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Done fighting it!

CarolinaCurlzCarolinaCurlz Posts: 30Registered Users
I wish I had found this forum two months ago!

I have 3A naturally curly hair that I have fought all my life. Two months ago I relaxed my hair with a chemical relaxer for African American hair. It totally ruined my hair. I cut off about 6 inches but now I have to wait for the rest to grow out before I can get my curls back. Wow, never thought I would be wishing for curls! I have decided to end the lifelong battle with frizz and bad hair days.

I live in the South and even on a "low" humidity day my hair is a mess. My hair always looks like a perm that is growing out. It doesn't curl nicely and in the front I look like I have grown horns out of my forehead.

Even though I won't have my curls back for a while I decided to start the Curly Girl treatment now to work on getting my hair healthy. I have been reading this forum for a few days now (hours on end!) and ordered the Devacurl no poo, the Con Wash, Light gel and Mister Right spray. I also bought the Catwalk Curls Rock.

My daughter is 17 and has very thick wavy hair. She always had thin straight hair until puberty kicked in. She deals with frizz too, so she is going to start on the CG method too.
2 b/c at the moment, 3a when not relaxed
Medium Texture
Normal Porosity

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Comments

  • Janicke31Janicke31 Posts: 53Registered Users
    Good luck with your new journey! This website is so helpful and addicting :headbang::blob7:
    2b, Fine, Low density, Normal porosity.

    Currently using but not sure if i'm loving:

    Lo-poo: SM yucca
    Co-wash: Suave Naturals Coconut
    LI: SM yucca Milk, Suave Naturals Coconut
    Gel: LA Looks Mega Hold (Green), LA Looks NutraCurl with Avocado

    Sometimes I pixie diffuse, Always towel turban, Finally stopped touching while wet :oops:, Always SOTC, lose curl definition and get frizzy after a few hours.

    Live in Miami where it's really HUMID:pukel:
  • CarolinaCurlzCarolinaCurlz Posts: 30Registered Users
    Last night I shampooed for the last time. Today I did just the conditioner wash, rinsed and then added more conditioner and left it in. I used VO5 that I read about on here. I am SHOCKED! I have curls again. My daughter just walked by and said WOW.

    These pictures are what my hair looks like right now. I am going to love being no-poo!
    2 b/c at the moment, 3a when not relaxed
    Medium Texture
    Normal Porosity

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  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Ha ha, your hair says THANK YOU!!
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • wavydazewavydaze Posts: 2,061Registered Users
    Your hair looks really nice! Welcome and good luck! I know so much about hair now since I've been lurking on this site (about 9 months now). It's a little ridiculous but for the first time I'm actually finding joy in my hair! It's fun and it's a part of myself that I now enjoy. I wish you all the best on your natural hair journey!
    2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots + normal-high porosity shaft where bleached. normal elasticity.

    Currently using:
    Poo: Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe
    RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: UFD CM, CJ PP
    PT: CJ Repair Me

    :thumright: hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
    :angry8: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
    Neutral on cones.

    iherb discount code: CFN646
  • CarolinaCurlzCarolinaCurlz Posts: 30Registered Users
    What can I use in my hair while waiting for my products to come in the mail? I'm using just the conditioner wash, and then leaving in a small amount of the same conditioner. I don't have any hair products that are -cone free. I have coconut oil and olive oil on hand, can I use those?

    Is my hair considered a 3a?
    2 b/c at the moment, 3a when not relaxed
    Medium Texture
    Normal Porosity

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  • Corrina777Corrina777 Posts: 3,193Registered Users
    Product selection is definitely best based on properties (texture, porosity, etc), rather than curl pattern, which can change with products and even weather. Livecurlylivefree.com has fantastic info for determining your hair properties. Once you know those, look for people with the same properties and see what they like- it will give you a great starting point. There's actually a thread in the 2s forum called "Share Your Hair Biography," which has tons of potential hair twins and product ideas.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    3a/f/iii
    Modified CG since 11/5/11
    CLEANSE: CJ Daily Fix, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
    RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner, CJ Beauticurls Strengthening
    LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
    STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
  • CarolinaCurlzCarolinaCurlz Posts: 30Registered Users
    Day 5. It's getting there. I can't wait for the relaxer to grow out.

    Am I a 3a curl or 2c?
    2 b/c at the moment, 3a when not relaxed
    Medium Texture
    Normal Porosity

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  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    You can't identify your natural curl pattern until the relaxer grows out, more important is to work with your hair properties.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • chloe92uschloe92us Posts: 1,203Registered Users
    Day 5. It's getting there. I can't wait for the relaxer to grow out.

    Am I a 3a curl or 2c?

    Right now, it looks more 2B/2C to me, but I'm sure your curl will tighten as your relaxer grows out. Good luck!
    2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
    Cleanse: AIA cowash, TJ Tea Tree Condish
    Condish: JC Too Shea, Tresemme Botanique
    Stylers: flax/okra gel or KCCC + CJ PP or JC Spiralicious
    Experimenting with Got2B Ultra gel and loving it so far!
  • CarolinaCurlzCarolinaCurlz Posts: 30Registered Users
    Thank you!

    Can someone tell me if there is anything in this that makes it not CG safe?
    2 b/c at the moment, 3a when not relaxed
    Medium Texture
    Normal Porosity

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  • Corrina777Corrina777 Posts: 3,193Registered Users
    Thank you!

    Can someone tell me if there is anything in this that makes it not CG safe?

    Nope. This is CG-friendly.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    3a/f/iii
    Modified CG since 11/5/11
    CLEANSE: CJ Daily Fix, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
    RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner, CJ Beauticurls Strengthening
    LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
    STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
  • CarolinaCurlzCarolinaCurlz Posts: 30Registered Users
    Yeah! This was only $8.59 a GALLON! I'm going to try it as a co-wash.
    2 b/c at the moment, 3a when not relaxed
    Medium Texture
    Normal Porosity

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  • Corrina777Corrina777 Posts: 3,193Registered Users
    Yeah! This was only $8.59 a GALLON! I'm going to try it as a co-wash.

    Is that Cure Care?
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    3a/f/iii
    Modified CG since 11/5/11
    CLEANSE: CJ Daily Fix, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
    RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner, CJ Beauticurls Strengthening
    LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
    STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
  • CarolinaCurlzCarolinaCurlz Posts: 30Registered Users
    Yes. Someone on another forum that I frequent said they use it. I found it at Sally's.
    2 b/c at the moment, 3a when not relaxed
    Medium Texture
    Normal Porosity

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  • CarolinaCurlzCarolinaCurlz Posts: 30Registered Users
    Day 8. I can see some of my curls coming back. I still have some parts that are straight from the relaxer. Strange how it seems to pick and choose which sections hold the relaxer and which ones will curl.
    2 b/c at the moment, 3a when not relaxed
    Medium Texture
    Normal Porosity

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