Newbie here 2c-3a?...yep, i know- *sigh* (sorry)

just gotta get it out there- i'm new to this whole thing and wanted some input. my hair is on the decline and i'm desperate to get started, so i went to walmart and got the suave naturals conditioner after reading on pinterest but didn't see which leave in to use so grabbed some humectress. thank goodness i didn't use it yet. now i've discovered that i'm a 2c-3a (i think) and would like to know which leave in would be best before i begin. what has everyone with this hair type done best with? should i go with the garnier fructis triple nutrition conditioner or something with more protein? i'm in arizona- my hair is as dry and frizzy as it's ever been. the ends are splitting worse than ever (and they have always been bad). it feels like straw and will not hold color anymore. please help. i am desperate to get started with this!! thanks to anyone willing.
I am not an expert, but does Arizona have hard water? The hard water may be causing your hair to be so dry and frizzy.
Suave Naturals has EDTA which is a chelating agent and might help hard water buildup. If your hair isn't easily weighed down, the Suave could also be used as leave in.

You might want to try to find 2 or 3 different things that you like- VO5 or Tressemme Naturals, perhaps- NOT garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition conditioner (the ingredients were recently changed) so you can cycle products. Many find using the same products day after day can cause them to stop working.

Living in the desert, I have had it suggested to me that I use a heat protectant in the outdoors during the hot weather, and I have started using leave ins daily and sometimes spraying my hair with a conditioner water mixture (50/50) at least once during the day.

Not knowing your hair properties ([fine, medium, or coarse] porosity, and elasticity) makes other suggestions more difficult. The properties help us to know what ingredients (protein, etc.) will work for you, and helps in product recommendations.
Be Happy!

Type:2b/3ab?
Texture:Medium/fine
Porosity:Normal
Elasticity:Normal

Experimenting with too many products to name here. All this great info keeps my head spinning.
It's very typical not to know your hairtype when you start out going curly. It took me forever to figure out mine so don't feel badly about that.

Are you trying to go the cg (curly girl) route which is to avoid silicones and sulfate? I'm not pushing it - I'm just trying to know what you are looking for in order to help make recommendations. If you use products with silicones, you need to shampoo with a sulfate or at least a "lo - poo" shampoo to get out the silicones. Some people find that this dries out the hair - others do just fine without worrying about silicones and sulfates.

Just some general advice: try washing your hair less frequently. If you do a protein treatment, be sure to follow up either at the same time or next shampoo with a deep treatment. If you haven't already visited the 2C and 3A forums, you can probably find some excellent information there. I know it seems overwhelming at first. Keep trying things - post back - and hopefully we can give advice. It's kind of a journey - trial and error. Good luck and take heart - your hair will improve!
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: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift
oh my! first thanks for all the advice! it took me forever just to find my post again... anyhow, i'm not sure of my porosity, texture...all that. or where to go to figure it all out. i'll keep looking. lol, just got back from walmart after taking the humectress back with my new big bottle of garnier fructis triple- whatever. i guess i'll be making another trip back. was so looking forward to washing tomorrow and getting this whole thing started. i need to color badly too and that is another big concern. i'm really afraid i'm just gonna mess the whole thing up and waste alot of money and time. any and all advice is appreciated and much coveted... promise i'll be checking back, eventually.
For your hair properties, you can check the articles under the "HAIR TYPES" button at the top left of this page. I wimped out on figuring it out for myself, and went to Live Curly Live Free - Home and paid for a hair analysis.

There are a lot of good, easily available wallet friendly products you can try, and of course, a lot of higher priced products. The choice is really yours.
Be Happy!

Type:2b/3ab?
Texture:Medium/fine
Porosity:Normal
Elasticity:Normal

Experimenting with too many products to name here. All this great info keeps my head spinning.
If you lose a post you made, you can click on your name, and look on your profile. There is a link there to read all your posts.
Be Happy!

Type:2b/3ab?
Texture:Medium/fine
Porosity:Normal
Elasticity:Normal

Experimenting with too many products to name here. All this great info keeps my head spinning.

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