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Hi, textured-hair friends, and welcome to!

I've compiled a list of articles I think you'll find helpful! NaturallyCurly can be overwhelming, as we have 11 years of fabulous content to share with you.

Hopefully these links will help you on your journey to wavy-, curly- or kinky-haired nirvana!

What Is My Hair Type?

Transitioning From Relaxed Hair to Natural
All About the No-Poo Routine
Tell Me About Silicones
Tell Me More About Silicones
All About Sulfates
All About Alcohols
What is Plopping?
A Glossary of Hair-Product Terms
Gretchen co-founder

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Hello, all,
Greetings from Lawrenceville, Ga.
I am newly natural and currently wearing a TWA.

My first question is what is a good leave in conditioner to use on 3c/4a hair? I LOVE how my hair looks wet...but when it dries I dont like the shrinkage and it becomes dry...

It will curl pretty much on its own but I want something that will keep my curls loose and moisturized.. I have tried Kinky Curling cream and Fantasia gel. and I have to admit I like the Fantasia gel better, although I know it may contain some ingredients that arent so good for me..But I like the curl pattern it gives better than KCCC. Yet I still want something that will keep my hair from shrinking so much..

Gretchen-you rock for posting these all together so us newbies can have a good place to start!
New to CG so still have a lot to figure out!
3b,fine, medium to high porosity
Products: VO5 for CO wash and rinse out. Instead of leave in CO, I use tresemme curl creme to moisterise and prevent frizz. Tresemme curl care gel, and pantene curl locking hair spray.
HelloI'm new here.I don't even know if I'm posting in the right place. Just thought I'd announce myself
Welcome, Josephswife.
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Gretchen co-founder

You are beautiful!
Hey yall!
Im new to the site as well..but i love it already!!
Ive had curly hair since i came out my moms belly back in 86...relaxed hair for almost 10 yrs...texturized for 1.5 and then decided to get back to my roots...BC 2/22/10 and im still having hair problems...i guess im n the awkward phase...trying new products like mixed chicks and KCCC and KCNT...also following the Curly Girl Method now
Hi all. I am new to this site and found it quite informational. Where I live, there aren't many people with hair like mine, except for my sisters. I'm half caucasian and african american. I would say that my hair type falls under the 3c. I have a love/hate relationship with it. Some days it behaves, while other days I want to rip it out!! Now I don't use any expensive products and it seems to work ok. I *chuckles* use LA Looks gel and it has worked for me for a couple of years. I only brush my hair in the shower and I style it upside down and let it air dry. The thing that I hate the most is the shrinkage. It always looks like I have an A-line haircut because it is so curly in the back. Now do I just get it layered and have it really short in the front, so the back appears longer, or do I just really get an A-line cut??? So frustrated. I like it short....sometimes, but really prefer it longer, but it just seems to not grow. My hubby loves it short and poofy. Sorry for such a long post, but I know you girls know what I'm going through abd thought I can get some much needed advice. Thanks.
Hey to All:
I'm a newbie. I happen to find this site while doing a search. This is an amazing site. Sooooo much information. I'm loving it. I checked out the site for a week or so before joining or posting a reply.

I have been relaxer free since October 2009 and it has been a JOURNEY! I found myself at some very low moments in figuring out how to approach my natural path, but this site has helped a lot, the people that post to this site as well as the site managers have greatly aided my journey. At times I thought that my path was harder or less informed due to me being in Mississippi, but I'm learning about products that are right for my hair and where to purchase them. I'm becoming a "product junkie" as I continue to pursue my natural journey.

Hi everyone I too Am new to the site and I Must admit Iam very excited and happy to find a site where I can learn to take control of my hair.. I have had relaxers in the past which have caused much damage to my hair.... having grown out a bad hair cut and relaxer I look forward to being natural and free.
I have used Kinky curly products but I really don't care for the residue it leaves in my hair..... my mom purchased quadad products which Im gonna try. Thats all for now..
have agreat evening everyone....
Hi everyone,

My name is Felicia, and I'm new to the site! I've come a few times for information, but I thought I'd actually register this time and start talking to people.

I received a flat-iron for my 13th birthday and straightened my hair every single morning for 7 years, until I lived in Wisconsin for the summer and it was too hot to bear. So for the last 3 years I have been au natural, and I love it. I am not completely sure what type of hair I have (but my guess is 3b), and I love my curls when my hair is short. But I'm trying to grow it out, and now may hair is giving me all sorts of trouble.

Just wanted to shout out and introduce myself. I'm sure you'll hear from me in some of the other forums. Thanks for putting together such a great site! It's such a relief to get curly help.

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I'm finally looking into what I need to keep up my curly crown. A friend of mine suggested this site about 6 months ago. Who knew there was so much info for the curly q's.

I believe I'm a 3b, but I'm sure I'll find out for sure...

"There is no use trying," said Alice; "one can't believe impossible things." "I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."-Lewis Carol
I don't know if i'm posting in the right bit either!....
Basically i need some hair advice!!!
I chemically straightened my hair for 6 years, and then used straightening irons on it for about a year. i've forgotten what it's like to have curly always made me feel less attractive. Anyway, i now would like to have another go, as there are many curly haired lovely looking people!!
I have no idea what to get for it to make it nice curl, and not frizzy.I think it's less naturally curly than it used to be(this could be the fact that my irons have killed it, or that i'm older now, and my hair has changed a bit) Do I still use mousse??(used to make it a bit hard), before that I used gel-(made it look like a wet look!), or are the creams any good? What about serums? My thoughts have been totally taken over by how to get straight hair in the am totally lost when it comes to curly hair tips..Please help with product info!! I tried to diffuse it, but it ended up like a big ball of wire.Thank you so much.xxxx
Hello all! Just joined today ... Rachael from Texas. I was picked on mercilessly growing up because of my out-of-control curls. Later in life, I've embraced them, and now people seem to love them!
Hello everyone. I am a newbie to NC site and boards. I enjoy learning about good hair products, hair care, and loving self. I have been on my natural hair journey since 2000 for almost 10 years!! I must say that this is a rewarding experience for me personally because I grew up feeling that you only appear beautiful to yourself as well to others by wearing a press n comb or perm (relaxed hair). So I challenged myself and the stigma to believe that beauty lies within and outside of you meaning from hair to the bottom of your feet. Embracing your natural hair is learning to accept you. I have love for everyone and do not prejudice myself with anyone or against anyone's decision based on their preference for their hair.

NC I feel is a great way to research and learn for me mostly on good hair care regimens as well as products. I tend to wear my hair natural curly as well as sometimes I will wear a straight hair by flat iron process. Just to switch up the style. For me I feel good and glory when I am wearing my natural hair. There is power in your hair. Wear it proudly.
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new to site...just wondering if anyone out there have used moroccan oil? Is it good for curly hair?
Hi ! new to this site. trying to figure out all the terms and stuff. so far I LOVE this site! soo much info ! thanks
Right now i am starting to be at a stage that i know that i want to go naturals and that curly is the way for me i was thinking of sisterlocks or really small locks but i found that yes that had some versatility but i am not a locs girl i like putting my finger through my hair i have been getting relaxers since i was in like the first grade and have tried to get off the cream-crack before but with my mother and her favorite solution that was nearly impossible.Now on near the end of my senior year i know that i really dislike relaxers. So i want go curly i haven't had a relaxer in a couple of months and my new growth is really starting to look really crazy next to my relaxed hair being that i am a senior and prom season has just arrived i don't want to have no hair. So how should or can i start my transition?
Hi. I'm Ashleigh. I have natural for almost 5 years now and I am still looking for a brand that does it all! I have tried sooo many products. If you all have any suggestions please let me know. I am type 3c (wavy/curly texture)
Hi guys! I am not new to or to the CG routine...but this is my first post ever on any forum. Yay me! Not sure what to say, but hello to all from always sunny Arcadia, Ca.
Currently in couples therapy with my hair.(We know we should get along because we're attached forever, and sometimes we do, but there are those days when no matter what I say or do my hair does exactly the opposite.)
Texture: 3b/3c/4a
Current Loves:
CO: JCS Nutrient Replenishing Co
Leave-Ins: JCS Revitalizing Leave-In Co, KCKT
Gel: FSG, Eco-Styler Olive Oil Gel
Other: Pure Coconut Oil, JCS Nourish & Shine
Hi all! *I'm new to the forum ... and new to curly hair! LOL!! *It was always about 2A until ... suddenly the last few years, it's been getting really frizzy! *I've tied it back to hide the frizz but it really doesn't help much.

My greys gradually appearing have been DEFINITELY curly, so I thought ... maybe ... and now, with LOTS of conditioning and NO brushing, I've got somewhere between 3a and 3b curls--actual spirals! *I have no clue how to take care of this radically different hair (other than brief forays into this site, which is why I dumped the brush & added heavier conditioner), after more than 50 years of being happy enough with my nearly straight hair.

When I was young, everyone was wanting curly hair--and mine did at least hold a set. *As perms got more popular, I tried one ... BAD idea! *It was too curly for a week, then went to instant FRIZZ. *That was about 25 years ago. *I don't use any heat on my hair except warm water. *It's just past bra-strap length and I'm thinking maybe it'll shape up better with a trim?

I'm going to be looking for help, for sure!

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