Starting to CG method tomorrow..Input please!

Tomorrow morning I plan on beginnging the CG method, and for some reason I'm so nervous! I bought a sample DevaCurl kit that contains the No Poo Cleanser, One Condition, AnGEL, and Set It Free. I'd love to hear what everyone thinks of these products, and what other products that recommend for someone just beginning the CG method. Thanks!
My first recommendation is that you fully read the advice/FAQ's for beginners on here and the Curly Hair BAsics at the www.livecurlylivefree.com site. That alone will give you great info to get off on the right foot.

Also, make sure your hair is clarified and ready to start cowashing. You need to do the first clarifying shampoo (a sulfate containing poo without any cones in it to get your started off clean). After that, you can do your cowash. Make sure you:

1. spend A LOT of time massaging the scalp with plenty of cowashing conditioner, more than you would have with regular shampoo. THREE minutes minimum of using the pads of your fingers and really using teh conditioner to get the mild surfactant action going, then spending some time on hair length. If you do not clean of the dead cells and debris and dirt properly from your scalp by spending time doing the cowash massage, you may end up with scalp goo issues that can be awful.

2. read the ingredients of anything that goes on your hair/scalp and keep track of what makes you itch or makes your hair feel and look worse, etc. Eventually, you will get a pattern of what your hair likes best.

3. Don't feel that you need to use an expensive curly line. There are drugstore brands that many on here like and use with good results that can save you money.

4. Don't be afraid to try new stuff, and it's more likely it will work for you once you figure out your hair properties (read that Live Curly Live Free thing) and can find others on here who may be your hair twins.

5. It's quite possible your hair will look ITS WORST for a few weeks to a couple months. It varies, but several of us here had a month or more of really rebellious hair. Going without cones takes off the mask and shows you the real condition (including dryness and damage) of hair that's been straightened and stifled with heat and cones. So, prepare yourself for some really bad hair days that can easily go for a month or more, even 2 to 3 months.

6. Prepare to learn more about your hair than you ever knew before and to find that after a few months, you may have a settled routine that makes you happy and that your hair is softer, better conditioned and has improved natural curl.

7. Prepare to learn new styling and drying techniques for a spell until you hit on one that works for you.

8. Be flexible enough to modify the CG if pure CG causes you frustrations, but be patient and know that it's a transition.

9. Remember that moisture is the most important friend to curly hair and sulfates is the harshest enemy. Embrace first and avoid or minimize the second. Do not skip your weekly deep conditioning treatment (trust me, this is HUGELY important). Curly hair needs moisture and curly hair in transition from sulfates to cowashing even moreso.

As far as Deva: Meh. I like the lowpoo and OneC and that's it. The styling products did do it for me (I bought just about the whole line) and the results did not justify the price for me. Other lines, just as pricey, ended up being better for MY hair. I will still use the lowpoo on occasion and the OneC, but the others have been exiled. I also get some itching from it. I'm sensitive to something.

It might be fine on your hair,though, as we're all unique.
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Last edited by MirCurls; 04-26-2010 at 08:44 PM.
Tomorrow morning I plan on beginnging the CG method, and for some reason I'm so nervous! I bought a sample DevaCurl kit that contains the No Poo Cleanser, One Condition, AnGEL, and Set It Free. I'd love to hear what everyone thinks of these products, and what other products that recommend for someone just beginning the CG method. Thanks!
Originally Posted by mldavis79
Set it Free made my hair sticky, which I hate.

Read the reviews section for what products work well for those with X or Y hair. If you go to the Acronyms section, it will be useful for you to become acquainted with that--not just cause we use that shorthand here, but cause it tips you off to drugstore brands to research. The acronyms list is found in the newbies section as a sticky thread (and you've read through that newbies section thoroughly, right?) http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...splay.php?f=36

Examples of some I've used from the drugstore, discount store, or Whole Foods (and that I've seen used by others)

HESMU ==Herbal Essence set me up gel
BRHG = Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee
GDLI = Giovanni Direct Leave=In
GTTTT - Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat
HETT = Herbal Essence Totally Twisted
AOHR= Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose
KCCC= Kinky Curly Curling Custard
ACV= apple cider vinegar (rinse)
AVG= aloe vera gel
NE = Nexxus Emergencee
SNC = Suave Naturals Coconut
SNOB=Suave naturals Ocean Breeze


Specialty brands that are popular but NOT drugstore or discount store available:

CJ = Curl Junkie
SS= Spiral Solutions
CIAB= Curls in a Bottle (by Curl Junkie)
CCCC= coffee-coco curl creme (by CJ)
CK= Curl Keeper
SS CEJ= Spiral Solutions Curl Enhancing Jelly
BB FSG= Botticelli Babe Flaxseed Gelee
CJDF= Curl Junkie Daily Fix




The master list needs updating, but you can always ask ifyou see an unfamiliar acronym (just make sure to check the lists first so as not to ask a redundant question).

And this blog has a HUGE list of Curly Girl Method friendly products in its sidebar left side, most of which you can probably find locally on the ground: http://curlgirljourney.blogspot.com/...-products.html
3a3b dry, dyed --newly "banged"
Natural since 11/25/09 (Miami)

Shine & Spring w/ Sweet Curls Elixirs!
Curl Junkie Conditions!
Re:coil ROCKS!

~CJ Protein Tx
; BEE-U-Ti-Ful Deep Condish
~S&C; SMasters Method; Pixie-curling
Dumping clumps for VOLUME!
http://public.fotki.com/MirCurls/


Marchioness Mir, Magister of Moisturization & Mystic of the Lofty Crown in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

Last edited by MirCurls; 04-26-2010 at 09:02 PM.
OneC really didnt do much for me. I found the same if not better results using much cheaper generic brands. Vo5 is pretty good and so is the Tresseme Naturals condtioner. And just like MirCurls, I didnt like the way set it free made my hair feel. Right now I'm really loving the jessicurl cleansing cream and weekly deep conditioner treatment. I would definitely recommend trying the WDCT. It really helped my hair after I stopped using a flat iron and went CG
Trying CG for the 2nd time. Been going strong since Feb 2010. Wish me luck!


3C/3B- still trying to figure out porosity (normal to low?) and all that other stuff. My hair seems to like protein.
Co-wash/Condish - Suave Naturals, V-05, Tresemme Naturals
DT - CJ Rehab

PT-
CJ Repair Me
Leave in - CJ Hibiscus and Banana Butta, CJ Smoothing Lotion
Styling - CK, AG Recoil, Ecostyler, The Jane Carter Solution Nourish and Shine

I'm slowly but surely becoming a Curl Junkie Junkie


OneC really didnt do much for me. I found the same if not better results using much cheaper generic brands. Vo5 is pretty good and so is the Tresseme Naturals condtioner. And just like MirCurls, I didnt like the way set it free made my hair feel. Right now I'm really loving the jessicurl cleansing cream and weekly deep conditioner treatment. I would definitely recommend trying the WDCT. It really helped my hair after I stopped using a flat iron and went CG
Originally Posted by Ruiz4books
Tresemme Naturals is totally worth trying and drugstore accessible.

VO5 and Suave Naturals are the very inexpensive cowash options that many CG curlies start with (and often STAY with). Saving money is GOOD.

Jessicurl's WDCT is one of THE BEST, and I've tried many pricey ones. I get it unscented (since styling products I put over it have scent as does my own perfume), because while JC makes some quality products--the gentle cleansing lowpoo is my fave lowpoo)--her two scent selections are not at all to my taste. Still, the WDCT is her standout product, in my opinion. I even use it as a leave-in at times.
3a3b dry, dyed --newly "banged"
Natural since 11/25/09 (Miami)

Shine & Spring w/ Sweet Curls Elixirs!
Curl Junkie Conditions!
Re:coil ROCKS!

~CJ Protein Tx
; BEE-U-Ti-Ful Deep Condish
~S&C; SMasters Method; Pixie-curling
Dumping clumps for VOLUME!
http://public.fotki.com/MirCurls/


Marchioness Mir, Magister of Moisturization & Mystic of the Lofty Crown in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

Last edited by MirCurls; 04-26-2010 at 09:07 PM.
If I have to suffer through some of the worst hair for the next few months I may not stick with the CG method. I've read a bunch of info and reviews on products, and from what I've gathered I should expect bad hair days for awhile. But, I thought it was suppose to last only a week or so, not a few months! Everyone's different so I guess I'll just see how my hair reacts.

I'm so nervous about it b/c this morning I FINALLY got my hair to curl the way I like it. My only complaint is it's still a little frizzy and too dry for my taste. I'm hoping the CG method alleviates those problems sooner rather than later.
I really like the Set It Free spray. I find it to be very light, not heavy or sticky. It is a good curl refresher that I use during the day.

I also use and like DevaCurl Low Poo.

I also like Suave Tropical Coconut conditioner, Suave Aloe and Waterlily conditioner, Yes to Cucumbers conditioner, and the other products that are in my signature.

My favorite gel is the Curl Junkie Smoothing Gellie. It's not heavy at all. **** I was wondering what type and properties your hair is. Mine is thin and fine, so your hair may react differently to these products.

Good luck to you!!
Hair Type - wavy/curly, fine texture, thin/medium density

Last edited by anniemae; 04-27-2010 at 05:10 AM.
If I have to suffer through some of the worst hair for the next few months I may not stick with the CG method. I've read a bunch of info and reviews on products, and from what I've gathered I should expect bad hair days for awhile. But, I thought it was suppose to last only a week or so, not a few months! Everyone's different so I guess I'll just see how my hair reacts.

I'm so nervous about it b/c this morning I FINALLY got my hair to curl the way I like it. My only complaint is it's still a little frizzy and too dry for my taste. I'm hoping the CG method alleviates those problems sooner rather than later.
Originally Posted by mldavis79
Yeah, without the mask of cones, you will see just how dry your hair REALLY is (if it is, maybe you don't have the damage I had). I used very hot heat styling and used a ton of cones, so I had no idea how superduperduper dry I was until I ditched the cones and started the weekly (or more often) deep treatments. Plus it's finding a cut that looked fine without blow-drying (that was also a transitional issue, as my hair looked FABULOUS blown-dried, but the cut needed tweaking for air-dried or diffused curls).

You may be fine in a week or two. But I wasn't. As I said, every journey is different.

Now, I have a good cut, my color is refreshed (but not a harsh dye all over, mostly a glaze deposit), and I've found products I like (though I am still experimenting, as I haven't spent a summer CG so don't know what the Miami/subtropical weather will do to my hair without cones).

I think it was worth putting up with the bad hair period to get my hair to a better moisturized state. But I'm not fully CG. I'm modified. Maybe if I had gone totally CG I'd have gotten to a moisturized state sooner. Never know.
3a3b dry, dyed --newly "banged"
Natural since 11/25/09 (Miami)

Shine & Spring w/ Sweet Curls Elixirs!
Curl Junkie Conditions!
Re:coil ROCKS!

~CJ Protein Tx
; BEE-U-Ti-Ful Deep Condish
~S&C; SMasters Method; Pixie-curling
Dumping clumps for VOLUME!
http://public.fotki.com/MirCurls/


Marchioness Mir, Magister of Moisturization & Mystic of the Lofty Crown in the Order of the Curly Crusaders
The weeks or months is rare. Many people see improvement in one day, one week, two weeks... Not all that long.

See the before & after thread here:
Post your before & After CG pics

A short period of awkwardness > lifetime of unsatisfactory curls.

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2A and 3A
Co-wash:
GTTT
Rinse out: DevaCurl OneC, KCKT
Leave in: Curl Junkie Beauticurls
Styling: CHS Curl Keeper + KCCC
I see you've gotten plenty of great advice so far. Just be patient, a few weeks of bad hair is worth a lifetime of amazing curls!

In regards to the Deva line, I hated it my first time around but I think it was because I wasn't using the products correctly. I love it now and its part of my rotation. I recommend not rinsing out the OneC completely and leaving some in before using AnGell. This isn't my favorite gel but I find that by leaving in some of the OneC is the only way I don't get frizz.


CG since 9-1-09, Modified CG 1/10.3a/3b mix
Low Porosity
No Co-Washing, Using Mild Shampoos, Lo-poos: Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Moisture Shampoo, Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Shampoo
Rinse-out: Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner
Low-poo/Clarifiers: ACV rinses
Leave in's: Giovanni Direct Leave-in, Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner
DT's: Coconut Oil, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque,
Stylers: AG:recoil, LA Looks Mega Hold Gel,
** Air dry ONLY, I love plopping!**

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