Short Terminal Length... so why bother?

My hairs terminal length is really quite short, which means it'll only grow a little before its shed. At present its about BSL but approx the last 3 inches is very fine and if i want my hair to look its absolute best... i should really get it cut. In one respect having a short terminal length is annoying because for all the TLC and tiny trims it'll never grow long (and not look very fine and wispy) but on the other hand I recon I get a new head of hair every couple of years. I know this from previous permanent dye experience!! So, my issue is, if i can never grow it very long and I get new hair all the time... whats the point in being really careful with the hair on my head if its shed after only a couple of years?

Before I was CG (now modified), i pretty much did what i wanted.. sulfates, cones, heat etc.. and my hair remained in good condition, even my hairdresser would agree that we never need to chop more than the very ends off (and i only used to go once or twice a year)!

Are there any other curlies out there with a short terminal length, and if so whats your view?

Im just thinking, ive spent about 3 years being super kind to my hair and I havent been able to grow it any longer than pre-CG and its in no better condition so I kind of think.. whats the point!? I was happier with big silicone filled diffused bouncy curls!!!
fine 3b curls and spirals - first goal BSL!!

HG's - Body Shop Honey shampoo & conditioner and Shea Moisture leave-in condish which gives me lovely frizz-free bouncy curls. My PJ is calling me to experiment with gels again... argh!
Yeh, I'm pretty much modified now. My hair just neeeeds cones i think, and although I have a lot to thank CG for, my hair is extremely dry and tangley, despite all the TLC.

I guess if your hair loves the cones and poo, go for it. I know mine loves the cones. Sadly, it hates the poo I need to remove em, so I have to take the rough with the smooth, so to speak.
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But then again, too few to mention...
zelda-
So you do use shampoo with cons? I've been trying this CG and it's just not working for me...not as curly as before, limp, more frizz, etc. If you don't mind me asking, what products do you use? Before trying CG, I used pantene for curly hair and it was better, but not great. Thanks for any help!
I also have a very short terminal length, but i also have super fine hair... therefore very damage prone. I find that collarbone/shoulder length kind of maxes me out - I get to straggly beyond that. That being said, CG has doen wonders for my hair's condition, and I am hoping to surpass my previous limits without looking like a hobo.... So far, so good.
3b, superfine, natural colour
Complete CG from May 2007 - Mod CG starting June 2008 - no sulfates, no cones

There was a little girl, with a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead
When she was good
She was very, very good
But when she was bad she was horrid!

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
zelda-
So you do use shampoo with cons? I've been trying this CG and it's just not working for me...not as curly as before, limp, more frizz, etc. If you don't mind me asking, what products do you use? Before trying CG, I used pantene for curly hair and it was better, but not great. Thanks for any help!
Originally Posted by shel312

Hi shel,

When you go totally CG, you really can't use any silcone products at all, because they build up, and can't be removed without using sulphate shampoo. I think the principle behind CG isn't the 'cone problem as much as the harsh drying sulphates needed to remove (although some find cones drying too, not me though)

This means looking at the ingredients in your conditioners, to check for anything ending in 'cone', dimethicone is a common one, or, xane<<<a nasty one. I think its spelled cyclopentasiloxane, it has been referred to as 'liquid latex'.

Some CGers use a 'low-poo', meaning the shampoo doesn't contain sulphates like sodium laureth sulphate, rather a more gentle cleanser such as coco-betaine. This kind of shampoo will remove water soluble 'cones, such as amodimethicone, or any cone with 'PEG' attached to it. It won't remove the other type of cone though.

Right now, my hair is dreadful, I've had some time off from CG, and its dry and ratty. When it was at its best, I was using a tea tree conditioner for washing, a peach supermarket brand conditioner mixed with a little honey for condtioning, and Boots curl creme under gel for styling.

At the moment I'm trying to rescue it, I've neglected it and its making me pay LOL

Hope this helps, feel free to ask about anything I didnt make clear, I'm not as knowledgeable as some of the ladies here, but I've learnt a lot since joining this forum.

Take care

Liz x
Here are my curly pics, password is fuzz

http://public.fotki.com/zeldagoblin/

But then again, too few to mention...
I must have short terminal length as well, because I shed so many tapered hairs that barely meet the ruler, so they're shedding after only two years of growth, how depressing.
2c
Medium texture
Normal porosity
Normal elasticity
can get weighed down with lots of oils
Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
Gel: Kiss my face gel
DT:Jessicurl
Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go

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