is strictly curls by marc anthony, from (you guessed it) Priceline!!! Its the only thing i use these days.
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Old 05-07-2008, 01:16 AM   #10
 
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Sydney girl i'm afraid. and go priceline!

i've actually started using garnier strong hold gel. wasn't sure if it would be CG but it is. I kind of run away from giving my hair body lol.

one more thing, has anyone found the CG book in aust. or do we have to order it?
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Old 05-08-2008, 02:09 AM   #11
 
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Priceline rocks! I went to Angus and Robertson to get the Curly Girl book. They had to order it in but it was only from another store in Australia, so they didn't charge me any extra for it. If not there, you could try Borders - they seem to have everything, although they do charge a lot.
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I got the book off ebay, it was only $5 (and 5 postage, from memory).
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:31 PM   #13
 
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I may be a little late on this post, but I found it heartening to discover, after a break, that there were a few more Aussies on this site. Must confess that I have enjoyed the benefits of many many years lurking on these boards, but have never posted. Love this site and am so happy to see a little Australian Community growing here.
I bought the Curly Girl book a few years ago after ordering it in through Dymocks. Money well spent.
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Old 06-22-2008, 01:03 AM   #14
 
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I went to Angus & Robertson & they said you have to order the Curly Girl book as there is no Australian distributor. I don't think there is an additional cost.
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Hello!!
Im from Vic (but not Melbourne), Im waaaaay out in the sticks!

Our Priceline has a very limited range, so i doubt they would have much for CGs.

Has anyone ordered from the Curlmart?

And; has anyone used any of the new Redkin curl range?
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Hello!!
Im from Vic (but not Melbourne), Im waaaaay out in the sticks!

Our Priceline has a very limited range, so i doubt they would have much for CGs.

Has anyone ordered from the Curlmart?

And; has anyone used any of the new Redkin curl range?
Hey CurlyLena,

I am out in rural NSW, so no priceline for me! Nice to know there is another country curly on here!

I have ordered from CurlMart a few times and have been really happy with my purchases. The postage is a killer, but it has allowed me to try a whole heap of products that are pretty unique and CG friendly. That said, I did spend alot of time looking at product reviews before I purchased.

I have had a hard time finding CG friendly products locally. What I can reccomend is the Alchemy range of Conditioners and Fruit of the Earth Aloe Gel. I have had varying levels of success trying my hand at making my own flax gel, so thats an idea too. Depends on how experimental you are I guess.

I used the Redken Curl range once, but found it pretty average compared to All Soft (this was all preCG) Now I try to avoid silicones so I only use Redken occasionally.

Hope this helps...
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Hello!
Not an Aussie, but I did visit once for a few weeks and fell in love with the people, places and Kingston Cookies!
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New Aussie CG here!
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Old 07-25-2008, 06:45 AM   #19
 
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yay! isn't it fun?
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It is! The freedom to talk about products without people looking at you like you are a bit nuts. lol.

Love how healthy my hair is now too.

Just frustrated that we can't get some of the products used.
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