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envyingMerida10 04-16-2013 12:26 AM

Been reading for days...still confused
Hi CGs,
I know this has been posted before, I'm sure. I am just totally lost as to what products I need for my hair. I've been reading this sight and others for days and I'm more confused now. I see many people list tons of products in their signatures and it is soooo overwhelming. I think I have my hair type figured out, but even that I'm iffy on. I believe I have medium to low porosity, coarse, high density hair. I can't determine if my hair is 2C or 3A. If there are any recommendations, I appreciate it. I guess what I really am looking for is a check list kinda thing, not even names of specific products, just like what kind of products.

mhen76 04-16-2013 06:22 AM

Welcome, envyingMerida10! Many of us were overwhelmed and confused with all the information here at first. It will all fall into place! I found this link really helpful when I started here:
Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics
It will help you determine the ingredients to look for and which you may want to avoid.

laura1982 04-16-2013 07:03 AM


I second the live curly site - very helpful!

When I started its helped me to think of the products in 3 sections

- getting rid of build up (a cleansing silicone free conditioner, sulphate free shampoo or baking soda rinse)
- moisturising ( silicone free conditioner, deep treatment or leave in)
- styling (silicone free mousse or gel, or make ur own flax seed gel - recipe is on NC)

I tend to use a combination of above depending on how my hairs feeling (if it has build up I'll shampoo or use baking soda rather than a cleansing conditioner).

I will occasionally use a sealer (oil) or protein mask. Getting the recipe/amount right takes some practice!

Hth :)

envyingMerida10 04-16-2013 09:09 PM

Thanks ladies! I will be sure to read that other website and get more info.

chloe92us 04-17-2013 08:13 PM

The basics products you'll need are:

1- clarifying shampoo with no -cones for your "last wash" (I'm sure you have one at home that will work. Otherwise pick up a travel size Johnson's baby shampoo).
2- conditioner for co washing (most people use a cheap one since you'll use a lot)
3- low poo (optional- lots of people here still wash- make sure its sulfate and cone free)
4- a thicker, richer conditioner to use for deep conditioning, rinse out, & leave in (this is an area where it's fun to experiment- one with protein, one without, etc)
5- lighter leave-in condish (optional- you can just use your reg condish, just less of it or watered down a little)
6- tee shirts for drying hair, plopping (or microfiber towels)
7- wide tooth comb (optional)- you can also just use your fingers
8- diffuser if you'll be blow drying
9- oil for sealing after your leave-in (optional- but works for lots of people!)
10- styling products- start with the KIND of product you like to use now (mousse, gel, cream, jelly), just make sure there are no silicones in them. A lot of people experiment with all these types....hence all the crazy product-laden signatures on this site! ;)

Good luck! It is possible to do this simply, but you can easily become a product junkie too and end up with 10 condishes, 10 stylers, etc etc. that's what makes it fun, lol!

envyingMerida10 04-17-2013 09:35 PM

Thanks so much! That list is really helpful. I will be looking up products and checking of the list tonight!!

OhSunshinex3 04-17-2013 11:56 PM

Also, don't be overwhelmed by the amount of products people list. Normally, a person will only use a few of those products in a given day! :)

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