Today's routine..so tiresome, so OCD, hand me the prozac...

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So first I broke my rule that I was only going to change one thing at a time, because at that rate, I would have my routing pinned down in about two months, at which time the weather will be warm, and all the bets will be off again. So: shampooed with SM coconut hibiscus; conditioned with Yes to TOmatoes, rinsed it out and then used about a nickel size as a leave in, scrunched it in, blotted hair. Then: applied Tousle me Softly mousse (Yes, before the gel); then Biotera gel with a spritz or 2 of Aveda's Brilliant hair spray, for some crunch. See, I need some crunch to hold my curls, they are not defined enough without some crunch, plus I like the shine in the crunch. There is a cone in that spray, but it is pretty far down and really I use so little. Then I cliiped it up. Results: BIG hair, lots of volume (why? what created the volume? Not complaining AT ALL); curls are smaller and tighter than I prefer but overall a good hair day. So: I still dont know if I should be using a heavy or light conditioner; or if I can use a heavier conditioner like GVP, just use less.. oh this is all so tiresome...
Myrna, don't overthink it. You have great hair today. Isn't that enough? And I, for one, prefer tighter curls. Tighter curls = more definition for me. (At least when you're in the 3 zone.) So just do the same thing tomorrow and you'll tell by the way your hair feels when it's wet (is it rough and tangly? is it silky and slick?) whether or not you need more moisture. You're lucky because you do low poo everyday so you'll be able to keep better tabs on it. Once in a while I go three or even four days and then I go to wet my hair and it's like a snarly pile of hay and I'm all, "Oh, dear. I've let this go on too long and now I need to deep treat!" If it gets dryer then use the heavier rinseout. Or then experiment with maybe more leave in. But it seems like you've found a good combination of products right away which is very encouraging.
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

Well, Dusa, you know how it is, you've hit the nail on the head, we are curl junkies and product junkies - we think there is something better out there that will produce the best ever curls all the time, amen. Maybe I should start an on line group for "Recovering curl junkies" -except, as you see, I need recovery myself!
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I'd join that group! Now that I'm falling in love with FSG I'm wondering if I'll ever need to buy a finishing product again and what was going on with me that I went through so many. (B-5 design gel, KCCC, devacurl defining gel, argan ecostyler, aussie instant freeze, SM mousse, CJ pattern pusha, and all in the space of less than three months! Yikes!) I think I will still purchase KCCC though. . . out of loyalty. Also CJ Pattern Pusha is good if I want my hair to dry in 60 minutes flat. And I feel terrible writing it but I still kind of want to try Uncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic. I already have 2 HGs under my belt! What the hell is wrong with me?
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

The first step is admitting we are powerless over our addiction, LOL. I have never used FSG; do you make your own, or purchase it? see now, your addiction has just triggered my addiction, we are really in bad shape..
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You guys are cracking me up!

Hair Products Anonymous?
Nope, its Curl Junkies anonymous, and there are hundreds of us who have to admit we are powerless over our addiction, that is the first step to recovery. But this site is like fine wine; there is always a better vintage out there!
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I like the title of this thread. Chuckle chuckle. Hee!
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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
Would you please pass me some more hair products?
I can't stop reading these boards and I check the swap board about 14 times a day or more, just in case there is a new product that catches my eye.

I am overwhelmed and don't know how to quit buying new products when I apparently have the best of the best already. Now I am trying to snatch up all of the drugstore goodies that everyone raves about. It's truly an addiction I need to stop.

The look on my husband's face every time I get a package in the mail says it all. Now it's the shopping bags full of Shea moisture and Aussie products.

Is the grass always going to be greener?
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Upper Michigan Dews
3a ~ Fine ~ High Porosity ~ Normal Density

NoPoo: JC Cleansing Cream
Rinse Outs: SS:PRT, CJ Repair Me, CJ Argan
Detangler: KCKT
Leave-in: CJ Repair me
Stylers: UFDCM, BRHG
Refreshers: Batiste (dry shampoo) on the roots & UFDCM everywhere else

iHerb Discount Code: SAF007


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I think it pays, err, saves to make rules for yourself. I don't plan on buying any hair products this month but I do want to get myself a hair dryer with a big bowl diffuser so I can experiment with blowdrying my hair. I think if I were going on a trip I'd bring my KC products and my favorite co-wash, and maybe a low poo. That should cover it. Oh, wait and coconut oil for deep treating and jojoba oil for sealing. . . Yes, I see how this could get very complicated very quickly. Oh, well. At least the only makeup items I'd feel compelled to bring are mascara and lipstick so I guess I'm not a complete lost cause.
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

Oh, Sheila, how long is the trip? If it was anything longer than 2 weeks I think I'd pack everything in my arsenal too. You never know how your hair might react in a different climate.
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3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

OH boy, you gals have got it BAD. I thought I was bad with my product graveyard! do we need to discuss"turning this over to a higher power to restore us to sanity"? LOL, that comes after admitting powerlessness...

I am doing a biz trip in a couple of weeks and it will be myfirst one where I will do it curly. Ihave ALWAYS straightened my hair if I have do any sort of a presentation because I just never wanted totake the chance that 1) I will be having a bad hair day or 2) the audience willbe (silently) judgmental of my hair. Iam bringing my curly kinks stuff as that is pretty reliable for me but I will also be bringing my small barreled curlingiron in case I do get frizz head and need a quick and certain fix for my curls.






High Density, High Porosity, Medium Texture, 3B with some kink

DT: SS DDMT - HG
Lo-Poo: No Preference
Co-wash: CJ Smoothing Conditioner
RO: CJ Strengthening Conditioner - HG
LI: CK Satin Roots
Styler: CK Coil Jam
Other Likes: Castor Oil; CK Twist Whip, MD CSC
Dislikes: Wheat Protein; Aloe LIs or Stylers

Yeah, at least I'm simple in every other aspect of my life. My knowledge about make-up is pathetic and my wardrobe is lame. Maybe I should start concentrating on other aspects of my life. I'm wasting too much time and money on my hair.

Oh well, I don't think any of us will ever end up on TLC's: My Strange Addiction!
Upper Michigan Dews
3a ~ Fine ~ High Porosity ~ Normal Density

NoPoo: JC Cleansing Cream
Rinse Outs: SS:PRT, CJ Repair Me, CJ Argan
Detangler: KCKT
Leave-in: CJ Repair me
Stylers: UFDCM, BRHG
Refreshers: Batiste (dry shampoo) on the roots & UFDCM everywhere else

iHerb Discount Code: SAF007

Oh, Sheila, how long is the trip? If it was anything longer than 2 weeks I think I'd pack everything in my arsenal too. You never know how your hair might react in a different climate.
Originally Posted by dusalocks
OMG. This caused a mini-panic attack! Lol!! I'm going to England this summer for 2 weeks - I have no idea how my hair will react or what to pack!!!!
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2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Pack for humidity.
just to assist in your product junkie anxities :-)

these product companies really have their fingers on the pulse of we curlies...

From L'oreal to Creme of Nature, have you looked in walmart lately?

There are so many choices. and what is up with this organix company?

Why in the world do they have sooooo many options?

Thankfully, kudos to all the posters and teachers here, reading ingredients helps to dissect much of the addictive behaviours, LOL...

Once you get the ingredients down pat...you will notice the only thing that is different is the packaging and the amount of money available for cool advertisements.

That being said, remember these three rules and you will be fine:

*Never give companies too much credit [they are trying to make money not give you holy grail hair]

*A good ad will have you thinking cat poo is full of a rich mineral used by egyptians for silky soft hair [egyptians worshipped cats - get it]

*and when you finally find stuff you like, remember "that is what you work for..." to enjoy the free market of this great country!!!!

Happy recoveries, LMAO.
growout from baldy since 10/11
modified cg; cones & mild sulfate 'poo
-cowash: fave 2: vo5 strawberry
-rinseout:herbal essencesbodyenvy;color mehappy
-leave in: infusium 23 repair/renew spray
-dc: gvp conditioning balm

www.fotki.com/browncoily
Pack for humidity.
Originally Posted by Myrna
That much I knew (tho thanks for confirming!) - but I don't know how it will react to the water, etc! Though I guess we'll be moving from place to place quite a bit, so that's going to change rapidly. :/

Oh well. I'll work it out! Going to have to get adapters so I can use my hair dryer - lol!!!
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2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Jas, I'd be more worried about being a different country chalk full of different curly products. Might do a little souvenir shopping. (For instance, my curly Brit friend Claire loves Boots Curl Creme. Might want to try that out.)
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

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