Re-starting CG soon! Some questions,

I've tried CG twice already and my hair still has not gotten used to it. This time I want to start off with no doubts!

- Since winter is coming, my hair will need more moisture right?
- Does anyone have any good shampoo that I can use to clarify before starting?
- My hair has really pretty curls at the bottom but the top layer is always poofy,frizzy,and out of control. there's no clumping and its like a sponge! Any advice?
-How can you use honey?
-How can you do a ACV rinse?
- I have AG re:coil,FOTE,LOOB,tightly wound, and, HESMU. I need help figuring out which ones to use on my hair., especially in what order :/
-I live in miami and i ALWAYS have problems with humidity, suggestions?

I have some photos at the end of this post. my hair is soft except for the top layers and MAJOR frizz. Also I sometimes get knots at the bottom. I have no problem with volume since i like it like it is now, but i do have problems with clumping and of course, frizz.

EDIT: I didnt notice any changes in my hair after about a month. and it became dull too.

Sorry for all the questions and i would like to say THANK YOU SOOO MUCH in advance! If it wasnt for this website, i would have been hopeless and out buying a straighting iron. My hair thanks you too!

Last edited by mayxstatic; 10-06-2008 at 07:28 PM.
Let's see what I can answer!

1. From what I understand, it will need more moisture (I started in June, so no personal experience). You can get this from heavier conditioners and some good DTs.

2. I used Suave clarifying to start and then HE drama clean when I had serious build-up issues. As long as it has a sulfate and no silicones, it will work.

3. What products are you using? I get this when I miss sections with my gel. I scrunch gel in with my head down, but have to flip it up to get my crown and canopy. That usually helps.

4. I use honey in ACV rinses and sometimes as a leave-in. Just be careful of how much you use, and don't mix with a gel, or you'll have crunch that won't scrunch out (this happened to me a few weeks ago... not cool!). When I use it as a leave-in, I plop with it for twenty min before scrunching in gel and diffusing. That lets it soak in a bit, I think.

5. I put a few tablespoons (I'm guessing, since I don't actually measure it) in a big cup. After using my rinse-out, I fill the cup with water and carefully pour down the length of my hair a few times. I usually use some honey in it. I know some people use squirt bottles, but my squirt bottle is reserved for baking soda!

6. I haven't tried re:coil or tightly wound, so I cant comment on those. LOOB did nothing for me (and I think caused build-up). Right now I'm using FOTE and HEBE, but I've used SMU in the past. FOTE is the first thing to touch my hair after my leave-in. I use a gel on top of that after plopping, and that's been working well.

7. FOTE and CK help with humidity when I'm in Houston. I use them both under a good gel. Make sure you're getting equal distribution, especially in your canopy, since you hae problems with it.

FOTE gives me great clumps! Honey and ACV rinses also help.

The most important thing I do to prevent frizz is pixie-curling with a diffuser. Anything else (including air-drying) and my curls lack volume and clumpage, and are majorly frizzy. I've also been pineappling with a satin cap at night and that's helped.

You didn't mention why your hair didn't adjust to it. Most people have problems with greasiness and can't wait it out. Give it at least six weeks this time. There are things to help with problems you may encounter, and it takes time to figure out what works for you. Experiment and don't give up! The results are so worth it!

Good luck!
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Great advice! I'll just add this: avoid ingredients that end in 'cone, 'conol, and 'xane in all hair products. These are silicones and need a sulfate shampoo to remove. It can take 4 - 6 weeks for your scalp and hair to adjust to CG. Friction is important to keep your scalp free from buildup, so be sure to scrub/massage your scalp either with conditioner (cowash) or with water (water wash). A scalp brush is helpful for this and can be found at Sally's or Walgreens for a couple of dollars or less. It takes a lot of experimenting to find out what works best for your hair. You have a good supply of products to start with. Don't use them all at once!

Recoil is a curl enhancer and usually a pea sized blob is enough. It does have magnesium sulfate (epsom salt) which can cause dryness in some hair if used regularly. You would use a gel over it for hold.

LOOB is also a curl enhancer. I think that it has a water soluable cone that can build up on some.

FOTE doesn't have much hold for some, so the SMU or Tightly Wound gel could be used over it.

An ACV rinse is 2 tablespoons to 2 cups of water poured through the hair then rinsed out. It helps close the hair cuticle and removes mild buildup.

Hope that CG works for you this time around!
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Thank you soooo much for the answers! I'm excited to start now haha.

Thank you once again,

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