What is the dumbest thing you've done in your natural hair journey?

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Sometimes I think going natural is probably one of the dumbest decisions of my life. I took my hair down from cornrows yesterday, looked at my head in the mirror and thought "what the **** am I doing? I should just go ahead and get a relaxer like every other normal black girl." And this thought scares me because I'm now 22 months into my natural hair transition and I always thought it was a good idea until today. I can't turn back now. Everyone's hair on this website looks so nice; I hope mine will look like that one day. My hair looks like an absolute MESS I literally had to apologize to my hair stylist today for the state of my hair.

Which comes to the second dumbest thing I've done- today I got my first box braids I felt like the stylist was intentionally trying to rip the hair out of my scalp. She had an afro of her own (Actually, I think it was a wig), but I felt like she knew absolutely nothing about how to care for natural hair. She actually tried to comb straight through my hair while it was dry and she blow dried it to straighten it a bit. Is this necessary to get braids? I literally almost jumped out of the chair and screamed "Stop it! You're hurting me and ripping out my hair!" I almost got up and walked out without getting it down. I don't even want to think about how long it's going to take me to take these braids down when they start to look ugly. This is the last time I'm getting braids. I'm not too knowledgeable about braids, but I was wondering if this is normal for getting braids? Are other people's braid experiences like this? I thought about causing a fuss and saying something, but I figured it was normal to do those things if you're getting braids.
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I've been pretty good with my curls, but once I just tried to use water & Vaseline in my hair. My hair took 2 weeks to recover!! I'm sure there's something else.

When I was locked I washed my hair with dish detergent to clarify. My hair felt like sticks... But it was clean.

I spent 40 hours picking my locs apart.... And then cut the last 9. Leaving my hair all messed up!! I should have just cut them all, since I had to even it out anyway, or stuck it out one more day and picked them all out.

When I was relaxed... I tried to lighten my hair..... By pouring bleach on it. CLOROX!!! I nearly melted my hair... I did get a bit lighter though. LoL!
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There was the time when I wanted to go product free, so I decided to use ACV as my "shampoo" and coconut oil as my "conditioner." My hair didn't know whether to be dried out by the acid damage or totally weighed down, greasy, and disgusting from the QUARTER-SIZED dollops of coconut oil I was using on my chin-length hair, hahahaha. That was not my smartest of moments...

I did way too many ACVs in one week and got straight hair for about two weeks...
Also, I tried to revive my hair with a banana/egg protein DC..and I ended up with drier hair (now knowing I'm terribly protein-sensitive) and chunks of banana.
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I used VO5 hot oil as an overnight oil treatment....no I didn't understand the products ingredients...no I didn't take the one minute only warning to heart...It burned a 2x2 inch spot on my scalp. It BURNED! Good thing I didn't lose any hair in the process, but it took several weeks for the scarring, scabs and burning to cease. This was dumb. I'll admit, I was an idiot. Big bummer....
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Getting frustrated with it all and putting an over the counter relaxer in my hair. I went from a strong 3A to a 2B and 2C mix. One side is curlier than the other now. I never realized how lucky I was to have such uniform curly hair. My only options now are to grow this out.
I know exactly what you are going through. I have actually gotten box braids before when i was transitioning. I dont think i will be getting braids again even though i loved them. The girl who did my hair was in college like me and she did a really good job, she was also natural so she didnt blow dry my hair or anything. All i had to do was wash it and detangle it before i got there. And my hair was and still is really thick, coarse 4c hair. So im surprised that she did my hair that well and had no problems. The only reason why i wont get box braids anymore is because i hate taking them out. When i took mine out, it caused a lot of damage to my hair. It made a lot of knots in my hair, even though i did wash my hair and moisturize my hair every week. So, im scared to get them again only because of that reason. The dumbest thing i have done so far being natural is i made my own deep conditioner. I used banana, honey and something else, i forgot. I blended up the banana with a hand mixer really well and then i mixed my other ingredients in it. I left it in my hair for an hour and when i started to wash it out, it left bits of banana in my hair still. It looked like i had big flakes of dandruff in my hair. It was so bad that even when i went to wash it out, it wouldnt come out. I thought that i would have to get it big chopped again. My mom helped me and she got all out of it out thank God lol. Now i know to use a blender instead of a hand mixer for that.
Dumbest thing I evah did was colour my hair ;p I did it once with a horrible semi-perm colour and I will never do it again! Left hair like frizzy straw - took me two months to get my hair back to normal!
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Not that stupid, but i tried to condition with extra virgin olive oil and didn't wash it out. i went to bed thinking oh it will dry in the morning and woke up with it practically dry, but it looked soaking wet. i tried to straighten it thinking it would help, it didn't. i ended up putting it in a ponytail and having to explain to everyone why it looked wet. they said it was really weird that i put olive oil in my hair and said i loads of people do it...they weren't convinced. this was aaaages ago though, now if i use it i'm sure to wash it out well
Well I guess I have always had natural hair because I have never had to put any chemicals in my hair or any hair dye or anything like that. But the worse thing I did was flat iron my hair to death. I couldnít take care of my curly hair when I was younger so for a long time I flat ironed on the highest heat setting on my flat iron. I didnít understand anything about heat damage and I would flat iron my already straight hair every day just because there was a slightly wavy or messy part after sleeping on it.
Well after years and years of this the ends around the hair that framed my face (the hair that use to get the most heat) just stayed straight!! They didnít curl like the rest of the hair on my head and it took me a while to even realize or care that I had done any damage. So I finally decided to stop putting so much heat on my hair, I sucked it up and got the damaged bits cut off. Then I learned how to wear my hair curly most of the time and care for it. Now my hair is very long thick and thriving but I will never flat iron the curls out of my hair ever again!!
I've been pretty good with my curls, but once I just tried to use water & Vaseline in my hair. My hair took 2 weeks to recover!! I'm sure there's something else.

When I was locked I washed my hair with dish detergent to clarify. My hair felt like sticks... But it was clean.

I spent 40 hours picking my locs apart.... And then cut the last 9. Leaving my hair all messed up!! I should have just cut them all, since I had to even it out anyway, or stuck it out one more day and picked them all out.

When I was relaxed... I tried to lighten my hair..... By pouring bleach on it. CLOROX!!! I nearly melted my hair... I did get a bit lighter though. LoL!
Originally Posted by BlackAngelPlayah
OMG I was in shock when I read this! Thank goodness your hair is okay now!
ugh, weird homemade DT recipes.... I've tried avocado with oil, mayo, eggs..... NEVER again, any of those. That crap wouldn't get out of my hair for a week and I had ants in my tub.
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I've been pretty good with my curls, but once I just tried to use water & Vaseline in my hair. My hair took 2 weeks to recover!! I'm sure there's something else.

When I was locked I washed my hair with dish detergent to clarify. My hair felt like sticks... But it was clean.

I spent 40 hours picking my locs apart.... And then cut the last 9. Leaving my hair all messed up!! I should have just cut them all, since I had to even it out anyway, or stuck it out one more day and picked them all out.

When I was relaxed... I tried to lighten my hair..... By pouring bleach on it. CLOROX!!! I nearly melted my hair... I did get a bit lighter though. LoL!
Originally Posted by BlackAngelPlayah
OMG I was in shock when I read this! Thank goodness your hair is okay now!
Originally Posted by Ericachristina
LoL! Luckily. I think the bleach thing is even shocking to me looking back. My hair started getting HOT and soft!! Ahhhh the bravery (aka stupidity) if youth.
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