What are your Top 10 Concerns of Curlies

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An editor is working on an article about Top 10 Concerns of Curlies. I'd love to hear some of yours. They can be obvious, frizz, or less obvious.

3b/c, CG 9/18/08
Last process: 04/05/08 Big Chop: 08/08/09
Currently: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel (summer only), Boots Curl Creme (winter only)
Can anyone address a length and style issue on males. And not on the stage, but in the aisles at the supermarket.
2c, CG, soft, managed, curly-From NEPA

Finding a hairdresser who actually knows how to handle curly hair.

Products that can actually tame frizz.

Truly moisturizing conditioners - not just full of fillers and silicones.

Finding a good moisturizing shampoo that will clean the hair, not strip it and leave it feeling like straw and will actualy moisturize.
Consistency of texture from day to day. Also, kind of related, uniformity of curls/waves.
Have several allergies and sensitivities.
Current products
Low Poo/Cowash: Rio Grande Herb Co Negrita and Amole Deep Treatment Concentrate, Magick Botanicals (MB) Shampoo (diluted)
Rinse out/Leave in: MB with apricot kernel and jojoba oils added
Protein Treatment: MB Conditioner for Thinning Hair, IAgirl's protien treatment
Style: MB Gel mixed with LOTD Aloe Vera Gelly

2b-c, need lots of moisture, likes protein in moderation.
Finding a professional curly style for work.
3B Mod CG
Medium texture/ Normal to low porosity / High density

Current Routine:

Shampoo- GTTT, GVP Paul Mitchell Tea tree Shampoo or ACV/ Baking soda (once a week)
Co wash- Trader Joes Nourish Spa
Leave in- Shea Moisture Shea Butter leave- in, Elucence

Holy grail combo Feb 2013: ISO Bouncy Creme with BRHG on top!
My biggest one is definitely anxiety over going to a stylist for haircut.

Also frizz, triangle head, and knots.
3a/2c, medium texture, thick and dense, normal porosity/elasticity. Cone free since 5/1/09.

Low Poo: JCHCC
Cowash: Giovanni or Suave
Condish: GFTN, SSCC
Stylers: HG is always SSCEJ + LALSG
Number one for me is fear of having a stylist ruin my hair. I've not had a professional cut for over two years because I'm scared to let someone near my hair.
< member since 2006 (no idea where 1969 came from ).

Med/high porosity; color treated; med density 2c/3a.

Summer: (high dew point) co-wash & leave-in Matrix Biolage Cleansing Conditioner for Curly Hair. Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel. Spring and Fall: (perfect dew point) co-wash & leave-in Curl Junkie Repair Me! or CJ BeautiCurls Strengthening Hair Conditioner; followed by CJ Pattern Pusha & Curl Queen. Winter: (low dew point) add in CJ Coffee-Coco Curl Creme Lite.
Finding a stylist who knows how to deal with curly hair without making their curly client look like a mushoom when done. (nightmare process! I just went 6 years without a professional cut!)

Frizz... The causes of it and how to deal with it.

Different hairstyles that work with the curls rather than being styled to be worn straight and how to have either a cute 'do or a work 'do.

Different conditioners for hair, co-wash and for conditioning/leave in purposes.

Different styling products and what they do for different types of curls.
cowash: VO5 kiwi lime
condition: Say Yes to Carrots (also leave in a smidge)
styling: Marc Anthony Strictly Curls and Herbal Essence's Totally Twisted and DevaCurl Set it Free
I am finally embracing my crazy curls!
modified CG since Jan. 2009 I am a Jersey Girl!
CG was the best thing I ever did for my hair. Ever.
Frizz and messyness

Flatness or lack of volume

Having to go places with wet hair because it looks better air dried and takes many hours to dry

Wind damage, LOL.
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

1. Finding a good stlyist. While I have one, many don't.

2. A tie-in to number 1, education on cutting curly hair. I can't blame the stylist community if curl education is not readily available. If stylists are taught that all hair is the same, then why would they listen to a client saying that it's different.

3. Good for you products. Yes, I like the products I use, but there are few lines that are truly curl friendly. So many lines that have groups devoted to curls are simply silicone enhanced. I prefer not to use cones because frequen use of appropriate cleansing agents is drying on me and many other culies. Why not look at a way to actually care for curly hair instead of just coating it.

4. Acceptance of curls in society and in the workplace. Having spent over 20 years in the military, I can tell you that curls are not welcome. I once got a low mark on an evaluation becuase my hair was considered too flyaway. This was when it was too short to put up so I had to wear it out. There is nothing unprofessional about healthy hair no matter what the texture. Also, social acceptance. We see people like that Millionare Matchmaker freak who goes on about how men hate curls. We see movies where a girl goes from ugly to hot by straightening her hair and taking off her glasses.

5. The learning curve. Neither of my parents had hair as curly as mine. I had crappy hair for ages until I learned how to care for it. It is easier now with sites like nc and others, but I wish there was more general info out there. I think if stylists were better informed as a whole, they could help pass it on to their clients, especially parents of curlies. I also think that issues like frizz, volume and whatnot fall under this issue because one you learn you hair you can learn to keep these things under some reasonable control though it won't be perfect. Learning about ingredients, cuts, and environmental issues can go a long way to taking care of curls.

6. Styles. There are a few resources out there for styling variations for curls. The book Strictly Curls comes to mind because I have used it a lot. But, most stlyes in mainstream beauty mags are geared towards straightes and perhaps some wavies. If it is a curly style it is usually done on a straight head of hair, so the stlying methods are different.

That's all I have for now, lol.
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Med/Coarse, porous curly.
In no particular order...

1. Frizz

2. Addiction to all things related to my hair...seriously, I don't even want to consider how many hours I spend dealing with hair issues...even though it's so much fun.

3. Holy grail products!

4. 2nd day and maybe even 3rd day and 4th day hair

5. Wet hair in the winter

6. Dealing with my hair when I go to the beach or camping...especially when it's for a few days!

7. Dryness

8. Lack of predictability
Caring for my curls while at the same time, going naturally grey. I've never colored and I'm not about to start.

I want to be able to maintain healthy looking curls without it looking witchy or, worse yet, having a stylist try to give me an "old lady" style.
1. Finding a stylist

2. Triangle-head

3. Frizz

4. Tangles/Knotting

5. Moisture

6. Shrinkage

7. Difference in clumping, frizz, etc. depending on weather (dewpoint and humidity)

8. Cultural stigma
"Maybe Lucy's right. Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you're the Charlie Browniest."--Linus, A Charlie Brown Christmas
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Caring for my curls while at the same time, going naturally grey. I've never colored and I'm not about to start.

I want to be able to maintain healthy looking curls without it looking witchy or, worse yet, having a stylist try to give me an "old lady" style.
Originally Posted by misspam
Oooh, good one!
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
stylist, frizz, good products, good lengths, weather!, people touching my hair
1. Dry Frizz
2. Split ends
3. Undifferentiated curls
4. Poof mass
5. Matching products to hair needs AND weather
6. Learning to appreciate change and inconsistency on a daily basis
7. Finding product combos, that need to change with each season
8. Trying to appear professional
9. Ignoring ads for "beautiful" straight hair
10. Trying not to be obsessed about my hair; it is only hair, after all!
Wash: CJ Daily Fix, KM shampoo bars, Giovanni 50:50 Clarifying
Co-wash/Condish: Curls Coconut Sublime Moisturizing Conditioner
LI & Styling: KBB milk, CJ Beauticurls LI, CJ Coffee-Coco Curl Lite cream, CJ CIAB
DT: CJ Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix, Shea Butter

Getting voluminous defined curls with no scalp showing and no frizz.(fine hair)
Type: 3a, fine, thin, low porosity Water/Climate: soft/ marine Washes: water w/washcloth, shikakai, clay Condition: Style:Seamollient, CurlsPFCCP, Miracurl, Gel-les'c, CK; rudeechick's super soaker method; blot, air dry 30 min; diffuse
The dreaded Poof-effect in inclement weather.

Volume reduction; frizz reduction

The right layers for my texture/volume so I dont look like a pyramid head or 1970s shag.
Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot
3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
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