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melissarose 12-19-2011 10:21 PM

Do I need to use a leave-in?
I've never really used a leave-in conditioner and I'm also wary of not rinsing out all of my conditioner to act as a leave-in. Do I absolutely need a leave-in? Is it essential for the CG method? I'm wondering if this is why my hair gets frizzy easily, not enough moisture?! I'm just worried that I won't do it right and my hair will look greasy!!!! Help please:)

kathymack 12-20-2011 06:38 AM

First thing you need to do is determine your hair properties. Here's a site to help: Live Curly Live Free - Home Struttswife's ebook would be a good investment. There's no information that's not available on's just all in one place.

One you determine your hair properties, look for folks with hair like yours and see what they use (in signature) and do. It's a good place to start.

Depending on where you live, the climate (dewpoints in particular) will help determine what you want to do. I wet, use a rinse out and style every day. When the dewpoint is high, I use a leave in OR curl enhancer with a jelly product. When the dewpoint is lower, I use all three. My hair is fine, low porosity and low density. I use minute amounts of richer products.

It's all about getting the protein/moisture balance right. I do at least one PT per week and use a lot of products with protein. Protein helps define my curls and reduce frizz. Depending on the PT, you will need to follow with a DT. I use moisturizing PTs, so it DTs aren't necessary for me.

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