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It gets better!

Hi everyone! I've been lurking for a while now, but finally I just had to post.

I've been CG since June. Since then I've had some good days, but mostly I have been overwhelmed, frustrated, and generally hating my hair.

But now I LOVE MY CURLS!! And I just wanted to tell everyone out there who is still working and experimenting to just hang in there and not give up. It gets better!

My hair feels so great now. And after a good dry hair cut (thanks Tiffany!!) my hair is really starting to love me too.

The first pic is about 1 month in and the second is this week.

A great big thank you to everyone here!! I couldn't have done it without all this great info.

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  • Aqua_LilyAqua_Lily Posts: 557Registered Users
    Wow! Your hair looks GREAT! Beautiful curls!!
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    Current length: tailbone
    Goal length: mid-thigh (wet)
    3A/2C M iii med por, high elast

    HGs:
    Clarify: Nivea
    Lo-poo: Nature's Gate
    CW: Elvive Volume Collagen
    RO: EO Keratin, Desert Essence Raspberry

    LI: Elvive volume collagen, KCKT
    Seal: Grapeseed oil
    Gel: Studioline

    PT: EO Keratin co
    DT: RO+oils
    Hairgrowth stim.: JBCO+EVCO


    www.iherb.com 5-10$ discount code:
    VHT541 Many natural hair products! :D
  • TrickTrick Posts: 140Registered Users
    fernando, you're hair looks like a much nicer version of mine! Way to be patient, glad your hair rewarded you by behaving. :)

    2c/3a, fine, low porosity.

    Poo: Garnier Fructis Pure Clean (yes, it has A Sulfate!!, but I have Teflon hair)
    Co-wash (when I feel so inclined, which isn't often!): VO5 Kiwi Lime Clarifying Conditioner
    Conditioner/LI:
    same for both -- whatever I have in the shower at the time (I experiment a lot)
    Style: EcoStyler Olive Oil <3
    Dry: Diffuse or air dry, or both...depends on my mood

  • PseudoDivaPseudoDiva Posts: 21Registered Users
    WOW!! What's your type and what's your regimen? You look amazing--love how big those curls are!
  • inhisgripinhisgrip Posts: 18Registered Users
    That is an unbelievable difference! Your hair is gorgeous. When did you get the haircut? And, yes, please share the highlights of your journey (ingredients/productsthat didn't work, ones that do, etc.)

    Thinking to myself.....must make the trip to see Tiffany again. (I saw her a couple of yrs ago, she's a couple of hours away).
    2c, 3a & b, very fine, porous, thin density
    V05 Kiwi Lime or water co-wash, Deva Low Poo
    Love CJ Repair Me and Fairytales Curly-Q Gel
  • fernandofernando Posts: 2Registered Users
    Thanks everyone!!

    Spending the time (2 hr drive) to go have my hair cut and talk with Tiffany was soooo worth it. Talking it out with her really helped cut though my feelings of being overwhelmed. And, she was able to confirm that I am doing the rights things for my hair. It was very reassuring.

    My hair is fine with medium porosity and medium elasticity. Density is thin to med. 2c/3a. I do have some areas of coarse hairs.

    Key points I have learned that help my hair:
    1. Protein is critical to my fine hair. But I have to balance it with moisture.
    2. Plopping more than 5 min angers my hair. I guess it just wants to be free.
    3. Although I have slightly multi-textured hair, I have to stick with products for fine hair and just be generous with them. It just creates better curls.
    4. I have to be very patient before I SOTC. Scrunching before it’s dry enough will cause the dreaded frizz.
    5. Water without product causes frizz in my hair. For second day hair I spritz at the roots with Lavender water then lightly smooth my hair with CJ Pattern Pusha.

    Right now I'm using all Curl Junkie products. Washing with the gentle cleansing shampoo. I do my best to do 2 deep treatments per week (just long enough to shave my legs). Although life gets in the way of this a lot of times. I alternate between Repair Me! and Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix. After that I'll user either the Argan & Olive oil or Strengthening conditioner. I then use the Coffee-Coco Curl Creme Lite and Curls in a bottle. Squeeze out and much as I can. Then use a flour sack towel to squeeze out even more. Plop just long enough to get out of the shower and dry off. I generally part in the middle, but most of the time I just see where the hair wants to fall. I use a chopstick to very gently loosen the curls after the plop without breaking any clumps. I also use the chopstick to gently lift the hair off the top/side of my head so I don’t get flat hair up there. Then I clip while drying. Sometimes I air dry and sometimes I diffuse. I think the pics are from a diffusing day. Then I SOTC.

    I tried the DevaCurl products before going CG completely. They just fried my hair. I think their lack of protein caused me issues so I stay away from them.

    The Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibisus line is pretty good. The Curl & Style Milk works very nice, but the Souffle was too hard of a hold for me. I couldn’t find good conditioners that I liked in this line though.

    Kinky-Curly Knot Today was just too heavy for my hair.

    I have some JessiCurl products that I’m going to experiment with sometime. But right now I’m so happy it might be a while before I do.
  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,275Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
  • PseudoDivaPseudoDiva Posts: 21Registered Users
    Tell me more about your experience with Deva. You and I are pretty close to being hair twins so I'm curious about it! That's pretty much all I am using right now, plus BRHG, but I still have a huge problem with straight under layers.

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