Brand New CG/Natural- Please help!

Samantha.RouSamantha.Rou Posts: 1Registered Users
Hi everyone! I am new to the natural hair world. I've done lots of reading, almost too much I'm afraid. I'm really confused now.

I initially thought I was a 2b/2c, but my hair is baby fine. So now I'm questioning if I might be 3a. I have lots of damage from heat styling and color on top of color on top of color. I have very little elasticity and high porosity. My hair density is above average. I do struggle with seborrheic dermatitis from time to time.

I have currently been using Alberto V05 Kiwi Lime Conditioner as a cowash every other day for about 10 days (I did a clarifying wash with Neutrogena before I started). I started using Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea Leave In yesterday, along with Shea Moisture CH Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I am plopping for about 15-20 minutes after a wash, then letting my hair air dry.

Here are my questions:
1. How long will it be before I start having some better hair days? I am a teacher and I have to go back to work in about a month. I'd like to not look like a crazy person when I do. :)

2. Will using a sulfate-free shampoo 1-2 a week derail my efforts? My scalp is slightly itchy and I think a shampoo might help with that.

3. What can I use to help combat frizz? I live in the Southeast US and it is humid beyond belief this summer.

4. Do I need to do protein treatments to get my hair in better shape? If so, what are some good ones that won't derail my natural/CG progress?

5. How often do I need to deep condition and what products can I use for that?

Thanks in advance for your input!


  • MorrisonFan91MorrisonFan91 Posts: 560Registered Users
    hi, :) .

    to offer some input on your question reg. sulfate free shampoo 1-2 times a week? i think it would be OK/help if you are like me in that skin gets irritated easily. I have a ton of ingredient allergies
  • naturecatnaturecat Posts: 1,986Registered Users
    1) Ah, the million dollar question. We almost all struggle with bad hair days, but as time goes on they become less frequent. If your hair is long enough, learn some updos you can use in a pinch.

    2) Many/most wavies can't CO wash exclusively. How often to wash with shampoo varies from person to person. As a fine haired person I find that if I use any product I must use shampoo every wash, and even sulfates from time to time. If you get weighed down or build up, shampoo really helps. Following rules isn't important; following what works for you is.

    3) I'm not too sure about frizz believe it or not. I don't try and combat it much and I don't get as much as some do. But I find that my homemade gelatin gel defines my hair quite well. If there are some sections of hair that go crazy with frizz on occasion then I can use some Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic on it.

    4) Fine hair tends to love protein and you can even go up a curl pattern after doing it. What and how often varies from person to person. I personally use the gelatin one here:
    Science-y Hair Blog: Recipes and Projects
    I don't use Apple Cider Vinegar, just gelatin and water, and it works fine. I do use a more dilute version, as my hair is at the point where it doesn't need strong protein treatments any more. Sometimes you need to deep condition after protein, depending on how your hair feels.

    5) I don't deep condition ever. Perhaps I should. Fine haired (esp wavies I think) may not need or want to, as they can get weighed down easily and have the curl pulled out. It varies from person to person. If your hair is dry then it may be good to try. Can't help with products, sorry. I would personally either use one of my normal conditioners or homemade stuff, like irish moss or fenugreek, etc.

    Two more things: hair thickness has nothing to do with texture. Ignore some of the advice on this site; not accurate. So your texture is 2b/c but after you do a protein treatment, who knows? Oh and also sometimes protein treatments (or deep treatments for that matter) combat frizz. All depends on what your hair needs. The other thing: SM CES is very heavy as a product for fine wavy hair. If it works for you it's good but you may want to experiment with lighter products.

    Super baby fine hair, low porosity
    Shampoos: SM Fruit Fusion (mostly), Avalon lemon (to clarify). Occasional aloe vera and glycerin to wash.
    Stylers: Intelligent Nutrients Perfect Hold Hairspray
    Treatments: Catnip tea, IA girl's PT, Fermented Rice Water, Catnip Tea, Amla tea, Irish Moss, SS PT