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arel 05-24-2013 03:08 PM

Trying to find out if I am indeed a curly/wurly
 
Hi everyone,

I just signed up. I am a member of the LHC and recently was told that I might have curly hair... So, I am in the process of finding out ...

Reading one of the first post, I think I have figured out the following:

Thick, coarser, prone to frizz with an underlayer of straight hair - all characteristics of the 2c type.
Texture: Coarse
Porosity : High - when I slid my fingers from end to root, my hair feels rough and is squeaky (makes a noise)

The products I use:
VO5 Kiwilime clarifying shampoo and conditioner
VO5 passion fruit conditioner
Bain de terre anti frizz shampoo
Suave Moroccan shine mask
coconut oil
Nexxus anti frizz finishing cream

I will love to try products (in case I need to get new ones) starting by the cheapest lol...

Thanks everyone for any advice you can give...

Firefox7275 05-26-2013 09:06 AM

Welcome! If you have high porosity coarse hair I'd lose the shampoos and go over to conditioner only washing. Coconut oil is wonderful for porous hair, even better in combination with honey which you can use as they are on dry hair, or mix with a cheap silicone free conditioner to make your own deep treatment. You may also benefit from some hydrolysed protein.

The Suave mask is just silicones and mineral oil/ petroleum jelly, it is not Curly Girl friendly and doesn't contain anything that will penetrate or benefit the strength/ health of hair. Nexxus cream is also loaded with silicones and contains a little mineral oil. If you have build up from these two products you will not be able to assess your hair properties accurately and they may block out the beneficial effect of the coconut oil.

arel 05-27-2013 11:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Firefox7275 (Post 2174119)
Welcome! If you have high porosity coarse hair I'd lose the shampoos and go over to conditioner only washing. Coconut oil is wonderful for porous hair, even better in combination with honey which you can use as they are on dry hair, or mix with a cheap silicone free conditioner to make your own deep treatment. You may also benefit from some hydrolysed protein.

The Suave mask is just silicones and mineral oil/ petroleum jelly, it is not Curly Girl friendly and doesn't contain anything that will penetrate or benefit the strength/ health of hair. Nexxus cream is also loaded with silicones and contains a little mineral oil. If you have build up from these two products you will not be able to assess your hair properties accurately and they may block out the beneficial effect of the coconut oil.

Thanks so much for your help Firefox. I have dark hair, doesn't honey change the color? I would love to keep my hair as dark as possible.
Do you have a recipe that I could use for the deep treatment?

And yes, I had some buildup ... I think I have figured that one though, by washing my hair really carefully with kiwi lime conditioner and applying tea tree oil on my scalp before washing (at least is what I did on Saturday and I didn't get any residue on my scalp)

Do you have recommendations on specific cheap products I could start experimenting with? Today I made my first flax seed gel... I haven't tried it yet, but can't wait :)

Firefox7275 05-28-2013 07:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by arel (Post 2174335)
Thanks so much for your help Firefox. I have dark hair, doesn't honey change the color? I would love to keep my hair as dark as possible.
Do you have a recipe that I could use for the deep treatment?

And yes, I had some buildup ... I think I have figured that one though, by washing my hair really carefully with kiwi lime conditioner and applying tea tree oil on my scalp before washing (at least is what I did on Saturday and I didn't get any residue on my scalp)

Do you have recommendations on specific cheap products I could start experimenting with? Today I made my first flax seed gel... I haven't tried it yet, but can't wait :)

Raw honey can lighten a very tiny bit with very regular use, it is a weak source of peroxide: microwaving or commercial processing destroys that potential. I actually use sugar syrup because it's cheaper here in the UK!

You cannot remove residues of silicones or mineral oils from hair or scalp with conditioner only washing because they are not water soluble, you would need to shampoo that mask and cream out. The coating on hair or scalp may be thin, but it will still form a barrier or film, that is what those ingredients are included in formulas to do.

I am in the UK so not the best for specific US recommendations, I know people are commonly using Suave Naturals VO5 or Tresemme Naturals for co-washing, La Looks sports gel or Ecostyler gel for styling. But definitely opt for DIY flaxseed if you are into that, hope it goes well!

Tea tree oil should usually be diluted before using on the scalp, it's powerful potentially irritant stuff.


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