How long did it take for you?

How long did it take for your hair to reach it's most healthy and beautiful state after starting CG?

I was wondering when most people get they're top results.
I started the CG routine about three months ago. Honestly, I wasn't that thrilled about CG until I cut my hair (which really needed it) two weeks ago. Now my hair is super silky and soft and bouncy (it was weighed down and scraggly before). When I wasn't CG, it would only stay that way for about a couple days after the cut. But now, every day is a good hair day, and I'm pretty sure I have CG to thank for that.
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've been CG just over four months now and I've just started seeing some really good results inthe past week or two! I think it's going to be a little while til it reaches it's full potential but it's finally getting there!
CG - 3/27/09
3b - dry - medium texture/medium porosity!
Co wash/rinseout/leave in: currently auditioning products
Styling: lube and BRHG
a year
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Med/Coarse, porous curly.
It's been 20 months since I chopped off my straightened tresses and I am not sure my hair has reached optimum health yet. It took about 18 months to figure out the right ingredients that my hair needed. Honestly, if my stylist hadn't pointed out how much fine hair I had, I might never have started using protein as I do now. That's not to say that I didn't have some good hair days before that, but my hair had almost no elasticity and the frizz was difficult to live with. Now, my good hair days are very consistant.

Now I am much happier with my hair and although it is getting better, I don't think it has yet reached its peak of health yet.
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 would have to to say I wasn't happy until 2-3 months afterwards which was after I got my first haircut after starting CG.

I took a long break from nc.com for a while so I wasn't on here during the winter. I hated my hair in the winter, but I have a pretty good idea on why.
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
I'm 3 months in now, so I wouldn't say my hair is at its optimum yet, but I've definitely noticed an improvement! I first noticed a real difference in the health of my hair after about 5 or 6 weeks, but it wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that I finally found a styling combo that works well for me. Now I've been able to have mostly good hair days! I'm hoping my hair grows quickly so I can see what the "virgin" hair is like. If it really takes a year like redcelticcurls says, I can't wait to see it!
2b/2c, fine, thick, normal porosity/elasticity

Current routine: co-wash & detangle with AIA Coconut CoWash then RO. Experimenting w/AG re:coil, DCVF & All-Nutrient Hair Proteinizer.
Love: AO GPB, KCCC, PBH Gelatine Goo, ANHP, CNPF
Like: GDL, FSG, honey, HETT, JCNS, DCVF
Hate: glycerin, mineral oil
Double post..sorry

Last edited by Marah Mizrahi; 08-04-2009 at 08:14 PM.
2 months..but this was after I got rid of all my split damaged ends. I think that's really key..getting rid of damaged hair to see the full effect of the CG method.

I wouldn't ever go back to another method because for me the CG method works like a wonder. My hair hasn't looked, felt, or acted healthier in years. I rarely have a "bad hair" day.
Mine is a work in progress. I figured out products and techniques after 3-4 months. I got all my dead ends cut off after a year.

When I started CG, my hair was severely damaged from flat ironing and was breaking off at the root, but I now think it's all new hair (after 15-16 months CG). I would say it's at its most healthy/beautiful state right now but for the bad haircut I'm growing out.
Loose botticelli curls and waves
No silicones/no sulfates since March 2008
I was pretty happy about a week in, but then, my hair has always been resilient. I had been straightening it for months, but I had lightened up a bit and was barely putting in any product. It did, of course, look terrible. I honestly think my hair was so relieved to be back to its normal state that it adjusted pretty well, lol.

My hair looks similar to the way it did before I straightened, when I was using silicones and sulfates, and my mom swears she can't tell the difference because back then, my hair was still shiny and bouncy and healthy-looking. But I know better -- that was healthy looking, this is healthy.

Don't get discouraged and try not to count the days -- the day when you look in the mirror and smile uncontrollably because your hair looks great is the day CG has done its job.


Hair type: Fine, fairly porous, shoulder length when curly. Probably a 3a or 3b with tight ringlets now that it's getting longer. Hair loves aloe, hates glycerin.

Co-Wash: Suave Naturals Aloe and Waterlily (my HG conditioner!)
Rinse Out: Garnier Sleek and Shine, Trevor Sorbie curl conditioner (UK only, unfortunately)
Stylers: KCCC, AG Re:coil, TIGI mousse, but open to suggestions!
Gels: BRHG (my one and only)


CG since 03/28/09
I've been fully natural for 6 years (post-relaxer), but I've only started to care for my hair the right way for the last 4 months. First step was CG.

The condition of my hair hadn't improved tremendously, but all of a sudden about 3 or 4 weeks ago my hair instantly got incredibly soft. It was when I rinsed out a DT, but I hadn't changed my routine at that time, so I still have no idea why it suddenly changed from one day to the next. It has pretty much stayed that way since.

I have a feeling this is only the beginning, though. I still have a long way to go to repair all the damage I've done to it (for the 6 years since I finished transitioning, I had been using heat to straighten it constantly because I didn't know how to deal with my natural hair), but these last few weeks have definitely been motivating!
Ξ 4a/3c Ξ Normal porosity Ξ High density Ξ Medium-Coarse Ξ
Hmmm... mine just keeps improving! I think I'll be fully happy once it's grown out a bit, but condition-wise I'm happy and it's really easily to style now.
I think it's really important to find the right product combo, and when you do, it all fits into place
3b-med texture-med porosity
CG from 21-05-09 2nd try!
Conditioners: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose, Aubrey Organics GPB Protein
Stylers: CJ CCCC, CJ AFG, KCCC
Gel: Lavera Organic

My hair LOVES CURL JUNKIE <3
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