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What to do in the colder months?

Since I started going CG in August and I've been having fun experimenting with conditioners, honey, FSG, AVG, etc., what kind of products do I need to decrease or stay away from when it gets colder?

I live in the Atlanta, GA area so it's not like it's going to snow (maybe 1-inch) but it does get pretty cold (to me anyways...I'm a tropical kinda girl).

Do I need to just up the conditioner? Nix the honey? What's a girl to do?

Help please!
Thanks!
CG since 8/8/09
Tried & True products:
*Suave Tropical Coconut
*Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner
*GVP Conditioning Balm
*Taliah Waajid Crinkles & Curls
*Elasta QP Feels Like Silk gel
*Coconut Oil
*EVOO
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  • ChrsLvsBksChrsLvsBks Posts: 117Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Since I started going CG in August and I've been having fun experimenting with conditioners, honey, FSG, AVG, etc., what kind of products do I need to decrease or stay away from when it gets colder?

    I live in the Atlanta, GA area so it's not like it's going to snow (maybe 1-inch) but it does get pretty cold (to me anyways...I'm a tropical kinda girl).

    Do I need to just up the conditioner? Nix the honey? What's a girl to do?

    Help please!
    Thanks!

    I am new as well. I think you have to see how your hair responds but keeping it protected from the cold is important. If you wear a hat, ensure it has a silk or satin lining, if it doesn't, you can get some from a local fabric store and put it in there. I am going to invest in hats to cover my tresses. I live in MD, and it gets cold here with snow.

    Some other things I will do are to avoid humectants or at least decrease the amount used; keep hair ends off coat, clothing, collar since I wear wool and wool blends in colder weather; I plan to wear a lot of protective styles--twists, twist outs on roller sets, pin-ups, buns, updos; perform weekly check ups after cleansing and before product addition (including no conditioner) to see how hair is responding.
    Hair: coarse texture; low porosity; normal density and elasticity
  • jillipoojillipoo Posts: 3,795Registered Users
    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


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  • solidgoldsolidgold Posts: 1,485Registered Users
    Great resource! Thanks for the link!
    Knightess Firmus Aurum, Maid of the Mitten, Slayer of Dissertation Dragons in the Order of the Curly Crusaders
    2b/medium; CG 5/20/09
    Wash, co-wash, co: Queen Helene Royal Curl Shampoo / Conditioner, Kiehl's Amino Acid Shampoo / Conditioner, Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix, Tigi MM
    Stylers: Sally's Neutral Protein Filler as spray, Queen Helene Royal Curl Creme, LALSG
    Techniques: Plop and Diffuse
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  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,654Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    In colder weather/lower humidity I find lighter gel products work well for me. In higher humidity, I need gels with more hold.
    Location: Texas
    Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
    CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Desert Essence Coconut, Oribe Silverati
    Leave-ins: Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls, KCKT, cno overnight
    Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
    DT: Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
  • belasunabelasuna Posts: 599Registered Users
    Definitely nix all humectants. That includes honey, agave, glycerin. Smaller quantities of humectants may be okay, since Georgia doesn't get super dry, as long as you have lots of other moisturizers to balance out the humectants. Add a weekly or even biweekly (depending on how dry your hair is) DT if you don't already do one. And you may want to switch your normal daily rinse out and leave-in to a thicker one for the winter. This is my winter plan. And I'm still going to use FSG during the winter, maybe upping the moisture level by adding a butter.
    ~belasuna :angel1:
    3a/b, very dry, fine/med-coarse, high porosity
    CG since 7/27/09
    Bella Curl Products
    CW: protein free-cleansing creme
    CO: protein free MRcondish
    Styler: FSG + protein free LI Elixir, Gellie, Shine & Seal Serum
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  • GreatcurlsGreatcurls Posts: 1,782Registered Users
    I usually shampoo my hair once every four to six weeks, but I co-wash once a week. I deep condition followed by a leave-in. Then I place my hair in a protective style. If I use a styling aid, it's a cream such CJ Butta leave-in, MC Leave-in, or Garnier Soft Curl Cream.

    Also, I never use a terrycloth or cotton towel to dry my hair. I use one or two clean, blended, old T-shirts.
    Mod CG-Naturally Highly Porous and Dry
    This list is not exhaustive...:happy3:
    CoWash: various
    DT: various

    Leave-in
    : CR L/I Collection, various
    Stylers:MC Leave-in, Gorilla Snot
    Spritz/Sealant:Nu-Gro spray w/moisturizer
    *experimenting and loving it!
  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    My hair FREAKED last Fall, as did I.

    When I calmed down and played around, I settled on Soap Bars instead of my summer CO wash, stopping leave ins/curl cremes, cutting out Honey and Glycerine and switching to a lighter gel.
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    I would recommend doing what you do now and seeing how your hair reacts before making any changes. From spring to summer (dry cool to wet w/high dewpoint) I did have to make changes but I don't know yet what changes to make back to cool. And I've been doing this for 3 years!
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  • ZinniaZinnia Posts: 7,339Registered Users
    i don't change a thing. i use the same products and do wash and goes...even in the winter.
    Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage. Anais Nin
  • KinkyKeeperKinkyKeeper Posts: 963Registered Users
    ChrsLvsBks wrote: »
    Since I started going CG in August and I've been having fun experimenting with conditioners, honey, FSG, AVG, etc., what kind of products do I need to decrease or stay away from when it gets colder?

    I live in the Atlanta, GA area so it's not like it's going to snow (maybe 1-inch) but it does get pretty cold (to me anyways...I'm a tropical kinda girl).

    Do I need to just up the conditioner? Nix the honey? What's a girl to do?

    Help please!
    Thanks!

    I am new as well. I think you have to see how your hair responds but keeping it protected from the cold is important. If you wear a hat, ensure it has a silk or satin lining, if it doesn't, you can get some from a local fabric store and put it in there. I am going to invest in hats to cover my tresses. I live in MD, and it gets cold here with snow.

    Some other things I will do are to avoid humectants or at least decrease the amount used; keep hair ends off coat, clothing, collar since I wear wool and wool blends in colder weather; I plan to wear a lot of protective styles--twists, twist outs on roller sets, pin-ups, buns, updos; perform weekly check ups after cleansing and before product addition (including no conditioner) to see how hair is responding.

    This. And also make sure you are sealing your ends with a little oil, this helps in the winter becuase the cold and harsh fabrics we wear can cuase splitting and breakage. Also do some oil treatments. Which basically means you leave oil in hair for 30 minutes, wrap with saran wrap, and rinse with cold water. Anything with oil is good, creates a barrier between your hair and the environments.
  • curlygirlymecurlygirlyme Posts: 1,340Registered Users
    Windflower wrote: »
    i don't change a thing. i use the same products and do wash and goes...even in the winter.

    Same here. Except maybe doing a DT more then once a month. Oklahoma tends to be on the drier side esp. in the winter because it gets very wind as well as drier.
  • jamaicacurljamaicacurl Posts: 130Registered Users
    ChrsLvsBks wrote: »
    Since I started going CG in August and I've been having fun experimenting with conditioners, honey, FSG, AVG, etc., what kind of products do I need to decrease or stay away from when it gets colder?

    I live in the Atlanta, GA area so it's not like it's going to snow (maybe 1-inch) but it does get pretty cold (to me anyways...I'm a tropical kinda girl).

    Do I need to just up the conditioner? Nix the honey? What's a girl to do?

    Help please!
    Thanks!

    I am new as well. I think you have to see how your hair responds but keeping it protected from the cold is important. If you wear a hat, ensure it has a silk or satin lining, if it doesn't, you can get some from a local fabric store and put it in there. I am going to invest in hats to cover my tresses. I live in MD, and it gets cold here with snow.

    Some other things I will do are to avoid humectants or at least decrease the amount used; keep hair ends off coat, clothing, collar since I wear wool and wool blends in colder weather; I plan to wear a lot of protective styles--twists, twist outs on roller sets, pin-ups, buns, updos; perform weekly check ups after cleansing and before product addition (including no conditioner) to see how hair is responding.

    This. And also make sure you are sealing your ends with a little oil, this helps in the winter becuase the cold and harsh fabrics we wear can cuase splitting and breakage. Also do some oil treatments. Which basically means you leave oil in hair for 30 minutes, wrap with saran wrap, and rinse with cold water. Anything with oil is good, creates a barrier between your hair and the environments.

    Thanks for all of your great suggestions ladies!

    I've heard of wrapping hair with saran wrap to do a treatment but I've never tried. How do you get it to stay? Is there a specific technique? I despise saran wrap becauses I can barely get it to stick to food containers so I can just see myself struggling to get it around my head! LOL
    CG since 8/8/09
    Tried & True products:
    *Suave Tropical Coconut
    *Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner
    *GVP Conditioning Balm
    *Taliah Waajid Crinkles & Curls
    *Elasta QP Feels Like Silk gel
    *Coconut Oil
    *EVOO
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  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,654Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I've heard of wrapping hair with saran wrap to do a treatment but I've never tried. How do you get it to stay? Is there a specific technique? I despise saran wrap becauses I can barely get it to stick to food containers so I can just see myself struggling to get it around my head! LOL
    I can't deal with Saran Wrap. I use a processing cap from Sally's. They are sold in packs of 30, 50, 100 I think and they are very inexpensive with Sally's card.
    Location: Texas
    Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
    CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Desert Essence Coconut, Oribe Silverati
    Leave-ins: Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls, KCKT, cno overnight
    Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
    DT: Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
  • analeemoscanaleemosc Posts: 25Registered Users
    kinkykeeper what type of oil do you use to seal you ends?