Any Tips & Suggestions for my 2A-2B Hair?

I grew up with very frizzy, rats-nesty, ringletty hair. In high school, I colored and straightened it all the time because I didn't know how to take care of it. Since entering college a few years ago, I've been trying to find the right way to wear my natural hair. It used to be much more voluminous (2B?) when I used basic hair care products (shampoo, conditioner, mousse) like Suave (see attached photo). However, I've tried switching to more "natural" and cruelty-free (important) products the past couple years (Paul Mitchell, Organix), but it seems like my hair is just becoming more lifeless (2A).  It's flatter, frizzy (mostly underneath), and any styling products I use (mousse, creams, leave-ins) leave me with zero definition (my profile pic looks OK because I just got it cut that day). I'll also mention that I have fine-medium width hair, lowish density, and low-medium porosity (I think?), and a dryish scalp - I wash/condition (sulfate-free) every other day (towel/air dry) before it gets greasy.So basically, I've been considering doing the Curly Girl regime. I plan on buying some Jessicurl products in the next few days (Aloeba daily conditioner, Gelebration spray), and was wondering if someone would recommend this for my hair? I've actually been doing parts of the Curly Girl without realizing it these past couple years (wide-tooth comb in shower, leaving conditioner in longer, rinsing with cool water). Even this morning I decided to see what it would look like with applying my defining cream and mousse (Organix) on soaked hair, then plopped (with a regular towel, though), and when I took the towel off, my hair was super curly! But now it looks the same as usual. So would you recommend doing the whole Curly Girl shebang? Sorry, I'm very verbose and I like everyone to know all the details so I can get the best answers! Thanks for reading!

2 Answers

A lot of Type 2s really like the Jessicurl products, so I think you're on the right track. You can try the full no-shampoo routine, or maybe just a modified routine to start with. Maybe start by using the JEssicurl products, and following some other basic techniques: sleep on a satin pillowcase, don't brush your hair, don't mess with it at all during the day. A lot of curlies have good luck when the diffuse their hair to about 75% dry and then air dry the rest.
Hi, firstly I have a question. You said you are trying to follow the Curly Girl system, but are you making sure to eliminate silicones from your conditioners and styling products? Silicones build up on your hair and if you aren't using sulfates (which is a good thing of course) there's no way to remove them. Maybe this isn't news to you, but just in case :) So I would say to definitely eliminate silicones completely. Without the build up, your hair will look less dull and lifeless. As far as the "no shampoo" aspect of CG, I have found as a wavy-haired girl that I need to modify it to suit my hair. I shampoo (sulfate-free) once a week and use a cleansing conditioner twice a week in between shampoos. I rinse, condition, and detangle with a wide toothed comb in the shower every day. I would also recommend using a clarifying shampoo once a month to remove build up. Just make sure to condition really well afterwards. Plopping is also amazing for my wavy hair because it preserves the texture and I sleep with my hair wrapped in a soft t-shirt, which works great. Hope that helps and good luck!