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AlixFallenStar 08-31-2013 01:25 AM

Trying something new!
 
Hi everyone! I'm Alex, 19 yrs old, and due to being a studious and busy college student, I've decided to ditch the hair straightener after 4 years and go with my natural waves.
Unfortunately, my hair has been damaged from the heat treatment, as well as suffers from tons of frizz.

I am using a modified CG I read on a blog (person also has wvy hair). Plus, I need low-po more because I have oily hair.

So I'm on my fourth day on the CG and it's been actually going pretty well :) My waves are starting to adjust. I need to find a product for my frizz control, though.

So yeah, the basics:

Hair: 2b/some c, High porosity, High Density, Med Hair Width. Short hair with layers (growing out longest layer to shoulders)

Would love to have a Hair Twin or a Mentor for this. Otherwise, any advice will do. :)


(Also, random: who can tell me how some people on these threads have like a signature or end statement?? Please and thank you!) :iconbiggrin:

_Eva_ 08-31-2013 01:32 AM

Welcome!

What is your current routine en what products are you using?

Quote:

Originally Posted by AlixFallenStar (Post 2204705)
(Also, random: who can tell me how some people on these threads have like a signature or end statement?? Please and thank you!) :iconbiggrin:

Click "User CP" then "edit signature".

AlixFallenStar 08-31-2013 02:04 PM

Products:
-Trader Joe's Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner
-L'Oreal EverCurl Hydracharge Leave-In Cream
-Herbal Essence Tousle Me Softly Mousse
-Paul Mitchell's Flexible Style Sculpting Gel

Routine: Alternating between low-po and co-wash
1) Massage scalp, put conditioner, then rinse after body wash
2) Wash scalp with Low-po, then condition
3) Once a week, completely wash my hair with low-po, still condtion

-After Shower:
1) right away I put my leave-in cream
2) I prefer using the mouse over the gel at them moment, as I like how my waves and curls come out. Also, the mousse has no silicone, while the gel I have has water-soluble cones. I use the gel on cowash days, while the mousse I put everyday, though much less on the days I put on the gel.

Then I plop my hair so I can finish drying and changing, usually about 5-10 minutes, before leaving my hair to air dry.
So far, the leave-in has certainly helped lower my frizz, but I'm looking for a second conditioner and a gel or pomade (preferably drugstore, but I can also try online).

I'm open to changing my routine, as I just started. Thanks!

_Eva_ 08-31-2013 04:07 PM

Your leave-in contains a cone. It's ingredients are (see here):

Aqua / Water / Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Cetyl Esters, Behentrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum / Fragrance, Trideceth-6, Isopropyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera Oil / Coconut Oil, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil / Grape Seed Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, Hibiscus Esculentus / Hibiscus Esculentus Seed Extract, Coumarin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil / Orange Peel Oil, Limonene, Bht

Some people do have a problem with this particular cone, others don't. See: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...methicone.html It might be worth experimenting with.

Another possible source for problems may be the cetyl esters. Some people have trouble with them, others do not. I cannot use Cetyl esters in my leave in. I can in my rinse out conditioner though if I rinse really well.

AlixFallenStar 08-31-2013 05:05 PM

I know, I saw the ingredients. However, since my hair is more wavy than curly, and I'm following a modified CG method, I decided to use it for now.
So far it's helped with my frizz

But if there is a leave in that you know (thats super cheap and easily accessible) that is CG approved for 2b/2c hair, I'm willing to try it out :)

_Eva_ 08-31-2013 05:33 PM

Your hair type (the number) is far less important when choosing products than characteristics like porosity.

I simply use a small amount of my conditioner as a leave in. Many people do. If you like your conditioner, you can try that and see how that works for you.

AlixFallenStar 08-31-2013 07:42 PM

Hmm then I need to buy a moisturizing conditioner, because the Tea Tree isn't that thick.

I heard Suave Natural Conditioners are good, also VO5, but Suave seems more common.
I also want to ask, what is better for high porosity and high density hair: gels or creams??

Because I want to try either Boots Curl Cream, Organix Moracean Curling Perfection Cream.

curlicious13 08-31-2013 10:23 PM

Be careful with the organic line. Some of their products have cones in them.

Firefox7275 09-01-2013 03:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AlixFallenStar (Post 2204705)
Hi everyone! I'm Alex, 19 yrs old, and due to being a studious and busy college student, I've decided to ditch the hair straightener after 4 years and go with my natural waves.
Unfortunately, my hair has been damaged from the heat treatment, as well as suffers from tons of frizz.

I am using a modified CG I read on a blog (person also has wvy hair). Plus, I need low-po more because I have oily hair.

So I'm on my fourth day on the CG and it's been actually going pretty well :) My waves are starting to adjust. I need to find a product for my frizz control, though.

So yeah, the basics:

Hair: 2b/some c, High porosity, High Density, Med Hair Width. Short hair with layers (growing out longest layer to shoulders)

Would love to have a Hair Twin or a Mentor for this. Otherwise, any advice will do. :)


(Also, random: who can tell me how some people on these threads have like a signature or end statement?? Please and thank you!) :iconbiggrin:

Welcome!

Conditioner cleanses hair just as well as shampoo, my hair is literally 'squeaky' clean when I am done. Harsh surfactants can be the cause of a greasy scalp anyway because they strip and irritate the skin.

Beneficial ingredients for porous and damaged hair include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol. I find loads of leave in conditioner is critical for frizz control. Cetyl esters are a wax, they are not CG either and built up terribly for me.

AlixFallenStar 09-01-2013 11:44 AM

I'm starting to notice how my hair has now gotten greaser the more I put the leave-in cream xP

Moroccan Curl Perfection Defining Cream from Organix has no silicones, I checked, so I think I will try that next just because I heard it helps create beach waves.

Otherwise, I want to go buy either Suave Natural Coconut Conditioner, OR VO5, as my leave-in conditioner for now.
Also, I see Firefox you use Boots curl creme. I was wondering whether to buy that. How is it working for you?

Finding that perfect combo is very difficult x.x

SuzyQ3 09-01-2013 01:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AlixFallenStar (Post 2204831)
Products:
-Trader Joe's Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner
-L'Oreal EverCurl Hydracharge Leave-In Cream
-Herbal Essence Tousle Me Softly Mousse
-Paul Mitchell's Flexible Style Sculpting Gel

Routine: Alternating between low-po and co-wash
1) Massage scalp, put conditioner, then rinse after body wash
2) Wash scalp with Low-po, then condition
3) Once a week, completely wash my hair with low-po, still condtion

-After Shower:
1) right away I put my leave-in cream
2) I prefer using the mouse over the gel at them moment, as I like how my waves and curls come out. Also, the mousse has no silicone, while the gel I have has water-soluble cones. I use the gel on cowash days, while the mousse I put everyday, though much less on the days I put on the gel.

Then I plop my hair so I can finish drying and changing, usually about 5-10 minutes, before leaving my hair to air dry.
So far, the leave-in has certainly helped lower my frizz, but I'm looking for a second conditioner and a gel or pomade (preferably drugstore, but I can also try online).

I'm open to changing my routine, as I just started. Thanks!

We're all different, of course, but I ditched my TJ's Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner. I had been thrilled to see a sulfate-free shampoo at such a low price. But that stuff made my hair incredibly dry, and the conditioner was not conditioning at all.

I didn't even keep it for clarifying purposes it was that bad for my hair.

AlixFallenStar 09-01-2013 11:18 PM

Finally got Suave Coconut!

I realized Target carries a lot of inexpensive CG approved products, definitely going there more often!

Couldn't find the Organix creme :( but I did get more of the Paul Mitchell's Scuplt Serum. It's amazing for my waves, and absolutely no cruch!

Will add the Suave conditioner to my new, homemade leave-in that I made with TJ's Tea Tree Conditioner, Olive, Almond, and Castor Oil, and water :)
Tried this spray today and I must say, my hair is noticeably softer and more manageable. Got the idea from an article on this site, will do for now while I keep searching for a creme!


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