UK Curlies... spill!!

GrecianCurlsGrecianCurls Registered Users Posts: 256
Hiya,

This has probably been done elsewhere but if you're bored please answer my questions! I've found myself paying the rediculous shipping costs from the US so i'd like some ideas as to what you're using thats easily accessible!

Ok, so here are my questions (and i've answered)

1. Hair Type / thickness / length? 3b, medium thickness strands but not a lot of it so my hair's quite fine as a whole. Pulled straight its about BSL
2. CG / conditioner only? Yes, mostly. Although i've experimented a little with sulphate recently.
3. Hair likes? I keep going back to Aloeba but it can make my hair look waxy at times, i haven't experimented much with regular pharmacy conditioners. Regis Design Line Olive Oil condish (available in Regis Salons) is awesome for slip and leaves hair shiny but it has a little protien which i'm still not sure if my hair likes. Boots pink - nice ringlets but makes my hair a little poofy. I love shea moisture shea butter leave-in conditioner (available from Mariposa import). GF Curl & shine - still experimenting with. I've pretty much given up on finding a good gel in the UK. Thinking of buying the body shop honey condish. Daniel field stuff (curl enhancing condish) also nice! Massaging my scalp with a little Jojoba at night has saved my scalp and i'm sure it makes my hair grow over night!
4. Routine? CO wash every other morning, rinse upside down and then scrunch in whatever it is i'm using! Srunch a little with an old t-shirt and leave to air dry.
5. Coloured or natural? At the moment natural but seriously considering henna, also booked and then cancelled a salon colour, i'm such a chicken!! :oops:
fine 3b curls and spirals - first goal BSL!!

HG's - Body Shop Honey shampoo & conditioner and Shea Moisture leave-in condish which gives me lovely frizz-free bouncy curls. My PJ is calling me to experiment with gels again... argh!

Comments

  • snowgoosesnowgoose Registered Users Posts: 76
    1) Hair- prob 3a if I can ever get it under control. It looks curlier than the 2's but nothing like as nice as the 3's I've seen pics of :cry: , thickness, probably same as you, but it's so fluffed up that it looks like loads more.lengty- armpit level pulled straight
    2) CG- mostly, but I did wash my hair recently and thats possibly why it's worse than usual.....have also only just read the ingredients on my supposedly friendly condish to find it's got sodium lauryl sulphate!
    3) Hair likes- absolutely no idea. Still struggling to find something that controls the frizz, doesn't go stringy , and lasts all day....so I shall be watchig what others put.
    4) routine- co wash verye otehr morning, was going straight to scrunching in curl creme (boots) and scrunching with old T. But am trying this upside down lark, and whilst my hair is no longer stringy, it's defiently frizzier, so am still experimenting.
    5- Coloured- yes, with Lush henna. Was using proper semi permanent hair colour, but it kept going brassy, so I'm using henna, cos it makes the grey bits golden- highlights for free.
    (am presently waiting for a jessicurl trisal size to arrive to see if RR etc makes any difference to this mess on my head!)
    3a,fine.
    using : a varied assortment till I work out what the heck is going on
    scrunch or plop with old t shirt
    Garnier endurance hold gel

    Mop clean system- hair feels stripped after using it. Anyone want it? then I can justify getting something different.

    4 kids, 1 husband, emigrated to Australia -filling in forms, buying a house, sorting out school...and trying to track down hair products

    = no time
  • jennyfurrensjennyfurrens Registered Users Posts: 708
    1. Hair Type / thickness / length? 3b, very fine strands, its thinning as i get older too. just about BSL but the ends are tapering out very thin, it needs cut, and to look full and even at the ends its prob 2 inches below my shoulders.
    2. CG / conditioner only? no, it makes my hair too overconditioned.
    3. Hair likes? Well I had my winter routine sorted. It liked: Original Source Tangerine and Bergamot Shampoo, Jessicurl Aloeba or Aussie 3MM, rinsed all out, then any usual curl leave in (Toni&Guy which i snow discontinued, but Pantene ProV perfect curls is CG and works well) onlya dab tho, then a hard hold gel such as Wella Back to Basics Green Tea but it's also discontinued. For summer it seems I need to fight frizz, and hard hold gels arent working as well. So trying to work it out!
    4. Routine? Eek in the middle of sorting out my routine, but what used to work during winter was:
    shampoo with sulfate (mild), condition, brush through, leave in for 3 mins, rinse allll out, squeeze water from hair, scrunch hair up to head. get a fingertip amount of curl cream, put through hair, then brush through again. Gel gel in palms, spread around, finger comb through, flip head over, scrunch hair up to scalp, flip back up and sort it out. Plop with a cotton tshirt for 15 mins, then blowdry for 30 mins but i can't blowdry lots and now its summer this doesnt work. So I've kinda modified to missing out cream entirely for styling and air drying, and rather than plopping, just using the same cotton tshirt to scrunch out excess moisture like i would with a towel.
    5. Coloured or natural? coloured, and getting it coloured again in a weeks time but thinking of putting some brown through there!

    cleanse: OS shampoo. PureNuffStuff cleanser.
    condition: Aussie 3MM. Jessicurl Aloeba.
    style: B2Basics GreenTeaGel. T&G Curl Balm. JCarter Nourish&Shine.


    pw: curlywurly
  • AlexaAlexa Registered Users Posts: 208
    1. Hair Type / thickness / length?
    2b & 3a, almost bsl with lots of layers.

    2. CG / conditioner only?
    No, I wash 2 or 3 times a week with sulphte free 'poo & about once a fortnight with suphate 'poo. If I'm on holday & washng daily I do co-washes as well.

    3. Hair likes?
    Naked 'poo(sulph free), Nicky Clarke Endless Waves 'poo, Elvive condish, Boots Coconut condish, Bumble & Bumble leave-in, Boots Coconut spray leave-in, Original Source Mint co-wash, Boots Curl Creme, Wella tea tree gel (sadly discontinued), Andrew Collinge Scrunching gelle. Elvive Anti breakage hair masque (DT).
    I sometimes use a serum spray too for shine but as its loaded with BIG cones not too often!


    4. Routine?
    Wash & condition, wrap in MF turbi twist for a few mins, comb through leave-in, scrunch in creme then scrunch in gel. Air dry usually with clips for lift at the front, sometimes diffuse. Sleep with a pineapple.
    DT about once a week.

    5. Coloured or natural? Honey & caramel highlights.
    U.K curly

    3A Curly Twirly.
    Golden brown (coloured to cover grey).
    Low poo: Dr Organic, L'Oreal Everpure.
    Conditioner: Dr Organic Argan Oil.
    Leave In: Aussie, Curl Harmony.
    Gel: Curl Keeper Original, Umberto Gianni.
  • YomYom Registered Users Posts: 1,146 Curl Novice
    1. Hair Type / thickness / length? 3b, very thick and a lot of it. Above shoulder length.

    2. CG / conditioner only? Modified CG as in: I use tigi catwalk curls rock amplifier which has some cones. Conditioner only!!

    3. Hair likes? Kruidvat cone free conditioner/ kruidvat leave-in/ palmer's hair food/ organic roots olive oil moisturizer/ tigi catwalk curls rock amplifier

    4. Routine? Condition every other morning, put it a little leave-in and than whatever product happens to be in my cabinet. Plop either overnight or for about an hour during the day.
    Deep condition: once a week, Co wash: once a week

    5. Coloured or natural? Natural
    Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
    3A/B-ish BSL thick hair
    Modified CG since 08/10/2007
    http://public.fotki.com/Curly-Y/ (updated september 6)
    pw: currrly
  • curlycaramelcurlycaramel Registered Users Posts: 472
    I'm a 3b/c - thick once completely dry reaches middle of shoulder blades.

    Not on CG and i wash every day alternate between Blended cutie silky swirls, curly Q's cleansing cream, Blended Beauty Cleansing conditioner and original source almond and coconut shampoo.

    Hair likes - body shop honey shampoo and conditioner, Blended cutie/beauty shampoo and conditioner, curl junkie hibiscus and banana deep conditioner Blended beauty herbal reconditioner and blended beauty volcanic clean ash. Any BB/BC styling product

    routine - wash every day depend if working (tie back in bun) or not then I'll leave it out and free, if leaving out, wash with blended beauty shampoo or cleansing conditioner, follow with blended beauty conditioner wash and rinse upside down apply products to soaking wet hair allow to air dry.

    once a week : deep treat with curl junkie hibiscus and banana conditioner or BB herbal reconditioner
    once a month : BB volcanic clean ash

    everything i use is from www.naturalfrizz.co.uk apart from the curl junkie which i get from www.sistasplace.biz and it actually works out about the same
    Long thick curls, mix of 3b/3c
  • bemebebemebe Registered Users Posts: 32
    Hair type - 3b used to be clumpy now its more thin spirals

    CG/Condish - Trying cg but I do actually use anita grants babassu bar (not totally sure of it yet..) which is more of a sporadic use when my hair feels really icky and I want to really really wash my scalp. THe co Im using at the moment is jessicurls alobea sp but Im not completely convinced. Although Ive only just started cg

    Hair likes - lol I wish my hair could speak. For years before finding this site I just put any ol condish shampoo etc and it actually looked better than it does now. But with age and new found awareness of curly hair nono's my hair is being subjected to every product under the sun in two week periods. Shame not all of the products are easily posted to the UK. Reeeeally want to try Oyon. Previous to all this cg stuff I used Amberto Gianni curl friends even though I couldnt stand the smell it worked lol but its not cg.

    Routine- What routine? Meh! Feeling totally overwhelmed by all the info on this site...but I kind of have some sort of routine. I dont like washing my hair every day (live in icky hard water London) although I did used to when I lived back home in Scotland (super fresh soft water). When I do wash my hair I wash with my shampoo bar and do a quick ACV (which Im pretty sure my hair likes, good texture) then I follow with aleoba arg however its spelt. I am trying so so hard not to use a hair dryer, so I air dry if I have time. As for styling product Ive been giving the homemade flax seed gel a go. I cant express how fed up I am with so many chemically products that smeeeeell so bad. I may even resort to just water lol a bit of limescale as a stylin aid...lovely.


    Colored- Recently henna'd with lush...bit of an ongoing saga...trying to get rid of grey hair lol without all the chemical nasty

    Hope this helps. TY to carmelcurly...Ive been looking for BB products for a while thanks for posting the link. How have you been getting on with them?
    mish mash of 3b/3c on the top and 2a at the nape of neck
  • curlycaramelcurlycaramel Registered Users Posts: 472
    atrichoke_ milk I Really love the BB products, it's been a struggle my whole life trying to find products that work on my hair, from my mum not knowing what to use on my hair and through my teenage years thinking i had found something that works.
    but with bb/bc i totally get that, from the shampoo all the way through to styling products and deep conditioners and even the oil i really do love the products i have been using them for about 6 months now and still working as well as they were when i first tried them.

    my favourites so far are the happy nappy and soft curls and swirls and down and out styles.
    Long thick curls, mix of 3b/3c
  • bemebebemebe Registered Users Posts: 32
    lol I just noticed I called you carmelcurly meh, sowwee, curlycaramel great handle. I can related to the whole 'mum not knowing what use in my hair' most of the time my hair was laden with petrolum based products and a lot of brushing into harsh ponytails. Ggrrr even now shes still "You need to put more oil in your hair, it looks so dry" and forgets that my hair is nothing like hers which is more 4a
    Random question but what does the bb line smell like? Slightly cautious about smells just now and I really want to order some. naturalfrizz do samples but its something like 2.99 for 2oz per sample. I may just give the stylin products a go.
    mish mash of 3b/3c on the top and 2a at the nape of neck
  • curlycaramelcurlycaramel Registered Users Posts: 472
    the bb line states it has a cherry/almod scent, to me it smells just like marzipan and i really love the smell, I don't think they linger, but it wouldn't bother me if they did.
    Long thick curls, mix of 3b/3c
  • Blood_RedBlood_Red Registered Users Posts: 49
    1. Hair Type / thickness / length? 3b, VERY thick but fine. It shrinks to about three inches past shoulders mostly, sometimes way more, sometimes less.

    2. CG / conditioner only? Yes. :D

    3. Hair likes? To cause trouble. :P lol. It likes coconut oil and shea butter but doesn't like anything too oily.

    4. Routine? Occasionally co-wash but just comb through my hair while it has conditioner on it (Original Source) and then leave it to air-dry after washing most conditioner off:D.
    I have to try not to move too much while it's drying because otherwise it goes poofy. I want to keep the number of products I use down to a minimum.

    5. Coloured or natural? At the moment it's coloured to it's natural colour because I'm growing out my roots and the old dyed parts were looking dodgy on me. :D

    :blob7::blob7:
    UK CG since May 2008! :sunny:
    * Original Source conditioner
    Evidently trying not to be a junkie. :cyclops::angel11:

    :blob7: <- I am ALWAYS like this!
  • curlywurly271curlywurly271 Registered Users Posts: 286
    1. Hair Type / thickness / length?
    > a frustrating mix of 3a, 3b and 2c. Hair is fine but there's plenty of it. Just below shoulder length at the moment.

    2. CG / conditioner only?
    > yep - 6 months today :occasion9:

    3. Hair likes?
    > still trying to figure this out but I know that it doesn't like too much protein and gets overconditioned easily. My hair responds pretty well to gels.

    4. Routine?
    > water wash or co wash every day, condition, rinse upside down and rake through leave in conditoner or curl creme, squeeze some water out, flip hair upright, scrunch in gel and diffuse.

    5. Coloured or natural?
    > Growing out bleached hair - top half is natural (i like to call it ash brown though it's more of a mousy brown lol) and the bottom half is medium to dark blonde.
    UK curly :occasion8:


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  • curlylauracurlylaura Registered Users Posts: 8,352 Curl Neophyte
    1. Hair Type / thickness / length?
    3b, medium, halfway between shoulder blades and shoulders.

    2. CG / conditioner only?
    Nope.

    3. Hair likes?
    Naked shampoos and conditioners. Boots curl cream.

    4. Routine?
    Wash and condition, apply a dab of curl cream followed by a dab of Umberto Giannini Scrunching Jelly. Scrunch upside down. Either leave to dry or dry with Carmen Curl Hairdryer and diffuser.

    5. Coloured or natural?
    Semi-permanent brown covering majority of highlights and making my hair as close as it's natural colour as possible, some blond highlights.
    Fat does not make you fat. It's actually pretty important.
  • janeylizjaneyliz Registered Users Posts: 777
    1. Hair Type / thickness / length?
    3a, very thick, bra strap length

    2. CG / conditioner only?
    CG

    3. Hair likes?
    It's as temperamental as a pre-menstrual teenager and varies from day to day. See list in signature.

    4. Routine?
    Water wash most days, co-wash/ACV once a week (each on different days), leave-in and product applied to sopping wet hair, plop for anything between 15 minutes to 10 hours, partly diffuse.

    5. Coloured or natural?
    Natural
    Marchioness Chinoise in the land of Mancunia Productia Junkia in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

    DT: AOHR
    Wash: Anita Grant babassu bar
    Leave-in: Body Shop cotton seed curl boost with manuka honey mixed in
    Gel: Umberto Giannini Curl Friends scrunching gel
    Odds & ends Lime juice, honey, Anita Grant cafe latte
    I brush with a Tangle Teezer & love Flexi-8's
    www.public.fotki.com/janeyliz
    www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk
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  • NinjaCurlNinjaCurl Registered Users Posts: 33
    1. 3a/b/c ( i have a little bit of everything) hair is just past my shoulder and thick but was thinned out

    2. CG/ Conditioner Only?
    CG for a week so far

    3. Hair likes?
    I'm trying to work this one out still. So far I know that it likes the boots curl creme because without it the curls get too soft and flyaway. It likes Plopping as well.

    4.Routine?
    Trying to work this one out as well. I Co-wash every 3-4 days and rinse with water and condition everyday. I do it in the evening because I have no time for it in the morning.

    5. Coloured or natural?
    Natural but I have some random bleach blonde strands which I had done last year.
    2b with some 3a i think
    Polish/Uk Curlie (:
    CG since 23 Nov 2008
  • Mixed CurlsMixed Curls Registered Users Posts: 18
    1. Hair Type / thickness / length? 3c/4a, super thick, pulled straight its about APL

    2. CG / conditioner only? Yes, I use Naked Shine Shampoo (SLS Free) and TRESemme conditioners both from Boots.

    3. Hair likes? Coconut oil, shea butter, joboba oil. Also loves glycerin spray (50/50 veg glycerin and rose water)

    4. Routine? CO wash every other morning, use KCCC or homemade curly custard and leave to air dry. If cold outside wash every 3 days and blow dry. Sleep on a satin pillow.

    5. Coloured or natural? Natural, although I do henna occasionally it doesn't colour my jet black hair but leaves it nice and shiny.
    CG in London, UK.
    Hair type: THICK 4a with hints of 3c, I think
    Cleanse: Naked Shine Shampoo (SLS Free) & TRESemme Conditioner
    DT: Homemade recipes involving shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, honey, eggs amongst other natural products.
    Curl products: KCCC with KT or homemade curly custard, Fantasia I.C Gel (for smoothing edges only)
  • Sugarbabe1Sugarbabe1 Registered Users Posts: 83
    1. Hair Type / thickness / length? 3c/4a, super thick, pulled straight its about APL

    2. CG / conditioner only? Yes, I use Naked Shine Shampoo (SLS Free) and TRESemme conditioners both from Boots.

    3. Hair likes? Coconut oil, shea butter, joboba oil. Also loves glycerin spray (50/50 veg glycerin and rose water)

    4. Routine? CO wash every other morning, use KCCC or homemade curly custard and leave to air dry. If cold outside wash every 3 days and blow dry. Sleep on a satin pillow.

    5. Coloured or natural? Natural, although I do henna occasionally it doesn't colour my jet black hair but leaves it nice and shiny.
    Mixed Curls where did you by KCCC and what is your Homemade curly custard recipe?
  • fuzzyduckfuzzyduck Registered Users Posts: 50
    Hey, fellow UK curlies!

    I'm Kate, I'm new.

    I've been doing the CG thing for about a week, although I haven't properly started yet. I straightened a few days ago and plan on straightening on NYE, and after that I plan to embrace my curls properly for the first time in years.

    Today I co washed with Inecto coconut conditioner, deep conditioned with Naked rescue, put a tiny bit more Inecto in as a leave in, then used Pantene perfect curls mousse and gel spray. My hair has gone super soft and shiny. It's not very curly yet (years of GHDs have made a lasting impression!) but I'm very impressed with the cleanness and texture and shine today. Thought I'd let you know!

    I've been experimenting with pinks Boots, Umberto Giannini gel, Trevor Sorbie curl cream and some Little Monsters leave in spray from Superdrug, but today has definitely been my best curly hair day yet!
  • janeylizjaneyliz Registered Users Posts: 777
    Kate, your hair will recover from the GHD abuse - mine did and I straightened for YEARS (pic in my Fokti of a curless me).

    Keep at it, give it a few weeks and the difference will be amazing!
    Marchioness Chinoise in the land of Mancunia Productia Junkia in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

    DT: AOHR
    Wash: Anita Grant babassu bar
    Leave-in: Body Shop cotton seed curl boost with manuka honey mixed in
    Gel: Umberto Giannini Curl Friends scrunching gel
    Odds & ends Lime juice, honey, Anita Grant cafe latte
    I brush with a Tangle Teezer & love Flexi-8's
    www.public.fotki.com/janeyliz
    www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk
  • Mixed CurlsMixed Curls Registered Users Posts: 18
    Sugarbabe1 wrote: »
    1. Hair Type / thickness / length? 3c/4a, super thick, pulled straight its about APL

    2. CG / conditioner only? Yes, I use Naked Shine Shampoo (SLS Free) and TRESemme conditioners both from Boots.

    3. Hair likes? Coconut oil, shea butter, joboba oil. Also loves glycerin spray (50/50 veg glycerin and rose water)

    4. Routine? CO wash every other morning, use KCCC or homemade curly custard and leave to air dry. If cold outside wash every 3 days and blow dry. Sleep on a satin pillow.

    5. Coloured or natural? Natural, although I do henna occasionally it doesn't colour my jet black hair but leaves it nice and shiny.

    Mixed Curls where did you by KCCC and what is your Homemade curly custard recipe?

    Sugarbabe1 I buy my KCCC from Curl Mart.

    I found this homemade recipe on You Tube.

    4 parts Aloe Vera Gel (Holland & Barrettes)
    1 part vegetable glycerin
    1 part jojoba oil (or any other oil of your choice)
    10 drops of Rose (or any) essential oil

    My curls come out beautifully with this recipe. Since it's now freezing outside I also add coconut oil and unrefined shea butter to the recipe because my hair gets so dry.
    CG in London, UK.
    Hair type: THICK 4a with hints of 3c, I think
    Cleanse: Naked Shine Shampoo (SLS Free) & TRESemme Conditioner
    DT: Homemade recipes involving shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, honey, eggs amongst other natural products.
    Curl products: KCCC with KT or homemade curly custard, Fantasia I.C Gel (for smoothing edges only)
  • fuzzyduckfuzzyduck Registered Users Posts: 50
    janeyliz wrote: »
    Kate, your hair will recover from the GHD abuse - mine did and I straightened for YEARS (pic in my Fokti of a curless me).

    Keep at it, give it a few weeks and the difference will be amazing!

    Update: I tried the apple cider vinegar / honey rinse you wrote about in one of your other threads, then styled it, and my hair has just gone much more curly! :D
  • janeylizjaneyliz Registered Users Posts: 777
    fuzzyduck wrote: »
    janeyliz wrote: »
    Kate, your hair will recover from the GHD abuse - mine did and I straightened for YEARS (pic in my Fokti of a curless me).

    Keep at it, give it a few weeks and the difference will be amazing!

    Update: I tried the apple cider vinegar / honey rinse you wrote about in one of your other threads, then styled it, and my hair has just gone much more curly! :D

    That's brilliant! It's a good potion :)
    Marchioness Chinoise in the land of Mancunia Productia Junkia in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

    DT: AOHR
    Wash: Anita Grant babassu bar
    Leave-in: Body Shop cotton seed curl boost with manuka honey mixed in
    Gel: Umberto Giannini Curl Friends scrunching gel
    Odds & ends Lime juice, honey, Anita Grant cafe latte
    I brush with a Tangle Teezer & love Flexi-8's
    www.public.fotki.com/janeyliz
    www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk
  • fuzzyduckfuzzyduck Registered Users Posts: 50
    janeyliz wrote: »
    fuzzyduck wrote: »
    janeyliz wrote: »
    Kate, your hair will recover from the GHD abuse - mine did and I straightened for YEARS (pic in my Fokti of a curless me).

    Keep at it, give it a few weeks and the difference will be amazing!

    Update: I tried the apple cider vinegar / honey rinse you wrote about in one of your other threads, then styled it, and my hair has just gone much more curly! :D

    That's brilliant! It's a good potion :)

    It really is! See the difference? Thanks for the tip!

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