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Old 04-23-2013, 12:25 AM   #1
 
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Default I need help -- "biracial hair"

Hi. I have been trying to figure out what to do with my hair for a long time. I've relaxed it for a long time, but stopped that almost a year ago. Now I typically straighten my hair. But, I'm sick of that. I have two young girls and I just don't have have time for that.

I just really wish someone could help me learn how to take care of my hair.

My mom is white and my dad is black. Neither of them really knew what to do.

Can anyone help me?

I currently use Wen (Fig Scent) as my shampoo/conditioner.

I'm going to try to insert some pictures of my hair. I think I'm 3B, but feel free to enlighten me!

Thank you!



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Old 04-23-2013, 01:27 AM   #2
 
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Hey! Welcome to our community. I think it's hard to see your their type right now because the pictures look like maybe you've brushed your hair out or put it in a ponytail. Hair type isnt that important though. Wha really matters in deciding what to do with hair is your hair properties. Im sure someone will link you to live curly live free, or you you can go to the newbie section stickies to learn about hair properties. What it basically means though is that curl pattern and ethnicity are less important to dealing with hair than the texture of the hair itself. Like, are the individual stands thick or are they fine? Does you hair absorb product quickly or does it just sit on your hair?

Can you describe your hair care routine? Like, specifically how do you dry your hair? Do you use a leave in conditioner? do you brush it? it looks kind of dry in the pictures, so you might need a more moisturizing conditioner. Do you use heat protectant while straightening? Also, what things have you tried that have worked and haven't worked?
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:06 AM   #3
 
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Hair is hair. It doesn't matter what your racial composition is. As said above, it's all about the properties. Curl type is relatively unimportant (generally speaking, the tighter the curl--the more fragile the hair.) Here's a link to help you with yours Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics Once you determine your properties, look for folks with hair like yours and see what they use (it's the best place to start.)

As rainboe said, your pictures look like you've done something to pull out your curls. She also suggested that you read some of the stickies at the top of the forums--read and learn. It's the best thing you can do. It will also help you to take care of your daughter's hair.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:09 AM   #4
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i agree with what the others said. i noticed you use wen, i am not sure that their products are cg, may contain sulphates/cones.
also, if you relaxed your hair, that part of your hair will eventually need to be cut off as you cannot reverse that damage. it is good you stopped a year ago as you have a lot of new growth to work with.
once you figure out your hair properties, come back and let us know what they are are and what products you are using and your routine. hair properties will help you get a better idea of what ingredients work best for your hair, ie, protein for one.
we can give you lots of help once you come back with this information.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:43 AM   #5
 
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Giiiiirl! Once we get done with u, ur going to LOVE your hair!

I agree with everyone else about learning your hair properties first. Im still learning mine, its a lot of trial and error. I would suggest setting the Wen aside for a minute and giving the Curly Girl method a try just to get ur hair hydrated and later after u have learned more about ur hair u might wanna try the Wen again and see if you'd still like it. Some of us here do use silicone products some don't. Im personally in the middle lol

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Old 04-23-2013, 06:16 PM   #6
 
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I think to start off you need to buy some products without sulfate and it looks like you may need a lot of moisture. You are going to have to either cut off the damage or wait until you grow it out a bit but when your hair begins growing in healthier your curl pattern will improve. I would also suggest laying off heat styling while your hair is recovering. There are tons of great tips and product reviews on this site that can help you get started.
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:26 PM   #7
 
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From the pictures, my hair looked a lot like yours when I used to pull it back all of the time. Before I found this website, I had really dry hair and used to run away from my curls. I would suggest reading the forums and reading up on some of the products. I've tried several products that were recommended and some worked well, while others didn't. I really like the Shea Moisture line as well as AG's Fast Food leave in. Best of luck!
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:57 AM   #8
 
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Welcome!

Do check out the stickies on the newbies board and this one. learn about the Curly Girl method. Definitely stop brushing and combing your hair out - that separates the hairs into individual strands (ie. frizz).

If you have been flat ironing and relaxing your hair is probably fairly damaged, that will make hair frizz and be difficult to control. It may be you would do best with a good haircut instead of fighting fried hair. You likely have six inches or so of hair that has not been relaxed.

Proven beneficial ingredients for damaged hair include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol.
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