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bubbleballet14 12-16-2006 12:02 AM

Confused about my hair type...

Okay, I read the article about hair types and I really can't tell what I am. I think it's between a 2C and a 3C, but I'm not sure. I'm multi racial (white, black, puerto rican, and native american) and it shows through my hair. When I wash my hair it's like a 3B. But the next day it's not curly, it's wavy. My hair is sort of kinky, but also kind of straight. (but poufy). So basically, my hair is curly and semi-thick when I wash it; but later on it becomes wavy and more thick. I know I'm not a 4.

But what type am I?

HalfWavyHalfCurly 12-16-2006 02:37 AM

Can you provide any pics, maybe that would help. It's not unusual to have combination hair (as you can see by my nickname...), some people can have up to 3 types of curls. But if you're using shampoo your hair is probably not showing its true curl, perhaps you should try the CG or shampoo-less routine (check out the forum of that name).

bubbleballet14 12-16-2006 11:23 PM

well, basically when my hair gets wet it gets curly. But then (if i don't wash it) after two days it gets more wavy?!? It's really confusing.

HalfWavyHalfCurly 12-18-2006 03:28 AM

Hey, your hair sounds like it has a LOT of potential and that's exactly what the "Curly Girl" (CG) brings out. Please look the book up and read it, it's a fun read, it's a great time to ask someone to give it to you for Christmas or you can look it up at the public library.

The shampoo-less routine actually requires most people to wet their hair at least every other day (or if extremely lucky every 2) because our type of hair is "thirsty", besides the curls loose their shape after sleeping on them more than one day.

To get a taste of it I'd suggest that next time you think you need to wash to just rinse with lots of water, massaging your scalp but handling your hair gently, then just reapply conditioner and barely rinse for a couple of seconds only. Squeeze out the excess water and apply some gel (if you need help with this check out the demo videos at For now you can use whatever you've been using since you can go ahead and shampoo again in a few days but you will definitely need a CO without silicones (and that includes cyclopentasiloxane which is in almost everything today!) if you do get into full CG because with regular use they not only coat the hair and must be removed with certain shampoos but they also tend to relax the curl some. If you post here all the products you have at home even if you're not using them (but please say so) we can tell you if they're good for CG or not.

bubbleballet14 12-18-2006 06:05 PM

Ok I have:

White Rain Shampoo "More Volume"
Wash N Curl Shampoo
VO5 Strawberry Shampoo
Suave Cucumber Melon Cond.

HalfWavyHalfCurly 12-19-2006 02:50 PM

I'm having the worst luck today. This is the 3rd message I've tried to post so I'm just going to make it short and sweet: you need to stop using those shampoos and get a more nourishing CO, try a natural one from a health food store. A few people here are having good results right now with the brand Nature's Gate, they're pretty good and you get 18 oz. for about $5 (or a little more), the jojoba or hemp sound like they'd be good for your hair.

While you get the book, to learn how to do a cowash go to this thread and look for my post:

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