transitioning to CG

Has anyone slowly transitioned into CG over a period of months? I tried to go CG fully a couple weeks ago but when my hair is curly it is a bit above my shoulders which I absolutely hate. I like my hair best when it is past my shoulders (which it is right now when I straighten it). So I was thinking I would try slowly go CG while still straightening my hair until it gets long enough to be below shoulder length when its curly. I bought a sulfate free shampoo and I'm using a cone free conditioner which my hair seems to be liking. I figure it's a step in the right direction which is better than nothing.

My question is about styling products. Since I started this experiment, I've been using gel instead of my old straightening cream when I blow it out but it isn't working very well. My hair looks and feels gross when I use it. I've read that cones protect the hair a bit from heat damage. Would it be a bad idea to use the straightening cream with cones (Garnier Fructis Smoothing Milk) if I'm using a sulfate free shampoo (Coloresse for normal/dry color treated hair)? Would the cones build up without a sulfate shampoo? This stuff is a bit confusing and I suppose my experiment isn't making it any easier. Any ideas/suggestions?
Yes, cones will generally speaking build up without a sulfate shampoo, which will prevent moisture from getting in and make your hair kind of cruddy. I made this mistake at first not realizing my product had cones, and the result was really icky. It does depend on the cones, though, and I'm not really up on which cones can be cleaned by lighter shampoos, so maybe if you tell us what cones there are someone can tell you if it would be okay.

fia 2C/3A-F-iii, sensitive to some proteins
CGish since 10-16-08
Low-poo: Yes to Carrots Daily Pampering Shampoo (1-2x/week)
Rinse outs: Yes to Carrots Pampering Mud Conditioner
Styling: a little bit of leave in and a little bit of KCCC, diffusing
Olive oil DTs, honey rinses in the summer
Additionally, I understand the frustration with the awkward length, but your hair WILL grow faster if you're not straightening it because it will be stronger from not getting damaged. I'm not morally opposed to straightening or anything, but straightening is a little counterproductive to growing out sometimes. Does it look okay pulled back? Can you experiment with some styles that look okay despite the length issue?

fia 2C/3A-F-iii, sensitive to some proteins
CGish since 10-16-08
Low-poo: Yes to Carrots Daily Pampering Shampoo (1-2x/week)
Rinse outs: Yes to Carrots Pampering Mud Conditioner
Styling: a little bit of leave in and a little bit of KCCC, diffusing
Olive oil DTs, honey rinses in the summer
CG = Curly Girl (or Guy) method, based on Lorraine Massey's book of that name. Means basically not using shampoo to cleanse, just conditioner, which in turn means not using products with silicones because friction-cleaning is not enough to get them off your hair. Check the sticky at the top of the Going Shampooless Forum

As far as the slow transition to CG goes. I think some people do find it easier to go what you are and go cone- and sulfate-free first before cutting shampoo altogether. there are some cones that will come out with gentler cleansers like the coco betaine, but i'm also not sure which. i just don't use any.

i don't know what to tell you on the hair dryer thing...maybe someone else can chime in. i use a diffuser (run about $5-6 at sally's) which allows for drying without straightening. it is gentler on your hair and creates less heat damage, but if you're trying to extend the length until it's grown out...
wurly, fine to medium, currently growing for waist-length
embracing the waves since 10/20/08
my hair loves protein and hates jojoba oil, my scalp hates propylene glycol, my face hates silicones.

Last edited by LouisianaLeigh; 01-01-2009 at 08:19 AM.
The cream I'm using has the following cones (or these are the ones that I can decipher):

Cyclopentasiloxane
PEG/PPG-17/18 Dimethicone
Amodimethicone
I'm trying different pulled back styles but I've never been crazy about my hair pulled back. I've always liked it longer, down and a bit messy....I guess I'm weird like that. Thankfully, my hair does grow pretty fast. I was hoping that going sulfate free and only straightening during the week when I work would let my hair get a little healthier while I work up to a good curly length.

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