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Old 09-11-2009, 12:19 PM   #1
 
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Since I started going CG in August and I've been having fun experimenting with conditioners, honey, FSG, AVG, etc., what kind of products do I need to decrease or stay away from when it gets colder?

I live in the Atlanta, GA area so it's not like it's going to snow (maybe 1-inch) but it does get pretty cold (to me anyways...I'm a tropical kinda girl).

Do I need to just up the conditioner? Nix the honey? What's a girl to do?

Help please!
Thanks!
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:20 PM   #2
 
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Since I started going CG in August and I've been having fun experimenting with conditioners, honey, FSG, AVG, etc., what kind of products do I need to decrease or stay away from when it gets colder?

I live in the Atlanta, GA area so it's not like it's going to snow (maybe 1-inch) but it does get pretty cold (to me anyways...I'm a tropical kinda girl).

Do I need to just up the conditioner? Nix the honey? What's a girl to do?

Help please!
Thanks!
I am new as well. I think you have to see how your hair responds but keeping it protected from the cold is important. If you wear a hat, ensure it has a silk or satin lining, if it doesn't, you can get some from a local fabric store and put it in there. I am going to invest in hats to cover my tresses. I live in MD, and it gets cold here with snow.

Some other things I will do are to avoid humectants or at least decrease the amount used; keep hair ends off coat, clothing, collar since I wear wool and wool blends in colder weather; I plan to wear a lot of protective styles--twists, twist outs on roller sets, pin-ups, buns, updos; perform weekly check ups after cleansing and before product addition (including no conditioner) to see how hair is responding.
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You might find the info here to be helpful to you:

http://jillipoo.blogspot.com/2009_02_01_archive.html
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Great resource! Thanks for the link!
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Old 09-11-2009, 04:59 PM   #5
 
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In colder weather/lower humidity I find lighter gel products work well for me. In higher humidity, I need gels with more hold.
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Definitely nix all humectants. That includes honey, agave, glycerin. Smaller quantities of humectants may be okay, since Georgia doesn't get super dry, as long as you have lots of other moisturizers to balance out the humectants. Add a weekly or even biweekly (depending on how dry your hair is) DT if you don't already do one. And you may want to switch your normal daily rinse out and leave-in to a thicker one for the winter. This is my winter plan. And I'm still going to use FSG during the winter, maybe upping the moisture level by adding a butter.
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I usually shampoo my hair once every four to six weeks, but I co-wash once a week. I deep condition followed by a leave-in. Then I place my hair in a protective style. If I use a styling aid, it's a cream such CJ Butta leave-in, MC Leave-in, or Garnier Soft Curl Cream.

Also, I never use a terrycloth or cotton towel to dry my hair. I use one or two clean, blended, old T-shirts.
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My hair FREAKED last Fall, as did I.

When I calmed down and played around, I settled on Soap Bars instead of my summer CO wash, stopping leave ins/curl cremes, cutting out Honey and Glycerine and switching to a lighter gel.
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I would recommend doing what you do now and seeing how your hair reacts before making any changes. From spring to summer (dry cool to wet w/high dewpoint) I did have to make changes but I don't know yet what changes to make back to cool. And I've been doing this for 3 years!
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i don't change a thing. i use the same products and do wash and goes...even in the winter.
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Since I started going CG in August and I've been having fun experimenting with conditioners, honey, FSG, AVG, etc., what kind of products do I need to decrease or stay away from when it gets colder?

I live in the Atlanta, GA area so it's not like it's going to snow (maybe 1-inch) but it does get pretty cold (to me anyways...I'm a tropical kinda girl).

Do I need to just up the conditioner? Nix the honey? What's a girl to do?

Help please!
Thanks!
I am new as well. I think you have to see how your hair responds but keeping it protected from the cold is important. If you wear a hat, ensure it has a silk or satin lining, if it doesn't, you can get some from a local fabric store and put it in there. I am going to invest in hats to cover my tresses. I live in MD, and it gets cold here with snow.

Some other things I will do are to avoid humectants or at least decrease the amount used; keep hair ends off coat, clothing, collar since I wear wool and wool blends in colder weather; I plan to wear a lot of protective styles--twists, twist outs on roller sets, pin-ups, buns, updos; perform weekly check ups after cleansing and before product addition (including no conditioner) to see how hair is responding.
This. And also make sure you are sealing your ends with a little oil, this helps in the winter becuase the cold and harsh fabrics we wear can cuase splitting and breakage. Also do some oil treatments. Which basically means you leave oil in hair for 30 minutes, wrap with saran wrap, and rinse with cold water. Anything with oil is good, creates a barrier between your hair and the environments.
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i don't change a thing. i use the same products and do wash and goes...even in the winter.
Same here. Except maybe doing a DT more then once a month. Oklahoma tends to be on the drier side esp. in the winter because it gets very wind as well as drier.
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Since I started going CG in August and I've been having fun experimenting with conditioners, honey, FSG, AVG, etc., what kind of products do I need to decrease or stay away from when it gets colder?

I live in the Atlanta, GA area so it's not like it's going to snow (maybe 1-inch) but it does get pretty cold (to me anyways...I'm a tropical kinda girl).

Do I need to just up the conditioner? Nix the honey? What's a girl to do?

Help please!
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I am new as well. I think you have to see how your hair responds but keeping it protected from the cold is important. If you wear a hat, ensure it has a silk or satin lining, if it doesn't, you can get some from a local fabric store and put it in there. I am going to invest in hats to cover my tresses. I live in MD, and it gets cold here with snow.

Some other things I will do are to avoid humectants or at least decrease the amount used; keep hair ends off coat, clothing, collar since I wear wool and wool blends in colder weather; I plan to wear a lot of protective styles--twists, twist outs on roller sets, pin-ups, buns, updos; perform weekly check ups after cleansing and before product addition (including no conditioner) to see how hair is responding.
This. And also make sure you are sealing your ends with a little oil, this helps in the winter becuase the cold and harsh fabrics we wear can cuase splitting and breakage. Also do some oil treatments. Which basically means you leave oil in hair for 30 minutes, wrap with saran wrap, and rinse with cold water. Anything with oil is good, creates a barrier between your hair and the environments.
Thanks for all of your great suggestions ladies!

I've heard of wrapping hair with saran wrap to do a treatment but I've never tried. How do you get it to stay? Is there a specific technique? I despise saran wrap becauses I can barely get it to stick to food containers so I can just see myself struggling to get it around my head! LOL
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I've heard of wrapping hair with saran wrap to do a treatment but I've never tried. How do you get it to stay? Is there a specific technique? I despise saran wrap becauses I can barely get it to stick to food containers so I can just see myself struggling to get it around my head! LOL
I can't deal with Saran Wrap. I use a processing cap from Sally's. They are sold in packs of 30, 50, 100 I think and they are very inexpensive with Sally's card.
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kinkykeeper what type of oil do you use to seal you ends?
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