I used to have curls! :(

Because of excessive use of my flat-iron it's all messed up.
My hair is not curly, not wavy and not straight.
At the top it curls a bit but at the ends it's 100 percent straight.
I have no idea what to do with it because it doesn't look pretty when I leave it natural.
Does anybody have ANY suggestions about what I can do to make my hair pretty again?
I have heard of some people cutting off the straight ends (if the ends look split and damaged this would really be a good idea), but maybe increasing your conditioning with the combination of moisture and protein that your hair likes will help over time? I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than me will chime in soon, hold tight, and put that flatiron away!
Formerly Urbancurl.
Medium-high density, fine-medium, low-normal porosity, 3b/c, permanent color.
CG, no heat, combs, brushes, parabens.
Fall/Winter HG=Alba Botanica Soft Hold Style Cream.
Spring/Summer HG=MGA Sculpting Gel
Current fave LI=Madre Labs Made by Nature for Baby Conditioner.
Limit oils, butters, glycerin.
Thanks for your reply diaspora! My hair isn't damaged at all, I've cut off a little bit about 2 weeks ago. I do try to use less heat on my hair because about a year ago it had made my hair extremely damaged and thin. At that time I cut off a lot of inches because I had to! Now my hair is long and thick again but the curls just won't come back... :s
Well that's really good that it didn't get damaged. Maybe until the curl bounces back, you can style your hair to make it look curlier? Do you already plop or scrunch? Some of the curlies on NC.com will probably ask what routine you use for your hair so they can offer specific suggestions.

Do you watch any of the natural hair videos on Youtube? I have come across many that address heat damage and what they do about it. I wish I could recommend specific videos, but I almost never use heat so I usually didn't watch the whole videos.
Formerly Urbancurl.
Medium-high density, fine-medium, low-normal porosity, 3b/c, permanent color.
CG, no heat, combs, brushes, parabens.
Fall/Winter HG=Alba Botanica Soft Hold Style Cream.
Spring/Summer HG=MGA Sculpting Gel
Current fave LI=Madre Labs Made by Nature for Baby Conditioner.
Limit oils, butters, glycerin.
Well, what I do with my hair is very easy lol. I just let my hair air-dry without using any products in it. At first it looks a bit curly but by the time it dries it just falls down , and in the morning there's no trace of curls at all... I've tried scrunching in the past but I must be doing something wrong because it doesn't have any effect..

Thanks for the tip, I'm going to check out the videos on Youtube.
Check ivycharlaine on youtube, she will help u a lot. She recovered from heat damage.

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3B/3C Recovering from heat damaged :/... almost like transitioning because most of my hair is straight it won't curl, thsi is due to sooo many years of using heat without stoping.

Braid out and twist out are my staple styles right now! Not using heat since December 2011. Still experimenting with products!
Well, what I do with my hair is very easy lol. I just let my hair air-dry without using any products in it. At first it looks a bit curly but by the time it dries it just falls down , and in the morning there's no trace of curls at all... I've tried scrunching in the past but I must be doing something wrong because it doesn't have any effect..

Thanks for the tip, I'm going to check out the videos on Youtube.
Originally Posted by Belle_
I would try product ... A gel would probably help hold the curl in. Aussie Instant Freeze is a good cheap one to try.

I'd also use a light leave-in that won't weigh your hair down but will moisturize it; I'm guessing it needs it if it's been fried with a straightner regularly!
2a/b (really thick but sort of fine with pretty weak waves), medium-to-fine texture, normal porosity (I think). Doesn't seem to like protein.

Favorite products: Kinky-Curly Knot Today, Kinky-Curly Curling Custard, Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle, Curl Junkie Curl Rehab, Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion, Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk, homemade flaxseed gel.

Still looking for a cleanser I like.
Well, what I do with my hair is very easy lol. I just let my hair air-dry without using any products in it. At first it looks a bit curly but by the time it dries it just falls down , and in the morning there's no trace of curls at all... I've tried scrunching in the past but I must be doing something wrong because it doesn't have any effect..

Thanks for the tip, I'm going to check out the videos on Youtube.
Originally Posted by Belle_
No products at all? No wonder it's not coming out the way you want it to! It may not be the flat-ironing, but just a lack of moisture. Nearly everyone on here uses something in their hair when they wear it curly so that it has moisture, curl definition and hold. With no product, our hair gets flyaway and frizzy because it is reaching out into the atmosphere for moisture.

Sometimes all I add is a leave-in conditioner, or I will only rinse a regular conditioner slightly, and then air dry. With the right conditioner, my hair looks curly and nice all day, and maybe the next day. More often, I will use a cream after I've rinsed all of my conditioner, or a gel with most of my conditioner left in or a separate leave-in. With products, my hair will usually look nice for 2 or 3 days without doing much to it. Do you have any products? Are you following any kind of "rules" for your hair, like no sulfates/silicones?
Formerly Urbancurl.
Medium-high density, fine-medium, low-normal porosity, 3b/c, permanent color.
CG, no heat, combs, brushes, parabens.
Fall/Winter HG=Alba Botanica Soft Hold Style Cream.
Spring/Summer HG=MGA Sculpting Gel
Current fave LI=Madre Labs Made by Nature for Baby Conditioner.
Limit oils, butters, glycerin.
Check ivycharlaine on youtube, she will help u a lot. She recovered from heat damage.

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Originally Posted by pamm3la
Checked her, thanks!

I would try product ... A gel would probably help hold the curl in. Aussie Instant Freeze is a good cheap one to try.

I'd also use a light leave-in that won't weigh your hair down but will moisturize it; I'm guessing it needs it if it's been fried with a straightner regularly!
Originally Posted by amandamarie
Thanks, I've been putting an olive oil and garlic mask in my hair once a week, for about a month now. My hair is definitely more moisturized than it was before. But I think the damage is already done lol.

No products at all? No wonder it's not coming out the way you want it to! It may not be the flat-ironing, but just a lack of moisture. Nearly everyone on here uses something in their hair when they wear it curly so that it has moisture, curl definition and hold. With no product, our hair gets flyaway and frizzy because it is reaching out into the atmosphere for moisture.

Sometimes all I add is a leave-in conditioner, or I will only rinse a regular conditioner slightly, and then air dry. With the right conditioner, my hair looks curly and nice all day, and maybe the next day. More often, I will use a cream after I've rinsed all of my conditioner, or a gel with most of my conditioner left in or a separate leave-in. With products, my hair will usually look nice for 2 or 3 days without doing much to it. Do you have any products? Are you following any kind of "rules" for your hair, like no sulfates/silicones?
Originally Posted by diaspora
Haha welllllllllllll, I recently went shopping for some hairproducts. And I bought a curl shampoo and conditioner (do contain sulfates and silicones). I used to use the Asia straight line by Schwarzkopf before looool. I've also bought a styling spray and mousse. So now my hair curls a bit more than before but the curls don't last. Uhm and I use an olive oil and garlic mask once a week. PLUS when I go to bed and wake up the next morning the curls are completely gone.

Waaaaay back when I used to wear my hair in curls I used a lot of products in it and the curls would look awesome. It were real curls but now I feel like they're not curls at all, completely stretched out. I have parts of my hair that curl but others are more stubborn so it doesn't look as pretty as I want it I must say.
You need to determine your hair properties. That way, people will have some information about your hair to give you help. Here's a link to help: Live Curly Live Free - Home Once your determine your hair properties, you can look for other people with hair like yours and see what they use (in signature.) It's the best place to start.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
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Sounds like heat damage....I think weekly deep treatments (and regular protein treatments too, though when would depend on how sensitive you are to it) would help. I also think it might help you to look into the curly girl method.....no sulfates to dry out your hair, no silicones (which coat your hair and prevent it from getting moisture, plus require sulfates to remove). Not everyone needs to follow CG but if you're in need of moisture/major health boost it can't hurt to try it out


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