Just curious!

I've been a lurker for a long time, and finally decided to try going cg towards the end of Jan. It didn't really work out, and I have happily switched back to sulfate shampoos and lots of cones. I was just wondering if anyone else had poor results with cg, since I feel like the only one! ^_^
3a F/Mi Normal porosity

Lo-poo: Tigi Bedhead Superstar
Co-wash: V05 Strawberries and Cream

And waiting to try Giovanni Smooth as Silk CO ^_^

"I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it!"


  • Kelly CurlyQKelly CurlyQ Registered Users Posts: 50
    I was CG a long while ago and got frustrated and went back to 'cones & sulfates too. I think the problem I had was rushing into it too fast -- you can get caught up in all the products people talk about and wanting to try it all!

    I am now CG again and am taking it more slowly ... only trying new products one at a time.

    Many people say CG isn't for them. You have to use what is good for you.

    2c/3a: Fine, Thin, High Porosity; very fragile.

    Currently Using:
    Weekly LoPoo: ABBA Pure Curls Sulfate Free Shampoo
    CoWash Cleansing: Tresemme Naturals or Giovanni TTTT
    Condish: CJ Hibiscus & Banana
    Leave In: ABBA Pure Gentle w/ Argon Oil added
    Stylers: ABBA Pure Style gel (warm temps) or CJ CCCC (cool temps)

    Special Stuff:
    Coconut Oil scalp massage - Weekly
    PT/DT - Kpak Reconstructor / Kpak Intense Hydration (as needed)

  • curlypearlcurlypearl Registered Users Posts: 12,231 Curl Connoisseur
    I'm sure you're not the only one. I low poo at least once a week and after coloring my hair I use a sulfate shampoo. I have to see if my hair survives without cones during horrible humidity.

    Which products with cones are you using? I may go back to that over the summer so I'd like recommendations.
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:
  • greekgoddessgreekgoddess Registered Users Posts: 494 Curl Connoisseur
    I was CG more than 10 years ago, and quit after 3-4 months. I think it was because I wasn't following it correctly. I just recently started it up again, and I am loving it.
    Long: Fine, low porosity 3b curls
    Shampoo: Suave clarifying 
    Low sulphate shampoo: Elucence Moisture benefits, Not Your Mother’s Curl defining 
    Conditioner: Acure Argan Oil & Pumpkin, Elucence Moisture balancing, GVP Conditioning Balm
    Leave in: Curls Blueberry Bliss
    Cream: Amika Curl cream, Ag recoil
    Gel: Giovanni 
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  • yukinohanayukinohana Registered Users Posts: 6
    Thanks! Kelly CurlyQ and greekgoddess, it really gives me hope that you thought it didn't work, only to go back to it later...maybe that will be what happens for me! Curlypearl, I'm back to using Herbal Essences...you could use their leave-in conditioner for long hair, since that seems to be a really powerful conditioner ^^. And CurlsALOT, thank you! You made some good points--I'm going to ask questions and read a lot more, so hopefully I'll take away some good ideas!
    3a F/Mi Normal porosity

    Lo-poo: Tigi Bedhead Superstar
    Co-wash: V05 Strawberries and Cream
    Gel: HETT

    And waiting to try Giovanni Smooth as Silk CO ^_^

    "I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it!"
  • DeodandDeodand Registered Users Posts: 159
    It seems to me that a lot of CGers step down, instead of just going full CG at once. Switch to low poos, then conditioner washes, and see how your hair and scalp like it.
    2B low porosity low elasticity fine texture
    I'm not CG - tried it and failed for two years. My scalp hates it.
  • MirCurlsMirCurls Registered Users Posts: 2,660 Curl Neophyte
    I think it depends on what you want from your hair and if going CG can give it to you. Some want more natural hair--working with what the hair's natural texture is and improving it with gentle and suited care.

    Me, I want a way to have my own hair look good and be healthy, but also have a shape and look I like. I am new to this (4 mos), but I do see an improvement in my hair just being more aware of conditioning.

    However, I live in a very humid subtropical climate, and I don't know if I will handle the hot months well. If I can't get my hair to have some sort of appealing shape by being CG, I will modify or ditch as needed. Seriously, I'm not about being faithful to ANY method, but about trying to see how I can have my natural hair type/texture be benefitted WHILE ALSO having hair I find attractive.

    I have not found yet an optimal style for my curls. But I have learned how to improve the look of my natural curls by the tips and product reviews here on NC. :)

    I think if it was easier to find local curl styling experts, life would be so much easier. I can buy all the best products and have great technique at home, but a bad cut can ruin all that, ya know? It's a synergy.

    I don't like flat top hair, and for me, the biggest challenge has been keeping properly moisturized and setting free my natural hair WHILE trying to get and keep height and volume (which suits me better, aesthetically). That's my particular challenge, but it was also my challenge when I had blown-out hair. This way, I'm not burning the heck out of my hair with irons and dryers and masquerading the damage with cones.

    This summer will be my CG crucible. We shall see...
    Natural since 11/25/09
    Then: fine, superdry, non-elastic, porous
    Now: medium, dry, elastic, lower porosity, BSL

    Curl Junkie Conditions!
    Eden BW Cleansing Condish Rocks!

    ~CJ Protein Tx
    ; BEE-U-Ti-Ful Deep Condish
    ~SMasters Method; Pixie-curling
    Dumped clumps for VOLUME!

    Marchioness Mir, Magister of Moisturization & Mystic of the Lofty Crown in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

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