Is CG bad for fine hair?

I'm curious as to whether fine-haired curlies have found success with CG. My hair has a tendency to get weighed down, so I'm worried that the co-washing and conditioning might "over-moisturize" my hair and make it look limp and greasy. I know some folks are modified CG, but is it possible to stay CG and get pretty, clumpy, voluminous curls even if your hair is fine?
Fine, porous 3a with some 3b...
Co-wash: Suave Tropicals Coconut Conditioner (with shampoo bars 2x a month) Rinse-out: L'oreal Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Leave-in: Lustrasilk Styling: CK, Pink Boots, KCCC, AOMM, HESMU, BRHG, CJ Aloe Fix Gel Post-Styling: Apply product to wet hair, scrunch out water with Curls Like Us, diffuse for 5-7 minutes Treatments: Vatika coconut oil, Kama Brahmi oil
I know there are fine curlies/wavies here who do CG (or at least modified CG). I'm still struggling with how to get my fine fickle wavy hair to cooperate at all. If I blow it straight it waves anyway, but I haven't found anything so far to give me nice defined waves without making my hair super crunchy or weighed down. I think if you're CG and fine haired you can co-wash even less (just water rinse some days) and use a sulfate free shampoo a little more (maybe 2 times a week). Unfortunately it seems to all depend on what your particular hair responds to and its a lot of trial and error. Let me know if you have any luck, I'd love to be able to do CG too!
I'm curious as to whether fine-haired curlies have found success with CG. My hair has a tendency to get weighed down, so I'm worried that the co-washing and conditioning might "over-moisturize" my hair and make it look limp and greasy. I know some folks are modified CG, but is it possible to stay CG and get pretty, clumpy, voluminous curls even if your hair is fine?
Originally Posted by PrettyMedusa
Yes! My hair is very fine and going CG was the best thing I ever did for it's appearance and health! It's really all about finding the right moisture level for your hair. I have great success using the Suave coconut condish for cowashing and daily conditioning, because it's lightweight, cheap, and has decent slip for detangling. For leave-in conditioners, Giovanni Direct Leave-In and Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Nectar are moisturizing but lightweight, and encourage clumping. Clipping up your roots after styling or diffusing your hair can also encourage volume. The only styling product I've tried that encourages clumps and volume is the Curl Junkie Aloe Fix Gel.

These specific products may not work for your specific hair needs, but my point is that it is possible to be fully CG as a fine-haired curly (all of my hair fits in a ponytail as big around as a penny)!
http://public.fotki.com/opera-curls/ (I cut my own hair)
Pacific Northwest girl, color-treated fine 3B, med-low porosity

Products: Suave Coconut condish, Giovanni Direct Leave-In, FSG or KCCC, AfroVeda Shea-Amla Cream
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Ditto that Opera.

I've been CG almost 2 years. I found my balance of moisture between not enough and too much . Best thing I EVER did for my hair!

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Another fine haired curly. I cowashed for six months and it was okay. My hair likes the soap bar cleansing a little better, so I do that every three days and not cowashing (the bars I use are very gentle.) My curls have never been better. Haven't done an SLS poo in many years. I lowpoo every few months if I use an ingredient the bars don't remove--I think it's been three or four times in the last fifteen months. My hair finds most lowpoos rather harsh.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Another thin/fine curly here. It took me several months to find what worked best for my hair and I looked like crap during that time. But, it was so worth it. My hair is shiny, healthy and bouncy. I've even been complimented on my "thick" hair and people are shocked to find out it isn't thick.

Voluminous might be a different story. I don't get clumps and volume - I have to choose. But overall, my good hair days outweigh the bad.
Loose botticelli curls and waves
No silicones/no sulfates since March 2008
I'm a fine, but thick, haired curly. Cg wouldn't work for me. My hair became greasy and limp. I started using low poo and had much better results.
3a with some 2c thrown in
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Shampoo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo, Giovanni 50:50

Conditioners - CJ Strengthening, CJ Beauticurls Argan and Olive Oil, CJ Smoothing, CJ Rehab, CJ Curl Fix

Leave-in: CJ Beauticurls Leave-in

Deep Conditioner: CJ Hibiscus and Banana Deep Fix

Stylers -CJ Curl Queen, CJ CCCC Lite, CJ CIAB, CJ Pattern Pusha, Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam, Mop-C Curl Defining Cream, BRHG, KCCC
"I'm a fine, but thick, haired curly. Cg wouldn't work for me. My hair became greasy and limp. I started using low poo and had much better results."

Same here. I've tried CG several times over as many years and it's never worked for me. Way too much conditioning. I always say that conditioner can't get near my roots for whatever reason.

I low poo or use a -laureth sulphate shampoo(Nexxus Therappe) every-other day and my hair still looks really healthy.
I am also am fine haired. I find for me that low-pooing is the way to go. I go from every 3rd day or even every day depending upon my hair. Not using any shampoo was not working for me.
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I'm still new to this, but I have very fine (and thinning!) hair and I was just thinking this morning it was time to change routine. Starting out cheap and easy is a good idea, without using leave-in conditioner or more than one styling agent.

I've found using just a Suave cowash and the cheap, wimpy hold LA Looks gel provided enough of a change from my routine to shake up what my hair really looked like without weighing it down.

I wasn't worried with scrunching the crunch or not touching it, I just started with the most basic routine possible. My scalp didn't itch or smell, the hair was moist and bouncy, and I had time to figure out the best combination of gel, conditioner, etc.

Now that I've been into this about 3 weeks (gasp) I think I'm ready to start looking at stronger hold curl products. I'm getting amazing curl in the morning, but by the time I leave the house it's drooped out. And now that I know my hair is loving the new routine and what products/methods I can fall back on in a crisis, I feel more willing to experiment without having to worry that 'nothing is working!'

I will say I do sometimes low-poo (Everpure) if I have a migraine day, as I find the sweat I produce then is different than normal, pain-free sweat. It's smellier, stickier, itchier, if that makes sense. But when I low-poo I leave in my cheapo Suave for a couple minutes instead of doing an immediate rinse-out. I still don't use a DT or leave-in or anything.

So basically, this whole big long thing was me saying Yes, CG works for fine hair but you should start small and build up as your hair adjusts and you get to know each other again.
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
I have fined haired daughters and strictly no-poo was a no-go, must have a low poo in there at least once a week. They are way too active and scalp health is mucho important. I don't even think their scalp liked co-washing, even with allergen free stuff and meticulous rinsing. So, I do low poos, herbal rinses, deep conditioning and regular conditioning and just make sure the products are CG friendly, allergen free, sulphate free, and silicone-free, yada yada. Modified CG I guess is what it's called.
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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
I am fine haired and have been CG for over a year. Really, you have to find a conditioner that is not too moisturizing and has that balance between not enough and too much for you. I recently found that I need to shampoo twice a week using Burts Bees Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet shampoo, I am almost positive it is because of the gel I am using (which builds up very easily and I need shampoo to remove it. I am not getting it again). For example; Last night I used the shampoo but no conditioner (still trying to figure that out, I used olive oil, and whadya know? It got greasy and weighed down) and raked some gel through it after I was done rinsing and everything and put it in a pineapple (scrunching water out, not using any towel in any way, this is what I have to do in order to get no fly aways and minimal frizz) this morning I took it down and scrunched a tiny bit in and I have awsome beautful voluminous curls with very little frizz (which is what I prefer. No frizz to me just looks fake and product-y) and zero fly aways!
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
My hair is fine-textured but thick in quantity; CG has been great for me. But, my hair is very dry to begin with. Giving up shampoo wasn't hard because I shampooed as infrequently as I could already.

I use the Suave Naturals conditioner to co-wash; but I'm still looking for a good leave-in. For now I've just been using the same one I co-wash with and not rinsing it all the way out.

I co-wash twice a week right now. I might have to do it more often in the summer though when I am out riding my bike more and get sweaty helmet head.
Thanks for all the replies. I do have some shampoo bars on hand, just in case CG is a bit much for my hair. I'm still having difficulty figuring out my texture. Each of my strands feels really fine, but on certain days, my hair feels thicker/denser (my good hair days) than other days. I do have a tendency to get both limp and dry, but maybe that just means it's time for a cut. I'm scheduled later in June for a Deva cut, so maybe the CG results will be more dramatic (in a good way) at that point.
Fine, porous 3a with some 3b...
Co-wash: Suave Tropicals Coconut Conditioner (with shampoo bars 2x a month) Rinse-out: L'oreal Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Leave-in: Lustrasilk Styling: CK, Pink Boots, KCCC, AOMM, HESMU, BRHG, CJ Aloe Fix Gel Post-Styling: Apply product to wet hair, scrunch out water with Curls Like Us, diffuse for 5-7 minutes Treatments: Vatika coconut oil, Kama Brahmi oil

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