Naturally Curly Hair Routine & Regimen 101 for Newly Naturals

NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
Greetings,
Curlies. I noticed that most of the OG (old school) naturally curlies in this thread does not respond to newly naturals. Well, not quite often. Especially, those whom have type 4 or mixed 3c/4a patterns, unless it is from another hair pattern individuals (e.g. 2-3c hair types). In any case, I see no problems with any person with a different hair pattern trying to help. I guess there are not many newly natural curlies (or old naturally curlies) that are not making any new threads (or posting on a regular) that may help bring encouragement while others are at the beginning of their journey, in it or transitioning? Therefore, I felt the liberty to post images and information to help those who are confused on how to build a regimen or routine for themselves. Or, what products to use? For starters, If you do not know your porosity, density, texture & width as well as elasticity. Please follow up on this thread.
For Starters, Watch This Video: :)

Youtube Video By GreenBeauty-- 6 steps for starting a successful natural hair journey:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDURE8Ce13s&t=319s


Pattern: 3C/4A 
Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
Porosity: High
Density: Medium
Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
Goal: MBL
10-28-15 (BC Date)


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  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
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    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
    Best Treatments for Your Porosity Level

    Low:

    Incorporate ingredients that are of a more alkaline nature. Adding a little bentonite clay (pH of 8.3) to you conditioner is a great trick.

    Applying heat while deep conditioning is extremely helpful. Tools such as heat caps or steamers are great ways to help lift the cuticle and better infuse moisture into the hair.

    When applying product, make sure the hair is wet or damp, then seal in the moisture with butter or oil.

    Medium:

    Healthy ingredients, regular deep conditions, moisturizing, and little to no heat will help keep normal porosity hair at it’s best.

    High:

    Use thick butters and products with oils because they can serve as a protective layer and help seal the cuticle. Henna and Protein Treatments are great for temporarily filling the gaps or holes in highly porous hair. Apple Cider Vinegar rinses are also helpful in closing the cuticle. Minimize and (or) abstain from using heat and chemical processes if you can.



    INTRO OF WHAT IS HAIR DENSITY?
    The density of your hair is simply how thin or thick it is as a whole by counting the number of hair follicles, or the number of hairs, in that 1-inch section. In which, will be difficult to do. A simple way to test your hair is using your vision and touch. You can smooth out your hair as much as possible using a comb or your fingers, then tie hair in a ponytail (if you can). Measure the circumference of your ponytail. Or...

    ** You can determine your curl density, look at your dry hair hung loose in its natural shape, from different angles and up close. If your scalp is easily visible, you have low curl density. If your scalp is somewhat visible, you have medium curl density. And if your scalp is barely visible, you have high hair density.

    Low-density hair :will be less than two inches.

    Medium-density:hair will be two to three inches.

    High-density :thick hair will be four or more inches.

    Once you’ve determined your hair porosity and hair density, you can make better decisions as to how to care for your curls.


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
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    Like the image says, "Because Your Curls Are More Than A Number". It is very important to know your porosity, density & width. Knowing your pattern isn't very important!! This being said, it is nothing wrong with wanting to know...

    What is hair width & density?

    Width is not how the hair feels, but describes the thickness of each individual strand of hair. The comparison is typically to a piece of thread. If your hair is fine, it's thinner than the thread, medium hair is usually the same width and thick or coarse strands are thicker than the piece of thread.

    Density Hair width measures the width of an individual strands of hair. Also how closely those strands are packed together on your head. Your hair's density can also be affected by your hair texture, porosity and width. Knowing your hair density, along with your porosity, width and curl pattern will help you choose the right products, styles and cuts to maintain the volume of your hair.

    ** You can determine your curl density, look at your dry hair hung loose in its natural shape, from different angles and up close. If your scalp is easily visible, you have low curl density. If your scalp is somewhat visible, you have medium curl density. And if your scalp is barely visible, you have high hair density.


    Youtube video by Halfrican Beaute
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9VGXoZtunU


    More Info Here:
    Understanding Your Hair Texture: Width and Pattern | CurlyNikki | Natural Hair Care

    https://www.naturallycurly.com/texture-typing/hair-density


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
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    Naturally, we need to balance moisture and protein treatments in order to have healthy hair.

    Here's a link with more info:

    https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/learn/there-is-such-a-thing-as-over-moisturizing-your-hair/


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
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    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
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    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
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    Sorry about the blemish, I tried to make it readable as much as possible.


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
    e.g. Hair regimen and or routine


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    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
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    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
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    Here's a Youtube video about the L.O.C. & L.C.O. Methods by GreenBeauty:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w376dvTM7Ow


    Info explaining the L.O.C. & L.C.O. Methods on a website:

    https://happycurlhappygirl.wordpress.com/tag/lco-method-vs-loc-method/


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
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    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
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    Co-washing is short for “conditioner-only washing.” It means skipping shampoo and relying solely on conditioner, whether you're a daily or a weekly washer. The result is something between squeaky-clean and second-day hair—that is, smoother, softer, and easier to manage.

    Pre-Pooing Is a treatment done BEFORE shampooing your hair. pre-pooing helps aid against a shampoos tendency to strip your hair of its natural oils and moisture. Most apply their oil of choice, DIY conditioners, (DIY=Do It Yourself) regular conditioners and honey as well as hair masks.

    Five reasons you should pre-poo?

    https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/kinky-hair-type-4a/5-reasons-you-should-pre-poo/

    Benefits of Co-washing:

    The Benefits Of Co-Washing Natural Hair - Happily Ever Natural

    Co-washing isn't for everyone, but it wouldn't hurt to try it--just to see if your hair likes it!

    Notice: If you have eczema, psoriasis, dandruff or any other scalp condition, then co-washing can be a big waste of your time. You can co-wash if you just want to refresh your hair and boost the moisture level, but know that it will not be effective at cleaning your scalp.


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
    If there is anything else I can help add to this thread, please do not hesitate to let me know. Just ask. Or add your own post with info and images. :)


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
    Today, I tried a Dry Wash N Go. The results came out amazing. I love it! Also, I had several compliments. :compress:

    I used the Beautiful Textures Curl Control Defining Pudding & Curl Definer Styling Custard.

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    What Is A Dry Wash N Go?
    https://blackhairinformation.com/general-articles/hairstyles-general-articles/3-reasons-try-dry-wash-n-go/

    How To Do A Dry Wash N Go (Youtube Videos)?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4bOEvlgjq8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3zyQNy7T0Q


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
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    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
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    MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE MOISTURIZE &...MOISTURIZE!!


    Seriously. Color-treated hair needs extra TLC, so a deep conditioner treatment is a must (weekly). Also, invest in a small spray bottle, then add some water, leave in conditioner, and oil. Spritz it in your hair every day, or whenever you feel like your hair needs added moisture. In addition, learn to do the L.O.C. & L.C.O. Methods. See which one is best for you...

    Helpful links:

    How to Maintain Bleached Natural Hair - Talk Tresses

    Keep Color Treated Natural Hair Healthy

    The Secret to Maintaining Bleached and Colored Hair | CurlyNikki | Natural Hair Care


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
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    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
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    More Info Here:

    https://napturallycurly.com/trim-natural-hair/

    3 Stylist Recommended Ways To Trim Your Hair at Home | Natural Hair Rules!!!

    What Is A Big Chop & How to do it?

    Big Chop or 'BC' is when a person cuts their hair to obtain its 'natural' state. The person cuts out the hair dye, chemical perm, or relaxer from their hair.

    How to "Big Chop" Link Is Here:

    Big Chop Tutorial: Use This Step by Step Guide to Get Started Immediately


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
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    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
    List of Natural Hair Products:

    PRODUCTS Under $10
    Olive Oil ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo & Replenishing Conditioner
    Mane 'n Tail Deep Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner
    Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine Shampoo and Intensive Conditioning Treatment
    Creme of Nature Mango & Shea Butter Ultra-Moisturizing Shampoo
    Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist
    Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Strength Butter Repairing Rinse-Out
    ORS HAIRestore Hair Mayonnaise
    Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner
    Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Fortifying Conditioner
    Herbal Essences Honey, I'm Strong Strengthening Conditioner
    Aussie Mega Moist Conditioner
    Suave Professionals Almond + Shea Butter Conditioner
    2Chic Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Conditioner
    Creme of Nature Argan Oil Perfect 7 7-in-1 Leave-In Treatment
    Creme of Nature Mango & Shea Butter Ultra-Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner
    Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-In Cream
    Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask
    Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream
    Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel (the clear one with the white top!)
    Unrefined, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Cold Pressed)
    Unrefined, Organic Coconut Oil (Cold Pressed)

    Conditioners
    Key:
    C= available at Curlmart
    ~= modified CG (water soluble cones, amodimethicone, BIS aminopropyl dimethicone)
    /=protein
    »=can be used as a rinse out also
    H=available at a health food store

    Activate Hydrating *
    Alagio Silk Obsession Silk Smoothing Leave-In Detangler »
    Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose H
    Aussie Aussome Volume Conditioner ~
    Aussie Catch The Wave Conditioner ~
    Aussie Cleanse & Mend ~
    Aussie Hair Insurance Conditioner ~
    Aussie Moist ~
    Aussie Three Minute Miracle Original ~ (has simethicone at the bottom of ingredient list)
    Aussie Sun Touched Shine Conditioner ~
    Aussie Sydney Smooth Conditioner ~
    Back To Basics Pommegranate **
    Burt's Bees More Moisture Raspberry & Brazil Nut Conditioner / H
    Burt's Bees Avocado Butter Hair Treatment H
    Burt's Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit & Sugar Beet Conditioner H
    Burt's Bees Very Volumizing Pomegranate & Soy Conditioner / H
    Burt's Bees Color Keeper Green Tea & Fennel Seed Conditioner H
    Burt's Bees Hair Repair Shea & Grapefruit Deep Conditioner H
    Charles Worthington Nourish Rebalancing Conditioner /
    Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Super Conditioner
    Desert Essence Organics Italian Red Grape Conditioner H
    Desert Essence Shea Butter Conditioner / H
    Elucence Moisture Balancing / C
    Freeman Papaya & Awapuhi High Tide Volume Conditioner
    Freeman Papaya & Lime Overboard Shine Conditioner
    Garnier Fructis Fortifying Conditioner (for Fine Hair)
    Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Leave-in Conditioning Cream »
    Garnier Fructis Curl and Shine Leave-in Conditioning Cream »
    Giovanni 50/50 Remoisturizer / H
    Giovanni Smooth as Silk / H
    Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner » / H
    Giovanni Tea Tree Tripple Treat Conditioner H
    LaCoupe Shine & Smooth Silky Smoothing Conditioner / ~
    LaCoupe Color Rescue Color Quench Conditioner / ~
    L'oreal Vive Pro Nutri gloss for medium to long hair that's wavy/curly /
    L'Oreal Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Conditioning Treatment /
    L'Oreal Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Conditioner for Medium-Long Hair that's Damaged / ~
    Nature's Gate Organics Grapefruit & Wild Ginger / H
    Nature's Gate Organics Persimmon Rose Geranium / H
    Nature's Gate Organics Mandarin Orange Patchouli / H
    Nature's Gate Organics Asian Pear & Red Tea / H
    Nature's Gate Organics Lemongrass & Clary Sage H
    Nature's Gate Organics Chamomile and Lemon Verbenda / H
    Nature's Gate Organics Tea Tree & Blue Cypress / H
    Nature's Gate Organics Lavender & Aloe / H
    Nature's Gate Chamomile / H
    Nature's Gate Jojoba Conditioner / H
    Nature's Gate Herbal Original H
    Nature's Gate Hemp / H
    Nature's Gate Awapuhi H
    Nature's Gate Tea Tree Oil H
    Nature's Gate Aloe Vera H
    Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner C
    Regis Olive Oil Conditioner
    Suave Naturals Waterfall Mist
    Suave Naturals Lavender Lilac
    Suave Naturals Ocean Breeze
    Suave Naturals Juicy Green Apple
    Suave Naturals Fresh Mountain Strawberry
    Suave Naturals Aloe & Waterlilly
    Suave Naturals Citrus Smoothie /
    Suave Naturals Cucumber Melon
    Suave Naturals Daily Clarifying
    Suave Naturals Fresh Berry /
    Suave Naturals Toasted Vanilla & Sugar
    Suave Naturals Coconut /
    Trader Joe's Nourish Spa
    Trader Joe's Refresh
    Trader Joe's Essential Herbal
    VO5 Sun Kissed Raspberry
    VO5 Tangerine Tickle
    VO5 Tea Therapy Calming
    VO5 Vanilla Mint
    VO5 Tea Therapy Healthful Green Tea
    VO5 Passion Fruit Smoothie /
    VO5 Strawberries and Cream /
    VO5 Honeydew Smoothie /
    VO5 Vitaburst Grapefruit Mandarin Splash
    VO5 Vitaburst Nectarine Orange Surge
    VO5 Free Me Freesia
    VO5 Creamy Peaches
    VO5 Champange Kiss
    VO5 Lavender Luster
    VO5 Kiwi and Lime Squeeze
    White Rain Extra Body
    White Rain Lavender
    White Rain Energizing Citrus
    White Rain Tropical Coconut
    White Rain Ocean Mist
    White Rain Apple Blossom
    White Rain Fruit Fortifying ~
    Zerran Moisture Pak

    Best Brand:
    Devacurl, Jessicurl and Kinky-Curly

    Best Cleanser:
    Devacurl No-Poo, Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream, Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner

    Best Second-Day Hair Product:

    Jessicurl Awe Inspiraling Spray, Kinky-Curly Curling Custard and Devacurl Mist-er Right.

    Best Daily Conditioner:
    Jessicurl Too Shea!, Devacurl One Condition and Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner

    Best Leave-In Conditioner:
    Kinky-Curly Knot Today, Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Milk and Giovanni Direct Leave-in Weightless Moisture Conditioner

    Best Deep Conditioner:
    Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner, Ouidad Deep Treatment Intensive Conditioner and Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment

    Best Styling Mousse:
    Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Boosting Mousse, Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam and Joico JoiWhip

    Best Styling Gel:
    Devacurl AnGell, Kinky-Curly Curling Custard, Eco Styler Gel and Jessicurl Rockin' Ringlets

    Best Anti-Frizz:
    Kinky-Curly Curling Custard, Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper and Jessicurl Confident Coils

    Best Pomade:

    Aveda Brilliant Humectant Pomade, Oyin Burnt Sugar and Jane Carter Nourish and Shine
    Best Styling Cream/Pudding:
    Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding, Kinky-Curly Curling Custard, AG re:coil

    Best Product for Braids & Twists:
    Oyin Whipped Pudding, Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding and Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Milk

    Best Natural/Organic Line:
    Amourai Organique, Kinky-Curly and Aubrey Organics

    Here are some helpful links:
    Here is a link to help out with abbreviations that people on this site use.

    Here is a link to start out CG on a budget.

    Here is a link to the “best of the best” products available!

    Here is a ink to some useful curly links.

    Here is a link to great summer vs. winter seasonal changes.

    Here is a link to a lot of great curly blogs!

    Here is a link to the Spritz and Condish Method!

    Here is a link to an article about dew points - veryyy important when it comes to styling!


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
    *The conditioners listed indicate if they have protein are in a bracket.

    Mizani Moisturefuse
    Mizani Thermasmooth
    Mizani Fulfyl Conditioning Treatment (moisture/protein balance)
    Biolage Hydrating and Ultra Hydrating Conditioning Balm
    Biolage Fortetherapie Cera-Repair Treatment (both at-home and prof’l-moisture/protein balance)
    Biolage Hydratherapie Cera-Repair treatment (both at-home and prof’l-moisture/protein balance)
    Nioxin Intensive Therapy Weightless Reconstructive Masque (mild to moderate protein)
    Nioxin Scalp Therapy #3 for fine chemically enhanced hair (mild to moderate protein)
    Aubrey Organic Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner
    Aubrey Organics White Camellia Conditioner
    Keracare Humecto (in the tub – great for stretching relaxers)
    Lustrasilk Shea Butter Cholesterol Plus Mango
    Organics Hair Mayonnaise Treatment for Damaged Hair (mild protein)
    Alter Ego Garlic Treatment Oil Conditioner (great for sheddding)
    Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor (mild protein)
    Queen Helene Cholesterol
    Loreal Nature’s Therapy Mega Moisture Conditioner
    Creme Of Nature Nourishing Conditioner
    Pantene Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense Hair Conditioning Mask
    Affirm 5 in 1 Reconstructor (mild protein)
    Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner
    Nature’s Gate Biotin Strengthening Conditioner (mild protein)
    Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner – doubles as a delicious leave-in.
    Elucence Extended Moisture Repair Treatment (moisture/protein balance)
    Creme Of Nature Conditioning Reconstructor (mild protein)
    Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisturizing Conditioner
    Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayaonnaise (mild protein)
    Aubrey Organics GPB Balancing Conditioner (mild protein)
    Ultra Sheen Duo Tex Protein Conditioner
    Neutragena Triple Moisture Mask
    Joico K Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor (protein)
    Joico K Pak Intensive Hydrator Conditioner
    Joico Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm
    Hairveda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioning Mask
    Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Pak (mild protein/moisturizing)
    Alter Ego Nourishing Rebalancing Conditioner
    Ojon Ultra Hydrating Conditioner
    Phytojojoba Mask
    Mizani Microfusion Conditioner
    Redken All Soft Heavy Cream
    LeKair Cholesterol (mild protien)
    ICON Inner Home Moisture Mask
    Aubrey Organics Green Algae Hair Rescue Conditioning Mask (protein)
    Aubrey Organis Isand naturals Conditioner
    Rene Furtere Karite Intense Nourishing Mask (mild protein)
    Federic Fekai Hair Mask with Shea Butter
    NuNaat Keratin Conditioner (protein)
    Aveda Sap Moss Conditioning detangler
    Tresemme Natural Conditioner
    Silk Elements Megasilk Moisturizing Treatment
    Pantene Restoratives Time Renewal Replenishing Mask
    Kenra Platinum Shea Butter Reconstructor (protein)
    Nexxus Emergencee (mild to moderate protein)
    Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Smoothie
    Silicon Mix Conditioner
    Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment
    Hebal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner
    Aussie Moist Conditioner
    Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
    About Me: I've been natural for almost 2 years. I BC (Big Chopped) in October 28, 2015 after transitioning for six months. I am learning to maintain a healthy regimen and or routine and my hair is presently in the TWA awkward stage.

    Here's a list of products I am experimenting with:

    Eco Style Black Castor & Flaxseed Oil (gel)
    Eco Styler Olive Oil (gel)
    Beautiful Textures Curl Definer Styling Custard (curl styling custard--contains no sulfates or parabens)
    Eden BodyWorks Natural Curl Defining Creme (curl defining cream)
    Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream ( curl defining cream)
    Beautiful Textures Curl Control Defining Pudding (curl defining cream--contains no sulfates or parabens)
    Health & Beauty Secret Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay (bentonite clay)
    Renpure Originals Argan Oil Luxurious Shampoo (shampoo--contains no sulfates, parabens, dyes, gluten, phthalates & propylene glycol)
    Renpure Originals Argan Oil Luxurious Conditioner(conditioner--contains no sulfates, parabens, dyes, gluten, phthalates & propylene glycol)
    Aussie Moist (conditioner--I use when detangling my hair before shampooing--It DOES has Sulfate, but has amazing slips)
    Aussie Moist (shampoo-- I use when needed to clarify and it DOES has sulfate)
    Alberto VO5 Moisture Milks Strawberries & Cream + Soy Milk Protein (conditioner--I use when detangling my hair before shampooing and when doing a protein treatment. It has amazing slips).
    Kinky- Curly Knot Today Leave-In & Detangler (leave-in conditioner or detangler. I used before and or after I shampoo my hair).
    Cantu Shea Butter Hydrating Leave-In Conditioning Mist (leave-in conditioner)
    Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream(leave-in conditioner)
    Lily of The Desert Aloe Vera Gel (I use with water & oil inside an applicator bottle). I spritz my hair daily.
    Spectrum Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (oil)
    Piping Rock Castor Oil 100% Pure (oil--It is expeller pressed & contains no hexane)
    GEM Extra Virgin Olive Oil (oil)
    Ibera Sunflower & Avocado Oil (oil)
    Jamaican Mango & Lime Pure Jamaican Black Castor Oil
    (oil)
    GreenBeauty Products Real Protein Treatment (HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN)
    Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (I use this with my bentonite clay and when I want to clarify my hair (or stop itchy scalp) with water in an applicator bottle. Then, rinse it out in cold water (warm if using the clay mask).

    I know this is a lot of products that I have but like I said, I am experimenting and I like to stock up on products for a while... lol My future goal is reaching BSL (Bra Strap Length). For now, I am trying to reach shoulder length for my wash n go. I have two-three more inches to reach goal.


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


  • NatrulyMeNatrulyMe Registered Users Posts: 166 Curl Connoisseur
    Curly is the hair making S shaped patterns. It is simply a spiral or wave while kinky hair has a torsion twist (which can be felt as a permanent crimp) where the hair strand turns around itself. Coily is the hair making O shaped patterns.

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    The torsion of kinky hair is basically the strand twisting around itself. The simplest analogy would be the wringing of a cloth where you turn one side clockwise and the other anticlockwise.

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    Now kinky hair can be curly and have the same spiral turns in addition to the torsion twist. This creates the dominant type of hair seen among people of African origin - the kinky curly hair. Going by the first analogy on a large scale think of it like wringing a sheet and then winding it around a large rod to form the curl.

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    SOURCE:
    Images modelled on SEM images in (PhD Thesis by Jutta Maria Quadflieg)


    Definition of a coil: a series of connected spirals or concentric rings formed by gathering or winding: a coil of rope; long coils of hair.

    Definition of curl: : to form (as the hair) into coils or ringlets


    **Kinky and coily are sometimes used interchangeably and are indicative of a tiny curl. All kinky & coily hair is curly, but not all curly hair is kinky& coily.


    Pattern: 3C/4A 
    Characteristics: (Spongy/Coarse/Curly Kinky)
    Porosity: High
    Density: Medium
    Hair Width: Medium Sized Strands
    Elasticity: Medium Elasticity

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL - WL - TBL

    My hair is armpit length when silk pressed (so close to BSL).
    Natural state: awkward stage; shoulder length (front is above chin length and back is almost shoulder length).
    Goal: MBL
    10-28-15 (BC Date)


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