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fernando 09-18-2013 08:06 AM

It gets better!
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Hi everyone! I've been lurking for a while now, but finally I just had to post.

I've been CG since June. Since then I've had some good days, but mostly I have been overwhelmed, frustrated, and generally hating my hair.

But now I LOVE MY CURLS!! And I just wanted to tell everyone out there who is still working and experimenting to just hang in there and not give up. It gets better!

My hair feels so great now. And after a good dry hair cut (thanks Tiffany!!) my hair is really starting to love me too.

The first pic is about 1 month in and the second is this week.

A great big thank you to everyone here!! I couldn't have done it without all this great info.

Aqua_Lily 09-18-2013 10:22 AM

Wow! Your hair looks GREAT! Beautiful curls!!

Trick 09-18-2013 01:01 PM

fernando, you're hair looks like a much nicer version of mine! Way to be patient, glad your hair rewarded you by behaving. :)

PseudoDiva 09-18-2013 09:32 PM

WOW!! What's your type and what's your regimen? You look amazing--love how big those curls are!

inhisgrip 09-19-2013 12:50 PM

That is an unbelievable difference! Your hair is gorgeous. When did you get the haircut? And, yes, please share the highlights of your journey (ingredients/productsthat didn't work, ones that do, etc.)

Thinking to myself.....must make the trip to see Tiffany again. (I saw her a couple of yrs ago, she's a couple of hours away).

fernando 09-20-2013 06:45 AM

Thanks everyone!!

Spending the time (2 hr drive) to go have my hair cut and talk with Tiffany was soooo worth it. Talking it out with her really helped cut though my feelings of being overwhelmed. And, she was able to confirm that I am doing the rights things for my hair. It was very reassuring.

My hair is fine with medium porosity and medium elasticity. Density is thin to med. 2c/3a. I do have some areas of coarse hairs.

Key points I have learned that help my hair:
1. Protein is critical to my fine hair. But I have to balance it with moisture.
2. Plopping more than 5 min angers my hair. I guess it just wants to be free.
3. Although I have slightly multi-textured hair, I have to stick with products for fine hair and just be generous with them. It just creates better curls.
4. I have to be very patient before I SOTC. Scrunching before itís dry enough will cause the dreaded frizz.
5. Water without product causes frizz in my hair. For second day hair I spritz at the roots with Lavender water then lightly smooth my hair with CJ Pattern Pusha.

Right now I'm using all Curl Junkie products. Washing with the gentle cleansing shampoo. I do my best to do 2 deep treatments per week (just long enough to shave my legs). Although life gets in the way of this a lot of times. I alternate between Repair Me! and Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix. After that I'll user either the Argan & Olive oil or Strengthening conditioner. I then use the Coffee-Coco Curl Creme Lite and Curls in a bottle. Squeeze out and much as I can. Then use a flour sack towel to squeeze out even more. Plop just long enough to get out of the shower and dry off. I generally part in the middle, but most of the time I just see where the hair wants to fall. I use a chopstick to very gently loosen the curls after the plop without breaking any clumps. I also use the chopstick to gently lift the hair off the top/side of my head so I donít get flat hair up there. Then I clip while drying. Sometimes I air dry and sometimes I diffuse. I think the pics are from a diffusing day. Then I SOTC.

I tried the DevaCurl products before going CG completely. They just fried my hair. I think their lack of protein caused me issues so I stay away from them.

The Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibisus line is pretty good. The Curl & Style Milk works very nice, but the Souffle was too hard of a hold for me. I couldnít find good conditioners that I liked in this line though.

Kinky-Curly Knot Today was just too heavy for my hair.

I have some JessiCurl products that Iím going to experiment with sometime. But right now Iím so happy it might be a while before I do.

chupie 09-20-2013 05:37 PM


PseudoDiva 09-22-2013 10:05 AM

Tell me more about your experience with Deva. You and I are pretty close to being hair twins so I'm curious about it! That's pretty much all I am using right now, plus BRHG, but I still have a huge problem with straight under layers.

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