How to restore your curls after too many hair straightening treatments.

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Dear Ouidad: I'm an 18-year-old African American. I have naturally curly hair, which is slightly wavy in some places. I used to be addicted to using the flat iron and making my hair bone straight. I don't use the flat iron any more.

I notice when I washed my hair, I lost nearly 40% of my curly hair shape so it's just poofy (no curls) in some areas. Is it possible I will ever regain my head of fully 4a type curls? I truly miss them and I want to go back to school with my natural curly hair hanging on my shoulders.

A: YES! It is possible to get your gorgeous curls back. Use a deep conditioning treatment on your curls every week to nourish and repair extreme damage caused by the flat iron.

If you’re near New York or Los Angeles, you can come in for a damage control treatment, which helps bring out and define curls even after severe hot-styling damage. Too much use of flat irons singes out your curl pattern.