I think my waves are gone...Help!

Okay, so this is the first time I have ever posted on a a site before, and I actually just found this website today (great find!). I googled "best curl enhancer" and got a few posts discussing the wonders of Deva products. I've been perusing the site looking at creams, gels, and posts, and, while my semi-wavy head is chock full of new information, I'm still confused...

Here's the deal: Pre-college days I lived in an area with absolutely zero humidity - pretty much a desert. I straightened my hair everyday and ignored all comments from hairdressers about how I had all this random natural curl. The college I ended up at happened to be in an incredibly humid town, and I finally gave up and stopped fighting the waves (it wouldn't stay straight no matter what I did!). For a few years it was really wavy, but I am now post-undergrad and it seems that they are fading. I'm not sure if this is possible, or if I'm just not taking care of my hair properly (from everything I've read, I suspect the latter is true).

I shampoo my hair with Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat (say that three times fast!) every other day, and I just plain don't wash it the other days. I rarely condition my hair, and I am now currently using Herbal Essence Totally Twisted gel which goes on right after I get out of the shower. I never blow-dry my hair, and I take showers at night (which means I'm sleeping on wet hair - could this be crushing the waves?). I am also incredibly terrible about getting haircuts. I think my last one was in September of last year. I just don't know how to get my hair cut to accentuate the waves (if they're still there!); I basically tell the stylist to trim it and put some layers in because I don't know what else to do.

Needless to say, I am lost in the world of dying waves and was hoping to find some help from a fellow curly girl! Is it possible for wavy hair to go straight? What do I need to do to bring back the waves (I have type 2a hair, I think)? What are the best products for this?

Help, Help, Help!
A friend loaned me the book 'Curly Girl' (which I would never have bought because I don't have curly hair/rather a wave) and I followed the routine in that book. After years of straightening my hair, it took a couple weeks for my hair to start being wavy again but as each week passes (it's been 3 months), it's gotten healthier and wavier and back to what it was when I was a kid. I recommend it. There's a wavy chapter in the book. Very helpful.
Some of the information in the curly girl book is out of date. To find info on the curly girl method I'd suggest looking in the newbies please read section of NC.com. This blog post is a great place to start.
http://dormroomcurly.blogspot.com/20...ons-table.html
Before and after the curly girl method pics
Post your before & After CG pics
The giovanni shampoo and herbal essence gel you use are curly girl (CG) friendly products.
Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat (GTTTT) shampoo is a non sulfate shampoo. This is good since it does not strip you hair of needed moisture. However non sulfate shampoo are not good at removing lots of silicones. Products with lots of silicones are shine serums, anti frizz serums and many moisturizing conditioners. Silicones end with -cone, -xane, or -conol. If you are using a product high in silicones, you may have silicone build up on your hair. This may explain where your waves went. I'd suggest washing your hair once with a sufate shampoo that does not contain silicone. Then I would try the CG method. This method does not work for everyone, but I think it is worth a shot. It worked wonders for me.
HTH
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
I never blow-dry my hair, and I take showers at night (which means I'm sleeping on wet hair - could this be crushing the waves?).
Originally Posted by madisb
YES!!

No matter what I do or how good my hair looks today, it will be squashed flat tomorrow morning when I wake up. It's even worse if I go to bed with wet hair. Sleeping on it just kills any curl for me.

You might try doing your shower routine in the morning some day when you don't have to be somewhere for a while and see what happens. You'll find information about scrunching out excess water with a t-shirt or similar material and "plopping" on this site. I don't necessarily plop every day but I definitely use a t-shirt to squeeze out water. If I don't do those things the water weight pulls out my curl.

You can also check out the video section on www.jessicurl.com She has some videos up that will give you a good visual on how to do some of the techniques on this site. Other users have blogs with videos as well that you'll come across and are a big help.
Thanks AlleyNYC, pedaheh, and lindykat!

Question though, do I have to use a t-shirt material to scrunch out excess water or will an everyday normal towel work?

Thanks a bunch!
Terry cloth is bad for the hair. Use an all cotton t-shirt, a microfiber towel, or a flour sack towel (sold in the dish towel section).
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
Terry cloth is bad for the hair. Use an all cotton t-shirt, a microfiber towel, or a flour sack towel (sold in the dish towel section).
Originally Posted by pedaheh
+1

Regular towels are the one thing that consistently cause frizz for me. If I use a T-shirt, nada.
Location: West Virginia (Eastern Panhandle)
2b/cMii, medium-high porosity

Likes protein and most oils, HATES mineral oil
Summer Routine
Poo: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Cowash CJ Daily Fix
Rinse out: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Leave In: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture, SSRPT
Stylers: Ecostyler Krystal, LALSG (in really high dews)
PT: SS Repairing Protein Treatment

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