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Old 11-25-2011, 11:51 PM   #1
 
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Post Phase 1 of Curly Girl Method, using DevaCurl and results.

My hair has gotten a lot healthier since the method, and I feel like I've gained a great deal of intuitive knowledge of my hair's potential, products that keep me from reaching it, and causes/effects to certain chemicals. I still have a long way to go, but I want to share my first struggle & analysis on this method for my difficult and ill-tempered tresses. I've been applying this method for 6-8 months now - only using DevaCurl Products so far (reviews to come later tonight).

Here's my first dilemma so far (with photos):


My hair looks to have the best wave/curl formation, shine, and moisture without any frizz with 3 days of just water rinses. However, it feels the worst as it's real oily everywhere as opposed to soft and touchable. And my ends get really matted. Like REALLY matted, it starts to dread. I'm not exaggerating, mon.


If I lightly shampoo (part Low-Poo, part One Condition or just No-Poo) my hair has the softness I want, and doesn't weigh my hair down as usual.... but is poofy, little to no curl formation, and incredibly stubborn to styling products. Same when I clarify once a week with Kinky Curly Come Clean Moisturizing Shampoo.

Then again if I condition everyday or every other day it gets really matted at the ends by day 2 and generally tangled all over. It takes a lot of de-tangling with with the comb even with conditioner. I leave condish in my hair for 30 minutes on my ends as I shower, and sometimes as a leave-in with same results.

I realized DevaCurl's AnGel, was mostly the culprit for matted ends, although not entirely. So I switched to their lighter cream, Set It Free, but it doesn't do much as far as curl definition. I have to apply it heavily three times a day to get it looking & feeling the way I want.

I've decided that DevaCurl's line - just doesn't do it for my hair. So in spirit of Black Friday (and the usual compulsive weekend spending spree). I bought the following Curl Junkie Products to replace all my DevaCurl ones:

Styling

COFFEE-COCO CURL CREME - LITE My hair feels healthier with creme's as opposed to gels - but I lose my wave/curls.Gels on the other hand gels enhance & define my curls, but seems to be less healthy & leads to heavy tangling by the end of the day.

Conditioning / Co-Wash

CURL JUNKIE SAMPLE POUCH SET-CLEANSER/CONDITIONERS I couldn't decide on a daily non-cleansing conditioner - they all seemed to have oils I'm not sure my hair likes yet. Why? Because my experience with DevaCurls' Heaven in Hair. More like Hell, what happened to my hair?

Deep Conditioning

CURL REHAB - MOISTURIZING HAIR TREATMENT I need to do something about my matted/tangled ends, and think a deep condish weekly routine is in order. Knock on wood. I might use this daily since my hair is so low in porosity.

Clarifying

DAILY FIX - CLEANSING HAIR CONDITIONER A contributing factor to tangled hair has to be product buildup. It just has to... right? I have to use a lot of it to get results, yet then again my hair builds up so fast once it's absorbed. This seems like a less harsh clarifying product than the other's I've used, which makes me feel like their stuff's not one bottle of chemical stew that takes strong clarifying shampoo's to wash out. We'll see.

I'm going to write-up all my DevaCurl reviews and give my condolences to the product that half-way worked and got my foot in the door of a curly girl approved world. This product - although didn't work 100% for me, did open my eyes to the potential of my curl/waves I had never thought possible before. And in another 6 months I'll post another long-ass review of Curl Junkie.

If anybody has similar experiences or hair behaviors to mine I'd love to hear any input, advice, product referrals, photo's of Ryan Gosling, etc.


Phew
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Old 11-26-2011, 12:23 PM   #2
 
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Welcome, Quietwar! Good to have you here - it's a great place to share struggles and successes. I've never had success with the Deva line. My hair always felt gunky and gummy. My best days are when I low-poo with Burt's Bees or Jessicurl. I love Tresemme Naturals as a rinse out and just a dab as a leave in. I also love homemade FSG, LOOB and EcoStyler. Some curlies find the glycerin in those products drying but my hair responds really well to it. My hair is fine, so regular protein treatments are a must. Good luck to you! Let us know what products work and which ones don't - that's how we learn!
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Old 11-26-2011, 02:51 PM   #3
 
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Yes exactly, gummy hair with the Deva line here as well. I didn't know Burts Bee's had shampoo's until now! I'll definitely have to check them out & Jessicurl. My hair's fine as well, but I've never really gone out of my way for protein treatments. What do you use for those? Are they all just homemade treatments?
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:18 PM   #4
 
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You can purchase treatments. Some are Joico K-Pak, Aphogee, Curl Junkie Repair Me, and Sally's has some knock-offs. I prefer a recipe from here. I put a link below.

PT recipe - as promised

It's cheap and easy to make.
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Welcome, quietwar! We're glad to have you!
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