Endless journey....

How long did it take you to finally get down with a routine that finally works for you, HGs and all? I am enjoying my transitional journey and discovering what my hair can do (and not do), but at the same time I feel like the product hopping is getting old, and the surmounting costs are getting really old. I want to stay natural, but at times I just feel tired of dealing with it.

Has anyone else felt this way? Maybe I need to get micros for a while.....
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Yeah, it does take awhile, but for me, that's been part of the fun! It helps to accept less than perfection and also a differnet "look" each day. Before CG, I had a hair routine down pat, but I was damaging my hair. I still have a routine, but it does take longer, and I like to try different methods.
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It does take time to figure out what works for you. You routine also will change over time, depending on the weather/climate and such. I've learned to go with it, though. There are some limits/general rules for what my hair likes, but it's kind of fun to experiment.

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I found experimenting with expensive products to be a waste of time and money. Coconut oil, vinegar, suave products(99 cents or so), and inexpensive gels have been the best so far.
I've certainly not got my routine down just yet. I'm pretty confident that full CG is not for me but I'm happier with my hair now that I'm working on minimising cones and sulphates. I'm still trying to find the right blanace of how often to low-poo and sulphate-poo my hair.

Styling-wise still experiementing as well. Can't decide whether I like plopping or not. I'm still trying to find what give me the least bad looking roots!
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I'm also still just experimenting, having started CG again a month ago. I tried it about 3 years ago and either didn't stick with it long enough or wasn't using the right products so I gave up. Silly me. There is SO much more info out there now and so many readily available products that I have found it much easier going this time around.

I'm having fun with all the experiments, but I would also like to eventually simplify my routine and put the PJ to rest I have to say that even after only a month, I've already found at least one good solid combo that seems to work for me. Of course that hasn't stopped me from trying others but hopefully I'll come to my senses at some point and stop buying every conditioner or styling product I see just because they are 'cone free, heh.

I've also decided, as dorky as it sounds, that I'm going to create a little database of my products and keep track of what combos I use with what results so I won't keep attempting to use things together (I'm looking at you Giovanni Direct and HHTT!) that don't work for me. I figure I'm bound to find something that works on a more constant basis this way.

Good Luck!
I'm having fun with all the experiments, but I would also like to eventually simplify my routine and put the PJ to rest I have to say that even after only a month, I've already found at least one good solid combo that seems to work for me. Of course that hasn't stopped me from trying others but hopefully I'll come to my senses at some point and stop buying every conditioner or styling product I see just because they are 'cone free, heh.

I've also decided, as dorky as it sounds, that I'm going to create a little database of my products and keep track of what combos I use with what results so I won't keep attempting to use things together (I'm looking at you Giovanni Direct and HHTT!) that don't work for me. I figure I'm bound to find something that works on a more constant basis this way.

Good Luck!
Originally Posted by Brandilyne
Thanks everyone for your replies.

Brandilyne, I'm with you on the one good solid combo, but I'm always searching for the one good solid cheap and readily accessible (i.e. not having to buy online with shipping costs) combo.

I really like your database idea. I think I'll try it to avoid going 'round in circles trying to remember which combo/technique gave me the best results.

Hmm....
KCKT, KCCC, denman, plop?
KCKT,KCCC, finger scrunch, air dry no plop?

This reminds me of those genetic diagram tables we used to do in biology...
Curly blonde dad with green eyes and straight brunette mom with brown eyes yields curly brunette with hazel eyes...?
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Last Relaxer: July '08
Learning to nurture: 3 heads of 3b/c, 4a/b/z curls




How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong -- because someday you will have been all of these.
--George Washington Carver
Thanks everyone for your replies.

Brandilyne, I'm with you on the one good solid combo, but I'm always searching for the one good solid cheap and readily accessible (i.e. not having to buy online with shipping costs) combo.

I really like your database idea. I think I'll try it to avoid going 'round in circles trying to remember which combo/technique gave me the best results.

Hmm....
KCKT, KCCC, denman, plop?
KCKT,KCCC, finger scrunch, air dry no plop?

This reminds me of those genetic diagram tables we used to do in biology...
Curly blonde dad with green eyes and straight brunette mom with brown eyes yields curly brunette with hazel eyes...?
Originally Posted by mamato2
Hee! It totally reminds me of those diagrams!

I am with you on the cheap and readily available. Although, I don't mind spending a lot on something like KCCC since it lasts for a long time and I can get it locally at Whole Foods. It would be nice to find a good basic routine (with tweaking for seasons) to use on a regular basis that doesn't cost me $100 a month

I hope you do make a database! First of all, it's very helpful to track all of your products and will assist in curbing the PJ inside you because when you see allllllll of those products listed in that table? Oh my. Second, then I won't be the only one goofy enough to have made a database for their hair care regimen
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