product recommendation

Hi,

I am fid.I am new here.nice to meet you.
I need help.I really appreciated if you can share or recommend to me the product that I can use for my curly hair.I think I am 3b type and maybe low porosity.I live at high heat and humidity area.the weather is like thailand,singapore or indonesia.what product that i can use and where can i buy it online?what routine that i should do to take care of my curly hair?
shampoo,conditioner,leave-in and last one,gel styling,correct me if i am wrong.Thank you very much.
Hi, Fid!

I don't know how much help I can be with international product recommendations. I'm in the US, and I gather you are probably in southeast Asia. Is that correct? (It would probably help people who may be able to recommend products to know that.)

You can actually just start with a silicone-free conditioner and a gel. (The names of silicones generally end with -cone, -conol, -col, or -xane.) Many people who follow the Curly Girl method use conditioner to wash their scalp and hair, rather than a (non-sulfate) shampoo, and you can use the same conditioner to wash your hair, condition it, and use as a leave in. If you have access to flaxseeds (also called linseeds), it is possible to make your own flaxseed gel, which you'll see abbreviated here as FSG.

To make FSG, I use about 30 ml, of flaxseeds with about 500 ml. of water, and a pinch of salt, cook at a simmer until the liquid drops off a spoon rather than flows, and strain. If it's too thick, just put it back in, add more water, and cook a little while longer. I like to soak the seeds in the water I will cook them in for a few hours or overnight. Then I often make another batch with the same seeds right after the first one, without soaking them first. Refrigerate the gel, as it will spoil if left out (you will know by smelling it, if it has gone bad).

Live Curly, Live Free is a great website for information about the CG method, as well as information about how weather affects curls.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
Hi Morgan!nice to meet you.

Thank you for your suggestion.but unfortunately we don't have the flaxseed here.Actually before i know this cool forum,i hate my hair but after see all the pictures here,all of you are beautiful.I think that because i don't how to take care my curly hair,so now i decide to learn to take care it.currently i use honey as shampoo.I just mix it water,i am not buy shampoo anymore because all shampoo here contains sulfate. its definitely better that before.but i look like lion when my hair dry.

Thanks Morgan.what about kinky curly?are you recommend it?

You are right i am from southern asia.near singapore
Do they have Sasa in your country? Sasa carries Giovanni, which makes a few CG products. Giovanni 50:50 shampoo is a mild, sulfate-free one. G also has a few conditioners and gels that are CG-method friendly (50:50 conditioner, Smooth as Silk conditioner & shampoo, TTTT shampoo and conditioner, LA Natural gel, 2chic brazilian keratin oil off the top of my head)

I highly recommend flaxseed (linseed) gel. If the regular supermarkets don't stock the seeds, try vitamin shops, heath food stores or supermarkets more geared toward Western shoppers, if those exist in your country.

As far as ordering products online... I would recommend iherb.com which carries a few curly-friendly products and ships internationally. (Look in my siggy for discount code!) You could probably order flax seeds and any additives for FSG as well.

The iHerb list

Aveyou.com also ships internationally and has a few curl-friendly lines like Curl Junkie and Jessicurl. (Google coupons for Aveyou)

Lastly, Curlmart also ships internationally. They have a ton of curl-friendly products, but their intr shipping prices are outrageous IMHO.


You may want to check the body shop... the Rainforest conditioners are CG. Stay away from the shampoos though!

Sometimes I just find random things like Nature's Gate or Tresseme Naturals available on the ground, so it really depends. (I'm in the region.)

Oh yea, coconut oil should be widely available. It is quite versatile... you can use it as an overnight treatment, use it 20 min before you shampoo (pre-poo), or you may be able to leave in a little coconut oil on your hair... depending on your properties. Feel free to experiment!


Do figure out the rest of your properties. If you have fine hair, you should look for products with hydrolized protein. If you have coarse hair, look for products without protein... but do know that your hair may like protein every once in a while.
2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots/normal po. shaft. normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Low-poo: Jason Mango bodywash, CeraVe Foaming
[/B]Cowash: Cure Care + water
RO: Cure Care, V05 KL, G SAS
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF, DE Shine & Refine, AB Strong Hold gel, SM C&S milk
PT: IAgirl's gelatine

hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
Neutral on cones.

iherb discount code: CFN646
Hi wavydaze!nice to meet you.
Thank you very much for your suggestion.

I am not sure about sasa product but i will try to find it.
Yes there are flaxseed in health food section,can i use that?
it is same?I thought that it might mix with other ingredients.

thanks for the online website.I will go through later.
I will try to find Bodyshop Rainforest conditioners hopefully they have it here.
There are a lot of oil coconut here.i apply it to the hair at night.
Yup, linseeds = flaxseeds.

You can use them to make your own gel (referred to as FSG here). You can add things to it like honey, aloe vera gel, oils, essential oils, protein, epsom salt, marshmallow root... whatever. Or you can just make it plain. I rather like the plain version myself... I only add a little protein as I have fine hair.

I use 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds to 1 cup of water. Boil the flaxseeds with the water until they are suspended in the water. Then strain the FSG through a fine strainer and into a container (I use a glass jar) and after it cools, make sure to keep it in the refrigerator.

The consistency of the FSG should be like egg whites. Boil it longer for a slightly thicker gel (but not so thick it won't strain!). Boil less for a thinner, runnier gel. You can experiment. It will last 7-10 days in the refrigerator; throw away the remainder afterward or if it smells off. I apply it in the shower on soaking wet hair. I use a good amount, about 3-4 puddles for my hair. It can also be used on dry hair.

Use the search bar to search for more FSG recipes!
2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots/normal po. shaft. normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Low-poo: Jason Mango bodywash, CeraVe Foaming
[/B]Cowash: Cure Care + water
RO: Cure Care, V05 KL, G SAS
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF, DE Shine & Refine, AB Strong Hold gel, SM C&S milk
PT: IAgirl's gelatine

hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
Neutral on cones.

iherb discount code: CFN646
It looks like wavydaze has given you some very good information.

In answer to your question, yes, I do like Kinky Curly (Curling Custard). It works extremely well with my baby fine, low porosity hair.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008

Last edited by Morgan_Adcock; 12-17-2013 at 12:53 PM. Reason: my spell checker auto-corrects words which were right, creating auto-errors
Thank you morgan and wavydaze.

I will try your flaxseeds recipe.Hope it will make my hair better.

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