View Poll Results: How many things have you changed because of what you learned here?
None, my routine works fine 3 2.33%
One 2 1.55%
Two or three 14 10.85%
Lots 49 37.98%
Changed everything! 61 47.29%
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Poll: what have you changed because of

Because of, I now straighten my hair once every few months. Before, I wore it curly a few times a year. This site has changed my perception of my hair as well as myself. Not only did I completely change how I treat my hair, but I am more accepting of myself now. I really could never thank you guys enough.
*Poster formerly known as Bailey422*

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Stopped relaxing/texturizing
Stopped using products with cones, mineral oil and sulfates
Shampoo less (from every 3-4 days to every 10-14 days)
Use natural oils in hair
Robert Craig color
My blog -

Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
I've changed pretty much everything. The only thing I did before was not brushing. Now I:

Have stopped frying my hair with a straight iron and wondering why it looks bad
Use no silicones
Shampoo only once a month to clarify
Put kitchen products in my hair!
Leave in conditioner
Have a variey of products that actually work
Air dry most of the time
Am proud to say, "Yes, its natural curl"
Have healthy hair.
Oh, lots and lots of good changes - needed changes.

Before NC, I did a few things right. I didn't shampoo much, didn't brush dry hair, didn't own a hairdryer and never used one, rarely if ever applied any form of heat to my hair (and I still don't), and used decent if not excellent conditioners.

And, now?

No more hangers, I mean, cotton pillowcases
Detangling only with a wide tooth comb, preferrably a Conair shower comb
Shampoo every month or so
ACV rinses, to cleanse scalp and get shiny, smooth hair
Nioxin scalp therapy as a shampoo alternative
Better conditioners
More conditioners
Rotating conditioners
Deep treatments every two weeks or so, including overnight moisturizing
Wet hair daily, condition and detangle (this one step alone cut down drastically on my former habit of using chemicals in cycles (on again, off again) to tame the tangles)
No touching hair as it air dries
Am selective with choice of leave ins, and always use them
Am selective with choice of gels, and almost always use them
Love of moisture + hold stylers
Mixing products
Layering products
Applying less of an amount of stylers but with more variety is better than using too much product
No products with drying alcohols
No products with sulfates
Light silicones only, and preferrably none
Curly specific hair products
Natural/organic brand hair products
Natural hair goodies (molasses, honey, coconut oil, aloe vera gel)
Use of light oils, like jojoba
Most John Freida is utter crap
Most Pantene is utter crap
Drugstore brands can be hit or miss
Suave Naturals are great
VO5 conditioners can be very good (except the Oasis line)
Heat with a DT is acceptable
Curly hair is unpredictable, sexy, beautiful and more fun than the alternatives
Curly hair runs the gamut and its fun to admire other people's curls
"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people."

"I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision."
- Eleanor Roosevelt (both quotes)

(taking a break from posting starting late august 2009)
Thanks to

I gave up straightening my hair
I no longer use a brush. I comb only with a conditoner in the shower.
I blow dry with a diffuser.
And best of all, I have the confidence to wear my hair curly.
3A/2C combination of ringlets and waves

Changed the hair products I used completely
Started reading lables
Started using a leave in
Stopped blow drying my hair
Stopped getting highlights
Got more picky with how my hair looks and feels
Probably obsess much more about my hair
Became a hair snob
Started using silk pillow cases and micro fiber towels

It's nuts what I've changed recently. I'd tried the no-poo thing for a long time, but I was getting lazy, and using cheap conditioners. Not to mention the fact that I didn't know cyclopentasiloxane was a silicone, so even in my efforts to avoid them I didn't realize that my favorite (Aussie Moist) was a bad one! :O

But seriously... I've changed my products, I use honey now, I layer products, I understand ingredients more fully, I apply products differently, I scrunch with a microfiber towel, and so many more things!

Thank you all so much for the ideas, inspiration, and support! Such lovely curlies out there, all making me feel great about myself!
modified CG since July 2004.
searching for products that work...
Well, I stopped using silicones, so that pretty much means changing everything. I still use a fine-toothed comb when my hair is wet, and condition under a shower cap while doing the rest of my shower routine.
I've changed lots of things:

I no longer use Pantene products
I am more gentle with my hair
I only brush it every so often before I wash it
I try more and different kinds of products
I use styling products
I read the labels of everything (not just haircare bit skincare too) I buy.
I understand the differences with cones
Cyclo cones are bad for my hair
I am willing to spend a bit more money on my hair products.
I have found there are 2 Sally Beauty stores not far from me to the future detriment of my bank balance.
Fat does not make you fat. It's actually pretty important.
I did a 180 on how I started dealing with my hair.

Stopped using a brush (I had to actually search for it when the 'brushed hair' thread came up).
Stopped using a comb for the most part, unless my hair was wet and saturated with conditioner and very tangled.
Stopped using shampoo, the strongest cleanser I've used in over 2 years is Jessicurl HCC or Low-Poo, and I haven't used HCC since last december, and Low-Poo I might use every couple of months but don't need to.
Stopped using silicones and other ingredients that were unhealthy for my hair, except for the amodemethicone in One C or a very occasional peg-dimethicone that are easily removed.
Learned how to choose better conditioners and other products because of better ingredients.
Started only using a hairdryer with a diffuser, thus leading to less damage on my hair.
Started using more DT's
Started using more natural ingredients, like honey, avocado oil, olive oil, jojoba, coconut oil, vit e oil, bananas, etc.
Started getting my hair cut in a curl-friendly method, instead of layers or texturizing that were giving me the choppy, poofy look.

Those are just a few of the changes, but certainly some of the most important ones. My hair has definitely thanked me!!
3a/2c f/mii. pics added 2/3/07
I still....

-don't straighten my hair
-don't blow-dry my hair
-don't color my hair

I stopped....

-combing except with my fingers in the shower
-using sulfate shampoos
-using silicones
-using drying alcohols
-wrapping my hair in a towel turban
-constantly touching my hair while it's drying
-being frustrated with my hair

I started.....

-using more conditioner
-using styling products purposefully, rather than as an afterthought
-reading labels
-figuring out which ingredients my hair likes
-using honey
-cutting my own hair
-using words (and methods) like "plopping," "clumping," and "scrunching"
-noticing other curlies
-accepting my hair for what it is

So...... I pretty much changed everything. There were a few things I was doing right before, but only because I was lazy, not because I knew it was the right thing to do.
Previously Joy4ever.
Changed because the "number in place of a word" thing was bugging my no-longer-14-year-old self.
I have literally changed everything. Its so funny to think just 8 months ago I was putting whatever in my hair and thought that I just had to live with VERY dry, frizzy curls. I always just thought "people with curly hair are going to have dry hair no matter what". I was actually using for a while Pantene shampoo/condish combo...daily
i stopped using some products, started using new ones.
3b-3c CG
  • Shampooed less
    Conditioned more
    Went CG, off CG, and now kinda of mod. CG
    Bought more hair stuff
    Started using products, then went product free
    Stopped brushing my hair on it's curly days (sometimes I brush it when I put it up; it looks better that way)
    Stopped using silicones
    Learned how to plop
    Learned about good and bad ingredients
    Stopped using sulfates
    Learned a lot more about curly hair
    Found out my hair loves honey
    Drove my mom crazy
    Found out that $5 isn't expensive for a hair product
    Got jealous of peoples hair on
    Found out Frizz ease sucks
    Found out AHC exists
PW: ihaveafotki
Fotki UPDATED! 12-14-2007
3A-3B layered-longer-than-shoulder-length-not-really-CG
Former Tween Scene Columnist
Nearly everything:

-not brushing
-combing in the shower
-not using cones
-checking ingredients lists
-using more natural stuff - coconut oil, flax seed gel, etc.
-using hair products (seriously I never used products before
-not shampooing everyday
-learning to buy products that I think I will like instead of just grabbing stuff that says "for curly/frizzy/unmanageable hair".
-wearing my hair down more (although I still wear it in a bun for the vast majority of the time)
-not drying hair with a towel

Before, my hair routine would be: shampoo, condition, dry with towel, but in a bun/ponytail. For 2nd day, brush out, then put into a bun/ponytail.
3b/c...or thereabouts.


Password: curlomania
(albums are on the lefthand side)
Before NC, I was already using a wide-tooth comb to detangle in the shower, so that never changed.

What has changed because of NC:

I began layering products.
I started experimenting with salon products.
I stopped thinking that I needed layers in my hair.
I started paying attention to ingrediants.
I started using more natural products in my hair.
I stopped using sulfates.
I simplified my routine.

Then there's the biggest change that has made the most difference: I realized that if my hair is not healthy, no product in the world will make it look good. By taking care of my hair, I went from not being able to make my hair look decent without layering three products on it, to making my hair look great with just a little leave-in. This realization made a huge difference in how I feel about my hair. I used to wish for straight hair, but now I feel good because I now have hair that other people would want.
3B that is no longer CG, but still endeavors to have healthy hair by not using sulfates.
-I've become more comfortable in my natural hair
-I use old t-shirts/tank tops instead of towels for my hair
-I avoid using a lot of -cone products (but not completely)
-I started using molasses and coconut oil in my hair (I only had tried olive oil before)
-I found better gel application techniques (scrunching and smoothing in layers/sections)

Maybe I'll think of more. I just woke up!
3C/4A and too long to handle (and afford!)
I was doing a few things right before I found NC -
1. Didn't brush or comb
2. Did vinegar rinses
3. Cut my own hair

The most important things I learned here -
1. Give up shampoo
2. Give up cones
3. Stop worrying about bad hair days, frizz, stringiness. My hair will never be 'perfect' every day so if it's a bad hair day just put it in a pony and forget about it.
--I'm located in Western PA.
--I found NC in late 2004, CG since 2-2005, started going grey in late 2005.
--My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
--My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
--My CG and grey hair progress --
What goes on my curls....

how i wash my curls

how i condition my curls

how i think about my curls
Password: curlywurly

With your curly hair,fun personality,and cuteness in general, you could wear underpants on your head and still look good.
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
Very cute. those big juicy curls haa... i love em :P
Originally Posted by curls_r_great

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