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susan9800 07-05-2005 12:55 PM

For the past couple of weeks I was having great hair days. Definition, more curl than wave, felt good, etc. But the last several days, ick. Either they are stringy waves or puffy dry feeling mess (yesterday) or just not looking right. :x I was using Angell over B&A, Along with Re:coil, rinsing upside down with cool water after CO washing or poo-ing and conditioning. Is it too dry? It kinda feels dry, mostly at night. I think I am going to DT tonight with JCDT and maybe lay off the Angell tomorrow and use some other gel in my stash. Maybe just time to rotate the routine. :headscratch:headscratch.gif Any suggestions? I also colored my hair and put in some highlights, but my hair was acting crazy before I did that, so I don't think that alone is the culprit.
Any suggestions would be great.

meegs 07-05-2005 02:35 PM

I have this problem too. The same routine/products work great for a week or so then crap out. I have to rotate products but my hair is still iffy on a daily basis.

I poo twice per week, at least one of those times with a mild sulfate poo, clarify monthly or so and by and large my products are CG-friendly (which should, in theory, mean less build-up). I don't see where I should have huge build-up problems. But that seems to be the most logical explanation, doesn't it? Continuous use of one product eventually results in certain ingredients building up too much, and also perhaps leaves your hair lacking other ingredients it needs.

My theory is that there is a magical state of hair balance: not too dry, not too conditioned, just enough hold, just enough curl boost, etc. But it's almost impossible to maintain that state. As soon as your hair starts to reach its zen, something changes (even just the weather) and the balance is thrown off kilter again. Some curlies know their hair very well, and can readily adjust their conditioner, etc. when needed. I don't have that hair sixth sense, so by the time I figure out what my hair needs, something changes again and around we go.

Those magical weeks might just represent a point in time when, for whatever reason, the stars have aligned and you have achieved the magic hair balance. Perhaps certain products have an ingredient or two your hair was craving at the time. I think laurabeth came to that conclusion in a thread about products that worked good at the start but then failed. She found a common ingredient or something in those products and was speculating that perhaps her hair needed a dose of that. I memory is a bit hazy.

Also, just mho, but I think wavy hair is the most unpredictable hairtype, moreso that true curly hair or straight hair. I'm trying to accept that, as much as there's one perfect look I would love to get on a daily basis, it won't happen. I'm better off learning to accept my hair and find a nice look for it in all its states: nice and curly, flatter and straighter, messy or smooth, whatever.

Btw, I love your sig. I can relate!

cunninghamair 07-05-2005 04:26 PM

Yep, stars align--you think you have HG products and your routine down--and then bam--stringy, limp curls. Happened to me today. Can't wait until morning to clarify. Sorry I can't help. Us wavies are just hanging on by a thread :evil:

kimmyc 07-05-2005 06:22 PM

Just so you know B&A gel has proteins in it which can be drying for some. Could that be the problem?

Maybe try to clarify with an ACV rinse and then start from scratch again. Sometimes this is all I need to go from blah to great again! :)

susan9800 07-05-2005 06:56 PM

Thanks meegs, :D I guess it was stars alignment. I remember reading laurabeth's post on your hair getting whatever it needed at the time and once it got it, it didn't need it anymore so the product didn't work the same.

cunninghamair, thanks anyway. I hope you have a better hair day tomorrow. :) I know what you mean by hanging on by a thread. It's enough to make me crazy sometimes!

Kimmyc, hmm could be the B&A. I laid off the Be-curly thinking maybe the protein was drying, but hadn't had any problems with the b&a so far. I think I might lay off it for a few days and see. Can I do an acv rinse tomorrow, even if I did a dt tonight? I would hate to erase the benefit of the dt already! But I gotta say, man my hair smells and feels yummy right now, although since it is air drying it will be mostly straight by morning. :?

cunninghamair 07-05-2005 07:13 PM

Check, her hair care routine. As I recall, she does ACV morning after DT. I thought it sounded strange, but she knows BEST :D

susan9800 07-05-2005 07:31 PM

Ohh thanks I will! I was just over there window shopping for next payday. 8)

cunninghamair 07-06-2005 09:24 AM

Paul Mitchell Shampoo One for clarifying worked! I have curls again! Have you used Jessicurl before? I recommend the travel size sampler pack ($29). If you don't want to spend that much she has "try 2." If you are wavy, then I recommend HCC, Aloeba and free sample of DT. Good luck!

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