Raawwwwrrr, just need to rant!

On rant.

I'm just having a no good very bad hair day and kind of up in arms over what to do with it. This humidity here is just killer lately and no products have been working so I've just been going naked (HAIR, not clothes hehehe) and it's just getting me down. On top of blow-drying and flat-ironing it for 15 years straight I also did at least 3 or 4 of the chemical straightening treatments (either in the salon or the cheap at home kits that smell so bad your eyes burn and never got it straight anyways) and I'd forgotten how damaged it really is still because I had a great winter routine going, 3 products in one combo that worked daily and hid the damage well. Well one year mostly CG/mod CG, very little flat-ironing and NO flat-ironing in several months and it's still a mess when naked. I'm not blind, I look at my before's and after's and see a HUGE change for the better (when I actually style it and/or use product and if I take the pictures in the AM before the weather kills it) but it grows SO SLOW, I get it trimmed today for the first time since March and it's grown maybe an inch in those 4 months.

My winter HG's aren't working in summer, nothing is working, it's a frizzball by the end of the day whether I use gel/mousse/protein/spray gel/glycerin/no glycerin/nothing and it's too damn hot and humid to work on my hair for 30 minutes when I know it's going to melt as soon as I step outside anyways. Some frizz I've come to accept as inevitable but by the end of every day it's in a ponytail. So I've been all "eff it, who cares" and with nothing in it, it's just a shocker to me. Some days are better than others, I have about an inch of very curly roots that dissolve into a mess of undefined fluff on my canopy but wrap into big sausage spirals on my underlayers. I have anywhere from 2b waves to 3b ringlets crammed on this head. I hesitate to really diffuse it till dry anymore because that's heat, and all I want is this heat damage and relaxer grown out and with this angled bob, where I haven't cut as much (the front layers and canopy) all I can see is that damage and today it's just getting me down.

Had a half decent day yesterday with KCKT and Curls Rock amplifier scrunched and air dried then low-pooed this morning with GTTTT because I don't trust the cyclomethicone in the amplifier, I don't use GTTTT much because it feels pretty harsh to me but it was all I had that had coco-betaine in it. Followed that up with ION Effective Care which is my go-to, year round HG rinse out that is ALWAYS reliable to leave my hair feeling great and even THAT didn't work this morning. It felt sticky and gross and gummy and sigh. A crappy hair day from the start and I even don't know what caused it to do that.

Off rant.
fine, thin, normal/(low?) porosity. Mod-CG. Usually I can't co-wash more than 1x a week, & sometimes I have to use T-Gel in rotation due to scalp issues.

Co-wash: VO5 Volumizing
Poo: Giovanni 50:50
RO:TN, Nexxus Youth Renewal, Alba Coconut
LI: KCKT
PT: gelatin PT, ION EC
Stylers: Giovanni mousse, TIGI Curls Rock amplifier (a-cone), Curls Rock Strong Hold Mousse
Gels: SCC spray gel

I'm so sorry you're going through this! I hate feeling hopeless/stressed out/ticked off when it comes to my hair.

I know most women like to wear their hair wild and free, but I think this is the perfect opportunity for you to protective style!!

It'll help you retain more length, keep your hands out of your hair and stop you from worrying about your hair all day.

Check out YouTube and give it a go!
20 y/o lifelong natural {4a-O ; spongy ; coarse ; dense ; ~MBL stretched (2 inches from WL)}

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long-term: HL stretched, BSL unstretched

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I can relate to your frustration. The summer has been awful. One thing to note (which might help). The article What's the Scoop on Silicones (the one with the handy chart for what cleansers are needed) does say that cyclomethicone can be removed by co-washing or other gentle surfacants. Coco betaine isn't necessary (I would attach the link but I'm on my phone).

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Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: CJ Daily Fix, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner, CJ Beauticurls Strengthening
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
I think many of us are going through this problem - I start out fine and then by the end of the day I have big hair with frizz. One thing I think helps some is not breaking up the "casts" of your product of choice. Another thing that I think "may" help, is using only one product. For me, the more the products, the more likely I would have a bad hair reaction.
I was having a terrible problem transition to the weather this year too until recently.

One thing I suggest is that when you decide not to bother styling it, at least leave in some of your conditioner (or add LI after) so that your hair is a little more protected from the elements. Any of us would have puffballs with naked hair in this weather. You might also find that with just a little conditioner, you get some nice curls and less frizz, at least for a while.
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.
I guess I should've clarified I'm leaving KCKT in when I go "naked" Definitely not totally naked, just half dressed!! It's not doing much to stop the fluffyness but yeah my hair is extra terrible with no LI at all.
fine, thin, normal/(low?) porosity. Mod-CG. Usually I can't co-wash more than 1x a week, & sometimes I have to use T-Gel in rotation due to scalp issues.

Co-wash: VO5 Volumizing
Poo: Giovanni 50:50
RO:TN, Nexxus Youth Renewal, Alba Coconut
LI: KCKT
PT: gelatin PT, ION EC
Stylers: Giovanni mousse, TIGI Curls Rock amplifier (a-cone), Curls Rock Strong Hold Mousse
Gels: SCC spray gel

I guess I should've clarified I'm leaving KCKT in when I go "naked" Definitely not totally naked, just half dressed!! It's not doing much to stop the fluffyness but yeah my hair is extra terrible with no LI at all.
Originally Posted by lcl0706
Oh! LOL!

I just completed a month of awful hair and lots of $$ spent trying different gels and things that would work for this season, as my usual HG doesn't work year-round in the city I moved to. I hope you don't have to go through that, but it seems like sometimes all we can do is keep experimenting with products/ingredients, and/or with styling techniques. Like, I didn't used to scrunch or worry about forming my hair into clumps, but now I'm finding I need to.
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.
I'm just out of experimentation ideas I guess. I feel like I've tried everything I know how to do! So I'm just letting it do it's thing. It seems to have bounced back a bit after my trim earlier today. I haven't attempted to style it since then but my hair usually takes very well to haircuts and gets progressively worse the longer I go without a trim so I'm hoping that helps out a bit.
fine, thin, normal/(low?) porosity. Mod-CG. Usually I can't co-wash more than 1x a week, & sometimes I have to use T-Gel in rotation due to scalp issues.

Co-wash: VO5 Volumizing
Poo: Giovanni 50:50
RO:TN, Nexxus Youth Renewal, Alba Coconut
LI: KCKT
PT: gelatin PT, ION EC
Stylers: Giovanni mousse, TIGI Curls Rock amplifier (a-cone), Curls Rock Strong Hold Mousse
Gels: SCC spray gel

If misery loves company then count me in. My hair is making me crazy. At times I just throw in the towel and let it go wild, other times I spend waaaay too much time trying to tame it. Maybe we will all get through this summer sooner or later.

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