hermione hair?

Livy85Livy85 Posts: 17Registered Users
I've had thick curly/wavy hair since puberty and i've done nothing but try to hold it back and tame it. Now that i'm a bit older i want to try to embrace it. However, I dont know how to even begin to do this.

When i get out of the shower and let my hair air dry as i usually do, my hair looks like Hermione from Harry Potter on a bad day. Is there any advice on what i can do to get it to dry nicer? And if there is any other advice on products i can use to work with my hair instead of against it?

Thanks in advance.
2b/c normal hair, high porosity and normal elasticity.

CoWash/leave in: Suave Naturals Coconut
Curl Activator: SoftSheen Carson Care Free Curl
Gel: Eco Styler Krystal

I'm a cocoa nut!!!! :lol:

Just started CG and already my hair is looking a lot better!!:love3:
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  • CurlyMomCurlyMom Posts: 334Registered Users
    If you're wanted to go CG here's some good info to get you started:

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=78318
    2c/3a/3b Fine/med texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
  • pedahehpedaheh Posts: 4,812Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Hi Livy85,
    The good news is the actress that plays Hermione Granger has really nice hair on a good day. Don't worry, we will get you there too. The information on wavy and curly hair here is great.
    If you haven't already, I suggest you look into the curly girl method. It doesn't work for everyone, but it works wonders for a lot of us. Most people here use it.
    CG before and after picture thread
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=47609
    how to follow the cg method.
    http://dormroomcurly.blogspot.com/2008/12/style-definitions-table.html
    Your next step is to find out what your hair properties are (or at least most of them).
    Wave pattern, thickness and texture
    http://thewavytales.blogspot.com/2009/12/how-to-classify-your-wavy-hair.html
    porosity
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/curlchemist-porosity-and-curly-hair
    elasticity
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=85854

    Then you can check this thread for people like you and see which products and techniques they use.
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=90412

    When you have your properties figured out, post them to this thread and we should be able to give you more specific advice.
    What is your current routine? What products do you use? Do you use a gel or another styling product? Posting a picture might also help us with making suggestions.
    Good Luck.
    http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
    2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
    Cowash: Tresemme naturals
    Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
    Curl enhancer: FSG
    Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
    PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
    Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
  • Livy85Livy85 Posts: 17Registered Users
    From what I've gathered from the links you gave me I have 2b/c normal hair, high porosity and normal elasticity.

    I don't really use a lot of product right now. But I have started being CG but i've had to use a conditioner for cowashing that i have at home(which is suprisingly CG friendly) and this styling cream(also CG friendly). they are: Daily Defense Volumizing Conditioner and something called Define Material Texture Line.

    So far my hair is already looking better but I want to know what else I can do.
    2b/c normal hair, high porosity and normal elasticity.

    CoWash/leave in: Suave Naturals Coconut
    Curl Activator: SoftSheen Carson Care Free Curl
    Gel: Eco Styler Krystal

    I'm a cocoa nut!!!! :lol:

    Just started CG and already my hair is looking a lot better!!:love3:
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • plunkybugplunkybug Posts: 2,526Registered Users
    Are you using any kind of styler? Any techniques like scrunching or plopping to encourage the curls?


    Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

    2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

    Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

    Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showpost.php?p=1252125&postcount=59

  • Livy85Livy85 Posts: 17Registered Users
    I have been scrunching in my styling cream.
    2b/c normal hair, high porosity and normal elasticity.

    CoWash/leave in: Suave Naturals Coconut
    Curl Activator: SoftSheen Carson Care Free Curl
    Gel: Eco Styler Krystal

    I'm a cocoa nut!!!! :lol:

    Just started CG and already my hair is looking a lot better!!:love3:
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • plunkybugplunkybug Posts: 2,526Registered Users
    I'd keep what you're doing if you are already seeing improvement. You might try a harder hold gel on top of the curl cream along with plopping and diffusing.


    Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

    2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

    Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

    Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showpost.php?p=1252125&postcount=59

  • Livy85Livy85 Posts: 17Registered Users
    okay! :) thank you all very much. its exciting to see my hair finally looking good after 7 years.
    2b/c normal hair, high porosity and normal elasticity.

    CoWash/leave in: Suave Naturals Coconut
    Curl Activator: SoftSheen Carson Care Free Curl
    Gel: Eco Styler Krystal

    I'm a cocoa nut!!!! :lol:

    Just started CG and already my hair is looking a lot better!!:love3:
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • pedahehpedaheh Posts: 4,812Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I was going to suggest a gel with a harder hold over the top of the curl cream too. Wait until your hair is 100% dry and then scrunch out the crunch. LA looks sports or curl gel works great for many people. Herbal Essences Set Me Up Gel is another popular option. There plenty more options if you need them.

    Is is humid where you are (dew point above 70)? If it is, you might want to look for styling products and leave in conditioners without glycerin. Glycerin draws too much moisture to the hair in humid conditions and causes frizz. In your case I'd guess the humidity would cause your hair to be bushy and make you want to snog red headed wizards.

    There are CG products listed on the left side of this blog. Formulas change often and lists are never up to date. Be sure to double check ingredients before you buy anything.
    http://curlgirljourney.blogspot.com/

    I think flax seed gel or fruit of the earth aloe vera gel are worth a try for everyone. FOTE AVG is by the sunscreen in walmart and other places. You can make homemade FSG with flax seeds and water. It is super easy. If you like it, you can customize it a million ways. If you'd rather not make your own, Botticelli Botanicals sells it.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/BotticelliBotanicals

    If you decide you want to try more expensive CG stuff, Kathymack from the forums sells samples. Check the fotki in her siggi.

    If you want more clumps (fewer larger curls instead of more smaller curls) try the ice queen method or the super soaker method. Some people like clumps and others don't. For me clumps=better waves.

    If your hair is porous, you probably want some protein in your styling products and/or leave in conditioner. A protein treatment is probably a good idea. Some CG protein treatments are Aubrey Organics GPB (mild, more of a heavily proteined conditioner), Sally beauty's Ion effective hair care (mild), Nexxus emergencee, Joiko K-pac (sally's has a generic version) or Aphogee 2 step (at sally's, very strong). Be sure to follow a PT with a deep treatment or a moisturizing conditioner. With protein it is best to start small and move to stronger things if you need them.

    Glad to hear things are going good so far.
    http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
    2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
    Cowash: Tresemme naturals
    Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
    Curl enhancer: FSG
    Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
    PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
    Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
  • Livy85Livy85 Posts: 17Registered Users
    What would you look for in a conditioner with protein?
    2b/c normal hair, high porosity and normal elasticity.

    CoWash/leave in: Suave Naturals Coconut
    Curl Activator: SoftSheen Carson Care Free Curl
    Gel: Eco Styler Krystal

    I'm a cocoa nut!!!! :lol:

    Just started CG and already my hair is looking a lot better!!:love3:
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • pedahehpedaheh Posts: 4,812Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Look for something that says hydrolized protein.
    The Ion or the AO GPB might be a good place to start with protein.
    Off the top of my head. Giovanni Direct leave in has protein and goivanni smooth as silk condish has it. The red renpure organics has a bit of protien.
    http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
    2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
    Cowash: Tresemme naturals
    Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
    Curl enhancer: FSG
    Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
    PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
    Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
  • plunkybugplunkybug Posts: 2,526Registered Users
    pedaheh wrote: »

    Is is humid where you are (dew point above 70)? If it is, you might want to look for styling products and leave in conditioners without glycerin. Glycerin draws too much moisture to the hair in humid conditions and causes frizz. In your case I'd guess the humidity would cause your hair to be bushy and make you want to snog red headed wizards.

    Ha ha ha! Love it!

    Also, on protein in condish...most list protein in some way, like wheat protein, oat protein, silk protein, etc, though some aren't listed as a protein...like jojoba. And sometimes silk is listed as an amino acid. AFAIK, they're still both proteins even if protein isn't in the name.


    Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

    2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

    Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

    Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showpost.php?p=1252125&postcount=59

  • Livy85Livy85 Posts: 17Registered Users
    Thanks, i'll definately give the protein a try and look into the dew point thing. i think these could be it. it gets really humid here in New Jersey.
    2b/c normal hair, high porosity and normal elasticity.

    CoWash/leave in: Suave Naturals Coconut
    Curl Activator: SoftSheen Carson Care Free Curl
    Gel: Eco Styler Krystal

    I'm a cocoa nut!!!! :lol:

    Just started CG and already my hair is looking a lot better!!:love3:
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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