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Please help a new curlygirl :)

A.KA.K Posts: 1Registered Users
hey fellow curlies!

I just did my first co-wash yesterday after reading the curly girl book and it didn't quite turn out the way I wanted it to :p

My first problem is probably the residue that was left on my hair. I think it's from the hair gel but it's like this white powdery stuff that won't go away, anyone know what it can be?

I also find that the top part of my hair (what massey calls canopy curls) do curl but still lie flat against my head...could it be that I used too much conditioner?

I also feel like my hair was left crunchy and sort of disgusting after all that hair gel. Before I started with this routine I would only use really little hair gel but now I did exactly like the book said..and used a handful. Later when I clipped my roots and let it dry...my hair dried as the clips were and when I took them out the sections wouldn't go away.

Any ideas? :) I appreciate any help I can get!


  • Robin-in-FLRobin-in-FL Posts: 1,731Registered Users
    May I ask what gel you used? It does sound like probably you just used too much gel and it flaked up.

    I can use a lot of gel and my hair looks good, but this means using a medium hold water soluble kinda watery gel. But lots of ladies use a lot less and it works just fine; you should do what works for you!

    Also remember if you conditioner-wash, you have to really scrub your head with your fingers well, and really rinse well while still agitating the hair, keep rubbing your head while it's rinsing.

    Good luck!
    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)

  • infojunkyinfojunky Posts: 106Registered Users
    Hi A.K. Congrats on going cg.

    When you did your first co-wash did you use a cone free shampoo first? (This is to get all of the build up off of the hair)

    What products did you use? Conditioners? Gel?

    Maybe to much gel?:dontknow:

    It would be great if you could tell us your properties?
    (texture, curl type, exc.)

    2c w/ some 3a on the ends
    Length - just below shoulders when wavy
    texture - under layer fine, everything else medium
    According to the articles of how to determen these:
    Porosity- low
    Density - medium

    shampoo - clear scalp & hair therapy
    rinse out - clear scalp & hair therapy
    leave in - whatever rinse out I'm using at the time
    gel - kccc
    dt - aussie 3 min miracle

    experimenting and open to suggestions!

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