So I'm still fairly new to the boards, and even I have noticed how many questions there are. It's like all the newbies are so excited to start talking that they skip the newbie section. (I admit that I did this!)

Eventually, I realized that the answers were (mostly) out there, but I just had to find them! I started to save the useful links that I had found and put descriptions under them for future reference. Then I thought, why not share this in a (probably futile) attempt to end fellow newbie suffering and prevent repetitive posts?

So... here is my (growing) list. I am sure that there are similar and probably better ones on this board, but I haven't seen them. Maybe we could start a thread about useful links and discussions we've found and keep it going. That way, someone else like me doesn't post a similar thread in a few weeks.

If you have any links to discussions or articles that you have found helpful, please post them here!

First, check here:
Frequently Asked Questions on the boards with terms and acronyms are listed here. Your question is more than likely answered there. If you don’t feel like scrolling down the page to find the answer, or your question isn’t answered there, try the links below. They do not include every issue, but they have answered many questions I’ve had, so maybe they will help others too. Some of these are links to the discussion boards, which go into more detail than a FAQ might.

Protein and Hair Type:
Ok, I did the "snap" test (or is it the stretch test?)...
stretch test/ protein issues

Thinking of playing with protein
More on protein experimentation (“playing with protein”)

Proteins or Humectants? True or False?
explaining protein and understanding hair types discussion on the boards
Hair typing (numbers 1-4b, texture, and volume)

Proteins or Humectants? True or False?
hair type thread
More on hair type (numbers 1-4b)

Understanding ingredients:
Moisturizing gel?
moistureizing gels!A674357A1D0F3116!293.entry
List of good and bad alcohols
list of sulfates, silicones, humectants, and other ingredients and what they do

Polyquats. Discuss.
discussion on polyquats

Hair Care Methods:
wikihow Curly Girl method
Curly Girl method (sticky on the boards)

diffusing discussion

what is the pixie curl diffusing method?
diffusing – pixie method discussion
plopping (with pictures!)

Other Wavy/Curly Hair Issues:
Spray Revivers/refreshers
spray revivers and refreshers discussion

Hard water
Hard/Soft water discussion

Dew point vs. humidity
discussion linking dewpoint explanations
I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

9/02/08 Went CG
05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.