CG vs. non CG - what makes the most difference?

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When we adopt the CG method, what makes the most difference? I am wondering whether the improvement in our hair is really due to not using cones/sulfates, or whether it mainly comes from washing less, avoiding heat styling treatments, using a soft cloth to dry rather than a rough terry towel, using rich conditioners, using the right styling products, etc.

I know everything contributes - and right now I'm CG with once every 2 weeks using a Lo Poo but the skeptic in me wonders whether cones/sulfates are really the debbil.

What do you think? What makes the most difference to your hair?
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Experimenting with cones & sulfates while the dews are high.
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
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I think it's a combination of all of those things, as well as an awareness of what's going on with our hair. I was technically CG for two years before I ever knew what CG was (used the Deva Curl line). In the last few months I've re-introduced both sulfates and cones in small amounts, but I'm very careful about what I use and how often. For example, the only sulfate shampoo that I use is CHS Treatment Shampoo. It's got a short ingredient list of things I can easily identify, packs some protein, and leaves my hair feeling softer and less stripped than most of the low-poos I've tried. I use this 1-2 times a week and co-wash the rest of the time.

I don't use a lot of silicone products, but I've found that TIGI Curlesque leave-in keeps my hair amazingly untangled. I won't use it every day because it has dimethicone, but it's become a staple on days when I have tournament team practice because it prevents the rat's nest that I've always ended up with after 4 hours of training. I've found that my hair responds better to silicones now that it's healthier and that's the main reason why I don't stray more frequently.

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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 for responding Corrina. I agree that there are some days when I feel like using cones would help. Just not all the time.

Also, when I dye my hair I use a sulfate shampoo because I'm very uneasy about leaving any trace of the dye on my scalp. I use permanent dye and I've read that it can be absorbed through the scalp and it's full of strong chemicals.
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Experimenting with cones & sulfates while the dews are high.
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift
It's funny- when I was using the Deva products I wasn't getting the same results that I get now because I didn't know about the techniques, so I was still towel drying, etc. So technique is as important as product IMO. I've seen people who get amazing hair from CG, but I've also seen people who have amazing hair and are not CG at all.

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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
For me, it is understanding that I needed to use a very gentle shampoo, and leaving more conditioner in my hair than I was. HUGE difference with leaving more conditioner in.
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For me, technique. I never wore my hair wavy until a couple hairdressers commented I had wavy hair! I always just thought it was a thick poof ball.

I never used any stylers (not even leave-in) or use anything special.
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: CJ Beauticurls, CJ A&OO, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: Mop C, KCCC, SCE FSG
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

I agree with Corrina, I think it's a combination of the things you mentioned. Personally, I think for me technique made a huge difference; even if I didn't have the "right products", using a gel, scrunching out the crunch and diffusing would make a huge difference for me.
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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Personally what's made the difference is avoiding sulfates/cones, using more moisturizing products, and gel.

For a long time before I was only shampooing my scalp about 2x a week and applying conditioner everywhere else. I only combed my hair while wet. I treated it nicely. I rarely used heat. And still my hair was a mess. So, the products have helped a ton, and of course using lots of gel
CG Birthday: 7/25/11
Type 3a/2c
Dense, Fine in front Coarse in back, Low porosity
Low-Poo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Rinse Out: Tresemme Naturals
Leave In: ^^^^
Stylers: AIF, Natural Silks Curly Gel
*Desert Curly*
personally it was the sulfates and cones, i mean i never did anything really too me hair as such, but i would wash with a cheap and nasty shampoo that as a 13 i would complain too mum that my scalp hurts, that its ichy bla bla bla. when i nnew what it was i spent a whole day looking for one that doesnt do that. though when mummy came home with a natural poo, im 19 now and have never used a commercial shampoo since then.
i do think for most curlies it is a combination though, though even if someone stopped using heat, and continued to use sulfates and cones, i think they would still see a difference.

my hair: 3c, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

I also blog about my hair journey, please feel free to read and comment/ask questions http://www.naturallycurly.com/blogs/...air-blogs/2494

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