• ElizabethFaithElizabethFaith Posts: 429Registered Users
    Hi! Welcome! :) Wow, you kind look like Corbin Bleu! Anyways, I'm still fairly new myself, so I am hoping that someone else will post here to help you, too. This will be pretty long, so bear with me: I think the Mane n' Tail isn't moisturizing enough for you because it has a lot of protein. And co-washing is a good idea! I'd recommend reading the 4 forum for conditioner options and more help from people with your hair type! But personally, I like the Tresemme Naturals line. You should try it. It's pretty moisturizing! Have you tried twist-outs to loosen your curls? Meaning, do you ever wash/condition your hair, and then twist little sections, and let it air dry? That's what I do to my little brother's hair, and it works well. I hope I helped a little. Oh, and may I just say that I love your Afro?! It looks very moisturized and healthy! If you need anymore help, let us know! We're here to help! :)

    ETA: I reread your post, and it sounds like the stylist was locking your hair, (aka, dreadlocks). Was she?
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Curly and PROUD!!!

    My hair has a mix of low/med/high porosity, and it's medium textured (some are still fine, though!)

    CG since Sept. 2011
    Cowash: Vo5/Suave Naturals/Tresemme Naturals*
    RO/LI: GVPCB*, Tresemme Naturals*
    Low-poo: Shea Moisture Moisture Retention
    Stylers: KCKT*, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Honey*

    * represents my HGs!!! Finally!!!
  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users
    It sounds to me like the lady was locing your hair. I can't think of anyone on CT who does twist outs with beeswax.

    Anyway, the first thing we usually tell people to do is figure out the properties of their hair. What is your porosity level or how well does your hair absorb? Does your hair crave, hate or is pretty much neutral to protein? Is your hair fine or coarse? High density or low density? Figuring this out will help us better help you as far as offering advice about products and routine. For example if your hair hates protein we wouldn't suggest a product like Mane-N-Tail. You have to maintain a balance of protein and moisture in the hair. Too much protein and your hair will become dry and brittle and break off. Too much moisture and your hair become limp and lifeless and breaks off.

    Just as some initial advice I would try going CG or if you have scalp problems use modified CG where you use a non sulfate shampoo poo and see how that does for. Try leaving a little conditioner in your hair and then running a little oil over it to seal. Oils and butter help to lock in moisture. Which oil your hair like best is a matter or trial and error but they don't call it a hair journey for nothing.

    I think your hair is beautiful and while we all have idols remember your hair has its own unique curls. Embrace that. Some people will say natural hair is unkempt and other negatives but pay them no mind.
    Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it. :wav:
  • JessiebananaJessiebanana Posts: 940Banned Users
    It's hard to say for sure because you haven't been CG and you've been picking it out. Picking and brushing curls will turn most curl types into a fuzz ball. It does seem though like your hair is a 4 type and if that's the case it will never be 3C like Corbin's. My hair is 3C and I don't have to create ringlets, I can perfect them, but ringlets form in the shower with water/conditioner. If your hair doesn't revert back to ringlets after picking it's most like a 4. I'd focus on getting your hair healthy and then I'd explore type 4 hair styles until you find the look you want and that best suits your hair. I will say type 4 hair tends to be extremely delicate, if you've been treating it bad it's probably in really rough shape and you might want to consider starting over. I know it sucks, but it might be for the best. Hair is dead and despite product claims it can't be changed if it's truly damaged.

    I think Black curls tend to get clumped as one in the greater media, and many of us have more than one curl type on our head, but the different curls are very different in terms of what can be achieved and what can't.
    3C/Fine to Medium/Low Porosity/High Density


    Low Poo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo
    RO/DC: DB Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: Queen Helene Sculpturing Gel & Glaze

    No Salts, No Waxes, No Butters, No Heavy Oils
    No ACV, No Saponified Oils, Protein Sensitive
  • coilynappcoilynapp Posts: 4,233Registered Users

    Anyway, remember CB's hair is curly like that. As in he doesn't need to do a "twist out" to get his curls like that. Just bear that in mind.

    You need a good curl cream to get the look of CB that you are after. You might try Ms. Jessies curl pudding (unscented because the scented is TOO MUCH). Or if you are avoiding mineral oil, I'd go with Jane Carter's curling cream (or whatever it's called)--it does a really good job for twistouts. You can also use regular gel or Kinky Curly curl custard and twist on wet hair. But to get maximum elongation, I would twist on damp stretched hair or dry stretched hair.

    Hope this helps.
  • mcherycemcheryce Posts: 363Registered Users
    I was just googling his hair and see CORBIN SHAVED HIS HEAD! :-( He did it back in November so maybe I'm the last to know. But ohhh I loved his hair!!