Enhancing the curls

Hello! I'm learning to enhance my curls for the summer and I'd like some suggestions. During the winter and colder months, I straighten my hair with a hair dryer as straightens really well. Summer I just let it curl because it's just easier. My hair is very thick, I think I'm a 3a. My hair stylist actually gets my hair the best curls (usually a 3b) and she does use shampoo & conditioner. So here's one of my questions, do curly girls just not use a shampoo at all? My hair does curl well when she uses shampoo so I'm hesitant to just kick the shampoo habit. My hair is highlighted to I've been using John Frieda Brilliant Brunette. Is there something better I can use to keep my color but not have harsh sulfates?

She uses a hairdryer and runs her finger through them, when I try it, I don't get the same effect. I'm very interested in trying plopping though. This leads me to believe it's all about the shampoo. I also use well water at my house which makes my water very hard. Most salons I've been to use town water which is probably softer. Does hard water effect the type of shampoo I should use? I've tried shampooing and then using a leave in conditioning cream-Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine but I'm not entirely sure if this is the right method. My hair actually straightens a little as it dries and it becomes wavy which makes me want to make the curls last longer as my hair only really looks good the day I wash it and with thick, curly hair I only wash it 2-3 times a week.

Suggestions please! I don't even know where to start for buying products.
Welcome to NaturallyCurly! We're glad you've joined us. I've moved your post over here to a hair forum; I think you'll get more response here.

It's up to you whether you shampoo or not. Most curlies find their hair is happier when they shampoo infrequently or not at all.

Be sure to check out our no-shampoo area.
Gretchen
NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
3A

You are beautiful!
I have had the best curls of my life by not using sulfate shampoos in the last year.

I highly recommend:
Purchasing the 2nd edition of The Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey. (you can purchase at Amazon)
Reading the sticky forums on how to treat your hair
Naturallycurly.com ( you have already done that!)

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.
Hello! I'm learning to enhance my curls for the summer and I'd like some suggestions. During the winter and colder months, I straighten my hair with a hair dryer as straightens really well. Summer I just let it curl because it's just easier. My hair is very thick, I think I'm a 3a. My hair stylist actually gets my hair the best curls (usually a 3b) and she does use shampoo & conditioner. So here's one of my questions, do curly girls just not use a shampoo at all? My hair does curl well when she uses shampoo so I'm hesitant to just kick the shampoo habit. My hair is highlighted to I've been using John Frieda Brilliant Brunette. Is there something better I can use to keep my color but not have harsh sulfates?

She uses a hairdryer and runs her finger through them, when I try it, I don't get the same effect. I'm very interested in trying plopping though. This leads me to believe it's all about the shampoo. I also use well water at my house which makes my water very hard. Most salons I've been to use town water which is probably softer. Does hard water effect the type of shampoo I should use? I've tried shampooing and then using a leave in conditioning cream-Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine but I'm not entirely sure if this is the right method. My hair actually straightens a little as it dries and it becomes wavy which makes me want to make the curls last longer as my hair only really looks good the day I wash it and with thick, curly hair I only wash it 2-3 times a week.

Suggestions please! I don't even know where to start for buying products.
Originally Posted by GreenPenguin

First, curly(and wavy!!) girls still cleanse their hair but they either use a conditioner (also known as a co-wash) or a no sulfate shampoo (a.k.a. low poo) or a combo of the two. This link will explain and break downt the Curly Girl Method and why things are done the way they are.The College Curly: Laura Lee's All In One Guide to Going CG: Now Revised and Updated!

Second, water can definitely affect the hair and scalp. If you have hard water, you might not be able to co-wash exclusively.

Third, it's good to learn some techniques because most of us can't just wash our hair and get awesome curls and waves. This link will explain the popular ones here on the siteTECHNIQUES LINKS: SuperSoaker,Spritz&Condish,Plopping,Frizz,Clipping IceQueen, etc You might want to look into getting a diffuser which can be helpful in getting curls without damaging the hair. Hope this helps a bit and good luck!!!
2a, fine-med. text, normal porosity (I think)

[FONT=Going back and forth between Herbal Essence Don't Fade On Me shampoo and condish and L'oreal Sulfate Free shampoo

Stylers-
- Not Your Mother's Curl Cream, La Bella Sports Gel, Aussie Sprunch Spray

[/COLOR][/FONT] [I][B]My waves are finally getting stronger thanks to weekly PTs and longer hair in general. Still trying to grow it out though!

mod-CG since December '10

I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

My hair is basically my hobby!!

http://balancedbeauty.blogspot.com/
thanks ladies, I'll definitely be checking out these suggestions. I've been also looking into plopping and I have read to avoid terry cloth towels, so do you style while your hair is soaking wet fresh out of the shower or do you wrap your hair in something first thing out of the shower or just nothing at all?
thanks ladies, I'll definitely be checking out these suggestions. I've been also looking into plopping and I have read to avoid terry cloth towels, so do you style while your hair is soaking wet fresh out of the shower or do you wrap your hair in something first thing out of the shower or just nothing at all?
Originally Posted by GreenPenguin

I use a microfiber towel turban by Aquis that I got on Amazon this past winter. It works great!! I usually plop for no more than 10 minutes to avoid crushing my waves.
2a, fine-med. text, normal porosity (I think)

[FONT=Going back and forth between Herbal Essence Don't Fade On Me shampoo and condish and L'oreal Sulfate Free shampoo

Stylers-
- Not Your Mother's Curl Cream, La Bella Sports Gel, Aussie Sprunch Spray

[/COLOR][/FONT] [I][B]My waves are finally getting stronger thanks to weekly PTs and longer hair in general. Still trying to grow it out though!

mod-CG since December '10

I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

My hair is basically my hobby!!

http://balancedbeauty.blogspot.com/
Try the Yes To Cucumbers brand shampoo and conditioner; the shampoo is much less harsh than almost any others you'll find, and it's mostly organic ingredients so it should be very gentle on your hair. It's also specifically made to be safe for color-treated hair! And the conditioner is divine; very lightweight but moisturizing.

I'd suggest going without shampoo, but if you need it, or you want to use it occasionally, try the Yes To Cucumbers stuff. You can try co-washing; look into that and give it a couple tries to see if it's right for you.
whurly girly (2C/3A).
thick; medium/coarse; low porosity.
hair that is drier than the sahara desert.

LOW-POO: Renpure Organics
CO: L'Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
RO: Renpure Keratin Conditioner. New HG!
LI: L'Oreal EverSleek Humidity-Defying LI Creme
Styling: SM Curl Milk, Argan Oil for sealing, sometimes GFPC Gel, some honey for hold, TIGI Control Freak Serum!!
If you're going to go co-wash exclusively, use a cheap conditioner to do that, and then use the more expensive ones for your rinse-out. Suave and V05 make good, silicone-free conditioners, and they're often less than a dollar a bottle. Right now I'm using the Whole Foods 365 Daily Value Lavender for my co-wash and my hair really likes it. (It's 'cone and paraben-free, and I got it when WF had a 2/$10 liter sale. Yep, it's a liter).

And don't be afraid of lo-pooing, either. There are more and more sulfate-free cleansers coming out on the market right now. It's worth a look!
3b hair, medium porosity, normal-coarse thickness

Lo-poo: Avalon Organics Strengthening Peppermint or Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Co-wash: Whole Foods 365 Daily Value Lavender
RO: Avalon Organics Strengthening Peppermint or Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle (on the days I lo-poo); Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender (on the days when I co-wash)
LI: MOP Leave-In
Sealant: JCOB
Stylers: CJ AFL, CJ CIAB
Finishers: DCSIF
DT/PT: JCWDT, CJCF
thanks ladies, I'll definitely be checking out these suggestions. I've been also looking into plopping and I have read to avoid terry cloth towels, so do you style while your hair is soaking wet fresh out of the shower or do you wrap your hair in something first thing out of the shower or just nothing at all?
Originally Posted by GreenPenguin

I started using flour sack towels last month and they are awesome. You can find 5 for $5 at Walmart or 4 for $4 at Target.

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