Where are you?

a curly qa curly q Posts: 248Registered Users
Hey Aussies,

How many of you are there? The last post on this was last year.
I'm trying CG and going 'cone free so...
If you have any info, i'd appreciate names of 'cone free products - cheapish. And is the Alchemy range found at chemists and health food shops a good one to try?

Thanks
:icescream:
2b, medium, lots of them
CG: 21 Apr 08, Mod CG: 24 Aug 08
My blog: Can't Stop Thinking About Hair
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  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,964Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I just said hello in the "we'd like to meet you" board. I think I'm the only Aussie who visits here on a regular basis even though I'm not a prolific poster. Others sign up now and again and then seem to disappear without trace. I'm not much help with the products - I'm always trying new things, but I have used Alchemy conditioners in the past and like them (I've tried a couple but can't remember which ones now). What products are you interested in, ie gels, mousses, creams? If you let me know I can wrack my brains and try to remember what I've tried that's cg.
    Now, don't disappear on me!
    3b in South Australia.
  • patientlygrowingpatientlygrowing Posts: 62Registered Users
    Hi im an aussie too Ive recently brought a condtioner its called goldwell curl definition it works really good but Im not sure if its cone free though, Ive used jojoba oil from the health food shop but its a bit expensive they have other oils I buy the apricot oil which is cheaper but I think the jojoba absorbs better into your hair
    The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched ... but are felt in the heart.:love4:
  • a curly qa curly q Posts: 248Registered Users
    Starmie wrote: »
    What products are you interested in, ie gels, mousses, creams? If you let me know I can wrack my brains and try to remember what I've tried that's cg.

    well, mostly interested in gels because i've never used them before and want to try if they're supposedly so good. mousses too, but i usually steer clear of those because they encourage volume which i don't want lol.

    but the oils sound interesting patientlygrowing. thanks for the advice girls (i assume).
    2b, medium, lots of them
    CG: 21 Apr 08, Mod CG: 24 Aug 08
    My blog: Can't Stop Thinking About Hair
  • AndrianaAndriana Posts: 5Registered Users
    Howdy,

    Ive tried the alchemy range, but to little effect. It actually felt very drying and damaging to my hair and left it brittle. Something tells me they've replaced the sulfate cleanser with something equally harsh.

    Just purchased the "Mastey Paris" range from price attack which is sulfate free, its wonderful so far! Give it a try!
  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,964Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    Now, I don't really like gels, or my hair doesn't anyway, it also has expensive tastes, so I won't be much help here! The only gel I like is Biolage defining elixir which has virtually no hold, but I've had luck pairing it with PPS Sculpt It. A lot of Paul Mitchell stuff is cg, but you have to check the bottles, it's not cheap either. I've got a thickening gel atm but I hate it. Ditto a lot of Joico stuff, but I don't like their gels either. Got an Andrew Collinge anti-frizz one in Coles, that was cheap, but my son's using that up, see I really don't like gels! There seems to be very little in the chemist/health foods/supermarkets that is cg, I tend to get things from Hairhouse Warehouse or Price Attack, even then I spend ages reading labels - I think they've got used to me now!
    I like mousse and find it doesn't give me too much volume (I don't like extra volume either). I've used PM's scupting foam, Joico's joiwhip and an Alfaparf one (my favourite). They're all cg and I'd buy them all again.
    Hope that's a bit of help, I'm no expert and still fighting with my curls - if you saw them you wouldn't ask me for advice!
    3b in South Australia.
  • a curly qa curly q Posts: 248Registered Users
    Thanks for the advice. It's funny to be reading about Coles and Price Attack on this website lol.

    I sometimes switch between cheap and expensive so i might try out those brands you mentioned.
    2b, medium, lots of them
    CG: 21 Apr 08, Mod CG: 24 Aug 08
    My blog: Can't Stop Thinking About Hair
  • AmdaAmda Posts: 251Registered Users
    Hiya! I can't help you much with CG shampoos (I have awful dandruff, so it's Head'n'Shoulders for me) but I love L'oreal Techni Art Curl Memory Up spray. Long name, awesome product, and I think that it's CG. Just be careful with overdoing it - I have almost BSL hair and I only need 3 sprays for my entire head.
    Is anyone else here from Melbourne?
    Fine and thin 2C in Australia
  • AndrianaAndriana Posts: 5Registered Users
    Aaaah, priceline, how i love yee with all my heart. I think i have easily spent more than an hour there lost in all of its lights and glory. Hehe.

    I cant go with gels in my hair. As its quite thin, i find mousse gives it some lovely body and bounce. The best one in the world ive found is strictly curls by marc anthony, from (you guessed it) Priceline!!! Its the only thing i use these days.
  • a curly qa curly q Posts: 248Registered Users
    Sydney girl i'm afraid. and go priceline!

    i've actually started using garnier strong hold gel. wasn't sure if it would be CG but it is. I kind of run away from giving my hair body lol.

    one more thing, has anyone found the CG book in aust. or do we have to order it?
    2b, medium, lots of them
    CG: 21 Apr 08, Mod CG: 24 Aug 08
    My blog: Can't Stop Thinking About Hair
  • AmdaAmda Posts: 251Registered Users
    Priceline rocks! I went to Angus and Robertson to get the Curly Girl book. They had to order it in but it was only from another store in Australia, so they didn't charge me any extra for it. If not there, you could try Borders - they seem to have everything, although they do charge a lot.
    Fine and thin 2C in Australia
  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,964Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I got the book off ebay, it was only $5 (and 5 postage, from memory).
    3b in South Australia.
  • aussiecurlyaussiecurly Posts: 20Registered Users
    I may be a little late on this post, but I found it heartening to discover, after a break, that there were a few more Aussies on this site. Must confess that I have enjoyed the benefits of many many years lurking on these boards, but have never posted. Love this site and am so happy to see a little Australian Community growing here.
    I bought the Curly Girl book a few years ago after ordering it in through Dymocks. Money well spent.
  • 30isthenewblack30isthenewblack Posts: 49Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I went to Angus & Robertson & they said you have to order the Curly Girl book as there is no Australian distributor. I don't think there is an additional cost.
  • CurlyLenaCurlyLena Posts: 8Registered Users
    Hello!!
    Im from Vic (but not Melbourne), Im waaaaay out in the sticks!

    Our Priceline has a very limited range, so i doubt they would have much for CGs.

    Has anyone ordered from the Curlmart?

    And; has anyone used any of the new Redkin curl range?
  • aussiecurlyaussiecurly Posts: 20Registered Users
    CurlyLena wrote: »
    Hello!!
    Im from Vic (but not Melbourne), Im waaaaay out in the sticks!

    Our Priceline has a very limited range, so i doubt they would have much for CGs.

    Has anyone ordered from the Curlmart?

    And; has anyone used any of the new Redkin curl range?

    Hey CurlyLena,

    I am out in rural NSW, so no priceline for me! Nice to know there is another country curly on here!

    I have ordered from CurlMart a few times and have been really happy with my purchases. The postage is a killer, but it has allowed me to try a whole heap of products that are pretty unique and CG friendly. That said, I did spend alot of time looking at product reviews before I purchased.

    I have had a hard time finding CG friendly products locally. What I can reccomend is the Alchemy range of Conditioners and Fruit of the Earth Aloe Gel. I have had varying levels of success trying my hand at making my own flax gel, so thats an idea too. Depends on how experimental you are I guess.

    I used the Redken Curl range once, but found it pretty average compared to All Soft (this was all preCG) Now I try to avoid silicones so I only use Redken occasionally.

    Hope this helps...
  • SpiderSpider Posts: 3,381Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Hello!
    Not an Aussie, but I did visit once for a few weeks and fell in love with the people, places and Kingston Cookies! :wink:
    Don't let your heart be broken. Let it love.
  • FeralcurlsFeralcurls Posts: 408Registered Users
    New Aussie CG here! :blob7:
  • a curly qa curly q Posts: 248Registered Users
    yay! isn't it fun?
    2b, medium, lots of them
    CG: 21 Apr 08, Mod CG: 24 Aug 08
    My blog: Can't Stop Thinking About Hair
  • FeralcurlsFeralcurls Posts: 408Registered Users
    It is! The freedom to talk about products without people looking at you like you are a bit nuts. lol.

    Love how healthy my hair is now too.

    Just frustrated that we can't get some of the products used.
  • AmdaAmda Posts: 251Registered Users
    Welcome! Yeah, the products thing can be annoying, especially when there are threads like "Blahblah is the best conditioner EVER" and 40 people reply agreeing with how awesome it is...and we can't get it. Especially that brand called Aussie...which is not actually Australian.
    Fine and thin 2C in Australia
  • curlywurlygurlycurlywurlygurly Posts: 1,180Registered Users
    hey everyone,
    I'm new to this whole cg thing, I really wanna try/ start it but just don't know where to start. It's so frustrating reading all the reviews of the "BEST" products and then finding out that you can't even get them in Australia!(grrr!)

    Maybe, if you girls/guys are up for it we could make a list of products that we can get local that are cg or just generally good? Or even good curly hairdressers; I did read on one of the vogue forums some good curly hairdresser reviews but they were all a few years old.

    Oh and I'm from Victoria too (near Melbourne)

    take care
    xoxoxo
    2 something Australian :toothy4:

    http://public.fotki.com/curlywurlygurly/
    pw:aussie

    Aiming to grow hair to waist from buzz cut - slowly but surely.
  • a curly qa curly q Posts: 248Registered Users
    Welcome! the thing I had to do was just read the ingredients of everything in the hair care aisle, which can make your neck sore and patience thin. I agree with the idea of making a list of products, would be very useful. One thing that we can get here is FOTE aloe vera gel (that I know of). If you're interested.
    Good luck :icescream:
    2b, medium, lots of them
    CG: 21 Apr 08, Mod CG: 24 Aug 08
    My blog: Can't Stop Thinking About Hair
  • FeralcurlsFeralcurls Posts: 408Registered Users
    Welcome!

    I haven't been able to find FOTE. In which sort of shop did you find it???

    I use Mop C curling cream (some hair dressers sell it), Biolage Conditioning Balm (readily available), Mastey Triate low poo (hair dressing supplies) & Grahams Natural Conditioner as a co-wash (health food shops). The Grahams is nice btw!! Website from Grahams is www.itchy.net.au. Also use coconut oil that I get from health food shops.
  • a curly qa curly q Posts: 248Registered Users
    I found it in priceline in the skincare section, it's clear with a blue lid and says Fruit of the Earth (FOTE).
    HTH
    2b, medium, lots of them
    CG: 21 Apr 08, Mod CG: 24 Aug 08
    My blog: Can't Stop Thinking About Hair
  • FeralcurlsFeralcurls Posts: 408Registered Users
    Ta!
  • patientlygrowingpatientlygrowing Posts: 62Registered Users
    Im new to cg too, Ive started with the pantene clarifyer and decided to make my own conditioner using melrose conditioner base http://www.goldenglow.com.au/product.asp?pID=498&cID=41
    cost me $9.90 for 1 ltr (from a health food store) and adding my own oils like jojoba and a few drops of lavender oil to about 200mls of conditioner base, I found its ok so far my hair seems to be curling more the last few days ... but Im just experimenting at the moment.
    The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched ... but are felt in the heart.:love4:
  • a curly qa curly q Posts: 248Registered Users
    Hey that conditioner base looks really interesting! I might scout around for it...
    2b, medium, lots of them
    CG: 21 Apr 08, Mod CG: 24 Aug 08
    My blog: Can't Stop Thinking About Hair
  • curlywurlygurlycurlywurlygurly Posts: 1,180Registered Users
    I'm about to try out mastey traite shampoo and biolage conditioning balm :D I hope I get good results. I'm undecided on what styling products to buy.
    2 something Australian :toothy4:

    http://public.fotki.com/curlywurlygurly/
    pw:aussie

    Aiming to grow hair to waist from buzz cut - slowly but surely.
  • FeralcurlsFeralcurls Posts: 408Registered Users
    I use Mop C curling cream. I got it from Eastlands, Quattro hairdressers. Very expensive though. $21.00

    Also use Garnier Endurance 24h gel. Seems to be CG.

    Have been using aloe vera gel but am not sold on it.

    I am having problems finding a leave-in spray that is cone free. Any ideas? I've tried a couple of 'natural' ones but have had allergy problems with them.
  • curlywurlygurlycurlywurlygurly Posts: 1,180Registered Users
    yeah I'm not sold on the avg either, although I have a different brand than the FOTE one (I have supply in the cupboard for summer, best for sunburn and my skin after sun exposure). It tends to give me frizzies, I can't use it alone, not enough hold.
    2 something Australian :toothy4:

    http://public.fotki.com/curlywurlygurly/
    pw:aussie

    Aiming to grow hair to waist from buzz cut - slowly but surely.
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