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Old 08-28-2012, 09:31 AM   #1
 
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Question New to Curly Girl Method and had some Qs

Hi all!!! I'm a newbie to the site and do Curly Girl Method. Well, actually I started about two weeks ago. LOLI have really fallen in love with my curls just trying to get it down right now and find good products.

Right now I'm using Suave naturals Coconut to CO Wash and my leave in for now since I don't know what to use yet. Then found the Shea Moisture Smoothie to put on after. Made the lavender mist from the handbook and love it! The only thing I'm having issues with is still getting a lot of frizz and noticing my short hairs at the top of my head from so much breakage in the past. Also...is it normal to have to clean out the drain do to "shedding" all the time!?? I laugh at myself but wondered if it was normal?
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:05 AM   #2
 
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I would consider adding a gel to help with frizz. Apply after the SM CES and then try not to touch your hair until it's dry. You will probably end up with a "gel cast" that you should be able to easily scrunch out (if you have the Curly Girl book then you can see pics and a better explanation).

As far as shedding- it's normal to lose up to 150-200 strands per day. It can look like a lot, but unless you see your hair getting visibly thinner, it's nothing to worry about. It's about the same as what you lost before, but you wouldn't have noticed it in the shower if you were brushing or combing because the hair would have ended up on your brush instead.

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Old 08-28-2012, 10:44 AM   #3
 
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I use Giovanni Direct Leave-In Cond. and works great with my hair since its lightweight and doesnt weigh down my hair. But before I put my styling product in I spray with SM Hold & Moisture Shine Mist. This has taken away my frizz halo for good! And about the hairs in your drain, im the same exact way.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:09 PM   #4
 
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Did some research and found I had low porosity (sp?) and high density and a 3a maybe 3b curl. Man....there are a lot of suggested products!!! Little overwhelming! I also read where the Shea Moisture Smoothie might be too protein rich for my hair? I should have researched before buying....
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:15 PM   #5
 
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Did some research and found I had low porosity (sp?) and high density and a 3a maybe 3b curl. Man....there are a lot of suggested products!!! Little overwhelming! I also read where the Shea Moisture Smoothie might be too protein rich for my hair? I should have researched before buying....
Is your hair fine, normal, or coarse? Fine and normal hair do good with protein. Coarse hair is VERY picky.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:33 PM   #6
 
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I'd say it's normal on texture
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I think the SM smoothie will be fine for you, although it does come down to individuals. I have normal texture and never have an issue with the protein in it. Just make sure when you use it for the first time, you use it with things you KNOW work well. This way if you have a reaction, you will know its the SM for sure.
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:28 PM   #8
 
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Guess I'm still trying to figure that part out...what works! LOL I just started with items that others had tried. Now I'm trying to get a better idea on what to use since I'm not getting the soft curls that don't frizz. One thing I know I need is a cut!! Nervous about bringing all these tips to my stylist but I messaged her to see if she's open to the idea of a new way to cut my hair...fingers crossed
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:53 PM   #9
 
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I second the gel recommendation. Also, it is completely normal to have tons of hair shed in the shower. Now that you are wearing your natural hair and not brushing it everyday, shed hairs get caught in your curls and don't fall off right away. So when you detangle in the shower, they all come out of your curls. It may look like you're shedding more hair, but really you're just getting rid of all the loose hairs that have already been shed when you detangle. HTH!
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:22 PM   #10
 
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So I picked up the SM Mist and deva curl gel....followed the routine suggested and so far love what results are!! I still have some weird texture thing going on...like towards the top of my head it's not as soft...feel the product. Thought maybe too much of the SM smoothie stuff?? Now to get a good cut........

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