I'm at four months and counting. Whew! Where has the time gone? I've colored my hair (twice) and been changing up my routine (and products) with the CGM. I'm still going strong and still learning but I"m in a better place than I was at week 7 as I am feeling comfortable and alright with the process.
For those that do not know the method here's some info from my last CGM Post:
Curly Girl, the handbook is the creation of Lorraine Massey, the curly girl expert and the owner of the Devachan Salons in New York. Curly Girl is the curly girl bible for the 65 percent of women with naturally curly or wavy hair and a love for it. Curly Girl is packed with unique and fail-proof hair-care methods, inspiration, and an empowering pro-curl attitude. In the book you will find daily routines for all curl types; Lorraine's no-more-shampoo stance —handle your hair as gently as you do your best cashmere sweater; homemade lotions and potions.
By week 7 I was still learning and figuring this method out. It was taking time as I tried to find which products yielded the best results with 2nd and 3rd day hair. That was pretty important to me at the time. I've since moved on from that obsession. Mainly because it's hard for me to go too many days without water. My hair LOVES it. It CRAVES it. So, why deny my hair what it wants and obviously needs? There is no good reason so I no longer concentrate on gaining 2nd or 3rd day hair and concentrate on gaining the much needed moisture all our tresses must have. I'm still using t-shirts to dry my hair but have since stopped leaning over to dry it. I find I get enough volume already and don't need to add to it. I still scrunch but do it standing straight up and find my hair is hanging better by doing so.
I have started washing my hair in sections using Goody Ouchless Flex Barrettes I got from Luv Naturals but I have seen them in Walmart lately.
They are great! I just wet my hair and put the barrettes in my hair in four sections. I'm still using AS I AM Coconut Cowash for cleansing my hair but have changed up some things in the latter part of my routine.
Conditioner wash - AS I AM Coconut Cowash
Conditioner leave in - Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner w/sea kelp & Argan oil with drops of Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Elixir.
Gel - Kinky Curly Curling Custard
I've pretty much cut out the Knot Today but I STILL love it. I just find the Shea Moisture is working better and even though I'm no longer looking for 2nd and 3rd day hair, my hair is much more moisturized the next day after a co-wash. No dandruff! I had a problem with that only once around the 7th week and it hasn't come back since even with the cold and dry weather we've been experiencing here in Denver.
I'll come back when I can and let you all know how it's going. Can't say when but I'm sure a Summer update will be coming.
Take care Naturals,