I am new and need advice

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My hair is naturally wavy/curly. I have been using a flat iron almost daily for a long time and it seems to be starting to damage my hair. I also have my hair colored every four weeks and I have been doing that for awhile too.

I am trying to figure out how to style my hair naturally. The way I normally do it doesn't work so well. If I leave it wavy I will shampoo and condition my hair then slightly towel dry it just to make it where it isn't dripping. Then I put a anti frizz serum in and comb it through then I put a fair amount of mousse in and comb it through and let it air dry. The problem is it takes my hair four hours to be fully dry if I don't use a blow dryer. I have tried using a difuser on a blow dryer and it just makes my hair big and frizzy.

I try to wash my hair every other day. I always use and heat protection spray before using a flat iron. I set my iron to 400 normally but lately I have tried it at 300. I thought that would be better but it seems to dry it out more.

So any suggestions on how to style my hair curly ?
Any hair products ?
Welcome! A few techniques that might help: don't use a regular towel to dry your hair. Use either a microfiber towel or a t-shirt to gently squeeze extra water from your hair (don't rub the way you would to dry the rest of yourself off- use a squeeze/scrunch motion). When you diffuse, try holding the diffuser in the same place for a minute or two and then move to a different part of your head- don't keep the diffuser moving constantly. And keep the diffuser set to low heat/low speed. Technique is every bit as important as product, so even if you start using these techniques with your current products, you should see a difference.

As far as products, many people here will suggest the Curly Girl (CG) method, which involves eliminating sulfates and silicones from your hair care routine. To really choose the right products, it's important to know your hair's properties (texture, porosity, etc). These are much more important than curl pattern for finding the right products.

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Welcome! A few techniques that might help: don't use a regular towel to dry your hair. Use either a microfiber towel or a t-shirt to gently squeeze extra water from your hair (don't rub the way you would to dry the rest of yourself off- use a squeeze/scrunch motion). When you diffuse, try holding the diffuser in the same place for a minute or two and then move to a different part of your head- don't keep the diffuser moving constantly. And keep the diffuser set to low heat/low speed. Technique is every bit as important as product, so even if you start using these techniques with your current products, you should see a difference.

As far as products, many people here will suggest the Curly Girl (CG) method, which involves eliminating sulfates and silicones from your hair care routine. To really choose the right products, it's important to know your hair's properties (texture, porosity, etc). These are much more important than curl pattern for finding the right products.

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Originally Posted by Corrina777
Thanks for all the advice. I already use sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. It's the loreal nourishing sulfate free system. I don't know if that's a good one or not but it seems to keep my hair color a bit longer.
Welcome to both of you. We're glad you're here.

You can learn more about Texture Typing here. It's a great place to begin learning about your hair.
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