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3B's - product HELP!

Hello ladies (and gents). I used to be a regular poster back in the day but nailed down a great hair routine. Now over the past 5 years all of my favorite products have been discontinued, so I'm basically starting from scratch.

I'm a 3B with long spiral curls. My hair is thin and fine, but there's a lot of it. I've tried the whole CG thing and it's not for me, so I use an SLS/ALS-free shampoo (Mastey Traite) and Kenra Conditioner.

I'm looking for some products that will define my curls, give me volume, fluff everything up a bit but still provide some hold. And if possible, something that will calm down the curls just a bit would be great.

My "holy grail" used to be Back to Basics Smoothing Elixir and Texturizing Lotion mixed together but alas, my supply is gone.

Any recommendations????

Thanks so much.

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  • curlyjenncurlyjenn Posts: 585Registered Users
    I'm 3b, with 3c under. I'm not CG and I kind of like my curls to have some volume and fluff. One thing I've been using and like is Garnier Fructis Soft Curl Cream. It's pretty good. I just got some JoiWhip mousse that I haven't tried yet, but I've heard really good things about. I had been using some Herbal Essences Totally Twisted mousse. It was pretty good. Also, Curly By Nature Curl lotion was good for encouraging the curl for me.
    I'm a 3b, with 3c underneath.

    Used to be CG, now I'm not. Using Suave Aloe & Waterlily shampoo & condish, JoiWhip, BRHG, Suave Aloe gel, Aussie Tizz No Frizz, and anything else that looks good!
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  • PheebiePheebie Posts: 177Registered Users
    I have 3a/3b hair and do a modified CG routine (the only ‘poo I use occasionally is Jessircul Gentle Lather Shampoo). I wash daily, usually with a ‘cone-free cond., and my current HG styling product is Batia & Aleeza gel – love this stuff. Provides excellent curl formation and lots of shine. Another favorite: I’ll combine Jessicurl RR & [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Jessicurl-Confident-Coils-Styling-Solution-p-116.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=jessicurl-confident-coils-styling-solution]CCSS[/buylink] (especially great on days I feel my hair needs moisture, nourishment & TLC).
    Hair Type: 3A/3B; natural color; mid-back length.
    Shampoo: Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus (2 - 3 times/week)
    Fave Rinse-Out Conditioners: HE Hello Hydration; Yes to Blueberries; GVP Conditioning Balm;
    Styling Routine: Squish-scrunch product /conditioner into soaking wet, upside down hair; plop for 10 minutes, air dry. (Diffuser dry front section.)
    Fave Styling Products: KCKT; Tigi Curl Amplifier Creme; Batia & Aleeza gel; Giovanni Sunset Styler; LA Looks Sport Gel.
  • CurlyQTPieCurlyQTPie Posts: 447Registered Users
    I'm a 3b. I've had sucess with Deva OneC followed by Angell. Also can do [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Jessicurl-Confident-Coils-Styling-Solution-p-116.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=jessicurl-confident-coils-styling-solution]Jessicurl CCSS[/buylink] and RR followed by Angell, although it seems like I have to get the Jessicurl products in the perfect balance or else my hair looks too greasy or doesn't have enough hold.
    3B with some 3a. Fell off but am now back on the CG bandwagon and looking for my HG products.
  • GiveMeABMWGiveMeABMW Posts: 219Registered Users
    curlyjenn wrote:
    I'm 3b, with 3c under. I'm not CG and I kind of like my curls to have some volume and fluff. One thing I've been using and like is Garnier Fructis Soft Curl Cream. It's pretty good. I just got some JoiWhip mousse that I haven't tried yet, but I've heard really good things about. I had been using some Herbal Essences Totally Twisted mousse. It was pretty good. Also, Curly By Nature Curl lotion was good for encouraging the curl for me.

    It's funny that you say that, bc I'm also a 3B and I have the same 2 products on my bathroom shelf. I can get away with the SCC alone on most days, but the Totally Twisted smells good and adds extra hold.
    What's working this week:
    Shower: Garnier 3x Nutrition shampoo 1x per week, cowash with Tres Semme Naturals, condition with
    GF Sleek and Shine deep conditioner
    Styling: Tres Semme Naturals as leave in, L'Oreal Melting gel and HE SMU raked in, LOOB and AG Re:Coil scrunched in, Jojoba Oil scrunched in when totally dry
    :toothy4: 3B
  • SmallFrySmallFry Posts: 614Registered Users
    I agree with the Garnier Soft Curl Creme. I like using this and Garnier's Curl n Shine Leave-in (sleek n shine is good too but is a bit heavier). Those two products give me nice curls that are just right. Sometimes I'll switch out the SCC for Loreal Out of Bed cream, which is also a very nice product that gives me "just right curls".
    Lotsa 3c curls
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  • curlylew66curlylew66 Posts: 1,685Registered Users
    Joiwhip 8)
  • hockeymomof3hockeymomof3 Posts: 2,159Registered Users
    There is a lot of talk lately about a product called L'oreal out of bed weightless texturizer -- it is sort of a creme/gel mix in a jar -- pretty light hold but I notice it does lessen volume and define curls without crunch.

    For higher end, I am really liking [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/DevaCurl-Angell-p-57.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=devacurl-devacurl-angell]DevaCurl Angel[/buylink]l.
    3b/a
    Cowash - No Poo
    Conditioner - One Condition
    Gel - Light Defining Gel

    Looking to try Devacurl Decadence line next! Can't wait to try it.
  • curlyjenncurlyjenn Posts: 585Registered Users
    SmallFry wrote:
    I agree with the Garnier Soft Curl Creme. I like using this and Garnier's Curl n Shine Leave-in (sleek n shine is good too but is a bit heavier). Those two products give me nice curls that are just right. Sometimes I'll switch out the SCC for Loreal Out of Bed cream, which is also a very nice product that gives me "just right curls".

    Hmmm...didn't know that the Curl n Shine was lighter. I've got the Sleek n Shine, but I just never liked it that much. I guess it's too heavy for what I want it to do.
    I'm a 3b, with 3c underneath.

    Used to be CG, now I'm not. Using Suave Aloe & Waterlily shampoo & condish, JoiWhip, BRHG, Suave Aloe gel, Aussie Tizz No Frizz, and anything else that looks good!
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  • bouncebounce Posts: 297Registered Users
    Thanks for the suggestions ladies. Looks like I have some new products to try.
    8)