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AndreaRae81 01-24-2013 12:47 PM

Day 6 and struggling
Hello- I'm wondering if I can learn from other 2's experiences here. :) I've been doing CG for 6 days now and I've not had a "phenomenal" hair day but some "ok" ones. Today I seem to really have no clumping and it's stringy-er than normal. Is that "normal?" or does anyone have any suggestions for me to try? I was "thisclose" to breaking out the flat iron; I even turned it on!

My hair is 2b, low porosity, med to high density, course canopy and medium underneath, medium length.

What I've been doing: I have hard water and installed a shower-head filter (It got great reviews, but I have no idea if it's working or not haha)... I do not notice any scalp build-up, though. I've been co-washing with Tresemme Naturals and then using GF Pure and Clean condish for my rinse out. For the first few days, I WAS putting in a healthy amount of GF Pure and Clean condish as a leave-in AFTER my shower, but I began to find this made my hair take really, really long to dry and also made it feel kind of weighted down and I could "feel" it in my hair, so I stopped using it as a leave in all together. I then used (and now only use) a pretty good amount LA Looks Mega Mega hold gel. I evenly distribute it in my hair really well and plop for maybe 10-15 minutes (I can't do it too long as my hair doesn't really dry by plopping). I try to let it air dry as much as possible but I can't for long, maybe 5-10 minutes. Then I diffuse on low for a good 10 minutes. (I would have to wake up like 2 or more hours earlier to let my hair air dry all on it's own and I just can't do that... that would be like 4am! haha)

I hope I've provided enough info- if anyone has any words of wisdom, that would be great! :) Thank you so much!!

Demantoid 01-24-2013 07:29 PM

I'm only into my second week of CG so I don't have longterm experience, but around the end of my first week I also felt my hair was stringy and not looking good. I decided to lo-poo (as opposed to cowashing), use a rinse out conditioner and then a leave in. I liked the results much better. So I plan to lo-poo once a week and cowash the rest of the time. Today I had my best curls yet. Perhaps you can try a lo-poo and see if it helps you too.

jakrussel3 01-24-2013 09:45 PM

I'd also recommend low-pooing once a week. Your scalp is probably trying to adjust to no sulfates. Took me about 4 weeks. You can see how my hair progressed in my signature photos...

AndreaRae81 01-24-2013 10:46 PM

Thank you so much for your suggestions! It's good to know this may just be the normal thing for this stage. I have some sulfate free shampoo I will use tomorrow. :) hoping that helps :)

kibs 01-25-2013 09:19 AM

I second the no-pooing.
When I first started a month ago I was only using V05 conditioner as my co-wash and my RO (and hell sometimes my LI too). I was waiting to go see my devastylist to buy anything fancier to get her opinion. So I started on the 3rd of this month, and on the 17th (day of my deva appointment) my hair was WEIRD. It felt greasy and producty no matter how much I massaged my scalp to co-wash. I also didn't realize some of the products i'd been trying to use had silicones in them.

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