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