What have you learned?

Seems like we're constantly testing and experimenting. Sometimes we even learn from all that.

I recently learned that I can't use products with a high glycerine content and also that my conditioners need to have more protein and oils than moisture/humectants.

What have *you* learned recently about your hair and what it likes? And how did you make your discovery?
3a and strictly CG since August 2007. Porous and on the fine side. No to magnesium sulfate and glycerin. Yes to protein! Favorites:
CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
CURL ENHANCERS/CREMES/MOUSSES: KCCC, JoiWhip
GELS: Fuzzy Duck, B5 Design, MGA Scultping, BRHG


Fotki password: chuckle
Blog: http://jillipoo.blogspot.com/
Twitter: nopoojillipoo
I've learned that there are actually good types of alcohol! I've also learned about homemade products, and I'm thinking about playing around with them after the wedding. I'm also considering using henna for the first time, but we'll see.

I've also learned that not all curly hair responds in the same way to the same products.
I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

Products:
9/02/08 Went CG
05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

http://public.fotki.com/QuirkyYogini/



I've learned that hair is far more complicated than I thought it was--I had no idea hair could be sensitive to protein, oils, silicones, glycerin, the list goes on!! The tip that I've learned that makes the most difference for me is having my hair sopping wet before I apply product and twirling a few hairs that need some extra definition. I'm sure my hair is sensitive to something but whatever it is I am at a loss for figuring it out!
3B: very thick, fine, easily weighed down by products

Current styling products:
Biolage Gelee or BRHG on top of
KCKT as a leave in or CK when humid
or just Joiwhip alone for moderate weather conditions
Wow... I've learned SO much about my hair in the last several weeks...

I learned that my thin/fine hair LOVES product, and that I can use things marketed toward thicker/curlier hair than mine and also use larger amounts of product with no problems... so I now try everything more than once in different amounts and with different products under/over them!

I learned there is such thing as OVERLOAD! Product overload, ingredient overload, information overload... and I found it all! Sometimes you gotta K.I.S.S.

I've learned I have to seriously moderate my protein.

I've learned I have to clarify because I seem to get build up easily.

I'm still learning to READ ingredients (and LEARN what they are) so I can figure out what my hair does/doesn't like as much.

I've learned that my hair seems to worship polyquat-4! Best bounce and shine ever.

... and one of the best lessons I learned was that healthy hair comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and 'types'. Just wishing I could 'progress' to a tighter curl type wouldn't mean I had healthier hair... there are some jacked up curlies with EVERY type... I am doing something great for my hair here and it IS getting healthier and curlier all the time. I should just strive to be the shinest, bounciest, healthiest curly girl I can be so that others will view curls in a more positive light!

Last but not least... I've learned that one good hair day makes all those bad ones where you've cried, screamed, ranted and raved in the weeks before it... WORTH IT!
3a/b thin/fine
fotki PW: curls
updated 5/1/2010 "starting over"

Routine:
don't even HAVE a "routine" at the moment...
HG: still GVP Conditioning Balm and Biotera Gel/CC
Experimentals: HE TMS Spray Gel, LOOB


Riot Crrl: "Revenge is a dish best served with a side of awesome hair."


I've learned that Trial and Error is important....that talking to my thick head apparently doesn't always work, and to stick to a product that works and don't stray.

I've tried so many products and keep coming back to my favourite........when will I learn????
between Botticelli & Corkscrew curly-very thick, coarse hair
http://public.fotki.com/notty6



When I get to be 'Queen of the World', I will absolish WIND!!!
I've learned that my hair is more cooperative than I thought it was! Especially now that it's healthier and moisturized!

Honestly, since finding this site and trying the things recommended here, I have yet to find a styling product that completely 100% does NOT work for me. I seem to be getting good/great results with everything so far!

...I'm probably getting a lot of glares from people reading this right now. Doh =/
3a locks!
Daily Products!: Suave Naturals Coconut, Jessicurl WDT, MOP-C, Biotera Curl Creme, & LA Looks Sports Gel!
^^^Proof that you can be CG without spending tons of money! =) ^^^

CG since April 5th, 2008!

http://public.fotki.com/SoaringSIren/
pw: lotsofcurls

Quote:
Originally Posted by jillipoo View Post
Boy, it really depends on the gel (and the weather, and the position of the stars, and what kind of mischief Britney Spears has gotten into).
I find that my hair loves being moisturized; loves leave-ins; loves curl creams. My hair doesn't like too much protein. I learned to let my hair airdry without rubbing with a towel. I learned to be careful when brushing/combing hair and preferably do so in the shower with conditioner. I learned plopping, although it isn't my prefered way of styling, at least it's something different that I can use when I want to. I learned to correctly scrunch out the crunch.
All this I learned due to naturallycurly and another hairboard. I learned about sulfates and cones, which is useful, but I learned how to use them correctly (don't over do it).
I have many of you to thank here for my pretty locks!
That's right, I said it! I wear scrunchies!!

I am a sulfate washing, cone slabbing, curly lovin' s.o.b. The CG police haven't caught me yet.


3a/3b
I've learned that my hair is more cooperative than I thought it was! Especially now that it's healthier and moisturized!

Honestly, since finding this site and trying the things recommended here, I have yet to find a styling product that completely 100% does NOT work for me. I seem to be getting good/great results with everything so far!

...I'm probably getting a lot of glares from people reading this right now. Doh =/
Originally Posted by SoaringSiren
Well, yes, I'm glaring but also happy for you! After reading "Curly Girl," we expect to have the kind of experience you're having, but so many of us do not!
3a and strictly CG since August 2007. Porous and on the fine side. No to magnesium sulfate and glycerin. Yes to protein! Favorites:
CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
CURL ENHANCERS/CREMES/MOUSSES: KCCC, JoiWhip
GELS: Fuzzy Duck, B5 Design, MGA Scultping, BRHG


Fotki password: chuckle
Blog: http://jillipoo.blogspot.com/
Twitter: nopoojillipoo
I'm pretty lucky with products too really. It is techniques that fail me. I don't think I could clip anything without ending up with a load of triangles that looks like I tried to draw a picture of curls using the line tool in MS Paint. And plopping is just... the frizzmaker. Also, I think I could create the perfect pineapple then sleep suspended only on a cloud of magical silken pixie dust, and still wake up with a haystack. But whatever, I'm cool with just getting it wet every day.

When I realized that I had curly hair and no idea what to do with it, I was afraid other curlies would look on my attempts and be like 'LOL NOOB.' I joined this site to amass knowledge, and I have done that. It has created confidence where there was once fear. It doesn't matter if some stuff doesn't work for me, or I have to wet and restyle every day. I got less frizz than some o' the curly movie stars out there! Just not when I first wake up lol.
I've learned: to apply product while soaking wet; not to towel dry; not to scrunch throughout the drying process; to use gel; and probably the most important thing of all, not to touch it until it is totally dry. When I think of all the things I used to do wrong (see list above and think the opposite), it's no wonder my curly hair looked bad. It's still a work in progress, but it's getting better!
Loose botticelli curls and waves
No silicones/no sulfates since March 2008
i've learned that a good conditioner really does make a big difference! i had always thought conditioner really doesn't matter much because your rinse it out anyways. but oh was i wrong!!
2c/3a
curl blog
curl album


"Your head is like a crown on you.
It is as beautiful as Mount Carmel.
Your hair is as smooth as purple silk.
I am captured by your flowing curls."
Song of Solomon 7:5 (NIRV)

I've learned not to be stingy with the conditioner. When I still 'pooed I was careful to use no more than a quarter size of conditioner. No wonder my hair was like frizzy straw.
Mostly 3A/Some 3B Thick/Dry/Colored/SL
Loving natural products. Some of my favorites are:
MHC Scalp Cleanser, Donna Marie Miracurl Gelly, Robert Craig Conditioner
I've learned not to be stingy with the conditioner. When I still 'pooed I was careful to use no more than a quarter size of conditioner. No wonder my hair was like frizzy straw.
Originally Posted by scarriecarrie
Exactly...same here. DH complains because I have bottles and bottles...lol
2c/3aMiii

Loving JC and CK products... Been loving them for 3 years...looking to branch out and try new things!!!
I've learned that my skin and hair hate sodium laureth sulfate. it dries out my hair and makes my skin break out.

I've learned to deep condition my hair everytime I wash it.

my hair loves being finger-curled.
Oops - also forgot this.............keep my stupid hands out of my hair!!!!!
between Botticelli & Corkscrew curly-very thick, coarse hair
http://public.fotki.com/notty6



When I get to be 'Queen of the World', I will absolish WIND!!!
I have learned to not forego conditioning just for the sake of multi-day hair. Duh. I have thick coarse hair. I have to condition it.

I recently leanred that I actually can get overconditioned. I just takes 10 months of AOHR use consistently.

I recently learned that jojoba oil really isn't an oil, but a liquid wax that contains proteins.

I learned that coconut oil is good for protein retention in hair - not good for some of the protein sensitives. But, it makes good cooking oil!

I've learned that there isn't much out there for hair that has multiple ingredient issues. If I can't use proteins, sulfates, cones, mineral oil, petroleum stuff, panthenol, isopropyl myristate, & unheated honey (turns me too blonde), then there isn't a whole heck of a lot that I can buy.

I learned that the trial and error process can be lengthy and expensive. But, it is an effective process.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
I've learned that I can condition daily instead of the once or twice a week that I used to, that my hair responds really well to gel/curl creme mixed, I learned about CK and Jessicurl products both of which I love!! Thanks to this site I finally also broke down and bought a diffuser..
mostly 3a/i/F
Modified CG since Feb 2008
Rotating a lot!
Blog: http://amy51373.blogspot.com/
redcelticcurls how you do know which exact ingredients in a product are wreaking havoc in your hair? i just toss out a bottle of whatever doesn't work for whatever reason and have no idea what exactly in it was the culprit.

oh and i've learned that along with the theory of not all one size fits all the same can be said for hair products.
3b thick and coarse

CONS
VO5 champagne kiss, suave coconut, inecto coconut oil moisturizing condish
CURL CREMES
mop c
GELS
HE SMU, LA sports gel
LOW POO'S
cream of nature


cg/modified cg since april 2006
redcelticcurls how you do know which exact ingredients in a product are wreaking havoc in your hair? i just toss out a bottle of whatever doesn't work for whatever reason and have no idea what exactly in it was the culprit.

oh and i've learned that along with the theory of not all one size fits all the same can be said for hair products.
Originally Posted by rocky b
It was a lot of trial and error, lots of questions, and lots of time spent using the search feature here. It's been an almost 2 year process and I still learn new stuff.

If you have a problem with a product you can always ask here. Sometimes it'll be an ingredient issue, and sometimes the product itself just isn't for your hair texture/type/whatever.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
Good grief, where do I start?

I learned that my hair needs looootttsss of moisture. It brings out the curls.

I learned that curl cream really are my enemy. Well, maybe not all curl creams, just the ones that have sodium blah blah blah in them. Turns my hair into a haystack.

I learned HG products came come out of impulse buys.

I learned plopping is a very good thing for me.

Air drying is peachy keen for me. Gives me great definition.

Don't touch the hair until it's dry!!!!
2B...ish
http://public.fotki.com/SunshineGrrl/ pw: drama
Products
This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.

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