How long?

How long do you try a new product/style/idea for before you decide that it doesn't (or does work) for your hair? Do you know instantly?



I'm trying to go CG based on the information that I've read here, but I'm not sure if I'm trying the right stuff or methods for my hair yet. Or even how often I should deep condition, do an ACV rinse, co-wash, etc.
With products, I know immediately.

E.g., like with conditioner, if the feel isn't right, if it doesn't soften or make detangling easy, then it doesn't work for me

But this comes with knowing what my hair does and how it should feel with each product.

When you are starting out, it's all about experimenting until you reach the point that you will just know after one use or a set of tried and true ways to use it (based on your experiments)
Using products alone one at a time helps me determine whether my hair likes them or not.
Mod CG since 8/2010
2cFii (fia), normal/normal, protein junkie. Itchy and allergic wavy!
Growing out
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I usually know right away, too. At this point, I know my hair well enough. Sometimes, I give it another try--if I think I combined it with the wrong products, but that seldom happens.

You should really determine your hair properties, it's most helpful in picking ingredients/products. Here's a thread to help: Texture, Porosity, and other Hair Type Madness Once you know your properties, you can look for people with hair like yours and see what they use (most have it in their signatures.) It's the best way to start.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
ITA with Kathymack's advice. At some point you just have to try different products & different methods of applying them. I use to study the posts of people who had hair that looked similar to mine. If you are able to determine the porosity of your hair it will really help; you may find that a little overwhelming at first. I know that I did. I used to look at any photos I could see. I studied the posts when they spoke about the products they used, how they apply the products (it is seldom only one product) - what order & whether they finger-comb it through or scrunch it in, whether they plop or use a towline to scrunch ... Diffusing etc etc etc.

Echokitten & Mysteryflavored were my curl gurus when I first found this site. Whatever worked on their hair seemed to work for me. Whatever worked for Misgiblet seemed to work for my daughter's hair. I wish I could say that I didn't spend a fortune along the way but I did

When you decide what products you want to try, I highly recommend that you order samples from Kathymack's. It is a very inexpensive way to try a variety of products @ a great price.
Type: 3a fine & dense,with normal porosity, terrible product junkie
ROUTINE: LI, enhancer, gel, plop with Curlease towel, serum product (either CIAB or Gel-les'c), clip & diffuse.
Too many favourite products to list ... I finally have my routine that works and alot of products to choose from. My product stash is huge, but well loved !!!
I just realized in my babble that I didn't answer the question. LOL

I have gotten to the point that I normally know right away whether it will work, but I found this site 4yrs ago. Before I give up a product I normally try it again in different dewpoints or temps. Some products work better in the cooled weather & others in the hot, high dews.
Type: 3a fine & dense,with normal porosity, terrible product junkie
ROUTINE: LI, enhancer, gel, plop with Curlease towel, serum product (either CIAB or Gel-les'c), clip & diffuse.
Too many favourite products to list ... I finally have my routine that works and alot of products to choose from. My product stash is huge, but well loved !!!
I did a lot of experimenting at first! I also bought a lot of products, and selling/swapping things that didn't work. I too have gotten to the point where I can tell if products will work or not but it's taken several months.

If you know you hair feels good after using a certain shampoo or conditioner, stick with that for awhile so you have a base line when experimenting with styling products. Read lots of posts and see who has similar hair! I still feel like I haven't found a "hair twin" but I've had convos with posters with some similar hair properties.
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Repair Me, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC, UFD Curly Magic
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

I think I have been pretty lucky as far as products go. I have never really been a PJ so figuring out what did/did not work for my hair was pretty simple. I knew EVOO was not for me immediately bc my hair itched like crazy each time I used it. I still tried it a few more times just to make sure it wasn't a one time thing & when it kept happening I gave it up.

I used all Curls products initially but then my hair stopped responding to it (was not as soft or easy to comb) so I switched brands.

However w/Organix products I knew immediately! My hair felt sooooooo stripped after that first wash that I never used it again...which sucked bc I wanted to love it bc it smelled so great.

I guess it really all comes down to knowing your hair & 'listening to it'. That has really made a difference for me.
Hair Type: A head full of THICK, normal porosity curls/coils that I am TOTALLY in LUV with!
(Transitioned for 16 & 1/2 months)


Loving: MC LI Condish, Raw shea butter, Coconut & Grapeseed Oil, SM raw shea butter shampoo,HEHH Conditioner, Braggs ACV & Egg, Mayo & EVOO PT's







I've been checking out the signatures of people with similar hair (it's how I've gotten my product recommendations).


I think I know my hair texture, porosity and such, but will get my hairstylist to confirm when I see her next.


It just seems like all this trial and error is time consuming and expensive.

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