Hello, I just made my account and this is my first post! I've been reading about styling wavy and curly hair for a while, but I've never gotten around to actually doing it. I've decided that it's time that I deal with the disaster on my head.
I have no idea how to take care of my hair. I'm not one of those people who grew up thinking they had straight hair, but I've never made much effort to work with my natural texture. I used to straighten/curl my hair, and lately I've been letting it do what it wants, which usually results in frizzy, out-of-control, stringy waves. I'm sure you can imagine how many "do something with your hair" comments I've gotten.
I use heat very rarely and I recently cut off my damaged ends, so I think my hair is fairly healthy. I think I have medium density and width and normal porosity. I have no idea about porosity. My hair tends to be frizzy and easily weighed down, and it can become very stringy by the end of the day.
On one side of my hair, I get lots of waves with quite a few spirals/ringlets. The other side of my hair is noticeably straighter. That side has only waves, no curls, with a few straighter pieces. I also have a straight-ish underlayer, so it seems that I have multiple curl types on my head. Ideally, I'd like my whole head to look like the curliest side, but I know that probably won't happen.
I really don't know how to go about this. I've gone off sulphates/silicones in the past and I plan on doing it again very soon, but I don't know about anything else. What products would you recommend? What techniques? How do I know if I need protein? Any advice at all would be appreciated because I have no idea what I'm doing. Hair really isn't my area of expertise!
I attached a few pictures of my hair (I think- I'm not entirely sure they attached). Sorry they're bad quality- I took them at night with an iphone camera. This is my naked hair, after using regular sulphate/silicone shampoo and conditioner, although the waves are a bit out of place since two different people ran their fingers through it before I could stop them...