Beginner! Dry, Colorado Climate; Low Porosity (?), Medium Density, Short, 2b Hair

steadycettisteadycetti Posts: 15Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Novice
Hi, new friends! 

I think I have read every article and watched every YouTube video out there. I am saturated with too much (sometimes conflicting!) advice, products, and methods. I am HATING my hair; I've been trying to be "natural" for one month. Here's the struggle bus:

Biggest problem:
- I feel absolutely stumped on HOW to apply my products (the order, the method, damp/dry, scrunch, AYE) or know what products I need. Raking seems to seriously break up my waves. Plopping squishes the back of my hair flat. Trying to apply products post-shower, after blotting and scrunching a bit.

Smaller issues: 
- Can't seem to figure out HG products
- Frizz, frizz, FRIZZ!! (It frizzes almost right out of the shower - even when I blot with my t-shirt! I do diffuse slightly - I can't seem to wait ALL.DAY for my hair to dry)
- Haven't deep conditioned yet...looks like I need to try. Recommendations?

Currently trying or using:
Camille Rose Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse
Shea Moisture Low Porosity Conditioner
(Trying) Kinky Kurly Knot Today (Perhaps too thick?)
(Trying) Camille Rose Hair Milk (Also thick)
(Trying...and I think hating, actually) Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

My HG used to be Redken Aerate Mousse after I washed and conditioned (with regular, non-CG products)

If you live in a dry climate and/or have low porosity, wavy hair, I'd love to know!

Answers

  • Guide 65Guide 65 Posts: 1,975Registered Users, Moderators Curl Virtuoso
    I'm in a dryer climate than you (up north in Alberta), and have mixed porosity hair but it usually acts like low porosity. 

    What I'm using now is Jessicurl Gentle Lather shampoo, Innersense Color Radiance conditioner (just started using this yesterday), AG Naturals Cloud foam in my roots, Innersense I Create Volume through the lengths, and Deva UDG all over.  I have not had good luck with the less expensive drugstore products.  But I'm finding the Innersense products have a little bit of a learning curve.  They're very concentrated, so they need to be mixed with water a bit and very little is needed.

    You might want to watch some shower routines on youtube.  I found those to be very helpful for application techniques.  Two techniques that helped me tremendously were S2C (squish to condish) and applying my styling products in the shower, on sopping wet hair. 
    Formerly known as Janiegirl
    2B/2C, fine hair, low density, mixed porosity, protein loving hair
    Current products:
    Changing up my shampoos because I can't find one I like
    Deva Curl One Condition (original formula)
    Innersense I Create Volume
    Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel
  • BrittanyMBrittanyM Posts: 1,217Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I think I commented on another of your posts, but if plopping doesn't work for you, don't do it. Everyone's hair and routine are different so while YouTubers can help they don't have your hair.

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