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Soyala27Soyala27 Posts: 11Registered Users
Hello!

I ran into this site tonight and I am SOOOO happy that I did! There's so much information on curly hair that I never knew existed. My poor hair right now seems to be damaged. I have been loosing a good bit of hair (Though I am not sure if that's just the normal phase that I go through now and then or not) and it's dry to the touch. I am going to be getting a MUCH needed trimming done in May. I am using Pantenes curly hair shampoo/conditioner combo at the moment and I use John Frieda's dream curls and mousse for styling with a diffuser. That Pantene thing may change though once I go take a look at the ingredients

Anyway, I believe I am a type 3b hair possibly a combo of 3a and 3b? Having a hard time telling for sure.
Co-Wash: Suave Tropical Coconut
Styling: Frizz-Ease Dream Curls and Take Charge Mousse
3A-3B, fine, average porosity hair

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  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 12,213Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Hi Soyala27 and welcome! Many curlies find their hair to be a mixture of types.

    Try browsing around in the special sections and you can pick up a lot of great info.

    Good luck! I hope you enjoy our site.
    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:
  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,831Administrators, Moderators Administrator
    Welcome Soyala27! We're so glad you've joined us!

    Gretchen
    NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
    3A

    You are beautiful!
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Welcome, to another PA curly.

    Your hair properties are actually more important then your hair type. Here's a thread to help: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/general-discussion-about-curly-hair/67218-texture-porosity-other-hair-type-madness.html

    Most of the folks on nc.com follow some type of program that's related to Lorraine Massey's Curly Girl (CG) books. There is a lot of information if you read the stickies at the top of the forums. Basically, it's using products with out silicone and the sulfate shampoo that is necessary to remove them from your hair. Once you read the ingredients of all your products, you'll probably want to make some changes.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • bluesheepbluesheep Posts: 300Registered Users
    Hi, Soyala -

    Welcome! From your photo, you look like a 3b/3a combo, like me. Kathy Mack is right, though - the hair types are more about curl pattern than hair properties, which are a lot more helpful in terms of choosing products and figuring out what your hair needs. The link she included to the discussion thread on texture, porosity, etc, is really informative, although I got a little overwhelmed reading it! StruttsWife (aka Tiffany Anderson), who started the thread, also has a blog. She covered texture, porosity, density and elasticity in some blog posts (from Jan and Feb 2009), which I found really helpful in understanding the concepts and identifying my hair's properties (although that's still a work in progress, lol). You can read the post about texture here. Just check her archive for the others.

    You will probably want to ditch that Pantene shampoo and conditioner as soon as you can. Definitely the shampoo - it contains two harsh sulfates, which can't be helping your damaged hair issue. It's definitely not CG-friendly, but even if you don't want to go full or even modified CG, you will probably want to use a gentler cleanser. Happily, there are good products in every price range. :toothy8: You can find great recommendations/suggestions for CG-friendly products in the product review and/or 3b forums (among other places). If you're on a budget (like a lot of us), no worries! I know there's a thread on budget-priced conditioners here: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/newbies-info-introductions/76251-curlies-budget.html. Definitely read through the newbie stuff - there's an insane amount of information there! I'm also a heavy user of the "search" feature. :geek:

    HTH
    3b/3a, medium porosity, slightly coarse, high elasticity, high density. CG 2004; mod CG since 2006. CG again since 4/1/11.

    Lowpoo:
    Gudonya Salty Dawg (etsy), SM Moisture Retention
    CO: Gudonya Intense (etsy), SM Restorative, Tresemme Naturals
    LI: Gudonya IHC, SMCH Milk, Tresemme Nat, Biotera LI
    Stylers (current rotation): AVG/H20 spray, Eco Styler, EVCO, SMCH smoothie and mist, La Bella LoC, ORS Lock & Twist.
    Homemade DTs, PTs and Pre-Poos
    Love flour sack towels.
    Coconut oil = magic!
  • Soyala27Soyala27 Posts: 11Registered Users
    Thanks! Yea I will be ditching the pantene shampoo. I think I am going to go more modified than pure CG but I am gonna test stuff out to see what helps my hair the best.

    I checked out those forums and I know I have fine hair and I -think- I have medium porosity, but that's something that I am not sure I quite understand how to figure out. Gonna have to read up more on the porosity part. :)
    Co-Wash: Suave Tropical Coconut
    Styling: Frizz-Ease Dream Curls and Take Charge Mousse
    3A-3B, fine, average porosity hair
  • ash2027ash2027 Posts: 4Registered Users
    Hello,

    I am new to this as well. I have been transitioning my for about 8 months now, and its not easy. I have 4c type hair, please help you guys.

    Sent from my M860 using CurlTalk App
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    ash2027 wrote: »
    Hello,

    I am new to this as well. I have been transitioning my for about 8 months now, and its not easy. I have 4c type hair, please help you guys.

    Sent from my M860 using CurlTalk App

    The 4a forum is the most active board on nc.com. The ladies there are VERY knowledgeable and you can learn a lot with their help. When I was first on the boards, I read it all of the time. I still read it for product recommendations, techniques, etc. I'd start at the top and read the stickies, if I were you. Then go down it and pick and choose your topics.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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