Cracking that ever challenging code..."Who are you and where's my curly hair back please?"
Hello ladies! Yes, its me again. I joined and frantically hit the S.O.S curl talk switch board in a super soaking squish to condish style like none other. I know I could be detouring off the path of simplicity (which was recommend by all and even with step by step instructions thank you all as well). But I have two theories as to why I'm here again:
A. I'm a fickle spazoid. Meaning at times it is hard for me to stick to one routine if I'm not getting instant results. Then the bad habit evolves into distracting myself by products and there I go, down the rabbit hole of money, time, pain, disgruntled cashiers, and the register filled with returns. Hand to forehead "smack!"
B. My hair is going through some wild things and there really is just a ton to absorb and retain, both literally and figuratively. Some of the problems I am experiencing I'm sure can be answered (or are relatable) by this fine community of curly headed trail blazin beauties.
Either way I just want to find my Holy Grail Products, or better yet...a full diagnostics with a tune up.
1. When I wash hair with clarifying shampoo or even co-wash (the As I Am One for sure) its like it all wont rinse out! Despite using a small amount and spending a ton off time under the faucet trying to get it out, it's as though it gets trapped in my hair! Anyone exp this?
USING: I want to try the curly girl recommended Giovanna calming condish (thats for the cowash). Then I do like the Deva curl build up buster but the ones I've tried that I didn't like (or didn't agree with me) were: Acure: Curiously Clarifying shampoo, deva curl no poo, and as I am cowash (or no poo). Any recommendations:
I've been trying curly not kinky detangler and its okay. It seems to be highly recommended because it is so light weight, which I think is the problem with me and the CG method. Light weight products make me feel that they aint gonna do the trick so I'm possessed to apply more and more! The Shea Honey and manuka conditioner as a detangler has been dreamy. It smooths everything right down! Magic. Rinse that and then start to squish with deva curl one conditioner, which seems to have/give hair more texture.
USING: Shea Moisture Honey conditioner, Briegio (sp) deep repair mask. I've been also using the Deva curl one and cant tell how I feel about it. Then I have these two products that I want to use but will wait for advice: Renpure Biotin and collagen conditioner or Renpure tea tree (as a co wash).
3.SQUISH AND CONDISH AND STYLING PRODUCTS:
Still in the shower, I squish and condish Camille's Curl Love Moisture Milk, then I use LA Looks for the difficult lower hair, and use Deva Curl gel for the rest. This where I can start to sense a problem and can become frustrated by the lack of absorption by the half. Because I know its not going to work out and all these steps will need to be redone. The problem is they can wave and take shape but they all want to be all wadded together and not find individual clumps. Its time consuming and patience sucking. I do get frustrated and begin to over style as well, or go back out hitting the mean streets for different products. The best way to describe it is: the bottom canopy does not want to be one with the top! It doesn't wasn't to incorporate into one living organism. It's like a rebellious teen refusing family time. Ha!
USING: Camilles curl love, LA Looks and Deva curl. Gotta say I like all these products likely just a technique thing?
it seems to work okay, and I am trying to stay on track with CG recommendations, lighter, simpler, squishing gel into it, but its like it needs more texture and hold so then I tend to over do it and gunk it up. This was my old habit, just applying so much product of any kind, that my hair had no choice but to comply! It was only here and there, would only last a day (because it was so gunky) and likely didn't add to hair health. I want to embrace my full time natural curls, rather than exploiting them for a night out or a rock concert, drowning it with aqua net and a good time. Thats not cool! I have to love them all year round!
Plopping is a no go for me, and even diffusing can cause frizz. With plopping (and really all styling setting techniques) my roots are liable to have that weird glue like texture. The problem areas are the back of head and then right where the two types merge, the top canopy meets the bottom (like the cow lick area).They either want to stay plastered down and not corporate or do begin to cooperate but start wanting to sabotage out end game curl goals! My own dang hair...working against me, wanting to take the whole ship down with them: meaning if I start to get some curl patterns going they will act out and frizz up and not want to individually find a lil ringlet or wave.
Air dry takes a long time and again find that parts of my hair do need more product but at this point what?
Rainbow clipping kind of works but again feel like more texture is needed.
GOING TO TRY:
it says to purchase Curl Keeper and Uncle Funky’s Daughter Curly Magic Curl Stimulator. But Im wondering if I have enough products anyways. Ha.
In my own research last night, I did purchase aphogee balancing moisturizer and a denman brush.
I also used Curls blue oil and the Brioge deep conditioner and let it sit in hair. Rinse out warm and i]sed the Renpure Tea tree conditioner as a co-wash, then used the aphogee balancing moisturizer. My hair was very manageable I began squish to condish with the same products and realized it wasn't goin to work, the frizz was beginning and so was the lack of clumping. Last night I also purchased Design Essentials Natural :Cocout an Monoi coconut curl water and spray it throughout and then finger coiled it with biotera gel alcohol free gel. I scrunched then put in a satin cap and slept I woke up and sprayed with water and split end treatment, re coiled, and then sprayed with L'Oreal Paris Boost It High Lift Creation Spray - 5.3 oz bottle.
It was sort of a reaction of trying to be all curly gurl but realizing my hair needs more. So it turned out great!!! The hair spray is way not curly girl but I did need more hold.
I don't know what the diagnostics of my hair are, but we kept thinking lighter product use but it wasn't responding, apparently it needs just the right amount of products for hold?
What do you all think? Is my hair actual a 3a wave? High poo on top? and a 2a low porosity wave bottom?
Let me know what you all think, and and thanks for being there through the ramblings and snappings, like a strand in need of more moisture, you all have been there.
P.S. I had this is the original draft before my hair achieved its look today. Although I am fan of it right now, I may as well list this last part in case my hair acts out again or if someone can crack the code:
shampoo not rinsing out?
flat matted down roots?
the back of head hair bent on being matted down, or frizzy, or just going limp oh or non cooperative Ha!
Do you stick with a routine of products even if the results aren't showing and if not when do you try something else?
What /how is the best way to find products for items these issues, resistant, easily tangled velcro type segments of hair?
Other techniques in setting curls that last for a day or more?
How to get that texture and hold with out frizz and grease?
Do you recognize what the issues are like low protein and then find products this way: share diagnostics if you'd like!?
. Thanks guys you rock, now lets help each other roll...into awesome curl patterns!