Am I Doing This Right?

I started the conditioner only (used a low-poo 3 times) method on 6/9/12, and I was wanting to make sure I was doing it right, and if i could get some tips for my hair. I can't spend a whole lot of money, so cheap or around-the-house items are what I am able to use. Oh, and I really want to avoid using heat.

I condition every other day with V05 moisturizing or strengthening conditioner because my hair gets dry easily. I lather a dime sized drop of leave in conditioner in my hair every night to keep it from getting dry.

My curls/waves are very inconsistent throughout my head (crazy, stringy, frizzy curls on bottom, almost flat on top), so I've been trying many products by themselves or combining them in hope of locking in some sort of consistency. Ive tried L.A. Looks Absolute Styling gel, CatWalk CurlsRock Amplifier by TiGi, Hair Play sea salt spray, Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly mousse, Herbal Essences Totally Twisted curl boosting mousse, and hairspray. The only one with any sort of promise is the CatWalk product. My hair takes FOREVER (4+ hours wrapped in a regular towel) to dry, (if i let it air dry, it does dry faster, but the frizz monster comes out to attack) so I've been experimenting with the products listed above while sleeping in a French braid in hopes of waking up with dry, consistent curls. What happens is none of the curls stay or are in the least but consistent, and I'm stuck wearing a crazy ponytail. I've tried putting those products in, then wrapping my hair up in a towel, 4 hours later, it is still damp and the curls are all stringy. Does anyone know where to get a cheap, absorbent, hair friendly towel?

I need to find a good product(s) that hold curls without being crunchy (a small, itty bitty bit of crunch is tolerable, but anything more is not desired) and is reasonably cheap. Also, finding a simple routine to either use while I'm sleeping (if I take a shower at night) , or to use in the morning (if I take a shower in the morning) because I don't have a lot of time for elaborate routines.


1. Any tips on managing the frizz if I need to air dry?
2. What are your thoughts on putting curlers in while it dries (with a product or two in), then taking them out when I have to leave?
3. Would you recommend a SIMPLE hair mask or protein treatment for my hair?

It sounds like my hair is a 2c with low porosity (I did the water in the bowl with hair from my brush technique and it didn't sink, but i did the other technique(my hair did have a lot of product in it) and I may(I'm not really sure) have felt some bumps), medium density, maybe medium width, and medium length.

Sorry for writing so much, I am just really desperate, so I appreciate anyone who can answer any or all of my questions and give me tips to manage my hair

I'll start to answer a couple of your questions, and hopefully others will chime in also.
1) cheap curl-friendly towels = flour sack towels, found in the kitchen section of stores like Walmart, Target, etc. You can also use microfiber towels (which you can find in the automotive section, ha), or a cotton t-shirt. My favorite are flour sack towels - a bit absorbent but not so much that they give me extra frizz or pull too much product back out of my hair.
2) some degree of frizz might be inevitable right now in the hot weather (depending on where you live). But, some ideas that might help reduce it: do you use a leave-in conditioner? My favorite LI is actually Tresemme Naturals moisturizing, just a little blob raked through my hair after showering. Another popular one is KCKT. Also - sealing with oil can help a lot. Just put a drop or two in your hand, smear it between your palms, and scrunch (or rake) it through your hair. A little goes a long way - too much will mean almost no frizz but also like you dipped it in oil. So find a happy medium for yourself if you try this. You can try whatever oil you want... grapeseed, safflower, jojoba, olive, argan, sweet almond... Then after sealing you can scrunch in curl enhancer and/or gel, and style as you prefer (or let air dry).
3) do you know if your hair likes coconut oil? This is one oil that actually penetrates into the hair shaft. My hair loves it. I smear some through dry hair, and shower and use a low-poo followed by conditioner a couple hours later. It leaves my hair moisturized and with less frizz.
4) If you want to try a PT, you may want to try IAgirl's gelatin PT. It's a very strong PT, but awesome if your hair loves protein. I do this weekly or so. If you're not sure how your hair will react, try it on just a portion of your hair or use just 1/4-1/2 packet of gelatin first try.
5) Pay attention to ingredients in your products and keep track of what your hair likes / doesn't like. (It took me too long to figure out that my hair hates glycerin --> major frizz, but now that I've got that figured out, it makes finding products that may work for me much easier. Just as an example.)
Hope that helps get you started!
Thank you so much for all this information! Do you recommend any coconut oil and argan products that aren't too expensive? And what kind of oil do you use for the PT?

Last edited by BerryK; 07-05-2012 at 05:41 PM.
I love flat diapers for my hair. I got osocozy flat diapers from amazon. Ideally you want something smooth, both terry cloth towels and microfiber can cause frizz. T shirts work great too and everyone has those.

Sleeping on a satin pillowcase can also help with frizz and damage. I found cheap ones at Carol Wright Gifts online.

Aloe vera gel is a nice cheap gel too. Also Long Aid curl activator and Eco Styler Hair Styling Gel Krystal.

I like to apply a little gel or oil on dry hair during the day, I find that really helps with frizz. There are lots of oils that can work, everyone likes something different. Personally I like olive oil.

Ultimately, if you're getting the results you want, you're "doing it right"!

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2c/3a-M-ii porous, good elasticity, APL, dark brown with a silver lining. Biggest enemy: frizz!

Last edited by earthnut; 07-05-2012 at 08:55 PM.
Thank you so much for all this information! Do you recommend any coconut oil and argan products that aren't too expensive? And what kind of oil do you use for the PT?
Originally Posted by BerryK
I haven't tried argan oil (or products with it). Coconut oil my hair loves. I like using it straight up as I mentioned, you can buy coconut oil in grocery stores and health food stores. For coconut oil-containing products, Shea Moisture makes quite a few products with coconut oil. I have their curl & style milk, which is pretty good for my hair (I have to use just a pea-size amount). They make other stylers that have it in there too. You can find Shea Moisture products in Target, Walgreens, and probably many other places too. Their shampoos are awesome, as is their restorative conditioner.

I also tried to add last night (but nc.com ate my post) that you shouldn't be too afraid of crunch. If a product dries with crunch in your hair, just scrunch out the crunch (SOTC) once it's completely dry, and you should be left with bouncy soft curls. I like to use Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee, which dries with a really hard crunchy hold, but that helps preserve my curls while they air dry. Then when I'm all dry, I SOTC and you would never know I had such a hard hold gel all through my hair. It feels soft to the touch after SOTC.
Thank you so much for all this information! Do you recommend any coconut oil and argan products that aren't too expensive? And what kind of oil do you use for the PT?
Originally Posted by BerryK
Oh, and you can use whatever oil you have on hand for the PT. It's a small amount so I don't think it matters much one way or another. I tend to use safflower oil because I have it in my kitchen, and it's a lighter oil. Olive oil tends to be too heavy for my hair - although again I don't think this is such a big deal for the PTs.
Part of the curly girl method is eliminating silicones from your styling products. Silicones can build up in the hair and can only be removed by stronger cleansers with sulfates, which are drying to the hair. Build up can cause frizz, dryness, and other issues if it is not removed.

I know that the Catwalk product contains silicones and I believe others on your list may as well. Be sure to check ingredients carefully and avoid those ending in cone, ane, or onol
My hair: 3b, corkicelli, medium porosity, medium texture, medium/thick density

Co-wash: DevaCurl NoPoo
Rinse-out: GVP Conditioning Balm
Leave-in: KCKT, Suave Naturals Coconut, or my rinse-out!
Gel: SS FHG (my new HG!!)... I also like HESMU, AIF, CJ CQ, BRHG, CJ PP and the occasional LALSG

Likes: Plopping!
Dislikes: Glycerin

CG and loving it!
Part of the curly girl method is eliminating silicones from your styling products. Silicones can build up in the hair and can only be removed by stronger cleansers with sulfates, which are drying to the hair. Build up can cause frizz, dryness, and other issues if it is not removed.

I know that the Catwalk product contains silicones and I believe others on your list may as well. Be sure to check ingredients carefully and avoid those ending in cone, ane, or onol
Originally Posted by jaclyn15

Amplifier contains cyclomethicone. According to the Curl Chemist article, cyclomethicones evaporate off of the hair during the drying process and therefore do not build up. Because of the evaporation process, some people will notice that their hair might feel slightly dry or more textured, but this will resolve the next time the hair is wet and/or cleansed. You can also refer to the What's the Scoop on Silicones article where the table lists conditioner washing and other gentle surfacants as a means to deal with cyclomethicone.

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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
If you live near a Trader Joe's, that's the cheapest place I've seen pure coconut oil. 5 or 6 bucks. And you can cook with it too!
Formerly Urbancurl.
Medium-high density, fine-medium, low-normal porosity, 3b/c, permanent color.
CG, no heat, combs, brushes, parabens.
Fall/Winter HG=Alba Botanica Soft Hold Style Cream.
Spring/Summer HG=MGA Sculpting Gel
Current fave LI=Madre Labs Made by Nature for Baby Conditioner.
Limit oils, butters, glycerin.
Thank you ladies so much for all of this help! I am going to get some oils tomorrow and see which ones work best on my hair!

I figured out that my hair looks decent-ish (aside from the bad layers I got cut at the beginning of summer) and less frizzy (thanks to the CG method) when it's air dried, so I'm going to see where that takes me!

Any recommendations on cone free gels or mousses that might work?

Would EVOO work as a good oil to minimize the frizz?

And also about scrunching out the crunch, how exactly do you do that?

Last edited by BerryK; 07-08-2012 at 10:07 AM.

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