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TON of useful information for new curlies!! =)

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For whatever reason, I stopped getting emails about people posting to this thread, and for that I'm so sorry!

But, I'll try to respond to q's now..

ive found this all very useful, however like most people im still figuring it out.

im using shampoo with a low listed Sodium Myreth Sulfate like #10 on the list. i wash once a week and condition maybe 5. so i should stop the shampoo or find one with no sulfate?

my conditioner has proteins Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein and soy, is this bad? how do you find out if your hair doesn't like these things when so many have a protein.. how can i start totally natural..
i see the bs and acv rinse as a wash but how about conditioner?

then when you figure out texture and such how does that lead you to product? ugh
Originally Posted by noooodle!
I think a low-listed sulfate is fine, but no sulfates is ideal. The wheat and soy proteins caused build-up on my hair, but here's an article with more info on proteins The Best Protein for Hair

Honestly, most of it is guess and check. I tried all the different types (cream, gel, mousse, jelly, etc) and took pictures. ALWAYS write down all your steps. I looked back at all the pictures and followed the steps for the results I liked best

i've been cowashing for two weeks now and i've already noticed the difference, wish i been doing this my whole life. I defiantly recommend it to anyone who hasn't been doing it.
Originally Posted by sweetkitkat45
Right! When I first started cowashing it made SUCH a huge difference in my hair!! Fantastic

Hey everyone im new to the whole taking care of my curly hair and now im going into highschool and i want to tame my hair. I have type 3b/3c hair and im just wondering what are some really good products I could use and also a deep treament.
Originally Posted by Gigi108
I'm a 3a, so I'm not too sure as to what would work best for you, but I would suggest having a look at the 3b and 3c boards - the 3a board helped me soo much when I dived in!

i would love to thank you for your post. It is true this site has so much information but takes forever to find it all if you are new like me. I just opened a new post but may be you can help me out in few words . i have been using wen for a year. yes yes i know waste of money but did not know of this site. so after some reasearch i went and bought the cheapest stuff VO5 strawberry conditioner and Suave naturals. Any suggestions if its ok to start, and which one for cowash and which for leave in, and if i use aveda humecant pomade should i not do leave in ( based on ur other reply)? also do you find its better to use gel before or after plucking?> i have wavy somewhat coarse hair that lovee to freaze. Thank you so much again
Originally Posted by naturalredheadd
I know this isn't what you want to hear, but.. you have to experiment =\ I can't say that one will work over another, it's all guess and check. But it's fun! Take pictures, write down all your steps, and replicate the steps for the results you like best!

Thank you, this thread has been very helpful! So much information here on NaturallyCurly! =)
Originally Posted by CatherineParker
You're welcome!

Thanks so much for this post. Just incase anyone hasn't said it yet, YOU ARE THE BEST!!!! No actually, YOU ARE BETTER THAN THE BEST, YOU ARE THE BESTEST!! <3
Originally Posted by Strandalous
D'awww You're too sweet

Thanks so much for posting this! Definitely a lot of useful information. I'm a newbie here, with type 2b waves (some 2c, I think.?). I actually just started the CG method yesterday, so this is super helpful! I'm just starting to really try to take care of my hair and increase my curl, so any tips are appreciated!
Originally Posted by wavygirl8
Wow, awesome! I bet your waves will get tighter after this method!!
3a/C/iii; mod-CG since 07/14/08
Shampoo: Whole Foods 365 Citrus Grapefruit shampoo (same results as Deva Low Poo but a tenth of the price!)
Condish: Deva One Condition
Styling: Deva AnGel, then SOTC with no Frizz creme
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I had hair modeled and permed my hair 2 days ago and I'm going to wash my hair this evening. Trying to learn how to manage my nicely permed hair but I can't seems to figure out which hair type am I; I'd think I'm somehow between 2B and 2C.

But this site has a lot of comprehensive information.

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Last edited by Kyra1997; 08-30-2013 at 12:57 PM.
I just started going curly girl last night (: this info is so helpful! thank you

2C ~ 3A, low porosity botticelli curls

Following CG

Favorites: Kinky Curly Knot Today, KCC, Suave Naturals & VO5 ( co wash ), Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper, Darcy Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Conditioner and Generic Value Products Conditioning Balm, Camille Rose Aloe Whipped Butter Gel, Curl Junkie and Jessie Curl Products.
This is indeed a very resourceful post. I really have found some of the web pages quite useful to discover helpful curly hair implementation based information. You've done indeed enormous job and I think this post will keep continue helping people.
Okay! I took the plunge today! I tried to do it this weekend, but then realized that I had missed that my shampoo and conditioner had a cone in it. So I washed with a super clarifying shampoo and started over with curly girl approved products. This thread was super helpful with compiling resources and made it so much easier to begin, especially linking to the list of abbreviations! Dear lord, I hadn't been able to find that and suddenly these threads made so much more sense! Anyway, yay!
Began: February 25, 2015 2C, Fine, Normal Porosity/Elesticity, Medium Density, Low Dew

Cleanse: DevaCurl Lo Poo
CO: DevaCurl No Poo
RO: Tresemme Naturals Moisture
LI: Tresemme Naturals Moisture
Styling: Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel, plopping, diffuse

: KCCC (seriously I have never hated a styling product more!)
: Coconut Oil
That was a greatt list of information! Thanks!
These are all great resources, so let me start there. In particular I love the attention to natural, non-synthetic-chemical solutions for cleansing and conditioning curly hair. Reducing the use of shampoo (with sulfates) is very important for another reason: any kind of product that produces suds could potentially have a carcinogen in it as a by-product of manufacturing. It's called 1,4-dioxane (pronounced "one four die-OX-ane"), and it's not going to show up on any ingredient labels-- if you're someone who is careful about reading labels. For this reason, I swear by the cowash method for my hair. As much as I can reduce my exposure to toxic chemicals, the better!

Apart from the cleansing aspect, I have found that there just isn't a conditioner, deep conditioner, or anything that helps make my hair more manageable or "presentable". I put that in quotes, because it's my own lack of confidence and comfort with my own natural hair that causes me to think I can't go out in public without straightening my hair first. I love when others are strong and proud of their natural hair, and hope to get to that place myself one day! In the meantime, my sorta type 3C hair (the individual strands of my hair don't stay together like that) is just really hard for me to deal with.
Awesome summary! Thx so much. You really helped this newbie.
Texture: wavy on top, curly beneath (used to be straight!) 2c/3b combination. High porosity, very dense, very thick, below shoulder length.
low poo: Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat
Condition & Leave in: Giovanni Olive Oil & Avocado oil
Gel: Giovanni LA natural hard hold
I PLOP then Pinapple to sleep.
the best method I've seen all my life for caring for curly hair!! I just decided to go natural and smooth hair.
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My name is Leah and I find myself to naturally be between a 2b/ 2c and my hair is shoulder length (just did a big chop). I literally started the CG method today. I know that I will probably be exploring A LOT of products but I started with some that I read leave your hair feeling light from Shea Moisture.

// I did my first co-wash this morning by As I Am, it was light and rinsed out beautifully.
-I then used a Replenishing Conditioner (2 pumps) on my ends and left it in... My hair fell SO flat today. Maybe I shouldn't leave all of the Replenishing Conditioner in my hair? (Suggestions are welcome)
-After wrapping my hair in a cotton t this morning for and hour I used a Hold and Shine Mist by Shea Moisture and then used a small amount of a curl enhancing smoothie also by Shea Moisture.

// I do like that my hair looks so less dry today but it has 0% body and not much wave/curl definition and I know that my hair curls very easily. I miss my hippie hair but would love to have it back with more of a smooth texture.

// Is this something normal to come across at the very beginning? I in no way have the desire to give up because I am so over my dry and breaking locks. I want them to thrive and give me joy. If I could get any useful information for newbies with this hair type it will be greatly appreciated.
Hi! I am very new to cg method so a want to ask if all of the ingredients in this curlig cream are cg friendly?
List of ingredient:
Water (Aqua), Isopropyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, PVP, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Polyacrylamide, Ceteareth-20, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance (Parfum).
I found loads of helpful information here in this thread. Let me contribute a little bit into this thread by saying that if you love your curls do make use of such hair care products that suits your hair and stay away from harmful chemicals rather go for natural products.

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