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Hi, I'm new to the forums and going natural. I find the naturallycurly site very informative and so I 've decided to join. I'm just starting out on my natural hair journey, am transitioning, and my short natural hair is 4b atm. Currently reading a lot and watching youtube vids to learn and hopefully get a solid regimen together, and results. Oh yeah I'm a guy, hope that's ok
I am so new to this! I did a BC last month (March 2017). I did use perms in the past to straighten my hair. As long as I can remember my hair has been so thick, took FOREVER to dry, my mother pressing my hair when I was little was at least a 2 hour event. When I got older, I decided to put a relaxer in my hair so my mother wouldn't have to do it every week. As time when on, I stopped going to the salon getting it done because the stylists would be like they needed to put off clients just to get my hair washed, dried, and styled. Fast forward to this year and a few things happened. I came to the realization that I have female pattern balding...ugh! On top of that, hair breakage from relaxers. I knew it was time to face up to it and own it because my fiance said something.
Soooooo, I had to BC what was left and now I have a TWA. Still learning to deal with it. I have SHRINKAGE to the max seems like. I have high density hair and I am looking for products to get me on the road to natural. I have done some research and I can say it's interesting. I found out why my hair floats on top of water....I found out about female pattern baldness. What I need to find out is some products that will not only help with the shrinkage but also help define my coily curls. I think that I have 4c hair.
I currently use Sheamoisture products: Low porosity line. I do LCO for now. LOC didn't have my hair feeling right. My cream now is Coconut/Hibiscus curl defining cream. My oil is coconut, jojoba oil, avocado mix. Maybe the summertime will change that.
What products can be recommended for my hair type and dealing with shrinkage from damp to dry? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
oops posted twice accidentally

Last edited by veganwavy; 05-25-2017 at 03:00 AM. Reason: posted twice
Hi everyone,
I'm new to the forum and as my nickname suggests, I'm making it super hard for myself because I want to use only vegan (and silicone-free) products I am from Germany but will move to the US (Georgia) this year with my family (my husband is in the US army), so I'm not yet very firm with American products, please be patient with me
I think my hair is a mixture of 2B and 2C but it used to be really corkscrew-curly (3A?) before I had my first child now, after my second baby, it seems more wavy-curly again, yay! Who knows, maybe I'll get my curls back some day...
I started using Deva Curl Low poo, One Condition Delight, the Frizz-free foam and Wave maker last week and so far, I really like the results I'm getting. It is kinda expensive in the long run, though, so I'm hoping to find more affordable products.
Oh yes, I used to color my hair, even bleach it until I got pregnant again last year. Now I'm growing out my natural grey hair (even though I'm only 32, I have TONS of grey hairs) and want to nurse the lengths back to some health.

Last edited by veganwavy; 05-25-2017 at 03:10 AM. Reason: forgot to mention my 'hair history'
Hi everyone,
I'm new to the forum and as my nickname suggests, I'm making it super hard for myself because I want to use only vegan (and silicone-free) products I am from Germany but will move to the US (Georgia) this year with my family (my husband is in the US army), so I'm not yet very firm with American products, please be patient with me
I think my hair is a mixture of 2B and 2C but it used to be really corkscrew-curly (3A?) before I had my first child now, after my second baby, it seems more wavy-curly again, yay! Who knows, maybe I'll get my curls back some day...
I started using Deva Curl Low poo, One Condition Delight, the Frizz-free foam and Wave maker last week and so far, I really like the results I'm getting. It is kinda expensive in the long run, though, so I'm hoping to find more affordable products.
Oh yes, I used to color my hair, even bleach it until I got pregnant again last year. Now I'm growing out my natural grey hair (even though I'm only 32, I have TONS of grey hairs) and want to nurse the lengths back to some health.
Originally Posted by veganwavy
Hi veganwavy,

Welcome to nc.com. I'm fairly new to the curltalk boards but about 12 years ago, I researched here and lurked around and learned a lot about how to care for curly hair. I'm back because I'm looking for some new techniques for new looks.

Since you are vegan, I wanted to make a shameless plug for the Alaffia shampoo and conditioners in my sig. Alaffia is such a great company with such a great mission, I feel like it's atleast worth trying their products. It is available at stores like Whole Foods and Whole Foods specifically has a no questions asked return policy, so its an easy way to try it. For more information about these, I've given a review in the Product Reviews section of Curltalk. (Note: I don't not get any benefits for this plug. Honest! I just love them.)

Since you are vegan and graying I wanted to mention that I started coloring my hair with henna to cover the gray, and it has improved the condition of my hair better than any treatment I have ever used. If this is something you want to look into, be sure to get Body Art Quality (BAQ) henna and also consider adding amla to the mix to retain your curl. For more info, check out, hennaforhair.com, hennasooq.com, and other resources on the internet. (Note: Henna colors hair red. You can mix it with indigo powder for various shades of brown or black. If you have blond hair and don't want red, you can use cassia powder instead.)
Summer: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing - Citrus Mint Shampoo and Conditioner
Winter: Alaffia Coconut & Shea Daily Hydrating - Lavender Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner

Fine, 2c, low porosity hair that I color with the 2-step henndigo

Looking for styling products and tools
Hi all, new to the forums but I've been browsing them for the last week.

I'm on Day 3 of my hair journey and it's going really well so far!! I spent my life hating my hair and telling everyone I was somewhere terrible in between wavy and straight which just meant frizzy and uncontrollable. After finding the Curly Girl method and this website I realized that I actually have wavy hair! And on Day 3 I am so happy that I'm discovering what it looks like naturally. I wish I had a curly haired role model to teach me all of this earlier but the curly hair comes from my dad and my mom had no idea what to do with it. So happy to be here!
Like ChicagoWavie, I'm new, but unlike her, I've been lurking for years. I joined because maybe I have a few things to say including venting about my lousy cut last week.

I learned about the CG method from one of my curly-haired daughters. I'd had so many bad cut over the years that I ended up wearing my hair long and in a bun or braided. I was great at buns! When I finally cut my hair about 6 years ago, I realized that my youngest daughter had never seen me with short hair. She was finishing up her sophomore year in college at the time. The first stylist to give me a good cut was a genius in cutting hair. He did not cut it dry, but it looked great anyway. Unfortunately, he's no longer around. I found a Deva inspired stylist and had been going to her for several years, but this January, she gave me a cut that wasn't great. In retrospect, it wasn't that bad and should never have had me hinting for a new stylist. I went to another stylist (Deva level 3, this time) and got a terrible cut. She may know how to cut most curly hair and she may have some satisfied clients, but I am not one of them. I'm going back to Hailey.

I currently use Deva Decadence co-wash, Renpure Coconut Cream condish, Curls Blueberry Bliss leave-in and a mixture of Deva Supercream and Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft for styling. If I have to use one styler, I like Miss Jessie better. It's less expensive, too.

Anyway, I'm finally glad to part of CurlTalk!
Hi All,

My hair has been pin straight for most of my life. After I had my son in 1995, my thyroid pooped out (unbeknownst to me at the time) and my hair started curling... I used to get perms and my last one just never grew out I never really did much with it, always blew it out and went on my way. About 1.5 years ago I decided to embrace my curly side and go "natural" and I am struggling!! My hair is 2b/2c, very fine, thinner, low porosity. I THINK my hair hates protein but I'm not sure.
Anyway, after lurking for a year I decided to say hello and start my journey to better curls.

Cory
Hi All,

My hair has been pin straight for most of my life. After I had my son in 1995, my thyroid pooped out (unbeknownst to me at the time) and my hair started curling... I used to get perms and my last one just never grew out I never really did much with it, always blew it out and went on my way. About 1.5 years ago I decided to embrace my curly side and go "natural" and I am struggling!! My hair is 2b/2c, very fine, thinner, low porosity. I THINK my hair hates protein but I'm not sure.
Anyway, after lurking for a year I decided to say hello and start my journey to better curls.

Cory
Originally Posted by CoryD
Hi Cory welcome! It's a challenge at first but you will get a hold of it
2c, dense and coarse hair.

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