09-26-2011, 10:24 AM
Join Date: Sep 2011
I sympathize! I'm only about 3 weeks on CG, and am a bit daunted by the trial-and-error method as well. From what I have learned from this board, it can take some time (few weeks to a few months) of CG before your hair settles into its new routine and starts showing noticeable improvement. I noticed immediately when I stopped all silicone and SLS products and went to co-wash.
I'm taking a bit of a scientific approach - I'm actually trying to only vary one thing at a time in my routine, then noting how my hair reacts. That way I'm able to pinpoint what's working and what's not.
For example, I started with co-wash and condition with OC (no leave in), then followed with Angel. Didn't get the best results, so then did co-wash, condition and leave-in with OC, then followed with Angel and that worked much better. Then I tried a different styling method - rather than squeezing out water THEN applying gel, I went the "super soak" method and added gel to soaking wet hair then plopped (but still used the same products to keep those variables the same). That produced yet different results and I'll be tweaking that tomorrow by plopping on a t-shirt rather than a MF towel (got great curl def but more frizz, Kathymac recommended a t-shirt rather than MF).
I don't know if that helps, but if you try only varying one thing at a time it may seem a little less overwhelming.
CG since September 2011
Porosity: normal to low
Style: MOP Curl Defining Cream, Angel, Garnier Pure Clean Gel
SOTC: MOP Glisten pomade, Aveda Humectant Pomade
Looking for: good curl definition, clumping and no frizz