I need ALL the help I can get! :( [sorry this is long]
I have been trying to grow my hair out for months but no results! I have tried to stop putting heat in my hair but I always end up straightening it because I can not style it since I am also not sure what is my hair type because I have all kinds of textures. Here is the most recent picture I could find of my hair:
I have GORGEOUS 3C curls in the back but towards the front my roots get super super SUPER kinky and the rest doesn't even curl :angry3: ! It's really dry and frizzy as well.
History on my hair:
I had really kinky hair when I was a kid (around 2-5yrs old). I am talking about the kind that would need a hot comb in order to be styled. Then when I turned 7 years old my god mother permed my hair because it was so hard to handle. After that I was perming my hair every 4 or 5 months and trimmed as well. When I turned 13years old (I hadn't permed my hair in a while and it was time to do so!), a hair stylist noticed my natural hair texture growing out and told me that I should not perm my hair because I have beautiful natural curls. So after that I stopped perming my hair and trimmed my hair whenever I needed to, but every time I trimmed my hair I made sure that they would cut a little more than needed just to get rid of the permed hair that was left. Problem is I never stopped going to the hair salon and straightening it and putting heat to it so I never really got used to wearing my hair curly. Now, I had always cut my hair no shorter than shoulder length but in 2010 I foolishly decided to wear sewed in hair extensions. Once the hair stylist removed them, my hair was very thin and really short (maybe two inches under my chin). Since then I have tried to grow my hair out without flat ironing it and leaving my hair in professional care. I am now 17 years old and this year I decided to go natural, especially now in this hot summer, I really don't want to add too much heat to my hair.
Unfortunately I have not followed through with taking care of my hair because I was so busy with school but now that I have graduated and don't need to worry, I am trying to put all my love and care into my hair.
I do not perm my hair, so why does it stay straight? I've been trying to egg, olive oil and mayo treatment as well as applying argan oil to keep my hair shiny and moisturized.
Also, someone told me that certain proteins vitamins may improve my hair texture, does anyone know which ones?
ALSO, I am anemic and I am always taking iron supplements, may this have some effect on my hair?
Good for you for wanting to take care of your hair. :) The sooner you start the better. It does look like you have heat damage, which is why some of your hair won't curl anymore. Try laying off the heat permanently, and deep condition frequently (a few times per week for as long as necessary until your hair is healthier). You might even need to do a drastic cut to get rid of all the damaged hair... have you considered a short hair cut?
Without knowing your hair's porosity I can't say what will "improve your texture", but conditioning is usually good for all kinds of textures. You just have to find a conditioner that you like.
Not sure if anemia will affect your hair, but it might.. poke around the forums and maybe this has been addressed in other threads.
I completely agree with all that BekkaPoo said.
It sounds like you have serious heat damage. You can try and baby the hell out of your hair to make it healthy again, but I'm not sure if it would revert. You might need to cut the damaged ends off... Good luck!
1st I have to agree with the above 2 ladies, the only way to completely get rid of heat damage is by cutting it off.
I've transitioned from heat damage before, I spent a year transitioning, until I cut off all the damaged hair (which was everything but 2"). I no longer put ANY heat on my hair for any reason.
2nd once you get rid of the heat damage you'll be better at assessing your hair patterns/structure. It'll make caring for your hair easier.
3rd I recently purchased 'the science of black hair' this is a GREAT book to help you understand & grow healthy hair. I wish I had this book when I 1st went natural!
4th sounds like you're putting alot of protein in your hair. I have course, low porosity hair that does NOT like much protein. The book goes into detail with determining all this stuff. Best $25 I spent in the last few months.
5th anemia may stunt hair growth & cause thinning hair since the scalp and hair follicles aren't getting as much nutrients/oxygen ad needed (your body will distribute to the most important organs... And unfortunately, kidneys/brain/etc>>hair/nails.
Srry for the loooong reply
Thank you all so much! I will then have to cut my hair, I thought this would work but I wasn't sure. Luckily I have been considering a shot hair cut so this will be easy :D
Thank you so much! I will keep poking around the site, I may even post my hair cut :)
Welcome to the site :thumbright:. It's nice to see more curlies my age on here!
I was also in the same place last year when I was starting my first year of college. I did my BC in August last year and I couldn't be happier. I also had a TON of heat/neglect damage. In all honesty a fresh start is THE easiest way to deal w/ this kind of damage. The shock of having NO hair at all gave me the wake up call that I needed to put down the 400 degree flat iron and the at home relaxers. If you finally decide to cut your hair really short and you don't feel comfortable w/ the length, invest in some nice wigs to hold you out until you're at a more comfortable length. That's what I did for my first year of college and it was a great opportunity for me to get to know my hair and find what works before debuting it to the world. Look around the site some more to find products you want to try and start building a HEALTHY hair care regimen and you'll be on the right track in no time. Hope this post helped you some, and good luck on your hair journey.
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