Confused about leave-in

I'm a 3a and just started CG a few days ago. I'm currenting co-washing every other day with Suave coconut, rinsing out with Burt's Bee's grapefruit/sugar beet, then using LA Looks Sport Gel for styling.

Do I NEED a leave-in? I've only been rinsing my conditioner out a little bit. Would it make sense to rinse out my BBs conditioner and then put a little bit more on as a leave-in? Or would I need to use a separate leave-in product?

I don't know why I'm so confused about leave-in, but I am. LOL!
I'm a 3b
First sulfate wash: April 15, 2009

Current products
Lo Poo: TJ's TTT every 7 - 14 days
Co-wash: GTTT
Rinse-out conditioner: TJ's Refresh
Leave-in: GVP Conditioning Balm
Styling: Beyond the Zone Noodle Head curl cream and Bioterra Styling Glaze

Also in rotation, but not using right now: Aveda Get Curly curl cream and Biosilk Rock Hard Gel

Not going to help much but you really just have to try different things and see what works best for your hair. Some people do as you're doing and don't rinse it all out (and therefore don't need a leave-in) some (like me) rinse out their co. then put a leave-in (I find it easier to judge amounts this way) some people don't need any form of co. left in their hair at all.
Sorry, it's just one of those many trial and error things.
3b in South Australia.
I agree with Starmie. It's really all a question of what your hair needs, and even what the weather is doing. If you're liking your hair as it is, then don't change anything. If you feel like your hair is a little dry or needs more definition, maybe you'll want to leave in some of your conditioner.

Fasten your seat belt. This CG thing is one bumpy ride.
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CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
CURL ENHANCERS/CREMES/MOUSSES: KCCC, JoiWhip
GELS: Fuzzy Duck, B5 Design, MGA Scultping, BRHG


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Yeah, I agree with them both. It'll take some trial and error. I'm a 3A, too, and I can't leave any of my rinse-out condish in. It always ended up looking and feeling greasy, although whatever condish I was using at the time probably had something to with it. Like Starmie says, I just feel I'm better able to judge how much conditioner I'm getting if I rinse out and then apply leave-in - if needed. I don't always need it and have gotten to where I can pretty much tell by how the wet hair feels and behaves.
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - fairly fine now, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

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I'm a 3a and just started CG a few days ago. I'm currenting co-washing every other day with Suave coconut, rinsing out with Burt's Bee's grapefruit/sugar beet, then using LA Looks Sport Gel for styling.

Do I NEED a leave-in? I've only been rinsing my conditioner out a little bit. Would it make sense to rinse out my BBs conditioner and then put a little bit more on as a leave-in? Or would I need to use a separate leave-in product?

I don't know why I'm so confused about leave-in, but I am. LOL!
Originally Posted by KurlyKatie429
Not going to help much but you really just have to try different things and see what works best for your hair. Some people do as you're doing and don't rinse it all out (and therefore don't need a leave-in) some (like me) rinse out their co. then put a leave-in (I find it easier to judge amounts this way) some people don't need any form of co. left in their hair at all.
Sorry, it's just one of those many trial and error things.
Originally Posted by Starmie
Hi KurlyKatie,

I'm fairly new at this also. We have similar hair. My hair looked a lot like yours before I chopped it.

I'm finding that if I don't completely rinse out my condish, my hair is weighed down and looks stringy. So what I am doing is mixing a little of my condish with gel as my leave in...so far so good!

But I agree with Starmie, try different ways and see what works for you.
I agree with the rinse out and add philosophy--more control. Also, the conditioners I use as a rinse out are too heavy for a leave in. My hair used to look a lot like BeachCurlGirl's--since I've started using the more natural products and stopped cowashing and cleansing with the soap bars, it looks like my signature picture.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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