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Feb. 3rd, 2011 @ 02:05 pm giveaway of Curly Girl: The Handbook
Hey curly girls!  There's a giveaway over at YLCF for a copy of Lorraine Massey's newly updated version of Curly Girl!  And if you haven't stopped by "Got Curl" lately, it's been completely redone and updated--including a new "Got Curl?" button for your LJ sidebar or info page!  Come on over and check it out...  http://ylcf.org/gotcurl/
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Jun. 8th, 2010 @ 09:14 am curly giveaway!
Hey curly girls! If there are any of you still out there reading us, go check out the giveaway at ylcf.org this week: it's your chance to try out Mop Top Hair's curly product line!
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Mar. 11th, 2010 @ 12:41 pm Day two

After the 2nd wash, I eventually concluded that Natalie's hair was still not fully clean from the Avocado Butter or the Olive Oil. She went to bed with greasy hair and this morning we got in the shower. I put Garnier Triple Nutrition conditioner on the ends of her hair. Then I washed her hair above her forehead, above her ears and just above her neck with baby shampoo in a foaming pump. I rinsed with water (from the shower head). Then I put Garnier Triple Nutrition conditioner all over her hair and scrunched. I rinsed that and then put more on the ends and rinsed really gently and not thoroughly. I also sprayed in some lemon/vinegar water and left it in. I scrunched. She stayed in the tub while I got ready so her hair got to drip-drain for a bit. Then when she got out I put in some Sally's Hydrating Gel (or something like that). I scrunched and we plopped her hair on a jersey pillow case and gave her a little turban for a few minutes while I got her dressed. She hated it, so I took it off. I added some clippies to the top of her head for lift and I dried the top of her head most of the way with a diffuser. We had a busy morning. We were out of the house by 8:45 am and I didn't take this picture (behind the cut) until around 12:15. The hair from the top of her head still doesn't want to curl, but the rest is soft, waves. The waves are not very springy and are easily disturbed. She has frizz, but nothing like the rat's nest I'm used to. Her hair is very soft, smooth, shiny and I can run my fingers through it. Her curls don't want to stick together in big stringy strands, but I'm happy with the result. I think she has the kind of hair where the curl definition will never be stunning, and that she can go back and forth from curls to straight hair. She is definitely a no-poo girl. She has more curls on the back of her head, but she still needs some of the goop to be washed out. We're almost there. photoCollapse )

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Nat Relaxed
Mar. 10th, 2010 @ 01:50 pm a new curly girl, maybe [edited twice, behind the cut]
Hi curly girls. Long time no see. I tried to unleash my natural curl back in 2004 but my hair was barely even wavy. My waves only lasted about half a day before my hair just looked messy so I gave up. I use baby shampoo in a foaming pump to keep stripping to a minimum and this works for me.

In 2005 I had a daughter. She had beautiful, natural ringlets and angel-soft and smooth hair from the age of about 1 year, 2 months until she turned 4. While she was 3 she had a surgery and I think it changed her hair to straight for a while. The user icon was taken the day she got out of the hospital in October of 2007. After a trim here, a trim there... and then one day she chopped her hair off on one side of her head... I evened things out and her ringlets were all gone.

Natalie's hair isn't coarse, but it's not baby smooth anymore either. She has a lot of body and flyaways. I can only make it smooth with a flat-iron. It's unruly and full, but not thick. When she sweats, the short hairs by her scalp curl up and push her hair out in all crazy directions. Her hair is always a mess. When her hair is wet, she has spotty ringlets. On the nape of her neck ,and the hair by her ears the hair is making ringlets again, but the hair on the crown is very straight.

I've been washing her hair with the foaming baby shampoo and using conditioner (once a week). I comb it out with the conditioner in it, and then I rinse the conditioner out with a few pitchers of water. I try to scrunch, but not much happens. It usually dries to a perfect rat's nest; Hairs going this way and that. Brushing makes the hairs all go one direction, but its still messy looking.

Today I decided to giver her locks a treatment. I rifled through our cabinets and found an old sample-size tube of Burt's Bees Avocado Butter hair treatment. I wet her hair under the faucet and loaded her hair up with this gunk and added some olive oil to the ends. I tried to plop her hair into a shower cap for an hour to let the hair have a drink. [tried - because her crown was totally flat and didn't want to lift]. Then I stuck her in the tub and washed her hair with Tresemme conditioner and rinsed with lemon/vinegar/water.... and then more plain water. She's been out of the tub for about an hour. She has some nice wave all over, except for her very very flat crown hairs, from root to tip. They just want no part of the waves going on on the rest of her head. Her hair also looks very wet. I think that I didn't get nearly enough of the goop out. Her hair is GROSS. I'm not sure what to do at this point. How do I get all this goop out of her? It's not wet anymore, nor is it crispy. It's just an oil slick. Photos and moreCollapse )
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Apr. 5th, 2009 @ 08:30 am For those who have done both. . .
Do you prefer quinoa or brown sugar in your weekly scrub?
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Apr. 2nd, 2009 @ 09:12 pm Hi, new here!
I'm Brandy, a wavy girl. I've just started reading the book, but have been shampoo free for a week. I've been conditioning with a -cone free conditioner. I'd like to wash my hair once a week or so and was wondering if it's okay to use Dr. Bronner's Lavender liquid soap. It's all natural, so I'm thinking it would work. Thanks!
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Mama with Willow
Feb. 27th, 2009 @ 04:53 pm Curls Like Us Curl Cloths
Hey curly girls!

Just popping in to let you know about a fun new curl product we got to test: the Curls Like Us Curl Cloths.

Visit Curls Like Us at www.curlslikeus.com

Read our Curly Girl reviews of the Curl Cloth on the following pages:
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Feb. 4th, 2012 @ 09:28 am Interested in joining the Curly Girls community? Please read this post first!
As just about all the membership requests I get for this community are from people who apparently do not read our community profile and do not meet our qualifications, I thought I would repost the information you need to know before you request to join. Please note that I really do follow the information below. Please do the same!


Are you a Christian Curly Girl?
Then this is the place for you!

We're here to discuss our inner curl and curl care techniques. Curly girl pictures are welcome--we want lots of pictures of your locks!

The membership is moderated. You must be a Christian (Protestant) female to join. Girls with all types of hair are welcome to join--even non-curly girls! No profanity or anything objectionable is allowed, of course.

Please take note:

1. We do not allow people to join who use profanity in their own journals or express un-Christ-like thoughts and behavior. We have the right to refuse membership to anyone at our own discretion.

2. If we cannot determine from your public entries and your info if you're a Protestant Christian female or not, we will leave a comment to ask you. If you do not allow comments from non-friends or do not have an entry for us to comment on, we will refuse your membership request. To prevent this from happening, please allow comments from non-friends in your journal or leave a comment introducing yourself on one of </a></b></a>melyndie's entries (or you can just leave a comment on this entry). Thank you.



Q: What is a Protestant?
A: As far as the definition I go by, a Protestant is someone of a Christ-based religion who believes Jesus Christ alone is the only way for salvation. A Protestant also believes in the divinity of the Trinity (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all three persons in one Godhead; each one is a person of God). Protestants include denominations such as baptist, methodist, Lutheran, Nazarene, presbyterian, etc. Catholics are not Protestant, and LDS is not either (among others). I am not out to determine anyone's individual salvation; I'm just trying to make some parameters for creating a community of likeminded people.

Q: Why is this group Christian? The Curly Girl book isn't connected to Christianity! Curly hair has nothing to do with Christianity!
A: It is for the sake of community. When members of a group are of like mind and have a commonality in the Lord Jesus Christ, there is a unique community of fellowship among them. Also, Christians generally have similar ideas of how to behave, so I don't have to spend time telling people what they can or can't say or do. Finally, this group is in no way officially connected with the Curly Girl book, so we are not in breach of anything by having an unofficial group for Christians about curly hair. There are many other curly hair groups on LiveJournal and elsewhere where you can find curly hair advice if you need it and don't qualify for this group.
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Feb. 5th, 2009 @ 10:42 am Curly links
Here are a few links I ran across recently that you might find helpful:

CurlChemist: What the Scoop on Silicones?
Not all -cones are created equal. Which -cones are water soluble? Which are not?

Wikihow: How to Follow the Curly Girl Method for Curly Hair
The CG method step-by-step on Wikipedia's how-to site! It also adds more information and more direction than the CG book. I don't agree with quite everything there, but I thought their step 2 was a good thought: before starting the CG method, clarify with a sulfate shampoo to get rid of the build-up before you begin. I don't believe the CG book mentions that, but I think it's important. However, I would probably recommend another more natural clarifying method like diluted apple cider vinegar or diluted lemon juice. Thoughts?

YouTube: Jessicurl Demo Videos
Even if you don't use Jessicurl products (I never have), most of these videos can be helpful to you. The narrator (creator of the Jessicurl products) walks you through basics like the importance of a micro fiber towl, plunking (or plopping), how to use a hair dryer with curly hair, and scrunching out the "crunch." And if you learn nothing else, at least you can admire her beautiful curls! :-)

Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Reviews
Although this website is mainly about cosmetics, it does have a section on hair care products. You can look up the products you use to see if they contain ingredients linked with cancer, allergies, etc.
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Nov. 11th, 2008 @ 10:28 am Cone-free and low-cone conditioners
Here is a very helpful list of cone-free and low-cone conditioners (regular and leave-in) from the Long Care Hair Forum:

The List

I have been very happy for years now with Aussie's Moist Conditioner and TRESemme's conditioners (I've used a variety of theirs). I knew they did have some cones, but as I don't experience build-up, I've been fine with using them. Now I know that's because they're low-cones!

It's good to see some inexpensive conditioners like White Rain and Suave on the list.
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