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What's the dumbest thing you've figured out that's made a big difference in your hair

hmixonhmixon Posts: 214Registered Users
For me it's gotta be this:

Wear my glasses when I clip and style.

DUH!

It's made a huge difference in being able to be precise and therefore not overdoing my hair and thus causing frizz!

Who'da thunk you need to be able to see what you're doing!
med/coarse; porous; 2c & 3c
protein sensitive
too much glycerin and some oils give me stringlets

!!! LOVE SPRITZ AND CONDISH !!!!

co-wash: Fructis Body Boost condish
low-poo: miss my LLL Green Tea, CJDF
condish/leave-in: DMLI, Elucense MB, KCKT, JCWDT, CJCR, KBB Deep Condish, Marie Dean, Shescensit GTH
style: faves: KCCC, DMCG, AOMMJ, CGG, Elucence Foam, FSG
DT: JCWDT, CJCR, SS Deep Condish



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  • Curly AllyCurly Ally Posts: 34Registered Users
    Straightening every day ruins hair... duh!

    I continued straightening my hair every day for years because every time I left my hair natural it was a huge poofy mess... I thought that's just the way my hair was... but of course, it was the heat damage that was causing the frizz!

    Now that I've given up straightening, I'm starting to get the beautiful curls I never knew I had! :hello1:
    My hair loooves moisture! Protein and my hair do not get along... they recently had a falling out. :laughing9: Just kidding, thankfully!

    STATUS: Reformed straightener, currently in detox

    CONDISH: Suave Apple
    GEL: Tresemme Bouncy Curls
    MIRACLE PRODUCT: Aloe Vera Gel

    I'm a Drugstore Diva! ;-)
  • whatsercurlwhatsercurl Posts: 4,049Registered Users
    That only doing my hair once a week actually makes it look and feel better.
    Current Products: CJ Products: CF, DF, CT, SG, AFG, CIAB AND CK is back!
    Current Experiment: S&C by D

    Curl Fix and Daily Fix are my HGs :love4:


    Sulphate and cone free since July 2007

    wavy/curly fine texture/medium porosity/medium-low density

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  • LoloDSMLoloDSM Posts: 3,778Registered Users
    Touching too often makes it frizz and go limp.
    Loose botticelli curls and waves
    No silicones/no sulfates since March 2008
  • dry-n-AZdry-n-AZ Posts: 61Registered Users
    Brushing my hair makes it frizzier!!! Duhhh. No brush has touched my hair since Oct.
    3B, high porosity,thick BSL
    co wash: Giovanni Tea Tree Cond
    Low poo: every other day CJ Daily Fix
    cond: CJ H&B Deep Fix, CJ CRMHT
    leave in: Giovanni leave in
    Style: Komaza Coconut pudding,UFD and KCCC in rotation.

    Phoenix area Arizona Low dews
  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    When I stop worrying about 2nd day hair I actually get it.
    High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

  • PheebiePheebie Posts: 177Registered Users
    Applying styling products to soaking wet hair makes ALL the difference in the world ~ until I did this, I had no idea the potential my curls had, and it seriously cuts down on the frizz factor.
    Hair Type: 3A/3B; natural color; mid-back length.
    Shampoo: Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus (2 - 3 times/week)
    Fave Rinse-Out Conditioners: HE Hello Hydration; Yes to Blueberries; GVP Conditioning Balm;
    Styling Routine: Squish-scrunch product /conditioner into soaking wet, upside down hair; plop for 10 minutes, air dry. (Diffuser dry front section.)
    Fave Styling Products: KCKT; Tigi Curl Amplifier Creme; Batia & Aleeza gel; Giovanni Sunset Styler; LA Looks Sport Gel.
  • sexyspiralssexyspirals Posts: 99Registered Users
    Don't stop doing something you know works... duhhhh

    I was having floofy, frizzy curls (as a result of straightening every day for eight months) and I stopped putting in my product while my hair was soaking wet and tried towel drying it. Then I was shocked when it looked even worse.


    Hair type: Fine, fairly porous, shoulder length when curly. Probably a 3a or 3b with tight ringlets now that it's getting longer. Hair loves aloe, hates glycerin.

    Co-Wash: Suave Naturals Aloe and Waterlily (my HG conditioner!)
    Rinse Out: Garnier Sleek and Shine, Trevor Sorbie curl conditioner (UK only, unfortunately)
    Stylers: KCCC, AG Re:coil, TIGI mousse, but open to suggestions!
    Gels: BRHG (my one and only)


    CG since 03/28/09
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Applying very inexpensive hair gel to wet hair is great for my hair. Wish I would have learned that about 35 years ago.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • pulchri2dinouspulchri2dinous Posts: 1,014Registered Users
    Use only wide tooth combs and never comb dry hair.
    4, fine, low-medium density, low porosity


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  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Posts: 3,823Registered Users
    Shampoo freaks out my hair and makes it dryer and more unmanageable. Duh.

  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    Sun exposure bleaches, fries & dries out hair like dumping straight peroxide on it. Well, duh! :roll:
  • PrettyMedusaPrettyMedusa Posts: 619Registered Users
    I used to be very conservative with conditioner because I believed that I'd "overcondition." I probably used a dime-size amount before. Never again. Now it's a nice big puddle for me, and I've never had such soft, luscious, touchable, full curls.
    Fine, porous 3a with some 3b...
    Co-wash: Suave Tropicals Coconut Conditioner (with shampoo bars 2x a month) Rinse-out: L'oreal Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Leave-in: Lustrasilk Styling: CK, Pink Boots, KCCC, AOMM, HESMU, BRHG, CJ Aloe Fix Gel Post-Styling: Apply product to wet hair, scrunch out water with Curls Like Us, diffuse for 5-7 minutes Treatments: Vatika coconut oil, Kama Brahmi oil
  • hmixonhmixon Posts: 214Registered Users
    This is fun!

    As a corollary to what sexyspirals said--my second dumbest thing-

    Don't keep doing something that doesn't work thinking it will next time!!
    med/coarse; porous; 2c & 3c
    protein sensitive
    too much glycerin and some oils give me stringlets

    !!! LOVE SPRITZ AND CONDISH !!!!

    co-wash: Fructis Body Boost condish
    low-poo: miss my LLL Green Tea, CJDF
    condish/leave-in: DMLI, Elucense MB, KCKT, JCWDT, CJCR, KBB Deep Condish, Marie Dean, Shescensit GTH
    style: faves: KCCC, DMCG, AOMMJ, CGG, Elucence Foam, FSG
    DT: JCWDT, CJCR, SS Deep Condish



    My CG Journey: :confused: :banghead:
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  • CurlyRaeCurlyRae Posts: 129Registered Users
    Thick curly hair like mine needs layers. duh Too bad I didn't figure that one out until after high school.:angry7:
    I have med/coarse 3a/b curls with low porosity and normal elasticity. Thank you Live Curly Live Free!!

    Basically CG since '06

    Protein is my enemy :evil5:

    Mag. Sulfate gives me serious frizz :eek:

    Loving: JCWDT, KCKT & KCCC :laughing6:

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  • plinkplink Posts: 103Registered Users
    That I actually have curly hair and it needs to be treated as curly hair to look good. Before I realized it was curly (and it's been curly all my life), I thought it was some kind of dried out frizzy mess
    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
  • Curly and SweetCurly and Sweet Posts: 22Registered Users
    Leave my hair ALONE while it is drying - avoid the urge to fluff it or arrange it until it is all the way dry. My best hair days have been the ones where I threw in some gel and ran out of the house with my hair wet. I always accidently glance in a reflective surface (elevator door/store window) later and go - whoa! - my curls look great!
  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    The difference products can make. I didn't believe this when I was younger. Now I do.
  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    I used to be very conservative with conditioner because I believed that I'd "overcondition." I probably used a dime-size amount before. Never again. Now it's a nice big puddle for me, and I've never had such soft, luscious, touchable, full curls.
    The opposite for me. I used alot of condish in an effort to tame my way thick hair.

    Turned out it needs mush less, just the right type of moisture for the season.
    Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot:geek:
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  • darcurldarcurl Posts: 586Registered Users
    i would say out of all the little tweaks i have done, the silliest thing is, to remember to brush with the conditioner in, i never thought it made a difference in the shape of my hair, until someone told me about triangle hair.
    2c, CG, soft, managed, curly-From NEPA
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  • onethousandcurlsonethousandcurls Posts: 1,118Registered Users
    Shampoo dries out your hair...who'da thunk it?
    3b/c, CG 9/18/08
    Last process: 04/05/08 Big Chop: 08/08/09
    Currently: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel (summer only), Boots Curl Creme (winter only)
  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Posts: 3,823Registered Users
    Shampoo dries out your hair...who'da thunk it?

    I know, I know! But I thought I was one who absolutely needed shampoo, if even just a low-poo. I'm testing that theory, but it's not looking good. Guess low-poo's are better than full-on shampoo, right?

  • RawrSallyRawrSally Posts: 1,388Registered Users
    Using more than a nickel sized blob of conditioner is actually good for my hair.

    Oh, oh, get this! Leaving in the conditioner I use in the shower counteracts the drying nature of [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/AG-Recoil-p-24.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=ag-hair-cosmetics-recoil-curl-activator]Re:Coil[/buylink], thus making my hair look and feel better. Imagine that!
  • CurlyEyesCurlyEyes Posts: 2,983Registered Users
    Using lots of product is NOT a bad thing...product is your friend!
    made up of 98.822% silliness!!

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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    That applying products to really wet hair works. I used to turban my hair (in a regular bath towel) when I got out of the shower - left it like that for quite some time then applied mousse then blowdried. No wonder I had no curls left. And I had no idea that I could scrunch out that wet look either. Who knew?
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  • elitaelita Posts: 402Registered Users
    Blowdrying your hair with a diffuser with heat and speed on high, while scrunching with your hands leads to frizzy undefined hair.

    Putting hairspray over wet hair leads to a stringy, wet look that lasts all day.

    (No wonder I hated my hair before I found this site)
    2a underneath, 2b/c on top, medium texture, low porosity, normal elasticity, high density
    mod-CG since Feb 2009
    HG Combo: CJDF, BCDC & AFL
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  • KinkyKeeperKinkyKeeper Posts: 963Registered Users
    Most of my do'h moments were a result of listening to bad advice and following it for waaayyy too long.

    That wetting hair and detangling it hurts much less. For so long I had heard don't detangle when wet, that's when strands are at their weakest. I swear, kids should not be allowed to read magazines. When my mom would try to tell me I detangling dry was why I was tenderheaded I got snappy and was "Wet hair isn't going to make it hurt less, mom."
    Now I feel bad becuase she was absolutely right. And then I discovered wet hair+conditioner= detangling made completely painless. But to be fair who would think that wet hair makes any difference in detangling, it just sounds wrong. I can't believe I ever tried to detangle my kinky naps dry now. I cringe in pain just thinking about it.

    Washing every week, even every day is good for hair. This is a black thing. We are taught that water is the enemy and black hair doesn't need to be shampooed as much. BS. I had to retrain myself. Before I retrained my mom, when I started going on hair sites and washing my hair twice a week, she would be like "you're gonna dry out your hair with all that washing." Seriously that is the mindset. That washing with water (the most moisturizing thing out there) is going to dry out my hair. But really I realized we were subconciously realizing that the hair products out there like shampoos were not made for our hair type and will in fact dry out our hair. And it became some myth that "Black" hair shouldn't be shampooed as often as "white" hair. What we have to spread the word about is that it isn't shampooing your hair often that dries it out, it was the shampoos in the old days chock full of sulfates that will in fact dry out curly hair if used often.

    That some conditioners can be left in your hair. Sounds silly but I listened to the instructions on the back of the bottle for so long to rinse out after 2 minutes. Thanks Terri for opening my eyes that tight curls need creamy thick conditioner left in to hold frizz back.

    That cold water produces great definition and less frizz. Water temperture is important. Who knew?

    Petroleum laden hair greases are not moisturizing my hair.
  • onethousandcurlsonethousandcurls Posts: 1,118Registered Users
    Can I just say that I am absolutely amazed by the things we never would think of or dare trying? Not even counting all the products I wouldn't have thought to try or even KNOWN about if not for this site and CG and you all!
    3b/c, CG 9/18/08
    Last process: 04/05/08 Big Chop: 08/08/09
    Currently: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel (summer only), Boots Curl Creme (winter only)
  • elissadelissad Posts: 268Registered Users
    For so long I had heard don't detangle when wet, that's when strands are at their weakest.

    Yes! I hated when my mom would detangle my hair because it hurt so much. She didn't know how to manage my hair so she would french braid it, put it in pony tails, or a pony tail w/braid. It was a godsend when I started doing my hair on my own and discovered that using conditioner when detangling was the key to a pain free scalp. And I also discovered that I was still indeed curly after the age of 3 (I was 12 at the time), it's just my mom tamed it into submission.

    A diffuser is my best friend. I would subject my hair to freezing in the winter year after year. Last July I discovered the diffuser and never looked back. A total DUH! moment for me.
    mostly 3a/some 3b/2c at the nape
    med-coarse and porous
    Current routine:
    Cleansing: Co-wash with V05, JCCC
    Conditioners:AOHR
    Leave-in: KCKT
    Stylers: HESMU, Joiwhip
    Protein Treatment: Ion effective care treatment

  • Lil'curlsLil'curls Posts: 275Registered Users
    That my hair needs moisture. I've known for years now that curly hair needs moisture, but it's just now actually clicking that my hair looks dry.
    Teenage curly with 3a-3b course curls
    Shampoo: DCLP
    Rinse Out: GVP conditioning balm in winter. Devacurl One Condition in Summer
    Co Wash: Suave
    Styler: LA Looks Curl Gel
    Leave in: Devacurl One Condition

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  • ClaritaClarita Posts: 198Registered Users
    That cheap products work just as well for me as expensive ones! I think how I apply products is more important than what brand I'm using.

    Oh...and as much as I love the IDEA of devacurl products (so much that I've tried them several different times), my hair hates them!
    Texture: Fine
    Porosity: Low
    Elasticity: Low
    Density: Medium/High...I think


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