Seems all this experimentation is going to warrant some documenting so I may as well start a curl diary.
I’ve been CG since 12/05/2012. First co-wash was simple using just one conditioner, no rinse out, plopping and air-drying and the results were great. Who knew there were actual clumps hiding in that frizzy, blowdried, brushed mess?
Since then I have expanded my routine to:
Co-wash: with Tresemme Naturals Moisture
Rinse out: Naked Rescue Intensive Care
Leave in: Naked leave in
Plopping, air-drying for about 4 hours, duck-bill clipping at roots for volume, re-clipping at night and pineappling on top.
I have just ordered the Babyliss Pro Powerlite Ionic Tournaline dryer with diffuser after diffusing with a hotel diffuser while away on a course and loving the volume (and reduced drying time!)
I recently bought Naked curl creme and Boots purple.
Results with Naked leave in followed by raking and smoothing Naked curl creme were disappointing. I used about a 5p blob of curl creme but didn’t get the usual crunch that I get from just the leave in and therefore when dry my curls were fluffier and less defined than usual. However I have to admit I SOTC earlier than usual and wasn’t completely dry… so this may be a false result.
Results with Naked leave in followed by Naked curl creme followed by Boots purple (raked) were also disappointing. However I was also trialling applying all my products right way up instead of upside down as I usually do to see if my parting and front curl pattern would fall more naturally as a result. Upon removing ‘plop’ I noticed straight away that my waves looked limp and droopy. The crunch also seemed to come out almost on it’s own just through pushing hair out of my face a couple of times and my resulting waves were loose but kinda dry.
Today’s experiment: Naked leave in, no curl creme and liberal amounts of Boots purple all applied upside down. Gel was scrunched in, not raked and spent plenty of time scrunching before plopping. Upon removing plop my waves look safely crunchy (not likely to come out before SOTC time) and also much curlier than usual. Looking good so far! Update later on result!