I know, I know. This update is LONG overdue. I was supposed to do an update over the summer but here we are in October and on my ninth month of following the Curly Girl Method by Lorraine Massey's book, Curly Girl: The Handbook [With DVD] Well, the good thing is that my hair is THRIVING and I am retaining length with no buildup from leaving shampoos alone in almost a year!
Well, with nine months in I have colored my hair three times total each time using Shea Moisture Hair Color System (You can click on the link for the review). I have had no problems with texture changes, shedding or damaging occurring to my tresses so I will be using that brand in the future. I have continued taking my Hairfinity vitamins although once completed I may start taking Pre-natal vitamins but after a year I will see if the switch is actually necessary. Not using shampoo has not been an issue with my hair and it is getting longer and much thicker. I am shedding much less hair than before, but that is because I incorporated Tea Rinses a few months ago and the difference is remarkable. I suggest trying that if anyone's hair is shedding too much and worried about it.
The thickness has caused some problems with tangles so I not only section my hair to cleanse it but even when just cowashing. I get in the shower and let the water run through my hair for a few minutes to help detangle before adding my conditioners (yes, I said conditioners) to help in detangling. I am also going through each section with the conditioner mix well to ensure all tangles are out and then I put them in twists and move to the next section. I cowash to cleanse about twice a month. I will jump in the shower and add conditioner to my hair about twice a week and refresh my curls with either my tea mixture or my lavender water on other days.
I will do a post on my washing and cowashing soon to explain in detail.
Yes, I have started using Knot Today again. I truly need it for the slip and the mixture with a few drops of SM Elixir has helped to get those tangles out. It sounds bad but really, it is not. I take my time with my hair and my products work wonders at keeping my hair moisturized and tangle free. I make sure to allow the water work for me before I start. Water is truly my friend.
I have been very diligent about buying my hair products when on sale and check, almost daily, Target, Walgreen's and Sally's to ensure I save as much as I can.
All are recent pics from October except the last one, which was actually around Labor Day. I have to say that this method has been going wonderful even with the increase in tangles and thickness. I cannot see me incorporating any changes for the Fall but I may in the Winter time. Denver winters can be fickle and although we had our first snowfall last week (don't worry because it didn't even stick), no one ever knows if it is going to be a mild or rough winter this early.
I promise to come back at year one of using the CGM (January) to give pics, updated info and my current hair routine.
Take care Naturals,