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JessMess 06-26-2013 07:51 AM

Newly Curly
Hi guys--

New to all this. I'm 41 years old and have just realized I have curly hair.

My hair has always been super-thick and prone to frizz, but it truly was straight through high school. In college and after it became clear that the potential for curl was there, but I never could harness it successfully, and so for most of my adulthood I've blown it out or straightened it. It looks good straight! And I probably will still do that sometimes. But for everyday, I want it to be natural and healthy and I want to enjoy my waves.

I've tried going shampoo-free before and had alarming results, but I think maybe I was using the wrong products. I'm trying to get a better start this time with some stuff I've already been using on my kids' hair (both straighties--for now). Will post more deets and some questions in the general forum.

I don't want to be a slave to my hair--I want this to be a step toward NOT thinking about it that much (and not spending that much on it). So I'll be looking for some easy tips and one-step styling products. Thanks in advance for welcoming me and for your advice.

Jessica, 41
Type Bc

CurlyInTheFog 06-26-2013 09:50 AM

Hi Jessica,

That "prone to frizz" mention tells me that, like me, your hair was never really straight. You just thought it was, because everyone told you it was, and you treated it like straight hair. But generally speaking, frizzy hair is not straight--at the least, it's wavy. I'm almost 55, and up until a few years ago, when I first typed my hair according to longhair principles, I thought my hair was wavy (and frizzy). Then I began to realize more and more that it was actually curly, and today, after several weeks of CG, I have a full head of curls that I thought I could only get with a perm, lol (OK, the rain lately helps, but you get my point). I can actually pull a lot of curl out over time with combing and some oil, so if I was still treating it as wavy/straightish I'd probably think that was its natural property, but it would only be disguised.

I also thought that my hair somehow "got curly" as I aged, but thinking back, that's really not true. My attitude towards it and the way I care for it has changed, but the overall hair has remained the same except for some graying.

It took me a while to find something that worked for CO, so you may have to experiment a bit. A lot of people like Suave or VO5 conditioners, but they don't work for me. I suspect that some of my difficulty may have to do with my water (hard well, minerals), but I don't know. I did find products that CO well for me, and now I'm very happy with my wash routine. Good luck and enjoy learning!

Firefox7275 06-26-2013 10:04 AM

Welcome! I thought I had straight poof until my late thirties, 'normal' techniques like brushing and towel turbans can easily stretch out waves to nothing. Even my own mother was shocked when I first went Curly Girl!

Do let us know what you mean by 'alarming results', we can help trouble shoot or suggest alternatives.

JessMess 06-26-2013 10:17 AM

Thanks ladies! "Alarming results" mean even coarser, frizzier, duller, huge cloud of straw-like pouf. I think maybe it was because I was using my normal conditioner for CO--which for sure has both silicone and protein in it. I think I might have better results with a light conditioner and have been trolling the protein-free board for inexpensive drugstore brands I can experiment with.

I also clearly need a styling product and I wasn't really using that before.

CurlyInTheFog 06-26-2013 10:49 AM

Try Tresemme Naturals Moisture. It's pretty popular, and I like it very much. And you're right that you need a styler, because that will help to hold your curls together and reduce the poof effect. I had a curly cut a couple of weeks ago, and the stylist wanted me to come in just shampooed and conditioned with no other product, and you should have seen my hair. Much more poof than usual, and much less curl definition.

JessMess 06-26-2013 12:19 PM

Thanks Curly In the Fog! Just got back from the drugstore and I am ready for the big experiment.

CurlyInTheFog 06-26-2013 11:27 PM

Good luck, and let us know how it goes. Bear in mind that results improve over time as your hair becomes more moisturized and you learn technique. My hair is already much better than a few weeks ago, and it was already in pretty good condition from growing it out (just not treated as curly). I'm getting a stronger and stronger curl pattern, too. So don't give up if your first efforts don't turn out so well. Things will get better, and easier.

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