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Old 09-27-2012, 07:13 PM   #1
 
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Default Worst "solution" you've tried?

I think a lot of us have tried various methods of "taming" our hair on our way to curly acceptance - perms, relaxers, voodoo... What were some of your worst (or funniest) missteps along the way?

One of mine was my attempt at dreads. After trying and failing at the DIY approach, I went to a salon where they twisted my hair and applied "hair bonding solution." I got it wet after 3 days, as directed, and noticed that things were a little sticky, but they still looked good, so I shrugged it off. Over time, though, my hair got stickier and stickier until I had little rubber-cement like balls on my pillow in the morning. I cut them off to little nubs - a friend was kind enough to call them "Nubian knots," even though they looked more like bits of gum stuck to my head. I finally had my aunt cut them all the way out, and thus began my first experience with super short hair.

OK, who's next?
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:23 AM   #2
 
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Okay, I guess I'm next. It's actually mistakes my stylists and I have made.

FIrst, too bad your dreads didn't work out. When done properly I think they look great.

Mishaps? So many I've lost count. One involved thinning shears and the resulting schizophrenic hair strands that were half-curl, half fur. ... Then of course were the garden variety of bad cuts: the jagged asymmetrical bob when I'd asked for a basic trim; the two-tiered shelf when I asked for graduated layers. Here are two of the most memorable:

1. The time a hairdresser with straight hair - bless her little heart - walked toward her chair, where I was seated, picked up a brush, held it in front of me, stopped, panicked, then walked away with her eyes tearing up. She fetched another clueless stylist to take her place.

2. The Jheri Curl Incident (yeah, you heard that right): Once upon a time, a long time ago, I'd forgotten that my hair was curly because I'd spent years relaxing it straight at my mom's behest. Anyway, after burning my scalp from the last relaxer, I decided I'd go natural. BUT

My mom talked me into seeing her hairdresser to see what other options I had (to save me from my natural "unruly" curls). Walked into the shop with shoulder length hair and walked out with a
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head of cropped, shiny, smelly, fake curls one inch long and a bottle of Jheri Curl activator. One of the worst days of my life.

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Old 09-28-2012, 11:53 AM   #3
 
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Ooh, you said the J-word!

Yeah, I wish the dreads had worked out - they did look good briefly!

Love the "schizophrenic hair strands."
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Thanks ... This was a great idea for a thread. I hope others post their stories
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:15 PM   #5
 
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Me too!
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:39 PM   #7
 
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The worst, the absolute worst thing I ever did to my hair was when I used a home straightener on it in my ongoing attempt at getting a pixie style. I hated the way my hair turned out. It seemed dead. It just lay there and was impossible to style or do anything with.

My 2 funny/ironic mistakes were:

1. As a teenager, I taped my hair down to get it to dry straight. This was the 60's, the era of Dippity-Do hair gel and juice can rollers. I would smear Dippity-Do on my hair then tape it as straight as I possibly could get it so it would dry in my so desired pixie. When I went to remove the tape, the short hairs extending past the tape had curled and it looked like the tape had grown eyelashes, when I removed the tape, the rest of my hair would form waves all over my head. Looking back on it I think it was kind of cute how hard my hair was trying to make me realize the reality that it was curly, at the time I was disgusted at the "failure" of my hair to live up to my expectations.

2.Over the years, I have gotten several perms to get soft curls. They always (with just 1 exception) turned out "poodle" like. Now, on good hair days, my hair looks just like I was getting those perms to "force" it to look.

Now, I just wish I had relaxed and let my hair do its own thing long ago.
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The worst, the absolute worst thing I ever did to my hair was when I used a home straightener on it in my ongoing attempt at getting a pixie style. I hated the way my hair turned out. It seemed dead. It just lay there and was impossible to style or do anything with.

My 2 funny/ironic mistakes were:

1. As a teenager, I taped my hair down to get it to dry straight. This was the 60's, the era of Dippity-Do hair gel and juice can rollers. I would smear Dippity-Do on my hair then tape it as straight as I possibly could get it so it would dry in my so desired pixie. When I went to remove the tape, the short hairs extending past the tape had curled and it looked like the tape had grown eyelashes, when I removed the tape, the rest of my hair would form waves all over my head. Looking back on it I think it was kind of cute how hard my hair was trying to make me realize the reality that it was curly, at the time I was disgusted at the "failure" of my hair to live up to my expectations.
Now that's funny! The battles we wage against our hair. All that creative thinking and still, curly hair can't be outsmarted without compromising it somehow. Your hair looks really pretty btw.

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2.Over the years, I have gotten several perms to get soft curls. They always (with just 1 exception) turned out "poodle" like. Now, on good hair days, my hair looks just like I was getting those perms to "force" it to look.] Now, I just wish I had relaxed and let my hair do its own thing long ago.
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I poured bleach in my hair to try to lighten it. Almost melted my hair. 🙈
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In high school, I would get perms to try to make the curls more uniform. One time, I tried a spiral and I believe the stylist left it in too long. It fried my hair and there was so much volume, it was scary. I wish I knew then what I know now! There were a few years where I'd try to straighten with the blow dryer and I would get so frustrated because by the end of the day, the curls would try to come back. Didn't really have the products or flat irons that we do today, but the work involved with straightening turned me off to doing it even now.
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Btw, my mom has curly hair too, she will tell me stories of how her mom would try to straighten it by using a clothing iron and ironing board!
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:31 PM   #12
 
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Short layers cut by my mom and a pair of sewing scissors. I had multi-step mushroom hair for my fifth grade picture.

Then there are ALL the times i took it upon myself to cut my hair which i must admit were never worse than the short layers.
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I had straight hair when I was little, but it turned curly when I hit puberty. My mother has had straight hair her whole life - same fine, dry strands as mine, but still stick straight. You can probably see where this is going: I used a hair brush - with those hard, plastic bristles - on my hair, both wet and dry. I could not figure out why I couldn't get any knots out. The more I brushed, the worse the knots and frizz got, and the more breakage and attendant flyaways amounted. I actually ended up with "rat's nests" - HUGE, visible knots that I had to go to middle school with. I eventually ended up having to actually cut them out with scissors. I remember a boy on the school bus actually saying, "Don't you ever brush your hair?" and my dad kept yelling at me to do just that every day...I actually WAS brushing it, which was the problem.

Eventually, a hairdresser had to tell me and my mother that you should never, ever use a brush on hair that wasn't straight, and even if your hair is straight, you should only use a comb on wet hair. Fortunately, I learned this the summer before high school, so I didn't have to show up for freshman year with rat's nests.

I still JUST learned to fully care for my hair from this website, but the info about the comb did help immensely.
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Lollyleely, I feel you on the mushroom cut! My well-meaning straight-haired mother decided to cut my sister's and my hair into what she hoped would be a cute, asymmetric bob - very trendy at that time (mid 80s). Of course the unevenness just looked like a mistake on our curly hair. By the time she evened it out we were left with terraced, fluffy shroom heads.

Once that grew out, I begged for, and eventually got, a ramen-noodle perm. Just...yikes. And so it went until...

Finally, at age 35, I am learning to take care of my poor, beleaguered curls.
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Btw, my mom has curly hair too, she will tell me stories of how her mom would try to straighten it by using a clothing iron and ironing board!
This brought back such memories. I remember reading articles about that in my (Seventeen?) magazine. And that reminds me:

I read one article that said: "Brush your hair dry in the sunshine. You will love how shiny and soft it turns out." Well, I did, and we all know how that turned out, don't we? But, it was soft. Yep, another mistake.

Perhaps the very first mistake I made with my hair was when I was about 8. I saved up and bought a bottle of Vitalis, which I proceeded to dump on my hair to make it shiny. It probably actually looked Horrid, but I thought it looked shiny!

Oh, the memories this thread has brought back.
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Vitalis was HORRID. Pure grease - my dad used it to slick his wavy, curly hair down when I was a kid. The smell alone was revolting, never mind the way it plastered everything down into limpness.

And yes, there was an experiment on my part involving the stuff on my own hair. *gag*
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I would have to say using the blow dryer too much becuz I had heat damage so I went scissor happy w/ WET HAIR! then I had to blow dry and straighten it to fix what I did ugh

That's not it either, I'm recently on the CG method and I thought I could put every little conditioner in my hair. I watched reviews on Tressemme Smooth and Silky then Aussie Moist. I purchased two huge big bottles of both tried it...both were horrible b/c both had silicone (after I looked up the ingredients) and had waste money, so I shampoo'd and now I'm starting all over

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Oh, the memories this thread has brought back.
Easier to laugh about them now, isn't in?


I am loving reading these - thanks for sharing!
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I actually had only a very slight wave until puberty, but I always wanted curly hair, so at the end of the 8th grade I decided to give myself a perm at home. Lol, bad idea. I decided to let it grow out even though I hated my not quite wavy natural hair. To my disbelief, it grew in very wavy/curly! (2b/c/3a). Of course, my parents did were not quite as happy because they thought I did another perm, lol. So for the next 3 years I had to try to convince them that the curls were real.
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