For those that started out CG but changed to modified...

At what point did you decide that strict CG wasn't for you? How long into the routine were you and what was happening to your hair that made you decide to modify it? How did you modify it?

I'm considering giving up and trying things a different way but I don't even know what way to even try!!
CG - 3/27/09
3b - dry - medium texture/medium porosity!
Co wash/rinseout/leave in: currently auditioning products
Styling: lube and BRHG
I'm not a hardcore modified CG but I have started washing my hair with a low-poo shampoo bar and plan to do this 1-2 times a month. Otherwise, I just get build-up.
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 knew going in that my scalp probably wouldn't allow me to be strict CG, and it was confirmed within just a few days.
2C/3A/3B - mod. CG, med. to fine, normal to low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated, GTTT or Aim2Health 'poos as scalp needs, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein Trtmt & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, AO Mandarin Magic, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing then clips or clamps & air dry. Blend gray w/henna glosses

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I knew within a month I guess. I switched from co-wash only to lowpoo and that made it much easier.
Not Cindy or Sindy or Syndey or any other such abomination.
It's Sydney, like Australia.
Formerly known as SydneyCurl.
I knew within a month I guess. I switched from co-wash only to lowpoo and that made it much easier.
Originally Posted by SydneyCurl

+1 I was pretty sure that strict cg would not work for me. After a month or so, switched to low-poo.
I gave it a week. My hair looked like I poured a bottle of conditioner on it and let it dry. I then started low-pooing every day, which eventually turned out to be too much. So now, I still wash and style every day but I alternate between co-wash, co-poo, and low-poo and it's working well for me. You just have to find what works for you. I don't think there are two curly heads on this board that do everything the same and get the same results.
April
3a/b, med texture, med porosity, low dews



I agree -- it depends on your hair and what products you use for stying -- whether they build up on not. Personally, I am in the ocean almost every day so i have to do something besides water rinses to get the sea water out but nothing drastic. It's either low poo, shampoo bars or condition wash and that usually does the trick. If I was working and putting tons of product in my hair to make it presentable, I might do things differently. You have to work with your hair and your styling methods/product to see how often you need to get those products out of your hair completely. FSG is good, it is all natural and doesn't built up -- I use a teeny bit of KCCC and like to get that out of my hair every few days, but that's just me.
I had to go to modified because of hard water build up. I couldn't stand the frizz, tangling and dryness, so I started using AO swimmer's shampoo once a week. I'm back to CG now that I have my water softener though, and happy to be back
3b/3a - CG since 04-30-2009
fine texture, med porosity


Co-wash:
GTTT, Live Clean, EO Sweet Orange
Condish: Calia, AO Rosa Mosqueta/White Camellia/Honeysuckle Rose/Island Naturals/GPB, ABBA Pure Gentle, Desert Essence Shea Butter
DT: Usually just use one of my richer conditioners, sometimes add oils or honey
Gels: Homemade FSG!!!, Druide, BRHG, Alba Soft Hold Style Cream,
AOMM

experimenting with: honey, agave, oils, butters, ACV, Curls Milkshake, more conditioners





I had to go to modified because of hard water build up. I couldn't stand the frizz, tangling and dryness, so I started using AO swimmer's shampoo once a week. I'm back to CG now that I have my water softener though, and happy to be back
Originally Posted by likethegum
I wonder if this isn't my problem. We have hard water.
CG - 3/27/09
3b - dry - medium texture/medium porosity!
Co wash/rinseout/leave in: currently auditioning products
Styling: lube and BRHG
We have a well with somewhat hard water but lots of iron/sulfur/minerals as well and my fine hair gets weighed down after going too long without some sort of cleanser. I usually use a low poo every other day (I am also an everyday wash/style person and I alternate a low poo/conditioner with cowash/conditioner) and a chelating shampoo about 1x a month-I use malibu 2000 hard water shampoo - it's sulfate free.

For me using sulfate free/gentler shampoos works for my hair. Because I use conditioners/stylers that are CG I really do not have any issue with build up so I do not have to use a shampoo that will remove cones.
Central Massachusetts

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~

Last edited by xcptnl; 07-14-2009 at 05:59 PM.
Hmmm... where would one find the malibu 2000 if one were so inclinded to try it?

I occasionally use the nexxus aloe rid knock off from sally's. I've noticed that when I use this my hair is always much better the next day. I may have to incorporate that into my routine before I make any drastic decisions on CG.
CG - 3/27/09
3b - dry - medium texture/medium porosity!
Co wash/rinseout/leave in: currently auditioning products
Styling: lube and BRHG
Hmmm... where would one find the malibu 2000 if one were so inclinded to try it?

I occasionally use the nexxus aloe rid knock off from sally's. I've noticed that when I use this my hair is always much better the next day. I may have to incorporate that into my routine before I make any drastic decisions on CG.
Originally Posted by tinah
The nexxus aloe rid is similar. I found the malibu 2000 in a hair products store - hair cosmopolitan I believe. They do not have a store locator on their site either. But you can buy it online but I always try to find a 'real' store to avoid shipping costs if at all possible.
Central Massachusetts

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
I'm a wavy-curly, so I've always used a sulfate-free shampoo. I bumped it up to every 4-5 days instead of once a week because I use heavy conditioners and my hair gets weighed down. Ah, the joys of having dry yet fine hair.
Loose botticelli curls and waves
No silicones/no sulfates since March 2008
I knew within a week when my hair was greasy looking and gross. I co-wash every other day and use a shampoo bar in between.
Katina, 3a redhead with spirals/waves
My Faves:
CJ CCCC Lite, Mirracurls gel, Marie Dean Curly Styling Cream
Forever missing Rachel
born still 9-19-09
RAINBOW baby Olivia born 10-8-10
My little curly cutie:





I cowashed for over six months and my hair was fine. Last summer, soap/shampoo bars were the rage and I put off using the free one I got with my cassia order for two months. Finally, I had to try it--and the rest was history. My hair could have loved my hair sooner!
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

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
I think I read right at the start that wavies often need to low 'poo, and since I tend to have scalp problems, I started using low 'poo pretty quickly (maybe after a couple of weeks?). I think I may have also been overconditioned from way too much cowashing, though I didn't realize it at the time.

I've never been certain that I have product buildup, but I've suspected it at times..... and I have hard water too. Let's just say that low 'pooing is very freeing, because I don't have to worry so much about what might be building up. Once a week is enough for me though.

Wurly and proud!
Modified CG since 2008.
Yeah- cg isn't really possible if you live in a hard water area. It just builds up too much on your hair. I am modified when home from uni in hard water area and cg when at uni in soft water area.
Before I went CG I was a grease monkey. I had to poo every day or I would look like an oil slick.
I switched to co-washing cold turkey, and just made sure that I did a good scrub on my scalp when I co-washed (which was almost every day at first.) I didn't have any grease problems at all. After a while I didn't have to scrub quite so much, my head loved me! (This worked great for me for about a year.)

Then I went modifed, or you could say almost non cg for a while because I got pregant and my hair went wonky, and I got lazy. I didn't do anything good for my hair though... not at all.

I am back to CG and my hair is a lot different now, and I find a good low poo a couple times a week benifits me (I have fine wavy hair), but it is more for build up than for my scalp or grease issues. I can go 3 days without wetting my hair before it starts looking a bit greasy now.
Laura
2bc f/ii highly porous hair
CG since Aug '06 ~ (mostly )
Fotki updated 6-30-09

Last edited by Sleepy Owl; 07-15-2009 at 09:10 PM.
I have hard water so once a month or so (always before coloring) I use 1TBL of baking soda mixed into 3 TBLs of conditioner. I scrub my scalp with it and work it through my hair. I pin up my hair and finish my shower stuff and rinse with an ACV rinse. This will strip the mineral deposits off the hair and smooth the cuticle.

I use a low poo once every 1-2 weeks. I could get away with not shampooing at all but I like to cleanse on occasion to ruffle up the cuticle before a good DT.
3b spirals, fine texture, normal porosity, dense
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Deva Low Poo
Suave Naturals Coconut for detangling
Renpure Organics conditioner/leave-in
Homemade FSG
KCCC
Curl Junkie Stuff
BRHG


Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
-wabi-sabi

I tried for 3 months. My hair got alot curlier (I'm now a 2a if I don't put any product in, 2c-ish looking if I use curl products, 3-ish with a diffuser) but the condishion was icky. It feltdry on the ends and the top got frizzier and looked unbrushed and frizzy. The kind of frizzy hair gets after you've been working out. It just didn't look healthy, it got very flat and dull looking.
I am now the farthest thing from CG you could get. It's just what works for me. I live in FL and work out every day. My wavy hair needs shampoo every other day. And I love to use silicones (please don't yell at me!)
I just think that if your ultimate goal is to have easy, manageable, pretty curls that you don't have to worry about, then do whatever you have to do for it. I found CG alot of hard work and it gave me substandard hair that I was always wprrying about and trying to keep nice.
Now I can just put my 2 products in my hair and walk otu the door with it wet, confident that my hair WILL look good all day, even in this humidity. If CG does that for you, then go for it. But if not then sulfates (though I use sulfate free shampoo) ans silicones won't kill you!
Good luck!

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