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Marixpress 10-03-2013 08:55 PM

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Today is my birthday... well not really but it is the first day of using the Curly Girl method! I searched through all my hair care products' ingredient lists and tossed the bad ones (most of them sadly). This marks the start of my hair journey :occasion7:

Here's my story w/ pics:

I grew up with a full head of curls that my mother didn't know what to do with. She would brush them out every day :dontknow: That led to a lifetime of hideous hair. I thought the only way to achieve beautiful hair was to blow dry, which I didn't know how to do properly either :laughing8:

Then, FINALLY, in 2009 I learned Ouidad's "rake & shake" method and styling products which seriously changed my life!

Fortunately/Unfortunately, that was the same year I discovered the Sedu Revolution straightening iron...

Marixpress 10-03-2013 08:58 PM

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I became "addicted" to straightening until one day I noticed my curls were completely gone and in its place was a wavy/straight combo of wild mane :confused2: Not only were my curls gone but so was a bunch of hair. I could now pin up all of my hair with one small bobby pin. :cry:

I stopped straightening for a WHOLE YEAR before it grew out enough to a point where I could cut out the "dead" ends. I pulled up a few YouTube diy haircut videos, grabbed my scissors and went to town. My curls miraculously sprung back to life!

The fab hair didn't last long. It's been falling out at an alarming rate, falling flat and feeling dry. I decided today to take the plunge. I want to take my hair's health back and care for my curls the way they deserve to be treated. Thanks for listening. Some people think this is about vanity but it's not. Our spirit lives in our hair!

nikkibeans 10-03-2013 09:22 PM

Your curls are beautiful! I abused the heck out of mine with heat too (your hair in the first two pics of the second post looks all too familiar) and am just starting to take care of it again. Happy CG Birthday :)

Marixpress 10-04-2013 06:06 PM

My Arsenal
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For the next month, these will be the ONLY products to touch my hair! I found everything I needed at Target (minus the Ouidad products. I got those on last year). Tomorrow I will use Suave Naturals clarifying shampoo to start. I guess that makes my official Day One tomorrow :occasion9:

nikkibeans 10-04-2013 09:10 PM

Holy moly, look at all those goodies! Have fun and keep us updated :D

Charite 10-05-2013 07:47 AM

Good luck! Hopefully you'll be noticing a change for the better in just a few weeks!

SaMmIe10 10-05-2013 08:43 AM

I just wanted to say I LOVE your natural curls! They are so awesome! I was also addicted to my straightener because my mom didn't know anything about curly hair growing up and when I found it, that was it!! I gave it up almost a month ago now and am starting to see my old curls, although I know it used to be way curlier than it is now.

Good luck!! :)

Marixpress 10-05-2013 02:26 PM

Thank You ladies!! I want to share with you this amazing cowash tutorial I found:
The Secrets of a Perfect CoWash - YouTube

All of her vids are awesome!

Marixpress 10-08-2013 02:32 PM

End of the night - 3rd Day Hair
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Day 1 - Washed with Suave Naturals Daily Clarifying Shampoo; Washed again with 1/2 Suave and 1/2 Tresseme Naturals Conditioner; Conditioned with Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Volumizing Conditioner. Scrunch dried with microfiber towel.
Leave in: SheaMoisture Yucca & Aloe Thickening Growth Milk. Air dried.

Day 2 Left alone entirely.

Day 3 - Wet (but not saturated) hair in the shower. Scrunched Tresseme Naturals conditioner into ends one pea size amount at a time until it was lightly and evenly coated. Then took another pea size amount, rubbed hands together and lightly coated hair at my crown. (I lost only one strand of hair surprisingly!) Did not wash conditioner out. Scrunch with microfiber towel, then air dry. Once hair dried, I flipped my head down and picked with a hair pick.

My hair was much better with conditioner left in it than when I just used the Shea Moisture milk. I will need to pick up some hairspray to keep the big picked out look. It looks great for a little while but then eventually falls flat again. I would love to hear your hairspray recommendations. Today is 4th day hair. I'm going to co-wash for the first time tomorrow morning.


Rytoka 10-08-2013 03:27 PM

Impressive!! I can never go that long, 4th day?????? WOW! Looks great

Marixpress 10-09-2013 09:26 AM

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First Co-Wash today with Tresseme Naturals conditioner. The formula is thicker than I expected. I ended up using about 20 pumps. It helped to add water to the conditioner which made it thinner and easier to apply. I will probably add water to the bottle itself to make it a runny consistency.

I then used Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Volumizing Conditioner, and SheaMoisture Yucca & Aloe Thickening Growth Milk.

Air Dry...

Things I don't like:

I lost the same amount of hair as I would have if I used a sulfate shampoo. *However, the strands were noticeably thicker than before using the thickening milk!

Air drying takes too long! My hair has that wet look until noon until it's dry enough to start picking it out. I think I'll start diffusing on low heat in the mornings when my hair is wet.

Day 1 always looks the worst to me. Looks like I'll need to add a styling product in addition to my volumizing milk to hold the curl. Instead it gets limp like you can see here.

I could use a CG cut.

Lastly, I'm still not sure how to tell if I need more protein. I stretched my hair dry and there was no stretch or break. I tried to stretch it while wet and some hairs stretched but didn't break. Others stretched and went back to their shape. Some others didn't stretch at all. One stretched then broke. I'll have to research proteins a little more.

nikkibeans 10-09-2013 05:54 PM

We do have similar hair! And that's exactly how my shower wall looks after I get out. I panicked a little bit when I first started CG because SO much more hair was coming out in the shower - I had to remind myself that that is due to the fact that I'm no longer combing through my dry hair all day long and ripping all those shed strands out. Now they sit in my hair until I comb in the shower and make it look as if I should be bald when I'm done :oops:

Marixpress 10-10-2013 03:15 PM

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Day 2 after CO washing. I used the same scrunch technique in the shower to add Tresseme Naturals conditioner to my hair as a leave in. When I got out I scrunched a little with my microfiber towel then diffused until about 75% dry. The results are not very good but again I wasn't using a styling product to hold the curl so I wasn't surprised. (I'm doing this in small steps to find what works best. The next time I wash I'm going to use a styler. I'm still in the experimentation/learning phase.)

As you can see it's frizzy all over the place. I forgot my pick at home so I used my fingers at the root instead. A couple hours later I noticed it had tamed somewhat on it's own.

The last pic is of the coils I love so much. Once upon a time my entire head was made up of those springy curlicues. The saga continues...

Marixpress 10-10-2013 04:54 PM

I'm starting to feel defeated. I've read all I can stand about porosity and texture and I really can't figure out what I have. I think I have combination texture and porosity. :angry2:

curlicious13 10-10-2013 05:24 PM

Everyone has a mix of textures & porosities. Considering that your hair takes forever to dry, you should scrunch out as much excess water as possible & don't use more than 3 products on your hair at a time. The amount of products can increase drying time too. I have a ton of hair. So I have to apply quite a few palm fills of conditioner but this increases drying time so I cut back. Knowing the type of curls you have will also help better tell you what to use on your hair. Hope this helps.

Marixpress 10-11-2013 07:13 PM

I found this great vid. You all are making me want to go run out and buy KCCC!

How To Get Perfectly Defined, Frizz-Free Curls - YouTube


Marixpress 10-13-2013 05:48 PM

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Woohoo! I found my groove! For the past two days the dew point has been in the sweet spot of 40s and 50s. I decided to try my next experiment.

Low pooed with SheaMoisture Yucca & Baobab Thickening Shampoo and Conditioned with that same line's conditioner. I added the Tresseme Naturals on top of that to truly saturate my hair before finger combing out the loose hairs and tangles. [My hair doesn't tangle much thankfully because I sleep in a satin cap.] I washed out most of the conditioner then scrunched out the extra water. It was still wet but not dripping all over the place. When I scrunched, it still made that squish sound.

Now time to layer my styling products!

I added the Yucca, etc thickening milk by scrunching and raking. Then I added Shea Moisture Curling Enhancing Smoothie, also by raking and scrunching. Then I used Ecostyler with argon oil to seal it all in. I applied about a quarter size to my palm, rubbed hands together and scrunched. It's thick so a little goes a long way. The gel dries pretty fast on my hands so when it did I just added a splash of water and rubbed my hands together again to reactivate the gel.

I tried air drying but my hair was looking so limp and my curls loose. I diffused my hair after it was 50% dry (I'm going to diffuse right away next time) and it looked amazing! Each curl was defined and moisturized. I scrunched but there was no crunch surprisingly. Diffusing took care of that "wet look" that I hate so much.

I'm still not happy with the amount of hair I lose. I noticed hair from all different cycles. Long hair with short new growth.

Marixpress 10-13-2013 05:55 PM

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Second day hair:

I slept with a night cap and woke up with flattened curls. To reactivate them, I stood over the sink, collected a palm full of water then pressed it to my head over and over until all of my hair was wet again. I think that's the super soak method (??). After I was done, my hair was dripping all over the place. I then scrunched with a microfiber towel. After that I scrunched in a little bit more of the ecostyler gel. Any frizzy pieces were twirled around my finger and skipped like a jump rope to get the curl back. Lastly, I diffused to almost dry. Here are the results before volumizing with my hair pick:

Marixpress 10-14-2013 06:06 PM

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Looking through old pics for inspiration. I regret messing my hair up with the flat iron so much :crybaby: Today I left my hair in the satin cap since it was my day off. I miss having a full head of hair that didn't constantly need a hair pick to keep volume.

Puertoricangirl 10-15-2013 07:31 AM

You're curls are beautiful! I have been CG for 7 months and I never plan on stopping unless I just add an occasional no poo cleanser. At the start of my natural hair journey I boxed up all my bad hair products and put my heat tools/brushes at the top of an old closet. I am never looking back! Curls are so beautiful and unique and I have finally learned to take care of them and make them look healthy! Good luck on your journey it's not always an easy one but it is so worth it to discover your "buried treasure!"

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