Thursday, September 3, 2015

Salon Review: Ambushed Salon, Columbus, OH

Posted by Jen Lennox at 5:10 PM 5 comments
I'll admit that I've been going to the same stylist for 18 years now. She is one of my favorite people in the whole world. I look forward to seeing her every few months when I go for my quarterly cut and color. That said, there's been a buzz in my ear ever since fully committing to the curly girl life about a salon in Columbus called Ambushed. Unlike pretty much every salon on the block, this place eats, breathes, sleeps and LIVES curly hair. The brainchild of the adorable and highly sought after Amy Bush, it is a salon made for those who embrace their natural beauty. In other words, if flat irons are your friend, this ain't the place for you. After having two good friends recommend a visit, I decided to take the plunge.

Ambushed, 16 W. Poplar Ave, Columbus Ohio 

Amy Bush, Founder and Curl Specialist 

The salon is located in one of my favorite places in downtown Columbus called The Short North. Upon driving up, I realized I've literally walked or driven past this place dozens of times and never paid attention to what I was missing. Silly me!

When I entered, I was immediately drawn to the vintage decor and open, high ceilings. The stylist chairs are scattered throughout the salon in an asymmetrical way that fits perfectly with the architecture of the building. I was greeted upon entering and sat on a cute little vintage couch for a few moments until my stylist was ready to see me.
Mandi Gage, curl specialist

When Mandi greeted me, I could tell immediately I was going to like her. She already had two solid referrals in her favor, but her personality was excellent. As we approached the chair, she asked me what I was wanting from today's cut.

I decided before walking through the door that if I was going to have the Ambushed experience, I was going to have it all the way. I'm a control freak who doesn't like to leave the fate of my precious hair to another person, much less a person I just met, but I didn't drive down here to take control, I drove here to give the control to an expert, and so.... here we were.

After a thorough inspection of my hair, Mandi told me that a) I'm using products that are too heavy for my hair and b) if I wanted more curl, I was going to need some more layers. She then asked me the question every control freak LOVES to hear....."How much am I allowed to take off?"

OHhhhhhhhhh sweet lawd and hallelujah, I wanted to say "Nothing! Just a trim!" But I didn't. I said, "How about a couple of inches?" knowing full well she was going to take more, but whatever. I'm letting go.

After a co-wash with some delicious-smelling product and a head massage that I really, really could use EVERY morning before work (I swear, not one single kid I teach would annoy me all day if I had one of these massages daily) she started to cut. And cut SHE DID. In what I can only describe from my lack of knowledge as "slicing," she cut away quite a bit of my hair and added some layers that allowed my waves to start really CURLING. She even managed to get my awkward bangs (that I'm trying to grow in) to cooperate. The results? FABULOUS!

Me, post-cut, minus a few inches, plus a LOT of extra curl and body.


I am so glad I went in with an open mind and let the magic happen. My experience at Ambushed was absolutely a positive one and I'm sporting one of the best cuts I've ever had.

The question is, will I be back? Already scheduled my next appointment, thank you very much. As for my regular stylist? She will continue to do my color, of which I am in desperate need, and I will be getting next weekend.

BOTTOM LINE: If you're committed to the curl lifestyle, and you have access to a place full of curl experts, seek someone out and give them a try. I'm so glad I finally gave Ambushed a try and I hope to make them my new home. 

OH! And products... 

I picked up both of these aloe-based all-natural products at the salon, but they are tough to find anywhere online. I linked their sites so that you can look for a local place to purchase. 


Live in the Columbus area? Check out the Ambushed website and get info on scheduling an appointment.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Why Labels Matter: A Curly Girls Guide to Hair Oils

Posted by Jen Lennox at 2:17 PM 1 comments
I will admit, hair oils are new territory for me. I haven't struggled with a particularly dry scalp and my hair responds well to regular conditioning and deep conditioning, but I have thrown myself into all aspects of the Curly Girl method and for many people oils are necessary. Dry hair and scalp mean unhealthy curls, and many of us need and extra boost every now and again.

Several hair products are touting treatment oils for hair and some of them are actually quite pricey. Although I don't doubt the effectiveness of these oils, I found recently that they are often marketed with silicone added, and unless you read the label, you'd think you were getting something pure.

If you are not committed to the CG method, then added silicones in products is not an issue for you. If you HAVE committed to the no sulfate/silicone lifestyle, and are deliberately trying to avoid things that will cause a build-up on your hair, you need to be careful when choosing a hair oil. For example, here are the ingredient lists for two VERY popular and HIGHLY advertised hair oils:




Macadamia Natural Oil, $32+

This oil looks like and is marketed as "natural," but Dimethicone is the FIRST INGREDIENT. Curly Girls, steer clear of this stuff if you're co-washing. Low-poos with wash out these ingredients, but co-washes will NOT.

Moroccan Oil Treatment, $50+

Once again, a very expensive oil that looks to be "pure," but has added Dimethicone. Again, not a good idea for those of us going CG.

There are many silicones out there, but Dimethicone is the most common and least expensive silicone. It's great for conditioning and adding shine, but can be difficult to remove. Additionally, this heavy coating can make hair feel heavy. 


If your hair is feeling dry and you want to turn to oils, there are many excellent choices out there, but READ THE LABELS because THIS is the kind of label you want to see on the back of a "pure" oil:


Coconut Oil: Contains oil, fragrance, and a few other things, none of which end in CONE.

Like I've said, if you're still using sulfate-based shampoo, you can get away with silicones, but if you've eliminated sulfates, these oils will sit on your hair, build up, kill your curls and make your hair waxy and heavy. Chances are, if your hair is NOT responding to the CG method, it's because there are silicones hidden in something you're using. Find out where the problem lies, do a good wash WITH a sulfate shampoo and start over.


Pure oils are excellent for hair. You can even make your own with coconut oil and add essential oils (like lavender, peppermint, etc.) to get the fragrance you want. Next time you're at the beauty supply, make sure you read exactly what's in the hair oil you're purchasing. No matter how pretty the packaging, it's what's in the fine print on the back of the bottle that matters.

Do you use oils? How often? What are your favorites?

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Product Review : DevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler

Posted by Jen Lennox at 12:17 PM 2 comments

Hello, readers!

I apologize for the lack of posts this month, I'm a school teacher by trade and we started back this week. It's been exhausting and time-consuming getting ready, but I'm one of those lucky folks who loves my job so it never really feels like "work" to me!

Back to curly business...

If you are a DevaCurl follower, you know that for about the past month they have been pumping up the release of their new styler, SUPERCREAM. This styler is marketed towards those with course, dry curls who need extra moisture to amp up their curl pattern. I'll admit that when I first heard about SuperCream I thought it wasn't going to be for me, it seemed more for those with type 4 curls or dry, transitioning ethnic hair. Still, my curiosity was piqued. 

As with any new product release, there is often a lack of supply with demand, so I was not expecting to get my hands on this stuff for at least another month, but to my surprise my ULTA store had some on hand, so I swooped in and picked up some.
DevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler, $28 


Although I generally try to stay with drugstore products and prices as much as possible, there are some things that are just plain WORTH the money. With the way this product was marketed and my genuine love of all things Deva, I thought I should at least try it once and see if it was worth repurchasing.

Before applying the SuperCream to my hair, I did my routine as normal: my weekly low-poo (DevaCurl Low Poo), rinse out conditioner (SheaMoisture Curl and Shine) and leave-in (Kinky Curly Knot Today). I then applied about 5 total pumps of SuperCream to my entire head (using one pump for each section and one last pump to flip my head over and scrunch). 

I am used to using gel, and have had excellent luck with gels, so I am used to the hard hold I get from a gel. I knew I would not be getting that with this product, but it claims to give moisture, definition and hold so I didn't layer anything else with it.

I plopped into my Jac-o-Net as usual and sat under my hooded dryer for about 15 minutes as I usually do. I then took the net out and sat under the dryer to let my curls start to dry completely.

Within about 10 minutes, with my hair still half-damp I could tell that this was not going to be good enough as as stand-alone product. My curls had some frizz and were not being held in place the way they were with gel, so I got up and scrunched a couple of handfuls of DevaCurl Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam into my half-wet hair. This was just enough to give me a little more hold, so I went back under the dryer.


Once my hair was fully dry, I saw a marked reduction in the frizz and dryness I've been fighting against lately. But... how will my hair look on day 2? That was the question.

I "Pineappled" my hair that night and woke up the next morning. To my surprise, my curls were defined, soft and still full of body. 

This is my Day 2 hair after using SuperCream with Volumizing Foam. I am definitely happy with these results!

Will I repurchase this cream? Maybe. Like I said, $28 is steep for a styling product. I'm not sure how long it will last, which is a big factor for me. If your'e on the fence, it is WORTH TRYING, without question. After I've used up the whole bottle, I'll let you know if I still love it.

Have you gotten your hands on this stuff? What do you think?


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Monday, August 10, 2015

When Your Curls LIKE 'Cones: How To Use Silicones and Still Have Great Hair

Posted by Jen Lennox at 7:16 PM 1 comments
Hello,  curly friends!  My job here at Jen's Curly Mess is to pull from the hundreds of thousands of resources about curly hair and bring the most useful and pertinent information to you as I can. If the Internet is your newspaper,  I'm your highlight reel,  so to speak.


Many of you know that for well over a decade I flat ironed my hair almost exclusively.  Many of my closest friends didn't even know I HAD curly hair underneath my perfectly flattened tresses.
When I discovered the CG method a few years ago,  I went all in: No sulfates,  No silicones,  No poo,  the works. I used only Devacurl products. My hair started looking really good.

My husband and I at a CBJ game during my flat-iron era. It was a long era and this look took up a lot of my time and fried the heck out of my hair.



I've thrown myself into figuring out my own curls and so much of the information I've found is because of great folks willing to share their knowledge and experiences. Through countless hours of research (you cannot imagine how many hours I spend reading about hair,  it's ridiculous, my husband will vouch for the absurdity of it, but I can't help it!)  I have realized that there is an entire world out there filled with great products for curly hair. However,  for those of us trying to live the CG lifestyle, navigating the do's and don'ts of the method can be exhausting and frustrating.


I come to you today because I inadvertently purchased a styling product a couple of weeks ago that I read the ingredient list of at least 4 times in the store,  only to find out AFTER I put it in my hair that it contains a dreaded 'cone called Cyclopentasiloxane. Even worse?  I'm in love with this product. The Curly Girl,  Lorraine Massey-loving part of me immediately started to panic:


How am I gonna get this stuff out?

I don't want to  use sulfate shampoo,  gosh darn it. What have I done?

Am I going to have to stop Cowashing if I use this again?

WILL MY HAIR BECOME THE GIANT PUFFBALL IT WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL AGAIN??

Dear Lord,  no.... NOOOO! *shakes fists at the heavens*

*grabs paper bag and starts breathing heavily *


You laugh,  but I swear this is the stuff that was running through my mind. So,  I did what I do: started researching. I read article after article after forum thread after forum thread.
Folks,  what I'm about to share with you is going to make your ingredient-reading, silicone-fearing brains explode.


A very well-respected curl chemist has this to say about Cyclopentasiloxane (a derivative of Cyclomethicone, which is found in a ton of curl products we have sworn off because of the CG method):

"Cyclomethicone IS cyclopentasiloxane, and also cyclotetrasiloxane (just a smaller molecule). It's just another name for the same thing! Neither will build up on your hair, although they are not water soluble. The reason for this is that they evaporate. They do not remain on your hair. You need nothing to remove them because they do not remain on your hair. I know I have addressed this in an article, but it is still a huge point of confusion for folks.
The reason some find it makes their hair feel bad is that when it evaporates it can make your hair a tad dry and maybe mess with your cuticle layer a bit, just like alcohols that evaporate.
Also, according to all the research I have seen, all of the silicones can be removed just as efficiently by products containing cocamidopropyl betaine or coco betaine as by SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate) or SLES."


What does this mean? That Cyclomethicone AND it's derivatives, and pretty much ALL silicones in general, can be washed out with most sulfate-free shampoos on the market. That those products you loved that you had to toss because they were not CG friendly can actually be used again. That an entire world of stuff we used to fear no longer has to be feared. Look for the ingredients cocamidopropyl betaine or cocobetaine on the ingredients list of a sulfate-free shampoo. They are surfactants that are gentle enough not to strip hair but strong enough to get rid of non-water soluble silicones. Here are a few of the best-sellers out there right now:

DevaCurl Low-Poo

Mixed Chicks Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Giovanni Tea Tree Shampoo


What I'm beginning to realize is that,  if Lorraine Massey's Curly Girl handbook is the Constitution of Curly Hair,  there are some pretty cool amendments made that make it possible to have great curls and not sacrifice hair health, curl pattern, OR have a need to use harsh sulfates. Though many of us will still stick to the original CG rules,  know that there is some wiggle room available that you may not have known about before. Every single person reacts differently to different ingredients,  so it's a matter of what works or doesn't for YOU. 


If you'd like to know more about which silicones are which and how to wash them out, click here. This particular article is written by a real curl chemist who knows all the technical stuff about which molecules are which and what sulfate-free chemicals wash out which silicones. It's brilliant.


Now, as for the product in question, the amazing stuff that launched me into this whole maddening game of "DID I JUST KILL MY HAIR?"..... it is the TIGI Curls Rock Amplifier.


If you read my review of TIGI Strong Hold Mousse, you know I'm crazy about the stuff, and it's CG safe. I love its strength, but I wanted just a TEENY bit more definition. I used about a nickel-sized amount of Curls Rock Amplifier on top of the mousse and the results were incredible. My hair has a lot more volume and definition than with any product I've yet tried.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Top 5 Low-Poos That Won't Strip Hair

Posted by Jen Lennox at 8:52 PM 0 comments
Although Co-Washing is ideal for Curly Girls who use the CG method, everyone SHOULD use a Low-Poo at least once a month, if not more. Even water-soluble ingredients can leave build-up after a while, so using a Low-Poo can help start with a clean canvas now and then. Some people Low-Poo exclusively, some every week, some every two weeks. Only YOU know what's right for your hair and how it responds to certain ingredients, so the decision as to how often is completely yours.

The key ingredient Curly Girls try to avoid is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). The alternative is a Low-Poo with Cocomidopropyl Betaine OR Cocobetaine, which are found in many popular brands on the market. These mild surfactants can lift product build-up off the hair shaft without causing the same stripping/drying effect as SLS.

I've tried many winners and losers in this category and here are my top 5 Low-Poos, in no particular order:



1. DEVACURL LOW-POO


This gentle cleanser smells wonderful and contains natural ingredients like Chamomile and Rosemary. One of the pioneers of the Low-Poo movement, this has been around for a long time and has legions of fans.



2. SHEA MOISTURE CURL AND SHINE SHAMPOO


SheaMoisture is one of my all-around favorite brands because they are free of pretty much everything: sulfates, silicones, parabens, etc. AND they are cruelty-free. At a lower price point than the Deva brand, this is a great way to keep healthy hair at a drugstore price.



3. MIXED CHICKS SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO



With avocado and sweet almond oil as ingredients, you'll be sure to enjoy this natural low-poo. Paired with Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner, your hair will be soft and your curls will be nicely moisturized and defined.



4. CAROL'S DAUGHTER BLACK VANILLA SHAMPOO


Enhanced with lavender and aloe leaf juice, this sulfate-free shampoo smells amazing and leaves curls hydrated without stripping. 



5. SHEA MOISTURE AFRICAN BLACK SOAP SHAMPOO

If you have any sort of dry or itchy scalp issues, this is the low-poo for you. Hair is cleansed gently without aggravating any pre-existing skin conditions.




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Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Super Science-Geek Guide to Humectants

Posted by Jen Lennox at 7:33 PM 0 comments
The folks at Naturally Curly made this excellent infographic to describe what Humectants and Anti-Humectants do in hair. Tonya McKay is one of my favorite Curl Chemists and writes some pretty awesome stuff. If your hair isn't doing what you want it to do even when you follow all of the Curly Girl rules, you may want to check your ingredients and make sure you have the right balance. Enjoy! The Ultimate Guide to Humectants and Hair
NaturallyCurly

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Curly Girl Profile: Allie (3B)

Posted by Jen Lennox at 3:42 PM 0 comments
Curly Girl Profile: Allie (3B)

I've known Allie's mom, Lisa, for many years. Lisa has smooth, silky blonde hair and Allie has exactly the opposite! I have SERIOUS curl envy every time I see a picture of this little one and her gorgeous curls. Taking care of a child's hair can be such a challenge. They are active, impatient and by the end of the day, their hair often ends up in a ponytail. However, learning curl care at a young age is a beautiful thing. I truly hope Allie appreciates her natural beauty for years to come! Here's how Allie's mama helps keep her curls gorgeous.


How would you describe Allie's curl pattern?
3B



How would you describe her porosity?   
High porosity


How would you describe the density of her hair?
Medium density

Are you following the CG method (no sulfates, silicones, etc.)?

Not yet


What product do you use to cleanse or Cowash Allie's hair?


Pantene truly natural Co-Wash


What styling product(s) do you use on Allie?

Curly Q’s Moist Curls Moisturizer Leave-In Detangler 


Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse



Describe Allie's wash day regimen:

Co-Wash with pantene, detangle with Curly Q, add Shea Moisture Mousse and let air dry.


Describe her refresh day regimen:

Curly Q detangler and more shea moisture mousse


What’s the biggest challenge Allie faces having naturally curly hair?

Finding the correct products for Allie’s hair since it is so different than my own and keeping the frizz and curls under control and the tangles out after the first day. Very rarely does she wear her hair down because with running and playing they get tangled and frizzy easily. It’s usually in a “poofy” ponytail, pigtails, or braids to manage the styles better for school and activities.


Any advice you have for others with similar hair to Allie's?

As a mother with straight hair to a child with natural curls be patient. It’s a huge learning curve and going to take a lot of trial and error to get it right. We’re still trying new products and learning new things after seven years.  I’ve found it’s also very important to teach her to love and embrace her curls as she sees so many people (myself included) of all races with straight hair that she wants hers straight often. My goal over the next few years before she becomes a teenager is to teach her that her natural curls are beautiful and there is no need to straighten them to be pretty!



Allie and her beautiful mom, Lisa


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Curly Girl Profile: Sherri (2B)

Posted by Jen Lennox at 6:13 PM 0 comments
Curly Girl Profile: Sherri (2B)


Sherri has super fine natural waves that she's struggled to control for a while. After a recent cut, she decided to try the "plop" method with a T-shirt and is in the process of switching to the CG method. Here's Sherri, in her own words:


How would you describe your curl pattern?
  2B


How would you describe your porosity?
   Low to medium porosity


How would you describe the density of your hair?
   Medium density

Are you following the CG method (no sulfates, silicones, etc.)?
    I just started today.  
Sherri, pre-cut


What product do you use to cleanse or Cowash your hair?

    Today I used Garnier Fructis Pure Clean conditioner.  




What product do you use as a rinse-out conditioner?

    I just purchased some Shea Moisture Mango & Carrot Kids Extra-Nourishing Conditioner.  My hair is SUPER fine, so I was looking for something that was not made for thick or coarse hair.




If you use a leave-in conditioner, what product do you use?
 
  I do not as of now.



What styling product(s) do you use?

DevaCurl Light Defining Gel




Describe your wash day regimen:

Today I co-washed with Garnier Fructis Pure Clean conditioner, I plopped for about 20-25 minutes using a t-shirt and then air-dried.  I’m pretty certain that the plopping and air-drying will be my go-to routine, I just need to figure out how long to plop to get the best results.  




Describe your refresh day regimen:

I haven’t done this yet.  

What’s the biggest challenge you face having naturally curly hair?

With curly/wavy hair that is so fine, frizz and flyaways are my biggest day to day issues.  It’s also hard to find products that don’t completely weigh down my hair.  I’ve found in the past that products marked for kids seem to work best for me, so hopefully this Shea Moisture kids line will work for me.  


What’s the best thing you’ve discovered by going natural?


My hair already feels so much softer and healthier!


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Product Review: Hair Flair Deluxe Softhood Hair Dryer Attachment

Posted by Jen Lennox at 5:02 PM 0 comments

Anyone who's been reading my blog for a while knows how much I LOVE my Hot Tools Hooded Hair Dryer. It has made my life so much easier and my curls so much less frizzy and more defined. It also allows me to sit comfortably after a shower and relax instead of dealing with my soaking wet hair dripping down my back as I struggle to dry my head evenly with a hand-held dryer.

However, sometimes a girl's gotta travel. And travel, I do. My mother lives a couple of hours away and there are many weekends throughout the year I go to visit her. She's used to my crazy hair changes, but when I broke this thing out of the box, some eyebrows were raised.

Hair Flair Deluxe Softhood Hair Dryer Attachment


This particular attachment is very highly rated by the experts at Naturallycurly.com. In fact, the one I have actually has their stamp of approval on it, which is serious. I had high hopes. Although the attachment did its job fairly well, it was no match for my hooded dryer at home. I expected as much, but there are a few things you need to know if you're going to use one of these.


1) YOU MUST USE YOUR DRYER SETTING ON LOW.

Without thinking, I put my dryer on high for a couple of minutes and just about burned my ears and neck off. Not pleasant. But, I didn't follow directions, so I deserved what I got. Even with the low setting, there's no way to fully seal the hood shut without some air coming through, and where it does, it's hot. I had to keep adjusting the hood as to not burn myself, which is nearly impossible with a running hair dryer in one hand.


2) DON'T EVEN BOTHER MAKING THE NECK FASTENER WORK.

The picture on the box makes that girl look like she's super comfortable and there's all kinds of material to spare where the hood fastens around the neck. LIES. ALL LIES. I started by snapping the neck strap with 4 or 5 snaps to spare. When I turn on the dryer, the hood inflated and I just about strangled myself. Also, the hood came down around my eyeballs and started burning me immediately.  I turned the dyer off, unsnapped myself and fixed the hood around my head again. Worked just fine, as long as the rope around the head is good and tight.


3) THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY TO LOOK DIGNIFIED WHILE USING THIS THING.

I was actually going to show you a picture of myself while I was using this product, but I looked like the village idiot in every single one of them. Seriously. You will look stupid. Your husband will think you look stupid. Your kids will ABSOLUTELY think you look stupid. Your pets will run away from you. Just lock yourself in a room and hide, it's the only way. Know ahead of time that you will surrender your dignity in the name of excellent curls. Embrace the shame.


4) IT IS STILL BETTER THAN A DIFFUSER.

Even with all the silliness mentioned above, it is still a better alternative than a diffuser attachment. If you use a Jac-O-Net to plop (which I did) and let it sit for about 20 minutes, you'll have some nicely defined curls with no frizz. Because I used it before bed, I used a diffuser attachment to get it as dry as possible so I could Pineapple my hair, but even still, my curls looked pretty darn good.



Like any new curl technique, there's a learning curve involved. I think the more I use this when I travel, the easier it will become. And at the $25ish price-point, you really can't beat it. I didn't even take it out of my suitcase, because it will be accompanying me on my future travels. 



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Friday, July 24, 2015

Curly Girl Profile: Lily (2C)

Posted by Jen Lennox at 4:31 PM 0 comments
Curly Girl Profile: Lily (2C)


I've known Lily's mom, Erica, since Lily was born. Erica has straight, shiny, gorgeous hair, but her sweet daughter was born with natural curl. She's done such a great job working with Lily's natural texture and I told her she is ordered to keep a flat iron out of this beautiful girl's hands as long as she's able! Here's Lily's story, in her mother's words:

How would you describe Lily's curl pattern?   

I had a really hard time deciding if Lily was a 2B, 2C or 3A. I think when we don’t do anything to it, or, before she cut it,  it’s more wavy (2B), but most of the time and after she chopped it all off and grew it back out, she is between a 2C or 3A.

How would you describe Lily's porosity?  

Low Porosity

How would you describe the density of Lily's hair?
   
High hair density. Wow, this girl has some hair!

Is Lily following the CG method?

We use Shea moisture, Mixed Chicks and Carol’s Daughter, so if all of those are no sulfates, silicones, etc. then YES (they are, by the way!). But we haven’t actively researched or try to do that.


What product do you use to cleanse or Cowash your hair?

Listen, I know this is bad, but Lily uses one of those kids 3-in-1. When she runs out of those, she uses whatever shampoo/conditioner du jour that I’m using. Sometimes Herbal, sometimes Garnier, sometimes Pantene.

Suave Kids 3 in 1, Watermelon

What product do you use as a rinse-out conditioner??

See above

If Lily uses a leave-in conditioner, what products does she use?


Mixed Chicks Leave-in Conditioner 



What styling product(s) does Lily use?

SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie


Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Styling Pudding


Describe Lily's wash day regimen:

We wash. If her hair is really knotty (and it usually is), we dry with a t-shirt and then comb with a VERY wide toothed comb. Or finger comb. She hates brushing and combing so we try to avoid. We’ve tried plopping in the evening, it’s wonderful. Typically, I will put hair product in her hair and scrunch and that’s really it. If I’m not around to monitor, she will just let it air dry with no product. It gets crazy but it’s not too bad.


Describe Lily's refresh day regimen:

HAHAHAHA. A bun or a pony tail.


What’s the biggest challenge you face having a daughter with naturally curly hair?

I would say as a mom with board straight hair, everything is a challenge. I didn’t know I shouldn’t brush, I didn’t know you need certain products, I (still) don’t know how to style the best way, how to keep it detangled, or how to keep it looking good.



What’s the best thing you’ve discovered by going natural?

Lily’s always been natural, I think her hair is really healthy because we don’t fuss with it a lot.



Any advice you have for others with similar hair to Lily's?

Sheesh, I’m the one that needs advice. In general, I advocate for NO HEAT and not washing daily. OH, and it totally matters how you get your hair cut if you have curly hair.

Lily and her gorgeous Mama, Erica.




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