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Useful Curly Links

QuirkyYoginiQuirkyYogini Posts: 569Registered Users
So I'm still fairly new to the boards, and even I have noticed how many questions there are. It's like all the newbies are so excited to start talking that they skip the newbie section. (I admit that I did this!)

Eventually, I realized that the answers were (mostly) out there, but I just had to find them! I started to save the useful links that I had found and put descriptions under them for future reference. Then I thought, why not share this in a (probably futile) attempt to end fellow newbie suffering and prevent repetitive posts?

So... here is my (growing) list. I am sure that there are similar and probably better ones on this board, but I haven't seen them. Maybe we could start a thread about useful links and discussions we've found and keep it going. That way, someone else like me doesn't post a similar thread in a few weeks.

If you have any links to discussions or articles that you have found helpful, please post them here!

First, check here:
http://www.naturallycurly.com/faqs
Frequently Asked Questions on the boards with terms and acronyms are listed here. Your question is more than likely answered there. If you don’t feel like scrolling down the page to find the answer, or your question isn’t answered there, try the links below. They do not include every issue, but they have answered many questions I’ve had, so maybe they will help others too. Some of these are links to the discussion boards, which go into more detail than a FAQ might.

Protein and Hair Type:
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=47320
stretch test/ protein issues

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=47296
More on protein experimentation (“playing with protein”)

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=35572&highlight=protein
explaining protein and understanding hair types discussion on the boards

/home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fhomepage.mac.com%2Fannsofie.henriksson%2Fhairtyping%2FPersonal27.html" class="Popup
Hair typing (numbers 1-4b, texture, and volume)

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=35572&highlight=protein
hair type thread

http://www.naturallycurly.com/hair-types
More on hair type (numbers 1-4b)

Understanding ingredients:
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=44325
moistureizing gels

/home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fhairbraider.spaces.live.com%2FBlog%2Fcns%21A674357A1D0F3116%21293.entry" class="Popup
List of good and bad alcohols

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curl-products/ingredients-commonly-found-in-hair-care-products
list of sulfates, silicones, humectants, and other ingredients and what they do

http://www.naturallycurly.com/ingredients/all-about-another-hard-to-pronounce-ingredient
polyquats

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=43540
discussion on polyquats

Hair Care Methods:
/home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wikihow.com%2FFollow-the-Curly-Girl-Method-for-Curly-Hair" class="Popup
wikihow Curly Girl method

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=14222
Curly Girl method (sticky on the boards)

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=37439
diffusing discussion

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=34025&highlight=pixiecurl+method
diffusing – pixie method discussion

http://www.naturallycurly.com/tips/to-plop-or-not-to-plop
plopping (with pictures!)

Other Wavy/Curly Hair Issues:
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=47261
spray revivers and refreshers discussion

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=46702
Hard/Soft water discussion

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=43942&highlight=links
[FONT=&quot]discussion linking dewpoint explanations[/FONT]
I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

Products:
9/02/08 Went CG
05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

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  • RawrSallyRawrSally Posts: 1,388Registered Users
    This post should have a sticky or something, because this could be so helpful.

    Thanks QuirkyYogini, I'm totally bookmarking this. =)
  • QuirkyYoginiQuirkyYogini Posts: 569Registered Users
    Yay! I'm glad you like it! :iconbiggrin:
    I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

    Products:
    9/02/08 Went CG
    05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

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  • sessac81sessac81 Posts: 690Registered Users
    This is a great post. Thanks for posting it. It's nice to have so many useful links in one place :)
    :) Vanessa :)
    CG since 9/2007
    medium texture; slightly porous

    Currently loving:
    anything from CJ, KBB Luscious Locks Hair Mask, Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner
  • tulipantulipan Posts: 209Registered Users
    Thank you so much! As you can see - I'm new here. I found a lot on forum, but this links are very helpful.
    3A/M/iii
    -
    full CG routine works for my hair!

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    Sorry for my mistakes in english! This is not my main language. I'm still learning!
  • KitaraKitara Posts: 1,224Registered Users
    Great list!

    Now we need the answers to the following questions.
    "What's a good SLS free shampoo?"
    "What's a good CG conditioner?"
    "What's a good leave-in?"

    P.S. I'm only saying this so you'll post a few more times Yogini because you're so flippin gorgeous and your smile is infectious!
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    Great List! Great idea!

    and more...

    Humidity Humectants and Hair - dealing with humid and dry climates and how humectants work in these climates.

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curly-q-a/curlchemist-humidity-humectants-and-hair

    Parabens- pro or con, an article to add to your arsenal

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curly-q-a/curlchemist-parabens-what-they-are

    Curl Chemist protein article. Good to have as it is an ingredient category that can be loved or hated.

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curly-q-a/curlchemist-all-about-proteins

    The Scoop on Silicones - talks about 'cones and what is needed to remove them

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curly-q-a/whats-the-scoop-on-silicones


    yes, I love CurlChemist articles :)
    Kiva! Microfinance works.

    Med/Coarse, porous curly.
  • QuirkyYoginiQuirkyYogini Posts: 569Registered Users
    I'm glad I could help! = )
    Kitara wrote: »
    Great list!

    Now we need the answers to the following questions.
    "What's a good SLS free shampoo?"
    "What's a good CG conditioner?"
    "What's a good leave-in?"

    P.S. I'm only saying this so you'll post a few more times Yogini because you're so flippin gorgeous and your smile is infectious!

    LOL! Suave Naturals coconut, I believe is an excellent CG conditioner. (I think I have read this places.) I have no idea about any of the other answers! (except I like my [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Mixed-Chicks-Leave-in-Conditioner-p-279.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=mixed-chicks-leavein-conditioner]Mixed Chicks leave in[/buylink]! = P) I'm sure someone else does.

    And as for the rest... :happy7: Thank you so much!!! You are too sweet! By the way, I love your hair. Even before the henna you had gorgeous curls. I want them. Give them to me. Please...? :tongue:
    Great List! Great idea!

    and more...
    ...
    yes, I love CurlChemist articles :)

    Oh wow! Thanks so much for the additions!
    I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

    Products:
    9/02/08 Went CG
    05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

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  • jillipoojillipoo Posts: 3,795Registered Users
    QuirkyYogini, you are a genius! What a totally great idea. And you've put together a fantastic list -- several of which I am seeing for the first time myself! Thank you for going to such trouble.

    I have one other, in answer to the "I'm broke and can't afford expensive CG products so what can I use and where can I buy them?" question.

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fhealthycurls.awardspace.com%2Ffree.html" class="Popup

    This thread is so great, I'm going to make it a reference link on my blog! :toothy7:
    3a and strictly CG since August 2007. Porous and on the fine side. No to magnesium sulfate and glycerin. Yes to protein! Favorites:
    CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
    CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
    CURL ENHANCERS/CREMES/MOUSSES: KCCC, JoiWhip
    GELS: Fuzzy Duck, B5 Design, MGA Scultping, BRHG


    Fotki password: chuckle
    Blog: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fjillipoo.blogspot.com%2F" class="Popup
    Twitter: nopoojillipoo
  • FrizzBgoneFrizzBgone Posts: 2,678Registered Users
    What a great idea .. Thank you !!!
    Type: 3a fine & dense,with normal porosity, terrible product junkie
    ROUTINE: LI, enhancer, gel, plop with Curlease towel, serum product (either CIAB or Gel-les'c), clip & diffuse.
    Too many favourite products to list ... I finally have my routine that works and alot of products to choose from. My product stash is huge, but well loved !!!
  • QuirkyYoginiQuirkyYogini Posts: 569Registered Users
    jillipoo wrote: »
    QuirkyYogini, you are a genius! What a totally great idea. And you've put together a fantastic list -- several of which I am seeing for the first time myself! Thank you for going to such trouble.

    I have one other, in answer to the "I'm broke and can't afford expensive CG products so what can I use and where can I buy them?" question.

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fhealthycurls.awardspace.com%2Ffree.html" class="Popup

    This thread is so great, I'm going to make it a reference link on my blog! :toothy7:

    Thanks! I don't think I've seen that before! That is REALLY useful! Thanks for the new addition!
    FrizzBgone wrote: »
    What a great idea .. Thank you !!!

    Yay! No problem! Feel free to make additions if you find any links or threads that people might find useful!
    I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

    Products:
    9/02/08 Went CG
    05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

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



  • winifredwinifred Posts: 295Registered Users
    Great list! Thank you. I hope the moderators make a sticky out of it.
  • QuirkyYoginiQuirkyYogini Posts: 569Registered Users
    Well, so much for the sticky! :tongue:

    Anywho, some more useful links:



    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=47268&highlight=clarify+ACV+lemon
    Before you go CG you need to clarify with a sulfate-free shampoo to get the ‘cones out. Discussion on this and what types of reasonably priced shampoos to use for this.

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=40226
    Before and After henna pictures and discussion

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=40102&highlight=pineapple
    How to pineapple instructions from Notty. (Side note: Pineapple is used to prevent frizz and attempt 2nd day hair. Also, it's just a comfortable way to sleep without your hair getting in your way. If you can't pineapple, you can use a satin or silk pillowcase to help with frizz. Silk seems to be preferred by some people.)

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=48141
    Great discussion on different types of oils, where to get them, and the hair types and textures that love them.

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=48501
    Discussion on overconditioning. Further down the first page, there is a description on what overconditioning is.
    I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

    Products:
    9/02/08 Went CG
    05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

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



  • ArtemidaArtemida Posts: 48Registered Users
    I think this post is excellent. It made me realize I was over-conditioning!
    Type: Very Soft 3b w/ 3a/3c thrown in
    CG: May 18, 2008
    Natural: Oct 2007

    Products:
    Qhemet's O&H
    Giovanni SS & TT
    NG
    Flaxseed Gel!
    Honey
    Henna
    Fenugreek
    Mango

    Banned: Suave, VO5, Excessive Oils
  • curlyneencurlyneen Posts: 138Registered Users
    bump.
    This is such a great thread that all the newbies need to see it again!
    fine & thin, 3A/3B Botticelli curls
    Started CG July 6, 2008

    Current experiments:
    - Deva Low Poo (every 3 days)
    - Suave Naturals coconut conditioner for cowash
    - AOHR for detangling the length
    - KCKT/KCCC combo
    - Diffuse with the Deva Fuser

    my fotki: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Fcurlyneen" class="Popup
    Location: Denver, CO
  • PurpleCurly7PurpleCurly7 Posts: 240Registered Users
    Thanks a bunch, QuirkyYogini. :)
    3a brunette, medium texture and density.

    CG since 5/16/2008.

    Growing out an eeevil :evil1: haircut with 4 layers on the left side and 6 layers on the right side.
    Currently using: Aubrey Organics' White Camelia, Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner and Island Naturals for co-wash. Alternating My Honey Child's : Caribbean Curling Creme, Honey Guava Balm, and Coconut Milk; and Moptop's Gel on top for styling.


    Location: Boca Raton, FL
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Thank you for taking the time to do this, QuirkyYogini! It's a terrific idea, and if people keep adding links, it will be incredible. I am not a newbie, and I need something like this! Yippee!:toothy7::toothy7::toothy7:
  • shellylbridgesshellylbridges Posts: 51Registered Users
    This post is perfect.....there was a post containing a long list of natural hair care products ranging from conditioners, shampoos, gels, etc. I've searched and searched until my poor fingers gave up in pain.

    Does anyone remember what post that was and perhaps be able to provide the link? It was a post on the forum which appeared to be a typed out list that "compiled" various all natural/organic hair care products.

    Can we add the link to that previous post on here as well so newbies can find list of natural/organic hair care products.
    Shelly
  • Ephesians2:8Ephesians2:8 Posts: 170Registered Users
    Woo! You're the best, thanks!
    3a. My hair does what it wants.. currently waiting for BKT treatment to go away.

    “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” - Mark 8:36
  • FrizzBgoneFrizzBgone Posts: 2,678Registered Users
    bump :) :) :)
    Type: 3a fine & dense,with normal porosity, terrible product junkie
    ROUTINE: LI, enhancer, gel, plop with Curlease towel, serum product (either CIAB or Gel-les'c), clip & diffuse.
    Too many favourite products to list ... I finally have my routine that works and alot of products to choose from. My product stash is huge, but well loved !!!
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,970Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Quirky yogini, Add my thanks to everyone else's. Needed to find out about the pixie curl method and there it is!
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    How to request this be made a sticky? It's great! Thank you!
    My blog - /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fsuburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com%2F" class="Popup
    My FOTKI - /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwhatsnew.fotki.com%2Fsuburbanbushbabe%2F" class="Popup
    comic-p.jpg

    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.
  • SarcasmIsBeautySarcasmIsBeauty Posts: 5,640Registered Users
    Quirky this is the best thread ever!

    Every time I see someone who needs help I direct them to this wonderful thread!!

    I agree this should be a sticky!
    Turtles: omg please don't put that in your moo moo

    Nej: too late... moo moo has been infiltrated.
  • avsfanavsfan Posts: 95Registered Users
    Thanks a TON for this info! Since it's not a sticky, I'm going to post so I can always find it in my 'subscribed' threads.
    THANKS!
    Sulfate- and non-water-soluble silicone-free since 8/2008

    Just about medium everything:
    medium texture, low-medium porosity, medium density
    Day One hair: 2c
    Day Two hair: 2a
    2c-3a in the summer time

    Protein sensitive. Still looking for
    products...
    used to have curls, now it's consistently just waves...
  • QuirkyYoginiQuirkyYogini Posts: 569Registered Users
    Wow! I'm surprised people still remember this post! I get a little annoyed when I still see the same questions over and over when almost all the answers can be found in one of the links here. *sigh* Oh well! I'm glad a few of you have found this to be helpful!
    This post is perfect.....there was a post containing a long list of natural hair care products ranging from conditioners, shampoos, gels, etc. I've searched and searched until my poor fingers gave up in pain.

    Does anyone remember what post that was and perhaps be able to provide the link? It was a post on the forum which appeared to be a typed out list that "compiled" various all natural/organic hair care products.

    Can we add the link to that previous post on here as well so newbies can find list of natural/organic hair care products.


    Hmm. Could it be this link from Jillipoo?
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fhealthycurls.awardspace.com%2Ffree.html" class="Popup She posted it in this same thread though, so probably not but, sometimes things get lost when you get a few posts to a thread.

    And anyone can post anything they've found helpful here! It certainly isn't just me doing it! I want to learn new useful things too! I actually stopped posting on this thread because I felt kind of silly just updating my own thread all the time. :tongue5: It's good to know a few people still come across it.
    I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

    Products:
    9/02/08 Went CG
    05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

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  • marimari Posts: 44Registered Users
    This thread was actually one of the first ones I read when I found this site. This is the thread that introduced me to CG. Thanks!:wav:
    Currently experimenting with
    CoWash: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea, VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze and VO5 Free Me Freesia
    Gels/Creams: FOTE, LA Looks, LOOB
  • WannaLoveMyWavesWannaLoveMyWaves Posts: 53Registered Users
    It is hard being a newbie here. You know whatever you post has been asked or said before, but, there is so much information that it is hard to read through it all and retain everything!

    I love this link and hope that it hasn't already been added here (I haven't followed all the links in this thread yet)

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=10605&highlight=conditioner
    Mixture of type 2 hair
    First day of Wavy CG method: 08/22/08

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2FWannaLoveMyWaves%2F" class="Popup
    PW: waves
  • QuirkyYoginiQuirkyYogini Posts: 569Registered Users
    mari wrote: »
    This thread was actually one of the first ones I read when I found this site. This is the thread that introduced me to CG. Thanks!:wav:

    Oh wow! That's awesome! Yay! *joins you in the wave*
    It is hard being a newbie here. You know whatever you post has been asked or said before, but, there is so much information that it is hard to read through it all and retain everything!

    I love this link and hope that it hasn't already been added here (I haven't followed all the links in this thread yet)

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=10605&highlight=conditioner

    Nope! That looks to be a new one! Thanks! And hey, I know how it is to be a newbie. I still might be considered one...

    Just remember that there is a search function. If you don't get what you are looking for the first time, try rewording it or narrowing the search down. Sometimes you do find something that isn't mentioned yet, so all hope isn't lost yet! And welcome to the boards! :blob7:
    I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

    Products:
    9/02/08 Went CG
    05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

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



  • va_candiva_candi Posts: 849Registered Users
    Very helpful post! Thanks so much.
  • SmallfryisbackSmallfryisback Posts: 107Registered Users
    Just dropping by to add this one!

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=55759 It's a thread on curly hair videos.
    "It's not about having what you want, it's about Wanting what you have"

    3b/c curls, I think
    Hair Journal
    My Curly Journey

    Previously Curlyblasian and Smallfry, but my account locked me out, twice!
  • QuirkyYoginiQuirkyYogini Posts: 569Registered Users
    Just dropping by to add this one!

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=55759 It's a thread on curly hair videos.


    This is a great post about the seasonal changes and what that means for your hair. Very informative and useful during this time of year for many curlies!
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=9284&highlight=Fall
    I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

    Products:
    9/02/08 Went CG
    05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

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