looking for other 2a/2b/2c/3a for product ideas!!

I'm just looking for other 2a/2b/2c/3a's for product ideas!!

I'm having some clumping issues, my hair looks really stringy and my curls seem limp, I've been trying an array of products.
I'm gonna update my signature with all my products and uses.

I diffuse like crazy just to keep the curl. I want to enhance my curls and perhaps get them curlier!

I'll be posting pictures from my phone as well.
I'm just kind of lost with all the product possibilities etc.

FEELING SO OVERWHELMED RIGHT NOW!
CG since: 2/9/2013
HAIR: 2a/b with nearly straight hair at neck, flat on top, low porosity, medium density, fine, medium length
Currently using:
Low Poo/No Poo: SM YB, Malibu C Hardwater Wellness (every other day)
Rinse Out: Malibu C Hardwater Wellness Conditioner
Leave In: SM Coconut Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk
Gel: Volumax (Sally's)
PT: gelatin!
DT: Curls Unleashed NR

Love diffusing.
Always learning!
looking for other 2a/2b/2c/3a for product ideas!!-imageuploadedbycurltalk1366771363.727929.jpg this was my best hair day like a week ago maybe 2
CG since: 2/9/2013
HAIR: 2a/b with nearly straight hair at neck, flat on top, low porosity, medium density, fine, medium length
Currently using:
Low Poo/No Poo: SM YB, Malibu C Hardwater Wellness (every other day)
Rinse Out: Malibu C Hardwater Wellness Conditioner
Leave In: SM Coconut Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk
Gel: Volumax (Sally's)
PT: gelatin!
DT: Curls Unleashed NR

Love diffusing.
Always learning!
You're hair's really pretty! Have you tried a deep treatment or protein treatment? For me, protein treatments usually fix limp hair. Also, when are you applying your products? Applying to soaking wet hair gives me bigger clumps. It might also be the weather change from spring to summer.
Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity. Dyed to brown a few months ago.
Lowpoo:
Trader Joe's TTT Shampoo
Rinse Out:
Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint
LI: Yes to Carrots
Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse
You're hair's really pretty! Have you tried a deep treatment or protein treatment? For me, protein treatments usually fix limp hair. Also, when are you applying your products? Applying to soaking wet hair gives me bigger clumps. It might also be the weather change from spring to summer.
Originally Posted by rainboe
Thank you!! Unfortunately my hair has looked nothing like that lately I apply products to wet hair and diffuse. I have not done a deep treatment or a protein treatment, dying to try one though! I heard of gelatin being a good one, idk how to do it but I'm hoping to do one this weeked
CG since: 2/9/2013
HAIR: 2a/b with nearly straight hair at neck, flat on top, low porosity, medium density, fine, medium length
Currently using:
Low Poo/No Poo: SM YB, Malibu C Hardwater Wellness (every other day)
Rinse Out: Malibu C Hardwater Wellness Conditioner
Leave In: SM Coconut Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk
Gel: Volumax (Sally's)
PT: gelatin!
DT: Curls Unleashed NR

Love diffusing.
Always learning!
You're hair's really pretty! Have you tried a deep treatment or protein treatment? For me, protein treatments usually fix limp hair. Also, when are you applying your products? Applying to soaking wet hair gives me bigger clumps. It might also be the weather change from spring to summer.
Originally Posted by rainboe
Thank you!! Unfortunately my hair has looked nothing like that lately I apply products to wet hair and diffuse. I have not done a deep treatment or a protein treatment, dying to try one though! I heard of gelatin being a good one, idk how to do it but I'm hoping to do one this weeked
Originally Posted by angelicak
You can go up to the search bar and look up the gelatin protein treatment. The thread was by AIgirl. I would look it up, but Im on ky phone right now. I use a packet of Knox gelatin mixed with really hot water (like 1/4 a cup), with a splash of vinegar and some AO GBP conditioner (you can use any conditioner). Then I let it sit on my head while I take a long shower. Some people find PTs drying, but others don't. Just don't be alarmed if your hair is a little dry.

I also have heard that glycerin can mess with some people when dew point rise up. I haven't personally had issues with that, but it could be worth cutting glycerin some. I feel like glycerin is one of those ingredients that's super hard to avoid though, so I would try other stuff first.
Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity. Dyed to brown a few months ago.
Lowpoo:
Trader Joe's TTT Shampoo
Rinse Out:
Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint
LI: Yes to Carrots
Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse
The gelatin recipe is on this website. You buy the gelatin in the baking aisle at the grocery store next to the Jello.

Pedaheh's Hair Blog: Science-y Hair Blog Recipes
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
Cleanse: CJ Daily Fix, JC Cleansing Cream, TJ Tea Tree Condish
Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
The gelatin recipe is on this website. You buy the gelatin in the baking aisle at the grocery store next to the Jello.

Pedaheh's Hair Blog: Science-y Hair Blog Recipes
Originally Posted by chloe92us
Thank you!! I can't wait to try it
CG since: 2/9/2013
HAIR: 2a/b with nearly straight hair at neck, flat on top, low porosity, medium density, fine, medium length
Currently using:
Low Poo/No Poo: SM YB, Malibu C Hardwater Wellness (every other day)
Rinse Out: Malibu C Hardwater Wellness Conditioner
Leave In: SM Coconut Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk
Gel: Volumax (Sally's)
PT: gelatin!
DT: Curls Unleashed NR

Love diffusing.
Always learning!
I'm a 2C. I use Curl Keeper on my wet hair. I also use Knot Today. I then plop for about 1/2 hour. I then take my hair down and apply Pantene Curl Mousse (it works better for me when my hair is only damp or when it's dry). I then apply some clips in the crown, blow out my bangs, and let my hair air dry. LOL I have a 1 hr drive to work so the vents help dry my hair! I sleep with my hair down at night (pineappling does not work for me! It only tangles my hair!) In the AM I spritz my hair lightly with water, apply a little more Pantene Mouse and Knot Today (if needed) and do am almost dry plop (I accordion my hair into the shirt and tie it up). I do my makeup and when I'm done I let my hair down. I get full bouncy curls doing this! One thing I notice is I CANNOT handle tons of products in my hair. I have very thick hair but it does not like an abundance of product. I can handle cones but again not in abundance. For me simple is best
Keep in mind if you do a PT you'll probably want to follow it with a DT. A cheap one is GVP conditioning balm found at Sally's. A lot of ladies use it as a rinse out as well.

I really like Curl Junkie products, especially the conditioners! Stylers are hit or miss. My favs are in my siggy.

I don't know all of your products, is there much protein in them?
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Repair Me, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC, UFD Curly Magic
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

Keep in mind if you do a PT you'll probably want to follow it with a DT. A cheap one is GVP conditioning balm found at Sally's. A lot of ladies use it as a rinse out as well.

I really like Curl Junkie products, especially the conditioners! Stylers are hit or miss. My favs are in my siggy.

I don't know all of your products, is there much protein in them?
Originally Posted by asianrunner
Is there any other DT I can do that involve the products I already have? (Poor college student lol)
I honestly have no idea what proteins if any are in my products.
CG since: 2/9/2013
HAIR: 2a/b with nearly straight hair at neck, flat on top, low porosity, medium density, fine, medium length
Currently using:
Low Poo/No Poo: SM YB, Malibu C Hardwater Wellness (every other day)
Rinse Out: Malibu C Hardwater Wellness Conditioner
Leave In: SM Coconut Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk
Gel: Volumax (Sally's)
PT: gelatin!
DT: Curls Unleashed NR

Love diffusing.
Always learning!
I'm a 2C. I use Curl Keeper on my wet hair. I also use Knot Today. I then plop for about 1/2 hour. I then take my hair down and apply Pantene Curl Mousse (it works better for me when my hair is only damp or when it's dry). I then apply some clips in the crown, blow out my bangs, and let my hair air dry. LOL I have a 1 hr drive to work so the vents help dry my hair! I sleep with my hair down at night (pineappling does not work for me! It only tangles my hair!) In the AM I spritz my hair lightly with water, apply a little more Pantene Mouse and Knot Today (if needed) and do am almost dry plop (I accordion my hair into the shirt and tie it up). I do my makeup and when I'm done I let my hair down. I get full bouncy curls doing this! One thing I notice is I CANNOT handle tons of products in my hair. I have very thick hair but it does not like an abundance of product. I can handle cones but again not in abundance. For me simple is best
Originally Posted by Cristy_amk
That's helpful thanks!
CG since: 2/9/2013
HAIR: 2a/b with nearly straight hair at neck, flat on top, low porosity, medium density, fine, medium length
Currently using:
Low Poo/No Poo: SM YB, Malibu C Hardwater Wellness (every other day)
Rinse Out: Malibu C Hardwater Wellness Conditioner
Leave In: SM Coconut Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk
Gel: Volumax (Sally's)
PT: gelatin!
DT: Curls Unleashed NR

Love diffusing.
Always learning!
Ever consider mousse? Herbal essences curl mousse seems to help me. Just started using it a few days ago in conjuction with gel
2b/2c, Med density, Med Porosity, Fine/Med width, Med length, layers start below ears. Just my shot in the dark for my hair properties. Growing out bleached highlights Fall 2012, growing out dyed hair March 2013. Makes for a confusing mix of properties. Learning how different processes affect hair properties. Using lot of drugstore products right now. Determining what's right for my hair in my climate. Pittsburgh has a little bit of everything weather wise. Modified CGM since March 2013.
The best way to choose products is based on properties, not curl pattern. Properties include things like texture, porosity, and density. Livecurlylivefree.com has lots of great info for determining your hair properties (and also offers a hair analysis service if you're still unsure), as well as general info about ingredients to look for/avoid based on properties. There is also a thread buried somewhere in the 2s forum called "Share Your Hair Biography." It's a great reference for searching out other people with the same properties and seeing what works and doesn't work for them. Again, curl pattern really doesn't play into this. I have 3a curls, but my hair twin has 2b waves. We have nearly identical properties and get almost identical results from the same products. If one of us raves about something, it's pretty much guaranteed that the other will love it also.

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
The best way to choose products is based on properties, not curl pattern. Properties include things like texture, porosity, and density. Livecurlylivefree.com has lots of great info for determining your hair properties (and also offers a hair analysis service if you're still unsure), as well as general info about ingredients to look for/avoid based on properties. There is also a thread buried somewhere in the 2s forum called "Share Your Hair Biography." It's a great reference for searching out other people with the same properties and seeing what works and doesn't work for them. Again, curl pattern really doesn't play into this. I have 3a curls, but my hair twin has 2b waves. We have nearly identical properties and get almost identical results from the same products. If one of us raves about something, it's pretty much guaranteed that the other will love it also.
Originally Posted by Corrina777
Do you know if I have to pay for the hair analysis? I think I might do that if it doesn't cost too much because I'm not 100% sure on my hair properties. They should be in my signature but idk cuz I'm on my phone!
CG since: 2/9/2013
HAIR: 2a/b with nearly straight hair at neck, flat on top, low porosity, medium density, fine, medium length
Currently using:
Low Poo/No Poo: SM YB, Malibu C Hardwater Wellness (every other day)
Rinse Out: Malibu C Hardwater Wellness Conditioner
Leave In: SM Coconut Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk
Gel: Volumax (Sally's)
PT: gelatin!
DT: Curls Unleashed NR

Love diffusing.
Always learning!
Unfortunately, yes. I don't know what the cost is now. I paid about $20 back when I got mine done. I'm on the app also, so I can't see signatures

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
Unfortunately, yes. I don't know what the cost is now. I paid about $20 back when I got mine done. I'm on the app also, so I can't see signatures
Originally Posted by Corrina777
Bummer! Il just keep my properties I guessed!
CG since: 2/9/2013
HAIR: 2a/b with nearly straight hair at neck, flat on top, low porosity, medium density, fine, medium length
Currently using:
Low Poo/No Poo: SM YB, Malibu C Hardwater Wellness (every other day)
Rinse Out: Malibu C Hardwater Wellness Conditioner
Leave In: SM Coconut Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk
Gel: Volumax (Sally's)
PT: gelatin!
DT: Curls Unleashed NR

Love diffusing.
Always learning!
To all!

This is my hair not diffused
looking for other 2a/2b/2c/3a for product ideas!!-imageuploadedbycurltalk1366997796.007024.jpg
CG since: 2/9/2013
HAIR: 2a/b with nearly straight hair at neck, flat on top, low porosity, medium density, fine, medium length
Currently using:
Low Poo/No Poo: SM YB, Malibu C Hardwater Wellness (every other day)
Rinse Out: Malibu C Hardwater Wellness Conditioner
Leave In: SM Coconut Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk
Gel: Volumax (Sally's)
PT: gelatin!
DT: Curls Unleashed NR

Love diffusing.
Always learning!
I have the same issues with my curls when I have too much build up. Have you tried clarifying recently?
I have the same issues with my curls when I have too much build up. Have you tried clarifying recently?
Originally Posted by collegecurly27
Yeah I clarified about a week or so ago, that was when I had my best hair day then diffused. But I've been trying to fix my dry scalp issue (it gets itchy really quickly) I think I'm going to need to wait until I go home in 3 weeks. (I'm in college and hate having to use all my bfs gas getting all kinds of products all over) also when I go home I'm going to be teaching my sister cg to fix her hair!!!!
CG since: 2/9/2013
HAIR: 2a/b with nearly straight hair at neck, flat on top, low porosity, medium density, fine, medium length
Currently using:
Low Poo/No Poo: SM YB, Malibu C Hardwater Wellness (every other day)
Rinse Out: Malibu C Hardwater Wellness Conditioner
Leave In: SM Coconut Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk
Gel: Volumax (Sally's)
PT: gelatin!
DT: Curls Unleashed NR

Love diffusing.
Always learning!
Sounds like we have similar hair and are having similar problems. I'm having the worst hair day in the full two years since I went silicone/ sulphate free, so not fair after all the effort I've put it I could actually cry.

Pretty sure my hair is over-conditioned, it's lank with no curl. Curled up beautifully with a sulphate free shampoo followed by protein treatment (Komaza Care) but now is virtually straight with no more than a few hairs glued together, looks like I brushed it out!

If I find a solution I will post it up for you.

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