trying out the CG thing! ...ish

So, I've lurked around and seen people make threads about their personal "journey", so I figured it must be okay. Advice is welcome, of course. =]

Hair type: 2b(ish), fine, low-med porosity, med-high density... I think.

My hair was particularly awful the other day -- some combination of winter, terry cloth towel drying, and using the wrong shampoo -- and it just so happened when my sister was visiting so she was around to criticize it. So, I started doing curly hair research (again!) and decided it was time to try the sulfate-and-silicone-free thing again! Last time I tried going sulfate-free was a couple years ago, and no one properly explained silicones to me, so... ick, buildup.

So far I have:
-stopped towel drying
-done my last sulfate shampoo (sunday)
-done my first cowash! (this morning -- suave naturals and l'oreal evercreme on my sister's recommendation)
-bought, but not yet used, a clear gel (herbal essences) and a sulfate-free shampoo because I'm wavy and I reckon I'll need it eventually...

So, without any styling products my hair obviously didn't look fantastic, but it didn't look worse, either. And it feels really... clean. Or maybe that's just the placebo effect? Either way, I think I like not having silicones in my hair. =]

I'm thinking my next step is probably to get a haircut, honestly. The idea is that hairs of the same length will clump together, right? And if the ends of your hair are frayed and uneven that leads to little microclumps that are no fun at all? (That's what I got out of the razors-and-thinning-shears horror story thread, anyway...)

So I'm thinking I'll see if I can give myself a halfway decent trim and if I make a mess of it, I'll swallow my pride and find a professional (I've never paid for a haircut before). What's the worst that could happen? (don't answer that =P)
Sounds like your one your way! I just started a fee weeks ago and welcome to the curly girl side
I'm not seeing a conditioning step in there (but perhaps you just forgot to mention it).
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
Monica -- Thanks. =] I've been lurking for a while, but it's my first time posting...

Morgan -- Oh, oops. It is there, though, I'm using the Suave Naturals as a cowash and the L'Oreal as a rinse-out conditioner... If you're talking about a leave-in, though, I don't have one at the moment... I didn't want to change too many things about my hair routine at once. >.<

I actually used the gel for the first time yesterday. I kept washing my hair before bed, so it made no sense to put products in it. It felt a little bit sticky, when I accidentally ran my fingers through it, but it wasn't too bad, and I definitely got better clumping and less frizz (who'd have thought?). I got really nice curls in the back, where my hair is curlier anyway, but kinda weird waves in my not-bangs... maybe that was from the plopping?

I'll have to experiment with the amount and try it on really wet hair instead of kinda-mostly-wet. Also: I don't really believe in second day hair, but my ponytail looks pretty good today...

I'm not sure what I should try next. Leave-ins and protein treatments both kinda confuse me... I guess I'll have to do some more research. =]
There's really no reason to use a different conditioner as a leave in. If you do the baptismal/sprinkle rinse, in which you throw two or three double handfuls of water at your head, that leaves a good amount of conditioner in your hair, once you've scrunched the excess water and conditioner out in your bare fists.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
So, I've lurked around and seen people make threads about their personal "journey", so I figured it must be okay. Advice is welcome, of course. =]

Hair type: 2b(ish), fine, low-med porosity, med-high density... I think.

My hair was particularly awful the other day -- some combination of winter, terry cloth towel drying, and using the wrong shampoo -- and it just so happened when my sister was visiting so she was around to criticize it. So, I started doing curly hair research (again!) and decided it was time to try the sulfate-and-silicone-free thing again! Last time I tried going sulfate-free was a couple years ago, and no one properly explained silicones to me, so... ick, buildup.

So far I have:
-stopped towel drying
-done my last sulfate shampoo (sunday)
-done my first cowash! (this morning -- suave naturals and l'oreal evercreme on my sister's recommendation)
-bought, but not yet used, a clear gel (herbal essences) and a sulfate-free shampoo because I'm wavy and I reckon I'll need it eventually...

So, without any styling products my hair obviously didn't look fantastic, but it didn't look worse, either. And it feels really... clean. Or maybe that's just the placebo effect? Either way, I think I like not having silicones in my hair. =]

I'm thinking my next step is probably to get a haircut, honestly. The idea is that hairs of the same length will clump together, right? And if the ends of your hair are frayed and uneven that leads to little microclumps that are no fun at all? (That's what I got out of the razors-and-thinning-shears horror story thread, anyway...)

So I'm thinking I'll see if I can give myself a halfway decent trim and if I make a mess of it, I'll swallow my pride and find a professional (I've never paid for a haircut before). What's the worst that could happen? (don't answer that =P)
Originally Posted by asheth
Good for you!

I haven't used shampoo since December 2012.

I don't use any kind of towel or a T-shirt to dry my hair, [since water is the best moisturizer/hydration for curly hair, I just squeeze some out and apply my products].

I "finger-comb" my hair since January, [tried that wide tooth with the beads on the ends for a month and for some reason my ends split and needed a trim]. Since I went back to finger-combing, my ends are fine.

I started out using Deva Curl No-Poo, Conditioner One, and Heaven In Hair deep conditioner. I think you should as well because her products are good for our hair, [I don't use gels however she does have several "stylers" in her product line.

It's an easy "system", and you will start loving your hair while you search for other products that are more natural and less expensive, [also buy the book, it is soooo encouraging].

I hope this helps...
My hair is "exotic, beautiful and free",,,yeah, that be ME!!!
3B/C - Easy to straighten, [no heat ever/no protect. styling].

Low Porosity/Medium Density
Mid Width/BSL-stretched/
BC - 12/2012

I am a "Co-Wash/Finger Comb Lady!

Scalp Cleanser - SM ABS Purification Hair Masque
Co-wash - Tresemme Naturals
Leave In - SM CH Curl Smoothie
Hydration - SM CH CurlStyle Milk
Styler - SM CH Gel Souffle
Deep Conditioner - LS Organic Cholesterol

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