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Wow, dagidoodle, i'm the one jeaulous of your hair! it's very pretty!
A new one:

Before CG:


Yesterday:



I will be Cg for a year soon!
"...just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face." ~Harry Dresden

awwhhhh, thanks!


Wow, dagidoodle, i'm the one jeaulous of your hair! it's very pretty!
Originally Posted by Lorlori
http://public.fotki.com/dagidoodle/
password: dagi

hypothyroid
3a & 3b
fine, normal, coarse
normal & porous(?)
protein sensitive(?)
the bane of my existence

on a mission to find my hg's.
Okay, this post is going to be really long, but I am SO excited!

I've just gone CG! After spending about a month researching exactly what to buy, I realized that shipping to Hawaii makes things pretty pricey and since I'm really trying to save money right now, I couldn't buy myself the products I wanted, so I thought I'd put the CG thing on hold. But I went to visit my mother and I saw KY jelly (I don't want to know why it was there) and my step-dad's LA Look Sport gel in her bathroom. In addition to that, I found my old Loreal Vive Nutri Gloss for Wavy and Curly Hair and some old sulfate free shampoo I'd gotten from a health food store ages ago (not thinking about it being sulfate free at the time, since I was so uneducated about curly and wavy hair, since I come from a family of straighties and curlies who style their hair into straight submission). So I decided to try a CG routine with those products (even though all the cheapness did make me nervous), and I went to pick up my blowdryer and diffuser from my place and came back. I followed the Super-soaker Method I'd read about on here, added the KY and gel in sections, scrunched the crap out of my hair, and then used an old cotton t-shirt to additionally scrunch my hair. Then I diffused for about 20 minutes (first time I'd ever diffused, third time I'd ever had my hair diffused) and ended up with this:





That was actually after about 10 hours and I am now rocking some 3rd day hair (I'd never go to work with my hair like this, but it looks beachy now and it's fine for the weekend) now. I was so ridiculously excited because it was the first time I ever used gel in my hair and the styling process was so fast and my hair was shinier than I've seen it since I was a kid (without any cones!! who knew?) with stick straight hair. I was expecting crunch because of the gel, but I had absolutely none. My hair actually feels softer with this stuff in than it feels without product. My straight haired mom was even shocked that my curls looked and felt that good. We're both really into anything beauty related so we were squealing like idiots over my hair haha. I hadn't even heard about any of this (CG, using gel in the hair, etc.) until a couple of months ago so it's really new for me, and I really wish I'd known about this sooner, because...



That is how my hair would have to look for me to be completely pleased with it before. Smooth and shiny with a bit of body and no-frizz. This look takes me two hours to achieve (blowdrying straight, using an iron, backcombing the crown and softly curling sections and my ends), with the help of lots and lots of cones. Also, this look has little staying power before I start to develop a bit of frizz.

Or I could spend 45 minutes curling my hair and smoothing a serum with silicone over it, to end up with this:



Which looks fine, but there is still a lack of definition in places and surface frizz. Also, my hair doesn't feel soft to the touch when it's like this.

Or I could not put anything in my hair and let it airdry, which would give me this on a non-humid day:



or this on a humid day:



Yeah, no thank you. =p

The only things now are that I want to figure out how to get more volume at the crown (diffusing seems to flatten me at the crown, even when I've had it done professionally), get more curl on my front layers (strangely, without product, they seem to have more texture than the rest of my hair, but that night, my front sections were wavy while the rest was curly.) and how to wear my hair for work. The place I'm working at now allows short dresses/skirts, some cleavage, bright colors, whimsical accessories, etc. (it's a casting office), and wavy/curly hair is fine. As long as you look attractive and current, you're good. But I'm currently moving and the next job I have will probably call for me to look more conservative. So I have to figure out how to make my curls look more "professional" but still pretty, and especially how to make 2nd day hair look professional and pretty. Next up is me trying the same products and air drying!

Last edited by Salsap1xie; 03-14-2010 at 04:54 PM.




My horrible wanna be rock star hair (bleh) to my CG hair. Sorry for my pics being so weird. :/

But I really want to get my hair layered, but no one in South Carolina knows how to cut hair when it's curly.
Qhoney!! Your hair is AMAZING! Would you mind sharing your products and routine? What an awesome transformation!
Originally Posted by jlpmom23
Thank you! I started out co-washing with Suave Naturals Coconut, then conditioning with Garnier Triple Nutrition and rinsing out. Then I would dab some Suave as a leave-in. Then I would scrunch with HETT. It turned out okay, but my hair was SUPER frizzy. I figured that maybe I was overconditioning. I decided that I would switch to using a low-poo (I use Abba Pure Curls Shampoo) every 3 days or so, then co-wash with Garnier Triple Nutrition. I then rinse out the Garnier almost completely, but not quite. Then I apply a smidge of Kiehl's Leave-In to my soaking wet hair. I then scrunch a dime size of either Abba Pure Curls gel or HETT (I alternate) on the right side, then the left, then I flip over and apply more. I use a lot of gel I then scrunch the excess water out with a t-shirt. This is a key step! I think for me, the last step of diffusing is very important. I use the Pixie method and I do it until about 90% dry. I let it air dry the rest of the way and then I scrunch out the stiffness and voila! It seems like a lot, but its really not. For me, using a low-poo just works better than co-washing with conditioner. It seems like I am very sensitive to overconditioning. Hope that helps and thanks for all the compliments. This thread is what convinced me to go CG (modified CG)
http://members.fotki.com/QHoney
PW:curlyginger
I've been modified CG for a while (about a month) but went full blown CG 2 days ago once I found the FSG recipe. First off, the FSG - best thing EVER. My hair loves this stuff. But I must say that my hair is not fond of FOTE. I think maybe if I had the liquid and just used it as a spritz maybe??

Anyway, here is me before CG - not awful, but not as curly as I'd like. And the 2nd is today - bad photo, but you can see that it is much curlier.
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2c - new to the CG way.




My horrible wanna be rock star hair (bleh) to my CG hair. Sorry for my pics being so weird. :/

But I really want to get my hair layered, but no one in South Carolina knows how to cut hair when it's curly.
Originally Posted by Patrice
Your hair looks great, even the 'before' pictures!

Also, I can recommend two good curly cutters in the midlands of SC. If you live in this area and want their information, send me a PM. I have a friend with beautiful 3b/c ringlets, and she has had great cuts from them, so I can recommend them honestly.
Scribe Rona, Bibliophile of the Auburn Spirals and Pilgrim to the Western Wastelands, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2c/3a, M/C, iii, low porosity, absolutely no elasticity

Co-wash: SN Coconut or Apple
Co: GFSS, GVP CB, GTTTT
Leave-in: SN Coconut or GFTN
Stylers: KCCC, L'Oreal Melting Gel, HESMU
Cleanse: Burt's Bees Shampoo Bar (1x week)

My hair loves the Icequeen Method and overnight plopping.

CG since 02/03/10!

Salsap1xie--you have some serious hair-model hair, no matter what you do to it! Beautiful!

Patrice--love it both ways, actually! You look like you have the personality to rock whatever type of hair you want. Too cute.
2c/3a with 2b underlayer. Fine, porous. Loves protein. But not hydrolized wheat protein. Yuck.

Wash: WEN Sweet Almond Mint or Pomegranate
Gels: LA Looks Sport Gel
Mousse: Tigi Catwalk Curlesque
Curling creams/gellies: Coffee Coco Curling Cream Lite, Spiral Solutions Curl Enhancing Jelly, Curls Gel-les'c
SOTC: JC N&S (LOVE)
http://public.fotki.com/wavyblonde/hair-2010/
Salsap1xie--you have some serious hair-model hair, no matter what you do to it! Beautiful!

Patrice--love it both ways, actually! You look like you have the personality to rock whatever type of hair you want. Too cute.
Originally Posted by wavyblonde

Thanks! And I agree with you about Salsap1xie's hair. Hair model allll the way. XD
3Cii high porosity, BSL (when straight).
Hair tends to clump at the bottom and be puffy at roots.
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Condish: Suave Coconut
Styling Products: Vatika Oil, Sunsilk Captivating Curls Mousse, Garnier Fructis Curl Gel
wavyblonde and Patrice, thank you both so much! I love this forum because it really helps to realize that there are so many different kinds of beautiful hair. I can't tell you the amount of times that I've had stylists ask if I want straightening treatments, or complain that my hair was difficult to brush (dry, by the way. I didn't even know before a couple of months ago that I'm not supposed to brush my hair dry and then load it up with creams and serums to fight the frizz my brushing had caused.), or say that my hair was extremely dry and frizzy, etc, so for somebody to say I have "hair model" hair does feel good. I'm realizing that those "issues" are easily fixed with the right information and that I (along with probably most of the members on this forum), were just given the wrong information for too long, and even some of those "issues" really aren't issues at all, but are just characteristics of what can be gorgeous hair when treated properly. Seeing girls/women with varying types of waves and curls and the transformations their hair undergoes when they learn to embrace their texture and care for it properly is a really beautiful and inspirational thing.

It's also really nice and refreshing to see so many women encouraging each other instead of tearing each other down. I like it here.

It's also really nice and refreshing to see so many women encouraging each other instead of tearing each other down. I like it here.
Originally Posted by Salsap1xie
For sure!!! I have gotten SO much help here, and my hair has gone from a mess to being just gorgeous. I'm SO happy with it, and I would have had NO idea where to start otherwise. For my hair to look decent and curly before I had to blow it all out, smooth it, curl it, then tease and spray. What a pain. CG still takes some time, but it is well worth it, results are consistent, and my naked hair actually looks 100% better. Struttswife @ livecurlylivefree.com says she asks her clients that "need" silicones how their hair looks without them, and they usually say dry and frizzy. Then she points out that if without them you are dry and frizzy they can't be good for you, right? My hair needs product to look styled and put together, but since I went CG it looks and feels better naked. So I must be doing something good for it! Woohoo!

Oh, and I've been CG 3 weeks now, all my products are $5 and under. It scared me going drugstore as well, but I didn't want to buy expensive products that I wasn't sure were going to work. Turns out the drugstore stuff works great for this! As I progress I'm adding in some natural treatments as well, flaxseed gel, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, etc. So far so good. Best of luck to everyone on their hair journey!
CG since 2/23/10!

2B 3A mix, fine texture and high porosity at crown/bangs, normal elsewhere. I like protein!

Trying to grow out a short haircut.

WASH: Jessicurl Cleansing Cream (once every week or so)
CONDITION: Jessicurl Too Shea! or Aloeba Conditioner
STYLE: Jessicurl Gelebration Spray/Awe Inspiraling Spray

http://public.fotki.com/85MR2/ (PICS OF CG TRANSITION SO FAR) Need to update. No pics with the Jessicurl products yet, but I LOVE them!
wavyblonde and Patrice, thank you both so much! I love this forum because it really helps to realize that there are so many different kinds of beautiful hair. I can't tell you the amount of times that I've had stylists ask if I want straightening treatments, or complain that my hair was difficult to brush (dry, by the way. I didn't even know before a couple of months ago that I'm not supposed to brush my hair dry and then load it up with creams and serums to fight the frizz my brushing had caused.), or say that my hair was extremely dry and frizzy, etc, so for somebody to say I have "hair model" hair does feel good. I'm realizing that those "issues" are easily fixed with the right information and that I (along with probably most of the members on this forum), were just given the wrong information for too long, and even some of those "issues" really aren't issues at all, but are just characteristics of what can be gorgeous hair when treated properly. Seeing girls/women with varying types of waves and curls and the transformations their hair undergoes when they learn to embrace their texture and care for it properly is a really beautiful and inspirational thing.

It's also really nice and refreshing to see so many women encouraging each other instead of tearing each other down. I like it here.
Originally Posted by Salsap1xie
right on, sister!
http://public.fotki.com/dagidoodle/
password: dagi

hypothyroid
3a & 3b
fine, normal, coarse
normal & porous(?)
protein sensitive(?)
the bane of my existence

on a mission to find my hg's.
wavyblonde and Patrice, thank you both so much! I love this forum because it really helps to realize that there are so many different kinds of beautiful hair. I can't tell you the amount of times that I've had stylists ask if I want straightening treatments, or complain that my hair was difficult to brush (dry, by the way. I didn't even know before a couple of months ago that I'm not supposed to brush my hair dry and then load it up with creams and serums to fight the frizz my brushing had caused.), or say that my hair was extremely dry and frizzy, etc, so for somebody to say I have "hair model" hair does feel good. I'm realizing that those "issues" are easily fixed with the right information and that I (along with probably most of the members on this forum), were just given the wrong information for too long, and even some of those "issues" really aren't issues at all, but are just characteristics of what can be gorgeous hair when treated properly. Seeing girls/women with varying types of waves and curls and the transformations their hair undergoes when they learn to embrace their texture and care for it properly is a really beautiful and inspirational thing.

It's also really nice and refreshing to see so many women encouraging each other instead of tearing each other down. I like it here.
Originally Posted by Salsap1xie
+1 This is a great place to be! I'm loving learning about ALL wavy and curly types and textures--not just my own! I find myself looking at hair very differently since finding this forum.
2c/3a with 2b underlayer. Fine, porous. Loves protein. But not hydrolized wheat protein. Yuck.

Wash: WEN Sweet Almond Mint or Pomegranate
Gels: LA Looks Sport Gel
Mousse: Tigi Catwalk Curlesque
Curling creams/gellies: Coffee Coco Curling Cream Lite, Spiral Solutions Curl Enhancing Jelly, Curls Gel-les'c
SOTC: JC N&S (LOVE)
http://public.fotki.com/wavyblonde/hair-2010/
Salsa...your hair is so amazing anyway you do it! But rock on with the curls, you wear them well!


Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...5&postcount=59

I <3 this thread.

Here's me 6 days into CG and today, 21 days CG. (1st and 3rd pic after 6 days, 2nd and 4th pic today)

Before CG it was either blown straight with LOTS of silicones or a big crazy rat's nest.
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CG since 2/23/10!

2B 3A mix, fine texture and high porosity at crown/bangs, normal elsewhere. I like protein!

Trying to grow out a short haircut.

WASH: Jessicurl Cleansing Cream (once every week or so)
CONDITION: Jessicurl Too Shea! or Aloeba Conditioner
STYLE: Jessicurl Gelebration Spray/Awe Inspiraling Spray

http://public.fotki.com/85MR2/ (PICS OF CG TRANSITION SO FAR) Need to update. No pics with the Jessicurl products yet, but I LOVE them!

Last edited by 85MR2; 03-16-2010 at 12:48 AM.
I <3 this thread.

Here's me 6 days into CG and today, 21 days CG.

Before CG it was either blown straight with LOTS of silicones or a big crazy rat's nest.
Originally Posted by 85MR2
Your hair is just so lovely!
CG on 2/16/2010
My curls looks like the 3a pictures
Hair length is to my bra strap, it's fine textured, but the density is thick, not much elasticity, Naturally Blonde but Color treated because of graying going on

My hair loves
coconut oil
Homemade FSG
Hair one for my co wash
Ecostyler olive oil

Princess Brandy Brat, Chief Jewel Crafter and Royal Nanny to the Court of the Red and White Rose for the Order of the Curly Crusaders.
I <3 this thread.

Here's me 6 days into CG and today, 21 days CG. (1st and 3rd pic after 6 days, 2nd and 4th pic today)

Before CG it was either blown straight with LOTS of silicones or a big crazy rat's nest.
Originally Posted by 85MR2
Ooh, so pretty, curly and shiny!
2c/3a with 2b underlayer. Fine, porous. Loves protein. But not hydrolized wheat protein. Yuck.

Wash: WEN Sweet Almond Mint or Pomegranate
Gels: LA Looks Sport Gel
Mousse: Tigi Catwalk Curlesque
Curling creams/gellies: Coffee Coco Curling Cream Lite, Spiral Solutions Curl Enhancing Jelly, Curls Gel-les'c
SOTC: JC N&S (LOVE)
http://public.fotki.com/wavyblonde/hair-2010/
85MR2 - your hair is GORGEOUS. How are you styling your hair?? Do you plop? Diffuser? Air dry?
2c - new to the CG way.
Okay - update - this is day 5 CG. I am amazed how much curlier my hair is. And it's shiny - my hair has NEVER been shiny!!!

Products:
CoWash - any Suave Naturals (love green apple & coconut)
Wash Out - GFTT
Leave in - whichever Suave I'm using
Gel - homemade FSG
Spray - hot water, epsom salt, evoo mixture

First photo - pre CG. Second photo - 5 days CG
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2c - new to the CG way.

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