Originally Posted by Just_Isabel
can you post more about what you do with your hair? Like, how do you let it dry, do you use any kind of leave in conditioner, do you brush your hair, do you blow dry it - if yes, how?
Knowing more about your hair routine would help not advicing you to do things you already do/have tried but didn't work.
So last May (2005) I started doing 1 heaping tablespoon of BS mixed with 6 oz. of water. I would pour that on and massage my scalp, pull it through my hair, and then rinse. Then I would pour on 1 tablespoon of ACV mixed with 6 oz. of water. Pull it through my hair (using my fingers), let it set for a minute, then rinse. My hair looked great. I got down to doing that every third day. Then my scalp started getting really flaky (in the winter) so I tried adding honey to my BS mix, and although that seemed to help, I ended up switching back to regular shampoo and conditioner every day. This was before I knew I was a wavy.
Easter weekend I went to get my hair cut and the lady told me I had curly hair. Of course she used tons of salon product, etc on it, but it got me excited (okay, that sounds creepy!). Spastica pointed me to naturallycurly so I tried doing the conditioner wash, conditioner rinse for a few days using Suave Naturals Ocean Breeze. My hair looked super greasy.
The second thing I tried was shampooing twice a week with the Suave Naturals Shampoo (maybe that's bad to use?) and doing the conditioner only thing on the other days. Again, my hair looked greasy.
So then I moved back to the BS/ACV every other day but my hair still looked greasy, but I kept with it thinking my hair would get better. It really hasn't.
Now as far as styling product goes, I'm not sure what to use. I have a mousse (although I think the book says to not do that!) called Curlsomething-or-other. I hate it. It makes my hair crunchy. I tried using a spray gel, but that made my hair look sopping wet, even when it was dry (and again, left my hair crunchy).
I do the whole scrunch with a towel thing after my shower, and I tried plopping, but my hair is more straight right at the roots, that if I plop it ends up flattening my hair down even if I use the pins to uplift the roots (if that makes sense). Also, my hair ends up getting more straight when I plop. So I've been opting to just diffuse dry my hair on the lowest setting, and that works better to bring out my curls.
My huge dilemna is, I know I need to keep trying things, but I don't have the money to buy all this stuff to try. We have a baby due in 8 weeks and I need some CD's and breastpads, want to switch to mama cloth, have been trying to eat more whole foods, etc and our budget is tight the way it is. I'm just not sure what to try (I did go to Target tonight to get some Sauve coconut conditioner because it's on sale for 84 cents, but they were all out!).
Anyway, I hope all that makes sense and I didn't ramble too much.