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Best Tips You've Picked Up Here on NC

hippiechic81hippiechic81 Posts: 1,239Registered Users
Well the title says it al!! I wanted to set up a sticky but I can't figure out how. Anyhoo, new people are constantly joining and the ones that have been here are always looking for good info. and I thought it'd be cool to see what everyone's best tips that they've picked up here on the site to help myself and everyone else!! It doesn't have to specific to anything but can be about whatever you like :walk:

My best tip, (what I can think of right away), would be using a wet washcloth to revive/refresh waves and/or curls for 2nd day hair. Just wet it, squeeze out the extra, then scrunch through out the whole head. I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's tips!!!!:blob3:
2a, fine-med. text, normal porosity (I think)

[FONT=Going back and forth between Herbal Essence Don't Fade On Me shampoo and condish and L'oreal Sulfate Free shampoo

Stylers-
- Not Your Mother's Curl Cream, La Bella Sports Gel, Aussie Sprunch Spray

[/COLOR][/FONT] My waves are finally getting stronger thanks to weekly PTs and longer hair in general. Still trying to grow it out though!:headbang:

mod-CG since December '10

I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

My hair is basically my hobby!!

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  • swtndspcyswtndspcy Posts: 692Registered Users
    Something I found out for myself: My hair is always so thirsty, the only way I can achieve 2nd day hair is to mist it down with water so it's very damp, then scrunch in more condish. Then I scrunch out extra water/condish and scrunch in a little FSG or gel.

    Best tips I have picked up here: Spritz and Condish. Plopping!!!!! and last but not least.. FSG! Amazing stuff.

    Not to mention, moisture moisture moisture! I actually had no idea how dry and thirsty my hair was until I found NC.com.
  • sleepyjesssleepyjess Posts: 297Registered Users
    Hmm...it's a tie between not brushing my hair, and not touching wet hair. Both pretty basic tips...they're two of the earliest things I learned, and two of the smallest changes that have made a huge difference.
    Oregon curly!
    Fine hair; weighed down easily; high porosity; prone to flyaways & The Bedhead Look
    2b? (or not 2b? Heehee.)
    Mod-CG since Nov '10
    Cowash: VO5 Calming Chamomile
    RO: Desert Essences Coconut
    Gel: Pantene Curls Gel, LALSG
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    "She may be afraid of trees. But when push comes to shove, she won't let you drink the shampoo. No matter how good it smells."

    :faroah:Visit me! /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fnakedsquid.blogspot.com" class="Popup
  • CheetaraCheetara Posts: 2,182Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My favorite techniques are plopping, clipping and not touching it while it's wet. I had to learn all 3 techniques and practice them a lot to get them right.
    Sort of CG sometimes, but not really
    2B, medium? normal porosity and elasticity?

    Cleansers -
    Suave Clarifying, Philosophy Happy Birthday Beautiful

    Stylers - BRHG, re:coil, Ion Hairspray

    I live in the NYC area.


  • gianna910gianna910 Posts: 78Registered Users
    Subscribing to this. This is awesome but yeah, plopping, though it never works. Haha no touchy when it's wet, it's countless. I've learned so many great things and i'm trying to make most of it work. I'm still im the process! :)


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  • SegBSegB Posts: 692Registered Users
    To choose products and ask for recommendations based on hair PROPERTIES (porosity, density, texture, etc) rather than curl type (2, 3, etc)
    2b/3a, normal/high porosity, fine/medium texture, medium density, low elasticity

    Low Poo- Tigi Colour Goddess, Giovanni 50:50, Giovanni TTT (clarify 1X/week)
    Condish- CJ Curl Rehab, Giovanni 50:50, Giovanni TTT
    Leave In- Slip Detangler, KCKT, Redken Curl Refiner
    Style- KCCC, SS CEJ, SS FHG
    Treatment- CJ Repair Me! and CJ CR

    Dislikes: Too much protein, high glycerin content, and heavy oils
  • pedahehpedaheh Posts: 4,812Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    If you can't figure out if a products is the cause of your issues (frizz, dryness, etc.), try the product on only one section of your hair (example: put it only on the back of your head).
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    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
  • hippiechic81hippiechic81 Posts: 1,239Registered Users
    These are such great tips so far!!! I definitely need to keep the "no touching hair" rule in mind. Keep 'em coming!!!!!!!:afro:
    2a, fine-med. text, normal porosity (I think)

    [FONT=Going back and forth between Herbal Essence Don't Fade On Me shampoo and condish and L'oreal Sulfate Free shampoo

    Stylers-
    - Not Your Mother's Curl Cream, La Bella Sports Gel, Aussie Sprunch Spray

    [/COLOR][/FONT] My waves are finally getting stronger thanks to weekly PTs and longer hair in general. Still trying to grow it out though!:headbang:

    mod-CG since December '10

    I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

    My hair is basically my hobby!!

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  • asianrunnerasianrunner Posts: 2,251Registered Users
    Definitely plopping. It cuts way down on the drying time and helps my waves form.

    Alternating low pooing, cowashing and water washing. I know I can't exclusively cowash because my hair gets greasy and limp.

    Scrunching styling products gently into almost soaking wet hair. I used to aggressively scrunch but found my waves form better if I do it gently!

    If you have a question, just ask! There are no dumb questions. ;)
    Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
    cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

    rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Beauticurls, CJ Smoothing

    jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC
    gels: CJ CQ, CJ Pattern Pusha, BRHG

  • chicklegirlchicklegirl Posts: 40Registered Users
    I wish plopping worked for me, but NOPE. I have to say, the best ones that I keep coming back to are the Supersoaker and Smasters techniques. I have completely different hair--real live waves--because of those two.
    2b/F/ii canopy/front, with a bit of 2c/M-C/ii behind the ears and at the nape. Low elasticity, mixed porosity.

    Lo-poo: GTTT
    Co-wash/condition: GTTT, Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut, GF Triple Nutrition Fortifying Cream
    LI: KCKT, Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut
    Style: KCCC, FSG, Giovanni LA Natural Styling Gel
  • plunkybugplunkybug Posts: 2,526Registered Users
    I think techniques for me...plopping, super soaking, smasters, pixie

    Other valuable tips...no wet touchy which includes SOTC, combing only when wet with conditioner, when doing a PT, be sure to follow up with DT (unless you find the PT moisturizing enough), not all wavies can co-wash exclusively and...

    No one will call the CG police if you fall off the bandwagon.


    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

  • plunkybugplunkybug Posts: 2,526Registered Users
    Oh, and for me, my biggest help is doing everything at night...I don't have to worry about going out in the wind or rain or what have you and have poodle hair. I can also let it finish air drying in a pineapple overnight as needed. I have greater control over the elements while I dry after 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

  • ththdththd Posts: 300Registered Users
    Stop using non-water soluble silicones, FSG, cowashing, t-shirts to plop or scrunch, coconut oil.... And I do agree, don't go nuts if you have to modify. I was down on myself because I thought I was failing in the beginning but it's all about what works for you! It's been over a year and I'm just now starting to get the results I really wanted.

    Love this thread!!! Thanks Hippie!
    V05 Lime cowash/SN Pomegranite RO FSG and LOOB
    I still use Tresemme Fine Mist hairspray for the side swept bangs...I can't live without it!
    Curl Genie: Medium-fine texture, normal porosity, low elasticity, medium density
  • CheetaraCheetara Posts: 2,182Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I forgot one. Icequeen method. I think I do that every dang time I cleanse and style. It's so routine for me that I forget about it!
    Sort of CG sometimes, but not really
    2B, medium? normal porosity and elasticity?

    Cleansers -
    Suave Clarifying, Philosophy Happy Birthday Beautiful

    Stylers - BRHG, re:coil, Ion Hairspray

    I live in the NYC area.


  • pedahehpedaheh Posts: 4,812Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'm going to add this one, because I'm pretty sure we all made this mistake.

    When you cowash, you have to really scrub your scalp a lot. Scrub more then you think. Use the pads of your fingers not the nails.
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    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
  • wavyblondewavyblonde Posts: 1,637Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Scrunching hair instead of towel drying, SOTC (!), avoiding sulfates and cones, pixie diffusing, using a microfiber towel, protein vs. moisture. And TONS of product recs.

    I've also learned lots of non-hair-related stuff, too!
    2c/3a with 2b underlayer. Fine, porous. Loves protein. But not hydrolized wheat protein. Yuck.

    Wash: WEN Sweet Almond Mint or Pomegranate
    Gels: LA Looks Sport Gel
    Mousse: Tigi Catwalk Curlesque
    Curling creams/gellies: Coffee Coco Curling Cream Lite, Spiral Solutions Curl Enhancing Jelly, Curls Gel-les'c
    SOTC: JC N&S (LOVE)
    http://public.fotki.com/wavyblonde/hair-2010/
  • swtndspcyswtndspcy Posts: 692Registered Users
    wavyblonde wrote: »
    SOTC (!),
    ^^^^ agreed! I actually never used to do this, I would just aim for stuff that didn't make me crunchy! My hair comes out so much better with harder hold products and then SOTC!

    Also adding:
    Protein Treatments!!!! Never knew about these either. They have made a world of difference for this fine to normal haired porous wavy!!
    Tons of natural recipes for hair and body, most of which I already have on hand! :)
    Coconut oil. Never even heard of it until NC.com. My hair has never loved an oil like coconut oil! (Again, Peda is my hero for introducing me to it!)

    Helping me understand my hair properties. I never knew it made such a difference, but it REALLY really does.
  • porque_pigporque_pig Posts: 238Registered Users
    1. Scrunching with a t-shirt instead of a towel.
    2. How to tell when my hair needs protein!
    3. Identifying (and thereby avoiding) silicones that require sulfates to be removed.
    :batman: 2b/cFi, low density, normal porosity, high elasticity

    Low-poo
    : Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
    Conditioner
    : Suave Naturals (whatever scent I have on hand)
    Styling
    : Paul Mitchell Round Trip, Tresemme Climate Control Finishing Spray

    I'm a hair minimalist: the less time I spend on my hair, the better.

  • Robin-in-FLRobin-in-FL Posts: 1,731Registered Users
    On care of hair:
    *It's hard to overcondition coarse hair.
    *It really does make the hair healthier when I avoid sulfates and silicones.
    *It's OK to mess with my hair every day. Wetting it every day has made it healthier, I used to wash once a week and it stayed in very good shape so I thought 'less was more' but now with daily rinse-and-condition it actually feels a lot better and falls out less.

    On styling:
    *Scrunching with t-shirt
    *Using hard hold gel instead of mousse
    *Not touching hair while it dries and scrunching-out-crunch when it is completely dry.
    2c / C / iii (FIA)
    Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

    Shoulder-Length now.

    Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
    Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
    Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
    Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

    Henna!
  • wavynwild16wavynwild16 Posts: 2,121Registered Users
    Wow, I've learned so many great things from NC.com -- maybe too many, ha ha! ;) Plopping has absolutely saved my hair. I also learned to SOTC (which I used to never do -- I didn't think it was possible to remove crunch from your hair!), use some of my regular conditioner as a LI (I used to think this was disgusting, but now I know I can never get enough condish), avoid protein, NOT brush my hair -- EVER!, and learn to read product labels. I had no clue what I was putting on my hair before CG. I also picked up the icequeen method, which is amazing, and sealing with oil (and rubbing some on my scalp, which has absolutely saved my hair -- I literally don't know what I'd do without my Apricot Oil). And, I learned to make FSG, which really is amazing stuff. I also figured out what silicones were! Stopping sulfates and 'cones was the best thing I ever did, and I will never go back! So, thank you NC.com and all you lovely ladies for your help and support. I still have hair issues here and there, but it's so much better than it was that I have no right to complain. Thanks!
    Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

    Favorite...
    Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
    RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
    Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
    Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
    Mod-CG since 12/1/10! :happy7:
  • thecurly1thecurly1 Posts: 103Registered Users
    the best tip I have done on here was the curl analysis with product suggestions. That was what changed EVERY thing for me, shoved me in the right direction. The next thing was read read read, use the search to find out about product and technique.

    And 1 more thing being inrtoduced to curlmart!!!!(and KCCC LOL)

    THANK YOU from the bottom of my curly hair to ALL of you out their for your words of wisdom, courage to try stuff like okra and flax gel, plopping and all the other crazy stuff on here. If it wasnt for you all I wouldnt be where I am.... Loven my curls for the first time in my life :love4:
    Armed with the Curl Analyzes!!!
    3b,3c
    texture: Fine
    porosity: Normal
    elasticity: Low

    co:wash: V05 kiwi lime, CJDF
    condish: TS avocado and aloe, GPV cond balm, Yes to carrots
    leave in: KCNT
    styling: LOVE FSG.. CK, BRHG, CJCQ KCCC, LaLSG
    protein: CJ rehab
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/members/thecurly1-albums-journey.html
    And yes I'm turning into a PJ :thumbup:
  • KeLynnKeLynn Posts: 182Registered Users
    I don't know if this is the *best* but one I was just thinking about this morning - staying away from brushes! I can't believe how they pull my wave out. I don't even use a comb very much anymore except every few washes, otherwise I finger-comb when I have conditioner in and that's it. Before I would have thought not brushing my hair every day was nasty, but it actually is a huge help.
    2b (with some straight under-layer, grrrrr)
    Normal porosity, low elasticity, medium texture

    (according to CurlGenie - HUGE surprise, I always thought I had fine hair and my stylists always agreed)

    Tried CG for a summer, but it wasn't for me. I don't load up on sulfates and silicones, but I have no shame in using them when I want/need to! Currently loving LOOB.
  • hippiechic81hippiechic81 Posts: 1,239Registered Users
    I'm ready to add some more of my own! 1) Applying products to very wet hair 2) The Icequeen method 3) Using a microfiber towel instead of a regular one to dry my hair with 4) The Pixie Diffuse method!! This one I've been using for a while now and it's great especially to help achieve second day hair :occasion5:
    2a, fine-med. text, normal porosity (I think)

    [FONT=Going back and forth between Herbal Essence Don't Fade On Me shampoo and condish and L'oreal Sulfate Free shampoo

    Stylers-
    - Not Your Mother's Curl Cream, La Bella Sports Gel, Aussie Sprunch Spray

    [/COLOR][/FONT] My waves are finally getting stronger thanks to weekly PTs and longer hair in general. Still trying to grow it out though!:headbang:

    mod-CG since December '10

    I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

    My hair is basically my hobby!!

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fbalancedbeauty.blogspot.com%2F" class="Popup
  • DolphinCurlsDolphinCurls Posts: 370Registered Users
    Definitely no brushing. I'm amazed at how curly my hair has gotten. Also, no wonder why my hair was so big! Brushing it out only made it frizzer and pulled out the curl! :afro:
    3A/2C combination of ringlets and waves :nike:
  • kaj1212kaj1212 Posts: 98Registered Users
    -Put products in soaking wet hair. (product and Arc Angel gel)
    -scrunch products into hair.
    -plop. I've been doing for about 5-6 mins
    -diffuse lightly and carefully.

    Wonderful....
    it's a learning curve with the right products but I've learned alot in the last few months on here.

    I currently experiment with DevaCurl, Curl Keeper, and just ordered AG Recoil. and I use the Arc Angel gel.
    I am still trying to learn what type of hair I have. that's all still very confusing for me.

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