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Last edited by Helpmycurlyhair; 02-07-2014 at 06:01 PM.
Welcome! Your hair reminds me of Waterlily716 on YouTube, she is a curly hair guru, you might like her videos. http://www.youtube.com/user/waterlily716

Many of us here are following the Curly Girl method. It's worth reading the stickies on the newbies board and this board, work out your hair properties and get your head around the method. Then choose your products based on your properties and dew points/ humidity locally.

You may not want to use shampoo at all, you may be successful with conditioner only washing full time. I've shampoo'd a handful of times in over two years and only because I used silicones so had no option not by choice.

You can use dry shampoo on your hairline or crown if you need it, don't comb or brush the excess out, wipe with a soft microfibre towel (dollar store is fine). BTW throw away your brush, detangle with your fingers or a wide tooth comb from now on.

Long layers are good for curly hair, ideally get a curly specialist haircut - see the salon reviews tab on the main NC site. If you get your hair thinned or too short layers you could end up with poof/ frizz.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
I can attest to the short layers & poof. It is real. My shortest layers are at the crown on my head & I have the most frizz there. A mess at times especially when the humidity is high.
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Last edited by Helpmycurlyhair; 02-07-2014 at 06:02 PM.
I can only tell you what I use. Due to the high humidity, I use products that control frizz. The stylers I use that are my summer HG products are the Shea moisture curl enhancing milk & smoothie. Put the smoothie on your ends & the milk from root to tip. Then style as usual. But be careful when using glycerin cuz I've heard it can dry out your hair, but my hair loves it.
But find a shampoo & or conditioner you like. But my routine consists mostly of stylers. Use whatever cheap sulfate free shampoo & silicone & sulfate free conditioner I can find.
So... What kinds of products do you recommend for my hair??
Originally Posted by Helpmycurlyhair
Depends on your hair properties and dew points/ humidity, check out the stickies, the Live Curly Live Free site and Waterlily716 as advised.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
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Last edited by Helpmycurlyhair; 02-07-2014 at 06:02 PM.
with an inexpensive sulphate free shampoo and silicone free conditioner is excellent advice and will make a huge, huge difference (I feel).

I still shampoo, but not daily and go by feel of my hair. I found Live Clean shampoo and conditioners (I particularly like the Apple Cider shampoo as it doesn't seem to coat my hair). I go with what's on sale! Also found that one of the Tresemme's lines (green and white bottle - read the labels!) to be a great price. I go through lots and lots of conditioner, even with short hair, as I use tons on my wavy daughters.

My daughters use a mix of 'safe' conditioner and water, in a spritz bottle, to spray their hair in the mornings (they are young, have relatively straight hair so they can brush their hair - I don't recommend that you brush yours!). It is a reminder that conditioner can be a styling product! Though if I use too much, my hair looks and feels awful - coated.

For product, I prefer 'creams' instead of clear gels. I like AG's recoil. And, I really like Sebastian Potion 9 (warning: contains a silicone, however, I seem to tolerate that particular a-something, something cone quite well).

A big help for styling is to not handle your hair too much when dry - will make it poofy - and never brush it when dry (ever).
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Growing out a pixie (last big cut July 2012)
3a? 3b? Fine, dense. Porous.
Finally sulfate free. Avoiding silicones.
On another thread, a poster pointed out that the SHAMPOO of Tresemme Naturals contains SULPHATES (which could explain why I didn't buy it - must have read the label and left the shampoo on the shelf). But I just double checked the conditioner (same line) and it is 'safe', as in, does not contain silicones
Growing out a pixie (last big cut July 2012)
3a? 3b? Fine, dense. Porous.
Finally sulfate free. Avoiding silicones.
I also highly recommend waterlily716's videos. In addition to her videos on the curly girl method, she has a lot of videos in her fav gels, conditioners, etc. I can tell you this-she would definitely recommend GVP conditioning balm, the generic of biolage conditioning balm. That stuff is amazing! Unfortunately, as far as I know, it's only available at Sally Beauty Supply. HTH!

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