I've been lurking on the forum for about a week and as I began following the tips and wealth of information found here, I began to awaken my natural hair texture and bouncyness as well as to revolutionize the way I thought about my own hair. First off, let me say a deeply felt thank you. I am thrilled and amazed.
I used to belong to a long hair forum years ago and in what seems like another life altogether, this was my hair back in 2003:
This was after some product (much of the same you guys recommend aloe vera gel, oils, low or no cones, etc.; after all, healthy hair is healthy hair). So, for years, I thought of myself as having a pronounced wave in my hair.
After the birth of my now 7 year old, this is how I kept it (after some highlighting and fighting to straighten it naturally since as the weight of the hair decreased, it began getting frizzier and less manageable):
On the other hand, my youngest daughter has the cutest hair ever. It is wonderfully curly and fine like mine, but as I stated before, I was in some serious curly hair denial and thought she had inherited the curliness from her father's side:
I continued to fight my hair and as we all know how it goes, the more I did, the frizzier and unrulier it got. So recently, I decided enough was enough, and I was going to embrace that I had wavy hair. I began to see a lot of the curly and wavy hair information is basically the same. I tried the CO wash with my current products (which do have some mild silicones, but are made for wavy hair) and I pineappled my hair and this is what I got:
To state that I was really surprised is such and understatement. I never dreamed I could have such volume and actual curl to my hair with basically letting it do its own thing. I realized there and then, I had been an 'in the closet curly' and it was time to come out!
That was Monday of this week. On Wednesday, I went and purchased appropriate products and began detoxing my hair. This morning it's been really rainy here, and the humidity is through the roof, but instead of my hair becoming a frizz ball, the curls began getting tighter. Ok, there was some frizz, but nothing compared to what it was before. By the time, I got to work, I had actual spirals in my hair. Again...amazing.
So, now I realize my hair is full of good surprises and I can't wait to see what I will end up with once I am over the initial transition. In the meantime, here is what it looks like today, after the stint in the rain:
I am looking forward to learning a lot more from all of you. So, from what I have been able to gather, I would say I'm a 3a. I have fine hair, but there's a lot of it and the porosity appears normal. My hair tends to prefer protein over humectants, but they are all good in moderation.
Does this sound right?