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What often works for me is to clarify with a serious clarifying shampoo, and then just be diligent about conditioning it. You can co-wash/condition daily or every other day, it shouldn't strip your hair. After a week or so you should begin to see your hair get back to normal. I'd use a conditioner that is high on moisture, and low on oils and proteins. Some are fine, just not too many. Leave it in for 5-10 minutes with each wash.
2a/b
medium/thick
high porosity (from coloring)

Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
Oils: caudalie, sweet almond
Thanks, Korkscrew! I've subscribed to that thread and look forward to reading up.
Originally Posted by poemaXX
Thanks P I left a post with some info about henna over there (in case you haven't had a chance to check out that thread yet).


What often works for me is to clarify with a serious clarifying shampoo, and then just be diligent about conditioning it. You can co-wash/condition daily or every other day, it shouldn't strip your hair. After a week or so you should begin to see your hair get back to normal. I'd use a conditioner that is high on moisture, and low on oils and proteins. Some are fine, just not too many. Leave it in for 5-10 minutes with each wash.
Originally Posted by seamelody14
The very first thing I did when noticing my problem was to clarify in order to remove any possible build-up. But it didn't seem to improve anything. I tried a hydrating conditioner afterward and my hair got worse. That's when I suspected my protein and/or pH balance was off. Although frankly, that only seemed like some of the problem because of the severe and sudden change in my hair's texture and appearance. The timing of it couldn't be ignored - it went all funky right after one of my routine semi-permanent color treatments.

So far I've done two protein treatments and one ACV and my hair looks far better. The curl pattern is much stronger. There are still places where hair is weak and limp, and doesn't dry correctly (still fuzzy).

That said, via some research yesterday, am pretty sure I figured out exactly what caused this problem, and will state it in the next post.
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The culprit: Clairol Natural Instincts (semi-permanent dye); the newer version/formula which contains the 2 week color refresher packet.

The situation: My hair had been responding well to the older formula, or so it seemed. I noticed a subtle change in texture two months ago after the first treatment with the new formula. I chalked it up to a need for a clarifying shampoo. Then just a couple weeks ago, I repeated the treatment and right after was when my hair went haywire, with a drastically weakened curl pattern, flatness and fuzziness, and took forever drying.

Here's what I know now: it likely was more than the open cuticles/high porosity caused by the dye. Ten of these CNI colors have been officially recalled because they weren't formulated correctly. I have used at least one (#23R). Possibly more, because they are now expanding the original recall:

P&G expands Clairol Natural Instincts recall | Drug Store News

Here are disgruntled reviewers (2.3 stars out of 90 reviews)

Clairol Natural Instincts Review | WARNING!!! DO NOT USE!!!

A related amazon review search shows an alarming number of customers have had their hair trashed from this new formula. The two most common complaints were:

1. Hair turned orange (or some clownish, bright color).

2. Dye didn't take at all.

(Another common complaint was "turned my hair to straw".)

I suspect they made two errors: sent out some products with too much peroxide, and sent out others without enough. I likely got a peroxide overdose, based on my hair "symptoms". I'll keep using protein treatments, without going overboard, and then condition afterward.

I will stay the **** away from Natural Instincts. I actually still trust Clairol overall. I was going to use a henna/indigo/amla treatment, but instead I think I'm going to give my hair a rest, then use Clairol Professionals for gray hair, which has 0 peroxide in it.
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I'm glad it's improving, finally!

I tried Nat. Instincts years ago and hated it. I use L'oreal Preference - you might consider trying that instead.

Please continue updating us!
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
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Hey, thanks a lot! I will look into the L'oreal (hopefully it has no peroxide). Maybe I can use that after trying this one I bought from Clairol Professionals.

Have a great weekend
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