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For the first time, I am not ashamed of my curly hair!

I'm 22, it's taken me FOREVER to learn to deal with my hair. I've seriously worn it in a ponytail for the past 4 years. Before that, I was in high school and I hated it so much I cut all my hair off... boy short. I wish I would have learned back then how to deal with it!

The other day I put a bunch of gel on and let it dry. It turned out OK. I actually went out in public with my hair down (and not flat ironed, which barely works anyway). Then I read about how much moisture my hair needs, so I conditioned twice (no shampoo), then finger combed it with these "gloss drops", then patted some gel onto it. And the beast formed into the most beautiful spirals ever. Shiny. I went out into the humidity. It didn't go crazy. THANK YOU to this website! Sounds stupid but this is going to make a big difference in my life. :)

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  • ttripleblondettripleblonde Posts: 300Registered Users
    Are you thinking about going CG?
    If so, you need to clarify once with a sulfate poo, and use no more silicone-containing products. Silicones are everything that ends in -cone and -xane.

    That Cyclopentasiloxane is the worst one, it grabs onto curly hair and will never let go unless you wash with harsh detergent sulfates.

    Anyways, send me an email if you need help with CG. It took me a while before I chose to go on it, and I will never go back on 'cones! ('cept when I straighten :twisted:)..

    HTH!
    3a/3b Mod CG
    CURRENTLY EXPERIMENTING!

    excited2buy:Hello Hydration CO & LOOB

    Owner Of CG Recipe Website: www.freewebs.com/triplecurl
  • fridayfriday Posts: 5Registered Users
    Please explain these terms: COwash and CG.

    Looks like my "gloss drops" have cones in them. Still, today my hair looks better than I've ever seen it. But I'll try without it. My conditioner is Garnier Fructis Fortifying Cream Length & Strength. I love that stuff even though I'm not trying to grow my hair. It's chin length. And today, it has these Shirley Temple curls! Much cuter than the usual pouf. My gel is Aussie and has a dimethicone in there... is that bad? I'm not sure that I can do this no poo thing.. my hair gets oily fast and I usually wash with shampoo every other day. Thanks for the help.
  • ttripleblondettripleblonde Posts: 300Registered Users
    Co-Wash is when you take a dime amount of conditioner, we use the cheap $1 dollar conditioners like Suave/White Rain/Vo5, and rub it on your scalp. You should be co-washing only 2 times a week, and normal water and friction created by your fingers should loosen oil and dirt that has accumulated on your scalp.

    CG, is an abbreviation for Curly Girl, refers to curly girl routine which means not using silicones and co-washing...etc.

    If the silicone has a PEG- or phenyl in front of it means that it's water-soluble and doesn't need a surfactant to remove.

    L.A. Looks Gels are CG and you get about 20-28 oz. for $2.29, and sometimes they're on sale! Most people here like the Durahold, Curls, and Sports type gel.

    Your hair will take time to adjust to CG, and in the meantime you could do some Deep Treatments that could be made from simple ingredients. (link in my signature)

    As for your conditioner, look on the Product Reviews forum and look around there. Alot of people like Nature's Gate, Vive Pro Nutri-Gloss for med-long curly/wavy hair, ORIGINAL Aussie 3mm formule (not deeep), Trader Joe's Nourish, Suave, White Rain, vo5, and Aussie Moist (the one without 'cones).

    Just do a bit more looking around the site and then you'll be ready.

    **remember to clarify with sulfates before starting CG, also if you can order/buy the Curly Girl book by Lorraine Massey. It has recipes/tips/etc.

    Good Luck!
    3a/3b Mod CG
    CURRENTLY EXPERIMENTING!

    excited2buy:Hello Hydration CO & LOOB

    Owner Of CG Recipe Website: www.freewebs.com/triplecurl
  • dakatzmeowdakatzmeow Posts: 11Registered Users
    great info! thanks! i'm just starting a CG routine, so i appreciate the tips.
  • zeldagoblinzeldagoblin Posts: 575Registered Users
    Hi, if you're going CG, I think Garnier Fructis fortifying conditioner has 'cones.
    Here are my curly pics, password is fuzz

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Fzeldagoblin%2F" class="Popup

    But then again, too few to mention...
  • rose's ringletsrose's ringlets Posts: 119Registered Users
    Co-Wash is when you take a dime amount of conditioner, we use the cheap $1 dollar conditioners like Suave/White Rain/Vo5, and rub it on your scalp.

    A DIME SIZE!!??? I use 2 handfuls of my Suave conditioner to cowash my hair. IMO, you need much more conditioner to "wash" hair than if you were using shampoo.

    Friday, I would suggest checking out the Curly Girl book. Your local library may have it. Check out this info on the book on Amazon. /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FCurly-Girl-Lorraine-Massey%2Fdp%2F0761123008" class="Popup
    Over 2 years without shampoo. Finally grown out the evil relaxer. LOVING my ringlets!
  • heavengirl410heavengirl410 Posts: 821Registered Users
    There is alot of great info in the Newbies Welcome section, here is a great link
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/viewtopic.php?t=97420
  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    Co-Wash is when you take a dime amount of conditioner, we use the cheap $1 dollar conditioners like Suave/White Rain/Vo5, and rub it on your scalp.

    A DIME SIZE!!??? I use 2 handfuls of my Suave conditioner to cowash my hair. IMO, you need much more conditioner to "wash" hair than if you were using shampoo.[/url]

    Yeah, same here, I need a lot of conditioner when I'm co-washing. But really it doesn't matter how much you use as long as it's enough to cover your scalp.
    Brooklyn, NY

    Hair: 3A/B, Underlayer of 2B
    HG products:
    Winter- Giovanni Tea Tree (co-wash) & 50/50 (condish); Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Leave-In; Curls Milkshake & Quenched Curls; Re:coil; BRHG
    Summer: DevaCurl No Poo & OneC; CK; Re:coil; BRHG; Honey!!!

    fotki pw= crrrls
  • missy60missy60 Posts: 351Registered Users
    Ok so you only use the CO conditoner on your scalp?
  • MunchyMunchy Posts: 5,206Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Gemini13 wrote:
    Co-Wash is when you take a dime amount of conditioner, we use the cheap $1 dollar conditioners like Suave/White Rain/Vo5, and rub it on your scalp.

    A DIME SIZE!!??? I use 2 handfuls of my Suave conditioner to cowash my hair. IMO, you need much more conditioner to "wash" hair than if you were using shampoo.[/url]

    Yeah, same here, I need a lot of conditioner when I'm co-washing. But really it doesn't matter how much you use as long as it's enough to cover your scalp.

    Yep, and I use it all over my hair. Plus, I find the cheap ones aren't thick enough, so I use the real deal, even to cowash.

    I also clarify every time I wash (2-3 times a week) with Apple Cider Vinegar (1 part:4 parts water).
  • selfcurledgirlselfcurledgirl Posts: 516Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    You know, I don't clarify at all and Lorraine even says it isn't necessary if you do no poo. I have been no pooing for 5 years and just use no poo once a week on my scalp and use one c every other day. Everyone has their own system that seems to work. You have to play around and experiment but just minimize shampooing with sulfate shampoos or eliminate it entirely.
    Hair type, thin, 3b, past my shoulders always looking for length. Use jessicurl hair cleansing cream, devacurl one c, angel, set it free, Always see a deva trained stylist for cut and Aveda Institute for color.