So I went "CG" about a month ago (I basically just stopped using shampoo and that was it) and it was AMAZING. My hair before seemed to have some wave and some curl (if I was lucky). Just cutting out shampoo made a huge difference. I had some really nice curls starting to appear. I was still basically using everything I shouldn't though (curl sprays, gels, and hairsprays that were loaded up with all kinds of nasties).
I then decided to get rid of the cones, try new products, read labels, etc.
I don't know what happened, but by hair is way too soft and back to looking how it did before (if not worse). I'm bummed out about this and need some advice. When I started, it looked like Maggie's in Stranger than Fiction (but I cut it myself and it has been that way for several years
). I'm trying to grow it out so I get more of a curl pattern to it, but right now it is just a soft, limp, barely wavy, mass of hair (and it is starting to look pretty misshappen because only God knows what I was doing when I was cutting my own hair and what looked fine when it was short does NOT look nice right now).
Also, I dye my dark blonde hair dark brown/black and I touch up my roots very frequently so it doesn't look like I have a wide scalp. I definitely don't want to keep using permanent dye for touch ups (build up of color on the roots), but I am having NO luck finding a good semi/demi permanent color that dyes dark enough or stays put. I'd prefer to use something from Sally's (I don't like using box kits).
NEwho, I could really use suggestions on what my hair could be doing, products that provide good curl formation (AND hold without the wet look; I'd like not to have to use hairspray), and good hair dye. Sorry this was such a long post. I would really appreciate any advice.
Also (last thing I promise), how do you know if your hair is protein/silicone/glycerine/etc. sensitive? I don't really want to end up with more products that will be useless to me.
Thank you so much!