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looking for a good product (or two)

bird19bird19 Posts: 66Registered Users
I've been at this CG thing for a while now, and have had some hits and misses, but nothing that's really knocked it out of the park. I'm looking for a styling product--hopefully just one--and a conditioner. I was hoping some of you chemists might be able to make suggestions based on what has and hasn't worked.

Conditioner:
Desert essences coconut works really well, though it's very rich for super-fine, thin hair like mine. But it smells so strongly I can't use it without major allergies. The DE fragrance-free agrees with my nose, but not my hair--makes it limp and greasy looking. I'm 0 for 2 there. I use mill creek keratin as a refresher on 2nd/3rd day hair but if used as a conditioner, grease-bomb again. It does agree with my hair pretty well, though, if used sparingly.

Product:
I've tried KMFUM, Hugo Naturals gel, Giovanni LA Naturals, and Alaffia beautiful curls. The Alaffia is the nicest finish, very shiny and healthy looking, but makes the waves limp. The LA naturals at least does hold, but always looks product-y. The first two make my hair look greasy and don't hold the wave at all.

So, I've bought a lot of stuff, but not really wound up with that much I can use.

Any suggestions to help me have a better chance with the next round of purchases?

If it helps, I think I'm probably high porosity, normal elasticity. The hair's extremely fine and seems to love protein, um, a lot. I can do IAGal's gelatin PT every weekend, without even conditioning afterward, and my hair loves it. I use SM hibiscus shampoo and BS/ACV in rotation, I'm not crazy about the SM but it's adequate I guess.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
2a/2b, fine and thin
new wavy!

currently using:
cleansing: BS/ACV rinse weekly
PT: Gelatin PT
Conditioner: Desert Essences fragrance-free
Styling: LOTD Aloe

Comments

  • NvmbrCurlssNvmbrCurlss Posts: 732Registered Users
    Check out my sig below for product recs...but keep in mind, u haven't listed your hair's properties for proper recommendations from other posters. Also, with fine, thin hair (if ur hair actually is fine/thin), u may fare well checking out the "conditioner only" thread..


    3B, Fine, Med D, Norm P&E
    LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
    NoP: As I Am CC
    RO: Suave Tropical Coconut/VO5 Shea Cashmere
    LI: KCKT/ CJBCLI/HETT/HENOYF (mixed w/ GSO)
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]3B, Fine, Normal P, Normal E, Low-Med D
    LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
    NoP: As I Am CC
    RO: Suave Coconut, VO5 Shea Cashmere
    LI: KCKT or CJBCLI or HETT/HENOYF (w/ 8 drops GSO)


    "To much is given, much is expected"
  • NvmbrCurlssNvmbrCurlss Posts: 732Registered Users
    Check out Live Curly Live Free to verify ur hair is fine, high porosity and normal elasticity..


    3B, Fine, Med D, Norm P&E
    LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
    NoP: As I Am CC
    RO: Suave Tropical Coconut/VO5 Shea Cashmere
    LI: KCKT/ CJBCLI/HETT/HENOYF (mixed w/ GSO)
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]3B, Fine, Normal P, Normal E, Low-Med D
    LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
    NoP: As I Am CC
    RO: Suave Coconut, VO5 Shea Cashmere
    LI: KCKT or CJBCLI or HETT/HENOYF (w/ 8 drops GSO)


    "To much is given, much is expected"
  • asianrunnerasianrunner Posts: 2,251Registered Users
    I don't know what to suggest specifically. Fine hair does generally like protein though. Are you wanting to use natural products? Are you open to buying online?
    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

  • bird19bird19 Posts: 66Registered Users
    Thanks for the replies!

    Yes, I do try to stick with reasonably natural stuff, in part because I have a ton of allergies and it's at least easier to identify stuff I might be allergic to if it's botanical. :) I am def. open to buying online too.

    I am using a ton of protein (IAGal's jello-head)--my hair seems to love it, and I can give it a hard hit once a week without even needing to condition after. Most of my hair is...really, really fine. Like, you can barely see it fine.

    RE: the whole porosity thing, I'm basing that on the at-home indicators I've read on the boards here, especially the fact that it wets and dries incredibly quickly. I'm reasonably sure about the porosity, less sure about the elasticity.
    2a/2b, fine and thin
    new wavy!

    currently using:
    cleansing: BS/ACV rinse weekly
    PT: Gelatin PT
    Conditioner: Desert Essences fragrance-free
    Styling: LOTD Aloe
  • AKgirlAKgirl Posts: 341Registered Users
    I have really fine hair too. I get over conditioned easily, but my hair tangles like crazy, cuz it's so fine. I just started using curly sexy power mousse spray and I really love it. Though it's only been two days, lol! I can't remember the price of it.

    I use deva lo-poo and suave natural coconut condish. My leave in is expensive tho. Id love to find something a little cheaper.

    Sent from my KFJWI using Tapatalk HD
    2a-2bFii NP?

    Low poo: Deva Low-Poo, Jessicurl GLS, Moroccanoil Volumizing Shampoo, Aveda Be Curly
    Condish: Cure Care, Redken Body Full, Deva One C, and Jessicurl Aloeba
    LI: Aveda Be Curly Style Prep <3
    Products: Deva FFVF & Jessicurl Spiralicious (LOVE), TRESemme Curl Boosting Mousse
    Hairspray: Aussie Sprunch, TRESemme Curl
    locking Spray
    Experimenting with lots of products in my cabinet...


    My hair loves protein, plopping, and diffusing! Trying to find a way to style and air dry.
  • bird19bird19 Posts: 66Registered Users
    Hey, AkGirl, I get overconditioned really easily too.

    I have yet to find anything that really works well as a true leave-in, but I do use the Mill Creek Keratin as almost like a sealer. It has oils high on the list though so if you're a no-oils type it's not the greatest.
    2a/2b, fine and thin
    new wavy!

    currently using:
    cleansing: BS/ACV rinse weekly
    PT: Gelatin PT
    Conditioner: Desert Essences fragrance-free
    Styling: LOTD Aloe