Lynaea's CG Hair Journal

LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
I like the idea of keeping a hair care journal but paper is cumbersome and although there is an app for darn near everything I have yet to find a free journal type one that will let you prepopulate pages with specific items like I want to.

I plan to make my next post a template for keeping track of what I use on my hair each time I wash, refresh, DT/PT, whatever. I wash at night so it will take two days for each post to be 'complete'. This is mostly for my future reference to keep track of how products work for me. I chose this forum because its both appropriate for me and will keep me out of most people's way. Pic below is the best I've managed so far, though I don't remember what I did that night and the wave didn't last very long, hence the journal.
Feel free to ignore me, or to steal my template or info if it will help you. :smilebox:

Abbreviations:
SSI = SheScentIt
SS CC = Spiral Solutions Caitlin's Condish
PT = protein treatment
MGSG = Max Green Styling Gel
VM gel = Volumax Mega gel
DO = DermOrganics
FST = flour sack towel
MFT = microfiber towel
S2S = side-to-side
USD = upside down
MGSculpt = Max Green Sculpting gel
CJ DF = Curl Junkie DailyFix
Mod-SS = modified super-soaker, (wet hands and scrunch small amounts of water in rather then puddles)
MCB = Mill Creek Botanicals
OBBS = Ouidad Botanical Boost Spray
CIAB = Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle
GVP LSG = Sally's GVP Liquid Sculpting Gel
:nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

This is what I'm happiest with right now.
Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
RO: SS Caitlin's co
Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
:thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
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  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day:
    Dew point next day:
    Interesting weather?:

    Cowash/Lowpoo:
    RO:
    Leave-in:
    Styler(s):

    Styling Technique:

    Next day results:

    Second day refresh:

    Second day results:

    New things to try:
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My hair biography, copied from the fine hair thread in General Disc.:

    Okay, I've been reluctant to do this since I'm still trying to figure everything out but since this thread has slipped to the third page I figured I better do it while I can still find it.

    Hair Biography

    Length: BSL
    Curl Pattern: 2A/B
    Texture: fine
    Porosity: low
    Density: medium
    Elasticity: I have no idea
    Characteristics: I'm in Florida so I have always had flat, mostly straight winter hair and poofy, mostly straight summer hair. It's always frustrated me that my hair would wave when wet and clumpy but it would all fall out when dry. I have some straighter bits and one side is less wavy than the other, the less wavy side will wave nicely until its almost dry then the last 6 inches or so goes pretty straight and refuses to bend to my will anymore. I get better wave with pixie diffusing but that causes crown frizz.

    CG/ModCG/not CG: CG to the best of my knowledge

    Ingredients hair likes: protein,
    Ingredients hair dislikes: butters and oils, glycerin makes it go poof


    HG/Go-to Products: still working on this, I was loving the PT from Ingredientstodiefor I was using as a leavein but it has glycerin high up, trying SS PT and spray. Mostly I'm still buying and trying

    Average climate/dew points: Northeast Florida

    Fall/Winter combos:
    Spring/Summer combos:

    Favorite styling techniques and why: best so far: apply leavein and comb through, wet hair briefly, scrunch gel into length then more on top/sides, finger comb through, comb hair into place (part/bangs), supersoak to rewet if necessary, scrunch more gel into front/sides/back (all in shower). Dry hair by scrunching to scalp with MF towel, plop and diffuse through flour sack briefly, take down plop after 30 mins or so, pixie diffuse till mostly dry (side to side, some upside down, clip front if its misbehaving), pray it holds up overnight.
    Okay, why: if I put in product or otherwise manipulate my hair upside down any clumps that form get pulled apart when I stand up. If my hair, especially scalp area, is too dry when products are applied my clumps break up and I get poofy hair. If I squeeze my hair with the towel rather then pressing it to my head I get smaller clumps and frizz. If I plop too long my hair won't bend/wave/spiral into the diffuser bowl correctly, the ends will stay in but the mid portion will bend out funny and escape over the rim so I get less wave. If I don't diffuse through the plop some my hair is still really wet even after 30+ mins.

    Techniques that didn’t work and why: upside down product application/scrunching/drying etc, clumps form with different layers and break apart when turned right side up. I listed a lot of this above.

    Hair Twins: Shelley & Newtocurlz share properties but are wavier than me.
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point Wash day: Low 60's
    Dew point next day: 65
    Interesting weather?:

    Cowash/Lowpoo: tried SM cowash again, left hair feeling coated/heavy, lowpoo'd with MCB Henna, hair felt stripped and sticky. Sigh, gave up and used RO.
    RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner; smells okay, good slip, may be light enough to use as a leave-in. Hair still felt somewhat coated/heavy after, probably from cowash.
    Leave-in: SS protein treatment; smell is light, used more than I normally would for a leave-in, not much slip
    Styler(s): SS CEJ, Max Green Styling Gel (MGSG);

    Styling Technique: Used silver dollar size puddle of CEJ on length and more on top, finger combed through and adjusted bangs/part, scrunched in MGSG to each side, scrunched excess water from length, dried w/ MF towel and plopped. Diffused twice during plop (high/high), at least an hour in plop. Hair was a bit too stiff/set, it was difficult to get volume and impossibly to reposition bangs/part.

    First Impressions: minimal volume, good wave/curl on left, right front went straight for bottom 6 inches, applying more gel, finger twirling, more diffusing didn't help.

    Next day results: flat with moderate frizz, lots of straighter bits, too much hold to finger comb out, soft but tangly/rough feeling. Tried Jane Carter N&S on frizz-did nothing, smells really good though. Sprayed some SS protein spray on hands and ran over top and sides later in day- no help with frizz, made hands & hair sticky.

    New things to try: try less CEJ next time, also protein spray may work for some hold but is not good on dry hair. Need a lighter cowash and may try skipping the RO and see if that helps with drooping waves.
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 65
    Dew point next day: 65
    Interesting weather?: 50% chance of rain, none yet

    Cowash/Lowpoo: vo5 body building cond. (orange); great slip, fairly thin, easy to distribute, took a bit to rinse out but hair felt light, silky smooth and clean
    RO: skipped
    Leave-in: nickel size blob SS CC for slip 'brushed' thru with denman type comb, many squirts of SS protein spray, double usual leave-in amount of SS PT all distributed with wide toothed comb. intend to use as overnight PT.
    Styler(s): none, spray has some hold

    Styling Technique: skipped post leave-in quick rinse, MF dried & plopped w/flour sack, diffused through plop, diffused moderately dry, no intention of styling

    First Impressions: smaller clumps due to (lack of) technique, straighter side is wavier, wavier side has a few of those weird straight clumps at front. Maybe they are caused during plopping? Or from long plops? Lots of crunch from spray or extra co? Left it minimally damp but is impressively wavy.

    Next day results: scalp is a little itchy, crunch mostly came out overnight, can feel the condish residue in my hair (expected this), usually straighter side held wave fairly well, usually really wavy side (left) is mostly straight. Very confusing! As of 10:30 am scalp is very itchy, started after applying SS protein spray to frizz.

    New things to try: less protein spray, mix with leave-in.
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 65, 50% chance rain
    Dew point next day:
    Interesting weather?:

    Cowash/Lowpoo: scalp itchy from previous wash, rewashed at 11am. Burt's Bees volumizing condish; good slip and thin enough to spread easily, smells kind of candy-sweet but not obnoxious, rinsed out fairly easily, left hair light and a little less slippy then the VO5 yest.
    RO:
    Leave-in: SS PT about nickel dollop
    Styler(s): SS CEJ quarter-size, MGSG 4-5 pumps

    Styling Technique: scrunched SS CEJ into length only, one pump MGSG over top and fingercombed through, made part and added water using mod supersoak, scrunched in one oump MGSG per side & one add'l pump to length. plopped about 45 mins with one blast of heat, pixie diffused upside down and side to side until maybe 50% dry, did extra upside down to encourage volume, is pretty crunchy, let air dry since its still midday.

    First Impressions: held up well thru to bedtime, still crunchy in spots, right front is getting straight at bottom as usual.

    Next day results: held up fairly well overnight, definitely pleased. I was gonna take a morning after pic :sad4: haha but we had a SNAFU at work and I had to go in early, ended up staying late too :hmph: barely thought about my hair, had gone pretty limp by the time I got home but I'm definitely trying this again. Oh, and no more itchy scalp.

    New things to try: would like to try condish only (leave-in), I like the way my hair looks but I miss being able to run my fingers through it. Will probably go productless next time. Need to try the vo5 and protein spray again but separately so I can tell which caused the itch.

    Pic @ 8hrs post wash:
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 68
    Dew point next day: 68
    Interesting weather?: rainy

    Cowash/Lowpoo: Burt's bees volume co, feels heavier this time but I put oil and JC N&S on this am to combat frizz and comb-out volume
    RO:
    Leave-in: SS PT + few drops grapeseed oil
    Styler(s):

    Styling Technique: plopped with one dryer blast, pixie diffused, no upside down

    First Impressions: got some funky waves and lots of volume verging on poof, put in my hairnet and diffused thru it some to dry more without poof/frizz, feels über soft.

    Next day results: frizzy, rough, unhappy

    New things to try:
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 65-67
    Dew point next day: same
    Interesting weather?: rain 48 hours 5/2-5/3

    Cowash/Lowpoo: hair was really frizzy from prev day tried just BB co as RO but the grapeseed oil didn't cone out, felt oily, used U R Curly lowpoo, rinsed as soon as done lathering, has lots of slip so skipped other co's
    RO:
    Leave-in:
    Styler(s): DermOrganic (DO) mousse/foam

    Styling Technique: pixie diffused and air dried,

    First Impressions: undefined, messy, frizzy

    Next day results: frizzy, braided and tamped down halo frizz with DO spray gel on wet hands. Frizz stayed away whole day, easily finger combed thru gel bits at end of day, mousse was a little harder, but not exactly sticky. 5/3 (super-rainy, dew 68 ) wet hands and used one squirt DO spray gel for length, repeated to get canopy, put in bun, took down after 3-4 hours = super wavy, smooth, soft hair, waves relaxed thru rest of day but still more wavy than most other attempts.

    New things to try: MGSG + DO spray gel for definition plus smoothness and frizz fighting. Got a big box of stuff from the swap board including a sample of Boots curl creme, really excited to try that too though I know I shouldn't get my hopes up.
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 68
    Dew point next day: 59
    Interesting weather?: still raining most of wash day

    Cowash/Lowpoo: AIA clarifying poo, used this before makes hair feel stuck together, couldn't comb thru condish till I'd added a lot, and even then it was pulling some.
    RO: PT with SS PT & SS Caitlin's condish, left on about 3 hours
    Leave-in: small amount SS PT
    Styler(s): CIAB, 3 sprays DO sculpting spray gel to combat minimal frizz and add smoothness & shine, really liking this stuff!

    Styling Technique: combed thru leavein, rewet, combed part, scrunched and raked thru CIAB, scrunched w/ MFT, plopped 30 mins, pixie diffused a little more then halfway. Was drying a little rough and unruly, smoothed/scrunched in two squirts of DO SSG, didn't work well-too sticky, wet hands and added third squirt, definitely needs water.

    First Impressions: holding well, soft hold, minimal crunch from gel, will wear out overnight, well defined but not super wavy, definitely respectable though.

    Next day results: woke up with rough, producty feeling hair, blaming it on the CIAB for now, wave didn't hold very well either but that's what's happens when my hair feels icky and I keep trying to smooth/fix it.

    New things to try: boots cream, MGSG + DO SSG, SS protein spray as LI instead of PT, CJ DailyFix (cowash), DO poo & co or masque, suave coconut, vo5 kiwi, ...

    *** the CIAB was probably NOT the cause of the rough, icky hair this day, it was most likely the SS PT, there's something in it my hair doesn't like, can only use as a PT mixed with something else.
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 59
    Dew point next day: 45
    Interesting weather?: yeah, I'm trying to figure out a summer/high dew routine so now the dews are low again, yippee! :angry5:

    Cowash/Lowpoo: Curl Junkie DailyFix, thinish consistency, easily spread, didn't need a ton, seems to clean well, left hair feeling moisturized and smooth but not heavy or coated, very impressed!
    RO:
    Leave-in: SS protein spray, 4 squirts worked into length and finger combed thru.
    Styler(s): MGSG + DO SSG

    Styling Technique: MGSG, 2 pumps worked into length and smoothed/raked thru, combed thru and did part. Scrunched in 3 squirts DO SSG to each side and mod-supersoaked, smoothed final squirt over canopy. MFT dried and plopped 30+ mins w/ one heat blast, pixie diffused to maybe 75% dry.

    First Impressions: good wave/spirals at ends, better then CIAB, feels smooth/soft so far, some crunchy bits, not bad, happy so far.

    Next day results: looked good last night but fell fast this morning as it always has in low dews, felt sticky/rough too, MGSG seems to be doing that, sigh, it feels good as long as I don't try to get my fingers through it. Will try a variation of this once dews are higher.

    New things to try: combing hair straight back during styling, no part, not sure how I'll get clumping towards front? Protein leave-in + Boots cream or ??? I'm tired of the rough, sticky hair I can't get my fingers thru, gonna leave out all stylers and air dry next wash.
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: mid 50's. :flower:
    Dew point next day: 58
    Interesting weather?:

    Cowash/Lowpoo: CJ DailyFix with some DB pumpkin + protein on the length just for the fun of it
    RO:
    Leave-in: protein spray
    Styler(s): is this a styler?? Boots Curl Cream

    Styling Technique: combed thru products and did a quick rinse to rewet, squeezed excess h2o out, shook out so bangs/canopy weren't stuck to head then rewet a bit by scrunching water back in, not to the point of big clumps, scrunched with MFT and plopped with one heat blast.

    First Impressions: air dried so it was still pretty damp when I went to bed

    Next day results: some volume, wavy at the top but last 6-8 inches is straight, shouldn't it be the opposite??? It was very soft and silky though.

    New things to try: aloe gel on own and maybe mixed with curl cream or protein condish.
    I made a hair appointment, think I'll get a couple inches taken off to get the crazy razor job and layers out and see how that works.
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Okay so I was discussing my loose wave issue (complaining really) on the woes of a wavy thread and it was recommended that I try a hard hold gel so I picked up Volumax Mega, Tres gel (Tressemme), and Giovanni LA gel. When I wet my hair it felt odd so I had one of those lets-add-this-no-maybe-that-instead showers.

    Dew point wash day: 58
    Dew point next day: 61
    Interesting weather?:

    Cowash/Lowpoo: UR Curly poo, made hair too oily so ...
    RO: nickel of DO condish then lots of AO GPB
    Leave-in: more DO condish
    Styler(s): volumax mega gel

    Styling Technique: put about dollar puddle of gel right on top of leave-in and combed all thru, did quick-rinse, squeezed out some. Flipped over to loosen canopy, scrunched and mod-soaked side-to-side. Plopped with heat blast, pixie diffused mostly dry, added one squirt DO SG over canopy with wet hands to smooth.

    First Impressions: probably should have rinsed before gel, ended up with combo of fluffy/soft and hard crunchy, maybe need more gel or better distribution too. Wave formation and volume are good though, also very shiny. Will see.

    Next day results: pic below is from morning, less volume and wave but still presentable, didn't hold up though. Need to work on gel application.

    New things to try:
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 61
    Dew point next day: 67
    Interesting weather?:

    Cowash/Lowpoo: DO lowpoo; like this, lathers well yet feels slippy when using, rinsed clean without feeling too stripped or oily
    RO: SS Caitlin's condish
    Leave-in: SSI Okra condish
    Styler(s): Volumax Mega gel

    Styling Technique: okay so last night I didn't get good gel distribution so tonight I put in twice as much and tried to plop, hahaha! My hair was like a gooey helmet with bubbles and white oogy stuff. So I rinsed and tried again, Okra leave-in, scrunched out some water with a flour sack because my aquis has gel all over it now. :twisted:, flipped and shook to loosen canopy then scrunched in gel in nickel size portions side-to-side and upside down, plopped with heat blast. Added a bit more gel with wet hands when I took down plop (@30 mins), pixie diffused till my hair got so hard it wouldn't compress well then went over it a bit from the top down. Hair is crispy and moderately damp, I sure hope its dry in the morning cause I'm gonna have to SOTC regardless, there's no way I'm going to work like this!

    First Impressions: my hair feels weird :geek: never had such crispy hair before, having trouble believing it will be anywhere near soft tomorrow. Also, both times I rinsed this gel out my hair felt weirdly coated and dried out, that's why I lowpoo'd 2nd day in a row, gonna research the ingredients.

    Next day results: :blob8: OMG, I woke up with really wavy (crispy) hair, it scrunched out easily enough and my waves lasted the whole day! I even got two compliments!!! There was minimal frizz, got a little worse through the day though it was more like hairs that were escaping there clumps because of movement and touching it. I have to go to dinner with my Mom later so I added some DO spray gel with wet hands to calm it down some. I'll scrunch it out before I leave. I am super happy, and super peeved at myself for not trying a hard hold gel sooner.

    New things to try: not sure about this gel, have two others to try and also interested in the Max Green sculpting gel, supposed to be similar to BRHG too (some threads/reviews compare gel I used to BRHG), Abba finish or style gels also look good, not sure about polyquats and peg-cones though.

    Update after wearing all day, gel worked great, hair is still defined, shiny and looks good. Still want to try the Max Green gel when I can get my hands on it but I am really happy with the Volumax Mega and the price is great. Also, I looked up the first several ingredients and none were scary so I'm gonna stop worrying and be happy. Hahaha
    Pic is from this morning after SOTC.
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 67
    Dew point next day: 47
    Interesting weather?:

    Cowash/Lowpoo: CJ DailyFix, really liking this, gonna have to buy a bottle soon (got a partial bottle off the swap board)
    RO:
    Leave-in: SSI Okra Condish
    Styler(s): 2 pumps MG styling gel, 2 nickel sized dollops Volumax Mega gel

    Styling Technique: combed thru leave-in & quick-rinsed, squeezed & raked one pump MGSG into length and combed second through from crown. Combed thru all and quick-rinsed. Flipped/shook to loosen canopy and used fingers to loosen bang area, scrunched in nickel dollop VM gel each side and flipped upside down to get back a bit and separated bangs and gave an extra squish. Removed excess water with MF towel and plopped w/ one heat blast. Added one nickel gel after plop and diffused till scalp era just damp and rest crunchy.

    First Impressions: next morning: its way softer and less crunchy then last time, also shinier but less wavy (a bit). I left it slightly more damp after diffusing last night.

    Next day results: waves looser, didn't hold up as well as last time. Several differences though; dew point much lower, I didn't diffuse as dry, I was rougher when SOTC, I touched it more, kept 'plumping' and breaking up rope curls throughout the day.

    New things to try: getting a trim tomorrow, probably an inch or two to get rid of some of the layers, they make my ends too thin, also gonna try to get the front fixed into face-framing layers but I might have cut my 'bangs' too short already, will see.

    Morning pic:
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 47
    Dew point next day: 48
    Interesting weather?:

    Cowash/Lowpoo: rinsed only
    RO:
    Leave-in: SSI Okra
    Styler(s): DO spray gel

    Styling Technique: same as past several days. I'm getting my hair cut tomorrow and if I use a lot of stylers they'll want to wash it so I went with the DO spray gel because it generally looks good and is easy to comb out. Plopped awhile then pixie diffused.

    First Impressions: loose waves, combed out otherwise they'd be stringy by midday. Put in bun for morning.

    Next day results: looked fine, loose waves. Hair cut went well, got about 2inches off to get rid of longest layers, they were making my ends look too thin, she also evened out and worked in my self-cut bangs a bit.

    New things to try:. Grow out bangs....again!
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 48
    Dew point next day: 55ish
    Interesting weather?:

    Cowash/Lowpoo: DO low-poo
    RO: SS CC
    Leave-in: SSI okra
    Styler(s): VM gel

    Styling Technique: nickel dollops gel side-to-side and upside down after shaking canopy loose, clumps were small so supersoaked somewhat over zealously, dried, plopped with two heat blasts, hair was really wet. Diffused, hair was getting soft rather then crunchy so applied more gel with wet hands, diffused till crunchy.

    First Impressions: super soaking really weakened holding power of gel, need to work on application technique.

    Next day results: only length got crunchy, most of top was soft by morning, SOTC'd ok but have small clumps, looks kinda stringy, still pretty wavy by end of day.

    Second day refresher: rewet most of hair with combo of wet wash cloth and mod-supersoaker and applied more gel side-to-side (nickel each), plopped w/ heat and diffused to crispy.

    Second day results: hair didn't stay crispy overnight, SOTC'd more to fluff then to break up any crunch, clumps still small too, hair held the wave all day though and was super shiny. I think I need a sulfate wash, stylist sprayed my hair to wet it, had a scent so wasn't just water, length still felt super slick after low-poo. Wonder if DailyFix will remove cones? Time to investigate.

    New things to try: rewet hair a bit after flipping/loosening but before applying gel, always apply more gel after plop. work on ways to get back underside, maybe put base coat of gel on in shower? Maybe SS CEJ or other?
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 68
    Dew point next day: 68
    Interesting weather?:

    Cowash/Lowpoo: CJ DailyFix
    RO:
    Leave-in: SSI okra
    Styler(s): MGSG, VM gel

    Styling Technique: One pump MGSG in length after (pink) combing & quick-rinsing LI, 2nd finger combed throughout. Flipped/shook to loosen canopy, mod-SS before adding two nickels VM S2S (side-to-side), MF dried s2s & upside down, plopped w/ heat. Added dime more VM, pixie diffused to crispy-crunchy.

    First Impressions: starting to like having crispy hair, it means I can't really mess it up..... If its not crispy I can accidentally pull out the wave or touch it too much and cause frizz, the crunch feels safe. :angel5:

    Next day results: most of crunch came out overnight since I used the MGSG, SOTC'd what was left, hair really soft and shiny. No frizz most of day, got more loose/stray hair as day went on but not sure I'd call it frizz, wave definitely loosens faster than when i use VM gel by itself. Pic below is from this morning.

    Second day refresh: I hesitate to call it a refresh because I wasn't going anywhere and didn't really care but I had some escaped hair type frizz this am so I wet my hands and smoothed over the canopy. It dried with a bit of crunch but that came out on its own throughout the day.

    Second day results: looser wave, minimal frizz after smooth down above.

    New things to try: I guess I should try the other two gels I bought but I'm really not wanting to, may just return them. I ordered the Max Green Sculpting Gel (have the Styling gel), should be hard hold and more natural then VM gel, should be here next week.
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • New_to_CurlzNew_to_Curlz Posts: 115Registered Users
    Hi Lynaea! I remember we had similar properties from the wavy biographies so I have watched your journal for suggestions. Hope you don't mind me jumping in and asking you a question.
    How are you liking the Volumax gel?
    I was thinking about making some FSG this weekend and wonder if it will work like your okra gel. Have you ever used it? I guess I would use the FSG then gel on top?

    Your hair looks great BTW :flower:
    Fine texture
    Low/ Med porosity
    Med density

    Wash: SM MR, GTTT
    RO: SM MR, GTTT
    LI: SM CSM or SM MR
    Styling:AVG, KCCC, Volumax MEGA (HG), Joico Curl Definer
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Hi New_to_Curlz,

    I tried making / using FSG once and definitely needed something else for hold. I felt like it weighed down my hair some too but at that point everything was weighing me down so who knows. It's cheap to make and fairly easy once you get the hang of it.
    I'm really liking the Volumax Mega Gel, it makes my hair really shiny and washes out easily ( the Mega is hard hold, there's a 'regular' strength too). It holds well when I use it alone, lasts the whole day and scrunches out fairly easily. It's also pretty cheap so its definitely worth giving it a try. The only gel ive tried with it is the Max Green Styling Gel, its more jelly like or a light hold gel, when i do that combo my hair is softer but loses wave faster. I got a trim last week so I'll have to post the new pics from this morning.
    I've never made the okra gel although its tempting, I'm still not sure what it does exactly. I'm using SheScentIt Okra Conditioner as a leave-in, it's a protein heavy repairing condish, I'm really liking that so I will probably try the okra gel at some point.

    Glad my crazy posts are helping someone. ;-)
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • New_to_CurlzNew_to_Curlz Posts: 115Registered Users
    Thanks for the info! I will definitely have to get some this weekend. I also think I will try the FSG if I have time.

    And yes they are definitely helpful :)
    Fine texture
    Low/ Med porosity
    Med density

    Wash: SM MR, GTTT
    RO: SM MR, GTTT
    LI: SM CSM or SM MR
    Styling:AVG, KCCC, Volumax MEGA (HG), Joico Curl Definer
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 70
    Dew point next day: 70
    Interesting weather?: rained some

    Cowash/Lowpoo: DO Lowpoo
    RO: DB peach kernel w/added protein
    Leave-in: SSI okra
    Styler(s): okra gel (first attempt!) and VM gel

    Styling Technique: same as usual, used three palmfuls of okra gel after my leave-in, made my hair dry out, I added protein and gelatin so might leave that out next time or try a different type, rewet a bit, shook out, mod-SS, and two nickels of VM, plopped with no heat. I've been getting these weird 90 degree angles at the ends of some of my clumps, think the heat during the plop is setting my hair that way, will see.

    First Impressions:

    Next day results: started out good but lost wave and had frizz as the day went on. Think I should just use the VM alone and stop combo-ing it with other gels. I got the Max Green Sculpting Gel today so will try that soon.

    Second day refresh: too tired to mess with it, will braid it or something tomorrow.

    Second day results:

    New things to try:
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • New_to_CurlzNew_to_Curlz Posts: 115Registered Users
    Hi again Lynaea,
    I just had to stop by and thank you! I used the Joico K Pack this am and followed with some SM CSM as a leave in and then used some AVG. After plopping I used the Volumax Mega and diffused a bit. My hair was a little crunchy this am but definitely got better as the day went on. My hair was shiny and my waves/curls were bouncy. Hopefully this can be repeated. I just had to say thank you!
    Fine texture
    Low/ Med porosity
    Med density

    Wash: SM MR, GTTT
    RO: SM MR, GTTT
    LI: SM CSM or SM MR
    Styling:AVG, KCCC, Volumax MEGA (HG), Joico Curl Definer
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Yay! Glad it works for you too :blob3: I'm finding that using another gel under it leaves my hair softer but loosens the hold, I haven't tried very many combos though.
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 70
    Dew point next day: 71
    Interesting weather?:

    Cowash/Lowpoo: CJ DF
    RO:
    Leave-in: SSI Okra + SS PT
    Styler(s): VM gel

    Styling Technique: same as usual, hair was feeling a bit mushy/over conditioned since heavy RO last time, all the humectants in the okra gel I made probably contributed too (AVG & agave & gelatin) so I added some SS PT on top of the okra condish as LI. My hair then dried a bit faster before I put the gel in so my mod-SS was practically full blown, otherwise same as most other days, did heat blast during plop since not doing it didn't make any difference in weird angled ends.

    First Impressions:

    Next day results: don't think my hair appreciated the SS PT, explains the weirdness no matter what I tried when I was using this as a LI. It was sticky and wave fell fast and kind of frizzy-poofy. Bleh!

    Second day refresh: I was just gonna rewet and reapply LI & styler but hair was so sticky even after good rinse that I rewashed.

    Second day results:

    New things to try:
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 71
    Dew point next day: 71
    Interesting weather?:

    Cowash/Lowpoo: DO lowpoo
    RO: SS CC
    Leave-in: SSI okra
    Styler(s): VM gel

    Styling Technique: mod-SS + flipping hair back and forth is making skinny/stringy clumps so I tried something slightly different. I feel like I need a base layer of gel before I SS but ones I've tried aren't cutting it so after I quick-rinsed my LI I smoothed/raked a big dollop of VM gel through length and somewhat to canopy, THEN I flipped and loosened bangs a bit. Mod-SSed and applied nickel gel S2S, I finger combed my bangs to one side and let everything stay where it fell naturally. Dried S2S w/ MFT and upside down then plopped w/ heat. Hoping for bigger clumps without flat bangs, fingers crossed :geek: haha, I think that guys my favorite emoticon.
    Added more gel after plop and pixie diffused till crunchy/mostly dry.

    First Impressions: not getting good crunch/hold lately, even with VM on own. Not sure if its to do with whatever was sprayed on my hair during cut or if its technique. I have been getting my hair wetter during mod-SS and its been pretty wet when I plop. Need to try making less wet, letting gel do the clumping and drying longer/better with towel.

    Next day results: crunch mostly gone by morning, wavy enough but fell out some and had a bit of canopy frizz. I've been reading back over my 'good' days to try to figure out what I'm doing differently. I got the MG sculpting gel so will try combo-ing that with the VM.

    Second day refresh: One thing I'm really pleased with, the VM gel is super easy to refresh. I usually wake up second morning with pretty frizzy/fly-away hair from shoving it up over my head throughout the night. BUT, all I have to do is wet my hands and smooth them over the top and down the sides, I also kind of pull all my length together loosely, like if I was gonna do a low ponytail, and scrunch up the ends a bit. Voila, all of the loose bits get stuck back down and for maybe 30 mins I have a glaze of crunch, but that works itself out by the time I get to work and I have smooth, loosely clumpy 2a-ish waves (1st day is more 2b)

    Second day results:

    New things to try:
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 65
    Dew point next day: 65
    Interesting weather?:

    Cowash/Lowpoo: AIA Clarity poo; my hairs been weird since the haircut, won't hold crunch yet is roughish and kinda tangly when dry, hoping this helps.
    RO: SS CC + SS PT
    Leave-in: SSI okra
    Styler(s): MG Sculpting gel + VM gel

    Styling Technique: applied two dime-nickel dollops MG Sculpting gel after LI and finger combed through from scalp; this stuff is really thick and is the consistency of congealed chicken drippings...so kinda gross but I work in a pathology lab and was a vet tech before that so I've seen worse :laughing6:
    Blotted hair with flour sack (FST) and scrunched in two quarter dollops VM gel S2S with wet hands, at this point my hair was gooey enough that I could squish the length of my hair back together to reform clumps. Now that I've done that again I'm thinking this is the step that's been missing the last several tries. I decided not to plop so I dried a bit more with FST S2S and USD and immediately pixie diffused. I always do the first bit USD then do S2S until moderately dry and getting crunchy, then go USD again to dry canopy a bit better, did final blast from top down.

    First Impressions: I'm not sure whether the MGSculpt added anything, the consistency makes it seem like it would be excellent for clumpage but the amount I used wasn't enough to notice a difference. For whatever reason though I feel like a need a base layer of gel, I think mostly I am afraid the VM is so thick I'm likely to miss spots and at least with a base I'll know I'm mostly covered. Also, its easier to apply gel to my canopy/scalp area when my hair is fairly wet and I'm still in the shower but the VM doesn't do well when I rewet to help form clumps, hmm. I'm sure i'll come up with more ways to try this combo. Hair really crispy after diffusing, good wave and clumps, so far so good.

    Next day results: So, I guess I was in the mood for trying new things yesterday because after all of the above I then decided to try pineappling for the first time. My hair was pretty crunchy when I started however the first try was too low, the second was better but then I wasn't really ready to lay down and it was too loose and mostly fell out. So then I gave up, all that manipulation managed to work out most of the lovely crunch I'd managed and by the time I laid down only the last 5 inches or so were still crunchy. Worked out okay though, still had pretty waves today though top bit was less wavy than I'd like. All and all I'd say my experimentation was a success. I might try pineappling for second day hair but I don't think it's gonna work for just styled, crunchy hair, will see. Pic below is from this am.

    Second day refresh: smoothed strays on canopy with wet hands.

    Second day results: ends still nicely wavy, top straighter but very shiny. I think if crunch hadn't been released prematurely top would still be wavy.
    Actually managed third day hair with this (though my scalp was getting itchy), ends were still wavy and top went very smooth, soft, shiny. Pretty pleased

    New things to try:
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 65
    Dew point next day: 65 ish
    Interesting weather?:

    Cowash/Lowpoo: DO Lowpoo
    RO: SS CC
    Leave-in: SSI okra + DO condish
    Styler(s): MGSculpt

    Styling Technique: hair still felt rough (?) after LI so added some DO hydrating CO also. Used MGSculpt only, about palmful x2 raked through, feeling lazy so I just flipped and loosened bangs canopy, plopped for about n hour and pixie diffused to mostly dry.

    First Impressions: Hair got crunchy but not as hard as VM, clumps are small d/t not styling right.

    Next day results: wimpy waves, barely any crunch to scrunch

    Second day refresh: not really necessary, styler feeling essentially gone, hair smooth and silky (ie too soft/slick to hold a wave). Put in a flipped-through ponytail, no frizz.

    Second day results: probably the DO condish overwhelmed the gel but the gel is also pretty moisturizing so it was all just too much for my wimpy waves. It looked and felt good regardless though.

    New things to try:
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 72
    Dew point next day: 72
    Interesting weather?:

    Cowash/Lowpoo: CJ DailyFix
    RO:
    Leave-in: SSI okra
    Styler(s): MGSculpt & VM gel

    Styling Technique: dime of LI and let sit during shower, wide-combed thru and quick-rinsed, added dime MGSculpt and finger-combed thru. Dried hair briefly with FST and flipped/shook, fixed bangs/part and mod-SS very little, added quarter VM gel S2S and canopy. Plopped briefly, added more VM, pixie diffused to mostly dry and crunchy. Took a pic for the SOTC thread :happy4:

    First Impressions: good-n-crunchy, though the MGSculpt lessens it a bit and makes it fall out faster.

    Next day results: Yay, pretty hair! This combo gives me decent waves with soft hair that I don't feel the need to 'fix' or run my fingers thru all day and holds up well enough for 2nd day hair. Gonna put this in my 'guaranteed good hair' file and see what other combos I can come up with, I'd be willing to sacrifice some softness for a bit more wave. I think the MG gels are a bit too moisturizing for me. The VM gel on its own is guaranteed goody too!
    image.jpg

    Second day refresh:

    Second day results:

    New things to try: I have lots of jellies, need to try other combos with the VM gel. UFDCM & KCCC first I think.
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 73
    Dew point next day: 73
    Interesting weather?:

    Cowash/Lowpoo: CJ DailyFix
    RO:
    Leave-in: SSI okra + DO condish
    Styler(s): none

    Styling Technique: I figured I'd give my hair and myself a break and not style my hair so I just washed and did a LI. I only mixed a dime of the DO with the okra cause the SSI has glycerin towards the bottom of its ingredients. I pink-combed it thru, left on for shower then quick rinsed. I flipped to loosen bangs then FST dried and plopped, I did two heat blasts to dry my hair some before bed. Let it air dry overnight.

    Next day results: woke to soft, fairly shiny, if slightly tangled hair, finger-combed it a bit and had nice 2A hair. Pic is from first thing this morning, it settled a bit through the day, got less poofy/volume and more smooth. I also had it in a bun part of the day.

    Second day refresh:

    Second day results: didn't really refresh since it was essentially straight with a body wave, very minimal frizz or poof, I'm kind of surprised. Wore it for three days, last day it was braided.

    New things to try:
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 73
    Dew point next day: 73
    Interesting weather?: rainy wash day

    Cowash/Lowpoo: CJ DF
    RO: SS PT
    Leave-in: SSI okra
    Styler(s): VM gel

    Styling Technique: My hair seemed overmoisturized the last week or so, think the lack of protein in the daily fix plus the purported moisture in the MG gels caused it. When I scrunched my wet hair after co-washing it was mushy and barely held any wave so I used the SS PT, put it in a shower cap and left it in for rest of shower (maybe 5-10 minutes, so not really a PT), wave held way better after just that little bit. Did LI & patted water on my scalp to smooth tine lines rather then quick rinse to keep more protein in. Scrunched out excess h2o and flipped/loosened canopy, fixed part and raked thru VM gel S2S (maybe half-dollar each), scrunched in another quarter each side and squished length together to reform clumps and rescrunched. Dried with FST s2s & USD, pixie diffused as usual, got good crunch all the way to roots, good waves and clumps, left maybe 25% damp to air dry.

    Next day results: frizz and loose waves, its rainy still and the VM gel scrunched out almost as soon as I laid down last night. .???

    Second day refresh:

    Second day results:

    New things to try: I was doing a second application of VM gel after plopping, think I need to revisit that.
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dew point wash day: 74
    Dew point next day: 74
    Interesting weather?:

    Cowash/Lowpoo: NG Herbal condish
    RO:
    Leave-in: SSI Okra Condish
    Styler(s): MG styling gel, Volumax Mega gel

    Styling Technique: combed thru leave-in & quick-rinsed, squeezed & raked two pumps MGStyleG into length and finger combed third pump through from crown. Dried length briefly with FST, flipped/shook to loosen canopy and used fingers to loosen bang area, scrunched in quarter dollop VM gel each side. Removed excess water with FST and plopped w/ two heat blasts. Added one nickel gel after plop and diffused till scalp area just damp and rest crunchy.

    Next day results: beautiful big clumpy waves after SOTC and my hair was still very crunchy this morning. Held up very well through the day. Minimal frizz, used wet hands to smooth canopy a bit this morning, nothing anyone else would notice but, you know. :)

    Second day refresh: Wet hands and added pea of VM gel, mixed and scrunched into length (down the length and up from the bottom) and smoothed over canopy, each side, pixie diffused briefly to set.

    Second day results: May be wavier / clumpier today then yesterday! There's a bit more frizz/fly-aways, but I did sleep on it twice. I smoothed it a bit with wet hands and that helped. I'll try to get a pic.

    New things to try: I'm thinking the VM gel is so water soluble that just my hair being too wet when applied is enough to 'rinse' it out. I'm thinking the extra bit after plopping is really necessary, my hair seems crunchier/stiffer than last time. Ideally I should probably apply the VM to damp hair but I think its too thick for that to work well. I'm also really leaning toward just getting nice 2A waves rather than 'as-wavy-as-I-can-get-it', the MGSG + VM combo seems to work well for that. The PJ in me is a little upset that I seem to have found some HG products, I'm still really tempted to try other things. Ugh! :)

    This isn't the best pic but the others were too blurry. Day 1
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
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