VERY new! 2nd day - 2a or b??

I love this website - makes me wanna embrace what the good Lord gave me. At least, wave wise.

I know it seems like every newbie asks this but I'm not sure I typed my hair correctly. I thought 2a but now I wonder.

I have a Ouidad trial kit and have messed with that the past 2 days but have yet to find a great combo. My avatar is today's hair and I rinsed with balancing conditioner, followed with botanical boost, volume foam at the roots and climate control gel everywhere else. I then did the pixie drying diffuser method. I just don't feel like the waves are holding well. I also tried 'plopping' yesterday with only the botanical boost and volume foam - worse than today.

Any hints are welcome and thanks in advance!!!
I love this website - makes me wanna embrace what the good Lord gave me. At least, wave wise.

I know it seems like every newbie asks this but I'm not sure I typed my hair correctly. I thought 2a but now I wonder.

I have a Ouidad trial kit and have messed with that the past 2 days but have yet to find a great combo. My avatar is today's hair and I rinsed with balancing conditioner, followed with botanical boost, volume foam at the roots and climate control gel everywhere else. I then did the pixie drying diffuser method. I just don't feel like the waves are holding well. I also tried 'plopping' yesterday with only the botanical boost and volume foam - worse than today.

Any hints are welcome and thanks in advance!!!
Originally Posted by wavyhooliemama
There are a variety of factors that could be the reason your waves aren't working quite right; here are the ones I'm thinking:
1. Some people have a period of transition where their hair gets worse before it gets better; unfortunately that may be what's happening
2. What are your hair properties? Finding out your texture, elasticity, and porosity is much more important than hair type when it comes to determining what products will work for you
3. I know it's difficult, but the best way to figure out what works and what doesn't is to keep the same routine, except change one thing. Or even if you only change two, it gives you a much better idea of what does and doesn't work for your hair
4. If you are finding your waves don't stay, you may need to use a hard hold gel and once it dries, scrunch out the crunch. The gel cast that forms when the gel dries in your hair makes it so that your waves will stay much longer.
5. If your waves aren't very strong, you may benefit from a protein treatment (depending on your hair properties). It can help to perk up waves; my fine hair likes a protein treatment about once every one to two weeks, followed by a deep treatment
6. Not all products and techniques work for everyone. A big tip is once you find out your hair properties, look at what people with similar hair properties use (both products and techniques). It should give you a good starting point.

Hope all this information helps
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

Last edited by kimmidawn; 02-11-2012 at 07:29 PM.
In addition to what Kimmidawn mentioned, you may also want to consider the dewpoint /humidity where you are. If it's winter where you are, or you live in a desert climate, the dry air generally makes for less curl /wave in hair. You can check your dewpoint in the Frizz Forecast right here on nc.com (left side of the main page). It even gives product recommendations to help you deal with the current dewpoint.

Basically, dewpoints around the 40 - 60 range is "optimal". You don't need to do much to promote curls /waves, and shouldn't have tons of frizz from too much moisture in the air. Below 40 you'll get less curl /wave and possibly increased frizz because of the decreased moisture in the air, and will want to increase your moisture and/or decrease humectants in the products you use. Above 60, and you're likely to get increased frizz due to the overabundance of moisture in the air oversaturating your hair.

That's sort of a simplified explanation. You can read more here and see pics illustrating how dewpoints affect curl formation here. Also, here's some advice on winter /summer products.
CG since 11/2011
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
Thanks, ladies!

I never realized how "complicated" this curl business is!!

Kimmiedawn; Crunchy Gel: Any particular one you like? I do color my hair so I tend to lean towards products that protect that investment. I said I was embracing the wavies, but not ready to embrace the greys. BTW: BEAUTIFUL HAIR!

Geek Chic; Dew Point: I live in the Seattle area - so lucky me I fall in that hit or miss range. 37 degrees. So it's back to trial and error. Thanks for the info!
Thanks for the compliment if you really want a hard hold gel, try Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee (BRHG). It's one of my holy grail products (that's what people mean if they say a product is HG; it took me forever to find out what it meant); it's a little expensive at something like $11, but the bottle lasts a long time since you don't use that much. I tend to layer it over a medium hold gel or curl cream. I have found that AG Re:Coil + BRHG or Kinky Curly Curling Custard (KCCC) + BRHG are two combinations that work really well for me. AG Re:Coil you can find online or in Ulta if you have one of those near you; KCCC is in Target.

I also color my hair and I've found one of the biggest keys to having less fading is simply not shampooing/cowashing that often, which tends to work well with the Curly Girl method. Hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions.
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


http://public.fotki.com/kdawn12/


^^ day 1 of going CG; avatar = 6 months later

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