03-30-2012, 10:33 AM
Join Date: Nov 2011
Apologizing in advance for length of post and for any shorthand or poor grammer- I'm on my cell phone right now.
Best thing you can do is determine hair properties like texture and porosity. Livecurlylivefree.com has lots of info on this. Hair properties are way more important than curl pattern for finding products. My hair twin has a very different curl pattern but we respond to the same products in a very similar way.
There are ingredients besides sulfates that will remove silicone, but I would still suggest a sulfate wash to be on the safe side. In theory, all you technically need is conditioner and gel, but most people are not quite so lucky in real life. I suggest that you keep a hair journal so you can easily see what works and what doesn't. Much of it is trial and error.
As far as products, I prefer either a cleansing conditioner (CJ Daily Fix, Deva Curl No-Poo, L'Oreal Evercreme Cleansing conditioner are a few examples) or a conditioner labeled as either clarifying or volumizing (I've been having very good luck with VO5 vanilla mint conditioner). I use these to cleanse scalp and roots. My scalp and roots are oily more so than dry so for me, the lighter the better for co-washing. Many wavies and people with fine textured hair will also rotate in a low-poo (sulfate free shampoo) as needed to keep their scalp from feeling gunky. Some popular choices include Shea Moisture and Renpure Organics (red bottle).
I use a heavier conditioner as a rinse out because the length of my hair does tend to get dry. Some options are Tresemme Naturals (nourishing moisture), Renpure Organics (lots of rave reviews on new keratin and argan oil conditioners), GVP Conditioning Balm (this is a Sally's generic of Biolage conditioning balm). I also like to use a bit of my rinse out as a leave-in.
Gel has become my new best friend. Many people like LA Looks (sports gel or nutra curl), Herbal Essences (Totally Twisted), Aussie instant freeze, Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee, or Eco Styler (available at Sally's). When your hair is dry scrunch out the gel cast.
Avoid drying your hair with a regular towel- use microfiber towel or t-shirt. And once you add all of your products, avoid touching your hair until dry.
In general, fine hair and high porosity hair like protein. For many people it is helpful to follow protein with something moisturizing. Different people react differently to different proteins, so there will be some trial and error involved.
I hope this gives you a good start.
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3a/f/iii Before the chop- Donated to Locks of Love, January 2013
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CO-WASH: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo
CLARIFY: CHS Treatment Shampoo (used prior to PT/DT)
RO: DevaCare One Condition, Regis Olive Oil
LI: Cure Care, As I Am Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Biotera Gel, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, GVP Liquid Sculpting Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse
PT/DT: IAGirl's PT, One n' Only Argan Hydrating Mask