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Old 05-21-2013, 05:15 AM   #1
 
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Please help me classify my hair.
This would be the first step toward repairing it and I honestly have no clue where to start.
A little bit of information about my hair....
I recently had a child and my hair texture changed.
The angry blue with the striped hoodie was beforehand the ponytail is after.
I can't tell if it is wavy, curly, or what...
Please help.
Thank you for your time.
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It looks like it has the potential to be very curly! But it looks very dry....I would suggest starting with conditioning it more than you thought possible- use handfuls of condish in the shower and let it sit, rinse, then put more in and leave it in.
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It looks like it has the potential to be very curly! But it looks very dry....I would suggest starting with conditioning it more than you thought possible- use handfuls of condish in the shower and let it sit, rinse, then put more in and leave it in.
See, that is the problem. I constantly deep condition. Normally I used Garnier Fructis' Sleek and Shine Deep Conditioner. Maybe I am using the wrong product?
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The product may be wrong for your hair. The ingredients list on Amazon is rather crazy, there are lots of alcohol based ingredients that may be drying your hair out, despite it's deep conditioning properties.
I find watching other people's routines on YouTube to be helpful. Maybe try Shameless Maya,or some of the other curly haired girls, for hair product recommendations?
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The product may be wrong for your hair. The ingredients list on Amazon is rather crazy, there are lots of alcohol based ingredients that may be drying your hair out, despite it's deep conditioning properties.
I find watching other people's routines on YouTube to be helpful. Maybe try Shameless Maya,or some of the other curly haired girls, for hair product recommendations?
I'll try that. Thank you.
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Do you brush it? After looking at your photos again, it looks like maybe you brush it, which would definitely make it look dry.
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Yes. It takes forever with a comb. I don't get why or how my hair texture changed. It seems so much harder to manage. Dryer with less curl. It seems like it is wavy now with a lot more frizz. It also seems like it is harder to flat iron.
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Yes. It takes forever with a comb. I don't get why or how my hair texture changed. It seems so much harder to manage. Dryer with less curl. It seems like it is wavy now with a lot more frizz. It also seems like it is harder to flat iron.
ok, so in a word- stop!!!! (the dry combing and flat ironing) Apply a good condish in the shower and detangle with a comb in there while it's smothered. Then rinse, apply leave in, and then products and don't touch it again until it's completely dry! That dry, frizzy look will probably be greatly reduced.
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Alrighty. Will do. But wait, what would be my hair classification?
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Alrighty. Will do. But wait, what would be my hair classification?
No one can tell because you combed out all your curl!
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Aww hell. Lol. I have to update my picture now.
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See, that is the problem. I constantly deep condition. Normally I used Garnier Fructis' Sleek and Shine Deep Conditioner. Maybe I am using the wrong product?
Start finger detangling when soaking wet AND coated in huge amounts of conditioner, NO brushing or combing at any other time you are damaging your hair and curl pattern between that and flat ironing. Yes that does take time, you may find it easier to lose some of the length/ bulk/ most damaged parts, work on hair health and regrow.

If you ever do flat iron for a special occasion, always do so on bone dry hair, which really means washing one or two days beforehand with hair as thick as yours. Also use a low temperature and a heat protectant. Even one session with a flat iron on slightly damp hair can cause permanent damage by 'boiling' the water molecules in the hair.

Also regular up dos are damaging, especially if you use the same style over and over again. You might switch to using only silk or satin scrunchies scarves or ribbons, even no snag hair elastics cause breakage, I know from personal experience.

There is nothing in the Fructis mask that will do much at all for damaged hair nor will penetrate, it's purely a cosmetic product designed to give instant gratification. Some ingredients that coat the hair and temporarily patch the damaged parts, silicones that impart faux slip and shine, a humectant to attract water. Try a coconut oil and honey mask and leave it on overnight if you can, you would likely need to do this regularly to get results.
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Thank you, ma'am.
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Please help me classify my hair.
This would be the first step toward repairing it and I honestly have no clue where to start.
A little bit of information about my hair....
I recently had a child and my hair texture changed.
The angry blue with the striped hoodie was beforehand the ponytail is after.
I can't tell if it is wavy, curly, or what...
Please help.
Thank you for your time.
-Mariah

Your hair does look curly. I see some hints of 3b in there. Do you have heat damage?
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Please help me classify my hair.
This would be the first step toward repairing it and I honestly have no clue where to start.
A little bit of information about my hair....
I recently had a child and my hair texture changed.
The angry blue with the striped hoodie was beforehand the ponytail is after.
I can't tell if it is wavy, curly, or what...
Please help.
Thank you for your time.
-Mariah

Your hair does look curly. I see some hints of 3b in there. Do you have heat damage?
Yes. I flat ironed my hair while it was a little wet for years and last year I started having moisture issues. This year for Christmas, I received the Royale Flat Irons and curling wand. I assumed that when the guy did my hair it was on the highest setting... Which is 450... I just recently learned that that shouldn't be high...
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....and before a few days ago, I had no idea of what heat damage was.
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I couldn't agree more with the "stop brushing and flat ironing"..
I brushed and flat ironed till 2-3 months ago, and my hair would always look big (which is no problem for me) but especially: poofy! I was scared to go outside when there was even the slightest wind or humidity in the air because my hair would get even poofier...
On march 8th I went CG (there have been a couple of slips since my hair dresser used both silicones and sulfates on my hair) and my hair looks soooo much better now.
I realized that a bad hair day now, looks as good as a good hair day before I stopped brushing and flat ironing.

I definitely want to see a picture of your hair in a couple of weeks (when your hair has accepted that you stopped flat ironing and brushing, you could call it hair rehab if you want )
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I couldn't agree more with the "stop brushing and flat ironing"..
I brushed and flat ironed till 2-3 months ago, and my hair would always look big (which is no problem for me) but especially: poofy! I was scared to go outside when there was even the slightest wind or humidity in the air because my hair would get even poofier...
On march 8th I went CG (there have been a couple of slips since my hair dresser used both silicones and sulfates on my hair) and my hair looks soooo much better now.
I realized that a bad hair day now, looks as good as a good hair day before I stopped brushing and flat ironing.

I definitely want to see a picture of your hair in a couple of weeks (when your hair has accepted that you stopped flat ironing and brushing, you could call it hair rehab if you want )
CG? And now that it is summer, flat ironing is not the best idea. ...and I will be sure to keep you updated.
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CG = Curly Girl method...

Roughly seen when doing CG, you have to avoid sulphates and silicones... for mor information you should probably look up the Curly Girl Handbook by Lorraine Massey (or however you write her name )
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