Big Chop: One Week Update

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I am so excited about my natural hair!  Not once have I regretted this decision since my big chop ONE WEEK AGO (it was actually one week ago yesterday)!  I am learning so much about my hair (and products that I should and shouldn’t use).  I’ve pretty much started using Lorraine Massey’s CG (Curly Girl) Method… that means NO SHAMPOO.  ALL shampoos have Sodium Laurel Sulfate in them and it’s too harsh for your hair.  Lorraine suggests mixing the juice of one lemon with your usual amount of conditioner to cleanse your hair… or… mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 cup of warm water to rinse through your hair in the shower.  Look for a Curly Girl link on the sidebar.  Also look for a link to an ingredients list.  This has come in very handy for me.

I’ve found a few products that I like to use that have treated me well so far (it’s only been a week).  I’ll list them first, then the pictures will follow

I like to use Garnier Fructis Body Boost conditioner as a co-wash and leave-in (I think that I need to change this one because it’s a volumizing conditioner that I loved to use with my relaxed hair.  I don’t think I need volume now).

I also use Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut conditioner as a co-wash conditioner (this one smells FANTASTIC!).  I like it, but I think I like the Garnier better as a leave-in because it’s a little thicker than the Suave and my curls are a LOT more defined with it.  I have more curls and less frizz with the Garnier than I do with the Suave.

A conditioner that I’m testing out is Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner.  I’m just testing this one out because it has Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone in it and the CG Method suggests that you stay away from any ingredient whose names end in -one.  This conditioner smells SO GOOD that I want to find a way to keep it on my list of product to use.  I’m going to do more research on it and testing it on my own hair, and I’ll let you know whether or not I’ll be able to keep it on my list.

I used a product called Pro-Line Comb-Thru Softener for the very first time today and LOVED IT!!!  It has the consistency of a conditioner and it smells like baby powder (love that)!  For the first time, my hair was soft (and smelled like baby powder) ALL DAY.  My hair had been very hard and “crunchy” every day since my BC until I used this product today.  I just massaged it into my wet hair and let it air dry.  I didn’t use any oils or shea butter because I wanted to see what this product would do on its own and I was very pleased with the outcome.  My hair was dry without the oils, but it was soft and I was happy about that!

To moisturize my hair throughout the day, I use coconut oil and shea butter.  They’ve worked well so far, so I’ll continue to use them.

co wash conditioner

co-wash / leave- in




So, there are the few products that I use.  I’ll keep you updated!


~ by neyshawbin on November 29, 2009.

One Response to “Big Chop: One Week Update”

  1. Congrats on the BC…I’m still transitioning.

    I use the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration and Totally Twisted and they are wonderful. I would definitely recommend them for co-washing.

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