Hair type and how to get the best out of it?

Sneill27Sneill27 Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 1 Curl Neophyte
edited March 2018 in Hair Type 2
I came across this site during my regular googling on how to control my hair and finally decided to ask for some advice! My hair is quite fine with a tendency to have a couple of curls on the under layers and waves on top (probably due to straightening my fuzzies). I'm guessing it's 2b/maybe 2c at a push. The attached photos are my hair scrunched with a minimal amount of Boots curl creme (less than a pea sized amount, it's too heavy for my hair). Any advice/suggestions welcome!


  • Guide 65Guide 65 Registered Users, Moderators Posts: 1,984 Curl Virtuoso
    Welcome to CurlTalk!  Have a look around, there's tons of good advice here.  Most of us follow the "Curly Girl" method.  You can get the book written by Lorraine Massey to learn about it.  You can find all the info on the internet, but I think reading the book is the best way to start. 
    Formerly known as Janiegirl
    2B/2C, fine hair, low density, mixed porosity, protein loving hair
    Current products:
    Changing up my shampoos because I can't find one I like
    Deva Curl One Condition (original formula)
    Innersense I Create Volume
    Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel
  • VJoyVJoy Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 17 Curl Novice
    edited March 2018
    I'm new also, and wish I'd found this site YEARS ago. But I'd say 2b. There is a test that can help you.
    We have very similar hair. And I am getting my curls back after a TON of trial and error and wasted money on other people's "holy grail".

    What I know for sure: My hair curls great when I can get it properly moisturized (but not over moisturized), it dries out quick and gets build up easily. It hates keratin, silicone and shea butter. It loves hydrolized wheat and quinoa protein and small amounts of food grade aloe (not AV lotion with alcohol). Most oils are just to heavy. Giving up silicone and finding more natural products that actually work can be time consuming and expensive.. buy from somewhere you can return products that dont work for you. There can also be a confusing transitional phase as the cone build up starts breaking apart from your hair (your hair may feel dry from your new product or from the cones coming off 🤔)

    I will tell you that EO poo and condish seems to be working for me (this week) I'm loving the results right now (so far so good 🤞) And I purchased at TJMAXX so I was able to try at a lower cost (yay) 
  • always-writingalways-writing Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 4 Curl Neophyte
    I have thicker hair, but our waves look similar so I would say your hair type is 2b. But even though my hair is thicker than yours, I've stopped using gel because it would just weigh my hair down too much. Try using mousse and experiment with lightweight oils to see how your hair reacts. Through a lot of trial and error, I've found that my hair is better defined after using any CG approved mousse (there's drugstore options if you're on a budget like me, lol) and argan oil. If your hair is damaged, try using CG approved shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in conditioner with damage repairing properties. I have had several empties of the Garnier Fructis Damage Repairing Treat in their one minute mask line. I've also been using the Sea Minerals line from NYM Naturals, but my hair did not need so much moisture after a while so I'm switching over to their Repair and Protect line because my hair is still a bit damaged from the years of straightening I've put it through. When I started going CG just this past summer, my hair was barely wavy and now it springs up into waves with a few spirals underneath my top layer. I hope this wasn't too long of an explanation and helpful! :) 
  • KestrelMKestrelM Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 15 Curl Novice
    I have fine 2b hair. I would say Mielle is your best friend!. Its very moisturizing but lightweight so doesn't weigh down those curls!
  • Libby_Libby_ Registered Users Posts: 26 Curl Novice
    definitely check out real life + curly girl on youtube! she has fine wavy hair and has some amazing content and may have some info that can help you out! if you do follow the curly girl method, co-washing doesnt always work for finer haired wavies. trial and error and research is key at the beginning. it takes time to figure out what your hair likes and needs. Ive been following the curly girl method for a few years now and im still figuring out things about what my hair likes after all this time. also, your hair may change over time as it gets healthier! best of luck!!
    Curly Girl as of December 2015
    2B/C Waves
    normal/high porosity
    current hair routine: 
    Low-poo: Shea Moisture coconut and Habiscus
    CoWash: As I Am Coconut Cowash
    Conditioner: Shea Moisture Coconut and Habiscus 
    Styling Cream: DevaCurl Styling cream
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel or
     LA Looks Gel (Yellow)
    plop 30 minutes
    air dry or diffuse on low heat and power
     Just got a "big chop" after going through a phase of occasionally heat styling again for a few months 

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