Day 1: after using modified cg method

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My hair is softer, but I think I did something wrong. Are there any specific gels I should use? The one I have made my hair a fuzzy mess. It's water based. I did a deep condition too. Any changes? Suggestions?
It can take hair a while to get used to a CG regimen and in the meantime, it can be a little odd. Common complaints are greasy roots and/or frizz. There are a lot of different possibilities, anything from a product ingredient to application technique that could be the culprit for your fuzzy hair. You may not have needed a full dt, for instance. We'll be better able to help you if you tell us exactly what you did do, including what you used on your hair. Also, if you know your hair properties (texture, porosity) that can help pinpoint too. You can read up on those here.
CG since 11/2011
2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

Summer Products /Routine:
Clarifying: ACV rinses, Suave Professional Men Deep Clean Peppermint
Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
Co-washes: VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze or Strawberries & Cream
RO: VO5 KLS or S&C, Cure Care
LI (if needed): VO5 S&C, VO5 SC, Cure Care
Stylers: FSG, AIF,
Tresemme Flawless Curls Bouncy Curls gel
PT: IAGirl's (link) as needed
I have curly & quite a bit of hair. Not sure of the type of curls because my hair is short. But possibly 3 family. I need my hair to get a little longer before I can accurately type it. The texture of my hair is soft & has been dry lately. The porosity of my hair, not too sure. A couple hours before washing my hair, I put some olive oil in my hair & put a plastic cap on my hair. I used a sulfate free 3 in one shampoo (used the modified cg method to wash.) Then proceeded to detangle my hair while in the shower. After getting out the shower, I did a deep condition with a CO while sitting under my hooded dryer. Then proceeded to style my hair. I used 'nice & curly' curling pudding. (Cone free) I also have the shampoo too which is sulfate free. I have a water based gel I used so my twist out curls will stay longer, but I've never used gel before. I probably should have used the gel after styling not during. Who knows. I'm new to using gel. HELP!!!!!
Curl pattern is transient and not the most important factor in picking products. As far as texture, I mean do you have fine (small individual strands), coarse (large individual strands), or medium (in between sized individual strands)? In terms of porosity, does your hair get wet quickly, dry quickly, and tend to dry out over the course of the day? Is it permed, highlighted, colored, and has it been flat ironed or blow dried or curling ironed frequently or semi-frequently? Or does it take a while to get wet, take forever to dry (hours, even without product), and do heavier products tend to sit on top and not absorb?

Double check your sulfate free shampoo and make sure it's also silicone free. If you see ingredients ending in -cone, -conol, or -xane, those are silicones. If those silicones have PEG- or PPG- in front of them, they are water soluble and CG friendly because they will cowash out of your hair. If the sulfate free shampoo has silicones (without PEG or PPG), then you'll need to clarify again with either a silicone free sulfate shampoo or a silicone free low poo (sulfate free shampoo).

An olive oil pre-poo (before shampoo dt) and a followup dt afterward may have been way more moisture than your hair needed. The curly pudding has several oils /butters too, which might have been too much if you have fine hair or low porosity hair. Does your hair feel producty (coated) or look weighed down? Is it feeling mushy and looking less curly than before? If so, it may well need some protein, or at least less moisture on your next wash day.

On the gel thing, usually gels are best applied on soaking wet hair. Some people can use them on damp hair, but for many it's soaking wet or not at all. You could rake it through, scrunch it in, or smooth it over your hair, and curl pattern will vary depending on which application method you use. Scrunching can give tighter curls (but can be harder to get even application), raking can pull them out a bit, as can smoothing. You can even do a combo rake then scrunch or smooth then scrunch. Scrunching can help "reactivate" curls if raking or smoothing has pulled them out a bit. Once gel was in, did you touch your hair while it was drying, or did you wait till it was completely dry before scrunching out the crunch (SOTC)? Not touching your hair while it dries allows the gel to form a cast on your hair which holds your curls and helps to reduce frizz. Once dry, you can SOTC to release the cast, giving you soft curls with hold. Hold can be a factor too. Many prefer medium to hard hold gels instead of soft hold, simply because their curls stay better defined when they use a gel with more hold to it.
CG since 11/2011
2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

Summer Products /Routine:
Clarifying: ACV rinses, Suave Professional Men Deep Clean Peppermint
Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
Co-washes: VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze or Strawberries & Cream
RO: VO5 KLS or S&C, Cure Care
LI (if needed): VO5 S&C, VO5 SC, Cure Care
Stylers: FSG, AIF,
Tresemme Flawless Curls Bouncy Curls gel
PT: IAGirl's (link) as needed
My hair type is medium-fine. Porosity: wets quickly, dries slow (with or without product) styling: layered cut, transitioning out of perm (about 80% natural), highlighted, blow drying 1 time since using cg method. Before then no more than one or twice a month. Always heat protected my hair. Flat ironing the same as blow drying. My shampoo has coco betaine in it & water soluble cones in it. My hair looks full not weighted down. But my products are protein rich & may need to cut back on the protein. Or low poo.
But may need a stronger hold gel cuz the one I have is a light hold.
But my hair is sensitive to gel.

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