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joseybird 02-13-2013 07:29 AM

Have you found that going CG has led to less frizz?
 
I'm wondering if eliminating suflates and cones helps with frizz, as frizz is my major problem at the moment, or if it all depends on what products you use. Any thoughts?

JamfoW 02-13-2013 11:03 AM

Hi joseybird!

I'm very new to the CG method (as in 3 days new), and frizz has been one of my main problems as well. I have very fine, low-po hair that is prone to buildup and FRIZZ! After my first cleansing with BS and ACV, I got out of the shower feeling a HUGE difference in my hair, even when wet. It felt like my hair was wanting to define more curls an waves rather than frizz out.

Unfortunately, this changed a little in the morning when I woke up (I plopped my wet hair overnight). I sill felt like my curls were more defined, but my hair seemed a little stringy. I came to realize that it was the products that I had put in my hair while it was still wet....Both my curling cream (MoroccanOil) and mousse (Suave) contain dimethicone. I didn't want to believe it because I NEVER spend $30 on a single hair product, but I was desperate for something to help with frizz and curl definition, so I went out on a limb and bought the MoroccanOil product days before I discovered the CG method. BIG MISTAKE!

So, in conclusion, YES, CG definitely does help with frizz! But it does also depend on the products you are using. Make sure you follow the rules of finding silicone-free products or you will be adding things to your hair that are counter-productive to your CG progress. Now I'm in the boat of spending even more money to get the right products that I should have bought the first time around D: But I am confident that the investments will be well worth it! I still see a difference in my frizz amount, even with the cones, but I definitely feel that eliminating them will make an even bigger difference in my hair!

Hope this helps!

anonymous_133347 02-13-2013 12:43 PM

I have coarse/thick hair that is high porosity. I haven't used sulfates in years (I used Wen) and my hair was still fairly frizzy. I still had to style it straight! I've been CG for almost 3 months and my hair has never looked this good. I don't do the BS/ACV thing, however. What I did to start off was use a silicone free shampoo to purge all the cones in my hair (Suave Naturals, $1 at the drugstore) one last time and then switched to co-washing and using CG products to style. I think the silicones must've been causing buildup and frizz only I hadn't realized it. The moment I got them out my hair came to life and all these curls I hadn't seen in ages returned. It was awesome. I'm happy to report my hair is frizz free these days. I hope it works for you as well as it did for me. :toothy2:

P.S. Do you know your properties yet? I see from your signature now that you're already using CG products but I wonder if they are the right ones or if there's something missing that might be causing your frizz. If your hair is maybe fine and prone to overconditioning you're going to need more protein to prevent it from getting fluffy/frizzy and overmoisturized. Also if it's coarser you'll need lots of moisture and to take it easy on the protein. If it's medium you'll need a balance. Also your porosity can play a role. For me I've found my hair can tolerate some forms of protein (light ones) but not others, especially in styling products that are going to sit around in my hair for a few days. My highly porous hair seems to like some proteins but is finicky with others. Again I haven't been at this that long so I'll know more in time. Also weather! What's the weather like where you are? Have you checked out this site's frizz forecast and do you know about the dew point? A lot of people have different regimens, products and techniques for different seasons based on the weather. Go check out livecurlylivefree.com if you haven't already.

joseybird 02-13-2013 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by dusalocks (Post 2119320)
I have coarse/thick hair that is high porosity. I haven't used sulfates in years (I used Wen) and my hair was still fairly frizzy. I still had to style it straight! I've been CG for almost 3 months and my hair has never looked this good. I don't do the BS/ACV thing, however. What I did to start off was use a silicone free shampoo to purge all the cones in my hair (Suave Naturals, $1 at the drugstore) one last time and then switched to co-washing and using CG products to style. I think the silicones must've been causing buildup and frizz only I hadn't realized it. The moment I got them out my hair came to life and all these curls I hadn't seen in ages returned. It was awesome. I'm happy to report my hair is frizz free these days. I hope it works for you as well as it did for me. :toothy2:

P.S. Do you know your properties yet? I see from your signature now that you're already using CG products but I wonder if they are the right ones or if there's something missing that might be causing your frizz. If your hair is maybe fine and prone to overconditioning you're going to need more protein to prevent it from getting fluffy/frizzy and overmoisturized. Also if it's coarser you'll need lots of moisture and to take it easy on the protein. If it's medium you'll need a balance. Also your porosity can play a role. For me I've found my hair can tolerate some forms of protein (light ones) but not others, especially in styling products that are going to sit around in my hair for a few days. My highly porous hair seems to like some proteins but is finicky with others. Again I haven't been at this that long so I'll know more in time. Also weather! What's the weather like where you are? Have you checked out this site's frizz forecast and do you know about the dew point? A lot of people have different regimens, products and techniques for different seasons based on the weather. Go check out livecurlylivefree.com if you haven't already.

Thank you so much for your reply! :)

My hair is fine, sparse (which sucks 'cause I have a large head!) and very dry (which might mean it's quite porous...? I once used some coconut oil as a leave-in and when my hair dried it wasn't oily, so I guess it's porous?). I've had great luck with SM products in terms of getting curl formation and moisture, but I'm not sure I've managed to find a balanced approach to gel/stylers.

I'm pretty new to this (a week or so?) and I hear on the boards that people have had to wait a month or more for true "results," so I was hoping I'd get a better sense of what to expect =)

anonymous_133347 02-13-2013 01:22 PM

No problem. I'm glad to have helped. Yes, you should wait and watch. Your hair is bound to calm down and adjust and get less frizzy with time. So I love Shea Moisture too. It is a high quality brand for a steal of a price. For fine hair that is porous it's a great option. I know the Yucca line (which I think smells heavenly) has vegetable protein which is great for fine hair and thickening agents in it that really work and would be good for your sparse hair. My friend is a fine haired wavie who has her hair cut in an angle bob. Her hair was lying flat and behaving brittle and I got her the Yucca Baobab thickening milk and before my eyes, her hair got bigger and with more body on one application. I wrote a review about it in the product review section because I was so impressed. But since you're already using the Yucca conditioner as a leave in sometimes I imagine that's the same thing. Also your hair might not be naturally porous but just damaged from before going CG. It's possible that over time your porosity can change. So you have to play it by ear. If it's getting overly moisturized you can clarify or hit it with more protein. But for now since it's dry just keep it up with the leave ins. I honestly expected my hair would get sick of leave ins by now but I just keep giving it moisture and it keeps saying "More please!" A lot of the more experienced curlies and CG-ers on here have advised me to "listen" to my hair so I'm trying to do just that. Just keep at it and you should be okay. Also if your hair is a little too dry it might be the glycerine content in your gel since humectants can dry the hair out if the dew points are too high or too low. The dew points might be too low right now where you live since it's wintertime, but it's so difficult to tell since you've only been at it a week. I own one of the deva gels. I was actually very excited about getting it and watched the prices for a week until it dropped down to the one I wanted. Only once I got it didn't agree with my coarse hair. Mostly because of the protein content but I think the glycerine combined with my arid climate did not help. Although I think the archangel is formulated very different from the defining gel so take this warning with a grain of salt.

hambo02 02-14-2013 06:45 AM

it's helped me so much. i wish i knew this back when i was 16 cos i had hair down to my butt and i cut it all off cos i didnt know how to take care of it. I cut the sulfates and cones and my hair has been amazing the past 2 years. It took my hair 6 months before it liked being CG but it was worth it

etos 02-21-2013 05:50 PM

Keep on experimenting and learning stuff on this site! The curly girl method will deffenitely reduce the frizz over time, your hair is getting more and more healthy (especially the new hair that is growing in). But knowledge about humectants and dew point is essential, just as knowledge about porosity. Good luck!

mycurlytresses 02-21-2013 08:35 PM

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I definitely see a difference in my texture. Mine wasn't overnight...took about a month but that could be because I was newly natural. See the difference in texture below. My hair is completely dry in both.

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hambo02 02-21-2013 08:46 PM

yeah it took my hair almost a year to finally stop freaking out and getting use to cg. I had bad flakes. frizz. and finally it all just stopped


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