waxing poetic about my pre-CG hair

Hi everyone,

I've posted a couple of times, but I wanted to get some thoughts on my ever-changing hair. As background, I have very fine hair...the strands are fine and there isn't a lot of it. I color my hair about every 2 or 3 months.

Looking back at pictures of my hair before I went down the CG road, my hair maintained a pretty decent curl. I could get ringlets. It was shiny (yes, yes, probably from the 'cones). Were there bad days? Of course.

The past year or two, things have changed. The curls are waves, and barely there. They are now stringy. I've tried to supersoak. Comb when wet. Brush the product in. Scrunch. Rake. Protein. No protein. Clarify. Low-poo.

The hair is soft, and from what I can tell, healthy. My hair didn't become curly until I hit puberty, and I'm 33 now. Maybe this is just another random change?

Anyway, I miss those pre-CG days. Or really, the slightly more reliable hair patterns. Makes me wonder why I keep holding on to a routine that just isn't cutting it right now. I mean, I can always clarify and go back.

Oh well. I have an appointment for a cut with a new "curl specialist" on Wednesday. Maybe she'll have some insight.

Anyone else experience something similar?
This happened to me before, and the reason for me was because I was using too much leave-in, which weighed down my curls. Perhaps this could be the reason for you losing your curls too!

Also, have you tried finger combing? I know you said "comb when wet" but using a comb can sometimes separate curls on certain people. Some people can use the comb, and some can't. But that might help a little bit too.

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Hi everyone,

I've posted a couple of times, but I wanted to get some thoughts on my ever-changing hair. As background, I have very fine hair...the strands are fine and there isn't a lot of it. I color my hair about every 2 or 3 months.

Looking back at pictures of my hair before I went down the CG road, my hair maintained a pretty decent curl. I could get ringlets. It was shiny (yes, yes, probably from the 'cones). Were there bad days? Of course.

The past year or two, things have changed. The curls are waves, and barely there. They are now stringy. I've tried to supersoak. Comb when wet. Brush the product in. Scrunch. Rake. Protein. No protein. Clarify. Low-poo.

The hair is soft, and from what I can tell, healthy. My hair didn't become curly until I hit puberty, and I'm 33 now. Maybe this is just another random change?

Anyway, I miss those pre-CG days. Or really, the slightly more reliable hair patterns. Makes me wonder why I keep holding on to a routine that just isn't cutting it right now. I mean, I can always clarify and go back.

Oh well. I have an appointment for a cut with a new "curl specialist" on Wednesday. Maybe she'll have some insight.

Anyone else experience something similar?
Originally Posted by nucurls
Well, my hair was looking probably one of its all time best when I went CG. I just was getting concerned about all that blow-drying with such high heat, although my results were fabulous and my hair looked really beautiful. See thumbnails below: first pic is my hair YESTERDAY, and second pic is my hair DAYS before going CG.

So, my reason for going CG was just to make my hair healthy again while enjoying my curls (which I had stopped enjoying a few years ago, though most of my adult life I'd been either naturally curly or half-blown parts mixed with natural air-dried curly bottom half, a la 80's and early 90's hair). It took me five months to get to the CG place where, even with increaing dew points, I am enjoying my hair and enjoying not worrying about getting caught in the rain (which I dreaded when I blew-dried and used cones).

If you are miserable, then go back to the routine that made you happy and use the minimum type of "poo" that is required to remove whatever cones you use. I mean, most cones come out with surfactants other than the harshest sulfates, right?

I'm a big proponent of accept your hair as it kinda is or do it the way that makes you happy, cones or no cones. The truth is that wasting time agonizing over your hair isn't worth it. If you cannot accept that it's this way, then you can't.

Although before doing that, think a while about WHY you first went CG. If that reason (or those reasons) are no longer all that compelling, why be miserable.

Life is short. Love your hair, natural or not. Just take as good care of it as you can no matter the routine (ie, use the lowest heat settings you can or alternate air-dry days with blown days, do lots of deep treatments, use quality products with the minimum about of damaging chemicals, etc).

I am a firm believer in either loving your hair pretty much as is or changing it. Hair is not what we should agonize over when life is so brief, right?

IN any case, glad you will see a curl specialist, so maybe you can get something to help you find happiness with a new curly routine before you reconsider a change back to the old ways.
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Ditto everything MirCurls said -- make your hair (and, thus, your haircare routine) work for you.

I say ditch the rules. I've used every permutation of lo- and no-poo over the past several years, and I got the *most* compliments (from my stylist) on my hair health and curl pattern when I was washing 3 days/week with a sulfate poo, and following that with a sulfate-containing conditioner and styling serum that was basically silicone with a side of silicone.

In addition, my hair is fairly protein intolerant in that it gets noticeably drier anytime I use any protein -- totally in line with the "rules" that govern my hair type. However just about every styler I currently use (and love) contains protein. Because when my hair is a tetch on the dry side I get better, crazier curls and the insane volume I prefer.

Rather than look at CG method as a set of inviolable rules, perhaps try considering them as guidelines for hair rehabilitation. And then wantonly rearrange them to suit your hair and your preferences.
Thanks so much!

I'm hoping that this is just a phase...maybe a part of my seasonal shed.

I'll keep you informed of what the stylist says on Wednesday night!
I agree with what has been said so far - I believe you should do whatever gives you the best hair. I for one am on the cg way because I couldn't get good hair using what I was using before. You probably have much more knowledge and understanding of you hair now and can adapt your products to suit you. Don't be stressing over your hair
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