Welcome back, curls! I've missed you!

So lately my curls had been less than spectacular. They were droopy - sometimes just very loose waves. I didn't feel overly dry/proteined. I didn't feel mooshy and over-conditioned. I had just recently clarified. They felt a little dry, so I did a DT. But still... ugh. I know I am in need of a cut, but it shouldn't be affecting me THAT much.

So what was up?

Well, I still don't know. LOL! But today I clarified again, did a gelatin PT that I added 2 other protein conditioners to, as well as a little CNPF. (I don't mess around when it comes to my proteins! HA!)

I followed up with some GFTN and SM Masque, and then my usual RO - GVP CB, which I only rinsed half-way out.

Then my usual LI, followed by a fresh batch of FSG with some new additives.

VOILA! My curls are back! Not sure what did it, really, but the FSG (which I'd been out of for a while) clumped and enhanced my curls beautifully, and now I'm almost fully air-dried, and will SOTC.

Of course they still have to survive the night - lol! But At least I know they still exist! I was starting to wonder...

So I guess the next time my hair is "acting up", I'll just do everything possible! HAHA! Clarify, super PT, and DT it up! And be sure I have my FSG handy! (This new recipe ROCKS!!)
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
That's awesome you got your curls back!!!! Maybe the weather is being a jerk to you...winter can be rough!!
2a, fine-med. text, normal porosity (I think)

[FONT=Going back and forth between Herbal Essence Don't Fade On Me shampoo and condish and L'oreal Sulfate Free shampoo

Stylers-
- Not Your Mother's Curl Cream, La Bella Sports Gel, Aussie Sprunch Spray

[/COLOR][/FONT] [I][B]My waves are finally getting stronger thanks to weekly PTs and longer hair in general. Still trying to grow it out though!

mod-CG since December '10

I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

My hair is basically my hobby!!

http://balancedbeauty.blogspot.com/
Yeah, but we've had a very mild winter this year. In fact, the past week or so we had temps in the 60's, and thunderstorms. (And tornados, sadly. )

But I'm sure the cold hasn't helped throughout this season.

My hair just felt... yuck. Like in when I first wet it in the shower it almost didn't feel wet. That's the only way I can describe it. It felt rough and just off. But now it's great!

I think I may have had some oil build up or something.

I also work in a place where the heater is very dry, and it VERY staticy. Like your hair stands on end by the end of the day. I'm sure that doesn't help!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Yeah, but we've had a very mild winter this year. In fact, the past week or so we had temps in the 60's, and thunderstorms. (And tornados, sadly. )

But I'm sure the cold hasn't helped throughout this season.

My hair just felt... yuck. Like in when I first wet it in the shower it almost didn't feel wet. That's the only way I can describe it. It felt rough and just off. But now it's great!

I think I may have had some oil build up or something.

I also work in a place where the heater is very dry, and it VERY staticy. Like your hair stands on end by the end of the day. I'm sure that doesn't help!
Originally Posted by Jas76
I live in North Carolina and for the most part, it's been crazy mild here too. Yay for figuring out what to do for your curls!!!
2a, fine-med. text, normal porosity (I think)

[FONT=Going back and forth between Herbal Essence Don't Fade On Me shampoo and condish and L'oreal Sulfate Free shampoo

Stylers-
- Not Your Mother's Curl Cream, La Bella Sports Gel, Aussie Sprunch Spray

[/COLOR][/FONT] [I][B]My waves are finally getting stronger thanks to weekly PTs and longer hair in general. Still trying to grow it out though!

mod-CG since December '10

I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

My hair is basically my hobby!!

http://balancedbeauty.blogspot.com/
What a great feeling! Good for you!
Gretchen
NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
3A

You are beautiful!
Let's just hope it's not a one time fluke! Lol!!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Yay! Here's to happy hair days!
UK Curly
Curl type : Boticelli, 3a, loose curls
Porosity : High
Texture : Fine/medium (I think!)
Co-wash/rinse out/leave in : L'oreal Full Restore 5, GFR&S, Schwarzkopf Bio Pomegranite
Gels : Umberto Giannini Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly
Finish product : Boots Naked Style Frizz Fighter Serum or a pea-sized blob of condish smoothed over canopy
CG since Feb 2011
I just love those "BAM! My curls are back and with a new lively spirit" moments!! Especially after a few "blah" days. That's awesome, Jas!
Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!
And be sure I have my FSG handy! (This new recipe ROCKS!!)
Originally Posted by Jas76
Would you mind sharing your FSG recipe? Thanks!!
Finally have a routine that works

Low Poo - 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Shampoo
Co-Wash - V05 Passion Fruit Smoothie Conditioner
RO - Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Cure Care, GVPCB
LI - KCNT
Stylers - GF Pure Clean Gel, BTZ Noodle Head, LA Looks Sports Gel, Eco Styler Krystal, KCCC (I am a product junkie )

Wash at night, add products, plop in a t-shirt overnight, then diffuse in the morning!! It is great finally getting to sleep in
Sure! Though the amounts won't be exact, but I'll try to estimate!

First, I use bottled water for the whole thing.

I put about a tbsp of corn starch in a bowl, a dissolve it in about a tbsp of cool water. Then I boil the seeds for 6-7mins, and strain them into the bowl. I won't get a great strain bc the mixture is a little thick (on purpose) so I put the seeds back into the pan (with more water). Then I add some jojoba oil - maybe 1tsp or so, 1/2-1 tsp of CNPF, about 2tsp of gelatin, 1-2tsp of Epsom, about a 1/4-1/2tsp or so of honey, and 1/4-1/2tsp of ACV.

Then I strain the 2nd batch into the bowl, whisk, and pour into a bottle!

Again, all the amounts are rough estimates, but are probably pretty close.

I don't use mine for hold, just for curl enhancing and clumping. But this has been a fabulous batch!!

If anyone tries it, let me know if it works for you!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Thanks! I'm soaking some flax seeds now
Finally have a routine that works

Low Poo - 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Shampoo
Co-Wash - V05 Passion Fruit Smoothie Conditioner
RO - Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Cure Care, GVPCB
LI - KCNT
Stylers - GF Pure Clean Gel, BTZ Noodle Head, LA Looks Sports Gel, Eco Styler Krystal, KCCC (I am a product junkie )

Wash at night, add products, plop in a t-shirt overnight, then diffuse in the morning!! It is great finally getting to sleep in
Good luck!!!

Oh! Since you're a soaker - you'll need to dissolve the gelatin in warm water! Unless you plan to still boil your seeds - then you're fine!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Good luck!!!

Oh! Since you're a soaker - you'll need to dissolve the gelatin in warm water! Unless you plan to still boil your seeds - then you're fine!
Originally Posted by Jas76
I think I'm still going to boil. And I don't have the CNPF, but I might stop by Sally's and pick some up
Finally have a routine that works

Low Poo - 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Shampoo
Co-Wash - V05 Passion Fruit Smoothie Conditioner
RO - Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Cure Care, GVPCB
LI - KCNT
Stylers - GF Pure Clean Gel, BTZ Noodle Head, LA Looks Sports Gel, Eco Styler Krystal, KCCC (I am a product junkie )

Wash at night, add products, plop in a t-shirt overnight, then diffuse in the morning!! It is great finally getting to sleep in
OH NO!! I left something out!! I put in about 1/8 cup or do of FOTE AVG!!!

Luckily you can add that after the fact and just shake the bottle to mix. :/

Sorry! My babies were a big distraction while I was typing that!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
OH NO!! I left something out!! I put in about 1/8 cup or do of FOTE AVG!!!

Luckily you can add that after the fact and just shake the bottle to mix. :/

Sorry! My babies were a big distraction while I was typing that!
Originally Posted by Jas76
Lol! No problems. I will probably try the recipe out next weekend because I didn't get to Sally's but I'll let you know how it goes!
Finally have a routine that works

Low Poo - 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Shampoo
Co-Wash - V05 Passion Fruit Smoothie Conditioner
RO - Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Cure Care, GVPCB
LI - KCNT
Stylers - GF Pure Clean Gel, BTZ Noodle Head, LA Looks Sports Gel, Eco Styler Krystal, KCCC (I am a product junkie )

Wash at night, add products, plop in a t-shirt overnight, then diffuse in the morning!! It is great finally getting to sleep in

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