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February 9, 2017 at 6:29 am #19975
I was wash and wear most of my life. Isn’t know squat about how to care for my hair, style it, or even knew it was considered wavy. I just thought it was “funky straight. Do you know how many people I found who have said the exact same thing?!?!! It was like I had found my people! Go Team Wavy!
Yes, taking care of your hair can be a pain, but once you get into a routine, it’s just kind of what you do. This summer, we were traveling for three weeks straight and my hair had no protein and deep treatments. It was in hard water, hard water softened with salt compound, and who knows what else. It was a hot mess! So limp and blah! When we got home, one of the first things I did was strip it with a sulfate shampoo, then PT/DT. It bounced right back and you could almost hear the “ahhhhhhhhh!”. When you’re nice to your hair, it will reward you by being nice back!😀
Twin, I agree I am a bad influence, but I will say that that’s like the pot calling the kettle black!! Right back at you Twinnie!!😋February 9, 2017 at 8:39 am #20006
Just wait til I send you more places to buy from. Lmao. New coupons for shoes today. 😁February 12, 2017 at 3:20 am #20138PennyParticipant
Ok. So let me try to wrap my head around these new abbreviations and new ideas.
Co-wash= Using conditioner in place of your shampoo. Special method of working condition into the hair fingertips. No nails. Rub lots. How often to do-wash? Daily?
2+ will be coming. Step by step!February 12, 2017 at 12:42 pm #20141
Well, co-wash can be using just a conditioner to “wash” your hair, use lots of friction on scalp (using only pads of fingertips) to cleanse, then rinse.
Using an actual cleansing conditioner (which could be either straight conditioner or have very low levels of gentle surfactants in them) to “wash” your hair, using lots of friction to cleanse (see above) your scalp, and rinsing.
Barb, for your fine, straight hair, I would rotate back and forth between co-wash and shampoo and see how that works for you. You don’t want to weigh your hair down, which co-washing could do to your fine, straight hair. A “low-poo” may be an option for you, since you wash your hair daily. You’d get the cleansing benefit, but it’s usually lower amounts of surfactants and the surfactants used are very mild and gentle. You’d have to play around with these different methods and see what works the best to give your hair moisture, not weigh it down, and keep it clean and healthy looking.
My daughter’s hair is fine and straight, so I mostly use non-sulfate shampoos on her hair and silicone free leave in conditioner. On the occasions when I do use a shampoo with SLS, her hair feels “squeaky” clean. I am coming to the conclusion that “squeaky” clean is not how you want your hair to feel. It just feels totally stripped of moisture to me. Her hair does well on the sulfate free/silicone free products. She’s very low maintenance and normal hair/scalp, with virgin hair. No blow drying and only brushed twice a day, or once a day if I forget to brush it before she goes to school or at night after her bath or shower. I have co-washed her hair with straight conditioner, and it’s done well with that too. Hair and scalp clean and hair silky soft. I haven’t done it on a regular basis, but now that I’m thinking about it, I may try it on her hair to see how it does. It’s been a little dry this winter, so co-washing may help that.
My hair is fine and wavy, and co-washing works well. I co-wash for 6 days and shampoo on the 7th day. On the occasions when I shampoo earlier than that 7th day, my hair is not happy! It gets that stripped, “squeaky” feeling and I have to use a heavy conditioner to get moisture back into it. I’ve really learned through doing the Curly Girl method to listen to my hair and it is much happier!
Hope this long, rambling explanation helps out!February 12, 2017 at 1:01 pm #20144
Yup. Cowash can be either. I’ve been cowashing with just conditioner until my Cowash arrives this week.February 12, 2017 at 1:12 pm #20147
So, Mr. Man says if I keep this up, he’s going to turn off the internet a week at a time. I just gave him the run down about sulfates, silicones, parabens, hair loss, etc. And that were changing things up. Luckily we were in Target at the time. We went to the hair care aisle and we looked at the good, the crap, and the between to wean him off.
This is a man who looks at prices. But a vain man. So, this an intriguing balance of getting him to shift his thoughts on saving money versus his hair.
Yup, this shall be interesting.February 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm #20154
Play to the vanity of Man! Works every time!
I’d like to see my man say he’s going to turn off the Internet for a week. You know the saying that starts “hell hath no fury…”? The new ending is “like a woman denied internet!” Hahahaha!
And the majority of stuff at Target. Total waste of time for curly girls. Sulfates, sulfates, silicones, silicones….I’ll repeat as I walk down the hair aisle…It also depends on what Target you’re at. The one closest to my house? Very small Curly Girl selection. 10 minutes down the road? Much bigger, better selection. So, you may have to check out several different Target stores to find what you need.February 12, 2017 at 1:35 pm #20156SimplySheParticipant
@Penny, I’m right with you, PT/CO/DT are like ????#$%$??? I’m supposed to get that lol. I think PT is protein treatment/CO is cowash and Deep treatment?? I think its a deep conditioning treatment or maybe leave in conditioning?February 12, 2017 at 1:41 pm #20160
They actually had SheaMoisture, RenPure, Cantu, and some others on the approved list that sits in my purse. I need an app to check for approve and not approved ingredients.
Oh, I have revenge. I reminded him that I know how to lock his sports channels with a PIN number and he doesn’t have a clue how to undo it. Yeah. Let him try it. *snort*
Walgreens was good too. So between them and Sally’s, if I need to, I could make a local run. Score!February 12, 2017 at 1:44 pm #20161
Lmao. I can normally figure out things in context. Otherwise I’m like, explains for the newbie in the room. *hands in the air waving*
DT= deep treatment
PT= protein treatment
CO= cowash though occasionally can be conditioner
CG= curly girlFebruary 12, 2017 at 1:50 pm #20165SimplySheParticipant
Is there an app for that??? I need it!February 12, 2017 at 1:53 pm #20166
DT-deep conditioning treatment or moisture treatment, not to be confused with regular conditioning
CO-stands for conditioner only, which means conditioner only washing, but also used to mean co-washing
LI- leave in conditioner
CG -Curly Girl method
FOTE – Fruit of the Earth aloe vera gel
BRHG -Biosilk’s Rock Hard Gelee
KCCC- Kinky Curly Curling Custard
HETT- Herbal Essence Totally Twisted hair gel
Do you know how long it took me to figure some of this stuff out?!? You’ve gotta learn your acronyms if you want to talk Curly Girl! I still have to look up acronyms too sometimes. There’s a thread on Naturally Curly (NC) that has a list of all the acronyms used in CG talk.
So TTYL!! LOL!February 12, 2017 at 1:56 pm #20169
Lmao. I’m such a newbie. LolFebruary 12, 2017 at 1:59 pm #20171
Yup, finding apps as we speak. Type in cosmetic ingredients. Should give you app list.February 12, 2017 at 2:40 pm #20172
Yes, I think there is an app, but I’ve never gotten it. Did you find one Twin??
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