Started Today! Today's thoughts, and a couple questions.

I asked my few more questions yesterday and started today.

I used in order, all in the shower with my head upside down (just b/c I feel it works better for me):

Suave Shampoo to do my last clarify- I did it twice because I wanted to make sure I really got everywhere.

V05 Kiwi Lime for the Co Wash

Garnier Triple Nutrition for the Rinse Out.

Tried just a bit of Deva Curl One condition for the leave in but it almost retangled my hair, so I added just a drop of the Garnier back in.

Then I used a little bit of HE Totally Twisted Gel, thought I didn't use nearly enough and used a bit more.

I felt like my hair was still feeling kinda tangled (it wasn't as tangled during the co wash) so I added some of my HG mousse which I was really happy to find out was CG friendly b/c I love how well it helps me detangle my hair and it worked! It's Condition 3-in-1 max hold in case anyone is interested. Found out about it when I saw a girl at marshalls w/ gorg hair and asked her what she used. Been converted since, more than a year now I think.

Then I plopped my hair w/ a t shirt (I've been doing this for a lot of years now as well as using a sulfate free shampoo most of the time)

Then I got a phone call so my hair stayed plopped way longer than I intended.

Once I got off the phone about an hour later, I took my hair down, still wet wet but not dripping and diffused it. I use an old school pancake diffuser and have for a long long long time, lol- like 20 years. I love it way more than the finger kind of diffusers.

So. My hair was very shiny but I did finger it apart too much because I didn't want to over clump, lol. I will do that less next time for sure.

It felt a bit too soft though, like it wasn't going to stay frizz free or hold. So, since it was almost dry, I looked up CG hairsprays and luckily, I already had one! Garnier (sp? oh well) Anti Humidity. So I used that all over it and diffused a bit more.

It is SO shiny and nice even after just one day! I know that I need my ends trimmed b/c they didn't really spiral like they do once I have it trimmed and I will do that in the next few days. I really hope that it continues to get curlier again, it hasn't been super curly in a long while.

My questions:

Should I go ahead and try a harder hold gel? I picked up the LALSG tonight w/ that intention.

If I finger comb less, do you think it will still get curlier? I know this is just a wait and see kind of thing but I was just wondering about thoughts on that part.

Thanks!
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cleanse:Organix Vanilla Silk, Use Me Cleansing Cream
rinse out/li:Ion Effective Care, Tresseme Naturals Radiant Volume (both with NPF added)
stylers:Curl Keeper, UFD Curly Magic, & Alba Botanicals Strong Hold Gel
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Originally Posted by gjj
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Sure, go ahead and try a harder hold gel. Use a little water to help emulsify it if needed, and with LALSG, you'll definitely need to SOTC when dry. If you need more than just fingers to detangle your hair in the shower, you can use a wide tooth comb while it's well coated with conditioner. You can even do a secondary detangle after you apply leave in. Detangling post shower may well give you less clumps, but if you're concerned about over clumping, decreased clumps may not be an issue you're bothered by.

Btw, if you're used to fighting dry /frizzy hair, properly moisturized can feel too soft in comparison. Mine wasn't damaged when I started CG, and I was still surprised by the softness and shine I got on Day 1.

Finger combing and applying products by raking tends to produce less clumping, and can result in more wave, less curl. That said, raking through is my preferred method for product application, cause I get better distribution that way. You might try scrunching your hair after applying your products to help reactivate the curl, or try one of several methods people use to promote clumping /curling: Super Soaker, SMasters' Consistently Awesome Hair, Scrunch 'n Pump, Ice Queen, or Spritz and Condish. Links to all are in this thread. You may need to try more than one to find which works for you, or find your own preference.

If you get excessive clumps after your hair dries, try a little pomade, or a butter or pudding product and carefully finger comb or gently separate some clumps. You can also try to carefully separate some of the clumps while wet. The more you handle it while it dries though, the more frizzy it tends to get.
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2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

Summer Products /Routine:
Clarifying: ACV rinses, Suave Professional Men Deep Clean Peppermint
Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
Co-washes: VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze or Strawberries & Cream
RO: VO5 KLS or S&C, Cure Care
LI (if needed): VO5 S&C, VO5 SC, Cure Care
Stylers: FSG, AIF,
Tresemme Flawless Curls Bouncy Curls gel
PT: IAGirl's (link) as needed


What hair type am I? And what products should I use to moisturize detangle and style? Detangling has been really hard on my own. I've been transitioning for almost 4 months...
Sure, go ahead and try a harder hold gel. Use a little water to help emulsify it if needed, and with LALSG, you'll definitely need to SOTC when dry. If you need more than just fingers to detangle your hair in the shower, you can use a wide tooth comb while it's well coated with conditioner. You can even do a secondary detangle after you apply leave in. Detangling post shower may well give you less clumps, but if you're concerned about over clumping, decreased clumps may not be an issue you're bothered by.

Btw, if you're used to fighting dry /frizzy hair, properly moisturized can feel too soft in comparison. Mine wasn't damaged when I started CG, and I was still surprised by the softness and shine I got on Day 1.

Finger combing and applying products by raking tends to produce less clumping, and can result in more wave, less curl. That said, raking through is my preferred method for product application, cause I get better distribution that way. You might try scrunching your hair after applying your products to help reactivate the curl, or try one of several methods people use to promote clumping /curling: Super Soaker, SMasters' Consistently Awesome Hair, Scrunch 'n Pump, Ice Queen, or Spritz and Condish. Links to all are in this thread. You may need to try more than one to find which works for you, or find your own preference.

If you get excessive clumps after your hair dries, try a little pomade, or a butter or pudding product and carefully finger comb or gently separate some clumps. You can also try to carefully separate some of the clumps while wet. The more you handle it while it dries though, the more frizzy it tends to get.
Originally Posted by Geek_Chic
Thank you.

I realized that I was overly worried about the clumping thing and will def not over finger comb next time but I do like to rake my products in as well. I did the super soaker method today but combed a lot even after. I will rake in the shower and scrunch a lot not worrying about the clumping and see what happens!

I also realized that I am def much much more 3b than 3a. There is very little, if any 3a about my hair, I think all the build up and the way I was doing my hair caused me to forget that for a minute, lol!

My hair is actually super healthy apart from needing a slight trim, though I got one not long ago ( but a straight style cut to just trim split ends. :/ ). Once I trim, I can totally see spirals all the way to the tips happening again. When I colored my hair, it wasn't often, I haven't since July (the color I went to faded into my natural color) and I used a level 10 developer which only deposits color and is the lowest developer available. So I can see why you were surprised, I was too!

I do have 2 sisters whose hair make my hair look straight in comparison (totally joking but I'm sure you know what I mean!). Their curls are total spirals the size of my pinkie or smaller consistently all over. I plan on doing the hard work by learning everything and converting them!

I've looked into that thread but there is a lot of info there so I haven't made it all the way through it yet. I planned on continuing to read through it until I finished!

I will try the LA Looks and let you know how it goes. I def won't over comb it with that b/c I think if I do, SOTC won't be very effective and I could end up w/ a wet look which is the main thing I want to avoid.

I also started my daughter on CG tonight. She'll be 13 next month. She's a 2c/3a and it turned out so gorgeous. I should've taken a pic but forgot. We did not rake extra on her hair and it looked great. She was complaining about the amount of time it took to diffuse. It seems the hair takes longer to dry when it's properly moisturized and I told her that if we plopped longer, it would dry faster and that she would not complain anymore when she flipped her head over and saw the end result! I was right!

I've always been able to make my curls look good when I go through the steps, I think that CG is just going to make them look better! Yay!


What hair type am I? And what products should I use to moisturize detangle and style? Detangling has been really hard on my own. I've been transitioning for almost 4 months...
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