What aspect of CG has made the biggest difference in your hair?

Learning too read an ingredient label has taught me a bunch! Not only can you apply it too hair products but skin and face also.

It's also fun too impress your friends by knowing that magnesium sulfate is just epsom salt or coconut is the one of the only things that enter the hair shaft. Now theres a conversation starter!
Originally Posted by sarahb1396

Seriously? Wow I never knew! I just know it's been really effective for my skin and hair but had no idea why lol.
Originally Posted by aislin
See? Told you it's impressive!

I learned that from The Natural Haven blog. Along with coconut oil there is olive oil, avocado oil, and of course water.
~3a, normal porosity, normal texture, med density~
~My hair loves aloe vera gel and honey!~

~Right now my fav products are KKKC and vo5
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From CG (the book) specifically? Giving up sulfates.

As for the rest, the time and effort here along with many months and dollars of trial and error to learn what ingredients my hair likes and hates and why my hair may like or hate those ingredients, and how climate can change how those ingredients work.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
Definitely not using sulfate poos and cones. Also, clipping at my part has given me tons of lift on top. Really, the whole curly girl routine has helped tremendously. I haven't touched a curling iron in several months and barely use my blow dryer except to diffuse every now and then when my hair is too damp to go to work. My routine takes less time also. I'm very happy with my CG routine. Dont' get me wrong; I still have days when I wish I could pull my hair out. But, for the most part, I am happy with my hair.
3B Fine (lots of it), Normal to High Porosity
Low Poo: Elucence Moisture Poo, Renpure Organics
Co-Wash: Tresseme Naturals, Giovanni TT
Rinse Out: Biologe Cond Balm, SS Deeply Decadent Moisturizing Treatment
Leave-In: Oyin Hair Dew, CJ Beautiful Curls,
Stylers: SS Curl Enhancing Jelly, SS Firm Holding Styling Gel, Jessicurl RR and CC, BRHG, Biolage Gelee
Extras: ACV rinses every couple of months
No poo/sulphates = less eczema
Marchioness Chinoise in the land of Mancunia Productia Junkia in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

DT: AOHR
Wash: Anita Grant babassu bar
Leave-in: Body Shop cotton seed curl boost with manuka honey mixed in
Gel: Umberto Giannini Curl Friends scrunching gel
Odds & ends Lime juice, honey, Anita Grant cafe latte
I brush with a Tangle Teezer & love Flexi-8's

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www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk
Losing the Cones and learning about humectants/emollients in relation to the dews/humidity levels.
Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot
3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
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EVERYTHING!

In no order--
-Not using a terrycloth towel to dry--t-shirt or microfiber only
-plopping
-adding product when very wet
-using product at all (I never used to)
-shower comb! I haven't brushed in over a year
-detangling in the shower
-COWASHING. I love cowashing.
-Using a lot of LI
-Scrunching
-Using curl activators like CK or ReCoil
-Gently, gently diffusing
-NOT spending tons of money on supposedly 'moisturizing' shampoos--they don't exist. Cowash!
-Getting rid of 'cones (for the most part, occasionally I use a-cone) and 'xanes, and, for me POLYQUAT 11.
-NOT spending tons of time trying to detangle a huge impossibly matted clump of wet hair after taking a shower
-Actually getting to wear my hair loose and wavy!

In short, for YEARS! I wore my hair in a braid. It's a good style for me because of work, where my hair needs to be pulled back, so I still do braid it quite a bit, but for YEARS I never wore my hair loose. It was always pulled back because I didn't know what to do with it. I remember in middle school I would brush my hair straight when it was wet, thinking that EVENTUALLY it would have to straighten, right? Well we all know how that works. Later I grew my hair to waist length but it was braided EVERY DAY. Not until my late 20's did I figure out how to wear my hair loose. And finally I found CG and I can wear my hair loose whenever I want! Really that is the greatest thing. I would have NEVER figured how how to take care of my hair otherwise. Taking care of curly hair properly is SO nontraditional--I mean, most people shampoo with detergent everyday and condition. Can you imagine? I use 3-4 conditioners in a row every time I do my hair! Yea right! When I was a kid my mom didn't even BUY conditioner. I couldn't brush the tangles out of my hair, so my mom said--"If you're not going to take care of yourself, then your getting a hair cut!" So I had a mom cut until I was 10. And since then I've always had at least shoulder length hair.

Anyway, CG for me has been huge and I've learned so much. Admittedly I'm a little emotional about something so insignificant as HAIR but now my hair is at least the one kind of pretty thing about me, so I like it alot.
Wavy, curly on the ends, 2C.
Coarse to medium textured, porous, dry, and lots of it.
Shampoo--HSH Pumpkin, Abba Pure Moisture
LVPNG, HSH Pumpkin, Walgreen's Knockoffs--Condish/Cowash
AOHR, Nexxus, EO--LI
CK & ReCoil--Activator
Suave Max Hold, Alagio Curl-Gel
For inquiring minds who want to know:
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In short - getting rid of the silicones finally allowed my hair to breathe and get the moisture and protein it really wanted.

In long:
No more silicones
No more sulfates
Learning how to read ingredient lists (for hair and body! - found myself buying a body creme the other day based on ingredients and lack of moisture robbing cones!)
Plopping
Learning that there is no such thing as a moisturising shampoo
Learning that most 'hydrating' conditioners aren't
Learning my hair needed protein - lots of it
3b/c. Fine, med-high porosity, normal elasticity. Hair loves oils in summer, protein in winter. Constantly battling the hard water monster.

Favourites:
CJ Curl Theory, Curl Rehab, Smoothing, Curl Fix, Daily Fix, CCCC, CIAB, CQ, SSCC, MC shampoo, Inecto Pure Coconut Oil, CP luscious curl creme (summer), DB Pumpkin Seed (summer), FD/MT, JCWDT, JCTS

American literature PhD student in the UK...
I think the aspect of cg thats made the biggest difference would be the whole cg aspect every part of it has helped a lot!
conditioner: GVP conditioning balm
leave in co: GVP conditioning balm

And my hair hates avg

Yes I consider myself obsessed with my hair.
So much! The best for me so far has been:
co-washing - my scalp is moisturized and not dry & flaky anymore

plopping - nice curls, less dripping

using a t-shirt or flour sack towel instead of regular towel

learning which ingredients to avoid and which my hair responds well to

learning how to read the ingredients on everything!
CG since 8/8/09

Tried & True products:
*Suave Tropical Coconut
*Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner
*GVP Conditioning Balm
*Taliah Waajid Crinkles & Curls
*Elasta QP Feels Like Silk gel
*Coconut Oil
*EVOO

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1. Giving up sulfates and co-washing instead
2. Giving my hair a LOT more moisture, which has helped my true curl to come out.
3. Giving up cones
4. Giving up my brush
5. Not letting a terrycloth towel touch my hair!
6. Plopping
7. Getting to know my hair (what it likes, what it doesn't like)
8. Learning how to spot a bad ingredient
9. Learning that moisturizing shampoos do not exist.

Ohhh...going CG was the best possible thing I could've ever done for my hair. I love it!
Curl Type: 2c-3a, Medium thickness, Normal Porosity
Weekly Low-poo: TJ Pure Castile Soap
Co-wash: V05 Strawberries and Cream
Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm (Possibly HG!), GF Triple Nutrition
Styling Products: CK, Re:coil, JCRR, JCCC, LALMHG, EcoStyler, SMU Spray Gel, Boots

Life has many choices. Eternity has two. What's yours?
The increased moisture from not using sulfates and using more conditioner in all parts of the washing/styling process has made my hair stronger, shinier, curlier, etc. I don't always style my hair curly, but whether it's straight or curly it looks and feels considerably different than it used to.

fia 2C/3A-F-iii, sensitive to some proteins
CGish since 10-16-08
Low-poo: Yes to Carrots Daily Pampering Shampoo (1-2x/week)
Rinse outs: Yes to Carrots Pampering Mud Conditioner
Styling: a little bit of leave in and a little bit of KCCC, diffusing
Olive oil DTs, honey rinses in the summer
Cutting out sulfates and cones for one.
I've learned so much on this site that has helped me....about products and techniques.
I would definitely have to say that applying products in wet hair and not touching for the first 10-15 minutes is a big key for me...no more frizzies.
Overall, pampering my hair!!
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No sulfates, trading hair spray for gel, limiting 'cones, using better conditioners
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - med./fine, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

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

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

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Being able to grow my hair, so less breakage and Frizz and I attribute it all to not using sulphate shampoos because i don't need them because i don't use silicones. Also not brushing my hair and detangling it correctly has really helped my hair grow. went from shoulder length to bsl in the last 9 months and that is really good for me.

ON the down side I have become a bit of a PJ which, so now I am really trying to concentrate on just the things that really work for me and so far its been the not so expensive stuff like.

CO WASH Suave Naturals conditioner Elucence
Gel HETT and HESMU also love KCCC but it is a little pricey but so worth it.
ACV Rinsing
Honey - usually mix with conitioner for DT
Coconut oil - my hair loves it......
Very Thick dry 3b BSL.
Fine, medium porosity
Right now I am using GVP conditioning balm for cowash and RO,
my hair loves protein.
for styling my base is BRHG I can use it alone but prefer with Curl Keeper. I sulphate poo once a month or so as needed.
http://public.fotki.com/CurlyHaze/
The most noticeable thing i noticed by going CG was less fall out in the shower. Before CG each time i'd shower i had to clean out the trapper with a good amount of hair and now I clean it out once a week. I wonder how thick my hair is gonna look in 7 months. Scary
HAIR DESCRIPTION:
Wavy, Coarse Porous & Dry

FAVORITE PRODUCTS:

CJDF(Co-Wash)
CJH&B (Rinse out)
CCCC Lite
CIAB
Biosilk Rock Hard Gel or HESMU
1. Not using a terry cloth towel to scrunch the water out of my hair

2. Only combing in the shower

3. Not using silicones

4. Accepting my hair as it is.
3a with some 2c thrown in
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pw: cow

Currently Loving:
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

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