And feeling quite pooped out about it.
I found out about Curly Girl
a few months ago, but never thought about buying it because I figured that any of the experiments in the book would leave my hair stringy and oily looking (I had tried using olive oil on my hair and it didn't work out well at all). Anyway, I read some of the testimonies on this site
, and I began to think that maybe this book was just what I needed. So I bought it. Now for a little background on my hair:
If you want a good idea of what my hair looks like on a normal day (Head and Shoulders
'poo every other day, hot water, brush while wet, sometimes blow-dry, twist back into a pony-tail to dry, then let down), then the right-hand picture on the aforementioned website is pretty accurate, only thinner. It usually has a wave to it, and sometimes the bottom hairs would coil.
The the below picture is what from the time I had a full head of hair to the age of 7, or somewhere around there. After that I started letting mom comb my hair, hehe.
^^^ My hair looked pretty much exactly like this, only with curls that were a bit tighter, I think. I was surprised to find hair that looked so similar to mine.
I'd like to know what kind of hair I have, so that I can treat it accordingly. I haven't shampooed since Tuesday of this week, and I don't plan to shampoo any more than I have to. Today I washed my hair with baking soda, and Garnier Fructis Length and Strength Fortifying Cream Conditioner. Then I combed it with a wide tooth comb and scrunched it with TRESemme Defining Gel for Curls, extra hold. I didn't put much gel on my hair, but my hair (at least the bottom half) feels sort of dry, crunchy, and oily all at the same time. I do
notice that my curls are starting to come back, despite the fact that they feel and look straggly and oily.
Anyway, that's my story. Sorry it was so lengthy, but I couldn't help it much. Basically, what I would like to know is:
1) What type is my hair? If you need another picture then I'll post one, but should I take a picture of the way it looks now or the way it previously looked (when I was showering with hot water and blowdrying and all)?
2) Is the "oily-ness" that I'm experiencing normal? I've seen that a lot of people who switch to no shampoo start off by complaining about oily hair, and the no-poo veterans tell them that they are "detoxing".
If you have any suggestions, I'd be much obliged.