05-08-2013, 07:44 AM
Join Date: Mar 2011
I killed my hair with a combination of mechanical and chemical damage (dark box dye so no high lift bleach) but no heat styling. I used to paddle brush my hair into a ponytail when wet, then brush in hairspray several times during a shift at work. Eventually I had breaks all around my face and at the back where the hair elastic would sit (no snag band) and I think some hair had come out at the roots. I also damaged the ends of my ponytail by finger combing when wet, hair is super vulnerable then.
Two years of CG later the worst of the damage has grown out even tho I do still box dye, it definitely was down to how I treated my hair. Did have to deal with some tough times at the start and it's still not neat a lot of the time but it's so much healthier. All I can say is that I got to the stage I was totally open to accepting that EVERYTHING about how I 'cared' for my hair was up for discussion.
If I wear my hair 'straight' for convenience and tidiness I conditioner-wash, apply leave in conditioner when still pretty wet, microfibre towel turban, brush gently with a 'wide tooth' paddle brush, twist and clip loosely with a beak clip, no styling products. Just leave to dry, the more times I take it down the more poufy and fluffy it gets. Can take three washes for my curl to properly return after being straight for a few days tho.
You could use aloe vera or a butter to tame the edges smoothed with your fingers or palms not a brush? Also you might try a Tangle Teezer brush or wide tooth comb?
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG, growing out mechanical and chemical damage = breakage and very high porosity. Past armpit length heading for waist.
CO-wash: Inecto coconut
Treatments: Komaza Matani, coconut oil, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss ultimate volume, Inecto argan
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Experimenting with: going back to basics
Last edited by Firefox7275; 05-08-2013 at 07:58 AM.