Gray Hair Care 101?

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Okay, I'm in awe. Many of you on this thread have gorgeous hair pics and mysterious signature lines. I have no clue about products, co-washing, and all the other code words and techniques you see in your posts.

I'm a Dove conditioner/shampoo for dry hair girl. Wash every morning. Leave fairly wet, add whatever curling cream is on sale, and maybe a bit of surf wax for definition. Nothing to correct yellowing. Done.

How does one begin learning the gray hair care regimen and when are the basics not enough?

Lorrie
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i think the basics begin with curly hair care, then making whatever changes needed for the gray. i found that my gray hair loses moisture more quickly so i now seal much of the time. and the other thing i do is correct the yellow with ardell red/gold corrector in my conditioner. there are multiple threads on this in this forum. if you do a search it should come up.
start with learning about your hair properties then try to match products with the properties, then adjust for the gray hair.
start out with searches when you have questions as most of them have been discussed, then come back for more info/clarification.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
What she said. I have about four inches of white growth so not fully transitioned. I follow the CG method except I diffuse after cowashing vs air drying. I use ardell red/gold corrector and also Roux Fanciful Ultra White Minx rinse to make sure there is no yellow.
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Diffusing is CG, although air drying is encouraged. Drying your hair with a blow dryer without a diffuser is not CG. At least according to Lorraine Massey, and since it's her method, it's her rules.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
I don't do much different with my grey hair than I did before. CG was the best thing ever for my hair and still is. I've used the same products for many years (they are in my sig line and are actual words and not mysterious initials which drive me crazy here sometimes. haha.)
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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I stopped dyeing before I learned of the curly girl method.
Yep, learning the curly girl method was the best change I did for my hair. I have yet to find a split-end. Pre-curly girl, dyeing, blowdrying, brushes, sulfates & silicones, curling iron, flat iron, no satin pillowcase, etc... I HAD split ends all the time and they traveled up my hair.

I am mostly using Wen these days.
Can't remember the last time I blow dried or flat ironed. Yay!
I've finally accepted my curls/waves,


Finger detangling and protective styles are my holy grail as I grow my hair out.

ETA:
As far as gray hair care, what I learned:

Not to use products that will stain the natural color of my hair.

High heat (blow dryers, irons, the SUN) will yellow "some" peoples natural hair.

Coconut Oil (is a white/clear colored oil) is good for deep treating your hair.

You cannot find a purple shampoo or conditioner that does NOT have silicone or sulfate. (Ardell Red Gold Corrector is the only answer I know of)

Early in my transition, I clarified a few times with baking soda and rinsed with white vinegar as A LOT of people did. (No more, it can be extremely damaging, like scrubbing your head with sulfates. Just my Opinion!)

HTH!!!

Mostly: Wen Cleansing Conditioner: Lavendar & Tea Tree

Occasionally: DevaCurl No-Poo, One Condition, & Angel; KCCC, KCKT & KCCC
Last Dye 1/4/12; Started Curlygirl Method 6/2012; Final cut to remove dye 3/30/13

Last edited by curlygoinggray; 07-01-2014 at 08:53 AM.

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