What are your Top 10 Concerns of Curlies

One of my biggest issues is the media. Everytime I pick up a magazine or see a segment on a TV show about "how to manage your curls" the answer is always to straighten them! It's insulting. This goes along with what everyone else has said about the mainstream media pushing straight hair as the only acceptable option. Just once I'd like to read an article on how to manage curly hair that actually tells me how to manage curly hair not how to make curly hair straight. I'm pretty sure we ALL know how to make it straight! We've spent years doing it!
1. Losing my curl throughout the day
2. Producty-feeling hair
3. Frizz (duh)
4. No definition of curl
No-'poo since 28 Apr 09!
2c/3a, fine to medium texture, low to medium porosity, normal elasticity, medium density.

Cleanse: Deva Lo-Poo or Kinky Curly Come Clean
Condition: Kinky Curly Knot Today or Suave Naturals Coconut
Stylers: KCCC, BRHG, Moroccan Dry-No-More oil, Mister Right

NO: bad 'quats, 'cones, 'xanes, drying alcohols, sulfates, or petrochemicals.
Styling time. Leaving my clips in long enough for my hair to finish air drying and look the way I want, even after diffusing, takes min 2 hours. Who has time like that?
High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

[]Swimming Hair Care (especially everyday swimmers)

[]Dryness

[]Frizz

[]Stringyness

[]Matted Roots

[]Single Strand Knots

[]Winter Hair Care

[]Products for curlies with sensitive skin/allergies/contact dermatitis from such ingredients as wheat or propylene glycol

[]How to properly apply products to long (APL and beyond) curly hair to get great curls

[]Taking care of a child's curly hair, from infancy to teen
RIP Natasha Richardson

Holy Grails: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner, AVG, EVO Coconut Oil, Amla Oil, KC Spiral Spritz, Brahmi Oil, Tea Tree eo, Rosemary eo, Distilled H2O, Aloe Vera Juice, Neem Oil, ACV, Dr. Bonner's Skikakai Castile Soap, Avocado Oil

Sometimes: AOMM Jelly, KCNT, KCCC
1. Providing a real education for hair stylists in cutting, styling, and caring for curly, wavy, kinky hair -- the majority of heads are curly, yet they don't learn how to do anything with it but try to make it straight!
2. Raising the public consciousness about prejudice against hair that is not straight or straightened. The general public and the media should be educated about the stigma placed on people with un-straight hair -- and some of the sources of that stigma -- historical racism and bigotry. Teach parents how to care for and be proud of their kids' hair so they don't suffer the way so many have with straightening and processing and feeling inadequate or unattractive because of having "bad" hair.
3. Require the hair products industry to be more forthcoming and honest about their products. So many claims that their products are "natural," gentle, etc., or that their curls lines are good and moisturizing for curly hair, when they are actually full of harsh, drying sulfates and silicones. They should not be able to make false claims that their products are good for hair.
4. Related: To somehow show the industry, and the stylists and salons, how it will be to their advantage to begin to cater to curly people. There is a lot of money to be made from curlies! But they need to get educated and learn how to provide the right kinds of service and products, not just repackage the same old crap under a "curly" label.
5. Help us figure out how to communicate with the stylists who at least are willing to try to please us but who don't really know how to cut our hair.
6. Educate people in how to read labels of hair products so they aren't fooled so easily ("fixes split ends!") or so confused, and to understand some of the science behind hair care.
2-something? Coarse, medium underneath. Mid-back. On CG since 5/9/07.
Washing COs: VO5 Blackberry, Suave Cherry
Detangle and leave-in: Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm -- I found my HG CO!
Seal with camellia oil
Leave-in: Aura cherry almond
Gels: Homemade FSG, Eco-styler
Plus: SOTC or smooth with camellia oil, JC Nourish & Shine
Homemade food-based DTs
RC color

Last edited by RozettaStone; 05-20-2009 at 05:53 PM. Reason: typos
1) Finding a good stylist
2) Being able to reproduce what the stylist did
3) Preventing frizz
4) Volume on top and/or learning how to put in clips for volume at top
5) Not having hair look messy
6) Dealing with employers who consider curly hair unprofessional - especially critical for job interviews
7) Managing hair that is much curlier in some places than in other places - even straight in some places

And - all of the other problems that the posters said!

Last edited by curlypearl; 05-19-2009 at 08:17 AM. Reason: 8) Getting curls to clump
Finding a professional curly style for work.
Originally Posted by l.deon
this is a really good one IMO! I'm always worried my hair is too wild for the work field...

my other major concern is hair fluffying/ puffing out by the end of the day (and suffocating me!)
para los gustos se hicieron los colores

i has no hair type? (medium, f-iii), normal porosity, LOW elasticity.
CG journey began 2/8/09 - 4-08-09.. and then mod cg 4/14/09 -... 03/02/10- Barely CG but I like CG products
wash with Low Poo or Poo
condition with GVP Conditioning Balm or CJ BC Daily, Loreal Color Vive for Color Treated Hair Thats Normal
Leave ins- Garnier S&S; Marrakesh oil
style with - Ohm SHP; KCCC- BRHG or Boots- KCCC- BRHG; CIAB; CCCC
Protein- GVP Joico K-Pak
Play with ACV
Ooh, yes -- what Madhuri and Jess said:
Dealing with hair if you are a frequent swimmer, runner, etc., when there's no time to do the whole routine after. And the time it takes to get it dry -- some people spend half the day with wet or damp hair. By the time it's dry and looking its best, it's nearly time for bed!
2-something? Coarse, medium underneath. Mid-back. On CG since 5/9/07.
Washing COs: VO5 Blackberry, Suave Cherry
Detangle and leave-in: Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm -- I found my HG CO!
Seal with camellia oil
Leave-in: Aura cherry almond
Gels: Homemade FSG, Eco-styler
Plus: SOTC or smooth with camellia oil, JC Nourish & Shine
Homemade food-based DTs
RC color
definition
stringyness
Originally Posted by manya994
and frizz
I'd be interested in an article about multi-day hair chemistry: what products, product types, or ingredients promote it, both from the point of view of initial (i.e. just washed hair) application; and also products, product types, or ingredients which lend themselves to application to dry or damp hair on subsequent days.
* * * * *
Is there a way to read a dewpoint trend? If the dewpoint is 39 and going up, I'd want to approach my hair product choices differently than if the dewpoint is 40 and going down.
* * * * *
What about flaxseeds makes them a good base for hair gels? What properties does a flaxseed gel have that makes it work well for naturally curly hair, or for some types of naturally curly hair, and not others? Does it have a down side?
* * * * *
What are the benefits of specific botanical ingredients in hair products, particularly those which are most specifically beneficial for naturally curly hair.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
1. Finding a good stlyist. While I have one, many don't.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Can I ask who you're using in Pgh? I'm in Monroeville and looking for a stylist in the next few months.


My response would be dealing with thin/thinning hair that's curly (i.e., scalp showing, flatness, etc).
2A/B, F, i - thinning on top due to meds
Above-shoulder length, can't plop!
Using: VO5 Tea Therapy Blackberry Cond (cowash), LA Looks Mega Hold gel

Last edited by That70sHeidi; 05-19-2009 at 01:05 PM. Reason: add
The only other thing I would add (great list everyone!) is:

How to care for hair of various textures & porosity, on the same head of hair.
CG since Oct 2007, 2b/c, (converted 6F & 3M so far to CG ). Using Burts Bees raspberry & brazilian nut co (not moisturizing enough), Skikai moisturing shampoo (have to wash every day). Looking forward to TIGI love, peace & planet line - next try! MyHoneyChild - Honey love pomade with a tiny amount of giovanni leave in - excellent style concoction (soft, defined, light). Add a little of Ojon to the coarse, porous section of my hair. Perfection!
For me...
  1. Frizz
  2. What the Ingredients in Products Do So I can Choose Wisely <-- Face it, our stuff is expensive. It's not the $1.99 bottle of shampoo and the $4.99 bottle of conditioner from the drug store. I hate spending money on stuff that doesn't work.
  3. Knots & Tangles
  4. Caring for hair while I sleep
TIA,

Morrignu

Curl Wiki - Hair Recipies - Hair Photos

In no particular order:

- Frizz
- Acceptance by others
- Uniform curl
- More mass market products without cones and sulphates
- Less marketing aimed at making hair smooth and straight
- Being taken seriously - being curly doesn't make you dumb or flighty just like being blonde doesn't
- Make cutting curly hair a stronger focus of a hairstylists education - 67% of the population is some form of curly
Current Products: CJ Products: CF, DF, CT, SG, AFG, CIAB AND CK is back!
Current Experiment: S&C by D

Curl Fix and Daily Fix are my HGs


Sulphate and cone free since July 2007

wavy/curly fine texture/medium porosity/medium-low density

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Seek not to change the world. Rather seek to change your mind about the world.
I'd be interested in an article about multi-day hair chemistry: what products, product types, or ingredients promote it, both from the point of view of initial (i.e. just washed hair) application; and also products, product types, or ingredients which lend themselves to application to dry or damp hair on subsequent days.
* * * * *
Is there a way to read a dewpoint trend? If the dewpoint is 39 and going up, I'd want to approach my hair product choices differently than if the dewpoint is 40 and going down.
* * * * *
What about flaxseeds makes them a good base for hair gels? What properties does a flaxseed gel have that makes it work well for naturally curly hair, or for some types of naturally curly hair, and not others? Does it have a down side?
* * * * *
What are the benefits of specific botanical ingredients in hair products, particularly those which are most specifically beneficial for naturally curly hair.
Originally Posted by Morgan_Adcock
Yes, there is.

Go here and type in your location in the search bar. You can get hourly forecast trends that include dew points.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
1. Finding a good stlyist. While I have one, many don't.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Can I ask who you're using in Pgh? I'm in Monroeville and looking for a stylist in the next few months.


My response would be dealing with thin/thinning hair that's curly (i.e., scalp showing, flatness, etc).
Originally Posted by That70sHeidi
I go to Eddy at Salon Cercone down in Shadyside. The salon has reviews in the CurlSalons section if you want to check it out. An member here just went there recently, and she looks fab. I go there more often for color to be honest, but I am happy with my cuts when I do get them. The cuts are reasonably priced (for Shadyside) at $45. He's open to consultations too if you want to do that first.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
After cutting your hair....knowing your curls will come back.....

Frizziness

More volume and more CrAzY curls!!
3a/b Miii
Good Elasticity
Long Hair(Half Way Down back when curly)



I am a dimpled curly haired lunatic!


I want to second the request for information on protecting curly hair during sleep. I know the simple, but partial answer is to sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase. I'd really like to know how to wrap my hair, though, to also protect my curls. I can put a scarf on, but not well enough that I can count on its still being on when I wake up, and suspect it's because I never learned how to wrap my hair. A remedial course in scarf wearing to protect curls would be very welcome.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
Getting voluminous defined curls with no scalp showing and no frizz.(fine hair)
Originally Posted by Heather0kay
Ditto on that one!
Central Massachusetts

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Frizz
Poof
Split Ends
Flat-Top
Having weird shapes
Frizz due to people touching it!!
modified cg - 3a/3b - high porosity - fine hair tends to be flat!

Using:
Lowpoo: Organix coconut
Rinse-outs: Tresemme Naturals Moisture, GVPCB, Loreal Vive Pro Hydra Gloss, suave coconut or waterlily
Leave-in: Lustrasilk olive oil or shea butter cholesterol, aussie hair insurance, or regular conditioner
Stylers: Loreal Out of Bed Texturizer, LA looks sport or durahold max hold plus power + volume gel

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