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Old 02-04-2012, 12:25 PM   #1
 
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Default The two most helpful things...

...you've learned from NC.com.

I was just thinking about all of the helpful information that I've learned here at NC.com. Obviously, there are more that two things, but I thought it might be fun to limit it to two. Mine are...

1. I can leave-in regular conditioner (for me it's GVP conditioning balm)
2. How to scrunch out the crunch. I always used gel, but my hair was always wet looking and hard.

What are yours?
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:31 PM   #2
 
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For me it is...
1. Plopping (the one thing that has done more to enhance my curls than any other)
2. Technique-it is as important as product
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Co-Kra gel is my own concoction of okra boiled in coconut milk. It is a cross between FSG and KCCC and leaves my hair very soft and shiny
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:53 PM   #3
 
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1- the ingredients on a label go from the most to least. These helped me ween out products that may be "enriched with 100%" of something, and it be the last thing on the ingredients list.

2- hair properties, particularly low porosity hair care methods.
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Old 02-04-2012, 01:36 PM   #4
 
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1. Technique- used Deva Curl products exclusively for two years before I ever heard of CG or NC.com. Was still towel drying my hair and adding a non DC silicone-filled hair serum. My hair looked so bad I wore it pulled back for about 6 months straight.
2. How to read ingredients and be aware of what I'm putting in my hair.

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Old 02-04-2012, 03:01 PM   #5
 
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hard to put it down to just two things, but i guess one would have to be:
1) moisture moisture n more moisture!!
2) learning to read the ingredients list.
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:29 PM   #6
 
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1. How important of a role your hair properties make in deciding which products will work for you
2. Learning about dew points and which ingredients to avoid during certain ones

CurlyFireHorse, I definitely agree with what you said about technique!
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:25 PM   #7
 
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Definitely scrunch out the crunch and the scrunch-n-pump method.
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Old 02-04-2012, 05:38 PM   #8
 
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Using conditioner to wash instead of shampoo and the oil cleanse method (from the make-up and skincare section on here).
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:36 PM   #9
 
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1) learning my hair properties
2) realizing that other curlies have coarse hair
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:34 PM   #10
 
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1. the importance of moisture
2. how important it is to know the ingredients in your products
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:06 AM   #11
 
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1. I can leave in regular conditioner
2. Discovering my hair properties
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Poos: NG Hemp Shampoo.
Condish: Alba Botanica Gardenia Hydrating Condish. Mill Creek Keratin. Aussie Moist.
Leave in: Alba Botanica Leave In. Tresemme Naturals. Cantu.
Seal: Whipped Shea Butter Mix.
Styling: GF Pure Clean. EcoStyler Protein.
Hair loves: Finger combing. Protein.
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Old 02-05-2012, 11:06 AM   #12
 
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Oh gosh, only two things...I guess I would have to say:
1. Scrunch out the crunch
2. Learning your hair properties can make a world of difference

But there's so many other things...this website has been so incredibly helpful.
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Old 02-05-2012, 12:12 PM   #13
 
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1. plopping

2. pineapple

life-savers!
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:06 PM   #14
 
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1. The Before and After Thread. I used to think I just had ugly hair and all I could do was try to hide it. Seeing other people with hair just like mine transformed into beautiful curls blew me away.
2. Recognizing that most of the products that claim to be good for curly hair really aren't. Understanding ingredients and being able to figure out what works for my hair.
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:20 PM   #15
 
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1. Don't touch hair while it's drying
2. Regular protein treatments are a must
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:47 PM   #16
 
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Default My 2 most important lessons are

1. Don't use silicones!

2. Do use protein!

Good idea! I was thinking about the same thing!
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Old 02-06-2012, 04:05 AM   #17
 
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1. The CG method - a revelation to my curls.
2. Scrunching out the crunch.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:41 AM   #18
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So many things!! But if I have to pick two....
1. Learning ingredients and what to avoid
2. My hair needs protein (never even heard of a protein treatment before this and it works wonders!!)
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:58 AM   #19
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by marieantoinette View Post
Definitely scrunch out the crunch and the scrunch-n-pump method.
What is scrunch and pump?


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Old 02-06-2012, 09:03 AM   #20
 
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1.Always think my hairs need moisture but never think in protein treatment. Big change!!
2. Scrunch out the crunch.

and a lot of more!!!
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Styling: Fsg /coconut oil/ L A Sport gel.
DT: GPV Conditioning Balm.
Pt: GVP K-pak, Ion Effective Care.
Oil:Coconut, almont, rosmery, castor oil.

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