Newb alert...

OddGirlOutOddGirlOut Posts: 7Registered Users
Hello all,

At 33yrs old I am just now learning to stop fighting the curls. I am also trying to totally relearn hair care. I was the only one in the family with curly hair, so was never taught to treat it any differently then the straight haired family members. Of course, I don't think they knew any different either. So I ended up looking like a big blonde cotton ball, which lead to years of straightening.
It was with much begging from my husband (he saw my hair air dry after being tossed in a pool), that I surrendered my flat iron. I told him I would try.
After looking for some tips online for frizz control, I started to learn that I was doing it wrong.... Now, I am trying to do it right, but there is A LOT to learn. :banghead:(HELP!)
I have figured out the following:
My hair is low porosity
Its fine with medium density
However, I'm confused to the type. I look and "quiz" out at a 2C... but it says 2C is coarser. Which my hair is far from. Is that part set in stone? Can I be a fine 2C?
Oh... I have a long way to go.... :read2:

So, Ya... hello from the really confused girl. LOL


  • CurlieCooCurlieCoo Posts: 38Registered Users
    Hello and welcome! I'm in the same boat as you - where MOST of the description of 2C fit, with the exception of the coarse hair. I have learned over my curly journey that a) my hair looked more 2b, 2c, or 3a depending upon products, technique, timing, and sun-moon-planet alignment :laughing6:; and b) in the end the category isn't the end-all determinant of what is going to work for you but just use it loosely as a guide. I started off like you and ended up bouncing between the 2 and 3 discussions for information.

    Welcome again!
    #1 Recommendation: "Search NaturallyCurly" search function for great info:smilebox:
    ~2C/3A~ Density-High Porosity-High Texture-Medium Climate-HIGH humidity Water-Hard well
    Low-poo: Nature's Gate Tea-Tree Cond: Suave Naturals, Organic Coconut Oil Leave-in: KCKT Styling: KCSS, KCCC, Dr. Bronner's Organic Hair Creme
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Welcome! Just to confuse you more there are several classification systems, they don't all link hair properties with curl pattern. There are plenty of 2c fine haired wavies.

    Are you sure you are low porosity if you are fine haired and been flat ironing (damaging)? The DIY porosity tests are not scientific, you are better off looking at the way your hair behaves, using common sense, maybe getting a hair analysis.
    THE NATURAL HAVEN: Junk Science - Hair Porosity Tests / Float or Sink

    Fine hair tends to do well with hydrolysed protein, this is also strengthening for damaged hair. Some fine wavies find conditioner only washing weighs them down and they prefer a super gentle sulphate free (ideally anionic surfactant free) shampoo.
    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
  • OddGirlOutOddGirlOut Posts: 7Registered Users
    Thank you for responding. I am sure I'm low porosity. I did do the water/strand test, I even took a shower, came back and that hair was still sitting on the surface of the water.
    I should mention that my hair is currently "virgin" has not been flat ironed, dyed, heated, etc. My husband requested to see my natural blonde hair because he hadn't seen it since junior high. In order to remove all the black dye, I chopped my hair into a pixie cut. When my hair started growing a little, it wouldn't lay flat and was too still too short to flat iron. I let it start waving and curling and everybody loved it. So, I started trying to go with it instead of fight it. Right now it is slightly past ear length.
    Right now I'm Co-washing with Suave Naturals with Aloe. I use DevaCurl One Conditioner as a rinse out and leave in. DevaCurl Hair in Heaven as a weekly deep conditioner and DevaCurl AnGEL Light hold for styling. I use DevaCurl as they made it easy by labeling No sulfates/waxes/silicones. Honestly, I was going cross eyed trying to read labels. :tongue5:
  • OddGirlOutOddGirlOut Posts: 7Registered Users
    I stand corrected on hair type. Apparently I was trying to judge my hair type with the length too short. When I showed my mother the hair type photos and description, she decided I was a 3A. I was quickly reminded that I have large spiral like curls, ("Banana curls" as my grandmother calls them. Or "Shirley Temple" curls as my mother says). I forgot how differently my hair curls when it gets about chin length. My mother made sure to point out that my hair is attempting to spiral now, but just doesn't have the length to do it. ( you're right! you're right!!)
  • ZozosmammaZozosmamma Posts: 45Registered Users
    Hi! I'm new too. 31 and also having trouble with type. I am, I think, a (very fine and soft) hair goes from tight waves to loose curls. I recently quit using my flatiron and am learning to take care of my hair. I want to bounce up the curls, and minimize frizz and crunch. I hope we learn some great tops for rocking our waves and curls!
  • ZozosmammaZozosmamma Posts: 45Registered Users
    Oops....I'm 39!