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To My Naturals,

Here’s a thread where you can post your hair care routine, what products you use, what products you hate/cant use, what hair type you have + (like 3a of whatever ad if you have is thin, coarse, etc), what vitamins you take for your hair, etc.

I, along with a lot of other girls (and possibly guys too), need help!

Me: 

-I take 10,000 mcg Biotin daily (I started wit like 3000/5000 mcg Biotin September 2014 and I have used 10,000 mcg for almost 2 years tho)

- I wash my hair once a week ( I don’t wear my curls out often because EVERYONE and their mom likes to touch my hair)

- I have like 3a/3b/3c hair (Lord I don’t know)

- My hair is thin, the biotin helped with length and strength

- I have always had long hair, but it was poorly color treated in 2013 so I did a big chop in April 2014

- My hair is currently bra strap length (the longest it ever was, was waist length in 2011/2012; I'm 4′9″/4′10″)

- I used Mane and Tail from September 2014 to November 2015, It was good but it didn't define my hair good, it has sulfates in the shampoo, lots of slip for detangling

- I used the Organix Brazilian Keratin shampoo and condition from April 2014 to September 2014 (I didn’t like how it made my hair hard)

- I currently use: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil “Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo”, Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus “Curl and Shine Conditioner”,  Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil “Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner”, Coconut Oil for sealing (I used to oversaturate my hair, it works really good for moisture)

- I use a silicone scalp massager (not the vibrating one, I bought mine for less than $2 on eBay)

- I deep condition before i flat iron my hair ( aka twice this year) and like rarely beyond that [ I KNOW I NEED TO DO BETTER, I don’t know….]

- I did a pure ACV deep condition for my dandruff/dry scalp and so far no flakes (did it on 8/10/16), apparently it’s really good for acne, losing weight, dry/itchy scalp, getting shiny hair, pH balancing your scalp, etc)

- I want to do pure Jamaican Black Castor Oil massages on my scalp (you just pour some of it on your hands and massage it in every day using your fingers or the scalp massager thingy for like 2-5 minutes)

- I want to do some deep conditioning (im very cheap so like… I have ACV, Coconut, eggs, and water, what can i do with that? I also have honey…)

- I used the OKAY Shea Ultra Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner but it left my scalp drier than it has ever been and my hair very tangled

- I want to wear my natural hair out more often instead of combing it out and stretching it. I would probably have to wash my hair twice a week for that tho)

- I do not use gel or like gel. I do not slick down my hair

- I use t-shirts for drying my hair

- I only use a wide tooth comb, no brushes

- I only flat iron my hair 1-3 times a year ( only special occasions)

- I don’t eat healthy ( I barely drink water and I only eat during school bc homework takes forever. I tried eating vegatables and I realized that I aint about that life)

Any tips for me??? Please leave your routine and what you do for your hair!

kittifizz  asked:

As a fellow curly haired girl and a wen user, what is this curly girl method you speak of?

Hi there, a couple people asked me about this so I hope you don’t mind that I publish this, just to try and consolidate everything I’m trying to recall.

The main idea is to cut out from your routine harsh cleansers that strip your scalp of its natural oils, as well as any ingredients that aren’t water soluble (since you won’t be using the detergents necessary to dissolve them). So essentially that would be sulfates and silicones, respectively. 

[Super late edit, but it seems like some people are interested in this: On the CG method you would also cut out (or reduce your use of) other ingredients that dry your hair, like alcohols. Don’t think that all alcohols are bad, though! There are two kinds of alcohols in conditioners and styling products: short-chain alcohols and fatty alcohols. The short-chain alcohols are what you want to avoid, or limit your use of to products that have them pretty far down on the ingredients list. This includes ethanol, SD alcohol, and alcohol denat. Fatty alcohols, on the other hand, are used as an emollient in haircare products and lots of curly-headed people love to use them because they can make your hair smooth and soft. These include lauryl alcohol, cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol.]

That’s probably the most important point, but naturally curly haircare is also concerned with the porosity and thickness of your hair, which affect the kinds of products you should choose, as well as techniques to handle and style curly hair. 

[Another late edit: Porosity refers to how easily moisture passes in and out of your hair, which is affected by how open or closed the cuticle layer is. You can determine the porosity of your hair by doing the “float” test. You pluck a couple hairs and drop them in a glass of water. High porosity hair will sink pretty quickly, low will float, and medium will sink rather slowly. You can also run your fingers along a strand from end to root; high porosity hair feels bumpier because the cuticles are open. You can also simply observe how your hair absorbs water and dries; if it takes a while to soak all the way through in the shower and then takes hours to dry, you likely have lower porosity hair. Read this article for an overview of the kinds of products suit each porosity type.

Climate can also hugely affect curly hair. Curly headed people in areas of extremely high OR low humidity might find that products containing humectants cause their curls to be extremely frizzy. Read this article for an explanation of how to use the weather forecast to help decide whether or no you should use humectants. Keep in mind that while these guidelines are helpful everyone’s hair is different; humectants balanced with the right emollients and styling products can be great for your curls in high humidity. It’s just a matter of trial and error!]

Co-washing, S2C, rake and shake, plopping, pineappling, clipping, etc. are some of the more common phrases dropped when people talk about CG. I know it sounds like weird jargon, but I’ll give you a quick rundown of what the above mean so you get the idea: (some of this info is according to the CG method, and what is not is from my own experience and research; YMMV and all that)

  • Co-washing: cleansing your scalp with conditioner instead of shampoo. You work the conditioner into your scalp as you would with shampoo and massage in circles with your fingertips. The friction is all you need to dislodge dirt and debris, but if you’ve been using shampoos with detergents there is an adjustment period in which you may feel that your hair is oilier than it should be, as your scalp gets used to not having to produce so much oil to make up for the shampoo stripping it away. Some conditioners are better than others for this technique; Lorraine Massey, originator of the CG method, recommends a botanical conditioner. 
  • S2C: this stands for “squish to condish.” It’s basically a technique of conditioning that tries to maximize the amount of water your hair retains, which helps your curls clump together in their natural curl pattern and resist frizz. The technique: in the shower, after detangling, take a generous palmful of conditioner and distribute it through the length of your hair. Go about your other shower stuff, and when you’re ready to rinse, instead of sticking your head under the water, do this… bend over and flip your hair down. Then start introducing a small amount of water into your hair: You can trickle it into the crown if your hair tends to get weighed down, or wet your hands and start scrunching from the ends; most people do it by cupping water in the hands and squishing upward, from end to root. Keep doing this, squishing your curls up with a small amount of water. The idea is to get to the point where your hair is very, very wet but not dripping. (Yes! Swear to God, this is possible!) If your hair is quite dehydrated you can add a bit more conditioner and repeat, or just give it a couple weeks and you’ll notice the difference. The texture you’re looking for is kind of like slippery wet seaweed. Again, not all conditioners are suited for this. Keep in mind that you’re not totally rinsing out the product. Conditioners with guar gum, for example, have a tendency to feel sticky/gummy in your hair if you don’t rinse completely. 
  • Rake and shake: This is a method of applying styling products by raking them through your hair from root to end, then gently shaking your hair while holding at the end in order to restore your natural curl pattern. I don’t use this myself, as I prefer to scrunch in my products. (By the way, you should use products while your hair is still quite wet, although if you’ve got a big thick mop like me you can give it a quick squeeze dry first)
  • Plopping: This is a method of drying your hair after you’ve showered and applied your styling products. Terry cloth towels do not ever touch my curls; I use a thin, smooth cotton towel kind of like a flour sack towel, and many people just use cotton t-shirts. Terry cloth towels are bad for curls because they’re too absorbent, drying parts of your hair—especially the top—too quickly, creating mega frizz. Plopping involves using a cotton scarf or t-shirt to wrap up your hair such that it’s just “plopped” on top of your head. No twisting! That ruins your natural curl pattern. Morning showerers can do this for however long they have to spare in the morning; I shower in the evening and plop overnight.
  • Pineappling: This is a trick to sleeping with dry hair. Bend over and flip your hair down, and use a scrunchie to gather it in a loose ponytail on top of your head. Flip all that hair up and over your pillow as you sleep; most people find that pineappling avoids getting their curls frizzy and tangled overnight. If they need a little refreshing in the morning you can use a spray bottle of water to spritz all over and perk up your curls.
  • Clipping: This involves using alligator clips at the base of your curls, an inch or so from the root, as they dry. The idea is that it creates a bit of lift there when you remove the clips, giving you more volume at the roots. I don’t do this because I have plenty volume as it is :P

/r/curlyhair is a really good resource for info/advice about the CG method and natural haircare in general. If you want to read more about CG in particular, you can look up the Curly Girl Handbook by Lorraine Massey, who is the originator of this method and a curly girl herself!

As I mentioned, everyone should choose their products according to their own hair type and what works for them. Everyone’s hair is different! But for reference, here are my holy grail products (for my very thick, medium porosity hair that’s very well hydrated after many years on CG):

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle for co-wash

Aubrey Organics White Camellia conditioner and Mill Creek Botanicals Aloe Vera conditioner for S2C

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Restorative Conditioner as a leave-in 

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie for bounciness and shininess

Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel for hold

I know this method is not for everyone. I can only share what’s worked for me, in the hope that it will be helpful for someone else. This is my very happy hair after years of the Curly Girl method:

2016 Natural Hair Products & Regimen

Products

  • Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating-Clarifying Shampoo
  • Aussie Moist Conditioner
  • Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner
  • Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Treatment Masque
  • Grapeseed Oil,  Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Almond Oil
  • Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner
  • Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel 

Regimen

  1. Shampoo once a month with Giovanni
  2. Condition after every shampoo with Aussie Moist conditioner
  3. Co-wash after every style with Herbal Essences
  4. Deep condition once a week with JBCO Treatment Masque
  5. Hot oil treatment once a week and before shampooing with grape seed, sweet almond, and extra virgin olive oil
  6. Moisturize after every co-wash and shampoo with JBCO Leave-In conditioner

I also use the sweet almond oil to massage my scalp regularly and to coat my hands when I’m taking down a style, such as a twist-out. I have stopped using combs. I finger detangle every step of the way when I do my hair. I still use a pick on my roots to make my hair bigger though. The Eco Styler gel is only used to define my wash & gos and lay down my edges.

I’ve only been using this regimen and these products for two weeks, but it made my dry, damaged hair very soft and fluffy and superrrr easy to detangle. My rough, brittle ends have turned back to curls. My hair has never been so moisturized. I loveeee it.

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While scrolling through your page (which is amazing <3 ) i noticed there are very few Caucasian women which has made me feel really lucky to be blessed with this hair. Although, my journey was not easy. My hair was never accepted in school so i went through 4 years of straightening my long curly hair which soon all broke off to ear-length hair. That was when i knew i needed to transition. Ive learned to love my curly hair and i am letting it grow free.

I wanted to share my wash-day routine to any girls on this page who have my hair type.

Usually I don’t shampoo but when i do, i use Renpure Originals Argan Oil Shampoo. 

For conditioner i use Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner and i really love this.


My products: I use my normal conditioner as a leave-in. Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie (LOVE THIS), Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum, and Organix Argan Oil of Morocco.

If you’re deciding whether or not to transition, DO IT. i guarantee you’ll love it.


Thanks for sharing your story and regimen… Your hair is beautiful!

thatmustberc08  asked:

Any suggestions on products to use ? I'm looking for a shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner and moisturizer --- basically everything haha

For shampoos/conditioners try one of the following:-
1) mane n tail the original mane shampoo/ conditioner
2) herbal essence hydration totally twisted
3)kinky curly come clean
4) Shea moisture raw Shea butter shampoo/Shea moisture restorative conditioner
5) Wen by Chaz dean
6) african pride olive miracle 2-in one shampoo/conditioner
Rinse out conditioners for daily co-washing:-
1) suave Naturals ocean breeze/ suave coconut conditioners.
2) Aussie moist - the best deep conditioner u will ever need.
3) Vo5 conditioners

Leave in conditioners:-)
1) Oyin hand made honey hemp- great for transitioning hair.
2)kinky curly knot today- great for detangling
3) eden body works Shea butter
4) the great detangler- great for detangling thick hair ( from target)
5)cantu leave in conditioner
6)Shea butter leave in conditioning repair cream-for maintains healthy hair.
7) Jamaican nano & lime cactus leave in conditioner

Deep conditioner
1)organics olive oil replenished
2)bioinfusion deep olive oil deep conditioning treatment
3) a Giovanni tea tree deep conditioning treatment
4)Karens body beautiful condition

For styling, twists & gels
1) Talijah waajid lock it up
2) organic root stimulator lock & twist gel
3) Ecostyler gel
4)lily of the desert Aloe vera gel- make a spritz with this gel & water .
5)kinky curly curling custard- also great for daily use

Daily moisturizing
1) raw Shea butter- more effective when mixed with olive oil. ( best moisturizer)
2) Shea moisture deep treatment masque
3) Shea moisture curling soufflé
4)miss Jessie’s baby butter cream.
5) Hawaiian Silky 14-one - great for recovering most damaged hair.
6) curly hair solution curl keeper- great for frizz

For essential oils
1)Jamaican black castor oil,coconut,peppermint,rosemary,avocado,olive,tea tree,argon,almond, ( mix any 2or more to make a hot oil treatment,for edges, scalp massages ,sealing in moisture & can be applied on hair tips to control split ends).
2) Africa’s best ultimate herbal oil
3)african pride olive oil miracle growth oil


Those are some of the best on the market & remember the best products aren’t always the best. Also stick to the same products each season for better results & next season try new ones.:-)