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Old 05-29-2012, 03:17 PM   #1
 
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Question Multiple Curl Types. Product Suggestions?

Sure, it is possible.

Around my face, I've got waves and loose curls. In the back, there is a mad mixture of waves, loose curls, tight curls, and hair that won't curl. Not sure if you can tell by the pictures, but what would you say my curl types are?

Porosity? It seems to vary depending on the weather.......
And, what I eat (-__-)

I'd say I've got anywhere from fine to medium hair.

Dryness? A little.

No problems with breakage.

Dandruff? It starts to plague me after 3 days of no washing.

If it weren't for this Mid-Atlantic humidity, I wouldn't have to fight any frizz battles.

Sue me: I flat iron my hair. Moderately, FYI.

When I first went natural, I used Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Shampoo and Conditioner. Also tried Garnier Fructis Length & Strength, Triple Nutrition, Pure Clean, and Daily Care. My favorites out of the lot are Length & Strength and Pure Clean.
Wanting to try out other shampoos and conditioners, I bounced back and forth between Aussie and Herbal Essences. Aussie Moist worked OK for me, but I really liked how Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship treated my hair. Other likes were Herbal Essences None of Your Frizzness, and Totally Twisted.

When Herbal Essences went through their revamp, I stopped using their products because they seemed to be damaging. I also stopped using Aussie products. Around this time I was introduced to the CG method. Instead of following the method to point, I threw in my own little twist which seems to work just fine for me:

Day 1: Shampoo, Co-Wash, use LI
Day 2: Co-Wash, use LI (if needed)
Day 3: Co-Wash, use LI (if needed)
Day 4: Shampoo, Co-Wash, use LI

Shampoo: Aveeno Pure Renewal 2-in-1 or Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk
Co-Wash: Suave Naturals Juicy Green Apple or Tropical Coconut
Leave-In: Aveeno Nourish+ Moisture

The only downside is that I go through the LI like it's nothing, and Aveeno is no penny pinching product! I have tried using Shea Moisture Organic Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Curl & Style Milk, and Curling Souffle each as individual LIs, or combined. Unfortunately, my hair does not like Shea Moisture. I have also tried Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Blow Out Cream and Defining Cream separately and/or combined as LIs. I liked the results from the two, but the bottles only last me but so long.

Any suggestions on what Leave-Ins I could try? Preferably, I would like something fruity (citrus, berries). My hair seems to like fruity products best.
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Looks like you've only tried the pink label Shea Moisture, you might want to try the restorative line. I use the conditioner as rinse out and leave in.

Personally, I can't flat iron at all if I want really healthy curly hair. I've cut it off to start over. My hair is just too fragile. It's the reality. Sounds like a lot of the variation in your curl type might be due to the damage or it could be just the way your hair is though.

Personally I don't co wash, my scalp would not be happy. I loo poo 1-2x a week, depending on how much I work out, but I work out a lot and pretty intensely.

I don't think porosity can change on a day to day basis. Your hair only gets more porous or it stays the same.
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Looks like you've only tried the pink label Shea Moisture, you might want to try the restorative line. I use the conditioner as rinse out and leave in.

Personally, I can't flat iron at all if I want really healthy curly hair. I've cut it off to start over. My hair is just too fragile. It's the reality. Sounds like a lot of the variation in your curl type might be due to the damage or it could be just the way your hair is though.

Personally I don't co wash, my scalp would not be happy. I loo poo 1-2x a week, depending on how much I work out, but I work out a lot and pretty intensely.

I don't think porosity can change on a day to day basis. Your hair only gets more porous or it stays the same.
Hmm... My hair has always had multiple kinds of curls. Though, I will say that my curls have gotten looser over the years. Not sure if that is from damage or from age, or length.

Maybe porosity isn't the right word to use? My hair doesn't absorb as well sometimes as it does other times. Not sure if that has to do with the weather/seasons, the products, or what. It doesn't change on a daily basis (don't remember saying it did), it just seems to vary at times.

I'll have to take a look at that restorative line.
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Girl your hair is pretty, the ends look heat damaged which is close to impossible to fix, but L'oreal has really good sulfate and silicone free products more that are really good and affordable, you should check them out.

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Girl your hair is pretty, the ends look heat damaged which is close to impossible to fix, but L'oreal has really good sulfate and silicone free products more that are really good and affordable, you should check them out.

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Thanks girl I have tried snipping my ends off (which did work), but it seems like after a certain length, they just start growing like that. Gahhhh I want to fix that!

I was eyeballing the L'oreal products at work. EverCreme, I think it was. Heard good and bad about it, more good than bad, but might have to try it. I mean, it is sulfate and silicone free--can't pass that up.
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I believe both of those Aveeno products have silicones in them. Especially the conditioner the LI. It might feel like your hair is more absorbent at sometimes and then not absorbent at others times because there is silicone building up on the hair which doesn't allow anything in, including moisture. I had been using sulfate free stuff for 6 months or so and was still frustrating that my hair sometimes seemed dry or unruly, and when I read more about being naturally I read silicones were to blame and saw a huge improvement after I checked everything I was using and removed them from my routine. Maybe try that? Check your gels/mouses/styling products too!
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Wash: DevaCurl Low Poo or SM Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo
COwash/RO: CJ Curl Assurance Smoothing, CJ Daily Fix Cleansing Condish, Shea Moisture Restorative
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