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Yup, I am another curly newbie. My hair is still transitioning(at the ends) and I am on a grow hair challenge. Well curly hair is exciting, it's also annoying. I am 3c teen.
Hi, all!

I just joined today, after years of hearing friends extol the wonders of the CG method. I'm not sure why I've been resistant myself -- I think it's mostly because I like CLEAN hair, and the idea of washing with conditioner has scared me off a little. That said, I truly love my curls and have finally decided that the time is right to make the most of them! I've been so inspired by my friends' hair and by before-and-after pictures online that I'm feeling really motivated to give my hair the love it deserves.

My hair was curly when I was little, then bone-straight from ages 6-13, when I got it cut off and it turned into a frizzy mess. For most of the years between 13 and 35, I straightened it with a flat iron. After all of my kids' births (I have 5!), my hair seemed to get ever curlier, so for the past few years I've been going with the curls. They look okay-ish most of the time, but I'm really looking forward to moving them from okay to fantastic!
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Hi everyone! i just joined the site but i've been reading you since I decided to stop being a hair iron slave. I'm 19 years old and i've been straightening my hair since I was about 13. And, I mean, everyday, religiously. And going hysterical when it rained, or when I didn't have the time to do it.
So, the universe conspired to tell me that i had to stop before I went bald, and here I am, about 20 days following the cg method and loving the results. FINALLY I love my hair and I really want it to be healthy and even curlier!
I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina (now you know why my english is not perfect, haha), so I find most of the curly hair products that you use really hard to acquire here. But, still looking for them. Thanks for everything, see you around!
I was wondering if some one could help me out here. A little back story:

I had curly hair as a kid and wasn't a huge fan (because I didn't know how to take care of my hair and whatnot). But I'm learning. Now I don't grow my hair past and .5-1 inch, where it starts to curl. I've recently decided to grow it out again. Some days, I hop out the shower with a very shiny, soft, voluminous mane while other time it becomes dry and brittle texture. A result of over washing?

Anyways, I've always thought my shampoo + conditioner were rather helpful but maybe that's where the problems stems from. I use pantene's smooth and sleek anti frizz. Is this good for 3c hair? (Not EXACTLY sure what my hair type is, but from my memory of my curly days ( 12 years ago when I was 5) is has to be close to 3c). Also does combing in the shower make any diff?

Sorry lol I'm new at this. Really excited though. Even if I'm the only guy here lol
Hi, all!

I just joined today, after years of hearing friends extol the wonders of the CG method. I'm not sure why I've been resistant myself -- I think it's mostly because I like CLEAN hair, and the idea of washing with conditioner has scared me off a little. That said, I truly love my curls and have finally decided that the time is right to make the most of them! I've been so inspired by my friends' hair and by before-and-after pictures online that I'm feeling really motivated to give my hair the love it deserves.

My hair was curly when I was little, then bone-straight from ages 6-13, when I got it cut off and it turned into a frizzy mess. For most of the years between 13 and 35, I straightened it with a flat iron. After all of my kids' births (I have 5!), my hair seemed to get ever curlier, so for the past few years I've been going with the curls. They look okay-ish most of the time, but I'm really looking forward to moving them from okay to fantastic!
Originally Posted by beverlyrevelry
Welcome! I am totally glad you decided to join. I hope that your experience here will be great!

Good luck!
3B natural hair

Current Regimen: Daily Bunning

Products currently using:
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Conditioner ( I do use it with steam)
Protein Conditioner- Tresemme Keratin Smooth Conditioner (I do use it with steam.)
Shea Moisture Transtioning Milk
Pre-Poo Treatment- I switch between Regular and Extra Dark JBCO ( The lines I use from are - Jamaican Mango & Lime, Tropic Isle Living, and Sunny Isle)
Hi everyone! i just joined the site but i've been reading you since I decided to stop being a hair iron slave. I'm 19 years old and i've been straightening my hair since I was about 13. And, I mean, everyday, religiously. And going hysterical when it rained, or when I didn't have the time to do it.
So, the universe conspired to tell me that i had to stop before I went bald, and here I am, about 20 days following the cg method and loving the results. FINALLY I love my hair and I really want it to be healthy and even curlier!
I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina (now you know why my english is not perfect, haha), so I find most of the curly hair products that you use really hard to acquire here. But, still looking for them. Thanks for everything, see you around!
Originally Posted by HelenaBeat
Welcome! I think your English is just fine. I wish you all the best with your curly journey. Good luck!
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3B natural hair

Current Regimen: Daily Bunning

Products currently using:
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Conditioner ( I do use it with steam)
Protein Conditioner- Tresemme Keratin Smooth Conditioner (I do use it with steam.)
Shea Moisture Transtioning Milk
Pre-Poo Treatment- I switch between Regular and Extra Dark JBCO ( The lines I use from are - Jamaican Mango & Lime, Tropic Isle Living, and Sunny Isle)

Last edited by Reservechic; 07-29-2014 at 07:30 AM.
I was wondering if some one could help me out here. A little back story:

I had curly hair as a kid and wasn't a huge fan (because I didn't know how to take care of my hair and whatnot). But I'm learning. Now I don't grow my hair past and .5-1 inch, where it starts to curl. I've recently decided to grow it out again. Some days, I hop out the shower with a very shiny, soft, voluminous mane while other time it becomes dry and brittle texture. A result of over washing?

Anyways, I've always thought my shampoo + conditioner were rather helpful but maybe that's where the problems stems from. I use pantene's smooth and sleek anti frizz. Is this good for 3c hair? (Not EXACTLY sure what my hair type is, but from my memory of my curly days ( 12 years ago when I was 5) is has to be close to 3c). Also does combing in the shower make any diff?

Sorry lol I'm new at this. Really excited though. Even if I'm the only guy here lol
Originally Posted by LatinCurly17
Welcome!

I have never used any products from the Pantene Smooth and Sleek line. The only product from Pantene that I currently use is from their line for naturals. I use the Pantene Co Wash offered within that line. I no longer use any of the products from any of their other lines as their cleansers are too drying to my hair and their conditioners would always leave my hair with a waxy, coated feeling. And, their styling products never really ever worked for my hair anyways.

Pantene's cleansing and conditioning products are not labeled for use according to hairtypes. They are labeled according to what they are designed to do for one's hair instead. Therefore, any one can try whichever Pantene product they feel will possibly suit their individual needs. After trying such, then one is able to know whether the product is a good fit for their hair or not. As, your hair will definitely let you know if a product is too drying, too greasy, does nothing to control frizz, is not curl defining, etc. Which is why, it is very important that one always pay special attention to how their hair reacts to any product used on it. Because, if the product is not doing for your hair what you need it to do, then switching to something else is the best answer.

I would honestly recommend trying other products to cleanse and condition your curls with.Shea Moisture offers two shampoos within their line,that i feel are worthy of checking out.One is called the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and the other one is called the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo. To condition with you can try either the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner or the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner. These products can be found in Curlmart Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Target, Sally's, etc. These products can also be ordered directly from the Shea Moisture website- Welcome to SheaMoisture.com - A Better Way to Beautiful.

Also, i would only recommend washing your hair as needed. Some individuals choose to wash their once a week, while others choose to do so more than once a week. It honestly takes trial and error to see what works best for one's hair.

Now, combing your hair while it is wet/damp, or while it has conditioner in it is totally fine. I do not recommend combing your curls while they are in a dry state, as this promotes frizz.

I am not sure as to what products you are using to style your curls with, but if you are okay with your current styling product or products, and feel no need to change then that is certainly okay. However, if you are in need of a good styler for your curls, i would recommend going with a good styling gel. L.A. Look offers very good, highly affordable hair styling gels that are sold in such stores as Walmart, Target, KMart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc. To see the complete range of gels that they offer, you can simply go to L.A. Looks at your earliest convenience.

I hope this info helps!
3B natural hair

Current Regimen: Daily Bunning

Products currently using:
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Conditioner ( I do use it with steam)
Protein Conditioner- Tresemme Keratin Smooth Conditioner (I do use it with steam.)
Shea Moisture Transtioning Milk
Pre-Poo Treatment- I switch between Regular and Extra Dark JBCO ( The lines I use from are - Jamaican Mango & Lime, Tropic Isle Living, and Sunny Isle)
I was wondering if some one could help me out here. A little back story:

I had curly hair as a kid and wasn't a huge fan (because I didn't know how to take care of my hair and whatnot). But I'm learning. Now I don't grow my hair past and .5-1 inch, where it starts to curl. I've recently decided to grow it out again. Some days, I hop out the shower with a very shiny, soft, voluminous mane while other time it becomes dry and brittle texture. A result of over washing?

Anyways, I've always thought my shampoo + conditioner were rather helpful but maybe that's where the problems stems from. I use pantene's smooth and sleek anti frizz. Is this good for 3c hair? (Not EXACTLY sure what my hair type is, but from my memory of my curly days ( 12 years ago when I was 5) is has to be close to 3c). Also does combing in the shower make any diff?

Sorry lol I'm new at this. Really excited though. Even if I'm the only guy here lol
Originally Posted by LatinCurly17
Welcome!

I have never used any products from the Pantene Smooth and Sleek line. The only product from Pantene that I currently use is from their line for naturals. I use the Pantene Co Wash offered within that line. I no longer use any of the products from any of their other lines as their cleansers are too drying to my hair and their conditioners would always leave my hair with a waxy, coated feeling. And, their styling products never really ever worked for my hair anyways.

Pantene's cleansing and conditioning products are not labeled for use according to hairtypes. They are labeled according to what they are designed to do for one's hair instead. Therefore, any one can try whichever Pantene product they feel will possibly suit their individual needs. After trying such, then one is able to know whether the product is a good fit for their hair or not. As, your hair will definitely let you know if a product is too drying, too greasy, does nothing to control frizz, is not curl defining, etc. Which is why, it is very important that one always pay special attention to how their hair reacts to any product used on it. Because, if the product is not doing for your hair what you need it to do, then switching to something else is the best answer.

I would honestly recommend trying other products to cleanse and condition your curls with.Shea Moisture offers two shampoos within their line,that i feel are worthy of checking out.One is called the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and the other one is called the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo. To condition with you can try either the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner or the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner. These products can be found in Curlmart Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Target, Sally's, etc. These products can also be ordered directly from the Shea Moisture website-
Also, i would only recommend washing your hair as needed. Some individuals choose to wash their once a week, while others choose to do so more than once a week. It honestly takes trial and error to see what works best for one's hair.

Now, combing your hair while it is wet/damp, or while it has conditioner in it is totally fine. I do not recommend combing your curls while they are in a dry state, as this promotes frizz.

I am not sure as to what products you are using to style your curls with, but if you are okay with your current styling product or products, and feel no need to change then that is certainly okay. However, if you are in need of a good styler for your curls, i would recommend going with a good styling gel. L.A. Look offers very good, highly affordable hair styling gels that are sold in such stores as Walmart, Target, KMart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc. To see the complete range of gels that they offer, you can simply go to at your earliest convenience.

I hope this info helps!
Originally Posted by Reservechic
Thank you so much for your insight! I will take the advice and keep you (and anyone else who happens to be interested) updated on the results!
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Hi All,

I just joined the forum today after making the very hard decision to let go of the relaxer and journey onwards to healthier hair. I look forward to learning about my curls and how to maintain them. I think I am a type 3b, but my hair is really dense and thick, but not really coarse. Would love to get tips on what products work well for multiracial hair, because I don't even know where to begin! I haven't seen my hair "natural" since age 7, and I am now 20.

Let the curl-expedition begin!

Cheers,

Cameron
Hi All,

I just joined the forum today after making the very hard decision to let go of the relaxer and journey onwards to healthier hair. I look forward to learning about my curls and how to maintain them. I think I am a type 3b, but my hair is really dense and thick, but not really coarse. Would love to get tips on what products work well for multiracial hair, because I don't even know where to begin! I haven't seen my hair "natural" since age 7, and I am now 20.

Let the curl-expedition begin!

Cheers,

Cameron
Originally Posted by ceobrien710

Welcome Cameron!

I am very glad that you decided to join us. I am a "mixed race sista", and, i just want for you to understand that individuals that are of more than race have a variety of different curltypes and hair textures. This is the same when it comes to all races. We all have genetically different hair. Yes, there are some companies like Mixed Chicks, Blended Beauty, and CURLS that were all created by women that are of mixed race, out of initially not being able to find products to suit their individual curl needs. However, they offer products that can be used by all races, curltypes, and hair textures. I have natural Type 3b, very dry, naturally curly hair. I used to relax my hair as well. I started getting relaxers during my very early teens and continued into my early 20's. I stopped because i had always really loved curly hair more than i actually do straight hair. However, when it comes to women of color, we are made to think that relaxers and wearing our hair straightened is most acceptible. I can honestly tell you that when it comes to the salons in my area, all that they ever focus on when it comes to women of color is putting in relaxers or other type of straightening systems, along with weaves and extensions. weaves/extensions. None of them specifically know about truly caring for, cutting, and styling natural hair. Which is why i am a total DIY'er. Alot of them don't wear their hair natural, so they don't know how to care for natural hair at all. If you can find a salon or specific stylist that has experience with the caring for, cutting of, and styling of hair that is of all curltypes and hair textures, then that would be a great asset to you.

You have just started transitioning, right? If so, then most of your hair is currently in a relaxed state. Lines that I would recommend your checking out, that would be helpful to your hair while it is in a transitioning state are: Eden Body Works Coconut Shea line, CURLS- they offer a professional line as well as a retail line, Shea Moisture, Camille Rose Naturals, Blended Beauty, and Mixed Chicks. All of these lines are offered in Curlmart. And, you can find out about each line and everywhere their products are sold through their individual websites listed below:

Eden Body Works - eden-bodyworks.myshopify.com

CURLS - Best Products for Curly Hairs, Curly Hair Care, Hair Care Products

Shea Moisture - Welcome to SheaMoisture.com - A Better Way to Beautiful

Camille Rose Naturals - Shop Camille Rose Naturals

Blended Beauty- Best Natural Curly Hair Products, Leave in Conditioner, shampoo, for Biracial Natural Black Hair Care

Mixed Chicks - Curly Hair Products - Mixed Chicks | A Curly Revolution

I certainly do wish you all the best with your curly journey!
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3B natural hair

Current Regimen: Daily Bunning

Products currently using:
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Conditioner ( I do use it with steam)
Protein Conditioner- Tresemme Keratin Smooth Conditioner (I do use it with steam.)
Shea Moisture Transtioning Milk
Pre-Poo Treatment- I switch between Regular and Extra Dark JBCO ( The lines I use from are - Jamaican Mango & Lime, Tropic Isle Living, and Sunny Isle)

Last edited by Reservechic; 07-29-2014 at 08:58 AM.
Thanks so much for the advice! I do appreciate it (:
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Hi Guys! New to the curly girl method here, but not the frustration from having unmanageable hair. I am really seeing a change in my hair but it's still somewhat frizzy and the curls don't want to stay together. It's far better than it was (I actually have some lift at the roots for the first time ever), but I'm hoping with the more moisture it gets the less it will want to frizz. Living on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada provides me with an interesting climate - It's very temperate here, doesn't get too cold or too hot, however it's very damp, but you don't feel the humidity like you do in other places. My hair is oily at the scalp but dryer on the ends, and I believe it's quite porous (Filipina/Caucasian so I have multiracial hair). It's super thick and fine as well, so thick that I have an undercut at the back to take out the bulk and prevent my head from sweating profusely. I think it's 2B hair type. I'd post a picture but it won't let me yet.

I'm using Devacurl No-Poo and One Condition as well as the Ultra gel. Should I be getting another Devacurl product to help? I didn't use the no-poo last night but rather just the conditioner and have really been conditioning it, leaving some conditioner in after rinse and etc as well.

Any more tips?
Hi Guys! New to the curly girl method here, but not the frustration from having unmanageable hair. I am really seeing a change in my hair but it's still somewhat frizzy and the curls don't want to stay together. It's far better than it was (I actually have some lift at the roots for the first time ever), but I'm hoping with the more moisture it gets the less it will want to frizz. Living on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada provides me with an interesting climate - It's very temperate here, doesn't get too cold or too hot, however it's very damp, but you don't feel the humidity like you do in other places. My hair is oily at the scalp but dryer on the ends, and I believe it's quite porous (Filipina/Caucasian so I have multiracial hair). It's super thick and fine as well, so thick that I have an undercut at the back to take out the bulk and prevent my head from sweating profusely. I think it's 2B hair type. I'd post a picture but it won't let me yet.

I'm using Devacurl No-Poo and One Condition as well as the Ultra gel. Should I be getting another Devacurl product to help? I didn't use the no-poo last night but rather just the conditioner and have really been conditioning it, leaving some conditioner in after rinse and etc as well.

Any more tips?
Originally Posted by Mei
Welcome!

I am glad that you decided to us! Since your a newbie to the CG Method, I would highly recommend that you get Lorraine Massey's Curly Girl Handbook (if you have not already). It provides a wealth of info regarding the CG Method, that woukd be very helpful to you. The Deva products that you are using are part of a 3-Step System (cleanse, condition, style). However, you can always add or take away products from your current haircare regime, in order to best suit your curls needs. Have you ever checked out the DevaCurl website before? if not, it would certainly be great for you to check out - MyDevaCurl | Calling All Curls

They do offer a 3-Step video on their website, that I highly recommend watching. As, it really teaches you step by step on how to correctly use the products. They also offer info on where you can find a Deva stylist, complete info on their other products and how they can benefit your hair, and more.

Good luck!
3B natural hair

Current Regimen: Daily Bunning

Products currently using:
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Conditioner ( I do use it with steam)
Protein Conditioner- Tresemme Keratin Smooth Conditioner (I do use it with steam.)
Shea Moisture Transtioning Milk
Pre-Poo Treatment- I switch between Regular and Extra Dark JBCO ( The lines I use from are - Jamaican Mango & Lime, Tropic Isle Living, and Sunny Isle)
Hi, I am new here. This is a bit overwhelming. Thank you for posting the articles. I have a bit to read up on. I hope to be a regular-ish poster here. It looks like a really nice site and your introduction was very welcoming. I will try to have a bit of a read through the site before posting.
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Hi everyone,
Just thought I'd introduce myself. I'm really excited to have found this amazing site!
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Hi! I'm new to this forum, although I've been lurking around every now and then. I finally went CG today, although I've been going natural for the last 2.5 years. I dismissed my hairdryer and only kept a small straightener to tame babyhairs around the temple, but even I haven't used that in the past 3 months.

I'm pretty sure I have 2B/C with medium texture & porosity and I've worn it bob to lob since 2011. I can't say that my first encounter with CG was successful, I almost cried. Limited choice of products and being truly overwhelmed by various methods to achieve my dream hair got me nuts. So I turn to you guys to cry for help!
introduce myself…?

I have had soft ringlets since I was baby. My mom and sister have straight hair so my hair always got braided or brushed out and I'm trying to learn as an adult how to get my ringlets back.
Pam from DC looking to just share and swap products
One of the things I'm noticing myself is that I need to use a lot of gel - if I miss a spot that didn't get enough gel, I get TONS, and I mean tons of flyaways. I've also noticed I have 3 different curl types in my hair. It's still hard to manage...
I have been curly all my life!!! Never liked it ! I have recently decided enough is enough!! I have cut all the heat damage off and I am starting new. I have very short hair now and my self esteem is in the trash can!! I know when my hair grows out it will be better. I am learning a lot thanks to websites like this one. I like this one in particular. Thank you, and look forward to my loooooooong journey with your help!!!

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