What is the one thing you’ve done that has brought results for your hair?

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Hi everyone,

A lot of people go through stages of hair problems where all we have to do is a minor or major adjustment that turns everything around and brings us results. Where there’s a hair problem, there’s a solution. Please share with me an experience you had where you made one adjustment to bring positive results for your hair. If you can also mention your hair type plus the problem you had that’d be great. I look forward to reading everyone’s answers.

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Having Type 2 hair, I would say that more than any product, learning to leave my layers long enough to twist into their natural S curve made all the difference. Previously I would chop my layers in order to control the way they'd fly out into feathers before forming a true "S".
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Dogs and nature abhor a vacuum.
I have 3b hair. Stopping the shampoo has made all the difference in the world for my hair. I haven't shampooed in 4&1/2 years. :-). My hair is not so dry anymore and does not straighten out in the winter months. My hair would always get straight in the winter when I used shampoo.
rbb likes this.
Started CG July 8, 2008


Co-wash: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle or Trader Joe's Nourish Spa
Rinse out: Ion Effective Care Treatment
Leave-in/Styling: Alba Botanica leave in with Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner on top
For me it's putting any product whatsoever on dripping wet hair.
Ditto the products in soaking wet hair. Next up, soft bonnet dryer. It's not exactly easy to use but gives a much better result than diffusing.
Curly work in progress
2C with some 3A if all the stars align
Low porosity, medium to low density and fine
No sulfates since 2009
CG since 2013

In my stash:
Shampoos and conditioners- Tresemme Naturals Low Poo, Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Aloe, Suave Naturals Coconut
Leave Ins- Kinky Curly Knot Today
Stylers- KCCC, AG Recoil, KY Lubricant (yup), SM Curl Milk
Gels- Ecostyler, Biosilk RHG
Mousse- Devacurl Uplifting Foam, Suave Captivating Curls
I don't want to hijack this thread, but Luuuucy, what brand of soft bonnet dryer did you purchase? I'm in the market for one myself with the hopes that it'll be what turns things around for me!
Medium/coarse, low porosity, dense, mix of 3s
CG (again) since Nov. 2012

Cleanse: SM Moisture Retention, Elucence MBC, KC Come Clean
Condish: Giovanni DL, Cure Care, Ion Treatment, GVP Balm, AOHR
Stylers: KCCC, SM Souffle, AOMM, SS CEJ, JCRR, JCCC

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For me it's putting any product whatsoever on dripping wet hair.
Originally Posted by omgstopit
Ditto, game changer.
Leave in! My hair wouldn't clump and was dry dry dry until one day in early quadrupled the amount of leave in I was using. Everything changed. I still use the same one...just more!
I have type3a curls, dense but fine, high porosity.
rbb likes this.
Rae ~ 2c/3a ~
Wife to a 3c Curly Guy
Mom to a straight and a curly.

"The Longer the Hair, the Bigger the Blob."

Porous, very dense but fine hair. Medium everything else.
CoWash: Tressemee naturals
RO: Generic biolage and generic joico k-pak
LI: Tresemee
Miss Jessie's Pillow soft curls, diffuse 50%, add KCCC and diffuse to 80%.
Always wash upside down.
Hootenanny- the Gold n Hot from Sally Beauty. It's not ideal, like I said. Lots of readjusting but for me, the results are worth it.
Hootenanny likes this.
Curly work in progress
2C with some 3A if all the stars align
Low porosity, medium to low density and fine
No sulfates since 2009
CG since 2013

In my stash:
Shampoos and conditioners- Tresemme Naturals Low Poo, Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Aloe, Suave Naturals Coconut
Leave Ins- Kinky Curly Knot Today
Stylers- KCCC, AG Recoil, KY Lubricant (yup), SM Curl Milk
Gels- Ecostyler, Biosilk RHG
Mousse- Devacurl Uplifting Foam, Suave Captivating Curls
Quit brushing my hair a year or 2 ago. I was CG for years in terms of no cones, no shampoo, no blow dryer, but I thought I didn't have time to finger detangle. I continued to (dry) brush my hair with my Denman to get the knots out before getting into the shower and co-washing (I had a deepseated belief that hair shouldn't be brushed wet, too). I don't remember why I finally started finger detangling. Maybe it was when my hair was falling out and I wanted to minimise that. Or maybe I couldn't find my brush

I had chronic split ends for over 20 years, even straight after a trim. Lately, I have none, even though all I trim is SSKs. None (except for a rare couple of splits today from some non-brush related damage that won't be repeated).

My hair finally got down to my waist this January, when it never used to grow past my armpits.
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Tresemme Naturals Radiant Care is my boring but trustworthy fallback
Acid rinse (Dr Bronner's Shikakai) stripped my over-a-year-old indigo, and gave me split ends I haven't had since I gave up brushing
Hair analysis done - surprisingly, I'm normal on all 3 counts
Trying to balance babying my hair with my newfound PJism. Melbourne curly, CG since 2006

Last edited by SweetVintageCurls; 03-22-2013 at 07:28 AM.
Quitting shampoo and quitting brushing. That was the best thing that ever happened to my hair.

Current length: tailbone
Goal length: mid-thigh (wet)
3A/2C M iii med por, high elast

Clarify: Nivea
Lo-poo: Nature's Gate
CW: Elvive Volume Collagen
RO: EO Keratin, Desert Essence Raspberry

LI: Elvive volume collagen, KCKT
Seal: Grapeseed oil
Gel: Studioline

PT: EO Keratin co
DT: RO+oils
Hairgrowth stim.: JBCO+EVCO

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Not brushing anymore
Medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
Excellent thread. I think twirling my curls may be my big breakthrough but I have to try that out more.
2/c-3a Coarse hair med. density.
Protein sensitive but can use occasionally
Highly porous. Color over grey.
I love all the Curl Junkie products and use CJ CCCL as my main styler. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
Every day is a gift
Eliminating sulfates, only detangling when my hair is soaked with shampoo/conditioner, no longer brushing my hair, and washing/conditioning at night and re-wetting and styling in the morning
3a - Fine, thin, non-porous hair - boo!

Shampoo: SM shampoos

Clarifying Shampoo: KC Come Clean

Co-Wash: L'Oreal Cleansing Conditioners, As I Am Co-Wash

Hair Gel: L.A. Looks Sport, KCCC, SM Curling Souffle

DT Conditioner: SM Raw Shea Masque, SM Raw Shea conditioner + coconut oil, GVPCB

LI Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, KCKT, VO5 shea + SM baby oil

Curl Enhancers: L.A. Looks Beachy Waves, Organix Moroccan Sea Salt Spray. AG re:coil
I second twirling! Best thing happened to my hair
curlypearl likes this.
3a with some 2a-2c, Medium/Low Porosity
Co-wash:deva no-poo/Vo5 kiwi
Leave-in:Shea Moisture/GVP conditioning Balm/AOHSR

Since long hair- I finger twist in big chunks, which helps till 5th day hair
Gel:LA sports
Plop: Old T-shirt for 15 minutes ,diffuse
I also agree with applying product to soaking wet hair and NO brushing.

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Mostly 2B with 2C elements and quite a few random 3A corkscrews in my underneath layer. Re-tested my hair porosity and it is now low. I have fairly dense, medium thick hair.

Use: Shea Moisture Raw shampoo and conditioner, co-wash w/ suave naturals coconut, aussie ausome volume mousse and Herbal essence totally twisted gel.
Cutting out harsh sulfates and silicones. Really the whole CG method has taught me how to take care of my curls.
3a/b (normal-porosity/elasticity/density)

Cleanse: CJ Curl Fix, poo bars, Sevi Pumpkin, Deva Decadence NP, SM
Condition/LI: MD RCLI, KCKT, GVPCB, DB pumpkin, Sevi Pumpkin, EMBC, Deva Decadence One C, SM
Style: CHS CK, CJPP, CR CM, KCCC, UFDCM, LALSG, B'Leave-in, Deva styling/super cream, BRHG, MopTop (custard/gel), OM HUDS, OM SS, Volumax mousse/gel
DT: SM superfruit, JC DT, CJ Rehab, Sevi Pumpkin

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CG friendly low-poo and co-washing. I was CG all through 2010, and now I'm CG again, and both times I saw immediate results just from ditching the "bad" shampoo/conditioner and co-washing instead. I still low-poo once a week with a CG friendly shampoo bar to keep build-up off my fine/low-po hair. But even without products, even on the first few days of doing CG again, it's like... wow, much better!
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I'm mostly away doing field work through mid-May.

Hair: curlybob, fine, dense, low-po, big waves/ringlets (2C/3A)
Co-Wash: Nature's Gate Herbal Conditioner
RO: YTC Carrot, Aubrey Organics GPB
LI: BS Shea Soft Styling Cream (HG)
Styling: KCCC, Garnier P&C Gel
1xWeek: low-poo, gelatin PT or Joico K-Pak
Hair Likes: aloe, coconut oil, humidity, protein, long walks on the beach
i agree with no brushing! major fizz attack here! and also i do herbal acv rinses. my hair LOVES it. gives me so much shine and definition. i use a number different herbs my faves are marshamallow root, nettle and sage.

my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
Totally agree with the soaking wet application and going CG - completely changed my hair.

Also I think finding two HG products and really sticking with them - my Suave with aloe and BRHG bring me consistently great results, and any time I try a new CO or gel it never works out nearly as well. So not fiddling with what works was definitely a (somewhat obvious lol) breakthrough for me!

Hair type: Fine, fairly porous, shoulder length when curly. Probably a 3a or 3b with tight ringlets now that it's getting longer. Hair loves aloe, hates glycerin.

Co-Wash: Suave Naturals Aloe and Waterlily (my HG conditioner!)
Rinse Out: Garnier Sleek and Shine, Trevor Sorbie curl conditioner (UK only, unfortunately)
Stylers: KCCC, AG Re:coil, TIGI mousse, but open to suggestions!
Gels: BRHG (my one and only)

CG since 03/28/09

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