Ever have nostalgia for pre-CG hair?

I read this thread yesterday and was still thinking about it this morning, when I applied my (A)cone-laden leave-in. It illuminated that which I find oddest about this website -- which is fantastic, and from whence I have mined all types of super helpful info, mainly about technique and heretofore unknown product.

But the thing is . . . if you're nostalgic for something, why don't you just, you know, *do* it? It seems to me that so many people come to NC.com frustrated and tired and desperate to just have someone tell them what to do. Provide a magic bullet, as it were. I've seen so many lamentations about cone or sulfate products that "really made my hair great, but are doomed for their CG unfriendliness", etc.

If something works for your hair -- or there's a product or styling method that you feel like using -- I cannot for the life of me figure out why you wouldn't use it / do it just because some random curly-headed woman suggested, at some point, that your hair would be "better" if you didn't.

I mean, if it works: awesome. If CG has given you total hair satisfaction then I am pleased for you. But whether it has or has not, if you wake up one morning feeling like rocking the straight hair, or a blowout then . . . for serious, why the hell not???

Seems detrimental to hang onto a method just because it exists, even if it's not pleasing to you. And I'm not talking about occasional bad hair days -- because find me someone who makes those stop under any circumstance, and I'll show you my new bestie. I am speaking of the attitude that "I wish I could _____, but it's not CG!"

There are no CG police. Get the damn blowdryer already.
Originally Posted by CurlyToast
Absolutely. I'm not against having straightened hair if you want it. I simply decided nearly five months ago to give a good shot at this to see how healthy I could get my curls. I like my curls. I've had curls on and off since I first went natural at age 18 in '78. However, right now, with my hair thinner post-menopause/post-thyroid-meltdown and with grey hairs and with not using heat styling, I'm trying to figure out how I'll need to style my hair (ie, when I get it cut, what cut will be best to take advantage of the curls, will I want to blow-out bangs to give specific shape to hair around my face, etc).

I decided to give this a good shot--at minimum a year. Then reassess.

I wasn't 100% happy with straightening my hair--humidity frizz issues, fear of getting hair wet in shower or rain, damage from high heat causing increasing dryness and porosity.

But when I give this my best shot, if I can't get to that place where, "Ah, okay, this shape works for me really well", then, yeah, I'll consider some other option, a modification in large form as needed. What's making it hard for me is my stylist of 22 years retired in March, so while I was with her, we could experiment with full trust as to how to shape my curls a bit more each session. She used the CG friendly products I bought and it was a cooperative thing where we were gently, slowly, getting to a nicer shape. But now, I'm disoriented because I have no stylist and the fear of getting a crap cut is HUGE. So, I sit there needing a trim and procrastinating. Sigh.

I do like that now I don't care if my hair gets wet in the rain. That's novel. I do like embracing what my hair does on its own rather than when stretched and fried. But I would occasionally stretch and fry--if I got the urge. I'm not a purist.
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I am kind of nostalgic for my pre-CG shopping habits, when I bought stuff because it smelled good or the bottles were cute. I have always been a pj but now I am not near as reckless as I used to be! Now I am so careful about ingredients, but I can't complain, the end result is so much better!
If something works for your hair -- or there's a product or styling method that you feel like using -- I cannot for the life of me figure out why you wouldn't use it / do it just because some random curly-headed woman suggested, at some point, that your hair would be "better" if you didn't.
Originally Posted by CurlyToast
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