Trying to find out if I am indeed a curly/wurly
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.
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
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...
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.
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 :)
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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