help! my hair is too soft after day 1 of CG!

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hi there curly girlies!
well for the first time in my life I have decided to fully embrace my natural curly hair. mostly out of the need for an easier routine in the morning. for 10 years I straightened my hair every day because I hated, no, LOATHED, my 3b (with a bit of 3a) curly hair. it's pretty fine, medium length, and I have a lot of it. normally it's pretty dry.

after a week or two of wearing it natural I decided to try going CG. today I did my last shampoo, cowashed and then conditioned (used aussi moist for the cowash and tresseme naturals for my condition), then I put in marc anthony curl defining lotion as normal, and curl boosting spray. i diffused less than normal because the goal was to reduce the wild frizz I've been experiencing, and let me tell you, my hair is like BUTTER. but it won't hold the curl!

I know my hair is healthy, it is coloured but my hair dresser is amazing and uses elumen dye which is supposed to be better for your hair? I also recently had it cut, so there is hardly any damaged or split ends. could it be that my hair actually is just too soft/over conditioned on the first day of CG??

I don't want to use gels or mousses because scrunching is a nightmare for my hair and always separates the curls around the side of my head and they frizz. I also really really want to avoid crunchy/hard/wet looking hair. another problem is I'm on a budget and I can't spend 100000000 dollars on something. I need a product that will maintain the softness but hold the curl. preferably something I could find at Walmart?

please help me, if you can!
Hi!
I think your hair are still adapting to the new routine, they are in a transition phase.
I have fine hair too and i noticed that too rich products (like spray or creme with too much oil or butters) weight them down flattening the curls.
For the styling i'm using flaxseed gel with a bit of glycerine and hydrolized protein in it and the curls are defined and soft
Curl Pattern: 2c-3a
Porosity: medium
Density: thin
Width: fine
Lenght: short (jaw-lenght)
2013 haircut: 1/25/2013; 07/04/2013

Routine: modified CG
CW: cone free and protein free conditioners
DT: homemade sheabutter hair creme /Hydraderm sheabutter hair mask+coconut oil+lecitin
Styling before diffusing FSG with hydrolized keratin
Once a month (or every 2 months): henna
Welcome! What are your hair properties and dew points/ humidity? See Live Curly Live Free website, frizz forecast app on the main NC site, all the stickes on the newbies board and this one.

Forget what scrunching always does, there are different application methods (raking, smoothing with palms, gentle squeezing in) and different techniques work with different products and other techniques. Scrunching into dripping hair is way different to scrunching into damp hair. And your hair should change it's tastes and needs as it gets healthier - many of us struggle to get or maintain clumps in the early days of CG.

If you want hold you probably want a gel/ jelly or mousse depending on your hair type. Crunch gets gently scrunched out when your hair is bone dry (many of us press or squeeze it's not a vigorous thing). Which leave in conditioner you use and how much is a major part of clumping, not simply your styling product.

If you've been flat ironing fine hair daily and permanently colour treating your hair is highly unlikely to be healthy it will be damaged, dryness and frizz is likely symptomatic of that. Split or velcro ends don't just mean hair is damaged, they mean the ends are damaged beyond repair or 'fried'. For damaged or porous hair beneficial ingredients include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides and panthenol. Fine hair does particularly well with hydrolysed protein.

HTH.
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 oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Welcome! What are your hair properties and dew points/ humidity? See Live Curly Live Free website, frizz forecast app on the main NC site, all the stickes on the newbies board and this one.

Forget what scrunching always does, there are different application methods (raking, smoothing with palms, gentle squeezing in) and different techniques work with different products and other techniques. Scrunching into dripping hair is way different to scrunching into damp hair. And your hair should change it's tastes and needs as it gets healthier - many of us struggle to get or maintain clumps in the early days of CG.

If you want hold you probably want a gel/ jelly or mousse depending on your hair type. Crunch gets gently scrunched out when your hair is bone dry (many of us press or squeeze it's not a vigorous thing). Which leave in conditioner you use and how much is a major part of clumping, not simply your styling product.

If you've been flat ironing fine hair daily and permanently colour treating your hair is highly unlikely to be healthy it will be damaged, dryness and frizz is likely symptomatic of that. Split or velcro ends don't just mean hair is damaged, they mean the ends are damaged beyond repair or 'fried'. For damaged or porous hair beneficial ingredients include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides and panthenol. Fine hair does particularly well with hydrolysed protein.

HTH.
Originally Posted by Firefox7275
you're right. I'm sure there is some damaged hair in there still. I think what I meant to say is that it's the healthiest it's ever been, in almost a decade. I'm very familiar with fried hair, I've dealt with some of the most damaged ugly hair you've ever seen, it's gotten so bad on a few occasions that my hair would actually get shorter, because of how much was breaking off. I actually don't have much of a problem with frizz now that I moisturized with lots of conditioner, my hair is so soft but yeah as stated above the curls just kinda slipped apart. it's very strange!

As for humidity, it's like 50% where I am today, it's a cooler, dryer day, but we have been having a heat wave so that could be why my hair is behaving so differently.

Thank you so much for your tips, maybe I will try a gel after all. mousse probably not, I just really hate the idea of it and to be honest the texture of it and the sound it makes when you dispense it gives me the shivers LOL! I like the idea of crunching out the hard bits, I never really thought of that! Very smart!

I will say that my hair is ok now that it's fully dried. one thing I noticed is that my curls are definitely getting wider but shorter. before, when my hair was at the peak of it's damage, it was tiny little s shaped kinks, but now they're fuller like true 3a, but much more spirally and in turn, shorter. I don't have mixed or African American hair but I do believe its possible for me to experience some major shrinkage!

But again, thank you so much, I have this bookmarked for sure!
Double check the ingredients on your Aussie Moist conditioner. If I recall correctly, it has a silicone (ingredients ending in -cone, -conol, and -xane) and the 'cone isn't water soluble so you won't be able to cowash it out of your hair. If you find a 'cone, you can repeat your sulfate wash, or pick up a low poo (sulfate free shampoo) that contains Cocamidpopropyl Betaine or Cocobetaine. Either method will remove any silicones left on your hair.
CG since 11/2011
2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

Summer Products /Routine:
Clarifying: ACV rinses, Suave Professional Men Deep Clean Peppermint
Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
Co-washes: VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze or Strawberries & Cream
RO: VO5 KLS or S&C, Cure Care
LI (if needed): VO5 S&C, VO5 SC, Cure Care
Stylers: FSG, AIF,
Tresemme Flawless Curls Bouncy Curls gel
PT: IAGirl's (link) as needed
Don't be afraid to try gels. If you get crunch, just scrunch it out. Believe me, I want just about as hard a hold as you can get, and while it's drying my hair looks like it's shellacked, but once I scrunch the crunch out you can't tell I have product in my hair. I have curls without the gel, but they will separate and get very floaty.
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3a/b, fine, normal porosity, high density

Wash: CJ Daily Fix, As I Am, TJs TTT
RO: YTB
LI: Suave TC + CJ CCCC, brushed through with Denman
Styling: Smooth in LAL Wet Look gel, scrunch, and plop 10 minutes, then add a little more gel, cover with silk cap, and sleep on it
Refresh: 3:1 water/Suave mix as needed
Yeah, I'm pretty sure Aussie Moist has a silicone in it. Is this the spray you use? Because if so it also has a silicone in it. Curls Marc Anthony Curl Booster Ulta.com - Cosmetics, Fragrance, Salon and Beauty Gifts It would probably be nice to get a coco betaine shampoo, especially if you want to keep using the cone products. You can't be completely Shampoo free and use products with cones. They will not cowash out of your hair, and you will get build up.

If you have fine hair, I wouldn't cowash with something so heavy. I would consider Aussie Moist to be a rinse out conditioner. If you want to incorporate a shampoo and keep using Aussie, you should switch between TN and Aussie. Both together is probably overkill. You might be better cowashing with Suave Naturals conditioner or maybe VO5 conditioner. That much conditioner might have left you a little overconditioned.

Also, you might just need definition in your hair. You say you dislike gel, but have you tried scrunching out the crunch when your hair is dry? Like, after your hair is mostly or completely dry with gel in it, you can scrunch your hair to make it feel soft like it doesn't have gel in it. Then, you maintain your style and definition, but your hair doesn't have that hard wet look. If you don't like gel, then maybe mousse would be nice? Either way, a lot of curlies find that adding product is better on soaking wet hair instead of damp hair.

Here are some helpful links:
How to Follow the Curly Girl Method
Curlies on a Budget
Plopping
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

Last edited by rainboe; 07-20-2013 at 05:36 PM.
I second looking at your Aussie. Have you also considered adding a little protein to your regimen? That usually helps bring curls back to life with the elasticity, along with other benefits.
High Porosity, Fine, Thin Density, Low Elasticity
Natures Gate hemp for co-washing, detangling, and leave in + CO.
Curls
I was never a gel user either.. but scrunching out the crunch is SOOO much fun!!
CurlyInTheFog and chloe92us like this.
3A/2C fine, normal porosity & elasticity, medium high density

Current products:
YTCucs Color Protection Low poo
GVP Conditioning Balm
Random gels - not sure which ones I like, if any at this point!


HG Summer Routine:
poo - TMW Hydrate
RO & LI - Darcy's Pumpkin Seed
Leave in Products: CHSCK & LALMG
PT - CJ RM
DT - EVCO

Currently trying to figure out a winter routine and transition to a less harsh "poo" for summer.
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 939
I'm not a gel person either and I spent a long time avoiding them. Once I ran out of all my non gel options I tried a gel hunt and actually found a wonderful gel that dries without crunch.

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