2014 One Inch Per Month Challenge

Like Tree473Likes

@Asagi- I'd check all my products for proteins since the replenishing pac already has it to make sure protein overload isn't the problem. In that case I'd think another deep condition session is necessary.
I also saw on another site when I googled for it's ingedients that it has an ingredient or two that can be very drying, along with polyquats. I've been learning that there are sone people who experience build-up with polyquats which could also explain your hair situation. If polyquats are to explain you may need a clarifying shampoo.
Good luck and hth

Sent from my SCH-I200 using CurlTalk App
Originally Posted by lori.mattox
Hey thanks for answering! So I did a deep condition last night with Creme of Nature Jojoba & Olive Oil Moisture-Active Deep Conditioning Treatment and left it on overnight. My hair feels much much MUCH better this morning I'll check my other products for protein though I could have sworn they didn't have any. Are there other names for protein that might appear in an ingredients list?
Originally Posted by asagi
As you've probably seen some are super obvious like silk proteins/silk amino acids, soy protein, wheat protein/hydrolyzed wheat protein, or vegetable proteins. Collagen, casein, keratin, and I always assume anything with amino or amine may be a protein containing product especially if it's at the beginning of the compound can be other culprits. (the last one may or may not be a good thing as some things like Stearamidopropyl dimethylamine has amine in the name and nitrogen in it's structure but acts as a silicone replacement from what I found)
In trying to give a comprehensive answer I did some searching and did find this post on curlynikki: Identifying Proteins & Humectants in Hair Products | Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Styles and Natural Hair Care
I also realized while there there that though panthenol is a B vitamin derivative, it's listed as a humectant. I'm thinking that its water solubility makes it behave as a humectant, so if where you live is dry that may cause dry hair also unless you had provided extra moisture/protection. Curly nikki also did a blog post on that but I can't find it now that I'm looking for it. =(

For your case, I would say your hair may not have needed the protein or something else in the replenishing pak.

OOOH- I had to edit this b/c I thought of something else to look for proteins. Most likely, when a product indicates that it is to be used for damaged, overprocessed hair or to strengthen hair- it has protein in it. I hope that helps too!
3C/4A Fine texture, low porosity, low/medium density? Trying CG since Dec. 2013
Shampoo: Curl's Creamy Curl Cleanser or clarifying shampoo when needed.
Co-wash: Curl's coconut curlada
Deep Condition: Experimenting in the kitchen
oil: flaxseed and coconut for treatments
Styler: Tresemme conditioner, alone or mixed together with aloe vera gel
Sealer: aloe vera juice

Last edited by lori.mattox; 12-03-2013 at 09:38 AM. Reason: one more thought
@Asagi- I'd check all my products for proteins since the replenishing pac already has it to make sure protein overload isn't the problem. In that case I'd think another deep condition session is necessary.
I also saw on another site when I googled for it's ingedients that it has an ingredient or two that can be very drying, along with polyquats. I've been learning that there are sone people who experience build-up with polyquats which could also explain your hair situation. If polyquats are to explain you may need a clarifying shampoo.
Good luck and hth

Sent from my SCH-I200 using CurlTalk App
Originally Posted by lori.mattox
Hey thanks for answering! So I did a deep condition last night with Creme of Nature Jojoba & Olive Oil Moisture-Active Deep Conditioning Treatment and left it on overnight. My hair feels much much MUCH better this morning I'll check my other products for protein though I could have sworn they didn't have any. Are there other names for protein that might appear in an ingredients list?
Originally Posted by asagi
As you've probably seen some are super obvious like silk proteins/silk amino acids, soy protein, wheat protein/hydrolyzed wheat protein, or vegetable proteins. Collagen, casein, keratin, and I always assume anything with amino or amine may be a protein containing product especially if it's at the beginning of the compound can be other culprits. (the last one may or may not be a good thing as some things like Stearamidopropyl dimethylamine has amine in the name and nitrogen in it's structure but acts as a silicone replacement from what I found)
In trying to give a comprehensive answer I did some searching and did find this post on curlynikki: Identifying Proteins & Humectants in Hair Products | Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Styles and Natural Hair Care
I also realized while there there that though panthenol is a B vitamin derivative, it's listed as a humectant. I'm thinking that its water solubility makes it behave as a humectant, so if where you live is dry that may cause dry hair also unless you had provided extra moisture/protection. Curly nikki also did a blog post on that but I can't find it now that I'm looking for it. =(

For your case, I would say your hair may not have needed the protein or something else in the replenishing pak.

OOOH- I had to edit this b/c I thought of something else to look for proteins. Most likely, when a product indicates that it is to be used for damaged, overprocessed hair or to strengthen hair- it has protein in it. I hope that helps too!
Originally Posted by lori.mattox
Thanks for the link will check it out!
Hi girls! I missed you all

One week has passed since I put my hair in cornrows for the challenge.

Today I washed my cornrows for the first time since then. I used my ketoconazole sulphate-containing medical shampoo (the ketoconazole is supposed to remove the androgens from the scalp. I use this shampoo every now and then because the hair above my ears is sort of thinning and I'm thinking it might have to do with the androgens)

Anyway I discovered that the shampoo feels much less stripping when used on cornrows rather than loose hair. And I immediately followed by a coconut oil rinse. So my hair is not dry at all now

Oooh cool! We can inspire each other then It's taken me two years (not really caring for my hair at all) to get it this length, so hopefully it'll grow quicker now I'm taking care of it. I think to get it to hip-length when curly will probably take about four years though lol.

I'm going to do a gelatine treatment next weekend. I'll keep you posted!
Originally Posted by BotticelliBrit
That's exactly what I've been thinking. We can definitely inspire each other. And I believe my hair would be at shoulder length too when curly. I'm thinking of wearing it curly for a few days when I take the cornrows down, before I put them back in. And I'll make sure I take some pics.

So how was the gelatin treatment this weekend? I hope that your hair has loved it


@MaraHanna Thank you haha! And bless my heart I ordered a whole stash of curl junkie yesterday. I mean A LOT. I put the products in my siggy but haven't gotten them yet lol.
Originally Posted by bringingcurliesback?
So how is your hair doing with the new glycerin-free products? I saw the results you posted after you conditioned your hair with the shea moisture products and I must say that you hair looked very neat and moisturized. Are you sure that your hair is sensitive to glycerin? Because it looked really really good.

I do cheat in the sense that when I apply products for example a butter and I go to school. I turn on the heater in my car because I'm cold but it kind of helps the butter penetrate too. So I don't know if you would count taking advantage of your car as using heat lol. Its pretty far away and not directly on the hair and my hair does feel warm but that's about it. I probably sound like a hypocrite hehe.
Originally Posted by bringingcurliesback?
No I don't think that this counts as a bad use of heat. I doubt that your car heater can raise the temperature in that cold weather to anything close to the temperature of the flat irons or the blow dryers. If anything it would be struggling to bring the temperature up to the natural level of heat we have here in Sudan where I live
That's why I also feel okay with my warm water rinses.

My last hair cut was when I chopped my waist length to about a Bob about two months ago. Even the stylist kept asking if I was sure. Here I am now two months later and I am loving this. The journey back to waist will be so much fun.
Enough of the ranting what are your favorite products?
Oh and now I want corn rows. I've wanted to try them for awhile actually.
Originally Posted by bringingcurliesback?
I do agree that the journey is often much more fun than the destination itself. I'm still experimenting to find my perfect set of products for now. My main problem is that my hair is highly porous and I need to put a lot of sealing layers to keep it moisturized. But the amount I need always leaves my hair feeling oily to the touch. I'm loving the moisture though. But I'm trying to find either more effective agents to seal with or some ways to decrease the level of porosity of my hair. Next time I take my hair down I will experiment with mineral oil. I heard many people say very good things about it.


Right now my hair is longer and thicker on the side that was butchered the most and lays weird, so I can't wait to get this fixed!!! My first cut may change my initial length, if it does I'll update my pic. Luckily its Jan 4 so at the beginning of this.
Originally Posted by sixelamy
Oh that's interesting! It seems that the cutting actually helped your hair to grow longer (or retain more length)?
Only 30 days now remain till the 4th of January, btw. I'm excited about the approaching official start of the challenge. Hope to figure out as many useful tips and tricks before then
And I would like to welcome our new curlies on board:

ashkins09
GotitorDont
Angelface
CurlTalk
Uncommon
&
Johari

Welcome to the challenge girls


I get a trim every 2 months since I still have breakage and split ends. Mandatory or I'll end up with inches of hair breaking(done this before without a trim in 6 months)
Originally Posted by ashkins09
To see more people getting regular trims for damaged ends is encouraging me to make use of the 3 allowable trims in the challenge rules I committed to, and try to get rid of as much damaged hair as possible. I don't want to see all the length I gain be wasted on breaking ends

Quick question, is it fine if I don't post pics and instead just give details about the progress?
Originally Posted by GotitorDont
It's absolutely fine. With or without the pics we will hopefully be able to follow your journey with you and applaud your progress

8. Techniques and products you will use to keep your hair strong and moisturized. For example:
Rosemary water spritz mornings and evenings
Originally Posted by Angelface
I am curious about the rosemary water. Where can it be bought? And is it just for moisture or does it have other advantages? I know that the rosemary oil is helpful with hair growth. Is that true as well of the rosemary water?

LOC Method: Still works
[/FONT]
Originally Posted by CurlTalk
Welcome to the challenge
I'm curious about what you use for LOC method and how you avoid an oily feeling to the hair since you tend to have a high porosity like me.

The challenge rules that I commit to: ALL OF THEM - I NEED to cut down on ironing my hair every week.
Originally Posted by Uncommon
I second that. I tried flat ironing my hair that often and it was stealing the moisture right out of my hair, so I had to stop it altogether.

Im definitely in! Growing my hair out is gona be on of my 2014 resolutions
Originally Posted by Johari
Glad to have you among us.. And waiting to learn about your hair and your intended techniques for 2014
Ok I figure its never too early to update. After getting over my original frustration/devastation with my damage discovery, I said bye bye bye to those bad ends with my moms help. I heat straightened to do this (1st time in 11 months!!!) and saw how much shape loss my curls hid. Now I have a bob.
[/B]
Originally Posted by lori.mattox
Your bob does look cute dear. Would love to see it curly as well. And what's most important is that you can now enjoy your new healthier ends and easier to wear wash and go's It sounds like an excellent start..


@MaraHanna:

ok so I tried the Olive Oil Replenishing Pak last weekend to see how it works with my hair. When I first used it my hair was just fine. I followed up with Sauve Natural Conditioner which I use as a leave-in sometimes. As my hair started to dry though it felt rough and looked dry and dull.
Originally Posted by asagi
Dear Asagi, I'm glad that you've eventually found your moisture/protein balance back with the help of lori.mattox.

Many people say that it is necessary to follow any protein treatment with a deep conditioning treatment because what we really need is a good balance between the moisture and the protein in our hair.
But as Lori said, maybe your hair was originally strong and it didn't really need a protein treatment.

One suggested way to find out on what side of the moisture-protein balance the hair lies is to attempt stretching a strand. Strands that break immediately without stretching are in need of more moisture while limp strands that stretch greatly before breaking are in need of more protein. Hair's needs keep changing over time. But some people are protein-sensitive at all times.
lori.mattox and asagi like this.
Btw for the past week I've been trying the inversion method
I would massage my scalp and then invert my hair and upper torso from the bed for four long minutes. This is supposed to make your hair grow one inch in a week.

Well I definitely didn't get an inch in this past week. In fact the anterior half of my head grew almost nothing at all haha. I can touch a very small bit of new growth but it is less than 1/4 of an inch. It's always been a poor grower anyway

But I measured the new growth in the posterior half of my head today with the help of my sister and it seems that the back half has grown between half an inch and a 3/4 of an inch. To be accurate, it's grown 11/16 of an inch



That is very good growth still and I'm very glad and satisfied but I wonder if it's really the inversion method or if it's the effect of the biotin and other techniques or if it's my normal rate of growth any way. I have never monitored my growth closely before. Of course I can't repeat the inversion for the next week so I will measure again at the end of the week to see how much new growth I get. I pray that I will grow this 11/16 inches again. If it continues to grow at the this rate I will definitely get my inch of growth for this month (December) I'm sooo excited. Can't wait to measure again next week. I will also try to measure the front again to see if its 2-week growth is measurable with a ruler or not yet.

I'm very happy anyway
lori.mattox and asagi like this.
I am in! I have waist lengt curly hair. My goal is hip-lenght
Hair type/properties:
3c hair, high porosity, mediumdensity, low elasticity, fine hair.

Curly hair routine/regime:
Combine the modified cg-method (low poo) and a modified tightly curly method.
-Condition and leave in: Aubrey Organics, Giovanni Barzilian keratin and argan oil
-Sealer: shea butter, Argan, olive and coconutoil
-Gel: homemade flaxseed gel, Kinky curly custard, Queen Helene Curl royal shaping creme.

Last edited by Curly Sara; 12-04-2013 at 04:53 PM.
[QUOTE=MaraHanna;2228946]
Ok I figure its never too early to update. After getting over my original frustration/devastation with my damage discovery, I said bye bye bye to those bad ends with my moms help. I heat straightened to do this (1st time in 11 months!!!) and saw how much shape loss my curls hid. Now I have a bob.
[/B]
Originally Posted by lori.mattox
Your bob does look cute dear. Would love to see it curly as well. And what's most important is that you can now enjoy your new healthier ends and easier to wear wash and go's It sounds like an excellent start..

Thank you MaraHanna! I'm attaching a picture to this post as we speak. This is second day, conditioner only styled hair. I didn't need the headband, but put it in b/c without it I was falling victim to touching the front of my hair.

Quote:
Originally Posted by BotticelliBrit View Post
Oooh cool! We can inspire each other then It's taken me two years (not really caring for my hair at all) to get it this length, so hopefully it'll grow quicker now I'm taking care of it. I think to get it to hip-length when curly will probably take about four years though lol.

I'm going to do a gelatine treatment next weekend. I'll keep you posted!

That's exactly what I've been thinking. We can definitely inspire each other. And I believe my hair would be at shoulder length too when curly. I'm thinking of wearing it curly for a few days when I take the cornrows down, before I put them back in. And I'll make sure I take some pics.

So how was the gelatin treatment this weekend? I hope that your hair has loved it.
I am with MaraHanna on wanting this update! I found 3 boxes of unflavored gelatin cleaning out my mom's cabinets this weekend. It might be the perfect time to try this as a cg friendly treatment instead of my normal replenishing pak.
Attached Thumbnails
2014 One Inch Per Month Challenge-curlybob_112013.jpg  
3C/4A Fine texture, low porosity, low/medium density? Trying CG since Dec. 2013
Shampoo: Curl's Creamy Curl Cleanser or clarifying shampoo when needed.
Co-wash: Curl's coconut curlada
Deep Condition: Experimenting in the kitchen
oil: flaxseed and coconut for treatments
Styler: Tresemme conditioner, alone or mixed together with aloe vera gel
Sealer: aloe vera juice
Not taking part in this as I just went short and want to stay that way for a while, but I wish you all happy healthy hair growth journeys

Just one caveat: Like someone mentioned upthread, 1 inch growth is a very unrealistic standard for the overall group, when the average growth is thought to be around 1/2 inch.

A more flexible goal of 1/4 to 1 inch will result in a lot less (predictable) disappointment. Better yet, why shouldn't it just be left up to each individual to measure her personal growth each month and report back here w/that number? Otherwise, you may find lots of people drop out of this challenge early because they're falling far short of that unrealistic 1 inch per month goal.
3b/c?

Ringlet Fandango! ... Where curly ideas roam free

* 2 blogs this week: Pictures of My (Sorta) Big Chop! AND Turn a Nightmare Product into a Dream* My Albums
@Korkscrew I agree its going to be frustrating trying to get an inch for some.

I'm kinda looking forward to just all the knowledge!!! Its so cool to see what other people do and their goals and their hair. I sound so creepy but heck I'm obsessed lol.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I317 using CurlTalk App
pinkwolf and lori.mattox like this.
Sometimes I get carried away and manipulate him too much. He tells me he's fine on his own but I never listen. I wash him less now and all in all we're happy.
Beast's Favorite Things:
Shea Moisture
Kinky Curly
Curl Junkie
Natural Stuff
BC #2: 10/2/13
2c/3a/3b w/ loose botticellis, whirls and curls,
Coarse, High Porosity;CG since 2007
@MaraHanna
I still have not gotten the glycerin free products. They haven't arrived.
As for the Shea Moisture I have been thinking that too... I feel like I am only really avoiding glycerin because I have been told that is "the way". In other words I have been starting to associate glycerin with summer and a big no no for winter cause that is what I always hear.Why if I ordered these products only to be disappointed?

Shea Moisture is my baby but I just kind of wanted to try Curl Junkie because it is so angelized (don't think that is a word haha). Anyway I thought that since my hair was short why not do it now because I use way less product than when it was longer. So yeah that is really the reason for my sudden purchase. I do not ever by products on line because I can find Shea Moisture on the ground which is also a plus. We will have to see how it all goes.

Well maybe your right the heater is probably not so bad. That makes me feel a bit better. And I heard somewhere a long time ago that people who live in warmer climates tend to have their hair grow faster as cold can "shock" the follicle and temporarily stunt growth. Not dramatically though I do not think but regardless I do not know how true that all is.

My hair is also highly porous. I have decided my hair is a he (lol if Korkscrew is reading this). Anyway he tends to be very thirsty most of the time and I do happen to have gotten quite heavy on product. It is tricky because when I was younger my mother used to use baby oil (or mineral oil) to smooth my hair while it was still damp sometimes to tame flyaways. I also know that a lot of people use mineral oil on their horse's hair instead of showsheen because it is not a silicone. However, some say that mineral oil can cause a buildup that is not a silicone but very much like it. As a highly porous girl myself I will say that indeed it does make sense to seal our hair to lock in moisture but that could also cause problems if we do not wash our hair often.

Think of it like this: Let's say I washed my hair on a Sunday, I moisturized and sealed over an emollient leave in. Since I am highly porous my hair tends to suck all that moisture up even if it appears a bit shiny instantaneously. The next day when I wake up or if I have heat naturally or through my car or inside buildings etc. my hair is better able to absorb the moisture from a butter I used to seal it with. Now this continues on until my hair feels dry or greasy at the roots and that is usually when I wash again.

Okay the thing is although I really like Jane Carter's Nourish and Shine (which is a buttery product); I was always an oil sealing girl. I think oil sealing is the way for highly porous curlies as if you like to moisturize your hair on the daily or between washes i.e. dry you would benefit because you can re-moisturize, re-seal, re-moisturize, re-seal and have no issues because your moisturizer is essentially an oil and water that has been emulsified together with a wax. So it would work out until your next wash.

Now what I have also realized is since it is winter time for most of you curlies you are using more emollients or heavier oils and butters. These products can and will cause build up that will need to be shampooed out (I didn't say a sulfate poo neccesarily if you are a low-poo girl lol so don't come at me with your hair piks). Anyway you could avoid doing it as often and even get away with a cowash. HA! I feel like such a genius. I hope this might benefit some of you ladies.

Oh my this is a long post...
In honor of not receiving my products my hair is not going to be washed until they arrive.

I was gonna give him a wash today but he isn't that bad. I mean he looks a bit beat but its nothing a good wannabe bun can't fix.

My wannabe bun recipe:
80's super attractive scrunchy on as much of my short hair can fit and then I curve over the ends of the curls creating loops as if I am using the scrunchie to do a sock bun and I bobby pin them and of course all the short hair that won't fit into the scrunchy in the first place at my nape.

TA DAH!!
Sometimes I get carried away and manipulate him too much. He tells me he's fine on his own but I never listen. I wash him less now and all in all we're happy.
Beast's Favorite Things:
Shea Moisture
Kinky Curly
Curl Junkie
Natural Stuff
BC #2: 10/2/13
2c/3a/3b w/ loose botticellis, whirls and curls,
Coarse, High Porosity;CG since 2007
I agree with bringingcurliesback? - if you're using any butters for winter, it definitely needs a low poo every now and then. I started using SM products for winter, including the smoothie and hair milk. I seem to have to low poo my hair with something stronger than the SM poo once a week or week and a half - depending how much I wash and/or how heavy I am on the product. This works like a charm! I hate the fact that some people get so upset at having to "clarify". Why? There's no rule in the CG Bible that says you can never ever use a shampoo. Do what's best for your hair. Heck, I use sulfates when I need it. Don't need it often anymore, since I figured out the polyquat thing - yuck.


I was looking at pictures today of how long my hair has grown since just 2 months ago and it grows crazy fast!! Can't wait to see how long it is after this year is over
lori.mattox likes this.
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Cond./ YTCucs, Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC, SS CEJ
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
Hello, ladies I'm a new CG I did my BC on July 31,2013 & I have not used any heat since June 20, 2013. I would like to join the challenge but I need help I'm not sure what my hair type is or porosity or any other hair info. I was wondering if some of you ladies will bring me up to speed so that I can join in.
Attached Thumbnails
2014 One Inch Per Month Challenge-image.jpg  
pinkwolf and lori.mattox like this.
Sorry I'm trying to figure out how to put pics
Attached Thumbnails
2014 One Inch Per Month Challenge-image.jpg  
Korkscrew and sixelamy like this.
@sixelamy I agree. But to those that are still scared you can always dilute it. I also hear some people use the CWC method. You can also do a pre poo shrug lol

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I317 using CurlTalk App
Sometimes I get carried away and manipulate him too much. He tells me he's fine on his own but I never listen. I wash him less now and all in all we're happy.
Beast's Favorite Things:
Shea Moisture
Kinky Curly
Curl Junkie
Natural Stuff
BC #2: 10/2/13
2c/3a/3b w/ loose botticellis, whirls and curls,
Coarse, High Porosity;CG since 2007
@Imjsme How would you describe your hair? Is it rough or soft naturally? You are the best one to determine these thinga as you know your hair better than anyone else. However I will do my best.

Did you take a look at the information here on naturallycurly.com? Look at your texture type etc. I actually find livecurlylivefree.com also does a good job in learning.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I317 using CurlTalk App
Sometimes I get carried away and manipulate him too much. He tells me he's fine on his own but I never listen. I wash him less now and all in all we're happy.
Beast's Favorite Things:
Shea Moisture
Kinky Curly
Curl Junkie
Natural Stuff
BC #2: 10/2/13
2c/3a/3b w/ loose botticellis, whirls and curls,
Coarse, High Porosity;CG since 2007
@Imjsme How would you describe your hair? Is it rough or soft naturally? You are the best one to determine these thinga as you know your hair better than anyone else. However I will do my best.

Did you take a look at the information here on naturallycurly.com? Look at your texture type etc. I actually find livecurlylivefree.com also does a good job in learning.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I317 using CurlTalk App
Originally Posted by bringingcurliesback?
It's very soft, it's loose curls and some parts are straight it shrinks a lot it holds moisture well. I believe it may be 3b 4a in some parts. I think it's low porosity. I measured from the front of my head to the nape of my neck it's is 11 1/2 inches. I use shea moisture curl enhancing smothie, shea moisture curl and style milk and grape seed oil. I was washing once a week with Giovanni smooth as silk but it was causing my hair to shed really bad. I deep condition once a week with shea moisture deep treatment masque. I also just started taking Nutri-Ox vitamins. I did read info on this sight which is how I came up the type & porosity. The density I'm not sure about my hair takes a while to dry when wet. Sorry it's so long if there's any more info u need to help me let me know
Hmm looks like your on track. I didn't do good with giovanni conditioners for some reason either. Why not go all out shea moisture? In terms of shampoo and conditioner. Also I think as I am is great in terms of being readily available and affordable. I think you might like tarenguy and questfortheperfectcurl on youtube as well.

Sadly the best way is just really through trial and error. See what your hair loves and hates along the way and establish holy grails

Any other problems?

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I317 using CurlTalk App
Sometimes I get carried away and manipulate him too much. He tells me he's fine on his own but I never listen. I wash him less now and all in all we're happy.
Beast's Favorite Things:
Shea Moisture
Kinky Curly
Curl Junkie
Natural Stuff
BC #2: 10/2/13
2c/3a/3b w/ loose botticellis, whirls and curls,
Coarse, High Porosity;CG since 2007
Hi Ladies- I have noticed that we have quite a few cg ladies here and I have a question for you. Background: I decided to try conditioner only styling this week in an attempt to determine a) if I really needed as much product as I had been using, and b) whether a lot of my problems stemmed from me really being lo-po, an my products sitting on top of my hair being transferred to things like my pillowcase etc making it so dry. So long story short- I'm in love with this type of styling. I used too much my first day, and had oily feeling hair at the end of day two/day 3. Yesterday I used much less, did doodles/finger coils and although I had to redo some today my hair is still soft, moist, and defined. This has never happened in the past year, so I'm psyched. I also noticed that in trying this change-up in regimen that I inadvertently also follow CG rules. I co-washed in the shower, and then put in my conditioner- both of which are silicone and sulfate free. I used a gel I had here on my front pieces yesterday, but when I checked ingredients today realized it's cg friendly too.

So to finally get around to my question: is it possible, or even normal to a) notice results/a difference this soon and b) without a last sulfate shampoo? (Since I stopped using chemical relaxers in Feb. 2012, I have been using sulfate/silicone free cleansers and clarifying cleansers. (I don't know if that would make a difference for that, the biggest silicone product I cut out from my first wash of this week was my leave-in.)
3C/4A Fine texture, low porosity, low/medium density? Trying CG since Dec. 2013
Shampoo: Curl's Creamy Curl Cleanser or clarifying shampoo when needed.
Co-wash: Curl's coconut curlada
Deep Condition: Experimenting in the kitchen
oil: flaxseed and coconut for treatments
Styler: Tresemme conditioner, alone or mixed together with aloe vera gel
Sealer: aloe vera juice
Hmm looks like your on track. I didn't do good with giovanni conditioners for some reason either. Why not go all out shea moisture? In terms of shampoo and conditioner. Also I think as I am is great in terms of being readily available and affordable. I think you might like tarenguy and questfortheperfectcurl on youtube as well.

Sadly the best way is just really through trial and error. See what your hair loves and hates along the way and establish holy grails

Any other problems?

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I317 using CurlTalk App
Originally Posted by bringingcurliesback?
No other problems. I will go out this week and purchase shea Moisture shampoo and conditioner. Oh what else do I need to post to enter the challenge?

Trending Topics


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:11 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2011 NaturallyCurly.com