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Old 10-21-2012, 08:02 PM   #1
 
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Default WOW. My hair had a lot of new experiences today.

Firstly, I am SO amazingly glad this place exists. As a redhead my hair is the FIRST thing everyone notices about me! (When I was little I learned to say "From my grandma Susie" before I could tell people my name or age because everyone asked me "Where did you get your pretty red hair?") So having a bad hair day, makes my days extra bad. I have been embracing the curl since college when I stopped straightening it. However, recently the horror and hair-shame have come roaring back as I have been trying for the first time to grow out my hair. The curls were great and easy when my hair was short but upsetting and difficult and frizzy and awful now that it's long!

After being inspired by a lovely post on reddit I came here and have learned so much, already. I went out and hunted down a bunch of product (Curly Kinky and Miss Jamie's, mostly) and bought a hair dryer. (The hair dryer part was a BIG step. These things have caused me a lot of upset in the past.) Today my hair has been cleansed and rinsed and had conditioner left in it. I used hair product (also new to me.) I plopped, I DIFFUSED! It has been wild, I'm looking forward to doing it again tomorrow after I go to the gym. Hopefully with a little more finess.

I hope all my fellow newbies find what they need to have amazing hair and feel the self confidence they deserve through this community. I am so grateful, it feels sort of vain to be so upset/obsessed with your hair but it can be a really big part of who you are. I'm excited to figure out what works, and having a place to come when I need help.

Thanks for existing Curly Girls! (And curly guys!)

Oh... and any tips on the diffuser? I felt like I was really flailing around with that thing.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:22 PM   #2
 
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Also, does anyone have tips for how to pour ACV or other rinses into your hair? The first rinse I did I was standing up and just sort of dumped it on my head (leaning back a little so it didn't go down my face.) The second rinse I did I was leaning down with my hair flipped over my head and poured it on top... but both ways seemed to miss some spots. Maybe I just need more practice?
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Also, does anyone have tips for how to pour ACV or other rinses into your hair? The first rinse I did I was standing up and just sort of dumped it on my head (leaning back a little so it didn't go down my face.) The second rinse I did I was leaning down with my hair flipped over my head and poured it on top... but both ways seemed to miss some spots. Maybe I just need more practice?
You could try putting it in a spray bottle or putting a bowl under your head while you pour it down to catch the ones that missed and reuse it again.
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:34 AM   #4
 
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Welcome, Gingersaurus! This is a great community for your curly needs and curly questions. It's such a relief to be among others who "get" us. I love to use ACV rinses. I've tried it both ways you mentioned. I find that I get it in my eyes too easily if I'm bent over. I prefer to be upright and will tilt my head from side to side to try and guide the stream where I need it to go. I think the spray bottle sounds like a great idea.
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Hi Ginger,

Thanks for joining us! You'll find lots of great info all over the site!
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:56 PM   #6
 
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Thanks everyone!
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:16 AM   #7
 
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In regard to diffusing, Ginger, many of us here use the "pixie curl" method - (I think that is how it is called!) you don't actually turn your hairdryer on until you have the hair in place in the diffuser (put the ends of the hair section in the fingers on the diffuser bowl, then bring it up to your scalp) turn the blowdryer on at low heat and low fan at that point, allow it a few minutes, then turn it off, then remove it from the section of hair and move on to the next section - it is thought that that way, the air flow won't disturb or upset the other curls or sections of curl. This seems to work pretty well I like this system anyways, less frizz and more curl definition.

For ACV clarifiers, myself i add a quarter cup of ACV to two cups of warm water, then pour in small bursts over my hair, massaging it in lightly. I flip my hair forward to do this.

Hope this helps, and good luck with everything! hugs, from a fellow newbie
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:28 PM   #8
 
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Ooooh okay, thanks! I was sort of using the pixie... I've been leaving the dryer on the whole time which has been kind of a mess! I bet that one little thing will help a lot!!
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