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Old 07-17-2012, 06:04 PM   #1
 
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Default Dry, Damaged hair. In need of help :/

Im 18 years old, half pakistani and half black. My mother is the pakistani one, but my hair is almost the complete opposit of hers. Neither one of us have ever really known how to take care of it. As a result, I got relaxers for many years. I've been free of them for two years now, my hair is not as long as it used to be though. It is passed my shoulder. It is dry looking, and feeling. My curls dont even look the same after they dry. I need to really define them somehow, make them want to clump together. I need to make my hair healthier, stronger, and definitely softer. Any tips? advice? PRODUCTS/REMEDIES?? Im in need. Thanks(:
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did you still have any of the relaxer in?
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Nope, all of the relaxer is out of my hair now. Its all my natural hair. I just dont know what to do with it as I've never been natural in my adult life.
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You should try a protein treatment followed by a deep conditioning treatment. An easy way to do that is crack an egg(you may need more than one) and coat your hair root to tip in it, let it sit for maybe 10-15 minute(some do it longer, but to be on the safe side, and to not dry out your hair more, and only leave it on for a short time until you know if your hair is protein sensitive), then rinse it out with cold water. Once that's done, you can coat you hair root to tip in warmed up oil(extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil are both good options, I prefer coconut because it doesn't have as strong of a smell). Leave that in for about a half an hour and shampoo and condition like you normally would.

That should help some, with both the damage and the dryness. Though I wouldn't suggest doing the protein treatment too regularly, you should do a deep treatment regularly to help with dryness. Some people do one once or twice a week, some only do it once or twice a month. It'll help a lot once you know the properties of you hair. I also put coconut oil on the ends of my hair once they've dried to help soften the ends.

And if you haven't tried it yet you may want to look into trying the CG method. A lot of the method is explained on this site.
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:20 AM   #5
 
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Nope, all of the relaxer is out of my hair now. Its all my natural hair. I just dont know what to do with it as I've never been natural in my adult life.
What are you hair properties? What sort of products do you use?

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You should try a protein treatment followed by a deep conditioning treatment. An easy way to do that is crack an egg(you may need more than one) and coat your hair root to tip in it, let it sit for maybe 10-15 minute(some do it longer, but to be on the safe side, and to not dry out your hair more, and only leave it on for a short time until you know if your hair is protein sensitive), then rinse it out with cold water. Once that's done, you can coat you hair root to tip in warmed up oil(extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil are both good options, I prefer coconut because it doesn't have as strong of a smell). Leave that in for about a half an hour and shampoo and condition like you normally would.

That should help some, with both the damage and the dryness. Though I wouldn't suggest doing the protein treatment too regularly, you should do a deep treatment regularly to help with dryness. Some people do one once or twice a week, some only do it once or twice a month. It'll help a lot once you know the properties of you hair. I also put coconut oil on the ends of my hair once they've dried to help soften the ends.

And if you haven't tried it yet you may want to look into trying the CG method. A lot of the method is explained on this site.
Thank you so muchh. Do you use the virgin coconut oil? I've heard that and coconut mil really soften the hair
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Nope, all of the relaxer is out of my hair now. Its all my natural hair. I just dont know what to do with it as I've never been natural in my adult life.
What are you hair properties? What sort of products do you use?

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I dont even know, I've never really been all natural. What do you mean by properties? My hair type is 3c, its a little passed my shoulders when curly, BSL when straight. the curls in the back of my hair are not defined at all. I think my hair is highly porous but Im not sure. & I just use garnier products because thats whats in the house.
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Garnier products contain silicones, which could be contributing to your dryness
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I use a good product to avoid the frizz and it has worked pretty good and can help you to repair the damaged hair, it's Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil which is really good, keeps the hair soft, shiny, frizz less and healthy.
If you are interested you can check it out at safrons.com
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My favorite sites for determining hair properties:

scienceyhairblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/hair-porosity-how-to-measure-sort-of.html

scienceyhairblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/is-your-hair-fine-medium-or-coarse-how.html

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I use a good product to avoid the frizz and it has worked pretty good and can help you to repair the damaged hair, it's Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil which is really good, keeps the hair soft, shiny, frizz less and healthy.
If you are interested you can check it out at safrons.com
Yeah my hair gets really frizzy toward the back so I need to work on thatt. My heat damage isnt as severe as I thought though, because all of my hair is curly, none of it has completely lost is curl. The most is that its a little wavy in the middle of my head but still the majority is curly.
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Garnier products contain silicones, which could be contributing to your dryness
Oh okayy, Probably. Thank you so much. Ill look for something without silicones. Any suggestions?
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I just started a thread with products that are all CG friendly! Most are very affordable and readily available. Have a look!

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