Question about tying hair back...

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My hair is 3b naturally... and well I used to straighten... its heat damaged... processed... everything bad... the easiest thing for me to do while growing it out is to wrap it in a bun and I brush the heck out of the front to get it to stay neat (thick bristle paddle brush) . I've realised my curls in the front are HORRIBLY different to those in the back (coarse and hardly any curl whereas the back is so soft and curls so nicely) ... I hardly brush the back... is it because of the fact that EVERY day I brush the heck out of it and wrap it in a bun? :\... or is that just a myth :\ (I also brush when wet) ... *I m a horrible person to my curls I know*
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?

http://pgbeautyscience.com/hair-damage.php
http://journal.scconline.org/pdf/cc1...155-p00161.pdf
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

Last edited by Firefox7275; 05-08-2013 at 06:58 AM.
I've kept my hair in a bun a lot the last few years. I think definitely throw out that brush and get a wide toothed comb to use wet and dry. The comb won't smooth the crown area as well as a brush but it will cause considerably less damage. I use a spray gel squirted on wet hands to smooth flyaways, etc on dry hair. The one I'm using now is DermOrganic but my hair is fine and less wavy than yours. You should probably try a few other styles too to give your hair a break. Braids, pulling back just the top/bangs in a pretty barrette, doing a low ponytail with a pretty tie etc can give you and your hair a change and still look decent. There are lots of YouTube vids on how to do updos on various hair lengths. HTH
2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012

This is what I'm happiest with right now.
Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
RO: SS Caitlin's co
Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
glycerin, honey, oils & butters Protein!
thank youuuu... you girls are so helpful <3 ... I ll get some clips... maybe until then i can try using bobby pins to keep my hair in place.. i have a wide tooth comb which i only used in the shower to detangle but I ll stop using the brush I m using and try that instead... maybe while in the shower I can attempt to pin my hair up one time... so I m not tempted to brush it when I come out...
As Lynaea says consider throwing the hair brush in the trash if it's too much of a temptation, I got rid of all sorts of things that were not helping me work towards my goals! Definitely try pins, also Curly Girl friendly styling products like aloe vera. You might otherwuse go onto YouTube and check out recipes for Ecostyler custard, basically Ecostyler gel plus oils sometimes plus humectants. I guess you can add as much or as little oil as your hair needs to get smoothing and hold without greasiness. If you used coconut or avocado you would be 'feeding' your hair.
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2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

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