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Old 07-23-2013, 01:19 PM   #21
 
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I stopped relaxing my hair a year ago because I know it's healthier for me. Two months ago, I stopped straightening my hair & my hair is better than ever. Not going back except 'straightening' to get a trim. I get more compliments on my curly hair than my straight hair.
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:28 PM   #22
 
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My love of locs. I just had to have them. Had to!! LoL!

I suffered in my journey, but I'm on the other side doing just fine.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:24 PM   #23
 
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My scalp was burned and a huge portion of my hair 'melted' into my scalp. My hair fell out from the site of the burn leaving me with a palm-sized bald spot that thankfully regrew. I was so traumatized that I vowed never to get another 'relaxer' again.
Fronomenal (love your username), gotta admit, that was hard to read. It all sounded completely horrific and I winced just thinking about the pain that had to have caused you. What made me feel better was looking at your avatar pic and knowing you won't suffer through that crap again

(PS Your hair looks great, voluminous, really healthy ... Have you considered creating a pic album to showcase it?)
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My scalp was burned and a huge portion of my hair 'melted' into my scalp. My hair fell out from the site of the burn leaving me with a palm-sized bald spot that thankfully regrew. I was so traumatized that I vowed never to get another 'relaxer' again.
Fronomenal (love your username), gotta admit, that was hard to read. It all sounded completely horrific and I winced just thinking about the pain that had to have caused you. What made me feel better was looking at your avatar pic and knowing you won't suffer through that crap again

(PS Your hair looks great, voluminous, really healthy ... Have you considered creating a pic album to showcase it?)
I agree, "Fronomenal" is a great user name and as one with hair that 'fros, I can appreciate that. Lot of good responses to this thread. You might get enough to write a book, Korkscrew.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:35 AM   #25
 
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My scalp was burned and a huge portion of my hair 'melted' into my scalp. My hair fell out from the site of the burn leaving me with a palm-sized bald spot that thankfully regrew. I was so traumatized that I vowed never to get another 'relaxer' again.
Fronomenal (love your username), gotta admit, that was hard to read. It all sounded completely horrific and I winced just thinking about the pain that had to have caused you. What made me feel better was looking at your avatar pic and knowing you won't suffer through that crap again

(PS Your hair looks great, voluminous, really healthy ... Have you considered creating a pic album to showcase it?)
It was. I'm glad it will never happen again.

Thank you for the complement on my hair! The pic in my avatar is a couple years old though. I've been meaning to take pictures of the different hair styles I do. I think I'll start a pic album when I start grad school in early August.
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:29 PM   #26
 
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Yay! I look forward to your pics
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I second that. Fronomenal, you have gorgeous hair. Korkscrew inspired me to do a photo gallery.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:31 PM   #28
 
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I just saw your gallery, you made the right move going to the "other side." I'm glad I did. Your hair is gorgeous.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:09 AM   #29
 
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I went natural for mainly 2 reasons; one is I'm not a fan of going to the beauty salon. I hated spending hours getting my hair done and it would only look cute for a couple of days because, reason 2, my hair is super thick. So even with a relaxer my hair was never super straight, it was always poofy. I didn't even make much sense for me to relax it since it stayed fluffy.
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:16 PM   #30
 
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LOL I know right? SO much time and so few rewards.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:41 AM   #31
 
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I went natural for mainly 2 reasons; one is I'm not a fan of going to the beauty salon. I hated spending hours getting my hair done and it would only look cute for a couple of days because, reason 2, my hair is super thick. So even with a relaxer my hair was never super straight, it was always poofy. I didn't even make much sense for me to relax it since it stayed fluffy.
Though I have never flat ironed, I have done curling iron a few times, I would think that takes longer than just getting out of the shower and letting the curls do their thing.
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I went natural for mainly 2 reasons; one is I'm not a fan of going to the beauty salon. I hated spending hours getting my hair done and it would only look cute for a couple of days because, reason 2, my hair is super thick. So even with a relaxer my hair was never super straight, it was always poofy. I didn't even make much sense for me to relax it since it stayed fluffy.
I learned to take a lunch to the salon because I was not going anywhere for awhile. I made my appointments on weekdays and I would still sit for hours before they even started on me.
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Old 07-26-2013, 02:51 PM   #33
 
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Though I have never flat ironed, I have done curling iron a few times, I would think that takes longer than just getting out of the shower and letting the curls do their thing.
Oh I can tell you a thing or two about those #@^%(*&^%** curling irons ... After killing my hair w/relaxers (which still left me with waves), I had to curl up my ends to hide them from sight, cause they were split ... Insult atop injury
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:51 PM   #34
 
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For me, it was this experience I had this past semester(my first year away at college):
The first semester of school I had succeeded in giving myself a relaxer, so when I had to do it again second semester, I thought it would be just as easy. I bought a relaxer that was wayyyyyyyy too strong for me without knowing, and not even five minutes in my hair was coming out in handfuls and what was left was stringy, stretchy, and sticky.
I ended up having to get my hair shaved off as close to my head as possible without actually being bald (1/4" , just about).

Ever since then, I pretty much vowed to myself I'd never ever get a relaxer again if I could help it. Even now I'm wary of letting my mum or grandma even touch my hair because it's been growing back so well with me babying it and I don't want to have any issues with it breaking off again.

Before, a friend and I had talked about going natural together, but in the end she never did and this event is what kicked me into being natural and I'm definitely here to stay, so I guess it was a blessing in disguise that I botched that relaxer (although I cried like nobody's business during it).
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For me, it was this experience I had this past semester(my first year away at college):
The first semester of school I had succeeded in giving myself a relaxer, so when I had to do it again second semester, I thought it would be just as easy. I bought a relaxer that was wayyyyyyyy too strong for me without knowing, and not even five minutes in my hair was coming out in handfuls and what was left was stringy, stretchy, and sticky.
I ended up having to get my hair shaved off as close to my head as possible without actually being bald (1/4" , just about).

Ever since then, I pretty much vowed to myself I'd never ever get a relaxer again if I could help it. Even now I'm wary of letting my mum or grandma even touch my hair because it's been growing back so well with me babying it and I don't want to have any issues with it breaking off again.

Before, a friend and I had talked about going natural together, but in the end she never did and this event is what kicked me into being natural and I'm definitely here to stay, so I guess it was a blessing in disguise that I botched that relaxer (although I cried like nobody's business during it).
I can totally relate. I went natural after hair loss. I cried and went through months of depression because I felt ugly. Then I remembered how every adversity can also be a learning experience and I prayed God would reveal what He wanted me to teach me from this. I learned I'm okay just the way He made me. I don't have those good hair/bad hair bs notions anymore. I think I'm inspiring others that relaxing is in deed optional. Now I regard my hair falling out as one of the worst best things that ever happened to me because I wouldn't have gone natural otherwise.
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Old 07-31-2013, 03:49 AM   #36
 
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I've always been 'natural' but I would flat iron every two weeks which kept it straight. I started wearing my hair curly when I noticed short hairs falling out (breakage!). I alternate between straight and curly - usually straight in cold weather. I've just started diffusing so hopefully I can stay curly through winter this year.
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I can totally relate. I went natural after hair loss. I cried and went through months of depression because I felt ugly. Then I remembered how every adversity can also be a learning experience and I prayed God would reveal what He wanted me to teach me from this. I learned I'm okay just the way He made me. I don't have those good hair/bad hair bs notions anymore. I think I'm inspiring others that relaxing is in deed optional. Now I regard my hair falling out as one of the worst best things that ever happened to me because I wouldn't have gone natural otherwise.
I wish I could 'like' comments on my phone. I'd 'like' this!
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:00 AM   #38
 
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because i want to be chemical free and i don't like bone straight hair on my oval face shape. i like thickness and curls.
This made me giggle because I also don't like straight hair on my face (it's extremely round!). But also, my curls draw attention away from my bulbous nose! 😆
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:50 PM   #39
 
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Curlylocs, no offense to naturally straight-haired folks, but you just reminded me of how ordinary I looked with that straight stuff
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Default it all started because i wanted thicker hair+

i started by getting texturizers and a good flat iron so i could still flat iron my hair then eventually i realized i could get my hair straight without chemicals at all. that led to deep conditioning which led to co washing which lead to CG method and eventually i preferred my curls over the straight look
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