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Old 09-03-2013, 01:30 PM   #1
 
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Hi all,

I'm new to the CG method and need some help. For the past year or more I've been straighten my hair with a flat iron. A little more than a month ago I started the CG method, but I got frustrated a few weeks into it and straightened my hair twice. Then started co-washing again after that. My hair is breaking everywhere! If my one year old son grabs it - it can just break off.

Most of my hair is 2b-2c, but the top layer is 2a. It's right above my shoulders. I think I have medium texture, dense, low porosity hair. The current dew point is 46, but it's usually lower than that.

I could really use some help on what products to use and what to do exactly b/c obviously what I'm doing is not working. Right now I'm using Suave Naturals Ocean Breeze as a co-wash. Then Tres Emme Naturals as a leave in. Lately I haven't been using gel since I got some L.A. Looks Sports Gel and I just do not like the feeling of it on my hair.

I was reading a bit today and realized I might need some protein in my hair or some deep moisturizing treatments (or both?), but I'm not even sure where to start on what products and what to do. Also, I'm wondering if I should try some different conditioners for a co-wash and leave-in. I definitely need a different gel - or can I use a cream of some sort? Obviously, I'm pretty confused and your help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:48 PM   #2
 
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If the dew points are low in your area, you want to use moisturizing products but not humectants. Humectants such as sorbitol or honey can pull moisture from your hair since there is no moisture in the air around you to moisturize your hair. Also, you want to use emollients such as jojoba, coconut, olive, argan oils ect. These can be used as overnight treatments to keep your hair healthy.
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:50 PM   #3
 
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Also. You can get a humidifier for your room this will help moisturize your hair at night.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:32 PM   #4
 
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Thank you!

It looks like Suave Naturals Ocean Breeze has sorbitol and the LA Looks Sport Gel has sorbitol and glycerin. I'll stop using those.

Are there any conditioners and gels that I can get locally (Sallys, Target, etc.) to replace those?

I'll look into getting some emollients. I actually already have a humidifier in my room for my son - good to know it's helping my hair too!
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:47 PM   #5
 
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Although LA sports gel has super duper strong hold, a lot of people don't like how it makes their hair feel. For me, it felt dried out even though it wasn't. I use Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel; it's CG and has very strong hold. My hair dries crunchy but I scrunch it out and the curls last for 2-3 days if I don't pull them out with a ponytail, etc.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:02 PM   #6
 
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All gels made my ends feel dries out until I started using a good leave in.
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