Sucking it up and trying CurlyGirl

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I have always hated my hair. I didn't even realize it was curly until I was in middle school and started taking care of my own hair, I just thought it sucked (lol)

I was in middle school and high school in the late 80s/ early 90s so slapping gel and aquanet on it gave me the popular crunchy look easily.

Afterwards, I started straightening my hair because I was tired of the crunchy wet look, and if I didn't do that, my hair was a giant, unmanageable frizzball.

I had a baby nine months ago, and since then my hair has gotten drier, coarser and if I sneeze, it tangles itself into a huge ball. It takes me an hour to get the snarl out every day. It's also lost so much elasticity, it snaps now, makes me so sad.

I have known about CGM for a long time, but I decided today to suck it up and do it. I can't deal with the hair drama anymore, I don't want to flat iron it. I just want my curls to look nice! I love curls, just not mine, and I want to love mine!

I am pretty sure I am currently a 2C, but once I take away the damaging hair routine, i think it might curl up a little more. Right now its wavy and curly. There is no rhyme or reason to my hair.



I bought some stuff to start out with, based on like 3 hours of researching this morning while my kid napped. Then i went and bought it and I'm going to start tomorrow (I will take before pics, even though they will be frightening)

I have:

vo5 conditioner (to cowash)
Renpure Organics (My pretty hair is parched) for rinse out conditioner
Giovanni Direct leave-in weightless moisture conditioner (leave-in cond.)
la Bella lots of curls styling gel (xtra hold)
LA Looks Gel (for backup if the la bella isnt enough)

I am thinking to start, this will be ok. If I need to skip a rinseout conditioner, I'll see which works better for cowash (renpure or vo5) my hair is really freaking dry when I leave it curly though, so we'll see.

My husband brought me some microfiber towels to scrunch the water out of my hair after showers, and gifted me one of his well-worn long-sleeved cotton t's for plopping.

I am excited and scared to death.

Should I start with a clarifying wash first? I tossed my old shampoo, but I read on a blog I could slap some lemon in my first co-wash instead and then do a rinse out condition instead of doing a clarifying wash with a sulfate shampoo.
Welcome, starskydoodle! You've come to a great place to learn how to care for your hair. It's important to start off with a clarifying shampoo. I've never heard of the lemon trick so I can't speak to that. The key is to rid your hair of any silicones that may be hiding in your hair. Silicone is not easy to remove with co-washing alone.

The products you've chosen to begin with are all well liked on these boards and look like a good starting point. Whether they will work well for you is yet to be determined. Not all products will work for everyone. Don't get discouraged, there's a lot of trial and error involved. You'll find your routine if you stick with it and keep asking questions. The links below were really helpful to me in narrowing down the types of products and ingredients that had the best chance of bringing out the best in my hair:
Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics
Curly Hair Tips, Styles & Products - NaturallyCurly

Good luck to you! Anxious to see your pictures and your successes!
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3B, fine, normal to low porosity
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HGs: FSG, anything with glycerin, Tresemme Naturals conditioner, Curls Like Us cloths, satin pillowcases.
Thanks!!
I looked at my husband's shampoo and it should suffice. Mine was full of 'cones anyway.

I've got everything all set in the bathroom for the morning!!!

I am prepared for bad hair in the beginning. It is what discouraged me when I first tried CGM. There weren't a bunch of detailed communities and I was having such a hard time locally finding the right products, so I tried my best and my hair was AWFUL. I'm thinking now though, that I didn't give it a fair shake. I likely needed to give it more time and experiment with product.

This time I am armed with far more research, better product and a huge forum!
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I'm having a difficult time deciding what my curl type is if anyone can help
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Sorry, baby woke up from nap.

The way my curls were - I have waves, curls and ringlets, I was thinking between wavy-whirly and a combo of curlier types but now I'm just confused.
Dear starskydoodle,

wow, I think your curls look very promising! I'm pretty sure, that you will get excellent results after you find the right products and your own hair-care-routine. The forum will be a great help! I'm a curly girl since about 2 months and I never want to be anything else. I always hated my hair and now I just love it and I'm even looking forward to wash it (Which I never did before).
If you have any questions - just ask. Unfortunately I can't help with classifying your hair, I'm still not sure about my own. Probably the different curl-typs in your hair are a result of the straightening? Probably some strains are dryer than others and need special attention?
I think it's great that you're giving the CG routine another try and have to agree with Goldilocks that your hair shows a lot of promise

If you've been shampooing every day and your it's too often for your hair, you could end up with some of the problems you mentioned, like lack of elasticity, dryness (from sulfates stripping your hair of natural oil) and hair that snaps. Maybe consider altering the number of days you will now be COwashing to see if it helps, but doing the occasional "real" shampoo to try and prevent product buildup?

Protein treatments may also help with elasticity/better curl formation. Good luck!
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You are beautiful!
Welcome! Having had a baby recently, yep, that can mess with your hair because of all the crazy hormones lol. I always had wavy hair, but it started becoming more whirly after giving birth to my second child almost two years ago. I guess it's sticking around since it's been this long so i'm making the best of it. I'm new also, but i've found a lot of helpful advice on here that's for sure. My hair has come a long way, i'll show you in attached pics. The first one is how my hair would look like all the time because I didn't know how to take care of my waves and now that I do, my hair always looks like the second picture. Just don't give up, it's a rough start and sometimes an expensive start with having to try different things, but it's well worth it once you find that routine that works.

I'm not even sure of my own pattern, but I can say that pattern pretty much goes out the window since what matters most is properties. Once you know your hair properties, that's what's going to tell you how to take care of it and what it needs and those needs can change over time too. What helped me a lot was looking at people with similar properties to mine and trying what they use. Also, most people have pics of their hair posted, so you can compare yours to theirs. Because of my hair properties I have a difficult time moisturizing properly and I also have to use heavier products. I also found that the majority of my problem was actually hard water buildup and once I fixed that my hair has never been better. Good luck, you are definitely off to a good start! *hugs*
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2(I have no idea what pattern), low porosity, mix of medium and coarse, dense

*Have just discovered the amazingness that is the "Spritz and Condish" routine*

Shampoo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Co-wash: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying Conditioner
RO: GVP CB, Garnier Triple Nutrition
LI : Whatever conditioner I used + EVOO or Argon oil
Stylers: Organix Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Creme, EcoStyler Gel (krystal)

Last edited by txwvy32; 10-25-2012 at 11:45 AM.
Welcome! Having had a baby recently, yep, that can mess with your hair because of all the crazy hormones lol. I always had wavy hair, but it started becoming more whirly after giving birth to my second child almost two years ago. I guess it's sticking around since it's been this long so i'm making the best of it. I'm new also, but i've found a lot of helpful advice on here that's for sure. My hair has come a long way, i'll show you in attached pics. The first one is how my hair would look like all the time because I didn't know how to take care of my waves and now that I do, my hair always looks like the second picture. Just don't give up, it's a rough start and sometimes an expensive start with having to try different things, but it's well worth it once you find that routine that works.

I'm not even sure of my own pattern, but I can say that pattern pretty much goes out the window since what matters most is properties. Once you know your hair properties, that's what's going to tell you how to take care of it and what it needs and those needs can change over time too. What helped me a lot was looking at people with similar properties to mine and trying what they use. Also, most people have pics of their hair posted, so you can compare yours to theirs. Because of my hair properties I have a difficult time moisturizing properly and I also have to use heavier products. I also found that the majority of my problem was actually hard water buildup and once I fixed that my hair has never been better. Good luck, you are definitely off to a good start! *hugs*
Originally Posted by txwvy32
Great advice and your hair is lovely ... that's quite a transformation
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Great advice and your hair is lovely ... that's quite a transformation
Originally Posted by Korkscrew

Thank you!
2(I have no idea what pattern), low porosity, mix of medium and coarse, dense

*Have just discovered the amazingness that is the "Spritz and Condish" routine*

Shampoo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Co-wash: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying Conditioner
RO: GVP CB, Garnier Triple Nutrition
LI : Whatever conditioner I used + EVOO or Argon oil
Stylers: Organix Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Creme, EcoStyler Gel (krystal)
Ooh I love your curls!

I definitely have damaged my hair from straightening. In high school, I had ringlets. Smallish and slightly loose (not corkscrew) but very ringlety like a spiral perm.

Now it's just... A mess. The ringlets are bigger which is fine, but then I have frizzy corkscrews, waves, clumps of I'm not sure what but they're not straight (lol) and when I was in the hospital having my daughter I forgot a brush and when I got home the entire back of my head was in neat 'loc formation.

I've been co washing every other day and then doing the super soaker on the alternate mornings and there is definite improvement. I still get a bit of frizz but its gone down and a lot is caused by my daughter touching my hair. However this is the first time I've worn my hair down and my curls held without being crispy!!!
Thanks Sounds like you're already doing a great job with your hair and it'll probably only get better. The cool thing about this site is there are so many products and techniques to experiment with. Sometimes learning about one seemingly random thing can drastically change things ... or that's been my experience anyway.

See you around!
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