Hello all!

I've already jumped in and posted a few times, but thought I should introduce myself before I go any further. I've been a regular over at LHC for several years, and recognize a few people from there (hi guys!). For most of my life, I've been treating myself hair as wavy, but since being at LHC I've come to realize that I'm actually pretty curly. A year ago, I half-heartedly attempted CG, which is why my sign-up date is 2012 and not 2013. I gave it up pretty quickly because my hair was so long and took so long to dry, and I was getting tons of frizz from friction. This winter I decided I wasn't really enjoying my hair at BCL, so I cut back to hip, then to waist, then to BSL.

And then I decided to give CG another crack, realizing that I had a better chance at being successful with techniques with shorter hair that wouldn't take so long to dry. I found a Deva "inspired" stylist who gave me a great cut, and now my hair is at about APL curly. Next time I go in I'll probably have him cut it a few inches shorter. I want to be able to pull it back, but for now I need that shortness so that I can diffuse and then air dry and have it done in an hour or two (that's in summer; not sure how I'll handle winter since it's very rainy here). At some point I may grow it back out, once I really have the techniques and products down). We'll see.

Anyway...I'm old enough to be post-menopausal. Lots of F/M hair. I'll get a picture up at some point. I'm fortunate to be living in an area with dews in the 40s nearly all year round, with a couple of summer months in the 50s, but not often above optimum levels. The downside is we have a lot of wind--all afternoon nearly every day in spring and summer. Right now it's at 15-20 mph, which I'd say is average, but it's often stronger than that. So I have some wind-created frizz, which isn't too bad except that I'm trying to wash only every third day. I can get decent second day hair so far. Third day is more like cover-it-up-with-anything day, lol. The curliest part (about ears down) is OK, but the canopy is either really frizzy, or flat, or both, or just plain weird. So I'm figuring that out. My hair is in very good health because of babying it to grow it out, and I have a pretty good idea of what it likes. I just need to learn how to treat it curly and not wavy.

And that's me, in a nutshell. Nice to meet you all!
3a/b, F, normal porosity

Wash with either Suave Tropical Coconut, As I Am, or CJ Daily Fix
Condition with STC or Yes to Blueberries and detangle with Denman, rinse very lightly (baptismal rinse)
Add LAL gel, either Sport or Wet Look, scrunch with flour sack towel, and plop
Diffuse 5 minutes, then air dry
Welcome: what is your username over at LHC? That's some serious reduction in length! You will have a bit of an advantage over many newcomers to the Curly Girl method being familiar with the LHC philosophy of gentle haircare.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Firefox, sent you a PM over at LHC.
3a/b, F, normal porosity

Wash with either Suave Tropical Coconut, As I Am, or CJ Daily Fix
Condition with STC or Yes to Blueberries and detangle with Denman, rinse very lightly (baptismal rinse)
Add LAL gel, either Sport or Wet Look, scrunch with flour sack towel, and plop
Diffuse 5 minutes, then air dry

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