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Normal to have dry hair after initial clarifying?

Hello!! :wave:

I am not new to the forums (and not new to being obsessed with my hair) but have recently decided to give CG a go again. I attempted it many years ago but I was such a PJ and got frustrated easy, so I never really gave it a proper chance.

Lately I have just been using a sulfate & coney shampoo (actually a 2-in-1 shampoo/condish thing), a conditioner which is usually coney, and then I have been experimenting with moose and gel (also cones lol).

My hair was looking OK and was shiny and soft, but gets flat and loses curl on the canopy quite quickly!

So... this morning I did once last shampoo with a basic sulfate shampoo (no cones), then used a moisturising cone-free conditioner, which I left on for 30 minutes because I panicked over how dry my hair felt after that shampoo!! I then used a basic gel with no cones.

It's not quite dried yet but already I can see that it is frizzy, less definition and not as shiny as it has been on my old routine - I am hoping this is just because of the nasty sulfates! Has anyone else experienced this when starting CG? I tried searching but for some reason couldn't find anything about this issue!
2c/3a thick hair, attempting CG again!


  • etosetos Posts: 221Registered Users
    Yes, if you start CG it's normal that your hair needs time to adjust. Personally, my hair get better... but that took about 6 weeks before I saw the improvement.

    The frizz and/or dryness is also possible because of the dwpoints and humectants. This is a very important subject to learn about for caring for curly hair. I use different products with different humectants in it, depending on the dewpoints. For example, I can't use products with glycerin in my hair when the dewpoints are low.

    What also can help to prevent dryness is using a leave-in conditioner. You can also use your rinse out conditioner as a leave-in too. Add a little of your silicone free conditioner when your hair is wet, and use the silicone free gel after the leave-in. Your hair will also become less dry when you don't use sulfates anymore. You'll start co-washing the next time you're going to clean and style your hair?
    highlighted 3a hair. Fine strands, medium to high density. Probably high porosity. Growing uit bad layering and aiming for waist lenght!

    Pre-poo: coconut oil
    wash: CJ Daily fix or SheaMoisture Coconut&Hibiscus
    RO + LI: different every time
    Styler: CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ CIAB

    dislikes: glycerin in low dews, scissor happy stylists, magnesium sulfate

    (modified) CG since june 25, 2012
    Hiarfinity + extra MSM since March 5., 2014

    SL - APL - BSBL- BSL - MBL - WL (stretched)
  • prettypollyprettypolly Posts: 48Registered Users
    Thanks for your reply! Yes I will start co-washing now I've got that initial clarifying out of the way.

    I don't normally wash my hair every day, but I am going to at least rinse it today and apply more conditioner - I think it needs it, definitely doesn't feel as nice as when I use cones.

    I'll have to do some reading on dewpoints...sounds rather complicated! :lol:

    Well I'm glad it's normal for hair to look crappy before it looks good. I honestly can't remember what my hair was like on CG last time, but I was a very angry individual when it came to my hair back then :lol: so hopefully I will do better this time!

    EDIT: Just remembered you mentioned using my rinse out conditioner as a leave in. I will give this a go I think. I've always been scared of using rinse out as a leave in for some reason!
    2c/3a thick hair, attempting CG again!

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