Going COLD TURKEY!!

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I have been CG for 7 months
Originally Posted by Puertoricangirl
By now you must be in your groove, I bet. I'm looking forward to getting my routine down to a science but something tells me curls will always be unpredictable

I'm Puerto Rican too btw
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Day 1 of Curly Girl method: 10/5/13
3b Mostly Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine to Medium Width, Medium Texture.
SM Y&B TS and Condish. Ecostyler with Argan oil gel.
Daughter: Long frizzy Swavy 2a turned Wavy Curvy 2B - thanks to Devachan, Low Porosity, Medium Texture, High Density
Haha yes I am I love my curls! They have really changed before my eyes and I embrace them everyday! Going COLD TURKEY!!-imageuploadedbycurltalk1381879028.616304.jpg they're long though lol so a pain to detangle sometimes! Really? Awesome! Haha we're both boriquas 💕 I don't know much Spanish lol but I wish I did. I'm 50% Puertorican from my dad's side 😊 my parents just got a house in Caguas, Puerto Rico I am so excited to visit again! It is literally heaven on earth 😍
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3A Curl Pattern, Low Porosity, High Density, Medium Width, Long Length

Loving my curls/waves!


Product loves: Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars, ACV rinses, Suave Naturals Conditioner wash on in between days, silk scrunchies, Ouidad Curl refreshing spray, Avocado/olive oil/honey deep treatment, Coconut oil on ends/length

Currently waist length while wet and going for waist length while dry!
So today I did the same routine as the last except this time I left in the SM conditioner as a leave-in. My hair clumped nicely while wet which gave me hope. I should say false hope. My curls are defined and not frizzy but there is absolutely no volume. It dried with looking wet and crunchy even though neither is accurate.

Now I know it's either Leave-in OR milk & curling cream
Day 1 of Curly Girl method: 10/5/13
3b Mostly Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine to Medium Width, Medium Texture.
SM Y&B TS and Condish. Ecostyler with Argan oil gel.
Daughter: Long frizzy Swavy 2a turned Wavy Curvy 2B - thanks to Devachan, Low Porosity, Medium Texture, High Density
Day 2 - Refreshed in the shower with water, 1-2 pumps of TM in palm (added water and rubbed hands together for slip), smoothed TM on canopy and scrunched into the ends. Plopped while getting dressed, diffused for about 10 minutes then air dried the rest.

Result- Still no volume but perfectly defined S curls. Great hold still from ecostyler despite washing some out. It it is a cute look but will take some getting used to.


So...

Leave-in condish, milk & curling cream and gel = Shiny S curls that stay put (longer length and looser curl)

Milk, curling cream and gel = Springy bouncy curlicues (shrinkage but can be picked out for volume)

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I'm going to try the most recent routine once again but this time using V05 conditioner as a leave-in and gel only. I predict I'll have perfectly defined shiny springy bouncy spirals
Day 1 of Curly Girl method: 10/5/13
3b Mostly Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine to Medium Width, Medium Texture.
SM Y&B TS and Condish. Ecostyler with Argan oil gel.
Daughter: Long frizzy Swavy 2a turned Wavy Curvy 2B - thanks to Devachan, Low Porosity, Medium Texture, High Density
I'm attempting to plop/plunk overnight My mother asked what am I wearing on my head. I told her it's like a dooby for curly hair. I hope it works. I'd like to go heatless.
Day 1 of Curly Girl method: 10/5/13
3b Mostly Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine to Medium Width, Medium Texture.
SM Y&B TS and Condish. Ecostyler with Argan oil gel.
Daughter: Long frizzy Swavy 2a turned Wavy Curvy 2B - thanks to Devachan, Low Porosity, Medium Texture, High Density
Journey Update - Experiments

Plopping overnight was a funky mess. I will not be trying that again anytime soon haha

Today:
  • Co-wash with V05 Kiwi and Lime Squeeze Clarifying Conditioner.
  • Detangle/Rinse Out with Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Thickening Conditioner.
  • Quarter size of V05 Kiwi and Lime Squeeze Clarifying Conditioner scrunched in as a leave-in.
  • Flip head upside-down and smooth & scrunch Eco Styler Gel with Argon oil.
  • Plop for about 20 minutes, then air dry.


Simple and easy (but a little time consuming). Day 2 will probably look even better after I refresh curls in the shower and reapply condish and gel.

Here is the end of the day hair:

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Day 1 of Curly Girl method: 10/5/13
3b Mostly Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine to Medium Width, Medium Texture.
SM Y&B TS and Condish. Ecostyler with Argan oil gel.
Daughter: Long frizzy Swavy 2a turned Wavy Curvy 2B - thanks to Devachan, Low Porosity, Medium Texture, High Density
We've tried SM Curling Smoothie, SM Thickening Milk, Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, and Tresseme as leave-in but nothing worked...

until trying ALMOND OIL!!!!!!


(Hair blotted with microfiber towel; nickel size amount of oil smoothed, raked, scrunched focusing on the ends; hair in loose braid overnight.)

Her swavy hair is becoming more like loose curls. The almond oil is the only thing that has worked with her frizz. Her hair is still moist in the morning thanks to her super low porosity. Tonight she dried a little with the blow dryer to help it along.

I plan on giving my mother a hair & products makeover next!
Day 1 of Curly Girl method: 10/5/13
3b Mostly Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine to Medium Width, Medium Texture.
SM Y&B TS and Condish. Ecostyler with Argan oil gel.
Daughter: Long frizzy Swavy 2a turned Wavy Curvy 2B - thanks to Devachan, Low Porosity, Medium Texture, High Density
Daughter's swavy hair update: Ouidad Cut Scheduled!!

We stopped using almond oil and now use a water soluble glycerin based serum for flyayways.
Day 1 of CG method: 10/5/13
3b Corkicelli Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine Width, Medium Texture.
SM Y&B TS and Condish as LI. Ecostyler with Argan oil gel to soaking wet hair. Scrunch with microfiber towel. Plop for 30 minutes. Diffuse upside-down. Rustle shake at root when dry.

NO CURL LEFT BEHIND!
Curly Journey: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...ld-turkey.html
Here is my update!

After experimenting with different products and different techniques, I've been able to find a perfect method and have been able to duplicate the results.


Pic 1 - 5th day hair. Kept untouched in a satin bonnet days 2-4. Curls refreshed by steam in the shower. Light spritz with water and v05 mixture on the ends.

Pic 2 - Day 1 After a looooooooooong night of clubbing. No frizz (despite what the photo might look like)

Devacurl no poo'd - trickle rinse and scrunch

Devacurl One Condition - hair flipped and applied upside-down. Gentle rake detangle and scrunch. Baptism rinse.

Ecostyler gel with argan oil generously aplied. Smoothed and scrunched.

Hair scrunched to release water. Second round of scrunching with microfiber towel.

Plopped 30 minutes then diffused another 15. Head upside-down nape first. Left side hair flipped to the right then diffused at the root. Repeat on the right side. Rustled up at the root after dry and shake head left to right.

It left horrible white residue. I think it was the Devacurl One Condition bc I've never had residue with Shea Moisture. Luckily it was less noticeable after drying.

Pic 3 - Hair in a silky wrap overnight and all Satuday when hair not in use lol No more silk bonnet for me! I usually wake up with flat out of shape curls. Not this time!


Pic 4 & 5 - Day 3 and still going strong. The difference? Silk scarf wrap while sleeping as opposed to a silk bonnet. My hair is too short to pineapple. The wrap is the closest thing I can get to it. Also, leaving in almost all of my condition and applying gel to soaking wet hair.
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Day 1 of CG method: 10/5/13
3b Corkicelli Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine Width, Medium Texture.
SM Y&B TS and Condish as LI. Ecostyler with Argan oil gel to soaking wet hair. Scrunch with microfiber towel. Plop for 30 minutes. Diffuse upside-down. Rustle shake at root when dry.

NO CURL LEFT BEHIND!
Curly Journey: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...ld-turkey.html

Last edited by Marixpress; 01-19-2014 at 04:25 PM.
Wow!!!
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
Waking up with a colorful scarf and undisturbed curls makes the day much brighter.

5th day hair Curls refreshed by shower steam and sprayed lightly with water/conditioner mixture.
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Day 1 of CG method: 10/5/13
3b Corkicelli Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine Width, Medium Texture.
SM Y&B TS and Condish as LI. Ecostyler with Argan oil gel to soaking wet hair. Scrunch with microfiber towel. Plop for 30 minutes. Diffuse upside-down. Rustle shake at root when dry.

NO CURL LEFT BEHIND!
Curly Journey: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...ld-turkey.html

Last edited by Marixpress; 01-23-2014 at 01:13 PM.
This is my hair loss washing on the 7th morning. It looks like an extreme amount but if we lose 100 per day, I should be looking at 700 strands. It still hurts I have thin hair and trust me, it takes A LOT to be this dense.
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Day 1 of CG method: 10/5/13
3b Corkicelli Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine Width, Medium Texture.
SM Y&B TS and Condish as LI. Ecostyler with Argan oil gel to soaking wet hair. Scrunch with microfiber towel. Plop for 30 minutes. Diffuse upside-down. Rustle shake at root when dry.

NO CURL LEFT BEHIND!
Curly Journey: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...ld-turkey.html
This is my hair loss washing on the 7th morning. It looks like an extreme amount but if we lose 100 per day, I should be looking at 700 strands. It still hurts I have thin hair and trust me, it takes A LOT to be this dense.
Originally Posted by Marixpress
I freak out at losing a tiny amount. I often have to remind myself that it is normal to lose 100 per day.


3B, fine, normal porosity, high density, medium width and length
Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals
Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut Co-Wash
Leave in Products: As I Am Leave-In, SM Smoothie/Milk
Air Dry

Looking for new products and methods to try!

Avatar is a product of this lovely lady: Ash The Painter on Tumblr


Your hair is gorgeous! I myself try to stay on the natural side of things. Oils do great things, and tend to not make hair oily surprisingly. Happy birth day!
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Thank you! It took 29-ish years to finally appreciate it!

I just only recently realized my hair is fine. That Shea Moisture thickening line really does pump up my puny strands.
Day 1 of CG method: 10/5/13
3b Corkicelli Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine Width, Medium Texture.
SM Y&B TS and Condish as LI. Ecostyler with Argan oil gel to soaking wet hair. Scrunch with microfiber towel. Plop for 30 minutes. Diffuse upside-down. Rustle shake at root when dry.

NO CURL LEFT BEHIND!
Curly Journey: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...ld-turkey.html
Today is my birthday... well not really but it is the first day of using the Curly Girl method! I searched through all my hair care products' ingredient lists and tossed the bad ones (most of them sadly). This marks the start of my hair journey [
Originally Posted by Marixpress
Hi there!

Just wanted to say thank you for posting how you are beginning your CG journey. It's been so informative to read exactly what you've been doing day by day so I can get an idea of what I can expect to be going through once I get started.

I'm a newbie, too. I've been perusing the forum for the past week and just registered today. I'm also sad that I recently bought products that have silicone in them & will have to give them up since I want to stop with the sulfates.
But I'm so excited for the future of my hair
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Hi there!

Just wanted to say thank you for posting how you are beginning your CG journey. It's been so informative to read exactly what you've been doing day by day so I can get an idea of what I can expect to be going through once I get started.

I'm a newbie, too. I've been perusing the forum for the past week and just registered today. I'm also sad that I recently bought products that have silicone in them & will have to give them up since I want to stop with the sulfates.
But I'm so excited for the future of my hair
Originally Posted by wavy_jaz
I'm excited for you too! Good luck on your journey. It takes a little practice and experimenting but it's soooo worth it.

I hope you have seen where I find my groove. I should have just followed Lorraine Massey's advice to the T. It would have saved me some frustration haha. But you might find you need to modify your routine a little. Enjoy the ride!!
Day 1 of CG method: 10/5/13
3b Corkicelli Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine Width, Medium Texture.
SM Y&B TS and Condish as LI. Ecostyler with Argan oil gel to soaking wet hair. Scrunch with microfiber towel. Plop for 30 minutes. Diffuse upside-down. Rustle shake at root when dry.

NO CURL LEFT BEHIND!
Curly Journey: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...ld-turkey.html
I think it helps to have a starting point. Lorraine Massey did a lot of experimenting, and found a starting point which worked for the other curly girls who came to her for help. Some people feel that they need to tweak it, but it's still easier to tweak a system than to reinvent one. For myself, it's still working for me, so I'm sticking with it.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008

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