View Poll Results: Do you think I should relaxe my hair?
yes 2 12.50%
No 12 75.00%
You should do other(please state) 2 12.50%
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I'm thinking about relaxing my hair

Well, last time I was at my hair stylist(who I think is complete and utter crap) she told me that I might look into relaxing my hair. She said it would make it wavy, as my hai is super curly and extremely thick. My hair has become too ahrd to handle. I use jessicurl, and deep condition often. but no matter what I do, it get's in the way. My showers wind up taking an hour or more, because it gets so knotted and I have to go through all my hair. and when i do stat combing, tons of it comes out. I left my hair in a bag when I combed it, and after a few weeks I had a giant hair ball. all my hair is clogging thedrain and I frequently have to dig it out. I go days without doing my hair and just put it in a bun because its so tiresome and annoying to do. all the hair gets on me and even after i;ve dried off, or hours later i'll still find hair on me!!!

edit: plus no matter what I do it's frizzy, and I'm ust tired of it. It gets in my way all the time, and ifi'm walkingor excersising,(gah! Sp) it makes me sweat like heck. and when I put it in a pony tail I get this big afro that sticks outthe back of my head! it's embarrassing.
~Shady~
I'm very anti-relaxer after my Phytorelaxer debacle. I wouldn't do it again. BUT, if you decide to, make sure your hair is very healthy. Don't relax over hair that's been permanently colored. And definitely get it relaxed by a pro. It should only loosen the curl. But know that no matter what, relaxer is damaging to your hair and might make it frizzier.
I don't know what products anymore... got CKT!

Could you suggest a good relaxer then?
~Shady~
If you are already losing that much hair I definitely say do not get a relaxer! I had my hair chemically relaxed/straightened and the worst part about it to me was that I lost a lot of hair! The reason I had layers in my hair in the first place is because most of that hair was how much I lost when I had it straightened and now a few years later and chemical free, it's finally grown back in. I know everyone's experiences are different, but it sounds like what your hair needs is some more TLC. I would stick with using Jessicurl for a while longer. Are you using any other products besides Jessicurl? I believe a long time ago you used baking soda pretty often to wash your hair..are you still doing that? It does take time to see dramatic results in the condition of your hair but eventually your hair will love you back when you treat it with care. Maybe you can get a good hair cut so that you have less hair to deal with??
I'm just using Jessicurl now. I've been using it for about a year now I guess. a little more.
~Shady~
Do you have any current pictures of your hair? It would probably make it easier for people to give you advice.
I woudln't relax. Imagine how weird it would look when your hair grows back! Also, I notice that when I put my hair in a bun, I get tangles. When I wear my hair down, none. Maybe you can try braiding your hair for tangle (and frizz free) hair? It will also loosen your curls a bit if you braid your hair while wet and sleep on it. Maybe you can leave some conditioner in too. How long have you been using Jessicurl?
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Currently: Trying to stop straightening so much. Using Elucence conditioner and whatever works for me.
For a little over a year.
~Shady~
One more thought.. maybe you need something heavier to weigh your curls down. I love Jessicurl products, but her stylers always turned my hair into a poof ball and my hair probably isn't nearly as curly as yours. Maybe using products like Curls or something heavier than Jessicurl will help.
I relaxed my hair back in April, and although I loved how it took a lot of the frizz away, the amount of damage it did to my hair was not worth it. It didn't start breaking off for a couple of months after I did it, but it's still breaking off now. I had to cut several inches off, and lose a lot of lenght, as well as putting in some crazy layers, to try to get rid of the damaged parts. I still cut off my split ends every couple of weeks, and there are always a ton.

Personally, I don't think it's worth the amount of damage to your hair. Not to mention, to keep up with the look, you'd have to keep putting relaxers on. There was no way my hair could take putting multiple relaxers on it. It would just all for out for sure.
~ the artist formerly known as babywavy ~

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What comb are you using? I have a problem with giant knots and tangles. Nothing I tried helped. Then someone (I can't remember who, but thanks) on here suggested this comb:

http://www.folica.com/Mebco_Tortoise__d402.html

I had doubts that it would work but I bought it anyway. It's cheap at Sally's, only about $3 and it works really well. Seriously, nothing works for my tangles except this comb. I think it's magic or something.

Try this comb, try good products, try a different haircut, just don't start relaxing your hair! Keep trying different things and you WILL find something to work for you.
Although many curlied hair people would disagree, i think dry brushing is a great thing for hair. Not only does it detangle hair, but it also gets out all of the loose hair an collects it in the brush. I cant use just a comb cause i'll shed all day, so I use this awesome mason pearson brush. Its expensive but worth it.

2c/3a
Growing out hair to a little above bsl
pw: ringlets
One more thought.. maybe you need something heavier to weigh your curls down. I love Jessicurl products, but her stylers always turned my hair into a poof ball and my hair probably isn't nearly as curly as yours. Maybe using products like Curls or something heavier than Jessicurl will help.
Originally Posted by Iwantcurlyhair
I agree with Iwantcurlyhair...
Yep. I need to get some heavier stuff. My hair is bugging the crap out of me lately. Enough to where I wish it was straight 24/7 too

I like aveda be curly. It makes my hair curly but it looks better.
Right now I feel like a dry mop head.
I couldn't suggest any relaxer. I haven't had good luck with any. I've done it twice and both times my hair hated it.
I don't know what products anymore... got CKT!

Although many curlied hair people would disagree, i think dry brushing is a great thing for hair. Not only does it detangle hair, but it also gets out all of the loose hair an collects it in the brush. I cant use just a comb cause i'll shed all day, so I use this awesome mason pearson brush. Its expensive but worth it.
Originally Posted by unique1193
I agree that brushing does an excellent job of getting rid of tangles and the shed hair that gets trapped in the curls. It's also great for distributing product I don't do it on dry hair, though only wet with conditioner or damp with leave in.
Spoken by a 3B with past bra-strap length curls living in an old place with tiny, shizoid drains:

1) Put mesh strainers in each drain. It will catch 80% of the hair. Cost: $1.29.

2) Get a Zip-It. $3 at Walmart, Hope Depot or almost anywhere. Pulls out hair clogs like magic.

3) I did the 'relaxer' 7 years ago. It loosened curl all right -- & did nothing at all to contain/control frizz. I just had straighter, still poofy hair.

4) Seriously consider using more amodimethicone (the mellow cone in One C). Higher concentrations of this practically elimimated tangled knotty ends for me & cut frizz by 1/2.
3B, bra-strap length
laidback, very-modified CGer
HG: GF Sleek 'n Shine Leave-in; Alagio
What comb are you using? I have a problem with giant knots and tangles. Nothing I tried helped. Then someone (I can't remember who, but thanks) on here suggested this comb:

http://www.folica.com/Mebco_Tortoise__d402.html

I had doubts that it would work but I bought it anyway. It's cheap at Sally's, only about $3 and it works really well. Seriously, nothing works for my tangles except this comb. I think it's magic or something.

Try this comb, try good products, try a different haircut, just don't start relaxing your hair! Keep trying different things and you WILL find something to work for you.
Originally Posted by ~Zoe~
Is that seamless?
3b-3c CG
Your curls are so pretty!! Don't do it!! I had my hair relaxed for the first (and ONLY) time in June and I so regret it. The damage was awful! It's so much more work trying to have a good hair day now.

I agree with others who say that Jessicurl isn't enough for you. I really wanted to like Jessicurl products, but they weren't good for me. Re your tangles, Jessicurl definitely didn't have enough slip for me to detangle. Elucence has great slip. I wound up with an extra bottle of CJ HB leave in/fine, so I've been using that mixed with a little CJ HB Deep Fix as a rinse out with great results. (About 80% leave-in/20% deep fix.) It's very moisturizing and also has great slip. Also, if you don't want your hair to be so big, I recommend staying away from magnesium sulfate. Re:coil and Awe Inspiraling just made me frizzy
Oh, almost forgot! I use a vented brush to detangle in the shower with lots of conditioner in my hair. I tried combing and had a really hard time. And my scalp loves this brush. http://www.drugstore.com/products/pr...-PLST-0-SEARCH

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