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Old 11-29-2006, 03:09 AM   #21
 
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i voted before. i think i had more frizz but that's all. i actually used to get a lot more ringlets pre-CG and my hair was consistent. i never had a bad hair day. i would always get great first day hair and it would last till third day hair. it would even look good on fourth but i'd wash it because, well, then it would start to feel dirty! but since finding NC i've tried so many products, spent so much money, and become so CONSCIOUS of my hair that i feel i'm never happy with it. i even tried going back to my old faithful routine from pre-CG and it no longer works. my hair was never in bad shape before NC - i had never straightened, never used a hair dryer, so my hair was very healthy.

whilst i really love the website, and have found some amazing products, i do wish my hair care was a bit more simple. i do have to switch up my routine a lot, and since becoming protein sensitive it makes it a whole lot harder! i'm finally getting to grips with it again but i do miss having a good hair day EVERY day and not having to worry 'will my hair look good today' or 'will i get second day hair if i sleep on it tonight?'

all that said - i'm glad i found the site. i've met some wonderful people, had great fun experimenting and the stuff i've learnt is fascinating! i even wow'd my hairdresser last time i went. OH and i found some people who appreciate curly hair just as much as i do

although i'm sure my hair DOES look better since finding NC.com, i think it's just my perception of my hair has become more critical so to me it doesnt look as good.
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Old 11-29-2006, 03:23 AM   #22
 
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i voted before. i think i had more frizz but that's all. i actually used to get a lot more ringlets pre-CG and my hair was consistent. i never had a bad hair day. i would always get great first day hair and it would last till third day hair. it would even look good on fourth but i'd wash it because, well, then it would start to feel dirty! but since finding NC i've tried so many products, spent so much money, and become so CONSCIOUS of my hair that i feel i'm never happy with it. i even tried going back to my old faithful routine from pre-CG and it no longer works. my hair was never in bad shape before NC - i had never straightened, never used a hair dryer, so my hair was very healthy.

whilst i really love the website, and have found some amazing products, i do wish my hair care was a bit more simple. i do have to switch up my routine a lot, and since becoming protein sensitive it makes it a whole lot harder! i'm finally getting to grips with it again but i do miss having a good hair day EVERY day and not having to worry 'will my hair look good today' or 'will i get second day hair if i sleep on it tonight?'

all that said - i'm glad i found the site. i've met some wonderful people, had great fun experimenting and the stuff i've learnt is fascinating! i even wow'd my hairdresser last time i went. OH and i found some people who appreciate curly hair just as much as i do

although i'm sure my hair DOES look better since finding NC.com, i think it's just my perception of my hair has become more critical so to me it doesnt look as good.
Do you think that maybe your hair just looks different, and not worse? You should post new pics so a whole website of people can tell you your curls look great
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Old 11-29-2006, 03:32 AM   #23
 
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awh thanks for the concern! i wasnt really feeling sad, and i dont think my hair looks worse. i just think the amount of time and effort i put in hasnt yielded curls that are a whole lot better than they were before. and i have had more bad hair days from trying out new products and techniques, but obviously i dont repeat the mistakes i make so i dont have lots of bad hair days.

i am happy with my hair and i do think it has improved since finding NC, it is healthier, it has less frizz, it shines more, and i'm more aware of what it wants and needs. i just think the amount of time i dedicate to thinking about it (and money i spend on it) could be lessened slightly.

but dont worry about me sorry if my last post came across as pessimistic! i love this site, i love the people here, and i love my curls! i just wish there was that magic button to press where i could get great culrs 100% of the time!
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Old 11-29-2006, 05:24 AM   #24
 
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Jenny, I don't think you could have said it any better. I feel exactly the same.
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Old 11-29-2006, 07:16 AM   #25
 
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I liked my hair better before NC. I was blissfully unaware of cones. I rarely used conditioner (ack!) I could get up to 3 day hair and I took bad hair days in stride because they didn't happen often.

Now my hair is healthier now but man you should see all the products I have in my bathroom. Conditioners for each time of year, for humid and non humid days, gels for the same thing. I swear you'd think 10 women lived here!

My hair most of the time looks better now though. Unless I try a new product that my hair hates
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Old 11-29-2006, 08:24 AM   #26
 
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Now my hair is healthier now but man you should see all the products I have in my bathroom. Conditioners for each time of year, for humid and non humid days, gels for the same thing. I swear you'd think 10 women lived here!
OK, that cracked me up! So true. I may be happier with my hair now, but I definitely think my budget was happier before I discovered this place.
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Old 11-29-2006, 08:33 AM   #27
 
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I put after even though I liked my hair when I was 20 better, it was down past BSL and went into great ringlets but I was not aware how great it looked, I only know now b/c of pix, but then I cut and bleached my hair and totally killed it b/c i straightened every day almost, so once I found the CG book and then this site my hair is finally returning to the ringlets as it grows! ~~jax
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Old 11-29-2006, 08:35 AM   #28
 
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After, definitely! I had been CG for a while before coming to NC.com, so my hair was already in good shape. But I've learned a number of tricks and also learned about some products that have given me many near-perfect hair days. If I had to pick one thing above all else that I'm sooo happy to have discovered, it would be plopping- it's made my roots sooo much easier to deal with. Yes, I do obsess about my hair a bit more, but overall I'm even more confident about it and love it even more than when I first came here. :P
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Old 11-29-2006, 09:26 AM   #29
 
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Certainly after!!! I didn't know there was a specific way to take care of curly hair, I just thought everyone suffered using products that said they'd work but really didn't. Even if you're not CG, most here would agree that you have to style curly hair differently than straight, and that there's certain "tricks" everyone has to make sure their curls look good, if not great. I discovered CG (which works wonders for my curls!) on nc.com, as well as a great support group and instant acceptance since we all have curly hair. I also like just perusing the boards and learning a thing or two about a new tip or technique that I'd consider trying. Not to mention the many laughs I get on these boards! I'm so glad I've found this site!
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Old 11-29-2006, 11:14 AM   #30
 
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Definitately after!!! I have been Cg or I would say modified (is low poo and jessicurl Hcc (MODIFED). I have never loved my hair more, and of course I became an EVEN bigger hair product junkie, but I always was I would buy anything to get my hair straight, from silicone products, to brushes to blow dryers Etc.. Now I buy condtioners, gels cremes and diffusers. I also love everyone on this site, they have become my friends...... This is also the longest my hair has eve been and I love it....
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Old 11-29-2006, 01:40 PM   #31
 
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After.
And it's not so much that my hair has changed, it's me that's changed!
I learned there's lots of people out there just like me. I learned what to do and not to do to keep my hair healthy and happy. I learned I can use cheap easy to find products.
Most of all, I learned to stop worrying about it! If it a windy humid day and my hair frizzes up, so what. If it's limp the next day, big deal. Maybe the next day it will be a great hair day!
I would give almost anything to have had this website available back when I was young (not possible since the internet was even around yet!).
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Old 11-29-2006, 03:01 PM   #32
 
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I have to echo EVERYTHING that Bailey422 said--I agree completely. I used to use no styling products except maybe a little silicone serum, and blow-dry my hair straight, which is easy and fast. Now--well, let's just say her "backup CurlMart warehouse" description is both hilarious AND true for my house

I also agree with some of what Botticelli Venus says about hair envy and anxiety. I used to wish my hair was curly, but I thought it was straight, so I didn't spend much time worrying about it. I thought it was basically pretty and liked the color, though I didn't care for my halo frizz. Now I have a considerable amount of angst in terms of wishing it were curlier, trying to make it curlier, being jealous of other curlies, etc. etc. Not to mention being obsessed with products and styling techniques, and pretty much doubling my time in the shower with all my combing and product application and plopping and so on. I guess I should get some more hobbies or something.

I don't know if my hair looks better now or not; some would probably say it looks disheveled and ratty, since it really is wavy and not curly to where you see a definite "pattern" to it. But I like it better, and I know it is healthier. I used to sulfate poo, blow-fry and drag a brush through it every day, and end up with a greaseball if I went one day without pooing. Now I treat it better and can go a day or more without co-washing, no problem. So I think overall my hair has calmed down and improved since nc.com.
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I think this is a great thread. I said "after" because I think my hair does look better now but I was already CG before finding NC. I never used any styling products before NC, I just did my thing and lived with how my hair turned out. Now I own a ton of styling products but I find that I'm happier if I keep it simple. I never straightened my hair and have always recieved lots of compliments on my "lovely curls" but now my hair seems to be taking up an inordinate amount of my attention...still, it's been fun trying all the new things and I would never have discovered my beloved CJ products if it wasna't for NC.

I also think that I have different taste than many of the folks who post here. I think almost all the pictures I've seen show people with beautiful hair..even the ones who think their hair isn't quite all that. It seems that a lot of people seem to want their hair to be curlier or differently curly than it is and I don't see the big difference between that and wanting straight hair. All kinds of hair can look great but what I see here is a big emphasis on "ringlets" and to tell the truth, I think some peoples before photos are actually more flattering to them than the super defined ringlets. But that's just me and everybody should do whatever feels best to them. On the other hand, I think most of the people who post here seem like very nice, kind and supportive people and I do enjoy reading all the posts.

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Old 11-29-2006, 04:01 PM   #34
 
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Definitely 'after'. Absolutely no comparison. I didn't realize I had curly hair, just thought I had annoyingly wavy hair that wouldn't completely straighten, even though I tried my best to make it that way everyday. I had hair compliments before, but not like now, and I mean people irl. My hair was never really 'simple' before this site though, and it was because I was so frustrated with it that led me to it. Thanks to Kurlee.
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It almost seems to have to do with where you are from... Not sure if I missed anyone but the ones who were happier before are European. I don't even know anyone who straightened their curly hair in Sweden. It's like curls were just as accepted and nice as straight. It surpriced me how "hated" (yes, too harsh word) curly hair is in this country when I moved here.

Just a thought.
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I said no difference. I liked my curls before and I like them now, and they're less frizzy now but also less consistent. But the main differences are that I avoid cones like the plague, i shampoo less often, and I am very scared to straighten, where as before even my shampoo had a cone in it, i shampooed every day, and I would straighten practically every other day without batting an eyelash.
Sure, people come over and are always awestruck by the amount of hair products in my bathroom, but it was the same way before I came to NC.
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Old 11-30-2006, 08:46 AM   #37
 
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i said after, but i echo kurlee's and jennyfurrens's sentiments: i obsess way more now than i did before . . . and while i was often trying new products before, now i'm always in search of HGs that will make my hair "perfect." i think i'm learning that it's okay for my hair to look a little more disheveled. . . and that a bad hair day isn't the end of the world. my husband certainly likes it better when it's not cookie-cutter-ish!

my hair is so much healthier now! and i love this site (even though i'm mostly a lurker). i think i just need to relax a little and let my curly hair do it's thing . . .
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It almost seems to have to do with where you are from... Not sure if I missed anyone but the ones who were happier before are European. I don't even know anyone who straightened their curly hair in Sweden. It's like curls were just as accepted and nice as straight. It surpriced me how "hated" (yes, too harsh word) curly hair is in this country when I moved here.

Just a thought.
Personally, I'm always really surprised at some of the horror stories people here tell... I never had any major issues with my curls (once I learned how to combat the frizz), and with rare exceptions I've always been complimented on them. I loved my hair before, I just love it more now!
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I voted after.
I grew up having no idea what to do with my hair. As a child my mother would get frustrated with my tangly mess(she has poker straight hair) and just cut it off or brush it out OUCH.I look at my teenage pics and cringe I used to brush out my hair, it was a huge frizzy mess all the time and I could never figure out why. Then for years I straightened, fried my hair and spent a small fortune on products for straightening and repairing damage I had done.
Now after almost 30 years of fighting them Im finally loving my curls!!! Thanks NC.com and the curlmunity :^)
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Old 11-30-2006, 10:38 AM   #40
 
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Funny thing is, I prefer short cuts, but have long hair.

I'm afraid I'll lose my curls if I cut them.
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