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jihannn 10-30-2012 01:10 PM

Maybe I'm doing it wrong??
So after many, many weeks of research on the CG method, I finally decided to try it today. My hair has been straightened for a week or so, and before then I did what I guess would be a "clarifying" wash with some Dove shampoo & conditioner. Today I cowashed with Suave Naturals, then did the deeper condition (not sure of what that's called) with Bionatural Conditioner from Walgreens. I did all of this upside down because from what I understand it promotes clumps. While still in the shower, and still upside down, I applied SM Curl Milk as my LI & then used the Smoothie, then plopped for about 10-15 minutes, then applied Aussie Instant Freeze & some coconut oil to seal. My hair is 3a/3b (I think), low/normal porosity (but I did the test on straight hair so I don't know if that counts), very very dense, I have all the hair in the WORLD. Not sure about elasticity.

Now it's only been about 20 minutes or so and I can already see some frizz coming up around my crown. I do have hair that has been bleached around that area, could that be the issue? Or did I do something wrong? Any help is GREATLY appreciated!

Corrina777 10-30-2012 01:48 PM

First thing I would do is check the Dove Conditioner from last night and the Bionaturals conditioner from today for silicones.

You might also have better luck sealing after your LI, but before your styling products.

It's not unusual for hair to be a little strange at first. I would try the products you're using for a while longer (different combos, etc), but if you continue to get bad results it could be an ingredient in something that your hair doesn't like.

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Samanthascurlz 10-30-2012 01:51 PM

I do know that Walgreens binaural products babe silicones. So does Dove that could be the reason

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jihannn 10-30-2012 03:52 PM

Thank you both! I forgot to check the conditioner for silicones so ill def have to do that.

And thanks for the tip about switching the products around, I always thought there was a certain "method" to applying but the more I read the more I find I just have to go through the long process of finding what my hair needs

I do have one other question though, if I'm going to be CG does that mean I can't straighten my hair at all? It may just be my naivety but it honestly doesn't seem to damage my hair that much, and sometimes worked better for my hectic schedule.

Corrina777 10-30-2012 04:27 PM

There are people who will still straighten their hair on occasion. The biggest potential problem is heat damage (same reason diffuser is recommended instead of regular blowdrying). But I was given a piece of advice when I went for my Devacut in April. The stylist told me to think of my curls like a muscle- the more often they are worked, the stronger they can become. I've found that to be very true. If you straighten your hair a couple times a year, no one will take away your CG card, but if you straighten regularly, you probably won't see the full potential of your curls.

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jihannn 10-30-2012 05:21 PM

Great, I don't do it much now anyways, and if I can find a way to embrace these curls of mine I'm sure I'd do it even less.

One laaaast question, I hope I'm not asking too much! Since its my first day co-washing, should I do it again tomorrow to try and try different products/a different order? Or should I try to get this mythical day 2 hair everyone speaks of haha. I know I have to figure out what's best for me, usually I could go about 5 days without washing my hair, but that was without cremes and butters and oils.

Corrina777 10-30-2012 05:31 PM

Totally a personal choice. I've been CG for a year now and I cleanse daily (intense workout schedule). I've never made an effort for second day hair. But there are lots of people who do space out their cleansing.

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jihannn 10-30-2012 05:42 PM

Thanks again :)). That's all I can think of for now, other than complaining about how frizzy my hair had gotten as the day is passing. I'll chalk it up to first day co washing and hope it'll get better.

mycurlytresses 11-18-2012 09:23 AM

The Curly Girl Handbook suggests leaning back in the shower to cowash. The idea is that this does not disturb the curl pattern.

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