What would you recommend?

I haven't yet figured out my hair type (what do you think?), but I do so little to my hair, that I figure almost any product will be an improvement! I just air dry with no product right now, and while it looks ok, my bangs area gets frizzy (it's the curliest part) and the rest of my hair just looks blah.

I'm looking for something to define curls and get rid of frizz. I really don't want crunchy hair, as I'm not used to having anything in my hair. I'd prefer something not too expensive and animal friendly.

What can you tell me about AG Fast Food and Re:coil?

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I like your hair. You're so lucky to not have anything in it and have it look so good. I'm jealous! I like the cut too.
I'm sure people will have suggestions on what to use. I have never used AG or recoil so no help there.
What shampoo and conditioner are you using? How often do you shampoo? Your hair actually looks very healthy.
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Thanks! I shampoo 2-3 times a week with Dove Moisturizing Shampoo and then condition with Dove Advanced Care Conditioner Therapy or Biolage Conditioning Balm. I've always used a deep conditioner as my regular conditioner. It helps to calm the poofinesss of my just-washed hair.

I've tried JASON Aloe Shampoo (ick), The Body Shop's Olive shampoo (my hair was a sticky, frizzy mess), and Paves' No Sulfates shampoo (worked ok, but didn't like the smell.) I've also tried shampooing only my scalp and only conditioning the rest of my hair. That worked pretty well. I chose Dove because it's moisturizing and it smells good. My only complaint about it is that it's not cruelty-free.
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I am currently using Aussie's Moist Shampoo and Conditioner, it does have sulfates in the shampoo, and dimethicone in the conditioner, but all in all it leaves my hair soft and shiny. I also use their tizz no frizz gel, it's flexible and as long as you don't use too much you can pretty much avoid the crunch, but it can easily be scrunched out. Plus Aussie doesn't engage in animal testing.

Also, I just bought some Trader Joe's Nourish Shampoo and the Conditioner last night(and I am dying to try it!) and have heard good things about it here. It's sulfate and cone free and contains no animal ingredients, nor is it tested on them. They are only $2.49 each.

Hope this helps you out.
Well, your hair is very different than mine but I can tell you that two products that people love on this board are Curl Keeper (CK) and re:coil. CK helps fight frizz and has a little hold, not enough for my hair but maybe enough for yours. Some use it just in the summer and others use it year- round. Re:coil is a creamy curl activator- I use it in the winter when my curls tend to be more droopy. I know a lot of 2's and 3a's really like it as well.

However, they are both on the expensive side. My favorite cheap gel is Herbal Essences Set Me Up and my favorite leave in is Garnier Fructis Curl and Shine Leave in.

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Hey shimmering,
I would say you are a 2C but you may be able to get more curls with the right products. You hair actually looks alot like mine before i started cg. (only yours is in better condition than mine was)

Have you considered trying cg? it is a good place to start and then you can modify as needed. There is a thread somewhere on the product section about cg friendly drug store products but i know there are some in the suave and vo5 product lines. The Herbel essences body envy and set me up are popular too. I also usually tell newbies to check out www.jessicurl.com she has some demo videos that are helpful. HTH
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I'd say 2c, too, especially if you have a few spirals. It would probably be curlier if you used styling products on wet hair. Keep reading these threads for new techniques to try, too. Don't comb or brush your hair when it's dry, and that will help reduce the poofiness. Gels can help define your curl and reduce frizz. If it dries a little crunchy, you can scrunch the crunch out after it is dry. Your hair is very pretty regardless!
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ewenique: Thanks! I was thinking 2C as well, especially with Fia's method. I do have a few naturally occuring spirals, especially around my face. Before becoming a mom, I had big curls all over. But it took a lot of work (and mousse and hairspray and teasing!) My hair got less curly after pregnancy.

rejoicing: (Hey, I kinda look like your avatar!) Regarding going CG--does that mean going no or low poo? What is low poo, by the way? Is CG different from going CO? I haven't liked it the times I've tried no or low detergent shampoos. I think my hair does well with a gentle shampoo (at least at the roots) a couple times a week, and the cones in conditioners calm down the poof somewhat. (And I do need to stop combing my hair when it's dry!)
Your hair looks phenomenal! If it were me -- and, of course, it isn't -- I wouldn't even use products if mine looked that good without them. I would do regular DTs and use good cleansing & conditioning products and go from there. With that and maybe giving plopping a try, that alone will probably give you more curl.

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Thank you for the compliment (I love this board already!)

My hair actually looked a lot like your avatar pic when I was younger. Very pretty. ( I also really like that pic of your hair somewhere here where you combed it out after it was dry and then rescrunched.)

It's mainly the frizz in the front that I'm considering using a product for. I'd like a frizz-fighting cream or balm that smells good and isn't tested on animals. The product I've liked the most in the past is Sebastian Potion 9, but it's not cruelty-free and once it squirted out of its tube and stained a shirt of mine!

Can you describe plopping? I use a Turbie right now. What do you all think of the towel made for curly hair?
CG eliminates washing but many people seem to modify to use a sulfate free shampoo, they are gentler on our curls. I use both JC poos at different times. I think low poo may have coco beta somethingorother forget the name but it is gentler than a sulfate.

My avatar was actually made to look like me and i was thinking our hair was similar.. maybe you'll turn out to be my hair twin, haven't found one yet
3A; I have HG products!
Curl enhancer: Mop-C curl cream
DT: Deva Heaven in Hair; JC WDT
Gel: B&A; Arc Angel
Conditioner: Deva OneC; JC too shea
Frizz fighters: CK, JCS C&S
PW: curlynow
oh yea, btw what is a turbie towel?

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3A; I have HG products!
Curl enhancer: Mop-C curl cream
DT: Deva Heaven in Hair; JC WDT
Gel: B&A; Arc Angel
Conditioner: Deva OneC; JC too shea
Frizz fighters: CK, JCS C&S
PW: curlynow
Thank you for the compliment (I love this board already!)

My hair actually looked a lot like your avatar pic when I was younger. Very pretty. ( I also really like that pic of your hair somewhere here where you combed it out after it was dry and then rescrunched.)

It's mainly the frizz in the front that I'm considering using a product for. I'd like a frizz-fighting cream or balm that smells good and isn't tested on animals. The product I've liked the most in the past is Sebastian Potion 9, but it's not cruelty-free and once it squirted out of its tube and stained a shirt of mine!

Can you describe plopping? I use a Turbie right now. What do you all think of the towel made for curly hair?
Originally Posted by shimmering
And thank you for your compliments! If you go to www.jessicurl.com, she has some videos that are very helpful. She has one called "Plunking" which is great at showing you how to plop. You might want to just try out different leave-in conditioners, gels or creams for your problem area. Herbal Essences has a gel called Totally Twisted that is super light -- I used it one of the times I combed my hair out when it was dry and rescrunched with it -- it doesn't have enough hold for me to use as a styler. You might be able to use something like that just on the front where you get frizzy as a finisher.
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oh yea, btw what is a turbie towel?
Originally Posted by rejoicingcurlygirl
I thought it might be a microfiber towel, but it's not.

http://www.turbietwist.com/
I use a turbie twist for plopping, but I only plop for 5-10 minutes while getting dressed. Some gals use an oversize cotton Tshirt, some scrunch with a microfiber towel that you can get in the auto dept. of Target or Walmart, some use a cotton birdseye diaper.
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