Am I doing things right?

Hello i have recently began to use the CG method (3 days more or less) and i would like to know if i'm doing things correctly:

First, once inside the shower y use SUAVE NATURALS COCONUT to clean my sculp with the tips of my fingers. After that i place myself under the water and remove the conditioner while I keep scrubbing my sculp with my fingers.

Secondly i put Vo5 DEEP NUTRITION CONDITIONER all over my hair and use a wide-toothed comb to comb and distribute de Vo5 DEEP NUTRITION CONDITIONER in my hair. After that i wait 5 minutes and then get in the water again to remove it (not all) from my hair.

The ingredients of the Vo5 DEEP NUTRITION CONDITIONER are this:
water (aqua), cetyl alcohol, stearalkonium chloride, cetrimonium chloride,
fragance (parfum), glyceryl stearate, DMDM hydantoin, disodium EDTA, caramel,
coumarin, hydroxycitronellai, linalool, alpha-isomethyl ionone, benzyl salicylate,
hexyl cinnamal, citronelloi, orange 4 (cl 15510), hydroxypropyltrimonium honey,
benzophenone-4, polysorbate 20, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, red 4 (cl 14700),
propylene glycol, hydrolyzed wheat protein, tocopheryl acetate, panthenol,
jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower/leaf extract, ascorbic acid, prunus amygdalus
dulcis (sweet almond) seed extract, glycine soja (soybean) seed extract, niacinamide,

1) Is it CG friendly? Is it okay or is it too light?
2) To dry my hair after doing what i explained above i use a towel around my head for 10 minutes more or less and then leave it to "naturally" dry. Is it okay?

Thank you for your help and sorry if my english is not good.


  • curlygirl18curlygirl18 Posts: 355Registered Users
    It looks CG friendly. I have never used this particular condish so I can't tell you if it is too light. As for the towel around your you mean plopping? If not, and you literally mean a turban, I have read in numerous places that curlies should not be doing that.

    Someone can feel free to correct me, but...that is what I have read! But leaving it to naturally dry is fine. :)

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  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    curlygirl18 is right. You should be using a t-shirt ot microfiber towel to either scrunch out excess moisture or plop. I use towels I make myself from t-shirt material at the fabric store but the CLU towels and the Curlease towel are great too. Here is the link to a video about plopping. Go down to "plunking" and watch the quick little video. HTH

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  • RozettaStoneRozettaStone Posts: 695Registered Users
    Matu, if you haven't already, be sure to read up on the "going shampooless" forum, starting with the two "sticky" threads listed at the very top.

    Also, I am sure that this would help you enormously -- I wish this had been around a few years ago:

    Your CO is CG but it wouldn't be my first choice. And I notice you aren't using a gel, which most here use to cut down on frizz.

    The products you use and the methods that work best for you will depend a lot on your hair's characteristics. Some people need no gel, others need hard-hold; some with a strong curl pattern or shorter lightweight hair are fine with air drying, others with a looser curl pattern or with long heavier hair need to "plop" hair for longer and/or diffuse so that gravity and the hair's weight don't pull out all the curl. Some need to avoid protein, some need it regularly. Etc. Read the NC forums, try to find people whose hair resembles yours and see what they do, and just be patient. Keeping it simple to start with is best, that way you can see how each change of routine or product (or weather!) affects your hair.

    You should look at the various videos on "plopping" or "plunking" your hair (method of wrapping wet hair in a *non-fuzzy* towel or t-shirt) rather than just wrapping up turban-style. The Jessicurl website has a number of very helpful videos -- highly recommended. You do not have to use her products to follow her methods.

    I'd rec looking for the "ice queen method" of applying products. There are several threads on it, I think they're on this "general" forum. When searching on the NC forums, try using the "Google custom search" link -- it seems to work better than the others, which are crazy-making for me.

    Part of CG method is products to use and not use, and a big part is technique of applying products and styling/drying hair. What you use and what you do will depend a great deal on the qualities of your hair and there's a LOT of trial and error involved. But to get started, I'd try to start with the methods and products that are very popular here with many posters. The Suave coconut CO wash is popular with many, but others who are protein sensitive prefer the VO5 COs. For your rinse-out and leave-in CO, I might try one of the more popular products instead. Both your products have protein, so if your hair starts feeling very dry and strawlike with use, it may be that you need to avoid protein for the most part.

    Most people need a lot of moisturizing after using drying products and heat styling for years. I highly recommend making your own DTs (deep conditioning treatments) in your kitchen. It is easy and cheap and very effective, and you'll find lots of great recipes on the "recipes" forum.

    Good luck!
    2-something? Coarse, medium underneath. Mid-back. On CG since 5/9/07.
    Washing COs: VO5 Blackberry, Suave Cherry
    Detangle and leave-in: Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm -- I found my HG CO!
    Seal with camellia oil
    Leave-in: Aura cherry almond
    Gels: Homemade FSG, Eco-styler
    Plus: SOTC or smooth with camellia oil, JC Nourish & Shine
    Homemade food-based DTs
    RC color