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Old 09-12-2007, 06:58 PM   #1
 
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Default New to CG.. and I seek advice/opinions

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I've been reading the message boards and I checked out the CG book from the library (I'm frugal to a certain point).

I'd like to start the no-poo method (actually started two days ago, but didn't clarify, so I'll have to re-start). From these last two days my hair has the texture of dry straw.ICK. The curl that I was achieving w/ 'cones' is mostly gone to waves. I want to get my hair back to a more natural (healthy) state and let its inner curl out. I think I'm a 2b with maybe 3a mix *shrugs* it's all new to me.

From what I've read, I realize I need to clarify (Suave is in the house) and have the right products to do co-wash (read that V05 or suave naturals are good choices).

My hair is >50% grey and I color at home using L'Oreal grey busters. My crown is 100% STUBBORN grey with the rest partially grey/natural medium brown. Any special considerations because of this? At my age (37) I'm not ready to got THAT natural and not color.

Now for my questions.
I think I need to deep condition and I'm not sure which product to use. I know to stay away from 'cones'. From the 2 *short* days of no-poo, and the dry texture that I have, could this mean protein sensitivity (VERY confused about that)?

Help and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-12-2007, 07:06 PM   #2
 
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I love the jessicurl deep conditioning. I use that once a week and my hair has changed. I've been cg since june. Also proteins and castor oil make my hair feel like straw. I have read lots of things and it just depends on what works for your hair.
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Old 09-13-2007, 02:49 PM   #3
 
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The protein-smart people can help you with that as I've never been able to tell if protein bothers me or not. But .. it does take some time - up to a couple of weeks - for your hair to get used to the CG method (full or modified!). I wouldn't think a protein sensitivity would show up that quick, though.

The handiest deep conditioner I can think of using products you already have is a mixture of conditioner and honey. I do a 50/50 mix and let it soak on my head while I shower. Or there's one that I found on the Long Hair community board that's excellent. It's 1 part conditioner, 1/4 part honey, 1/4 part aloe vera gel (like Fruit of the Earth at Walmart). Jessicurl's Too Shea, as the previous poster mentioned, is wonderful but you have to buy it here at Curlmart or at her website (plus take a look at her videos!) here.

Be sure you're using a t-shirt or microfiber towel (look at Walmart in the auto section or Scunchi in the hair tools aisle) and either air drying or drying with a diffuser.

Hope this helps and you get some other responses .
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Old 09-13-2007, 06:26 PM   #4
 
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Thank you for the replies/suggestions.

I have been using one of hubby's T-shirts and clumping my wet hair. This technique alone makes quite a difference.

I have a hair cut appt w/ a new stylist (trained in Quidad, but it's not an official salon). Is this a bad thing? What is the difference between a Quidad cut and Deva?

I'm getting information overload



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Old 09-13-2007, 07:04 PM   #5
 
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Devon=Deva
Deva focuses more on individual curls- Ouidad from what I can tell focuses on shaping with the carve & slice technique. Overall Deva gets better reviews around here but no one talks about Ouidad much. I wouldn't let them do anything too drastic if I were you. Click on the search button (top left) and search DevaCut you should be able to pull up something.
Also if $$ isn't an issue you should try Ojon's Deep Restorative Treatment. Its very good. Hope that helps!
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Devon=Deva
Deva focuses more on individual curls- Ouidad from what I can tell focuses on shaping with the carve & slice technique. Overall Deva gets better reviews around here but no one talks about Ouidad much. I wouldn't let them do anything too drastic if I were you. Click on the search button (top left) and search DevaCut you should be able to pull up something.
Also if $$ isn't an issue you should try Ojon's Deep Restorative Treatment. Its very good. Hope that helps!
Fixed my Deva spelling error

The nearest DevaCut trained stylist is a 3 hr drive away.. a bit much for me. I shall NOT do anything drastic. I have grown out my bangs for 3 years and my hair is now past my shoulders and I just want a cut that is shaped properly and works with my curl type. I'll have a discussion with the stylist before she comes near me with the scissors.

I have used something from Ojon before (sample from Sephora) and I liked it, so I will check it out.
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