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I haven't even been going since before August. I think it was around... two weeks ago? But so far the results are fantastic!
Sadly, I don't have pictures. My laptop recently broke, and that was where it was all kept. But I can describe it... I know, how fun? *sarcasm*
I used to have a near afro- no joke. Now, though, it holds volume, but not enough to make it visible from space. It used to be super frizzy. Now, while I still have a gentle halo of frizz, it's all cute, not like I've been electrocuted. I'm not totally done with the transformation- I'v only been going for two weeks! But yet what used to be curls that looked like a huge mess of just hair is all cute, long, almost shiny defined spirals. I'm proud to go out with my curls now I used to get a chemical relaxer put in twice a year... but I haven't even considered going out and doing it. I usually get it done... two days ago... but I don't want to!
My hair is stubborn. What I thought would help me only resulted in horrible, damaged hair. Straightening my hair is now the only reasonable thing I can do. So, I am no longer CG. Not until my hair gets fixed.
Goal- Long, shiny locks! Currently shoulder length when curly. Goal is to reach around right below chest area. Wish me luck!
oh you will love getting into products! just try to resist going crazy and becoming a product junkie like me~ hahah
btw, looks like our hair might be similar. :
Originally Posted by dandy
Haha. Yeah, I looked at your curl journal, they do look similar!
I was wondering about something, everyone says they wash in ACV, and I was wondering if would be okay to wash with normal vinegar?
What does it do anyways? the avc wash?
Brie, Kathymack or someone else with more experience will be able to explain it better, but basically an apple cider vinegar rinse helps balance out the PH in the hair. It helps if the hair has a good balance of PH and acid.
You aren't washing in pure vinegar, you're rinsing in a diluted solution of vinegar. I tried rinsing in a plain white vinegar solution once when I was out of ACV, and it works ok, but ACV works better. Must be the apple cider content.

Check out the newbie forum, and the homemade recipes forum. There are lots of good ideas there. And check out the swap board, that's a good way to try out products without commiting alot of money to buying them.
That's me with FSG as my styler!!

3b. fine & thick, coarse, dry, medium porosity. Sucks up product and loves ACVs! FSG is my HG!

Currently using:
Low Poo: TJ's Refresh No Poo: CoWash w/VO-5; Sonoma Soap Company sulfate-free poo
RO: Yes to Cuc; SSC Lavender Condish; Sally GVP LI: Donna Marie Miracle D&C
Style: FSG w/Aussie Instant Freeze & CIAB
Ahh! Okay. Thank you. I will have to look into that.
I've been going through forums trying to figure everything.
There's so much to do with curly hair!
I thought I'd post my ~1 week results.

Here's my start pic:


And this one is a picture I just took:


It's still a bit frizzy, but I think it looks a lot better. My problem, though, is I wash my hair at night, and it doesn't look quite as good in the morning. Still not sure what my hair type is, lol.

Last edited by OvaltineJenkins; 09-03-2010 at 12:29 AM. Reason: ETA: comment at end
I thought I'd post my ~1 week results.

Here's my start pic:


And this one is a picture I just took:


It's still a bit frizzy, but I think it looks a lot better. My problem, though, is I wash my hair at night, and it doesn't look quite as good in the morning. Still not sure what my hair type is, lol.
Originally Posted by OvaltineJenkins
This is amazing PS you look like my friend.
3B ; BSL; Low Porosity; Med Texture; CG since July '10.
Clean: Ever Sleek
Treat: EVCO, Neutrogena 3xMoisture
Tools: Boar Brush, wide tooth comb
Styler: Garnier Sleek&Shine
I thought I'd post my ~1 week results.

Here's my start pic:


And this one is a picture I just took:

Originally Posted by OvaltineJenkins

What a major difference! Amazing. Very pretty curls.
OvaltineJenkins I thought I'd post my ~1 week results.

Here's my start pic:


And this one is a picture I just took:


It's still a bit frizzy, but I think it looks a lot better. My problem, though, is I wash my hair at night, and it doesn't look quite as good in the morning. Still not sure what my hair type is, lol.
Ding ding ding. No more entries please. We have a winner. This might be the most dramatic transformation I've seen yet and in only one weeks time. Holy cow!
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
Yeesh! I found pictures of what used to be a good hair day. Very different. It was quite poofy. And light- but that's just because of the dye that I recently did. And it was very shapeless.
Actually, my whole appearance has improved since. The picture with me in the maroon shirt was taken exactly a year ago in a week. Yay for not-so-magical-and-very-expensive-that-left-me-with-no-cash-for-a-year acne disappearance and weight loss.
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My hair is stubborn. What I thought would help me only resulted in horrible, damaged hair. Straightening my hair is now the only reasonable thing I can do. So, I am no longer CG. Not until my hair gets fixed.
Goal- Long, shiny locks! Currently shoulder length when curly. Goal is to reach around right below chest area. Wish me luck!
I've been CG for over four years, so all my "before" pictures are accompanied by the horror of early teenhood, but. . . .

Pre-CG, early 2006:


The second day CG - 11 August 2006:


March 2007:


August 2009:


Spring 2010:


I am now impatiently waiting for it to grow out again - haven't cut in six months. But I'm dreading going through a bottle of conditioner a week!
Puf and MoonGoddess like this.
Proudly CG since 8/10/06 - the story of my hair!
Type: 3a/b, very thick
Length: almost BSL wet
Products: Suave coconut conditioner, coconut oil, Totally Twisted gel

Don't forget to be awesome!
WOW! I'm so jealous of your big curls and moisturized curls...they are gorgeous!

Spring 2010:


I am now impatiently waiting for it to grow out again - haven't cut in six months. But I'm dreading going through a bottle of conditioner a week![/quote]
3b/med porosity
LoPoo: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Oil Shampoo
Rinse Out: Treseme Naturals
Leave in: Trader Joes Nourishing condish

Current Favs: Naturelle - Biotera Curl Cream & Biotera Styling Glaze
Elithia, your hair is really beautiful! While growing out your hair, do you get it trimmed frequently or are you trying to not have it cut at all? How do you keep your ends healthy? Your hair grew a lot between the pics from 2007 and 2009, did you get your ends trimmed in those 2 years? I'm currently also trying to grow my hair, but since hair needs to be trimmed too often for my liking, it seems like forever to see progress. I just had my hair cut and I am really unhappy with it. I can't wait to have longer hair again. This is me right now:
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3a/b, fine, medium porositiy
CG since February 2010

co-wash: suave, cj daily fix, cj smoothing conditioner
dt:mop top dc, cj curl rehab, spritz&condish
pt:cj curl fix
styler: KCCC+KCKT, Jessicurl, AG RE:Coil, CJ CCCC Lite,
Komaza Coconut Pudding... (and much more, I'm a pj)
German/American Curly Girl living in Germany

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almost 2 months cg


still a little product-y but, I'm working on it.
its pronounced: eh-meh-ho-tah
CG since July 20,2010
puertorican born and raised
"Vive la vida vivela bien, sal con 5 tirale a 10"
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Yeesh! I found pictures of what used to be a good hair day. Very different. It was quite poofy. And light- but that's just because of the dye that I recently did. And it was very shapeless.
Actually, my whole appearance has improved since. The picture with me in the maroon shirt was taken exactly a year ago in a week. Yay for not-so-magical-and-very-expensive-that-left-me-with-no-cash-for-a-year acne disappearance and weight loss.
Originally Posted by ILovejuiceboxes
What a gorgeous difference!!
3B ; BSL; Low Porosity; Med Texture; CG since July '10.
Clean: Ever Sleek
Treat: EVCO, Neutrogena 3xMoisture
Tools: Boar Brush, wide tooth comb
Styler: Garnier Sleek&Shine
Elithia, your hair is really beautiful! While growing out your hair, do you get it trimmed frequently or are you trying to not have it cut at all? How do you keep your ends healthy? Your hair grew a lot between the pics from 2007 and 2009, did you get your ends trimmed in those 2 years? I'm currently also trying to grow my hair, but since hair needs to be trimmed too often for my liking, it seems like forever to see progress. I just had my hair cut and I am really unhappy with it. I can't wait to have longer hair again. This is me right now:
Originally Posted by curly*pixie
I think your hair is lovely, but I can see that it's short enough that it would be a love/hate thing. When I cut mine, I love love loved it for about four months and kept it at that length, and then overnight I was DONE with short hair. But unfortunately being "done" with short takes more patience to fix than being "done" with long.

As I'm in the midst of the re-growing-out process, it does indeed seem like it takes forever. FOREVER. It's been six months and I can feel the difference in terms of being able to put it up and stuff, but it seems like it looks more or less the same.

Trimming: First of all, I cut my own hair, because I live in a very rural area and don't have access to hairdressers who won't butcher it. Last time I grew it out, I trimmed fairly regularly to shape and long-layer it in addition to keeping the ends healthy. This time around, I've been keeping an eye on the ends and moisturizing the heck out of them - I put cocoa butter on them every other day or so, which they love. But the trimming I've done has been on a curl-by-curl basis, in small amounts, to fight split ends. It's not a particularly scientific method, I just trim when they feel like they need it.
Proudly CG since 8/10/06 - the story of my hair!
Type: 3a/b, very thick
Length: almost BSL wet
Products: Suave coconut conditioner, coconut oil, Totally Twisted gel

Don't forget to be awesome!
I've been CG for over four years, so all my "before" pictures are accompanied by the horror of early teenhood, but. . . .

Pre-CG, early 2006:


The second day CG - 11 August 2006:


March 2007:


August 2009:


Spring 2010:


I am now impatiently waiting for it to grow out again - haven't cut in six months. But I'm dreading going through a bottle of conditioner a week!
Originally Posted by Elithia
Bloomin Heck!! thats one nice head of hair there!!
routine??
Mixture of 2c/3a curls, fine to med texture

PROTEIN LOVER!!!

Wishing my hair would be more like this ------>
and less like this --------->
Bloomin Heck!! thats one nice head of hair there!!
routine??
Originally Posted by 09robiha
Thanks My routine is pretty basic.
A handful of conditioner - favorite is Suave coconut - finger-combed through my hair, barely rinsed out (I run the water on it for about 3 seconds). Every other day or so I put a little bit of cocoa butter on the ends.
Then I squeeze out excess water/conditioner with my fingers, then scrunch with an old t-shirt. And then just a little clear gel scrunched in.
In the last picture my curls are slightly looser because I've started showering at night, and that makes my hair unpredictable - sometimes it's awesome and sometimes it's flat on one side and crazy on the other. But I'm a lazy college student and hate getting up to shower before my 9 am classes.
Proudly CG since 8/10/06 - the story of my hair!
Type: 3a/b, very thick
Length: almost BSL wet
Products: Suave coconut conditioner, coconut oil, Totally Twisted gel

Don't forget to be awesome!
Spring 2010:


OMG! Your curls are awesome!!!!!!!
3a/3b/3c/36D


May the hair gods shine on me (and you!).

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Elithia, thanks for your reply. Do you use raw cocoa butter? Do you just let it melt in your hand and distribute it through your hair? Have you heard of Del2c's spritz&condish method? Here is a link: Spritz and Condish Washing for Porous Types+Thirsty Curls Everywhere! It works wonders on dry hair. I love it! And I hope to prevent dry ends with this method. My hair is very moisturized and soft. And I've tried a lot of products hunting for more moisture...And all I needed was a different method.
3a/b, fine, medium porositiy
CG since February 2010

co-wash: suave, cj daily fix, cj smoothing conditioner
dt:mop top dc, cj curl rehab, spritz&condish
pt:cj curl fix
styler: KCCC+KCKT, Jessicurl, AG RE:Coil, CJ CCCC Lite,
Komaza Coconut Pudding... (and much more, I'm a pj)
German/American Curly Girl living in Germany

http://public.fotki.com/29071981
Elithia, thanks for your reply. Do you use raw cocoa butter? Do you just let it melt in your hand and distribute it through your hair? Have you heard of Del2c's spritz&condish method? Here is a link: Spritz and Condish Washing for Porous Types+Thirsty Curls Everywhere! It works wonders on dry hair. I love it! And I hope to prevent dry ends with this method. My hair is very moisturized and soft. And I've tried a lot of products hunting for more moisture...And all I needed was a different method.
Originally Posted by curly*pixie
Hmm, that looks interesting. What I do right now is working pretty well for me, but if it reaches a point where it doesn't (it's so weird when that happens but sometimes there's a shift and suddenly what's been going great isn't helping anymore) I might try that.

I really should use raw cocoa butter, but I use cocoa butter cream, the thick thick lotion stuff, which has additives but nothing awful, at least not last time I checked. I started using it because I put it all over my body after I shower and one day I wondered if it would help with my dry ends. And it seems to . . . so go figure . . . .
Proudly CG since 8/10/06 - the story of my hair!
Type: 3a/b, very thick
Length: almost BSL wet
Products: Suave coconut conditioner, coconut oil, Totally Twisted gel

Don't forget to be awesome!

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