Hi! I'm new to this site and this is my very first post! I'm an African American female, with natural, dark hair (about a 2 I've been told), and my curls are a 3c (I think). I stopped relaxing my hair quite some time ago, and hadn't colored it since I went natural. My typical summer style is "wash and go": I leave conditioner in it (usually pantene for women of color), add a little oil and Infusium, and let it air dry. Last summer, I had a great stylist/colorist dye my hair a gorgeous auburn/red with blond and auburn/honey blonde highlights. Perfect. My curls were still amazing! My texture was the same!
About six months later my new growth was really noticable, and in general, I wanted my natural color back. Unfortunately the initial hair woman I went to wasn't available. So, I went to a different stylist I've know for some time (not at the same salon). I told her what color I initially was (about a 2), and she dyed it back. The color matched perfectly (even now, 5 months later, you can't tell where my new growth/natural color starts). As soon as she washed the color out, my hair felt like STRAW! It's was dry, felt weird (compared to how it usually feels after I was it), and almost matted together
Now, when I try to "wash and go" my curls, well, they don't curl. If I could compare it to anything, it looks as if I had a relaxer and tried to "scrunch" my hair to get the curly effect. And of course my new growth at the top (which has my old texture), ends up looking kinda of fuzzy in comparison to the straighter texture of the hair that's colored.
Do you have ANY suggestions on how I can get my naturally curly texture back? Are there any products that will help either reverse the effect of the harsh dye, or do I just have to wait until my hair grows out?
Please help me! I'd appreciate any feedback or advice you might have!