I have 2c, coarse thick hair. High porosity and low elasticity. I've lurked here mostly over the last year or so but I'm back because I'm tired of my hair.
I'm confused because I don't know where to start. Is there a suggested list of products based on hair type? Or can someone tell me what they do?
My roots are flat, but the bottom of my hair is poofy. When it dries it is frizzy...looks decent when wet. I want to start a lo poo or a no poo plan, but just don't really know where to begin. Suggest something to me. I am pretty sure my hair hates protein. Anyways, I'm rambling. TIA!
My hair's properties are very different from yours, but my guess is that no-poo/low-poo would probably work well with coarse hair. You are probably right about protein- coarse hair generally does not like protein, but protein is beneficial for high porosity hair, so you might want to consider trying a bit of protein followed by lots of moisture (even with my fine hair texture I always follow protein with moisture).
When you decide to try CG, make sure that you do a final wash with a sulfate shampoo. Make sure the shampoo is cone-free. A couple of products that you might want to look at (I'm not listing anything that I know to be protein heavy, but unless the word "protein" is actually in the ingredients list I might have missed something)
I would try Tresemme Naturals. There are a lot of people who use Suave Naturals, but I heard that Suave has more protein
Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition is absolutely amazing- great moisture and great slip.
I use my RO as a leave-in (I scrunch a bit back into my hair after I've finished rinsing)
I'm very unsure of which gels have more protein than others, so I'll just list some drugstore brands that I know are popular here:
LA Looks (I think all are CG, Sports Gel is very popular, but I also like Nutra Curl)
Herbal Essences (Totally Twisted or Set Me Up)
Garnier Fructis Pure Clean
I would also recommend doing a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week to get some moisture back into your hair.
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
Thanks so much for responding! I just bought the Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Shampoo yesterday. I am going to pick up some of the GF Triple Nutrition since I've heard about it everywhere. Pretty sure I have the Herbal Essence Totally Twisted. May give it a go tonight or tomorrow. Thanks so much!