cg STRUGGLE--losing curls in all the wrong places

So I get that hair shape changes. But lately I'm feeling that everything about my hair shape has changed--how much it likes moisture, products, what products it likes etc.

I started out with 3a-ish curls (picture posted below). And somewhere gradually over the last five years, they've been slowly changing and drying out. Now I feel like a 2b/c, with some spirals.

This was my technique:
Shampoo. Condition. HE Mousse + Scrunch. Diffuse. Never upside down, or over my head, or anything fancy. Just hold the diffuser to the side of my head, for like 15 minutes and let it go.

However, somewhere along the line this stopped working. I stopped shampooing for a while, and then went back to it. Then I went totally CG and now I co-wash with Suave Naturals Conditioner and I bought a low poo Organix, that I just started using.

I'm trying to use less heat on my hair, so I tried plopping last night--which worked out okay, but I have practically no volume and my curls look stringy. My curls are definitely softer, but still not pumped up, you know?

Right now I'm using: HE Tousle Me Softly Mousse and Gel Spray

Basically, I'm frustrated. I feel like I use too much product, or not enough product. Or I get frizz when I never used to. Sometimes I'm just not sure if CG is worth it, but I really miss how my curls used to look. Does anyone have recommendations for product or styling? Or how I can add some volume to my hair and make my curls more clumpy?

Caveat: I have dyed my hair twice--each semi-perm. Once in fall 2009 and another in early 2011.

Note: All of these are from FB, hence their highly embarrassing quality.
2006, 2008, 2011
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Last edited by kelciecurly; 07-26-2011 at 08:44 AM. Reason: Changed photos for size.
It looks like you had more layers in your hair in the 2008 pic, so that would help. It also could be some build up. Maybe doing a clarifiying treatment would help.
2c/3a/3b Fine/med texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
Do you know your hair's properties? Curl pattern doesn't mean much when it comes to caring for your hair. You need to know texture, elasticity, and porosity so you can choose appropriate ingredients. Fine hair will want lots of protein, and coarser hair will want more moisture. Here is a link to help you figure out your properties:
Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics

Once you know if you're fine, medium, coarse, or a mixture, you'll be able to choose products tailored to that type, and you're likely to see a difference in your curls. HTH!
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

I was going to suggest trying a protein treatment, that should eliminate some of the frizz as well as amping up your curls a bit. Hope that helps
last relaxer; 082708, BC; 081810, CG; 122410
high porosity, med/coarse texture, high density, color treated
condish;TN, DevaCurl Heaven in Hair stylers; Heaven in Hair, DevaCurl Curl Cream oils;Castor Oil


Hey Rustina! I'm still figuring that part out. From what I can tell I have regular texture, but I can't quite tell my posterity. My hair lately isn't taking very well to product, when it formerly did. When I run my finger up my hair, it goes fine and makes a squeaky noise (which I read somewhere is bad, but I can't remember where). So I'm thinking I'm low posterity when I used to have normal or high posterity.

Also I'm pretty sure this is just punishment for blowdrying my hair every other day for 5ish years. So at this point my elasticity is shot as well.
If your texture is medium-ish, weekly PT's and DT's are probably a good idea until you get more balanced. Or maybe a DT every week, with a PT every 2 or 3 weeks. Give that a shot and see if it helps. I know that for me, my hair didn't really start to look and feel more healthy until I started doing regular treatments, even though I was using high quality daily products. My hair is medium-coarse, and it took a good 4 or 5 months of weekly DT's before I really saw a difference in my hair. Hope that helps!

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Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

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