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Old 11-05-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
 
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Unhappy Dry, damaged, hopeless curls ):

So i have like 3b-ish hair that is around bra strap length when straight. I got a trim back in december and the lady gave me layers.... bad idea for my curly hair. So i straighten it about once or twice a month at most. My problem is that my hair is super dry and sucks up moisture like a sponge. Literally like 5 minutes after showering my hair is already dry. The outer part of my hair is thin, but the crown/middle part is EXTREMELY thick and coarse. In addition to that, my curl pattern is really inconsistent and my ends suffer from heat damage making it really hard for me to like my curls. it seems that there is no way to tame my hair): It doesnt look cute down or in a ponytail because most of the length is heat damaged. My dream is to have curls that just lay down and look moisturized throughout the day. I did the big chop about 2 years ago into an A-line which was a bad idea because i ended up straightening it all the time because thats the only way the hair cut looked good. Now i'm considering cutting it again just so my ends will be curly instead of being straight from heat damage, but i also feel like if my hair grew out longer it would look good finally. Any advice on what to do with my dry, heat damaged mop or product recommendations would be wonderful. I feel so hopeless with my hair ):
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:24 PM   #2
 
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Cut the dead ends, protein treatments, and numerous deep conditioning treatments.

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Old 11-06-2013, 05:21 AM   #3
 
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As ashlyndmarie said - chop off your damaged ends.

Also baby your hair. You have to nurture it to get it healthy. As someone who spend nearly a decade getting my hair chemically straightened and using straightening irons on it practically every day, I know how hard it is to recover from the damage and get the curls back!

I found the following helped me SO much:
No heat (if you must blow-dry use a diffuser on the 'cool' setting).
No combs or brushes - only finger detangling.
Deep condition once per week.
Pre-poo with coconut oil.
Get rid of my sulfate-laden shampoos and use moisturising, non-stripping ones with great ingredients (the one in my signature is a godsend).
Use a really good conditioner (again, the one in my signature).
Cut out hair sprays (SO drying).
Do gradual chops, often, to get rid of all my damaged ends and avoid breakage.

Since doing all of that my hair is in such good health and I have basically no breakage or anything
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Co-wash: As I Am Coconut
Conditioner: TRESemmé Naturals
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Leave-in: As I Am / Giovanni Direct
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:00 AM   #4
 
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Get a curly specialist haircut, see the salons tab on the main NC site. Stop using such high temperatures, ideally no flat ironing. Read up on the Curly Girl method, use far more conditioner including a leave in conditioner.
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:08 AM   #5
 
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I was in the exact same boat as you. These steps worked for me (in no particular order)-

1. Cut the damage off. No matter how long you grow it, it will still be there.

2. Find your hair properties and find products that will work with it. Curly Girl Method is amazing, you don't say what kinds of products you use. After you know your properties, search the board for someone with same properties in their signature and see what types of products they use.

3. Use leave in conditioner every time you wash. Do some deep treatments (coconut oil and honey in your regular conditioner if you don't want to buy one)

4. Apply products when soaking wet and tip your head and scrunch. Scrunch with tshirt or microfiber towel to reduce frizz.

5. It sounds like you have high porosity hair. You'll want products that will close your cuticle. I found diluted ACV rinses when I'm feeling frizzy after a low poo worked wonders for my frizz and poofiness. Also a leave in conditioner with a pH of 4.5 is amazing.

6. A good build-up free styler will work wonders for the frizz.

7. Clarify once in a while if you use products that build up.

8. If you have hard water, cowashing probably will not be for you.

It won't happen overnight. I've been doing this for 3 months and just now starting to *really* feel the difference, and my curls have finally perked up very consistently.
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:18 AM   #6
 
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Quote:
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It won't happen overnight. I've been doing this for 3 months and just now starting to *really* feel the difference, and my curls have finally perked up very consistently.
Agreed! It's a gradual process, but the results are so worth it. And honestly, time flies by
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Curly type: 3A Botticelli curls. Medium porosity. Medium density.
Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Co-wash: As I Am Coconut
Conditioner: TRESemmé Naturals
D/C: Nothing But Intense Healing Mask
Leave-in: As I Am / Giovanni Direct
Styler: Umberto Giannini Scrunching Curl Friends Jelly / KCCC


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Old 01-07-2014, 12:55 PM   #7
 
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Leave-in conditioner helps with this kind of thing, also trimming all the ends of your hair will help.
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