Help! Need my curlies back!!!

Hello....
As a kid I had pin straight, thin hair and it got increasingly more wavy (and a bit thicker) over the years and by the time I was 14/15 I was about a 2c, 3a. I am now 19 and I have really pushed my hair to the limits (Daily blow drying/straightening, constant dying/bleaching) and now I'm lucky to get 2a waves (2b on a really good day!). I've tried everything to get my curls back from hair masks, to gels/mousses/cremes, and ditching shampoo but nothing seems to work. My hair still looks pretty curly when wet but as soon as it dries its frizzy then goes flat and stringy. I don't know what to do anymore, please help!!

Thanks,
J
Well one you have to stop straightening. What is your routine? Do you know is your hair fine? Do you dye? Are you getting breakage? Do you deep condition? The whole wave and curl thing is about a moisture protein balance. What products are you using? Do you know about using something gentle like a t shirt to dry? No rubbing! Don't brush and get a shower comb and try only combing when there is conditioner on your hair. If I did not use conditioner, stylers and a hard gel my waves won't stay. Using curly methods and those products I can get 2b hair and occasional spirals. (More and more) at 5 months and am only just starting to get consistent results.
2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
Thanks for the reply... I have mostly stopped straightening (maybe twice in the last 6-8months),but am finding it hard to put down the hair dryer seeing as I hate my hair at the moment and find it easier to just blow dry it straight. I shampoo 1-2 times a week and condition 2-3 doing a deep condition maybe once a month, I've tried many different brands from umberto giannini, herbal essence, pantene, Naked etc. etc. none with any real difference. At the moment I only apply either argan oil or creme to my hair (curly products seem to leave my hair feeling a bit sticky and not hold). I have almost completely stopped dying as well but I have pretty extreme split ends and breakage. I have tried the tshirt thing and combing in the shower. I think maybe my problem is patience, it's a lot easier to towel dry then scrape it back in a bun or blast it with a hair dryer than stick to any sort of curly regime...
Oh also, I'm not sure of my hair width, maybe fine-medium.
Check your products for silicones. I think that Argan curl Creme has silicones in it. If you are not sulfate shampooing this is going to add to your problems. You can use a dryer but you must use a diffuser with it. Many 2s use a low sulfate shampoo or Nopoo or if you have a Sally's a lot of people live the As I Am cleaning conditioner. Enough cleanser to get you clean without stripping. You JUST use it in your scalp. Here's a good demo http://youtu.be/RCP2_UApOB4 of how to wash (cowash or low/Nopoo)

You can see several videos I made on YouTube under Youtube.com/chupie. I haven't seen a weak wavy like us do vids so I put some up. Maybe you will get some ideas.
2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
And if that us the Argan that has silicones in it find some sulfate poo to clarify your hair and then go back to using no sulfate no silicones. You might list the products you have on hand and we can help identify good combos and CG friendly ones.
2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
Hello....
As a kid I had pin straight, thin hair and it got increasingly more wavy (and a bit thicker) over the years and by the time I was 14/15 I was about a 2c, 3a. I am now 19 and I have really pushed my hair to the limits (Daily blow drying/straightening, constant dying/bleaching) and now I'm lucky to get 2a waves (2b on a really good day!). I've tried everything to get my curls back from hair masks, to gels/mousses/cremes, and ditching shampoo but nothing seems to work. My hair still looks pretty curly when wet but as soon as it dries its frizzy then goes flat and stringy. I don't know what to do anymore, please help!!

Thanks,
J
Originally Posted by jordan.tepper8
Whilst you still heat style and colour treat the lengths you are compounding the damage, discouraging your natural curl pattern and worsening the frizz. Most commercial deep conditioners contain few to no penetrating ingredients they will just load your hair with silicones (build up) or humectants (hold too much water worsening frizz).

Proven beneficial ingredients for damaged hair include hydrolysed protein, coconut oil, ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol. Protein is a curl booster, particularly good for fine and fragile hair. Be sure you are using plenty of leave in conditioner on dripping wet hair to encourage the curls to clump. Flaxseed gel and okra gel are also good for curl definition.

Remember that hair is dead so damage cannot permanently be repaired. Don't expect instant gratification you would need play the long game to get your curl pattern back, it may involve growing out or cutting out the worst of the damage. Split ends and breakage means that segment of hair is fried beyond recovery, these must be cut out to avoid them damaging healthy hair further up.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

Last edited by Firefox7275; 08-30-2013 at 08:08 AM.
Thanks guys! Gonna pay more attention to ingredients and get a hair cut, hopefully with some patience this will work. Also gonna check out those vids!!

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