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Old 02-26-2013, 12:08 AM   #81
 
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I love all this wealth of information yet concise. I love the diluting of shampoo idea. Could adding baking soda to your co wash still fit under the CG method?
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:57 PM   #82
 
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Do I use a sulfate cone free shampoo every time before using cg method?
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:39 PM   #83
 
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Tried the modified cg method for the first time this past Sunday & my hair feels so soft. I can't wait to see how my hair continues to respond. YAY. Moisture retention is still an issues but working on it.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:47 PM   #84
 
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I just bought the book yesterday, read it last night and tossed all my shampoo in the garbage. Today I did the cowash and I am loving this. I wish I had known about this years ago!
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:59 AM   #85
 
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Awesome article, I am going to start looking for some products I can use, that are a little less pricey then the ones I'm currently using. I hope I can find something that will work for me!
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:29 PM   #86
 
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About 3 years ago, I heard of using baking soda in stead of shampoo. I tried it for about 9 months. It took a few weeks for my hair and scalp to adjust. Then I went back to regular shampoo. Now I use shampoo only twice a week, and condition every day. Basically I guess that's modCG and my hair is very happy with how I'm treating it. Once I use up the products I have on hand, I'm going to invest in CG friendly products. Right now, I have v05 conditioner (can't remember the "flavor") and Dove intensive repair.

Love the info I'm finding here!
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Hi everyone, I'm "HalfWavyHalfCurly", back after years of absence and "reborn" with a new nickname. My curls have been very happy since starting CG in '02, but especially since I stopped being a PJ and stuck to some tried and true staples. I did have a bit of trouble in the beginning due to using the wrong COs but what I learned is something I've been passing on to other curlies, so I'll be happy to help any newbies, just feel free to ask.
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Old 04-12-2014, 11:35 AM   #88
 
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Hey Friends!

So, I'm wanting to start the CG method. I have a combo of 2C/3A hair and I just want to make sure I have this right.

So, In order to start- I need to clarify with a sulfate shampoo and then get rid of my styling products with silicones in them. Then, I can either use a no-poo or a Co-Wash conditioner for my scalp.

Do I need another conditioner for the length of my hair? Do people recommend leave-ins or rinse out conditioners? And then I also need a good gel and deep conditioner?

Also, is it recommended to get a haircut first to clean things up before starting, as well?

Thanks!
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Hey Friends!

So, I'm wanting to start the CG method. I have a combo of 2C/3A hair and I just want to make sure I have this right.

So, In order to start- I need to clarify with a sulfate shampoo and then get rid of my styling products with silicones in them. Then, I can either use a no-poo or a Co-Wash conditioner for my scalp.

Do I need another conditioner for the length of my hair? Do people recommend leave-ins or rinse out conditioners? And then I also need a good gel and deep conditioner?

Also, is it recommended to get a haircut first to clean things up before starting, as well?

Thanks!
As far as the sulfate shampoo you start with, make sure it doesn't have any silicones in it. Shampoos sneak cones in sometimes.
I'm not sure what others would think, but I'd really recommend keeping things simple to start with. A lighter conditioner for washing is what seems to work for most, and you can follow with a heavier one if your hair is particularly dry. Then you can use either a leave in conditioner, or try just a bit of your rinse out conditioner. Then you can try using a gel or some other styler if you like, you may have to experiment a little to see which styler and styling technique your hair prefers.
That might not seem so simple, but I think it's a good foundation. If you try this while adding in all kinds of extra treatments and the like, you'll have a hard time knowing which things your hair responds well to and which things it hates.
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I agree with Serene Curls, I'd say that if you can find a CO that qualifies with the basic requirements outlined in the original book (one with some protein, oil, etc.) it can do double duty to start with, and might even help you identify any problem that might come up. I would strongly recommend getting one from a health food store such as Nature's Gate, Avalon Organics, etc., as they are less likely to contribute to buildup and some are very good for our hair.

If you feel adventurous, make some FSG (flax seed gel), that way you'll be starting more on the natural side and be less likely to have any big issues. Btw, I read somewhere else that it's best to soak the flax seeds overnight before making the gel for better results... I never made it that way but next time I will. That recipe is the "bare-gones" one, different people add different things to it, for example, I used to add about 1 tsp. Epsom salt for curl enhancement, lavender EO for fragrance and also its bactericidal and hair-friendly properties, a few drops of jojoba and Vit. E oil, and sometimes AVG (aloe vera gel).

Best wishes and report back your results!
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Old 04-14-2014, 02:26 PM   #91
 
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Thanks for so much for responding. CGSince2002, are those good conditioners for my lighter conditioner (which I understand will be used for my scalp). I have trouble jumping on the Suave, etc train cuz I don't know about all the additives and such.
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:37 AM   #92
 
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Which conditioners? I'm afraid I missed something... but whatever you do, stay away from Suave, it can wreck CG, especially in the beginning... If you can afford it get one of "Nature's Gate" from a health food store. If not, try VO5 Kiwi & Lime Clarifying for washing and Shea Cashmere for the length. If you're hair's on the dry side the last one might work for both.
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Leave-in: Beautiful Curls w/Shea Butter & Coconut Oil, Hollywood Beauty OO Creme.
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