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

For me I would say the no poo or cowash instead of shampooing every day. Also, the clipping has given my flat top more lift.
My hair is definitely a lot stronger now from giving up the sulfates. I have less breakage and fewer split ends. Also, with the styling techniques have learned on this site, I have been able to style my curls with better clumps and less frizz.


Last edited by mlle_carrie; 10-11-2009 at 07:46 AM.
Giving up sulfates! I had been doing some of the CG things for decades before reading the book (not shampooing every day, doing vinegar rinses, not brushing or combing, limiting time spent blow drying my hair), but I was still shampooing with the original Herbal Essence shampoo (the smell was awesome). I think my hair actually sighed in relief when I stopped using shampoo.

The 2nd biggest change was giving up silicones. I didn't realize how it was contributing to dry hair and split ends.

Another great change - putting gel on soaking wet hair.
In Western PA
Found NC in 2004. CG since 2-05, going grey since 9-05. 3B with some 3A.
Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
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Giving up silicones for me! I couldn't get protein, oil, or moisture that my hair needed past the stuff.

Second would be sulfates. They were truly to harsh on my baby fine to fine stranded hair.
2aFii, low porosity, protein!
Color treated (blonde, but darned grays!)
COwash: Suave, V05, Salon Care Honey Almond
CO: GVPCB, LVNPG, GFTN, HSH Pumpkin, Aura Cherry Almond Bark
DTs: Lustrasilk SM, GVPCB
PTs: Aphogee 2-step, ION Effective Care inbetween
LIs/Stylers: Any of my COs, FSG, EcoStyler Krystal, LOOC, shea butter to SOTC

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Giving up sulfates - for sure! Once I quit using sulfate shampoos my hair started growing faster than I've ever seen it grow before. I've spent years complaining about how slow my hair grows. And it quit coming out in handfuls. When I used sulfates I had to clean the shower drain at least twice every single shower to prevent the hair from blocking up the drain. Now I hardly lose any hair. My thin spot is much thicker and my part isn't nearly as wide as it used to be. I'd swear I have less grey hair now too but I think that's probably my imagination.
CG - 3/27/09
3b - dry - medium texture/medium porosity!
Co wash/rinseout/leave in: currently auditioning products
Styling: lube and BRHG
Well beyond the normal giving up silicones and sulfates and getting gorgeous curls, I now pay attention to my hair and understand it. I know the best way to take care of it. That is the best thing the CG method could have given me.
I've only been doing CG for a month now but one big thing I've noticed is that I don't have any more dandruff. I think that's mostly because I wasn't massaging my scalp like I should have been when washing my hair. Also, my hair doesn't fall out like it used to before. My hair looks better but I'm not sure if that is from going CG or because of the products I'm using. Maybe it's a combination of both!
shampoo poo and soap bars.
Using stylers and soap bars.
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 (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Co-washing and using gel. I never thought it was possible for me to have shiny, soft hair.
Pacific Northwest 3a/3b, medium all across the board, possibly porous.

Low-Poo: Trader Joe's Refresh
Co-wash: V05 Tea Therapy Chamomile, Giovanni TTTT
Rinse-out: GVP Conditioning Balm, Yes to Tomatoes, EO Chamomile & Honey
Leave-in: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab, Sonoma Soap Company First Crush
Deep Treatment: Jessicurl WDT
Gels: BRHG, Biotera
Stylers/Mousses: Komaza Coconut Pudding, Curls Goddess Glaze
CO washing, leaving silicones and sulfates, and using stylers that get raves on this board.
Location: Texas
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Salon Care Honey Almond, Devacurl OC, Acure Argan Stem Cell+Argan Oil, Mill Creek Botanicals Keratin Repair
Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG
DT: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
Two things:

1. Co-washing instead of shampoo

2. Using gel. I'd dismissed gel as an option after 1986 or so, and am so glad to have rediscovered what it can do for hair once you know how to use it!
3a and strictly CG since August 2007. Porous and on the fine side. No to magnesium sulfate and glycerin. Yes to protein! Favorites:
CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
CURL ENHANCERS/CREMES/MOUSSES: KCCC, JoiWhip
GELS: Fuzzy Duck, B5 Design, MGA Scultping, BRHG


Fotki password: chuckle
Blog: http://jillipoo.blogspot.com/
Twitter: nopoojillipoo
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!
~3a, normal porosity, normal texture, med density~
~My hair loves aloe vera gel and honey!~

~Right now my fav products are KKKC and vo5
~Hair twins with curlcutie!!~

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No sulfates and mainly cowashing made a huge difference.
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My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/


Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
Quote:
Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
1) Learning my hair was desperate for protein.

2) Realizing that one little blob of conditioner after shampooing was nowhere near enough conditioner for my dry hair.

3) Throwing away my hairbrush.
Wavy, fine texture, med/high porosity (?), med density
2cFii on the Fia System

Current products
:
Low-poo: JC GLS or JC HCC
Co-wash: Suave Naturals Coconut (also do water-wash)
Rinse-out: AO GPB, Mop C Hydrating Conditioner
Leave-in: KCKT
Stylers: BB FSG, BRHG, JC Oil Blend, BB Hemp, Grapeseed, & Clary Sage Hair and Body Butter
Deep treatments: Nexxus Emergencee PT, Jessicurl WDT
Occasional ACV rinses

mod-CG since June, 2009


1) Learning my hair was desperate for protein.

2) Realizing that one little blob of conditioner after shampooing was nowhere near enough conditioner for my dry hair.

3) Throwing away my hairbrush.
Originally Posted by SouthernMoss
So with you on that.

1) Co-washing instead of sulfate shampoos
2) Less dry scalp
Hair Type: 3c, Med-High Density, Low Porosity
Low Poo: KC Come Clean
Condish: AOHR, TN (Avocado), TJ Balancing Moisture
Leave in: GDL, KBB
Curl Lotion/Gel: CHS/CK
Others: CJ Curl Rehab, Jojoba Oil


CG since '09
Co-washing and using gel. I never thought it was possible for me to have shiny, soft hair.
Originally Posted by NicaCurls
+ 1 and no sulfates. And being CG led me to being mod-cg, which has been the best for me.
Wurly, fine, thin, moderately to heavily porous. Mod CG.

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.
Wurly, fine, thin, moderately to heavily porous. Mod CG.

Giving up sulfates and learning how to choose better products.
1. Co-washing instead of shampoo
2. Avoiding silicones
3. Deep treatments
Medium Texture/Normal Porosity
Conditioners: Curl Junkie conditioners, Elucence moisture balancing, Darcy's pumpkin seed, Mop Top Daily
Gels: CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ Curl Queen, UFDCM, Mop Top Curly Custard, KCCC (wish it didn't take so long to dry!), CJ Aloe Fix Lite
Weekly PT (CJ Repair Me) & DT
Icequeen method
CG since Aug. 08, still a lot to learn

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