What would YOU do?

I have a few questions and need a bit of advice...

Here's the deal:
My husband and I may possibly be moving to the eastern part of our state for his job, which means I will need to interview at a new school, probably within the next 2-3 months. I'm really interested in the CG method but I'm nervous about how it will affect my hair. I'll admit... I tried it for like a week or two before starting grad school in 2010 and gave up on it when my mom said "Your hair looks dirty!!" I just went to the salon and got a few inches chopped off because my curls lost their bounce and weren't in the best condition. Really wanting to try to go CG again.

I've been reading different threads about how other people have struggled especially in the beginning with greasy hair, build-up, etc. Definitely NOT something I want going on in an interview! I'm sure dirty-looking hair wouldn't help me get a job!

So basically... how long did it take for your hair to adjust to the CG Method? Were there any issues in the beginning and what did you do to solve the problem?

Should I try to go CG now or would you wait until after the interviews?

Sorry for the long post!
My hair (scalp really) was extremely greasy at the time I learned about CG. As a nurse, I always wanted to shower and wash my hair after my shift. Then, in the morning it would be a mixture of straight sections and weird angled bends, with a few intact curls. Any attempts to repair it, short of rewashing it were exercises in futility. (I'm sure that was related to the silicone coating.) So my scalp oil production was in overdrive.

My hair responded very positively very quickly to going CG. It still took me a while to figure out 2nd day hair, but my biggest issue was that over abundance of oil. I decided to try co-washing when I could, and also to follow each low-poo with a co-wash as the repeat step in lather, rinse, and repeat. I also realized that it was my scalp and roots which were oily, so after wetting my hair, I'd apply co-wash conditioner to the length of my hair before applying the low-poo to my scalp. I'm convinced that this is why my scalp oil glands adjusted very quickly to the change, and I had no greasy adjustment period. I was very quickly able to cut down on the frequency with which I needed to low-poo, and increase the frequency with which I could "get away with" just co-washing.
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Morgan

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I personally didn't experience any transition phase in regard to hair looking dirty or greasy. I can see this happening maybe if you are using a cowash and have hard water. In my experience, I can't cowash exclusively, unless it's something like a no poo which contains coco betaine. What products did you try before when your mom said your hair looked dirty?

If you are worried about it, I would wait until after your interviews. I would recommend starting with a low poo and using a leave in that works with your hair properties to start off. Then you can cowash in between your low poos from there. I think that may be a good transition for you.
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RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
In my experience greasy hair in the beginning can happen, but it is in general not due to a transition stage but rather that one is doing something less than perfect, which isn't uncommon in the beginning: usually either using the wrong products or having the wrong technique. Or, people who aim wash their hair less often at the same time as they are switching to a more gentle washing method, which usually is not a good idea. Better to change one thing at a time and focus on getting that right.

However, if you do have a routine that works now, it might be safer to stick with it. On the other hand, while I thought I had a working routine, even on a bad day my hair still looks way better than it did on a good day before.
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Conditioner/LI: Garnier Respons Avocadooil and Shea Butter, Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Volume Conditioner
Styling: Eldorado Hairgel Strong
My hair was instantly better once I started CG.

But it doesn't work for everyone (at least not in a strict sense) and your choice of products and routine are huge factors.

CG will never work if you're not using the "right" products for your hair...or even if you are using too much/too little of them or using them in the wrong way, etc.

Play around w/ CG but have a tried and true plan for interview day; you can always return to CG right after.
3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG

^ ditto everything spider said! My hair was better from day one. I'm still using the same products after 10 years. But experimenting was useful and fun and I still try new things.
If all else fails, I just put my hair back in a bun.
Good luck with interviews!
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I don't totally do CG but what I have been doing has not only increased my curl significantly, but my hair also sparkles and looks very clean. I never had a "dirty" look.

I started co-washing with Suave Rosemary Mint conditioner six to eight months ago. I don't ever use a shampoo unless I've put some product in my hair that made it feel yucky (and lately I've not been putting much in my hair). I make a leave-in conditioner spray with the same conditioner by taking the bottle once I've used just about all the conditioner in it (there is still a bit of conditioner in the bottle at this point) and filling it full of water and about six droppers full of argan oil (I use the 28 ounce big bottle).

I co wash my hair every day. My hair does not behave properly if not freshly washed AND I am obsessive about clean and fragrant hair. That's just me.


When I co-wash, I scrub the conditioner in just like I would shampoo. I give it a really good scrub. I then pin it up and finish my shower. When I'm rinsing, I scrub it too...really, really well. (This may be why I have zero problems with my scalp.) I read once that with co-washing when you think your hair is rinsed, rinse it again. So I really rinse. I do wrap it in a towel for about 5 minutes. I know we're told not to do that but I can't stand water from my hair dripping down my back. And I have a LOT of hair.


I pin it up while putting on my makeup. Then I take it down and spray it really well with my leave-in conditioner. I brush it really well, making sure to "massage" my scalp with the brush. Then I put a couple drops of Biosilk Silk Therapy into it and comb through it using my wide-tooth Conair Detangling Comb. I don't use gels or other "sticky" type products and I don't scrunch or do any of that. I am super, super, super happy with my curls and the way my hair looks. I like soft, shiny curls on me and that's what I have. It's super curly and clean and healthy looking. I probably won't totally go CG but I do agree with using products that are gentle on your curls and taking good care of your hair. A really good cut helps a lot too.


I'm definitely a "curly" 2c. Sometimes curly and sometimes just wavy upper layer with a ringlety under layer. My hair has been thick and coarse since birth. Strawberry blonde in color that can and does change depending on the type and amount of light.


All in all, I'm happy with my hair type but almost for sure think yours is prettier.

Last edited by AngelaE8654; 04-01-2014 at 02:39 PM.
I personally didn't experience any transition phase in regard to hair looking dirty or greasy. I can see this happening maybe if you are using a cowash and have hard water. In my experience, I can't cowash exclusively, unless it's something like a no poo which contains coco betaine. What products did you try before when your mom said your hair looked dirty?

If you are worried about it, I would wait until after your interviews. I would recommend starting with a low poo and using a leave in that works with your hair properties to start off. Then you can cowash in between your low poos from there. I think that may be a good transition for you.
Originally Posted by sixelamy
I can't remember exactly all the products I was using. I think I was alternating between Suave coconut and Garnier Triple Nutrition as my co wash and using LA Looks gel. (I was definitely on a tight budget!) I dont' remember if I was using a deeper conditoner or a leave in. I was living on the coast at the time and we definitely had hard water. I'm sure that didn't help.


Hmm... looks like some of you had lots of success from the get-go. I might give low poos a try. My hair is a mixture of 3A and 3B, high density and very fine. Not sure about the porosity. Any recommendations?
I don't totally do CG but what I have been doing has not only increased my curl significantly, but my hair also sparkles and looks very clean. I never had a "dirty" look.

I started co-washing with Suave Rosemary Mint conditioner six to eight months ago. I don't ever use a shampoo unless I've put some product in my hair that made it feel yucky (and lately I've not been putting much in my hair). I make a leave-in conditioner spray with the same conditioner by taking the bottle once I've used just about all the conditioner in it (there is still a bit of conditioner in the bottle at this point) and filling it full of water and about six droppers full of argan oil (I use the 28 ounce big bottle).

I co wash my hair every day. My hair does not behave properly if not freshly washed AND I am obsessive about clean and fragrant hair. That's just me.


When I co-wash, I scrub the conditioner in just like I would shampoo. I give it a really good scrub. I then pin it up and finish my shower. When I'm rinsing, I scrub it too...really, really well. (This may be why I have zero problems with my scalp.) I read once that with co-washing when you think your hair is rinsed, rinse it again. So I really rinse. I do wrap it in a towel for about 5 minutes. I know we're told not to do that but I can't stand water from my hair dripping down my back. And I have a LOT of hair.


I pin it up while putting on my makeup. Then I take it down and spray it really well with my leave-in conditioner. I brush it really well, making sure to "massage" my scalp with the brush. Then I put a couple drops of Biosilk Silk Therapy into it and comb through it using my wide-tooth Conair Detangling Comb. I don't use gels or other "sticky" type products and I don't scrunch or do any of that. I am super, super, super happy with my curls and the way my hair looks. I like soft, shiny curls on me and that's what I have. It's super curly and clean and healthy looking. I probably won't totally go CG but I do agree with using products that are gentle on your curls and taking good care of your hair. A really good cut helps a lot too.
Originally Posted by AngelaE8654
How long does your hair routine take?

How long does your hair routine take?
Originally Posted by CurlyTeacher88
Not long. It takes just a few minutes in the shower and then I pin it up until my makeup is done. Then I spray in the leave-in conditioner and put a couple drops of Biosilk onto my hands and rub that through. Then brush over all of it, making sure to get the whole scalp. I part it, blow dry just the bangs a little bit and then comb through with my detangling comb and go. It's pretty much a "wash and go" thing which I'm very pleased with since I used to spend a lot of time on my hair.


I'm definitely a "curly" 2c. Sometimes curly and sometimes just wavy upper layer with a ringlety under layer. My hair has been thick and coarse since birth. Strawberry blonde in color that can and does change depending on the type and amount of light.


All in all, I'm happy with my hair type but almost for sure think yours is prettier.
I never had a problem with my hair looking greasy when I started CG so many years ago either. However, back then my skin and scalp were very dry and could easily go a week without washing my hair anyways. Even now that my scalp and skin is more normal, I can still cowash only for well more than a month at a time without my hair even remotely looking greasy.

From a look at the products you were using at the time, they all look CG friendly, and I really like Suave Coconut. It may have been the hard water that was making it so difficult. IIRC the Suave coconut does contain an EDTA so it may perform better with hard water than the Garnier. I'm really not sure though because my experience with hard water is limited only to those times I go camping.

There are a lot of great suggestions already from the other posters above. Low poos are an option, as well as using your current tried and true method right before your interview as well. You do still have at least a couple of months so there is time to experiment.
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