*raises hand* I am a fan of spacegirl too!! Love her hair and her awesome pics!!
Yes!! Love the avatar pic too. Perfect curls, cool glasses and awesome eye color!!!
Yea, I like the artsyness of it.
Ty spacegirl. I only think i can manage second day now because my hair is drier and coarse. If I had "normal" hair, I think it'd be hard. You never seem to have a stringiness issue, which I have to combate at times. Your curls are nice and bouncy.
I'd also like to add (to this already monstrously long post) that I totally envy your beautiful, shiny red hair, Lushaholic. Perhaps we can set up a trade for the green glasses?
You're way too kind! We may have to set up that swap as the green contacts I just bought didn't change my blue eyes in the slightest. When am I going to learn? :P I think I may have to try and find that Nioxin scalp therapy for fine hair over here, if it's available.
Your hair is awesome. Makes me want to grown mine out longer in hopes that it would look so good.
I've played on & off with clips for the last couple of years, coming to the conclusion that they never really helped my hair too much. I'm going to try again, though, clipping as you have shown in your pictures. Can you really tell a big difference in your hair when you use clips vs. when you don't?
my Fotki hair journey/experiment diary PW is brio (and I really need to update it!)
3A hair; coloring with henna/indigo since July 2009; normally follow the CG method. Still searching for my HG products!
If I don't use clips I get a flat top. That's not so bad if I'm going for a wavy look, but if I scrunch upside down and try to make my hair really curly, it looks stupid on top. I guess that because I have fine hair that's not curly at the roots and it's long, so it gets weighed down. I'm also plop-impaired, which I guess gives people curls at the roots? I've never been able to do that right, so I have to use the clips.
Btw Brio, I love your hair. It's so cool to see how far it's come. I've relaxed mine before (not the japanese thing, just drug store relaxers) and then chopped it all off boy-short to grow it back again. It's hard, but it's worth it.
This is where I diverge from the Devachan route. I use Curl Keeper or Re:coil, depending on the weather report, then layer on B&A gel. I rake them through soaking wet hair, then I scrunch upwards with my Curl Ease towel (jeez, I'm starting to sound like an infomercial.)
I have to add that I work from home, so I have the good fortune to have limitless time to let my hair air dry, though when I had a regular job I did my hair much the same, but with out diffusing. I'd go to work with my hair wet and then a few hours later I'd scrunch it.
Add me to the ranks of those who love your avatar!
I've been searching for someone who uses B&A Gel (or a post about how to use it at least), so I must ask you, how much do you use? Which weather do you use it in? (i.e. humid? dry?) Do tell! TIA!
I remember well when I was in grad school or unemployed and had time to let my hair air dry. I do get to work at home occasionally now though. I tend to not wash my hair as often because I can't go to work with it soaking wet and it takes like 6 hours to dry. I wash it the night before, and even then if I do it too late, it will be damp the next morning.
There's definitely something about wanting what we don't have. I always think about cutting my hair to shoulder length. When I did get it cut to shoulder length in the front (longer in back), I liked it for a while but then I wanted it long again. Now that it's long... well, you see my point.
I love your hair and pics. I'm definitely gonna try that clipping method. I haven't had much success with clips but I think that way might work and it'd be great because I have fine, thin. FLAT hair. :P
I think it's even cooler that you're a knitter too. Thought you seemed slightly familiar and now I realize it's probably from craftster.
Hey Lazykerri, I bought the B&A gel last summer and I used it a bunch, and I liked it, but then it started collecting dust on the shelf. I buy way too many hair products and sometimes I get all involved in trying new things instead of using what I know works. So, I started using the B&A again when the weather was still cold and it worked well. It's still working even though it's been warm and humid, and I haven't felt like experimenting lately, so I keep using it. I use about two palm sized puddles to rake through soaking wet hair, then I comb it with my Mebco comb, scrunch with the Curlease towel, then I smooth another handful over my hair to get rid of any frizzies that occurred during scrunching. So I guess I use a lot, although I'm sure some of it gets blotted out when I'm scrunching with the towel. I like it because it's so liquid. When I use regular gel, I have to add water to it, otherwise I feel like I'm scrunching glue into my hair. You just have to watch out because it can run right through your fingers. You gotta be quick. And try not to knock the bottle over!
I know what you mean about wanting what you don't have. Sometimes I want to chop it all off and other times I want it down to my a$$. I'm never satisfied.
I use about two palm sized puddles to rake through soaking wet hair, then I comb it with my Mebco comb, scrunch with the Curlease towel, then I smooth another handful over my hair to get rid of any frizzies that occurred during scrunching. So I guess I use a lot, although I'm sure some of it gets blotted out when I'm scrunching with the towel. I like it because it's so liquid. When I use regular gel, I have to add water to it, otherwise I feel like I'm scrunching glue into my hair. You just have to watch out because it can run right through your fingers. You gotta be quick. And try not to knock the bottle over!
Thanks, spacegirl! I guess I should have asked for which weather you use the Re:coil vs. CurlKeeper. I haven't had much success with either of those. I think it's partially that I don't like the smell, since I'm sensitive to strong scents. Also CK is so runny, like B&A. Since I'm running out of what I've been using though, I may still give it a try.
I'm afraid to try the combing or raking in method. I think my hair won't clump if I do that, and would prolly end up more wavy with a few curls at the ends.
I buy way too many hair products and sometimes I get all involved in trying new things instead of using what I know works.
I also remember in the past having lots of time to experiment and feeling like it didn't matter how my hair turned out. It was fun to try different things, and I have lots of samples and half-used bottles on my shelves now. A lot of stuff worked good but not great. Now that I work weekdays, I want to use my staples and know the odds are in my favor that my hair will turn out well.
Woohoo I received my hair clips in the mail yesterday. I'm going to wash my hair tonight and experiment with them. Maybe I'll finally be able to have the volume at the roots that I've been wanting for so long. Just to warn you, I'll probably be back with questions or praise.
LOL, I just knew others would have something to say about your pictures too. We could start a fan club. I'm pretty happy I embarrassed you now. :P
Spacegirl, do you use Nioxin Scalp Therapy for Fine Hair System 1? All the formulations have Amodimethicone and Dimethicone, probably in different quantities. Do you find it builds up? I'm kind of surprised that a co-wash with 2 cones would rinse clean.
Guano for NYC knitters. I almost sold my old laptop last week to a cool woman who runs a knitting group in the east village. Check out her site. I don't knit, but it still looks fun! www.boozeandyarn.com
Yes, Rose's Ringlets, I use the one you mentioned. I didn't even realize it had cones in it! I've used it for a long time, since I first went to Devachan in 2001 or so. They did recently change the formulas, now there are four different versions (I think) and after looking at them all I figured the one I chose (system 1) was the equivalent of what I used to use, which was called Nioxin Bionutrient Actives Scalp Therapy for Normal Hair.
Anyway, I don't get any buildup that I've noticed, probably because I don't put it through all of my hair, I just scrub my scalp with it. I don't use it every day either. And about once a month I wash my hair with Cream of Nature. I actually think the Nioxin cleans better than No-Poo. When I rinse the No-Poo my hair kind of feels like it's still got some in there, but the Nioxin comes right out. I can't explain it. I guess that's why I call myself "Modified CG". I don't use things like "frizz serum" or "shine spray" or conditioners with bad cones way up in the ingredients list, but even the Devachan products have cones in them! It's all crazy, I tell ya. Basically, my one rule is I don't use regular shampoo ever, so if the other things I use (Nioxin, gels, whatever) don't build up, I don't worry about it that much. If I try something and it feels bad or makes my hair look bad, I stop using it. Like Curls Ecstasy Hair Tea. When I got a sample of it (before they changed the formula) I loved it. Then I bought two bottles (before realizing they added cones) and when I used it my hair felt like crap. Like I was wetting in the shower but it wasn't actually getting wet, if that makes any sense. So I stopped using it. I've got one and 3/4 bottles left, so if anyone wants them, let me know.
We need to have another NYC curlies meet-up. I have a bunch of stuff to give away!
Iwantcurlyhair, good luck with the clips! They take a lot of practice, so don't get discouraged.
Lazykerri, I've been use the Re:coil during the colder months, to give my hair a little bounce, and the CK when it's humid. But there are no hard and fast rules in my world; today I used both AND the B&A!