Super Thick corkscrews and waves. LOVE Elucence MBC, Giovanni 50/50 condish, Qhemet Products, V05 Calming Chamomile Tea Therapy condish, Jessicurl WDT. These are my official HG's that I love oh so much http://www.youtube.com/user/Curlypad?feature=mhum
Literally, I said, "Oh My God" out loud when I saw your pictures. Gorgeous shiny curls & ringlets! I'm so jealous [insert green-with-envy emoticon, which I can't locate].
Just like everyone else, I want to know what you are doing now, but, out of curiosity, I would also like to know what you did before.
Brio beat me to it -- I want to know your old AND your new routine, please! C'mon, DeadCurly, SPILL IT!
2-something? Coarse, medium underneath. Mid-back. On CG since 5/9/07.
Washing COs: VO5 Blackberry, Suave Cherry
Detangle and leave-in: Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm -- I found my HG CO!
Seal with camellia oil
Leave-in: Aura cherry almond
Gels: Homemade FSG, Eco-styler
Plus: SOTC or smooth with camellia oil, JC Nourish & Shine
Homemade food-based DTs
well before i didnt really know anything, i washed my hair with shampoo but i used alot of conditioner, and i put my products in when my hair was completely dry and poofed out, i only used some crappy gel that promised perfect "frizz free" curls (probably with silicones) i didnt comb my hair tho, it jus looks like i did. the funny thing is that i actually thought i was having a good hair day in my before pictures!!
now my routine isnt much different than all the curly girls on the forums are doing. but i always make sure i massage my scalp with tea tree oil or coconut oil (only a little) rite before i shower.
in the shower i rinse my hair first with warm water i dont touch it i jus stand under the shower head like it says in the cg book. then i take about three quarter size amounts of conditioner and smooth it on my hair on the ends first then everywhere else. after that i flip my hair over and i rinse out all the conditioner with really cold water (upside down.) when all the conditioner is out i take some leave in conditioner (garnier) and i sort of smooth it on cept i make sure i dont do it hard enough to loosen my curls. then i take half a handful of curl activator gel and scruch it in, since i put my leave in when my hair was soaking wet when i scrunch it all the water comes out. i scrunch like crazy while my hair is still upside down then i take a t-shirt or paper towel and scrunch all the water out. then i diffuse upside down w/ a bowl diffuser (i spend alot of time with my head facing the floor) sometimes i scrunch a few times when my hair is being diffused, but then i stop completely and just diffuse until my hair is almost all dry(i cant stand my hair being half dry and half wet =].) at the end i press the cool air button so my hair sets. then i flip my hair up again. i jus piece off where i want my curls to be and..thats it!
i really dont think my routine is all that special i think that you just have to be patient and consistent. i tried a million different routines, and i still try different things, most of which i learn from these forums =] =].
I was also in "awe" of your change - you should be proud of all your hard work and patience - it has TOTALLY paid off.
I wonder if I can even get that curly? My pre-CG routine hair looked like your pre-CG routine hair - but I am not even remotely close to your current look. It is simply beautiful.
What condish do you use? Which Garnier leave in? And what curl enhancing creme do you use - if you dont mind me asking? I already scrunch and scrunch and do the totally upside down thing/cool water/cool shot on the dryer when I diffuse.....
Also what is your hair type?
very fine hair-daily humidity battle
2B so far, wash daily w/gentle poo, clarify wkly
Current faves: EMBC, Mop C poo, LOOB, Recoil, CK, HE BE gel
In the words of Blockbuster Video, "Wow, what a difference!" I'm going the CG route again, and you've definitely given me extra motivation to continue to stick it out while my scalp adjusts to the extra moisture.
i use garnier curl and shine (conditioner + leave-in), its good i guess lol-ive been using it even before cg i just threw away the shampoo =]. my hair type is 3a i guess, the hair under my top layer is like 3b tho.
um basically i use anything that is cg and says somethin about curly hair on it-im not very fussy, ive tried all the expensive gels and creams but i find that the cheaper ones r just as good. the one i use now is jus somethin i found in a beauty supply store, i dont kno the brand but it says "curl activator" on it.