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Old 07-21-2007, 10:03 AM   #1
 
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I didn't know CG would be such a challenge for me.

I went 'cone free on May 31, 2007. It was so hard to COMPLETELY change my hair routine, but my motivation was seeing ALL OF YOU beautiful CGs on here and hoping and wishing that someday my curls will look that good.

I went from: 'pooing 2-3 times monthly with H&S intensive treatment because I unfortunately suffer from seborrheic dermatitis.
My conditioner back then was Pantene Hydrating Curls. I would ALWAYS rinse completely out.
Squeeze out excess water with hands, then with towel.
Apply Zero-Frizz generously, and one pump of Curls Rock Curl Amplifier.
Diffuse until as dry as I had time for.

I had big, voluminous curls that were frizzy.

Now: still must 'poo 2-3 times a month with H&S.
The conditioners I've tried, and the results: Burt's Bees Raspberry & Brazil Nut - didn't use it for very long because I was unsatisfied with it, not much slip for me and seemed not to even touch my dry, damaged hair.
Generic (from Sally) "Like Humectress". Really liked this, except the smell wasn't too great. It's difficult for me to get ahold of though, because I have to go a bit out of my way to go to Sally and the $5.99 bottle doesn't last me very long.
V05 Strawberries & Creme Moisture Milk. Enjoyed this, didn't rinse out fully and it seemed to help with frizz control.
V05 Clarifying Kiwi & Lime. HATE IT. Going from the Moisture Milk to this really sucked. Limp, frizzy, dry hair.
Samy Curls. Enjoyed it, but upon doing a search for curl products on here, it does not show up in the list of cone-free products, which scares me.
Salon Professional Honey & Almond gallon from Sally. Affordable, which I love! Have only been using it for a few days, but I like it so far.

My routine is now: condition and I don't rinse it fully out.
Only squeeze dripping water out once.
LA Looks Sport Look gel generously applied.
Biotera curl creme, scrunch in 4 pumps.
Plop with waffle weave microfiber towel for 10 minutes.
A bit more gel scrunched in.
Air dry while I get dressed/do makeup.
Diffuse dry for as long as I have time to do before leaving for work (typically 5-10 minutes).
A tad more gel on top layer to tame frizz.
For the past few days, it's just been the LA Looks gel, as I've run out of Biotera and have yet to get to Sally for more.

So here's my quandary - my hair looks different EVERY DAY. Sometimes it's quite curly, sometimes it's more wavy and frizzy. Of course, some of this is because I am changing conditioners frequently. I really want to find a solid routine like I had before, but on the other hand I always have been and always will be a huge PJ (

I want defined, little-to-no-frizz curls but I NEED to diffuse because I despise having my hair wet for hours and it really bugs me at work which makes me brush it out of my face constantly which leads to frizz.

So what I'm asking from fellow 3a CGs is advice on what's right/wrong with my routine, and suggestions for cone-free styling products that help define and control frizz. I really want to try Jessicurl products because they're cone-free and animal friendly. But kind of pricey. Please help?!!! TIA
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Nothing is wrong with your routine.
Maybe your hair is still adjusting into CGness?


Read some books on curly hair, and you have to learn that you must handle your hair as little as possible, to prevent frizz.

I also suspect your not diffusing correctly. Have you tried different ways to do it? There is a pixiecurl method where you take the diffuser and bunch up wet curls hold it up to your scalp, and then turn it on to low heat only when its on your scalp. Turn it off and repeat.

Or you can diffuse right side up with your hair draped over one side with your hair tilted left/right. I've found that really works better for me in preventing frizz. And when I fully air dry I don't have any frizz but it takes longer to dry.

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Old 07-21-2007, 11:56 AM   #3
 
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I actually am keeping notes of what works and what doesn't, for me because there are infinite combinations of "this conditioner, that leave in, this gel" etc.

So far I am seriously having the best results with Jessicurl. I have a feeling once I use up all the many products I'm trying, that I will be sticking with that line.
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Thanks for your input ... I'm really hoping that this is just an adjustment phase and that my hair is healing during this process, and it's in a sort of shock without the cone products!
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I would suggest taking out the "add more gel, add more gel" at the end after you've plopped. And especially after you've diffused. You're going to make yourself frizzier by adding gel in it's drying stage. Wait until you get to work, and your hair is dryer, if not fully dry, before you go touching it up in any way.
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I would suggest taking out the "add more gel, add more gel" at the end after you've plopped. And especially after you've diffused. You're going to make yourself frizzier by adding gel in it's drying stage. Wait until you get to work, and your hair is dryer, if not fully dry, before you go touching it up in any way.
I 2nd this and also wanted to add that the only way I get satisfactory results with my dryer is to diffuse upright and the pixiecurl method of not moving the dryer while it's on (I use high heat and low speed for the first go 'round then low heat, low speed.)

Your hair is probably going throug an adjustment period which is VERY normal for starting a CG-type routine.
I do have to say though, my hair tends to look very different from day to day as well. One of the fun things that comes along with curly hair, I guess. :P the good part is that while my hair is pretty unpredictable when it comes to *exactly* what it'll look like, I can safely bet that it'll look good most days now. I'll take that!
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I have never been able to diffuse without getting automatic frizz. I can understand you not wanting it wet for hours at work, though. Have you tried maybe washing and air-drying it at night, then just touching up in the morning? Also, if you're having problems with it falling in your face, have you tried pinning the front parts back, in a kind of half-up, half-down style? I do this all the time, because my shorter layers are forever in my way and end up frizzy because I'm always swatting them out of my face.

I definitely understand the part about your hair always looking different. I'm 2c/3a, and I never know which side of the spectrum my hair will fall on on any given day. Some days it's loose and wavy, others it's tighter and spiral-y. I think that's just sometimes the way hair with natural curl goes; it's unpredictable and changing by nature. As the health of your hair improves, that aspect will probably annoy you less.
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