Woohoo I'm new I think I'm a 2

I've been lurking a bit, but finally took the plunge to start talking! 30 years..oh wait, 29 since mom said I didn't have hair til I was 3...and I've finally decided to embrace the curlies!

Where do I start? I think I'm a 2 (hopefully I can get some pics to work)....

I have:
-super super baby fine (like my hair is the same as my 1yo's hair!)
-not much of it, my ponytail is less than 1/2" dia.
-frizzy if I just let it go on it's own.
-elasticity is great
-low/normal porosity
-usuallly a good shine and good moisture.
-I loose ALOT of hair in the shower! (no bald spots or anything though)
-doesn't grow much at all
-but it is soft like a bunny.

Never had a perm or any treatment like that....no current coloring (only highlights 2 times about 10 yrs ago). I really don't like putting anything in my hair...since it is super fine, it always looks wet and stringy, even after scrunched out.

Currently I:
-poo-free for 2 months, sulfate/paraben/phalate/other ickies free since pg w/ DS1 (so 3.5+ years), only silicone free (i think) a few weeks.
-CO wash 2-3 times a week, sometimes I let it sit in there a bit, sometimes lemon juice rinse, just tried a gelatin PT (doesn't really seem different)
-scrunch in FSG (altough it doesn't have much hold, probably need to boil it longer)
-scrunch in AVG on ponytail days.

I want (in order of preference):
-continue to be as all natural as possible
-to STOP loosing soooo much hair.
-get it growing
-less frizz
-make the curls last

Anyone any similarities to me that can offer advice, what you do/use? etc?

pics are from today....4 hours after gelatin PT and FSG scrunched in. (flash/no flash)

Welcome, Curls4Twi!
Bunny-soft hair? Cute! You have gossamer hair - doesn't that sound lovely? If you're still having post-baby hair loss, that may slow down some. My sister's hair thinned out some after having kids and stayed that way, as did my mother's and her mother's - ask your female relatives what their experiences were. Got to eat well and drink plenty of water and have a healthy scalp.
Fortunately, your waves give you natural volume

Sometimes you have to use PTs several times, or over a period of time. Protein works for many, but it doesn't work for everyone. My hair doesn't respond to PTs much anymore, but it does to protein in styling products.
What's working really great with protein for me is to add protein and a thickener to my FSG. I have the recipe here: science-y hair blog: Recipes and Projects about halfway down the page. Unflavored gelatin can replace the Colorful Neutral Protein Filler.
It gives my hair (and my husband's and my sisters hair) great definition, helps my wavy curls form and last and I can comb through it lightly, which is really important for fine hair to restore fullness once dry - the hold is medium, but the waves stay. I do have to shampoo or this tends to make my hair feel kind of thick (not in the best way) and dull, but I dilute the heck out of shampoos so they're not damaging.
If you haven't read about Pixiecurl's diffusing technique, it's a real keeper for setting in your waves so the water-weight doesn't pull them out: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...ng-method.html
But here is a huge list of techniques: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...queen-etc.html

Here's an extreme example of how combing and fluffing up helps make gelled fine hair look less thin (left is before, right is after) and I probably combed parts of it lightly after that too.

Last edited by IAgirl; 11-16-2011 at 03:23 PM.
Welcome! Your hair looks a bit like mine, actually, alot. It took me awhile to find products and methods that worked for me. I use only BotticelliBotanicals products. I find that her meringue(cleanser) , Smoothie(withsilk protein) and Styling Mudd are my HG's. I also use IAgirls PT with Tanamu oil, honey and a little lemon juice. I also sometimes use BB's brulee in the summer or to help with 2nd day hair(it's rare, but starting to happen, finally).
very fine 2a/3a, normal porosity & elasticity, finally going full CG!
currently using: nbd F&S Therapy,Curl Magic, Chamomile Seaweed gel, Curl Magic cleansing conditioner, and Restoration Hair Repair.
What is gossamer hair? I can't decide if that sounds like a good thing or a bad thing!
2b, super duper fine, low/normal porosity
Gossamer is a very sheer, delicate fabric used in decorating and for elegant effects in ladies dresses and in other eras, hats etc.

So "gossamer hair" is delicate, sheer, soft, has gentle movement, doesn't overpower. Fine, delicate-looking hair is beautiful in its own right. "Gossamer" is just my own description for baby-fine hair on grown-ups.

I try to put my positive spin on it because fine hair seems to get a bad rap without good reason.
Your hair is soft & natural - very pretty. I didn't lose any hair after having children, but got much wavier as a result. I hope you figure out why you are losing so much hair - that would bother me too. You are doing something right though!!!! Welcome to this site...I'm fairly new also!
2b/3a fine/med-hi density/high porosity (I think)/ highlight-no silicones/sulfates
Lo-poo - ABBA Gentle Shampoo/ Shea Moisture Curl & Shine
Conditioner: GVCB (love it!)/ Regis OO
Leave in
: As I Am
Co-Wash: Tresemme or DevaCurl NoPoo
Stylers: As I Am Curling Jelly/GF Pure Clean/ LALCurl gel - all with BRHG added
Style: scrunch/ diffuse, then air dry. I don't Have much frizz at all

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