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Sheepcurls 10-06-2012 03:21 AM

What am I doing wrong?!
 
I started the curlygirl method about a month ago, using no shampoo but a conditioner without -cones. I wash my hair 1-2 times a week (every other week or so I use diluted apple cider vinegar), only combing it in the shower, setting my hair up in a pineapple at night, spray it with water in the morning and after the gym to liven up the curls which have gone flat during the night. I use a little bit of gel every now and then, but I'm not sure I like it.
Basically, the problem I'm encountering is that my hair is still very dry and it tangles massively since I'm not combing it. I really like the way my curls are after I've washed my hair, but after having slept with it in a pineapple or in braids or whatever, it doesn't look 'fabulous' like other forum members say theirs so - mine is as flat as when it was before I started the curlygirl method.
Am I maybe not using the right products? Am I not using enough products (I see that people have rinse-out conditioners, styling gels, sprays etc.)?
My conditioner: Superdrug Tea Tree and Peppermint Conditioner
My gel: Umberto Giannini Curl Friends, Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly

lcl0706 10-06-2012 06:20 AM

Check your gels & conditioners for 'cones. Can you list their ingredients here?

Maybe your conditioner isnt moisturizing enough. What are your hair properties?

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Sheepcurls 10-06-2012 09:24 AM

Conditioner:
Aqua, Cocamide, MEA, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetrimonium Choloride, Ceteareth-20, Parfum, Lactic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Melaleuca Alternifolia Oil, Benzophenone-3, Potassium Sorbate, Butylene Glycol, Mentha Piperita Extract, Glucose, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Limonene, CI 47005 and CI 42090.
Gel:
Aqua, Xanthan gum, Glycerin, Propylene glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/palmeth-25 acrylate copolymer, Polyquaternium-11, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, Sodium benzoate, Dipropylene glycol, Aminomethyl propanol, Sodium methylparaben, Parfum, Benzophenone-4, Coumarin, Butylphenyl methylpropional, Alpha-isomethyl ionone, Linalool, CI 17200.
Perhaps I've overlooked something?

My hairproperties, I think, are:
2C or 3A, low-medium density (although my hairdresser says otherwise), low porosity, medium width, shoulder length.

Corrina777 10-06-2012 09:31 AM

I see glycerin pretty high up on the ingredients list for both products. I wonder if your hair doesn't like that particular ingredient. I don't see any cones in either product.

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Sheepcurls 10-06-2012 09:57 AM

If that's the case, any advice on where in the UK I can get glycerin free conditioner?


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