In the quest of knowing my curls I've discovered...

I thought this was a good thread to start. Most of us had no idea what worked for our hair before joining here (At least I didn't ). What are some of the things that you have learned about your hair? (After having tried a million hair products and countless techniques )

Come on and Share!

I'll start, I've learned...
1) My hair loves coconut oil but my scalp does not...it gives me a rash.
2) My hair LOVES jojoba oil!
3) After Cowashing and Low-pooing for a while...my hair now hates cons. That's why after I tried the wonderful "Wen" everybody raved about my hair felt coated and stripped of moisture and started drying literally in minutes, ugh!
4) The way to keep my curls with me all day (as opposed to them leaving me mid-day) is by applying gel...which I hated before I started CG and by Pixie-difussing. Silly me thinking that curls would just magically show up out of nowhere!

So, What have you ladies learned?
Hair: 3a, normal porosity and elasticity
My hair loves: Vatika and Bhringraj oils, adores henna.
My HGs: Bobeam's shampoo bars, CJAO, CJRM, Original Moxie's Hair Bling, Terressentials,

Let's hear it for beautiful curls!!!
I've learned LOTS of things about my hair (and scalp!) since coming here! I've learned that...

-My scalp is sensitive to fragrance and lots of or harsh cleansing agents (thanks IAgirl! ).
-My hair/scalp aren't too crazy about CO-washing -- a very mild and gentle fragrance-free low poo is way better.
-Some kind of weekly sugar scrub is a must!
-My scalp is crazy about AVG and Apricot Kernel oil.
-There is no such thing as too much conditioner (or moisture!) for my hair! I have to add more in every day that I don't wash, or else I'm crazy dry.
-My hair isn't the same without a good plop.
-The only real way to diffuse without all the frizz and poof is to pixie diffuse!
-SSM just isn't for me.
-Layering is awesome in winter, but a simple, one-gel-does-it-all routine is better in summer.
-Adding cornstarch to my FSG makes a world of difference.
-Brushing my hair when it's dry is a huge no-no that made a world of difference.
-Protein and my hair don't have a very good relationship -- it works best when it's avoided!

....And so much more!
Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!

Last edited by wavynwild16; 06-23-2011 at 08:21 AM.
Oh that's right Wavynwild...I forgot about my sugar scrub. Has made a world of difference in my sensitive scalp
Hair: 3a, normal porosity and elasticity
My hair loves: Vatika and Bhringraj oils, adores henna.
My HGs: Bobeam's shampoo bars, CJAO, CJRM, Original Moxie's Hair Bling, Terressentials,

Let's hear it for beautiful curls!!!
I have learned alotttt about my hair (3c) since discovering this site
- my hair LOVES 2-strand twists and bantu knots..TOGETHER..(hair is sooo beautiful and soft after leaving those in for a night)
-my hair loves tons and tons of conditioner
-my hair doesn't really need gel/hairspray/mousse to look gorgeous
-theres no such thing as 3rd day hair for me..but i'm okay with that.
-bobby pins have become my sudden best friend when it comes to styling
-a mixture of water and a little conditioner can really be a huge pick me up for my curls
-my hair hates anything heat related..a little heat and POOF.
-i've learned to love my curls no matter what they put me through
in the pursuit of hair happiness
3B/3C

Weekly Shampoo:: CHI (Sulfate & Paraben Free one)
Leave In:: Kinky Curly Knot Today
Random Styling ::: KCCC / Coconut Oil / LA Looks Sport, Denman, Diffuser (LSLH) & Lots and lots of MetaGrip bobby's!
Beautimusprime, you are lucky that you are able to style your hair without the aid of gels and mousse.

C'mon ladies, let's keep them coming!
Hair: 3a, normal porosity and elasticity
My hair loves: Vatika and Bhringraj oils, adores henna.
My HGs: Bobeam's shampoo bars, CJAO, CJRM, Original Moxie's Hair Bling, Terressentials,

Let's hear it for beautiful curls!!!
I know, gotta love those sugar scrubs, right? They are so awesome -- makes my scalp feel like a million bucks! They're also awesome for any flakes, and my scalp feels so clean and refreshed afterward. AAAHHH!
Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!
- I love glycerin year round.
- Weekly protein and moisture treatments are wonderful.
- Spritzing with water and scrunching in a little conditioner can give 2nd and 3rd day hair.
- Satin pillowcases gentle to sleep on.
- I can never comb dry hair.
- A daily dose of chocolate is great medicine. Oops! I discovered that long before I discovered my curls!
3B, fine, normal to low porosity
Modified CG since June 2010
HGs: FSG, anything with glycerin, Tresemme Naturals conditioner, Curls Like Us cloths, satin pillowcases.
I'll play. I've been working at this a long time, so I've got a long list.

I've learned:

- Co-washing alone is not for me. Made my seb derm flare up. Lo-poo with gentle surfactants keeps my scalp and hair happy.
- My hair loves moisture.
- I must remoisturize between lo-poos.
- The best curl reviver spray (so far) is the one I make myself.
- My hair loves moisture.
- I must section my hair to make sure I get product through all of it.I have too much hair not to.
- My hair loves honey, jojoba oil, and all coconut derivates. It likes protein and shea butter, and hates EVOO.
- Too much glycerin strips large-molecule hair color (thanks, RCC!).
- Clumping isn't for me.
- My hair goal is tighter curls.
- I am a PJ.
- Good Hair Days hairpins are awesome.
- Did I mention that my hair loves moisture?
- Coconut oil is the bomb.com!!

ETA: Forgot three important ones:
- It's okay to break the oath I took in the mid-90s NEVER to wear another scrunchie (as long as no one but the husbeast sees me).
- Satin sleep bonnets prevent frizz and preserve my curl. It's worth looking like Gladys Kravitz (nosy neighbor on "Bewitched" - I grew up on the re-runs).
- My husbeast is a very patient, understanding man.

That is all.
3b/3a, medium porosity, slightly coarse, high elasticity, high density. CG 2004; mod CG since 2006. CG again since 4/1/11.

Lowpoo:
Gudonya Salty Dawg (etsy), SM Moisture Retention
CO: Gudonya Intense (etsy), SM Restorative, Tresemme Naturals
LI: Gudonya IHC, SMCH Milk, Tresemme Nat, Biotera LI
Stylers (current rotation): AVG/H20 spray, Eco Styler, EVCO, SMCH smoothie and mist, La Bella LoC, ORS Lock & Twist.
Homemade DTs, PTs and Pre-Poos
Love flour sack towels.
Coconut oil = magic!

Last edited by bluesheep; 06-23-2011 at 02:51 PM.
The good:
  • Cowashing frequently is my friend.
  • Lots of Protein is great.
  • Water is good, but not great.
  • My hair likes oils (grapeseed in particular is excellent, amla oil is pretty good too).
  • Amla is heavenly.
  • CG all the way. My hair is super healthy now that I've cut out the cones.
  • Occasional rollersets are nice, but not required.
  • Silk or satin scarves.. yes please.
The bad:
  • Drying alcohols
  • Silicones
  • Too much stretching kills the curl.
  • Hair dye (but I'm still gonna dye it soon..wish me luck).
  • Henna
  • Baking soda.. burns my scalp.

The ugly:
  • GEL of any kind
"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
"...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)
Bluesheep, that's awesome that your SO is understanding. Most men are not.

Bekkapoo, what is Amla oil? I've been trying out different oils myself. My new discovery: castor oil! Been only using it on my scalp as pre-poo.
Hair: 3a, normal porosity and elasticity
My hair loves: Vatika and Bhringraj oils, adores henna.
My HGs: Bobeam's shampoo bars, CJAO, CJRM, Original Moxie's Hair Bling, Terressentials,

Let's hear it for beautiful curls!!!
I'll play. I've been working at this a long time, so I've got a long list.

I've learned:

- Co-washing alone is not for me. Made my seb derm flare up. Lo-poo with gentle surfactants keeps my scalp and hair happy.
- My hair loves moisture.
- I must remoisturize between lo-poos.
- The best curl reviver spray (so far) is the one I make myself.
- My hair loves moisture.
- I must section my hair to make sure I get product through all of it.I have too much hair not to.
- My hair loves honey, jojoba oil, and all coconut derivates. It likes protein and shea butter, and hates EVOO.
- Too much glycerin strips large-molecule hair color (thanks, RCC!).
- Clumping isn't for me.
- My hair goal is tighter curls.
- I am a PJ.
- Good Hair Days hairpins are awesome.
- Did I mention that my hair loves moisture?
- Coconut oil is the bomb.com!!

ETA: Forgot three important ones:
- It's okay to break the oath I took in the mid-90s NEVER to wear another scrunchie (as long as no one but the husbeast sees me).
- Satin sleep bonnets prevent frizz and preserve my curl. It's worth looking like Gladys Kravitz (nosy neighbor on "Bewitched" - I grew up on the re-runs).
- My husbeast is a very patient, understanding man.

That is all.
Originally Posted by bluesheep
May I ask about the refresher spray? What does it consist of? I'm sorry to guano...
I'll play. I've been working at this a long time, so I've got a long list.

I've learned:

- Co-washing alone is not for me. Made my seb derm flare up. Lo-poo with gentle surfactants keeps my scalp and hair happy.
- My hair loves moisture.
- I must remoisturize between lo-poos.
- The best curl reviver spray (so far) is the one I make myself.
- My hair loves moisture.
- I must section my hair to make sure I get product through all of it.I have too much hair not to.
- My hair loves honey, jojoba oil, and all coconut derivates. It likes protein and shea butter, and hates EVOO.
- Too much glycerin strips large-molecule hair color (thanks, RCC!).
- Clumping isn't for me.
- My hair goal is tighter curls.
- I am a PJ.
- Good Hair Days hairpins are awesome.
- Did I mention that my hair loves moisture?
- Coconut oil is the bomb.com!!

ETA: Forgot three important ones:
- It's okay to break the oath I took in the mid-90s NEVER to wear another scrunchie (as long as no one but the husbeast sees me).
- Satin sleep bonnets prevent frizz and preserve my curl. It's worth looking like Gladys Kravitz (nosy neighbor on "Bewitched" - I grew up on the re-runs).
- My husbeast is a very patient, understanding man.

That is all.
Originally Posted by bluesheep
May I ask about the refresher spray? What does it consist of? I'm sorry to guano...
Originally Posted by rj16
I don't measure, but here's an approximation: I take an 8 oz. spray bottle and mix AVG and distilled H2O in a ratio of approximately 30/70, add a few drops of oil (sweet almond or jojoba work well), a little honey or agave, and a few drops of EO. Shake it like mad, and there you have it.
3b/3a, medium porosity, slightly coarse, high elasticity, high density. CG 2004; mod CG since 2006. CG again since 4/1/11.

Lowpoo:
Gudonya Salty Dawg (etsy), SM Moisture Retention
CO: Gudonya Intense (etsy), SM Restorative, Tresemme Naturals
LI: Gudonya IHC, SMCH Milk, Tresemme Nat, Biotera LI
Stylers (current rotation): AVG/H20 spray, Eco Styler, EVCO, SMCH smoothie and mist, La Bella LoC, ORS Lock & Twist.
Homemade DTs, PTs and Pre-Poos
Love flour sack towels.
Coconut oil = magic!
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 15,530
"Husbeast." I like it!
---------
I've learned that waves, and not curls all over, are okay too.
... how dry my hair really is. I co wash, apply a quarter size blob of a rich conditioner, leave this in and then apply CCCC mixed with BRHG. Simple and works every time.
3a. iii medium porosity.
JC, FSG, Matrix Biolage hydratherapie,
Giovanni 5050, KCCC

All CJ products
Oh, so much.

- Cowashing is my friend.
- Plopping = NO.
- Applying too much gel to the top of my hair is guaranteeing four hours of wethead.
- Squeeze out most of the water before applying any product/scrunching. Nearly dry is actually prime styling time for me.
- Adding a tiny bit of gel after SOTC-ing guarantees all-day hold. It's like glorified hairspray.
- There is no such thing as too much conditioner.

And I'm sure there'll be more where that came from.
Angrylobster, I've never thought of applying gel after SOTC. I always think that it would kind of "re-wet" my hair again....interesting.
Hair: 3a, normal porosity and elasticity
My hair loves: Vatika and Bhringraj oils, adores henna.
My HGs: Bobeam's shampoo bars, CJAO, CJRM, Original Moxie's Hair Bling, Terressentials,

Let's hear it for beautiful curls!!!
Bekkapoo, what is Amla oil? I've been trying out different oils myself. My new discovery: castor oil! Been only using it on my scalp as pre-poo.
Originally Posted by Rusycurly
I have the Dabur Amla Gold oil and it has mineral oil in it (boo, there are others using sesame oil as a base but I didn't know that when I bought it). However, it's a very moisturizing oil for me. I added it to a bottle of conditioner that I had and it is super slippy now and even good enough for a deep conditioner. You can use the oil alone as a sealer too.
"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
"...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)
I'll play. I've been working at this a long time, so I've got a long list.

I've learned:

- Co-washing alone is not for me. Made my seb derm flare up. Lo-poo with gentle surfactants keeps my scalp and hair happy.
- My hair loves moisture.
- I must remoisturize between lo-poos.
- The best curl reviver spray (so far) is the one I make myself.
- My hair loves moisture.
- I must section my hair to make sure I get product through all of it.I have too much hair not to.
- My hair loves honey, jojoba oil, and all coconut derivates. It likes protein and shea butter, and hates EVOO.
- Too much glycerin strips large-molecule hair color (thanks, RCC!).
- Clumping isn't for me.
- My hair goal is tighter curls.
- I am a PJ.
- Good Hair Days hairpins are awesome.
- Did I mention that my hair loves moisture?
- Coconut oil is the bomb.com!!

ETA: Forgot three important ones:
- It's okay to break the oath I took in the mid-90s NEVER to wear another scrunchie (as long as no one but the husbeast sees me).
- Satin sleep bonnets prevent frizz and preserve my curl. It's worth looking like Gladys Kravitz (nosy neighbor on "Bewitched" - I grew up on the re-runs).
- My husbeast is a very patient, understanding man.

That is all.
Originally Posted by bluesheep
May I ask about the refresher spray? What does it consist of? I'm sorry to guano...
Originally Posted by rj16
I don't measure, but here's an approximation: I take an 8 oz. spray bottle and mix AVG and distilled H2O in a ratio of approximately 30/70, add a few drops of oil (sweet almond or jojoba work well), a little honey or agave, and a few drops of EO. Shake it like mad, and there you have it.
Originally Posted by bluesheep
Thanks!
Bekkapoo, what is Amla oil? I've been trying out different oils myself. My new discovery: castor oil! Been only using it on my scalp as pre-poo.
Originally Posted by Rusycurly
I have the Dabur Amla Gold oil and it has mineral oil in it (boo, there are others using sesame oil as a base but I didn't know that when I bought it). However, it's a very moisturizing oil for me. I added it to a bottle of conditioner that I had and it is super slippy now and even good enough for a deep conditioner. You can use the oil alone as a sealer too.
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
I like the idea of using oils in the conditioner but I avoid mineral oil like I avoid the plague. Glad it works for you though
Hair: 3a, normal porosity and elasticity
My hair loves: Vatika and Bhringraj oils, adores henna.
My HGs: Bobeam's shampoo bars, CJAO, CJRM, Original Moxie's Hair Bling, Terressentials,

Let's hear it for beautiful curls!!!
I like the idea of using oils in the conditioner but I avoid mineral oil like I avoid the plague. Glad it works for you though
Originally Posted by Rusycurly
I generally avoid mineral oil too, but I have used this and another product (Silk Elements Luxury Moisturizing Conditioner) which also had mineral oil in it, and I had good results with them. I guess mineral oil is generally "bad", but I go with the "whatever works" school of thought.
"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
"...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)

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