Stiff hair.... What causes it?

I have 2b hair and I'm sure on the properties :-/ my hair feels kinda stiff. How can I help this?
Type- 2a
Texture- Fine
Porosity- Normal
Elastisity- Normal
Density- Medium


CO- Vo5 kiwi lime squeeze, various sauve conditioners, loreal evercurl cleansing co.
Style- beautiful curls wave enhancing leave-in, pure and clean gel, Shea moisture smoothie
Techniques- plopping
CG since- Jan. 15th 2013
Too much protein? Check your product labels for keratin or other proteins.
Without knowing your hair properties and what products you use, it's hard to give you information that is "data" backed. It could be protein, especially if your hair is coarse. If your hair is fine, porous or damaged by heat and chemicals, it probably isn't protein. It could be other ingredients, especially if you use gels that contain chemicals.
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; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Without knowing your hair properties and what products you use, it's hard to give you information that is "data" backed. It could be protein, especially if your hair is coarse. If your hair is fine, porous or damaged by heat and chemicals, it probably isn't protein. It could be other ingredients, especially if you use gels that contain chemicals.
Originally Posted by kathymack
I don't have thin hair or really thick hair so I would say it "normal" porosity. I used to blow dry and straighten my hair every day so it might just be the damage :-/
Type- 2a
Texture- Fine
Porosity- Normal
Elastisity- Normal
Density- Medium


CO- Vo5 kiwi lime squeeze, various sauve conditioners, loreal evercurl cleansing co.
Style- beautiful curls wave enhancing leave-in, pure and clean gel, Shea moisture smoothie
Techniques- plopping
CG since- Jan. 15th 2013
Without knowing your hair properties and what products you use, it's hard to give you information that is "data" backed. It could be protein, especially if your hair is coarse. If your hair is fine, porous or damaged by heat and chemicals, it probably isn't protein. It could be other ingredients, especially if you use gels that contain chemicals.
Originally Posted by kathymack
I don't have thin hair or really thick hair so I would say it "normal" porosity. I used to blow dry and straighten my hair every day so it might just be the damage :-/
Originally Posted by Wavy_Girl1116
I don't know what you're talking about. Texture has to do with how thick or thin each individual hair is on your head. Porosity has to do with how "tight" or healthy the cuticle is--it affects how your hair absorbs and releases moisture. If you have a lot of hair on your head--that's density.

Here's a post from CJ Marsha's blog that might help you with these concepts: Curl Junkie - Natural Hair Care for all types of Curly Hair!: My 2 cents on Protein/Texture/Porosity/Moisture Balance! :-)

She gives some visuals for texture and descriptors for the other qualities. If you're serious about your hair, you'll need to learn some of this terminology. It's the only way you'll understand what everyone is discussing. Otherwise, it's all another language and very frustrating for you and those who are trying to help you.

AND, it does get easier the longer you hang around.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
I'm sorry, I need to do more research!!!!! :-) thanks for your help!!!! I'm getting my hair cut Saturday, do you think my hair dresser would know any thong about properties?
Type- 2a
Texture- Fine
Porosity- Normal
Elastisity- Normal
Density- Medium


CO- Vo5 kiwi lime squeeze, various sauve conditioners, loreal evercurl cleansing co.
Style- beautiful curls wave enhancing leave-in, pure and clean gel, Shea moisture smoothie
Techniques- plopping
CG since- Jan. 15th 2013
I would recommend going to curlywizard.com and getting a hair analysis if you can't figure out your hair properties. This will not have you guessing. Knowing your hair properties are key to the types of products to use and the help you can get here on the boards. I wish I would have had this info early on and I would not have wasted time and money trying different products.

3b, Medium-Coarse (slight coarse charactericstics), Normal porosity & Low elasticity per Curl Wizard Profile.
Low-poo: Nourish Shampoo
Co-wash: Suave, Vo5, HE, Aussie Moist
Deep Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm
Leave-in: Nourish Conditioner (Trader Joe's)
Stylers: LA Looks Sports, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil.
Methods: Wet plop or pineapple at night, diffuse in the morning. Scrunch w/joboba, coconut or almond oil.
I'm sorry, I need to do more research!!!!! :-) thanks for your help!!!! I'm getting my hair cut Saturday, do you think my hair dresser would know any thong about properties?
Originally Posted by Wavy_Girl1116
No need to apologize, everyone has to start out sometime. It's just helpful for all involved if you know the terminology. Your stylist should be able to help you. If they don't seem confident--you can do curlwizard.com, as Marci Pie suggested.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Thank you so much!!!!! I need to read the sticky so I know all the term and appreviations.
I'm sorry, I need to do more research!!!!! :-) thanks for your help!!!! I'm getting my hair cut Saturday, do you think my hair dresser would know any thong about properties?
Originally Posted by Wavy_Girl1116
Unless your stylist is a true curly specialist. She will have no clue! My stylist does the Deva Cut and has really no clue about product ingredients.

I use to use products like a crap shoot, then I learned my hair properties and my bad hair days are far and few between.

3b, Medium-Coarse (slight coarse charactericstics), Normal porosity & Low elasticity per Curl Wizard Profile.
Low-poo: Nourish Shampoo
Co-wash: Suave, Vo5, HE, Aussie Moist
Deep Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm
Leave-in: Nourish Conditioner (Trader Joe's)
Stylers: LA Looks Sports, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil.
Methods: Wet plop or pineapple at night, diffuse in the morning. Scrunch w/joboba, coconut or almond oil.
You never know - your regular stylist might be able to tell you your hair's properties even without being a curly specialist. After I went CG but before I had my hair analysis done, I asked my old stylist (definitely not a curly expert, though willing to work with me to the best of her abilities) about my texture and porosity. She held up a strand, ran her fingertips up and down, and told me that I was between medium and coarse and had pretty normal porosity. A month or so later, I went ahead and did the hair analysis, and it turned out she was right. It doesn't hurt to ask!
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

My stylist knew also. Just ask, what can it hurt

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CG since the book came out!!

Products
-Shampoo: - Edens co-wash
Conditioner: Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks curl renew, CJ Argan oil, Mop Top daily conditioner
Leave-in's: above
DT: GVC
Curl Cream: SMS
Stylers: Curly Kinks Coil Jam, Mop Top
I'm def going to ask!!! If she doesn't know I'm going to get a hair analysis.

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