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  • #19504
    Cynnara
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    *taps Twin* uh, curly girl for us wavy chicks? Where is this thing? I am almost ready to dive in. First time in ages, the scalp is itchy dry. I’m not pleased.

    #19506
    BelindaSK
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    Twin of Mine, http://www.naturallycurly.com is a good place to start. Lots of posts on the Curly Girl or CG method. How to do, products to use and not use, different methods of styling your hair, etc… Curly Girls are just as obsessively obsessed about hair stuff as we Bees are about crafting. My husband commented to me a while back “You’re still looking at hair stuff? Haven’t you learned everything yet??”. Uh, no! There’s always new info, new products, new bloggers, new YouTube videos….kinda like this crafting hobby! haha

    I first got the book “The Curly Girl Handbook” by Lorraine Massey on my Kindle. It’s a good way to start and learn how it all came about. I think it was $9 and had videos with the book to show you certain methods of washing and styling your hair. There’s also a section with recipes for a little DIY hair care.

    I fall in the Wavy category in her book, but I don’t follow her method exactly. I follow all the rules, though. No sulfates (I do break this one on occasion), no silicones, no alcohol in products, no blowdrying, no terrycloth towels, no touching your hair while it’s drying, no brushing your hair,only combing it while its wet and has conditioner in it, pineappling (or other protective measures) at night to protect curls from friction and frizz….that’s basically it, I think. From that starting point, you then have to figure out what works best for your hair, product and styling-wise. This takes time. My hair is very “seasonal”. The dew points play a big part in how curly my hair will be. Low dew points (below 40%) lots of product, perfect dew points (40s to 60s) perfect hair and beautiful curls, high dew points (70% and higher) little product and no glycerin products! So, every season, I have to change up what I use on my hair and how much I use on my hair. Things that worked for other fine, wavy, normal to high porosity, medium density haired girls didn’t work for me. Yes, you have to learn all the different properties of your hair, because it helps you to make better decisions on products. You have to figure out your own way, which gets a little frustrating, but the end results are AWESOME! I need to find my progression pics to show you.

    #19507
    BelindaSK
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    CG journey Jan 2015

    I hope this is the right picture. I’m on my computer, so things work a little different! This is the first pic I took. My “before”. This was end of January 2015.

    #19508
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    CG journey Dec 2015

    This is in December 2015. Big difference! Much healthier! Getting better at styling techniques. I was always a wash and go kind of girl. Hated fussing with my hair and hopeless at styling. Getting better at it!

    #19509
    BelindaSK
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    CG journey Aug 2016

    This is August 2016 after a protein treatment and deep conditioning treatment. I thought my hair looked so good I had my husband take a picture of it.

    The end of this month is my two year anniversary doing CG and it’s still getting curlier, I think. January is low dew points, so it’s hard to get consistent results and good curl. Lately though, my hair has been doing so well, and I swear getting curlier, that my friends are even commenting on how good it looks. I need to get a picture of it. Now watch, it will be ornery! haha

    #19515
    SimplyShe
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    ummm, your hair looks like mine 🙂 The December before one, lol. You have convinced me to dive deeper and look at other options. I unfortunately have a huge bottle of new wash here. I don’t find that I need shampoo, neither my hair or scalp feel the need for it. I have a question though…do you use the argan just before you wash your hair or when? will it make my scalp oily looking until I wash? …..off to curly girls link now…..

    #19516
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    I use the argan after I cleanse my hair, while my hair is still wet. Just a few drops, I started with 3 drops, now do 4-5 (I got exuberant once and yes, my scalp looked greasy), rub your fingertips together, then massage into scalp. I plunge my fingers into the middle of my head, then massage outward. This way, there’s less oil on my fingers when I get to the edges round my face, where oil would be more obvious. After my hair dries, I doesn’t look oily, but my scalp is much happier. If I don’t wash my hair, I usually don’t do it then. I usually co wash every day, though, because my hair is very picky. I can’t mist water on my hair after it’s dry or it will fizz, so I can’t refresh my curls the next day that way. If I don’t have time to wash, then I take 100% aloe vera gel and “iron” it through my hair (no running your fingers through your hair when it’s dry! This will ruin your curl clumps), and then scrunch. When it’s dry, I scrunch out any crunch and it’s nice and curly again. This is how I know aloe vera is drying. It’s a nice curl refresher for me though! I usually have to co-wash and condition the next day, though, to get the moisture back in my hair.

    Welcome to Curly Girl mania! It will drive you crazy at first, especially if you go online and look at before and after pics, but keep doing it and you’ll get there. It’s a lot of trial and error, finding there right products and the right techniques that work for your hair. I’ve done some crazy things with my hair (some would say I still do!😜), believe me!

    #19522
    Cynnara
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    😮

    #19525
    Cynnara
    Participant

    I can see research night coming my way. Notes on soaping, curly girl, and makeup. I need to learn duping! I feel so unskilled.

    #19527
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    I need to learn duping too! Why do you think I follow Marie’s website? I just use her recipes😊

    #19530
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    CG journey Jan 2017 back view

    CG journey Jan 2017 side view

    This was today. This is my 2nd anniversary doing CG method. And I was right, it was being ornery today! I’ve been styling my hair a little different the past couple of months and I think my curl clumps look a little better.

    #19531
    Cynnara
    Participant

    Ok…so I spent….3.5 hours researching curly girl. Omg, do you know how much stuff there is? Do you, Twin of mine? After hour two, I raced to Amazon to search out books, cowashes, sulfate poos and more. OMG…I’m going to have to learn shampoo making. Lol

    I have no clue my hair beyond wavy, gets wavy spirals when left on it’s own, fine, but lots of it. I figure three books, I should have ideas after. Part of me is like, omg omg, why? The other is like, huh, another project, cool.

    Maybe this can slowly break the male of his Pantene addiction. Hmm…

    #19551
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    There is A LOT to learn about the Curly Girl method! I’m two years in and still pick up new things on occasion. Curly hair is a lot more complex, it seems, and you can definitely feel overwhelmed with information. It takes a while to get it to be second nature. I *think* I’ve got a good routine going for me now, and basic products that I know work for my hair.

    Right now, I rotate every other day between Curl Junkie Daily Fix co-wash and a straight conditioner to co-wash. I have a Yes To conditioner (sage & tea tree, or something like that) and UR Curly conditioner in my shower right now. Shampoo’s I’m using are Jane Carter Solutions Intense Moisture shampoo and Treatment Shampoo by Curly Hair Solutions. I rotate around but that’s not a necessity. I just have a lot of product to use up! Haha

    My styling routing for winter sounds like a lot, but I use very tiny amounts of most products because for my hair, less is more. I get out of the shower with dripping wet hair and stand on a towel, flip my head head over, and first apply 3-5 drops of argan to my scalp. Then I spray Jane Carter’s leave in conditioner on my hair and comb it (still upside down) with a wide tooth comb. Next is a pea to dime size amt of Jane Carter curl cream ironed through my hair then I squish it all together into a ponytail, trying to “fatten” my curl clumps. Then I iron in two pumps of Camille Rose Curl Maker gel and squish it together again. Then I scrunch it a few times. Next is Herbal Essence Totally Twisted hair gel (about a quarter size) and a pea size dot of Biosilk’s Rock Hard Gelee emulsified together in my hands then scrunched in my hair. I use them both because one is not quite enough hold and the other is too much hold, but mixed together like that is perfect for me. I plop my hair at this point in a Turbie Twist Hair towel and keep it in for 10-15 minutes while I’m doing other things. After I’m dressed, I take it down, scrunch it with a microfiber towel to get out any remaining water (upside down), then scrunch in a teeny tiny amount of Kinky Curly Curling Custard (basically dip my fingers in the jar then smear what’s on my fingers over my palms). Then I flip my head over, let the curls fall where they may, maybe scrunch in another tiny amount of KCCC, then I diffuse. I start right side up to make my curls form better, go around my head diffusing in sections on medium heat and slowest speed, turning the dryer on and off as I move it so I’m not blowing the curls around and creating frizz. I also don’t scrunch my curls up to my scalp with the diffuser, because for me it makes my curls all wonky. So, I’m only holding the diffuser up to about my ears. Then I flip upside down, I do hold the diffuser up near my scalp, and diffuse in sections again. Then I flip back over, switch heat to low, and diffuse around my head again. By this point, I’ve hardened the gel cast and I let it dry naturally the rest of the way. For me, that’s about two hours. When it’s completely dry, I scrunch out the crunch, shuffle my scalp, then I’m good to go. No more touching my hair unless I shuffle my scalp to fluff my hair out a bit. I try not to do that too often because the more you touch it, the more frizz you can create.

    Winter is the more labor, product intensive routine due to the cold and low dew points (low dew points – least amount of curl for my hair). Summer, it’s curl cream, scrunch, hair gel, scrunch, and good to go (high dew points over 70%, lots of moisture in the air so no glycerin products to draw excess moisture into hair to weigh it down). I might diffuse if I feel like it, but most days I’m like *meh*. Spring and fall (perfect dew points 40s through 60s so perfect beautiful consistent curls!!), it’s leave in conditioner, curl cream, hair gel, and depending on how warm/hot it is outside I may or may not diffuse.

    Now, ask me how long it took to figure all this out?? How many products I tried, how many different styling techniques I tried, different product combos, etc…

    I found two wavy haired bloggers I like on YouTube, the Polished Curl and Rockyn Robin. I can’t style my hair like either one of these girls, but I like their product reviews and I have picked up styling pointers too.

    #19554
    SimplyShe
    Participant

    rofl, I too spent a solid morning reading about hair! I tried piling my hair up to sleep and honestly a little gel and scrunching on dry hair and this morning wrapped it damp on top of my head and was shocked to take it out and have a full head of curl. loosely defined but definite ringlets. My hair is straight…..for years….this is fun 🙂 My husband thought I had it styled somewhere and I’m like, no I just didn’t brush it, lol

    #19555
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    Not brushing is key! and scrunching! And hair gel! Haha

    Back in December, my daughter got sick with pneumonia, so you can bet I wasn’t doing my hair routine. Cleanse, condition, brush wet, air dry. My hair was wavy on the sides, straight in the back, and frizzy. I can’t believe I walked around for *a lot* years with my hair looking that crappy and frizzy!

    I’m so militant about what goes on my hair now, I take my own cleanser and conditioner to the hairdresser and don’t let her style my hair at all. Just cut it. Luckily, she’s very cooperative and willing to do it my way.

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