old faithful routine slowly failing

i've not been around the boards lately as i've been way to busy with university work, and i did find a routine that worked (and i didnt have enough money to buy new products!) admitedly i was blowdrying everytime i washed (cringe) but it was cold outside and air drying would have been impossible if i wanted to get to uni at 9am. but finally one day, my hair looked like cr*p after i blowdried (at first the results were AMAZING) and my hair was starting to frizz because of the sulfate shampoo.

so i've started using my pure nuff stuff cleanser again. very very mild and conditioning. so now my hair is getting over conditioned and fluffy, as its not use to non-sulfates. but i know i have to stick through this to get it used to it again. why oh why did i reverse lots of hard work by using sulfates everytime i washed? and until i found NC.com i'd never used a blowdrier in my life! i just loved the negative-ion-effect. it's back to sleeping on wet hair which does give me much flatter, looser curls but i'm willing to have a new 'look' for a while whilst my hair regains its strength.

i just cant bear trying out new products and having bad hair days in the process

just thought i'd share and let y'all know where i've been. why cant there be a routine that works for life?!

and as i've mentioned before, the curly-hair phenomenon is growing here in the UK. which means many more girls with curly hair wandering around. and i'm sure a lot of them give me 'looks' becuase my hair is more messy and less 'stylised' than there's. it seems to be short curly hair that's in fashion and there's no way i'm cutting mine! grrrr!

cleanse: OS shampoo. PureNuffStuff cleanser.
condition: Aussie 3MM. Jessicurl Aloeba.
style: B2Basics GreenTeaGel. T&G Curl Balm. JCarter Nourish&Shine.


pw: curlywurly
You might consider alternating the routines. For example do the sulfates for a week then the pure nuff the next week, or even switch more often.

I've found this sort of non-routine to be a good balance for me- I don't do well with either an all-CG or all-sulfate routine either, for similar reasons to yours.

Something to consider, anyway. Good luck
wavy / coarse / thick
short curlies are probably wondering how to get spirals like yours.
Is it dryer there now? or are you in the heat a lot? That makes my routine change in the winter when the heat finally sucks all the moisture out of my hair.
I'll say this though diffusing does cause my hair to be messier if I'm not real careful. Air drying doesn't cause any frizz as long as I don't touch it. It's cold so I just live with a bit messier hair

Good luck hon
2c/3a?
Low porosity, medium texture.
http://public.fotki.com/Medusahair/

If it smells good put it in your hair, if it tastes good spit it out!
Jenny, when you shampoo with sulfate, do you lather up your ends also?
If you do, maybe thats why that sulfateshampoo is leaving your hair dry?
I find that it makes my hair dry, so when I shampoo, I only massage my scalp.
HTH!
2C/3A,jetblack indian curls
Sorry you're going through a frustrating stage. I was just thinking about you the other day, wondering how the sulfate routine was working out for you. I'm sure you'll get your hair back on even keel soon so stay strong!
2A/2B, fine, normal porosity

Growing out a pixie as of November 2013

Shampoo: Elucence MBS & Renpure Originals Argan Oil
Conditioner: Elucence MBC & Renpure Originals Argan Oil
Leave-in: CJ BeautiCurls
Stylers: BA gel & AG Re:coil

Product Junkie that keeps falling off the wagon!
sorry to go off topic jennyfurrens, but i recently got the wella b2b green tea gel and was just wondering how you used it?
Hi jen, I've been away too so haven't been updating on progress.
You know I don't understand the overconditioning sulphate upsets, but after diffusing and looking crap everytime I decided to use the concentrator nozzle on a low speed, high heat. This seemed to work better for me it ws like airdrying but quicker and didnt blow the curls around. Just incase your thinking of still using the hairdryer.

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I felt I kept on going back and forth for a long time (probably 1.5 years) between the harsher and the milder stuff. Nothing worked in the long run. I got either dry or over-conditioned withing a couple of weeks. Then I finally found products that are in the middle of the road and now I have used them for 4-5 months and I love em just as much still. I can't imagine to even try something else. Lucky me.

I think just finding the right products can make it all work in the long run. Maybe try to look for yet another shampoo. I think the key is in the shampoo.l There are a lot of good conditioners out there so that isn't usually the problem. It is that darn shampoo...

Just how it has been for me.

Oh and I have to make sure to use a clarifying shampoo like once a month. Our water is hard.
A wee update, thanks for everyone who's replied

I started using my Pure Nuff Stuff mild cleanser and only air drying. My hair was much limper, hardly had any volume, but did feel very soft and shiney. I did this for three washes. I had an interview today so I washed my hair with sulfates and blowdried and it came out great!! Really defined curly, lots of volume, no frizz, lots of shine. So I have to limit myself to sulfates and blowdrying about once a week, at most. Glad I found a quick solution! Now if only my hair would get used to the pure nuff stuff again. it was fine for it with ages until i overloaded on sulfates and now it gets so easily over conditioned

wish i could find those 'middle of the road' products!

cleanse: OS shampoo. PureNuffStuff cleanser.
condition: Aussie 3MM. Jessicurl Aloeba.
style: B2Basics GreenTeaGel. T&G Curl Balm. JCarter Nourish&Shine.


pw: curlywurly
cold outside and air drying would have been impossible if i wanted to get to uni at 9am.
Originally Posted by jennyfurrens
I left my hair 2 air dry this past week and is been either minus numbers or just above zero and my hair has froze! It makes it go horrible, can't wait til summer!
I felt I kept on going back and forth for a long time (probably 1.5 years) between the harsher and the milder stuff. Nothing worked in the long run. I got either dry or over-conditioned withing a couple of weeks. Then I finally found products that are in the middle of the road and now I have used them for 4-5 months and I love em just as much still. I can't imagine to even try something else. Lucky me.

I think just finding the right products can make it all work in the long run. Maybe try to look for yet another shampoo. I think the key is in the shampoo.l There are a lot of good conditioners out there so that isn't usually the problem. It is that darn shampoo...

Just how it has been for me.

Oh and I have to make sure to use a clarifying shampoo like once a month. Our water is hard.
Originally Posted by Kurlee

Wondering what you are using now, Kurlee??
2C/3A auburn hair.
between shoulders and BSL
I use these these products http://www.gfsoap.com/. Look under hair care.

Shampoo: water, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, panthenol, PEG 150, pentaaeerythirtyl tetrastearate, propylene glycol, diazolidinyl urea, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate

Conditioner: water, vegetable glycerin, behentrimonium methodulfate and cetaryl alcohol, jojoba seed oil, panthenol, propylene glycol, diazolidinyl urea, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate

Thanks Kurlee.

I am concerned about the panthenol in that I think it makes me break out in a rash. It may be actually something else, but I have always implicated the panthenol.

Hmmm. I'll check those out.
2C/3A auburn hair.
between shoulders and BSL

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