Love me some curls

Hi All,

I am a new curly girl (stretching the definition of "girl" since I am 50+) and loving it.


My hair bio..long hair air dried and curled with a curling iron as a teen. Shoulder length perms for a few years. several years of blowdrying a bob wedge thing (think Dorothy Hamel)...45 minutes every morning. Shorter.
Longer.
For the last 15 years I have had some version of short and shorter and always lightened with Feria by L'Oreal. I was very wash, brush and go. I was using a sulfate-free shampoo, but I did use gels, mousses and serums with cones.


In the spring I had the virus from hell and had to miss my every-5-week haircut. I was liking having a bit more length so I kept putting off going for a cut. I went to my stylist to get bangs trimmed and told him I was going to grow it out a bit. He nodded his head; thinking I would go a bit but eventually hop back in his chair and have him wack it all off. That is what happened about once every 5 years (he had been my stylist for 30+years). Then he did what he always did...wacked the top of our my hair with thinning shears.


The back had been verrrry short so all that new hair grew in curly. I always thought I had wavy hair, so the curls were new and I love them. The sides grew out (think Princess Leia ear muff hair). I 'binged' how to cut curly hair so it wouldn't stick out and found this whole CG world. I decided to cheat on my stylist because I knew if I hopped in his chair he would happily cut it short and hit it with the thinning shears.


I got a curly cut from a deva trained stylist (Jamie at Wilson Means on St Louis) about three weeks ago. She was awesome. I kept the length, but she took out a lot of weight. I bought some Deva products, but I don't like how my hair feels with them, sort of like pasty straw. I am liking a couple of curl junkie products already and since I have been on vacation for two weeks I have experimented with making fsg (love it).


I think my curl pattern is 2c with some 3a in the underside on the back. I believe it is somewhat porous from being lightened. It is dense and course. I have about an inch or more of newer growth that has never been lightened; it is dark ash blonde with a bit of grey (sadly not the pretty silver grey). I have to decide what to do about color. Maybe use a dark blonde shade of Goldwell soft color on the lightened ends until it grows out and gets cut off. I know that won't cover grey, but it would look better than the two-color look; there is too much light blonde to cut off and I don't want to lighten it again.


Sorry to go on for so long, but it is fun to talk about this! I am still stopping at every mirror because I don't recognize myself.


Thanks to all who share info on this great site.


Keep on rocking those curls,
MizHowdy
Welcome!

Overnight coconut oil soaks on dry hair are great for damaged/ porous/ colour treated hair. Conditioner only washing shifts the excess better than shampoo.

Coconut oil can also be applied prior to a permanent colour to reduce the damage. Yes the dye does still work!

Your hair may not be as coarse as you think once you grow out some of the damage - brushing, heat styling and shampooing can all be damaging as well as peroxide.

Many of us here do use permanent colour. Arguably the gentlest method is an acid colour on roots only, never ever 'refresh' the lengths. Many box dyes contain sulphates and silicones so watch for that.

There are also ladies growing out their grey or just tinting it with semi permanent colours over on the 40+ board.
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

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