I Need Advice on Damaged Hair
Hey Ladies. Basically, my hair is DAMAGED! I had thick hair and was 3a-3b (I never can remember) and with all my flat ironing, my hair is incredibly thin and 2b but I've been pushing it to get to 2c. I dyed my hair which damaged it then dyed it again to a magenta color but it's been getting healthier since then. When I got my layers put in, my curls were more "alive"..my hair is two inches below the shoulder and growing SLOWWWWLYYYYYY..I figured it was because of the touchups with the magenta so I will only dye my whole head every three-four months (I don't mind my roots coming in dark)..I need help growing it out and getting it back to 3a/3b (preferably 3b)..I was going to just chop it all off but I didn't want to wait for it to grow back. I wash my hair twice a week, shampoo once a week with a shampoo specified for red hair. When I wash my hair, I usually just deep condition with organix coconut repair treatment and my hair is incredibly soft afterwards. I use a protein treatment weekly, it's the gvp one that is compared to joico. I've tried aphogee two step protein and that hardly changed my hair structure. After the shower, I apply some garnier fructis leave in, eco styler gel with olive oil, and coconut oil through my hair, plop, then air dry or diffuse for a few seconds because my hair gets unbelievably frizzy when I diffuse lol. Basically I really need help growing my hair out and trying to get it back to its once curlier state. Please help, I'm desperate lol.
My hair has been dyed red for many years and my hair was damaged, thin and super porous two years ago but is SO much healthier now thanks to going Curly Girl. I've never found shampoo to be any good for colour retention, I got by far the best results from conditioner only washing in cool water and a leave in rather than a wash out conditioner.
If you do your roots with a permanent dye but your lengths with a high pigment semi permanent you won't cause any more damage. If you have killed the curl by damaging the protein structure you may not be able to get it back to 3a/ 3b, some of the damage may have to be cut off (sorry).
Coconut oil is wonderful for damaged hair, but it may not absorb if you are applying it over the top of products containing silicones, ditto proteins may not absorb effectively if you have any silicones on your hair. I suspect the Organix and Fructis are packed with silicones, these impart faux shine and slip but do not actually improve the health of hair.
It's worth reading the ingredients lists, the actives the product claims to contain are often so far down the ingredients list as to be pointless. When I did this I discovered I was just piling silicones onto my hair with little in the way of ingredients that actually penetrate or 'nourish' hair!
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