Useful Curly Links

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So I'm still fairly new to the boards, and even I have noticed how many questions there are. It's like all the newbies are so excited to start talking that they skip the newbie section. (I admit that I did this!)

Eventually, I realized that the answers were (mostly) out there, but I just had to find them! I started to save the useful links that I had found and put descriptions under them for future reference. Then I thought, why not share this in a (probably futile) attempt to end fellow newbie suffering and prevent repetitive posts?

So... here is my (growing) list. I am sure that there are similar and probably better ones on this board, but I haven't seen them. Maybe we could start a thread about useful links and discussions we've found and keep it going. That way, someone else like me doesn't post a similar thread in a few weeks.

If you have any links to discussions or articles that you have found helpful, please post them here!

First, check here:
http://www.naturallycurly.com/faqs
Frequently Asked Questions on the boards with terms and acronyms are listed here. Your question is more than likely answered there. If you don’t feel like scrolling down the page to find the answer, or your question isn’t answered there, try the links below. They do not include every issue, but they have answered many questions I’ve had, so maybe they will help others too. Some of these are links to the discussion boards, which go into more detail than a FAQ might.

Protein and Hair Type:
Ok, I did the "snap" test (or is it the stretch test?)...
stretch test/ protein issues

Thinking of playing with protein
More on protein experimentation (“playing with protein”)

Proteins or Humectants? True or False?
explaining protein and understanding hair types discussion on the boards

http://homepage.mac.com/annsofie.hen...ersonal27.html
Hair typing (numbers 1-4b, texture, and volume)

Proteins or Humectants? True or False?
hair type thread

http://www.naturallycurly.com/hair-types
More on hair type (numbers 1-4b)

Understanding ingredients:
Moisturizing gel?
moistureizing gels

http://hairbraider.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!A674357A1D0F3116!293.entry
List of good and bad alcohols

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curl-products/ingredients-commonly-found-in-hair-care-products
list of sulfates, silicones, humectants, and other ingredients and what they do

http://www.naturallycurly.com/ingredients/all-about-another-hard-to-pronounce-ingredient
polyquats

Polyquats. Discuss.
discussion on polyquats

Hair Care Methods:
http://www.wikihow.com/Follow-the-Cu...for-Curly-Hair
wikihow Curly Girl method

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...ad.php?t=14222
Curly Girl method (sticky on the boards)

diffusing
diffusing discussion

what is the pixie curl diffusing method?
diffusing – pixie method discussion

http://www.naturallycurly.com/tips/to-plop-or-not-to-plop
plopping (with pictures!)

Other Wavy/Curly Hair Issues:
Spray Revivers/refreshers
spray revivers and refreshers discussion

Hard water
Hard/Soft water discussion

Dew point vs. humidity
discussion linking dewpoint explanations
Zippytatiana9 likes this.
I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

Products:
9/02/08 Went CG
05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

http://public.fotki.com/QuirkyYogini/



This post should have a sticky or something, because this could be so helpful.

Thanks QuirkyYogini, I'm totally bookmarking this. =)
Yay! I'm glad you like it!
I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

Products:
9/02/08 Went CG
05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

http://public.fotki.com/QuirkyYogini/



This is a great post. Thanks for posting it. It's nice to have so many useful links in one place
Vanessa
CG since 9/2007
www.DixonJewelryAndMore.etsy.com
http://public.fotki.com/sessac1981/
http://DixonJewelryAndMore.blogspot.com/

medium texture; slightly porous

Currently loving:
anything from CJ, KBB Luscious Locks Hair Mask, Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner, CHS Tweek
Thank you so much! As you can see - I'm new here. I found a lot on forum, but this links are very helpful.
3A/M/iii
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full CG routine works for my hair!



Sorry for my mistakes in english! This is not my main language. I'm still learning!
Great list!

Now we need the answers to the following questions.
"What's a good SLS free shampoo?"
"What's a good CG conditioner?"
"What's a good leave-in?"

P.S. I'm only saying this so you'll post a few more times Yogini because you're so flippin gorgeous and your smile is infectious!
Great List! Great idea!

and more...

Humidity Humectants and Hair - dealing with humid and dry climates and how humectants work in these climates.

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curly-...tants-and-hair

Parabens- pro or con, an article to add to your arsenal

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curly-...-what-they-are

Curl Chemist protein article. Good to have as it is an ingredient category that can be loved or hated.

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curly-...about-proteins

The Scoop on Silicones - talks about 'cones and what is needed to remove them

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curly-...p-on-silicones


yes, I love CurlChemist articles
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
I'm glad I could help! = )
Great list!

Now we need the answers to the following questions.
"What's a good SLS free shampoo?"
"What's a good CG conditioner?"
"What's a good leave-in?"

P.S. I'm only saying this so you'll post a few more times Yogini because you're so flippin gorgeous and your smile is infectious!
Originally Posted by Kitara
LOL! Suave Naturals coconut, I believe is an excellent CG conditioner. (I think I have read this places.) I have no idea about any of the other answers! (except I like my Mixed Chicks leave in! = P) I'm sure someone else does.

And as for the rest... Thank you so much!!! You are too sweet! By the way, I love your hair. Even before the henna you had gorgeous curls. I want them. Give them to me. Please...?

Great List! Great idea!

and more...
...
yes, I love CurlChemist articles
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Oh wow! Thanks so much for the additions!
I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

Products:
9/02/08 Went CG
05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

http://public.fotki.com/QuirkyYogini/




Last edited by QuirkyYogini; 06-08-2008 at 08:43 PM. Reason: grammatical error fix and space saving
QuirkyYogini, you are a genius! What a totally great idea. And you've put together a fantastic list -- several of which I am seeing for the first time myself! Thank you for going to such trouble.

I have one other, in answer to the "I'm broke and can't afford expensive CG products so what can I use and where can I buy them?" question.

http://healthycurls.awardspace.com/free.html

This thread is so great, I'm going to make it a reference link on my blog!
3a and strictly CG since August 2007. Porous and on the fine side. No to magnesium sulfate and glycerin. Yes to protein! Favorites:
CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
CURL ENHANCERS/CREMES/MOUSSES: KCCC, JoiWhip
GELS: Fuzzy Duck, B5 Design, MGA Scultping, BRHG


Fotki password: chuckle
Blog: http://jillipoo.blogspot.com/
Twitter: nopoojillipoo
What a great idea .. Thank you !!!
Type: 3a fine & dense,with normal porosity, terrible product junkie
ROUTINE: LI, enhancer, gel, plop with Curlease towel, serum product (either CIAB or Gel-les'c), clip & diffuse.
Too many favourite products to list ... I finally have my routine that works and alot of products to choose from. My product stash is huge, but well loved !!!
QuirkyYogini, you are a genius! What a totally great idea. And you've put together a fantastic list -- several of which I am seeing for the first time myself! Thank you for going to such trouble.

I have one other, in answer to the "I'm broke and can't afford expensive CG products so what can I use and where can I buy them?" question.

http://healthycurls.awardspace.com/free.html

This thread is so great, I'm going to make it a reference link on my blog!
Originally Posted by jillipoo
Thanks! I don't think I've seen that before! That is REALLY useful! Thanks for the new addition!

What a great idea .. Thank you !!!
Originally Posted by FrizzBgone
Yay! No problem! Feel free to make additions if you find any links or threads that people might find useful!
I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

Products:
9/02/08 Went CG
05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

http://public.fotki.com/QuirkyYogini/



Great list! Thank you. I hope the moderators make a sticky out of it.
Well, so much for the sticky!

Anywho, some more useful links:



Need clarifying help :/
Before you go CG you need to clarify with a sulfate-free shampoo to get the ‘cones out. Discussion on this and what types of reasonably priced shampoos to use for this.

Curlies who have used Henna . . .
Before and After henna pictures and discussion

How do you pineapple at night?
How to pineapple instructions from Notty. (Side note: Pineapple is used to prevent frizz and attempt 2nd day hair. Also, it's just a comfortable way to sleep without your hair getting in your way. If you can't pineapple, you can use a satin or silk pillowcase to help with frizz. Silk seems to be preferred by some people.)

Let's talk oils
Great discussion on different types of oils, where to get them, and the hair types and textures that love them.

Overconditioning
Discussion on overconditioning. Further down the first page, there is a description on what overconditioning is.
I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

Products:
9/02/08 Went CG
05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

http://public.fotki.com/QuirkyYogini/




Last edited by QuirkyYogini; 06-20-2008 at 12:10 AM. Reason: added a link
I think this post is excellent. It made me realize I was over-conditioning!
Type: Very Soft 3b w/ 3a/3c thrown in
CG: May 18, 2008
Natural: Oct 2007

Products:
Qhemet's O&H
Giovanni SS & TT
NG
Flaxseed Gel!
Honey
Henna
Fenugreek
Mango

Banned: Suave, VO5, Excessive Oils
bump.
This is such a great thread that all the newbies need to see it again!
fine & thin, 3A/3B Botticelli curls
Started CG July 6, 2008

Current experiments:
- Deva Low Poo (every 3 days)
- Suave Naturals coconut conditioner for cowash
- AOHR for detangling the length
- KCKT/KCCC combo
- Diffuse with the Deva Fuser

my fotki: http://public.fotki.com/curlyneen
Location: Denver, CO
Thanks a bunch, QuirkyYogini.
3a brunette, medium texture and density.

CG since 5/16/2008.

Growing out an eeevil haircut with 4 layers on the left side and 6 layers on the right side.
Currently using: Aubrey Organics' White Camelia, Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner and Island Naturals for co-wash. Alternating My Honey Child's : Caribbean Curling Creme, Honey Guava Balm, and Coconut Milk; and Moptop's Gel on top for styling.


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Thank you for taking the time to do this, QuirkyYogini! It's a terrific idea, and if people keep adding links, it will be incredible. I am not a newbie, and I need something like this! Yippee!
This post is perfect.....there was a post containing a long list of natural hair care products ranging from conditioners, shampoos, gels, etc. I've searched and searched until my poor fingers gave up in pain.

Does anyone remember what post that was and perhaps be able to provide the link? It was a post on the forum which appeared to be a typed out list that "compiled" various all natural/organic hair care products.

Can we add the link to that previous post on here as well so newbies can find list of natural/organic hair care products.
Shelly
Woo! You're the best, thanks!
3a. My hair does what it wants.. currently waiting for BKT treatment to go away.

“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” - Mark 8:36
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Type: 3a fine & dense,with normal porosity, terrible product junkie
ROUTINE: LI, enhancer, gel, plop with Curlease towel, serum product (either CIAB or Gel-les'c), clip & diffuse.
Too many favourite products to list ... I finally have my routine that works and alot of products to choose from. My product stash is huge, but well loved !!!

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