Hello! ...what's on my head?

Helloooo all!

I'm Nickel, or Kel, as you please.

Long, long, LONG time lurker here, finally taking the registration plunge because... well, I always want to ask questions! Or talk! I just can't keep my trap shut!

I am "Naturally Curly" but have devolved into a Curly Cheater... My very wavy/curly deserted me after high school, when I moved to the UK -- maybe it's the water or the weather or something! I totally admit I now get the occasional perm to keep it just falling straight. (I can still play with you guys, right?) I'm hoping that maybe with the right routine, I can coax my natural curls back and wean myself off the chemical treatments. I'm finding my feet with a modified CG routine (my hair just NEEDS the occasional sulfate-free cleanse or it goes limp and kinky).

While we're here... I've read umpteen articles about "hair type" including the ones here, but I just don't GET the 2-3-4 a/b/c classification system. I read all the descriptions and think, 'my hair does some of that... and some of that... and some of that...' My hair is quite porous (obviously, since it's been treated) but it's always been sensitive to the weather and tended on the dry side. Medium length and density but quite fine. Curls are a mixture of lovely tight spirals and funny loose 'S' shapes that never quite spiral, and hair underneath at the back tends to be fairly straight and frizzy.

So can anyone provide any insight into my curl pattern?
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At the top left of the page, read the items under "HAIR TYPES". Your curl type is less important for hair care than your hair properties-porosity, density, width.

Once you know your properties, it will be easier to find out which ingredients/products will work best for your hair. You can check people's signatures to see people with hair like yours and which products work best for them.

When I decided to let my curls out to play, I expected to wet my hair, shake my hair out and the curls would appear...didn't happen. I struggled with different products, methods, and routines til I realized that just because my hair didn't feel dry or limp didn't mean that it was in "good" condition. I needed to address the protein/moisture balance. Once I started to pay more attention to protein and conditioning, my curls did pop. Of course, I still have to scrunch and do some work with it, but I get curls, now.

Everyone here is so knowledgeable and willing to share and help, you are definitely in the right place to start this journey. Bon Voyage!
Be Happy!


Experimenting with too many products to name here. All this great info keeps my head spinning.
Welcome, SpinningNickel!
We're glad to have you here in our curlyworld!
NaturallyCurly.com co-founder

You are beautiful!
Well your OP says you're fine textured & porous (those are hair properties, which as raindear pointed out are more important than curl type, which you've researched as well) - and especially since it's been chemically treated - the first thing I'd reccommend would be some protein! Look for products & conditioners with keratin, collagen, hydrolized wheat protein - those are all proteins. Protein will give strength to fine hair & help repair damage. IAGirl's gelatin PT - recipe is in the 2 section - is a good cheap homemade PT. Hope that helps some!

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fine, thin, normal/(low?) porosity. Mod-CG. Usually I can't co-wash more than 1x a week, & sometimes I have to use T-Gel in rotation due to scalp issues.

Co-wash: VO5 Volumizing
Poo: Giovanni 50:50
RO:TN, Nexxus Youth Renewal, Alba Coconut
PT: gelatin PT, ION EC
Stylers: Giovanni mousse, TIGI Curls Rock amplifier (a-cone), Curls Rock Strong Hold Mousse
Gels: SCC spray gel

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