Looking for my hair twin!

ohsosentimentalohsosentimental Registered Users Posts: 2
Hello CG family! I've been lurking around these boards as a guest for 2 years now and I've FINALLY made the commitment and registered! I've visited all the newbie boards, seen all of the before/after pictures, done all my homework about hair porosity, texture, plopping/plunking, co-wash, cleansing, styling, etc... you get the point.

Here's where I get OVERWHELMED... I am too busy to figure out which CG products work best for my hair type! I don't have the time, energy, or money to trial and error my way thru a bunch of products to figure out what works best for me. I'm finally ready to make the commitment to my naturally curly mane, and I'm searching for my "hair twin" to share what products she is (i.e. YOU ARE) using!

Here's my hair rundown:
3a
Low Porosity
Medium/Coarse Texture
Very Dense
Below the shoulders
I'm Half Black/Half White but my hair is more on the white side (if that matters?)

Here's what my hair used to look like years ago...
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Here's what my curls look like now after all the flat-ironing, and blow frying-
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Here's the kicker- I have the WORST "frizz halo" next to my scalp when I let my hair air dry which is why I have been frying my hair straight forever. So I'd love to hear how you overcame that dilemma as well!
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If your hair profile fits mine, I'm basically looking for what products you use in your daily routine.

Co-wash?
Rinse out?
Leave-in?
Sealing/Touch-ups?
2nd Day?
Anything Else?

And could you pose a picture of your hair so I can see??

Thanks ladies!

Comments

  • bbunnycurliesbbunnycurlies Registered Users Posts: 40
    My hair isn't exactly like yours but I do have some of the same things as you. I am half white and I have a little bit of black.

    I have a pretty bad halo of frizz tooo so I feel for you. Try using Kinky Curly Knot Today.....it's a lifesaver ;) I'll think of some more tips later and message you about some ideas :D
  • rekonivarekoniva Registered Users Posts: 9
    I feel like my hair is kind of like yours.

    -3a/3b curls (used to be more like all 3b but curls are looser now)
    -thick density
    -Mid-low porosity
    -Med-course texture
    -Half black half white

    I have been straightening it for 9 years, the first 4 of those years chemically straightening at salon). I have been CG for almost a month. My hair is starting to get its curl back after so much suppression! I would blow dry and flat iron 2x week.

    My routine:
    -shampoo 2x week with no sulfate Trader Joes shampoo
    -co-wash most days with no silicone Trader Joes Nourish conditioner

    Here's all I put in my hair after the shower seeping wet I feel like my hair is kind of like yours.

    -3a/3b curls (used to be more like all 3b but curls are looser now)
    -thick density
    -Mid-low porosity
    -Med-course texture
    -Half black half white

    I have been straightening it for 9 years, the first 4 of My routine:
    -shampoo 2x week with no sulfate Trader Joes shampoo
    -co-wash most days with no silicone Trader Joes Nourish conditioner

    Here's all I put in my hair after the shower seeping wet (amounts are for each half of my hair):

    -Trader Joes conditioner for moisture (1/2 tbsp)
    -Curl Keeper for moisture/control/and a little protein (1/4 tsp)
    -jojoba oil for moisture (5 drops)
    -LA looks gel for control (1/4 tsp)
    -Honey for shine/definition (2/3 drops)
    -aloe Vera (experimenting with moisture with this one) (1/2 tsp)

    .
  • rekonivarekoniva Registered Users Posts: 9
    Wow that was a big mess of copy/pasting. Sorry. After the product I do the "rake and shake" method and then diffuse

    here's a before/after of my hair so far. 4cdb4c46-7be6-8239.jpg
  • kurlykyleekurlykylee Registered Users Posts: 101
    I'm not your hair twin, but I do have a couple of tips. Start out cheap basic and then work up. I started CG with:

    Suave Naturals coconut conditioner (cowash) from Walmart
    GVP conditioning balm (conditioner) from sally's
    LA Looks sport gel from Walgreens
    Herbal essences volumizing mousse from Walmart
    Organix Moroccan argan oil shampoo (low poo for occasional use) from Walmart

    I've been on these for two months and my hair loves them so I'll stick with them! There's no need to spend more money than absolutely necessary. Also, I deep condition, protein treat, and baking soda/ACV rinse my hair every once in awhile with homemade recipes found here:

    Live Curly Live Free - Home Remedies

    I hope this helps you and good luck on finding what your hair loves!! :)
  • rekonivarekoniva Registered Users Posts: 9
    @KurlyKylee, my 4mobth old is named Kylie. Love it. Very pretty hair!
  • ohsosentimentalohsosentimental Registered Users Posts: 2
    Thank you bbunnycurlies, rekoniva and KurlyKylee!! That was exactly what I'm looking for!

    Off to the store...
  • kurlykyleekurlykylee Registered Users Posts: 101
    rekoniva wrote: »
    @KurlyKylee, my 4mobth old is named Kylie. Love it. Very pretty hair!

    Thank you! I love yours as well! Congrats on your baby! 4 months is the perfect age and Kylie is a pretty good name too ;)
  • rekonivarekoniva Registered Users Posts: 9
    @KurlyKylee, how much of all that stuff do you leave in your hair? I love all the shine of your curls! And can you explain your ethnicity more? Who is white and who is black?

    Me, my mom is light skinned black (she has 2 white ancestors), dad is white. I have some Native American in me too, not sure how much?

    Right now I'm trying to grow out my hair i have had too many haircut fails recently. My last cut was supposed to be a trim of my then a-line cut. she thinned it way too much and i told her not to thin at all! so the layers are all funky. But it's ok. It inspired me to go CG because now my hair looks way better curly than straightened. But at this point i need to just let it grow out some and fix it once it has more length
  • kurlykyleekurlykylee Registered Users Posts: 101
    rekoniva wrote: »
    @KurlyKylee, how much of all that stuff do you leave in your hair? I love all the shine of your curls! And can you explain your ethnicity more? Who is white and who is black?

    Me, my mom is light skinned black (she has 2 white ancestors), dad is white. I have some Native American in me too, not sure how much?

    Right now I'm trying to grow out my hair i have had too many haircut fails recently. My last cut was supposed to be a trim of my then a-line cut. she thinned it way too much and i told her not to thin at all! so the layers are all funky. But it's ok. It inspired me to go CG because now my hair looks way better curly than straightened. But at this point i need to just let it grow out some and fix it once it has more length

    Thank you, I usually use my coconut conditioner as a leave in as well as a cowash. After I get out of the shower I scrunch my soaking hair in an old t-shirt to get some of the water out. Then I scrunch in a quarter size amount of LA looks sport gel, then another quarter size amount, then I flip up and finger massage my mousse into my roots, (this just helps me with volume) and then I plop for about 30 minutes. After plopping I try to let it air dry before I diffuse it, but usually don't have enough time before I leave for school to do that so I diffuse upside down and then scrunch out the crunch! And that's it! So I guess the gel is what leaves my hair shiny, but it could be the condish too. HTH!

    Also, I am half Mexican and half white :) I have some native american in my blood as well.

    Your hair looks great short! I couldn't really pull off the short look cuz I felt like my hair was too thin, and plus, I just like my hair long. So I'm also in the process of growing it out. I'm in the 2012 waist length challenge forum and hopefully will get it there by December! You would look great with either long or short I'm sure, but like I said, I admire that you can pull off the short look!
    Here's my hair rundown:
    3a
    Low Porosity
    Medium/Coarse Texture
    Very Dense
    Below the shoulders
    I'm Half Black/Half White but my hair is more on the white side (if that matters?)

    Here's what my hair used to look like years ago...
    HRB%2B07.jpg

    Here's the kicker- I have the WORST "frizz halo" next to my scalp when I let my hair air dry which is why I have been frying my hair straight forever. So I'd love to hear how you overcame that dilemma as well!
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    Thanks ladies!

    First, I wanted to tell you how beautiful your hair is in that first picture! I love it! Second, I recently read that the reason our natural hair looks frizzy and fuzzy and poofy and messy when air drying with no products (basically going completely natural) is because of the cones we have been using. Cones make your hair shiny and beautiful, but they also damage it so you can't stop using the product; you rely on cones to make your hair beautiful, even though they are the very things that are making it ugly! So once you get into the CG routine your hair should recover from the cones and go back to a beautiful natural state. Although this probably won't eliminate the frizz completely, it should help. HTH! :)
  • missmmmissmm Registered Users Posts: 22
    girl your hair is gorgeous
    MM
  • wavycurlyria_87wavycurlyria_87 Registered Users Posts: 78
    I think that's where that halo of frizz comes from. Straightening your hair for years and years has been damaging, so those are the strands that just won't curl at all.
  • SaraNoHSaraNoH Registered Users Posts: 827
    I'm pretty similar to you except for porosity and ethnicity: I'm half white, half Ecuadorian (which means thick, daaaark, smoothish hair, that I didn't inherit really....)

    My routine is in my sig :)
    I use pretty cheap, drugstore products. The only one not found at a drugstore is the GVP but that's from Sally's
    CG Birthday: 7/25/11
    Type 3a/2c
    Dense, Fine in front Coarse in back, Low porosity
    Low-Poo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
    Rinse Out: Tresemme Naturals
    Leave In: ^^^^
    Stylers: AIF, Natural Silks Curly Gel
    *Desert Curly*
  • Carpool CurlyCarpool Curly Registered Users Posts: 68
    OP Have you done a protein treatment? IAGirl's is good and cheap and cuts down my frizz. Fsg has helped a ton too.

    Rekoniva, your hair looks exactly like mine! I'll have to post a pic soon. Love the TJ Nourish products. I follow them up with fsg, Biotera gel, BRHG and sometimes a little leave in. Pineapple plop for 15 min and then pixie diffuse for a while.
  • rekonivarekoniva Registered Users Posts: 9
    rekoniva wrote: »
    Wow that was a big mess of copy/pasting. Sorry. After the product I do the "rake and shake" method and then diffuse

    here's a before/after of my hair so far. 4cdb4c46-7be6-8239.jpg



    Well I just wanted to update you all on my curl journey. It has now been almost 4 months of CG. I have not straightened my hair for all of 2012!

    My current regime:

    Wash:
    -TJ Nourish shampoo (3x week)
    -TJ Nourish condish

    Style:
    -TJ condish for leave-in
    -LA Looks Sport gel
    -apply to hair when SOAKING wet, use "rake and shake" to desperate curls, diffuse to about 75% dry, scrunch the crunch and enjoy :)

    One thing I have noticed is that my hair gets kind of droopy toward the end of the day. Do you think I need protein? Or is it bc i use a lot of product?

    Here using I took yesterday. I've come a long way! I am basically frizz free :)

    4cdb4c46-4a90-7bbb.jpg
  • Carpool CurlyCarpool Curly Registered Users Posts: 68
    rekoniva, looks fantastic. I assume that's in the morning? I can't believe you get clumps like that with rake and shake. Do you plop or scrunch with a towel or just diffuse on really wet hair?

    No answer about droopy curls since I'm still trying to figure that one out.
  • rekonivarekoniva Registered Users Posts: 9
    @carpool. Thanks! It has taken a lot of experimentation to get to this point. This photo was taken in the afternoon, probably at its best as it takes my hair a long time to dry. I think for me it helps to put in a lot of product. I use a little less than a table spoon of both conditioner AND gel on both sides of my head.

    I get out of the shower with soaking wet hair. I don't use a towel or plop. They tend to give me the same results, so I just skip those steps. Section hair in halves. Apply more water to the roots, apply condish and the gel. Rake and shake and then diffuse with head upside down and to the sides. Then i place curls where they should go, wait till its drier (about an hour), scrunch and they kind of pop to life. And i have a ton of volume and they eventaually settle and look perfect. But like i said, sometimes toward the end of they day they are kinda lifeless. Any tips?? What's your routine?
  • FrankieClarkFrankieClark Registered Users Posts: 9
    Here's my hair rundown:
    3a
    Low Porosity
    Medium/Coarse Texture
    Very Dense
    Below the shoulders
    I'm Half Black/Half White but my hair is more on the white side (if that matters?)

    Did you end up finding a solution for your frizz? My hair is a lot like yours. I go back and forth between Aubrey Organics and baking soda since I'm trying to stay natural/organic. The baking soda doesn't usually cause me a lot of frizz, but it dries my hair out after awhile. Everything else I use either frizzes me big time or takes my curls out :( Since you have low porosity, what do you use to condition? I'm having a hard time finding something that won't weigh my hair down.

    ~Frankie
  • freeandcurlyfreeandcurly Registered Users Posts: 64
    I was really enjoying this post....bump?

    For the record I have 2c/3a coarse dense low porosity hair and no I have no clue what I am doing. Been CG for months but still haven't figured out how to have good hair days. UGH!!

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