What are your Top 10 Concerns of Curlies

reiterating what others have said -- for me:

dryness -- better products that are truly cg!

education for stylists -- to recognize and validate curly hair!! not try to eradicate it. AND, recognizing the many different textures on each head.

of course, drying time -- it is an embarrassment when i have to get together with friends later on weekends so i have ample hair drying time. but, honestly, i don't know how that could change.

i think if we were recognized as people who liked our curly hair, do not want to straighten it, then maybe the industry would be doing more for us. i don't understand how the majority could be not recognized. the media of course makes curlies feel bad that they don't have straight hair, and this is aimed directly at teenagers. time to let others know we like our hair. why would we have to worry about how to 'look professional?' that is like saying curly hair is not professional. why isn't the way you wear your hair every day good for work? it's you.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
The right layers for my texture/volume so I dont look like a pyramid head or 1970s shag.
Originally Posted by rudeechick
Praise the Lord I'm not the only one with this problem!

Here's mine:
1. Frizz (of course) when you look like my hair is just a pompom of frizz and I have no curl pattern at all.

2. Porosity (nuff said)

3. Finding the right products for your hair that don't have a cone or two. Counless people can say, 'oh this product really worked for my hair and it'll work for you too' but when you try this billion dollar product you end up with straw-hair. Believe me, it's happened to me :\

4. Finding a stylist who does curly hair.

5. Those weeks when your hair looks huge when it's adjusting to CG

6. Having completely different sized curls (2a's and 3c's on one head? Who woulda thunk it?)

7. Over conditioning (which I did last night). It's so easy to do yet so easy to prevent. It's a hit or miss.

8. Unpredictability (?). Using the exact same routine on your hair two nights in a row and having different results aaaargh

9. Critisism. If you get out into the world with perfect curls when someone says ' uh! why would you want to wear curly hair? It's so hard to manage!' they obviously don't know about the CG routine!

10. No constructive critisism. (haha) When you get out into the world with a mass of frizz and your close friend or family member say you have the prettiest hair under the sun, you kinda wish they would tell the truth instead of loading up with bs. It's confidence boosting I guess though.

I DID IT!!! Yaya
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Conditioner/Co-wash/Leave-in: Garnier Fructis Nutri Repair/Organic Instinct
Styler: Garnier Fructis 24-H
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1)dryness

2)frizz caused by weather- too humid!

3)how to sleep without ruining hair OR looking like an idiot!

4) too much volume.

5) finding good CG products that don't send me into debt

6) ignorant stylists

7) triangle head!!!
3b/c coarse, porous (I think), and THICK! Mod CG since: 10/11/08
Avoiding humectants and protein!
1) Frizz. That should be self explanatory.

2) Split ends.

3) Trying to get volume at roots (For fine haired people).

4) Finding a happy medium between proper conditioning and over-conditioning.

5) My hair springing up so much after a hair cut that it ends up way to short.

6) Finding a salon that does Pintura highlights.

7) Hair being so fragile and breaking so easily.
Cleanser: Liquid Castile Soap diluted in a foaming soap dispenser
Rinse:
ACV rinse
Detangler/Conditioner:
Oyin Handmade Greg Juice or Juices and Berries
Stylers: Botticelli Botanicals Styling Mudd, KCCC, Honey Rinses and BRHG, Crack Leave-in Hair Cream when straightening

Tools: Silk pillowcase, Floursack towels, Jersey T-Shirts, Wide Tooth Comb, Velecta Paramount TGR-VQX Hair Dryer (for when I straighten) and BaByliss PRO Ionic Rollabout Hard Hat Dryer

Last edited by Curls=Beauty; 05-23-2009 at 08:09 PM.
Concerns (in no particular order):
  • Breakage
  • Hair loss
  • Knots
  • Finding a qualified hairstylist
  • Finding good moisturizing products
  • Finding a variety of hairstyles that can be achieved naturally, that are not always the same and that look professional
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3c/4a. Currently using LesKarites shampoo, Suave naturals coconut & strawberry conditioners, homemade rinse & moisture cream, homemade KCCC

Last edited by Juanita; 05-23-2009 at 08:17 PM.
If I could only choose one, it would definitely be:

*How to SLEEP and not destroy my curls!!!


After that, I would add:

*Lack of significant hair growth
*Getting volume at the roots
*The amount of cash I spend on products that don't work
*Difficulty finding a stylist (I'm now 10 years without a professional haircut, ha ha)
*Being able to exercise on a regular basis but not have to wear my hair in a ponytail all the time


I have to admit, though, I love it when people touch and compliment my hair--it makes me feel special :-).

I also love this site for helping me be one of the few curly-headed people around who knows how do maintain her hair! I'm in the process of "converting" a girl at work back to her natural curl/waves--leave the gel and bun at home!
Caring for my curls while at the same time, going naturally grey...
Originally Posted by misspam
That's it, in a nutshell, for me right now.
  • growing longer, curly, gray hair and keeping it healthy and *looking* healthy
  • managing the dryness that comes with the curls and gray
  • attractive easy-to-manage hairstyles for longer curly gray hair (past shoulder length)
Location: Texas
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Salon Care Honey Almond, Devacurl OC, Acure Argan Stem Cell+Argan Oil, Mill Creek Botanicals Keratin Repair
Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG
DT: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
1. Frizz control
2. Triangle effect, flat on top and curls growing out.
3. Education in beauty school on how to cut/care for curly hair.
4. Second/third day hair, how to get it.
5. Styles for short to medium hair. If my hair grows too long it just goes out, not matter what the cut. All the curly styles are for longer hair.
6. Aging with curly hair. How do we look younger without straightening hair.
7. Volume on the crown and top. Always issues with my hair.
Caring for my curls while at the same time, going naturally grey...
Originally Posted by misspam
That's it, in a nutshell, for me right now.
  • growing longer, curly, gray hair and keeping it healthy and *looking* healthy
  • managing the dryness that comes with the curls and gray
  • attractive easy-to-manage hairstyles for longer curly gray hair (past shoulder length)
Originally Posted by curls2grow
i, too, have decided to stop coloring my hair and am in the beginnings of transitioning to gray. there is a website, goinggraylookinggreat.com (by same author of book of that name) that is extremely helpful with gray hair, has some great photos. however, they do not seem to be cg, so i've been trying to combine what i learn there with what i learn here! my curls are important to me, will not sacrifice them. and, i am looking forward to my gray hair! i'd like more specific information for curly grays!
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
  1. Frizz vs. stringiness (finding that happy medium)
  2. Managing multi-day hair
  3. Curly up-dos and other hair dressing outside of cutting
  4. How weather affects our hair
  5. Detangling
  6. The never-ending quest for "perfection" and the folly therein (i.e. learning to accept one's curls in their variable states)
I'm sure I'll come up with more, LOL!



Hair is best when wabi-sabi.
2b/2c at this length, more 3a when shorter
M/C ii

Mod CG: Sept 08
Using: Suave co-wash, GVP Conditioning Balm, Lustrasilk OOC, MGA, BRHG
Humectants: @ dew point 40+
My blog for dry climate curlies and growing out a pixie: Colorado Curly
Finding a stylist who knows how to cut fine, curly/wavy hair.

Help for the dreaded "Triangle Head" - what haircuts work.

Curl products that don't weigh down fine hair.

How to lift hair off the scalp/no scalp showing/no frizz.

Diffussers that actually dry curls and keep hair curly.
Dryness
The salon barrier - Finding a stylist who knows how to handle your hair
Climate and elevation (above sea level) and their effect on hair
Dealing with objections from loved ones and community
Seeing and accepting your hair for what it is - correcting hair distortions and hatreds
My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/


Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
1. Stylist education. Like many other posters, I haven't gone to a professional stylist in years because they are clueless when it comes to curls.

2. Dryness. My hair is parched despite constant moisturizing and no heat styling.

3. Inconsistency of styling results. With the same routine every single day for 30 days, I can have twenty different heads of hair in a month, and maybe only half of them are good, if I'm lucky.

4. Messiness. There is no way to wear my curls to work and look professional so I end up just pulling hair into a bun every day. Some way to get neat-looking, controlled curls without using heat would be very welcome.

5. Good cheap styling products, but not so many--only a few basic ones. The number of types and products is overwhelming, it's too much work trying to read every label and decide what to buy. Unlike many here, I actively seek out 'cones and won't leave the house without them, but even so it would be nice to know that a product is really doing what it says it's going to do.
Modified CG. You'll pry my 'cones from my cold dead fingers! Mixed waves, coarse, below shoulder length, dark brown. I hate my hair but I'm trying to learn to accept it.

Gels: LA Looks Wet Look Styling Gel, Garnier Fructis Wet Shine Gel. Condish: Alberto V05 Free Me Fresia, Tresemme' Flawless Curls, LVPNG, Neutrogena Triple Moisture. Shampoo: Tresemme' Flawless Curls. Silicone Serum: Whatever is on sale, but I don't leave home without it.
The fact that hair is so unpredictable is my main concern!


The Green Diva Look good and feel great... the green way!
Unpredictability is one of THE biggest problems with curly hair. I know you're just supposed to "embrace" its "unique" personality and be all "free and easy" but let's face it, that is just not realistic when you have to look decent for work every day, want to be sure you look good on a date or for a special event, or because you just are so frakking tired of not knowing how the hell your hair is going to look at any given time.
Modified CG. You'll pry my 'cones from my cold dead fingers! Mixed waves, coarse, below shoulder length, dark brown. I hate my hair but I'm trying to learn to accept it.

Gels: LA Looks Wet Look Styling Gel, Garnier Fructis Wet Shine Gel. Condish: Alberto V05 Free Me Fresia, Tresemme' Flawless Curls, LVPNG, Neutrogena Triple Moisture. Shampoo: Tresemme' Flawless Curls. Silicone Serum: Whatever is on sale, but I don't leave home without it.
I would say waking up and having to wash it to wear it down.

Takes me like 20 minutes to wash and style my hair. When I was a kid I had straight hair and it took me like 5 minutes to brush my hair.
CG since Jan 2009. Hair: 3b, fine
LeaveIn/ Conditioners: Alaffia, AOHR
Gel - KCCC, FSG, LA Looks, HETT
Protein: IAGirl's Recipe and AOGPB. DT: Honey+Coconut Oil Aloe Vera Gel/ Mineral Oil/ Alcohols: Don't work well.
Mine would be:

- frizz
- dryness
- how long it takes to dry
- finding haircolor options that won't fry my fine, delicate, dry curls
-second day hair that looks as good as the first
-hydrating dry hair
-finding a stylist that knows the difference between a trim and a cut
-finding good products at local stores (walmart,walgreens,...) that are cg friendly
- definition
Mine are:

1. HAIRDRESSERS. I am so scared of them. I haven't been since I went CG.
2. Day-to-day consistency despite weather changes. I've learned to like my hair and be flexible, but it's a little annoying that my hair's appearance varies so much by the weather. My hair loves humidity, but it HATES dry air and I live in a cold, dry climate.

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
1. frizz
2. frizz
3. frizz
4. frizz
5. frizz
6. frizz
7. frizz
8. frizz
9. frizz
10. Last but not least....frizz.


Very basic hair wiki
http://curlyhairwiki.wetpaint.com/
In depth wikis
http://curlyhair.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

http://curltalk.net:8080/web/guest/w...9DF7BC9CB6D285


2b/3a medium/coarse semi-porous/iii
White Rain Ocean Mist GVP conditioning balm. Bioterra/LA Looks. Air dry. SOTC w/LOOB..I think its my first HG.
Experimenting with homemade recipes.

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