CG: from 3b to 3a

I'm pretty frustrated, before I started CG a few days ago I was a 3b but now I look more like a 3a. Is this just the transitioning period or what?


BTW: I have a fotki

I decided it was time for me to start documenting my journey,
Feel free to visit my www
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
3A/B-ish BSL thick hair
Modified CG since 08/10/2007
http://public.fotki.com/Curly-Y/ (updated september 6)
pw: currrly
Your hair is probably going to confuse you a lot during your transition to CG. I've been doing CG for 3 months and I still get confused a lot

STICK WITH IT THOUGH!

A good piece of advice: once you find something that works well, and you feel like trying a new method/product, do it on a day that you have ample time and don't have to go to work ... I've gotten strange stares before, haha!

Edit: P.S. Your hair is GORGEOUS. Such volume, that's fantastic!

2c/3a; CG/Mod since 5/07

Counting down!:
Shooting my 1st wedding - May 17th
Portfolio Review - May 23rd (wish me LUCK!)
Graduation - June 20th
Move back to MAINE!! - Late July

Pictures of me: http://public.fotki.com/thataliciagirl/
Pictures by me: http://www.alicialanephotography.com/

I saw Palmer's Hair food in your sig; are you still using it?

http://a1468.g.akamai.net/f/1468/580...149793/200.jpg

If so, the mineral oil and microcrystalline wax at the top of the ingredients list are not going to be removed by the mild (read: weak) surfactants in conditioners. They are still on your hair, causing build up which is probably weighing your hair down, pulling the curls into waves.

For some people, all the conditioning in CG is too much for their hair, without a shampoo from time to time, and that too can cause curls to loosen.
OMG why is CG so complicated... I'll stop using the hair food formula as of now. But then what? I'm using fantasia IC gel but that doesn't give me enough hold.

All the cg-friendly products are so frikkin expensive, plus there's not much available in the netherlands

Thanks for the tip!!!
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
3A/B-ish BSL thick hair
Modified CG since 08/10/2007
http://public.fotki.com/Curly-Y/ (updated september 6)
pw: currrly
OMG why is CG so complicated... I'll stop using the hair food formula as of now. But then what? I'm using fantasia IC gel but that doesn't give me enough hold.

All the cg-friendly products are so frikkin expensive, plus there's not much available in the netherlands

Thanks for the tip!!!
Originally Posted by Yomini
Hi Yomini,

Beautiful hair you have! I am like you, on a tight budget and cant stretch to buying the branded CG stuff, but I have settled into a routine where I am having the most amazing hair days, but it has taken experimenting since going CG in February!!

I dont buy expensive stuff. I CO wash and detangle with a really simple very cheap supermarket own brand condish. When I scan the ingredients, it is a very short list, with nothing nasty in it. I scrub the scalp with a cheap tea tree head lice repelling conditioner for kids, also from the supermarket. My final condish is with the same one I CO wash with, but with honey added and a little left in after rinsing.

I use a tiny amount of curl creme after washing, then use Loreal Out Of Bed, which is around 2-3, and I consider that a splurge, thats about as expensive as I can manage!

I don't know what its like in the Netherlands for supermarket brands, but that is all I use and I am getting on very well.

Stick with it, it really is worth all the hassle!

love, Liz x
Here are my curly pics, password is fuzz

http://public.fotki.com/zeldagoblin/

But then again, too few to mention...
Yomini- CG is not just anti-cone and anti-sulfate. It's also anti-mineral oil, anti-petrolatum, and anti-most waxes. Most polyquaterniums are also forbidden. I think it's so complicated because you have to pick up all the information from different posts on here, plus other sites, plus some silicones are "allowed" while others should be shunned at all costs. I agree with you that it can be pretty confusing. There's lots of good threads on the topic, but we lack a good, simple "sticky" that just lists the ingredients to avoid.

Since you can get BSS products in the Netherlands, look for ORS No Flakes Pomade. It's intended for people with scalp issues, but is also marketed as a styler. The ingredients are great-lots of herbs and totally CG, IIRC. It is similar to "a hair food" in terms of weight, though not so greasy as it is glycerine-based, rather than wax-based.

Which color Fantasia are you using? For extra hold when I use the thicker gels I sometimes add a small amount of a more watery gel over the top.
Zeldagoblin; thanks for the compliment and the tip. I'll check out the supermarket shelves and will definitely look for loreal out of bed

Jeamaria; Thanks for your detailed explanation. I'll have to add even more products to my black list now

But ehhm... i'm not familiar with all the acronyms you used: BSS, ORS, IIRC, i'm sorry for being such a pain in the ass!

Oh and i'm using the clear ic gel
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
3A/B-ish BSL thick hair
Modified CG since 08/10/2007
http://public.fotki.com/Curly-Y/ (updated september 6)
pw: currrly
Bump

can anyone explain these acronyms?
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
3A/B-ish BSL thick hair
Modified CG since 08/10/2007
http://public.fotki.com/Curly-Y/ (updated september 6)
pw: currrly

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