Product Shy Newbie, Ahoy!
I am on day 6 of using the CM Method. I have 2B/C curls, medium length coarse/medium hair.
For years I wore my hair with it's natural curls and waves, but since I've always been a no-fuss kinda girl, I never really used any styling products at all. I washed my hair once or twice a week and used watered down conditioner to tame frizz and scrunch my curls. That is it, never used a defuser, never used gel, nothing. The most i ever really fussed with was that I had short Bettie Page style bangs that I flat ironed everyday.
About 6 moths ago, I decided to grow my bangs out and in the time, i have been flat ironing nearly EVERY day just cause I couldn't stand how my inbetween length bangs looked curly and straightening them when they came down past my eyes looked weird with the curly hair.
After 6 months of flat ironing, my hair is a wreck! I was trimming the ends about every 3 weeks, but they still felt like hay. It's breaking a lot of is just dry and frizzy and awful.
SO... my bangs are long enough now to sweep off my forehead completely and they curl in this cute swoop, so I'm going BACK to my curls, but I thought going CM might help me to repair some of the damage i've done and get the most out of my curls!
I'm still staying pretty simple. Using Suave Naturals for Co-Wash and to detangle, using L.A. Looks Gel and am SO SURPRISED at what a difference it makes with bringing out the shape of my curls.
I got the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque when it was on sale last week at Walgreens and it make my hair so soft and silky and shiny!
I have VERY dry skin naturally, which I think is what has kept me from having the oily scalp i've heard a lot of newbie CG'ers complain of during the beginning. But I am noticing that my hair feels silkier, when i run my fingers down a curl it moves with more ease than it was last week. I'm starting to wonder if this is just how hair with PRODUCT feels (remember i NEVER used product before) or if this is just how truly moisturized hair feels....
Any others here who are more product shy, like me?
...oh and thanks to all of you, lurking through these boards has taught me a lot!
Yeah, I'm definitely product shy, or maybe product averse. :geek:
My hair is less wavy than yours, so until I found the CG book and this website at the end of last year I just poo'd & conditioned it 3-4 times a week. If I had the money to get natural products I did but I never used styling products. Most the time my hair looked fine but in summer it would live in a bun most mornings to tame the frizz. I started out trying the jellies rather than gels, I've tried mousse type products too and I keep considering trying a 'real' gel. My issue is that I am used to touching my hair throughout the day and I Hatehatehate it when it feels rough, tangly or sticky. I've run through nearly every jelly and am verging on trying condish only. And actually watering down my fave leave-in to use as frizz maintenance sounds like a great idea. Sounds like you're liking the LA looks gel though. How does your hair feel with it? Can you run your fingers through it? I'll try anything once. :laughing1:
I aint gonna lie - i was skeptical about the L.A. Looks, but saw SO MANY CG YouTubers call it there holy grail gel, plus it being so darn cheap, I thought giving it a shot wouldn't hurt!
I bought the new "Anti-Frizz" version that is pastel purple... when it first goes on and is drying —*yeah, don't wanna touch - but once my hair is about 75-80% dry I give it a few scrunches and that removes any crunch that might be there. I applied some at about 9am today and if i wanted to I could have run my fingers straight through my curls by 11 with no stick or crunch.
As anyone would say though, this is my experience with my hair. :)
I still am doing the watered down condit. in the mornings on my 2nd day hair.
For a soft feel, try some creams! I like alba botanicals soft hold cream and AG recoil. The softness you're experiencing is most likely due to you conditioning it properly. ;)
Well, I guess another trip to Target is in order! :walk:
Oh crap, and the health food store, or wherever they sell the Alba cream.
Thanks for the info. :alien:
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