college curlies? :)

Hello all! Looking to connect/share tips with any other college curlies out there? Any good budget tips? This is like my upteenth time trying the CG method, but I really really want to stick it out this time! I just don't think I was patient enough before! I leave for school in a week, i'm thinking of not taking any old hair product and ONLY CG friendly products so that I'm forced to stick it out this time
l well i don't know your hair properties, but I love LA LOOKS SPORT GEL. For co-washing SUAVE NATURALS is great or Alberto Vo5. For a rinse out Tresemme naturals is really good. All of these products are very budget friendly for college girls. I normally end up just doing a wash and go; my hair is normally wet when i walk into class. lol.
3a/3b, Fine Hair, Low porosity, Medium Density
Poo- CHS Treatment Shampoo
Low-poo- Devacurl Low Poo
RO- Devacurl One Condition
Leave-In- KCKT/Curl Junkie Smoothing Lotion
I love trader joe's nourish spa conditioner. 2 bucks a bottle, great slip, and as far as I know it's CG. GVP's conditioning balm, found at sally's, is really thick and great for moisture.

But I think the best thing I did for my hair was cut it short. I know, it's a bit too drastic for most people, but for some, it really saves time, product, and headaches in general lol. Plus I find my waves are healthier and form better. But if you can pull off long hair, hats off to you
Hair type: 2C-3A, very dry, extremely low porosity, med elasticity, insanely thick kinky-wavy.
HGs: Trader Joe's Nourish spa conditioner, Epsom salt rinse, Joico K-pak conditioner
I love the Tresemee Naturals (as someone suggested above)! I only use the conditioner, but I love it. I also shampoo weekly with baking soda and apple cider vinegar (which is TONS cheaper than buying shampoo, and more environmentally friendly, too). I am about to start my sophomore year and I first started exploring more natural hair care regimens at the beginning of my freshman year as well.

Curly hair can get expensive if you use salon brands, which I do love (though I haven't found a good silicone free one yet), but you can get just as good results for much cheaper if you spend a good chunk of time in the hair care aisle of the drugstore, reading labels and such. The product reviews on this website are super helpful. It'll probably be a little expensive at first as you're trying out different products trying to find your holy grail, but once you find that product, you're set!

ALSO, I can never stress this enough, but even though it can get expensive get your hair trimmed often! Even if you're growing it out! I'm growing out my hair and still get it trimmed every other month. Keeps my strands feeling and looking healthier. I can always tell when I'm due for a trim because my hair just looks awful.
Since most of my products are drugstore friendly and cheap, I'll share what I use:

GVP CB from Sally's. I've got fine hair and my curls always go back to loving this. Cost is usually around $6-$8 per bottle and its often on sale.

Herbal Essence Totally Twisted Curly Scrunching Gel. I believe it was reformulated to include a water soluble 'cone (PEG 12 Dimethicone), so depending on your bend, it's not really CG. (I don't think it used to have the cone in it). But, I haven't had any problems with it and I co-wash. This is also super cheap -- between $3 and $4 per bottle -- and you can find at any grocery store or drug store.

**I should add that I use SLS shampoo every once in a while (one per month or less) if my hair feels gunky. I was using a low-poo but didn't want to spend the extra money on something that feels as stripping to my hair as a low-poo does. This could be why the 'cone in the gel doesn't bother me**

Co-washes: I switch back and forth between Suave Naturals Coconut and VO5 conditioners (any will work, just look out for cones). Both are around $1 per bottle, often less.

That's all I've been using lately. I'm co-washing most days, rinsing out some but not all of GVP CB, and scrunching in the gel into dripping-wet hair.

Good luck at college, you'll love it!
Curl Style: 3b/3c
Texture: Fine
Porosity: Normal

Co-wash: Suave Naturals Coconut
RO: GVP CB
Styling: As I Am Leave In, Jessicurl Rockin' Ringlets & Confident Coils, DevaCurl Set Me Up, Curl Keeper
Gel: Ecostyler Olive Oil, BioSilk RHG

Last edited by creativelicense; 08-19-2012 at 01:18 PM.
I normally end up just doing a wash and go; my hair is normally wet when i walk into class. lol.
Originally Posted by guthak01
Dude, I'm totally with you on the wet-hair-to-class thing!! You just can't get around it with the late-night studying and the 8 a.m. classes.

Tresemme Naturals - YES. LA Looks Sport Gel - YOU BET. Also, you'll get to experience a little bit of glee when you see all the other girls slaving over their hair with straighteners in the bathroom.
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Vo5 and Tress Naturals with a poo 2ce a week for me.
Aussie Instant freeze and some Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Smoothing Cream.
not sure what your properties or patterns are, or your climate, but it is working pretty well for my waves and the humidity here.

And cheap.

started CG on 6/25/12.
  • 2c with a strait underneath
  • normal elasticity on top, none on the underneath
  • Fine side of Normal
  • Thick hair
  • Poriosity is a mystery. I think its all over the place.
I agree with everything above except for the Tresseme, my hair would always feel oddly waxy after (attempting to) rinse it out. But I get great results with VO5 Conditioners as a rinse-out since my hair is fine enough (I can't co-wash, I gotta use a low-poo otherwise it gets weighed down). If you can stand the smell, Strawberries&Cream Conditioner does wonders. And at 89 cents at the Navy Exchange, you can't beat it.

I'm also a college student, so I'm with you on budgeting. If you can afford it, though, you might try AG Recoil Curl Activator. That one product is the single greatest product that I've ever used. !!!!! I've been using it for 7 years--before I ever intentionally went CG with everything else. My hair never gets tired of it. And since you only use a little bit at a time, the container lasts forever. As with the other curlies on this thread, I don't know your hair type, so obviously it might not be true for you, but that is one (of at least a few) expensive products that really IS worth the money.
-->3a/some 2c underneath; long, fine (porosity?); plop, no heat, CG since 07/11<--
Day 1: NoPoo, One Condition, KCKT, Mop Lift, Recoil, AnGel
Day 2: Mister Right
Day 3: Mister Right/KC Gloss Pomade for the frizzies
Days 4/5/6: repeat Days 1/2/3
Day 7: LowPoo, Suave ES
I'm also a college student, so I'm with you on budgeting. If you can afford it, though, you might try AG Recoil Curl Activator. That one product is the single greatest product that I've ever used. !!!!! I've been using it for 7 years--before I ever intentionally went CG with everything else. My hair never gets tired of it. And since you only use a little bit at a time, the container lasts forever. As with the other curlies on this thread, I don't know your hair type, so obviously it might not be true for you, but that is one (of at least a few) expensive products that really IS worth the money.
Originally Posted by capellifelici
I love AG Recoil. However, at $20 a bottle i haven't gotten anymore recently. (just graduated/unemployeed) I agree that it lasts a really long time. Pre CG i would just use it with a little hairspray and head out for the day. FANTASTIC!!!

started CG on 6/25/12.
  • 2c with a strait underneath
  • normal elasticity on top, none on the underneath
  • Fine side of Normal
  • Thick hair
  • Poriosity is a mystery. I think its all over the place.

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