Product recommendations for GC (Pic heavy)

AriinyaAriinya Registered Users Posts: 13
(Yes! I am stupid, I missplelled CG. :p I betrayed all curlies out there.)

Hello! I was hoping to find some recommendations for hair products. I would like to go modified CG and are unsure of the products that would go well with my hair type. I went CG almost 2 years ago but it didn't work out. I like to try again but with some modifications. Such as a low poo twice a week. But to get the right recommendations, I thought you may need to know my hair type first. I am sorry now for all the pictures but I thought they couldn't hurt.

A year and a half before this picture was taken I had a chemical strengthener in my hair. Its almost grown out from cutting my hair. But there is still some on the ends and it was weighing down my hair. I was trying to go CG in this picture but only got a slight wave, not much.



In these next few pictures my hair gets shorter and shorter. Slowly as I realize the CG method isn't working completely with my hair. I cut more off to get healthier hair. In the last few pictures my hair is significantly curlier. But in the end I stop the CG method because of an oily scalp.




I eventually give up on CG method after 3 months. My hair isn't as curly in the spring but I was okay with it since it looked descent.


The summer loved my hair!! I had amazing hair and ringlets.


This was in the fall. Not as curly but okay.



Now its the winter and I am having problems with my hair. I was looking back at my CG pictures and wishing my hair was as curlier. The underneath is okay but the top layer is unpredictable. Its generally wavy and has S curls. But some times its straight and looks horrible. I know its the sulfate shampoo and want to change that. I actually started shampooing my hair every other day and that has helped a lot. But Id like to go a few more days in between shampooing but the silicones make my hair feel heavy and gross after a day or two.

So Id like to try a CG method of using a low poo a few times a week and hopefully wean my self off of it to once a week. And have silicone free products. I was hoping if anyone had similar hair to mine, they could suggest some products?

My hair is extremely thick and from the pictures I think its 3a with some 2. But I think it has 3a potential if I use better products.

Any suggestions are welcome. I only used drug store products the last time I was CG. So Id like to explore the option of online products. Please help!

Right now my hair prefers creams and gels.
My favorite products at the moment are [buylink=]re:coil curl activator[/buylink], ABBA in shape defining cream gel and catwalk curls rock amplifier. The abba is actually CG friendly I used it last time.

I would love to find a low poo, conditioner, leave in, and stylers. Would love to hear what you use! Thank so much!!


  • only1frenchyonly1frenchy Registered Users Posts: 58
    wow your curls are beautiful! Why dont you try the Deva curl products poo, one conditioner and [buylink=]arc angel[/buylink] or angel! have you tried those yet?
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  • pedahehpedaheh Registered Users Posts: 4,812 Curl Neophyte
    If you live somewhere with dryer winters, your hair will need more moisture in the winter. Lots of people here use more moisture heavy products in winter. Also, you may want to avoid humectants n the winter.
    Link on humectants
    I think your hair is pretty with every amount of curl, by the way. I'm not great at typing hair from looking at it, but here goes. Correct me if I am wrong. You look like you have fine hair (circumference of each individual strand), but not thin (# of strands on your head) hair. Fine hair often likes protein. Do your research on protein before you use it. If your hair doesn't need it, it can cause problems. If your hair is indeed fine, it's probably a good thing to try. Always follow a protein treatment with a moisturizing conditioner or deep treatment. Protein makes curls spring up for people who need it.
    I don't use curl creams or curling jellies. I get the feeling that there aren't many from drugstores. Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic is popular on the 2 forum.

    Sally beauty supply has several CG products. There are lots of threads on this. I love the GVP conditioning balm (biolage knock off) and the Ion effective hair care protein treatment (2$/packet).
    Target has travel sizes of giovanni low poos and burts bees low poos. Giovanni tea tree triple treat is popular. If your hair prefers to be shampooed more often, go ahead and use a low poo as often as your hair want it. Water washing occasionally also may be a good thing to do with your CG routine. Experiment to see what works.
    The blog Girl with Curl has CG products of all sorts listed on the left side.
    I just re read your post. Using a sulfate shampoo every day is too much for almost every hair type. Daily sulfate shampoo is only good for coarse, straight, non porous (think Asian) hair. I also realized you are asking for non drugstore products. (woops) I'll still leave my suggestions anyway. User Kathy Mack sells samples of more expensive products so you can try before you buy. I haven't ordered, but have seen posts from several people who have.
    Also check out the blog the wavy tales. User alexjoujou does product reviews. Her hair is fine.
    Sorry for the confusion, but hth. (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
    2a ( 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
    Cowash: Tresemme naturals
    Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
    Curl enhancer: FSG
    Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
    PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
    Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers

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