Hi--How do I wake up, define and keep my wavy curls?

Hi,

I'm new to the site (although I read the book years ago.) I've always had very, very fine hair with some degree of curl. Before moving to the desert 17 years ago I lived in Michigan and had long, thick, reliable Botticelli curls. Those are impossible here in the desert. The hair I'm dealing with now is more of a 2b or 2c (reluctant, wavy curls that want to come out.) Over about 3 months I lost 30 - 40% of my hair to Lupus and it continues to fall out, only not nearly as much now (hair lost to lupus doesn't come back.) I don't blow-dry, I don't use products....but I think I'm ready to since the hair loss really makes my hair look pathetic. I'm also approaching 40--I'm not sure how that factors in.

I'm hoping to find styling and product advice here (esp. products that are easy to buy in any store right off the shelf.)

Thanks so much!

p.s. There's just one other styling challenge--I'm severely photosensitive and have to wear either a long scarf over my head and face or a large-brimmed hat whenever I go outside and even in brightly-lit buildings.
Hi bbbb, I'm really sorry about the lupus! Hopefully, it goes into remission and your hair grows back. I could be mistaken, but I thought lupus kind of comes and goes - I hope it goes for a long stretch!

Meanwhile, have you tried protein, like in Curl Junkie Repair Me? Please post back and let us know if you find something that helps.
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift
Hi! Have you tried using castor oil on your scalp to help encourage your hair to grow? Castor oil is really thick and sticky on its own so you may want to mix it with another type of thinner oil, such as olive oil.
mostly 2a/2b hair, fine, medium density, low porosity?

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