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linds2984 05-06-2009 03:30 PM

Advice you wish a CG had given you when you first started?
 
Well first of all, hello, I'm a newly reformed CG. I'm recently unemployed and have spent the last week reading all the information here that I possibly could, instead of applying for jobs! Haha! So, I'm pretty sure I have the basics. I did my last sulfate wash, then a co-wash making sure to avoid the cones, even got a Deva cut, which was a challenge in itself to find here in Chicago.

First, I'm a little afraid of trying to do too much too soon. Since I'm just starting out and know not to expect a miracle right away, its a bit confusing trying to figure out what I should be doing in this beginning period.

What I want to know, is if there are any of you out there who have been doing this for a while, who learned something either on your own or from someone else that you wish you would have known waaaay at the beginning when you started.

I apologize if there has ever been a similar post, I honestly have done lots of google searching of the site. So needless to say in the past week I have learned TONS! Thanks so much to everyone here! I really am obsessed with this website :sunny:

curlygirl18 05-06-2009 04:22 PM

I have been CG four months. Others I'm sure will offer their wisdom. However, when I started, I didn't overload on all the products right away. I wish I had at least tried a few different ones becuase the one I was using was pretty useless.

Either way, experiment! Try different things! Try plopping, try pixiecurling (I would have been doing from day 1), try pineappling...all of these are very helpful and time-saving. Welcome, and good luck!!! :)

ninja dog 05-06-2009 05:25 PM

CG18 gave good advice.

What I would add is that I wish that initially I'd spent less time using only Deva products; there's a whole world of CG conditioners, gels, cremes, and goos out there to try. Deva is nice, but it's only one line of many worthy products.

jillipoo 05-06-2009 06:30 PM

I wish I had known sooner that hair type and weather are the best determinants of product needs. I wasted time randomly trying things that people here recommended, and I wasted a lot of money on stuff that I'd never buy now, knowing what I know about my hair.

I would read everything you can at www.livecurlylivefree.com, including her blog and now, her e-book! It helped me tremendously and took the guesswork out of product selection.

AuburnCurls111 05-06-2009 06:44 PM

I've only been CG for about 4 weeks now, but something I learned early was to truly treat the co-wash like shampoo. Really work it in, getting your scalp and hair clean, and rinse it all the way out. I didn't rinse it enough at the beginning, and had a terrible weekend that almost made me quit! But I happy to say that since co-washing properly, I am much happier, and plan to stick with it! Good luck!

Jenn =)

kazza186 05-07-2009 07:45 AM

This is a really good thread! Im fairly new to all this too, and am still learning new things every day!
I've recently just started an excel sheet on which products I use and technique each day. Sooo geeky, but has been so helpful! I just clicked yesterday that I always have a bad hair day when I use a particualr conditioner! Duh!!
Good luck!

AuburnCurls111 05-07-2009 08:21 AM

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Originally Posted by kazza186 (Post 958622)
This is a really good thread! Im fairly new to all this too, and am still learning new things every day!
I've recently just started an excel sheet on which products I use and technique each day. Sooo geeky, but has been so helpful! I just clicked yesterday that I always have a bad hair day when I use a particualr conditioner! Duh!!
Good luck!


Oh my... I just started doing a chart of products, techniques, and comments for each day too. That is too funny! But honestly, I try different things and do different techniques that I figured if I didn't keep track, I would have no idea what worked and didn't.

Jenn =)

DEL2C 05-07-2009 08:34 AM

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Originally Posted by jillipoo (Post 958216)
I wish I had known sooner that hair type and weather are the best determinants of product needs. I wasted time randomly trying things that people here recommended, and I wasted a lot of money on stuff that I'd never buy now, knowing what I know about my hair.

I would read everything you can at www.livecurlylivefree.com, including her blog and now, her e-book! It helped me tremendously and took the guesswork out of product selection.

ITA with this. I wish I had her book when I started CG. It lays out the groundwork for you and could save curly girls a lot of frustration and wasted money.

coxplus2 05-07-2009 09:17 AM

Don't load up on the expensive brands right away! Try the drugstore/grocery store brands first. A lot of my favorite products (with the exception of Kinky-Curly) are available at my grocery store, local drugstore or Sally's.

sexyspirals 05-07-2009 12:53 PM

I think it's definitely important to remember that all the steps are guidelines, not strict rules -- you need to experiment and figure out everything that works or doesn't work for your hair. It's not even always just products that can be a hit or miss -- I was following the CG steps to a T, and it turns out, my hair HATES when I do a leave-in. I only figured it out one day when I was so eager to try a new product I skipped that step.

I think it's also good to bear in mind at the beginning that you need to stick with it. I was really bothered by the idea of not using shampoo and after a week my scalp was smelly and I was ready to give up. But it turns out I wasn't scrubbing enough, I was just conditioning as usual and not actually washing my scalp. I could have ruined the whole thing if I had immediately jumped back into my old bad habits!

Curlyminx 05-07-2009 01:12 PM

I think its good to introduce products slowly. I just got every product and tried as many as I could at once. I had no idea what worked and what didn't. So I went back to the basics and worked from a base up (for me, thats leave in and then I worked in KCCC) for a few months until I was sure that things worked consistently. Now i am venturing out one additional styling product at a time. I also try not to mix new techniques with new products, so that I can get an idea of how the new product differs from my usual current HG.

And to stick to it. Even if you aren't getting exactly what you are looking for. I figured my hair looked a million times better on my ugliest day after i found this site, than before, so just stuck to it (that is when I went back to basics).

sfhutch 05-07-2009 01:40 PM

Ditto- I'm also brand new to CG, having been reading these forums like mad, and am loving all the advice so far. Please keep it coming!

Lil'curls 05-07-2009 03:37 PM

My advice is that sometimes cutting the sulfates isn't enough to keep your hair healthy. You do need to up the moisture. I figured I was okay since I wasn't drying my hair with the sulfates, but in reality, I really need a lot more moisture than I was getting.

linds2984 05-07-2009 04:15 PM

Wow!
 
Lots of good advice here! Thanks for all the responses! :thumbup:


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