just saying hi

I just started trying the CG method 3 weeks ago. I had wavy, very thick hair down below the middle of my back. I generally don't blow-dry or otherwise heat-style my hair but over the past year it had gotten harder and harder to manage, and it was getting almost curly in some places, but stick-straight in others, and due to a chronic illness, I simply didn't have the energy to try and wrangle it one way or the other, whether with curlers, heat, or whatever, so it was constantly in a ponytail anymore. My stylist cut more than half of it off. The first major haircut (not counting trims) that I've had in 12 years!!!
Now it's just skimming my shoulders.

Well, that made some of my hair bounce up. But the rest was still very straight. Still about a 2c in some spots, 3a in others, and straight - 2a in other spots. I decided to get the straight areas permed to match. She did an awesome job, as you can't tell the difference between the natural areas and the straight areas. Now it's pretty consistently 2c/3a all over, with a bit of 2b undeneath in back. Still pretty thick, but layered nicely so I don't have a triangle-head lol.

I am now following the CG method and have found that it is soooo much easier now to take care of my hair, which is exactly what I needed.

I welcome advice on making things easier, best products, etc. Thanks!

Last edited by grayceworks; 08-20-2013 at 03:31 PM.
Welcome!

Beneficial ingredients for chemical treated/ damaged hair include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol.
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
Thanks! I know my hair (and skin) loves coconut oil. I've started using it for everything. lol

I'm not sure how my hair reacts to protein yet, still experimenting.

Panthenol attracts moisture, right? I've been using agave nectar, and my hair loves that.

What do ceramides and 18-MEA do?

Thanks!
3A (some 2B/2C in back)
High density, coarse, low porosity.

Hates protein. A LOT.
Loves coconut and avocado oils, agave nectar and glycerin.

Wash/Condition:
As I Am Coconut co-wash

Leave-in & Styling:
Shea butter! OMG I'm in love!
FSG with agave nectar and coconut & tea tree oils.
Sometimes: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrient spray or FrizzEase curl spray
Well, my hair hates protien, apparently. I suspected it might be bad, but this is awful.

My hair is fairly low porosity, from what I can tell. It floats and while it's nice and smooth when I run my fingers from ends up to roots, it is also squeaky, which I read means it's pretty dry (which I already knew).

My stylist has always commented that my hair is hard to get any chemicals to take. Although she uses very gentle stuff.

So I tried a protien treatment, and now my hair feels very stiff? coarse? I can't describe it. Not rough or crunchy exactly, but kinda like horsehair or something. And my curls are all droopy.

How do I make them soft and un-droopy again?
3A (some 2B/2C in back)
High density, coarse, low porosity.

Hates protein. A LOT.
Loves coconut and avocado oils, agave nectar and glycerin.

Wash/Condition:
As I Am Coconut co-wash

Leave-in & Styling:
Shea butter! OMG I'm in love!
FSG with agave nectar and coconut & tea tree oils.
Sometimes: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrient spray or FrizzEase curl spray

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