Poll: what have you changed because of NC.com?

SuZenSuZen Registered Users Posts: 1,595
I've changed just about everything in my hair routine:

Stopped brushing before showering
Started combing in the shower
Stopped shampooing
Started plopping
Started diffusing
Changed all my products
Acquired a big assortment of products!
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  • curlyarcacurlyarca Registered Users Posts: 8,449 Curl Connoisseur
    i stopped brushing.
    i only comb in the shower.
    i finger comb my hair regularly.
    i condition more intensively, and i use a whole lot more conditioner.
    i'm even more picky about what goes on my head.
    i'm more careful with handling my hair.
    i dumped everything Aussie! yay! :D
    i don't mind paying 10 bucks or more for hair care products
    i have A LOT of hair care products.
    i think i relate to my products almost as mini love affairs :wink:
    i think my hair is worth all of this attention and isn't a pain to take care of
    i look forward to caring for my hair!
    i feel good about my hair, and i don't mind a bit of frizz now and then!!! :D

    "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

    4a, mbl, low porosity, normal thickness, fine hair.
  • starinastarina Registered Users Posts: 665 Curl Neophyte
    The only thing I was doing right before I found NC was not brushing my hair. Everything else was so wrong! Thank you NC and members for showing me the error of my ways!
    I have 3A hair. I've discovered Jessicurl shampoo and Too Shea conditioner and I'm thrilled! Long-time LA Looks sport gel user.
  • CurlieGlamourGirlieCurlieGlamourGirlie Registered Users Posts: 1,198
    I've stopped using anything with cones in it.
    I gave up my Kiehls Creme.
    I use cheap products that do wonders for my hair.
    I use only gel in the morning.
    I use clips along the part for lift.
    I stopped using shampoos with sulfates.
    I was able to let it start growing with some length!!!

    My hair has never been better!!! :D
    3b (I think!)
    HGs - Suave Nexxus Knockoff, Jessicurl Weekly DT, L'Oreal Out of Bed, HESMU.
  • meowmixmeowmix Registered Users Posts: 48
    Before naturallycurly.com I never brushed and I'd finger comb in the shower, and I already knew to put product in soaking wet hair.
    I've changed some of the products I use though - now I know not to use things with drying alcohols in them, because they make my hair feel so dry by the night-time or next day. I also learned about plopping which I use occasionally, and I learned how to diffuse. I never diffused before because hairdressers had done it to my hair before with disastrous results, so I thought it would never work for me.
    Oh and I started using conditioner :oops:
  • SmithsGirlSmithsGirl Registered Users Posts: 100
    I've found lots of great product and technique suggestions.

    Some of my faves:

    I recently tried plopping (don't think my hair is long enough yet to get full benefits) and plan to continue that as my hair gets longer.



    Cutting my own hair!

    Conditioning and adding gel upside down!
    "In the days when you were hopeless and poor, I just liked you more."

    formerly jodib70
    3a/3b, baby fine; growth goal: bra strap length.
  • OmalorrieOmalorrie Registered Users Posts: 25
    I have changed alot of things but I think the biggest change was my attitude. I now hold my head high and let the curls bounce. :D
    Have Fun!
    3b to 3c,shoulder length in back, shorter on top until it grows out
  • RainRain Registered Users Posts: 217 Curl Neophyte
    Stopped brushing completely.
    Started combing conditioner through in the shower.
    Started using silicone, then
    Stopped using silicone.
    Started scrunching the good way.
    Stopped blowing my hair out.
    Started air drying more.
    Bought a diffuser.
    Stopped touching my hair as much.
    Started reading product ingredients.
    Stopped hating my hair and grew it long.
    Cut way back on my shampooing.

    I started reading articles around the site a long time before I started posting here. It was in January, 2001 that I came out of curly denial. I had to go to Seattle and my hair went *boing* the second I got off the plane. My own mother wanted to know if I had a perm. That was the big clue. :D

    When I got back home, I started looking up how to take care of curls and that led me here. It wasn't until I got the CG book last year and wanted to see if other people were doing the same routine that I started posting, but I've completely changed the way I look at my hair (and take care of it) in the last three years.
    3a/b, fine, lots of it
  • curls&swirlscurls&swirls Registered Users Posts: 70
    Changed everything: Stopped using shampoo, used only organic condish, no cones in anything, no proteins in anything, no more brushing or running my fingers thru my hair, plopping with product on soaking hair, started buying expensive haircare products,......and my hair looked like crap! I must be remedial because I did everything right and my hair was a giant puffball. I haven't had frizz since sixth grade. :evil:

    So, I changed everything back: Now shampoo with .78 a bottle shampoo, use Pantene condish, Infusium-23 as a leave in, and some cheap gel with hemp oil in it from Wal-mart or Tresemme mousse if it's really humid. My curls are springy, my hair is soft, my frizz is gone and life is good 8)
    Don't keep up with the Joneses....drag them down to your level--Quentin Crisp
  • SuZenSuZen Registered Users Posts: 1,595
    Omalorrie wrote:
    I have changed alot of things but I think the biggest change was my attitude. I now hold my head high and let the curls bounce. :D

    What a great comment! You're right, learning to feel happy and proud of our curls is the greatest thing of all.
  • RednaturalcurlsRednaturalcurls Registered Users Posts: 1,814 Curl Neophyte
    I've changed products repeatedly and I found a fabulous hairstylist because of this site. I am finally able to wear my hair down without being a giant bush.
    Hair Type: mix of 3's, growing out an angled bob, color-treated red.
    Current products: GVP conditioning balm for co-wash and leave in, Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle, Pattern Pusha and Garnier Anti-humidity hairspray
    Location:Sunny Florida
    Hair idol: Kimberly Schlapman from Little Big Town
  • MipMip Registered Users Posts: 233
    I've changed everything about my routine since finding this site. I no longer brush at all, not even before or during showering. I put product in very wet hair, as opposed to damp hair. I know to finger comb when my hair is wet. I know the importance of conditioner and conditioning, and to monitor shampoo usage and the effects it has on my hair. I know how to diffuse now, how to get more height at the crown, and how to plop.

    Most of all though, my product knowledge has increased drastically. I know all about the kind of products (mousse, gel, cream etc) and about the products that work for many people, work for certain hair types, or are plain useless.
    I also know about ingredients, and now check the ingredients list on every product I buy. I know to be careful about silicones, watch out for the effects of protein, and counter-act drying alcohols with lots of conditioner.
  • curlyhockeyfan31curlyhockeyfan31 Registered Users Posts: 40
    Omalorrie wrote:
    I have changed alot of things but I think the biggest change was my attitude. I now hold my head high and let the curls bounce. :D

    Ditto, here! :D
    2/3 mix, just below shoulders, fine
    No poo since 11/25/03
    Trader Joe's Nourish Conditioner, Chocolate Lust No-Poo
    Jessicurl Deep Conditioner
    Jessicurl Rockin' Ringlets and Confident Coils
  • curlylew66curlylew66 Registered Users Posts: 1,685
    I buy a lot more products!! I like trying everything!!
  • plinkplink Registered Users Posts: 103
    Read a lot fewer books and spend a lot more time on the computer.

    Dazzle(confuse) my friends with words like.....plopping, diffusing, and scrunching.

    Every aspect of haircare, washing, condishioning, styling, products has changed for me because of this site. Thank-you. My hair looks good.
    I have finally realized I look my best when my hair tells me how it is going to fall, and I just make suggestions.

    3A BSL
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    because of NaturallyCurly.com I now know what my natural hair looks like. For over 25 years I never knew what I had.
  • Confused CurlyConfused Curly Registered Users Posts: 229
    I learned that my hair hates 'cones in shampoos and conditioner but likes them in products.

    I became open to trying new things like CG. I doesn't work for me but I tried.

    I started reading product labels.

    I've become addicted to trying new products but alas, I may have found my formula.

    I discovered Sally Beauty.

    I figured out that different weather conditions call for different hair products.

    I finally found a gel I love - Abba Gel Lotion. (humid days)

    I found a cream styler I love - I.C.O.N Beauty Cream Gel (dry days)

    I can't say I've learned to love my curls but my hair never fully recurled since my experiment with Rusk anti-curl last November. I LOVE my new waves! I no longer covet straight hair.

    I found my stylist.
    Read a lot fewer books and spend a lot more time on the computer.

    Me too.
    Do you know why they call it "PMS"? Because "Mad Cow Disease" was taken.
    --Unknown, presumed deceased
  • ZARIA**ZARIA** Registered Users Posts: 706
    * I stopped wearing hair weaves and learned to love my curly hair

    Thats the #1 thing...

    *I realized BRUSHING actually works for my hair
    *I started to wash with shampoo more often
    *I stopped using gel..
    *I started using hairspray instead of gel
    *I stopped using hair grease
    *I started to keep my ends trimmed
    *I finally found a routine that works: Sebastian potion 9, Paul Mitchell hair sculpting lotion, honey, hairspray and air dry..
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Hispanic/Black 3A-B
    Mixed hair: Curls, waves and spirals.
  • kimmyckimmyc Registered Users Posts: 551
    Lots! I always shampooed every other day or so, not everyday and I never used the hair dryer much.

    The things I do differently are:
    I don't use a brush anymore at all
    detangle when wet with conditioner in
    gel into soaking wet hair
    microfiber towel
    getting 2nd or 3rd, 4th day hair (even though I didn't wash it everyday before I still wet it and conditioned everyday)
    2b/3a, primarily use Jessicurl and DevaCurl products, Curls Hair Tea conditioner and various gels. I'm modified CG-ish since 5/04.
  • SnarlsSnarls Registered Users Posts: 2,537

    Changed all my products to CG-friendly
    Shampoo much less frequently
    Got shower filter
    Added gel to routine
    Added weekly DT
    No more terry towel on hair
    Now playing w/ dryer & diffuser
    Then the skin...new cleanser, exfol., moisturizer, started wearing sunscreen again (thanks Rou!), mineral makeup

    And...I notice other curlies MUCH more!

    Prefer not to discuss ACV since doing a 1-week experiment in drinking the crap
    formerly Castella
    (my dogs aren't snarly, my hair is)
  • KaiaKaia Registered Users Posts: 8,815 Curl Connoisseur
    Because of NC.com, I now straighten my hair once every few months. Before, I wore it curly a few times a year. This site has changed my perception of my hair as well as myself. Not only did I completely change how I treat my hair, but I am more accepting of myself now. I really could never thank you guys enough.
    *Poster formerly known as Bailey422*

    Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid. ~ George Carlin
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Registered Users Posts: 15,402 Curl Neophyte
    Stopped relaxing/texturizing
    Stopped using products with cones, mineral oil and sulfates
    Shampoo less (from every 3-4 days to every 10-14 days)
    Use natural oils in hair
    Robert Craig color
    My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
    My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/

    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
  • HippieChicHippieChic Registered Users Posts: 252
    I've changed pretty much everything. The only thing I did before was not brushing. Now I:

    Have stopped frying my hair with a straight iron and wondering why it looks bad
    Use no silicones
    Shampoo only once a month to clarify
    Put kitchen products in my hair!
    Leave in conditioner
    Have a variey of products that actually work
    Air dry most of the time
    Am proud to say, "Yes, its natural curl"
    Have healthy hair.
  • love yourself firstlove yourself first Registered Users Posts: 5,398
    Oh, lots and lots of good changes - needed changes.

    Before NC, I did a few things right. I didn't shampoo much, didn't brush dry hair, didn't own a hairdryer and never used one, rarely if ever applied any form of heat to my hair (and I still don't), and used decent if not excellent conditioners.

    And, now?

    No more hangers, I mean, cotton pillowcases 8)
    Detangling only with a wide tooth comb, preferrably a Conair shower comb
    Shampoo every month or so
    ACV rinses, to cleanse scalp and get shiny, smooth hair
    Nioxin scalp therapy as a shampoo alternative
    Better conditioners
    More conditioners
    Rotating conditioners
    Deep treatments every two weeks or so, including overnight moisturizing
    Wet hair daily, condition and detangle (this one step alone cut down drastically on my former habit of using chemicals in cycles (on again, off again) to tame the tangles)
    No touching hair as it air dries
    Am selective with choice of leave ins, and always use them
    Am selective with choice of gels, and almost always use them
    Love of moisture + hold stylers
    Mixing products
    Layering products
    Applying less of an amount of stylers but with more variety is better than using too much product
    No products with drying alcohols
    No products with sulfates
    Light silicones only, and preferrably none
    Curly specific hair products
    Natural/organic brand hair products
    Natural hair goodies (molasses, honey, coconut oil, aloe vera gel)
    Use of light oils, like jojoba
    Most John Freida is utter crap
    Most Pantene is utter crap
    Drugstore brands can be hit or miss
    Suave Naturals are great
    VO5 conditioners can be very good (except the Oasis line)
    Heat with a DT is acceptable
    Curly hair is unpredictable, sexy, beautiful and more fun than the alternatives
    Curly hair runs the gamut and its fun to admire other people's curls
    "Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people."
    "I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision."
    - Eleanor Roosevelt (both quotes)

    (taking a break from posting starting late august 2009)
  • internetchickinternetchick Registered Users Posts: 6,191
  • DolphinCurlsDolphinCurls Registered Users Posts: 370
    Thanks to NC.com:

    I gave up straightening my hair
    I no longer use a brush. I comb only with a conditoner in the shower.
    I blow dry with a diffuser.
    And best of all, I have the confidence to wear my hair curly. :D
    3A/2C combination of ringlets and waves :nike:
  • KurleeKurlee Registered Users Posts: 1,354

    Changed the hair products I used completely
    Started reading lables
    Started using a leave in
    Stopped blow drying my hair
    Stopped getting highlights
    Got more picky with how my hair looks and feels
    Probably obsess much more about my hair
    Became a hair snob :wink:
    Started using silk pillow cases and micro fiber towels

  • Leilani42Leilani42 Registered Users Posts: 200
    It's nuts what I've changed recently. I'd tried the no-poo thing for a long time, but I was getting lazy, and using cheap conditioners. Not to mention the fact that I didn't know cyclopentasiloxane was a silicone, so even in my efforts to avoid them I didn't realize that my favorite (Aussie Moist) was a bad one! :O

    But seriously... I've changed my products, I use honey now, I layer products, I understand ingredients more fully, I apply products differently, I scrunch with a microfiber towel, and so many more things!

    Thank you all so much for the ideas, inspiration, and support! Such lovely curlies out there, all making me feel great about myself!
    modified CG since July 2004.
    searching for products that work...
  • EilonwyEilonwy Registered Users Posts: 12,391 Curl Connoisseur
    Well, I stopped using silicones, so that pretty much means changing everything. I still use a fine-toothed comb when my hair is wet, and condition under a shower cap while doing the rest of my shower routine.
  • curlylauracurlylaura Registered Users Posts: 8,352 Curl Neophyte
    I've changed lots of things:

    I no longer use Pantene products
    I am more gentle with my hair
    I only brush it every so often before I wash it
    I try more and different kinds of products
    I use styling products
    I read the labels of everything (not just haircare bit skincare too) I buy.
    I understand the differences with cones
    Cyclo cones are bad for my hair
    I am willing to spend a bit more money on my hair products.
    I have found there are 2 Sally Beauty stores not far from me to the future detriment of my bank balance.
    Fat does not make you fat. It's actually pretty important.
  • lushaholiclushaholic Registered Users Posts: 2,180
    I did a 180 on how I started dealing with my hair.

    Stopped using a brush (I had to actually search for it when the 'brushed hair' thread came up).
    Stopped using a comb for the most part, unless my hair was wet and saturated with conditioner and very tangled.
    Stopped using shampoo, the strongest cleanser I've used in over 2 years is [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Jessicurl-Hair-Cleansing-Cream-p-103.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=jessicurl-hair-cleansing-cream]Jessicurl HCC[/buylink] or Low-Poo, and I haven't used HCC since last december, and Low-Poo I might use every couple of months but don't need to.
    Stopped using silicones and other ingredients that were unhealthy for my hair, except for the amodemethicone in One C or a very occasional peg-dimethicone that are easily removed.
    Learned how to choose better conditioners and other products because of better ingredients.
    Started only using a hairdryer with a diffuser, thus leading to less damage on my hair.
    Started using more DT's
    Started using more natural ingredients, like honey, avocado oil, olive oil, jojoba, coconut oil, vit e oil, bananas, etc.
    Started getting my hair cut in a curl-friendly method, instead of layers or texturizing that were giving me the choppy, poofy look.

    Those are just a few of the changes, but certainly some of the most important ones. My hair has definitely thanked me!! :D
    3a/2c f/mii. pics added 2/3/07

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