Dont know where or how to start

Hello all I am a male and for the past 2 years I sorta just gave up on my curly hair and kept my hair short. The thing is I really do love my curly hair but it always seems "messy",frizzy, or out of place. I just recently started growing my curly hair again but I really have no clue how to really care for my hair. I read about co-washing and other methods but I honestly have no clue where to start? Any help is really appreciated I really dont want to go back to short hair :/

Also heres an image back when I had curly hair
http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/4563/hairq.jpg

Last edited by omgihav3curls; 02-11-2012 at 11:53 AM.
The first thing to do is figure out your hair's qualities- texture, porosity, elasticity. These qualities can make a huge difference ion the types of prodcuts that will work for you. In general, wavy/ curly hair needs to be handled with care. Instead of using a towel to dry your hair, try using a cotton t-shirt or a flour sack towel. You might want to consider the CG method, which is used (either straght or with some modifications) by a lot of people on the forum. Good luck and welcome!

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
Thank you for the quick response Corrina777. I am going to look up these terms right away and I am guessing these are the most important qualties when dealing with ones hair? Also why are you suggesting to dry my hair with a shirt instead of a towel? Do towels damage curly hair?
Towels don't cause damage per se, but because of the rough texture, they do contribute to increased frizz. I was amazed at how much of a difference just that one switch made in my curls.

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
Welcome to the boards if you check out some of the threads at the top of the newbies board, you'll find links to give you more info on things like porosity, elasticity, techniques, etc. When I first joined, I probably spent a good few hours each day searching the boards and learning new things. There's so much useful information.

I also second what Corrina said about drying your hair; you can get flour sack towels in Walmart in the kitchen section for like a dollar each.

I would also consider going CG to see if it helps your hair. That is also explained in the special newbie threads, but just to give you a start, cowashing is when you use conditioner to clean your hair and scalp. I personally use what's called a cleansing conditioner and it works well.
2b, fine texture, normal porosity & elasticity (CG as of 12/2011)

Low-poo: UFD Rich & Funky
Cowash: VO5 Kiwi Lime
RO: Tresemme Naturals, Aubrey Organics GPB, Ion Effective Care, MillCreek Keratin
PT/DT: IAgirl's PT, GVP CB
LI: KCKT, Cure Care, CJ CCCC Lite
Styling: Curl Keeper, As I Am Jelly, UFD Curly Magic, CJ Curl Queen, TIGI Strong Hold Mousse


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^^ day 1 of going CG; avatar = 6 months later
I highly recommend Lorraine Massey's book, Curly Girl, which is the word on CGing, and what people are referring to when they use that term. There's a chapter in there specifically for curly guys, but a lot of the rest of the book also applies, and it comes with a DVD, on which you can see how the techniques are done. It runs about $10, IIRC, and is worth every penny. IMO, it's a lot easier to get the word straight from Lorraine, rather than try to sort through all the variations people have come up with. While you may want to tweak how you CG, it really helps to know the basics properly.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008

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