How long did it take for your dry damaged curls to bounce back?

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Hi everyone,

I'm new on here and new to accepting my curls as well. It's been about 2 weeks since I put down the GHD's after 8 years of straightening and trying to work with what I have.
Before that it was brush and slick back into a ponytail bun.

Just wondering how long it took for any of you who had heat damaged hair to see your hair get healthier/get it's curls back?

I have fine hair that explodes with volume when it's newly washed but it seems to frizz out and the curl won't hold well. It's also very dry.
However at times, and maybe on the third day of co-washing, it manages to get pretty ringlety...so it has potential!

Anyway, my head is exploding with information! Any advice would be welcomed!
Give the CG method a good 4-6 weeks to show consistent improvement. The fact that you're seeing improvement after cowashing is a sign your hair is indeed dry. Try doing weekly deep treatments where you leave a rich condish in for an hour or so. If you have fine hair, you may find that strictly cowashing may make your hair flat or greasy looking- most fine haired curlies incorporate some low poo (sulphate free) into their routine. Also, read the technique links- I found that the technique is more important than the products used when styling. Good luck!
2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
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Condish: JC Too Shea, CJ Curl Rehab (both as RO & LI)
Stylers: UFD CM, CJ PP, JC Spiralicious, Darcy's Cream Gel & Cocoa bean whip
Welcome! Some damaged hair never recovers, others find it takes weeks or months, depends how bad the damage is. My damage was mechanical (ponytailing, brushing, twirling) and chemical (box dye), I had to cut out quite a few inches that were just beyond salvaging.

Be sure you are using ingredients proven to reduce porosity and patch repair hair - coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides and panthenol. Honey/ sugar syrup with coconut oil seems to make my hair curlier as well as softer and shinier.
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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
Thank you Firefox7275 and chloe92us! There is so much information out there. I think I need to stick it out a bit longer to see results!
My hair is indeed very dry but I also tend to run my hands through it a lot to give it volume (flat on top). However, going to see a curly hair specialist this week so I'm excited.

Oh and I love the idea of coconut oil and honey in hair...will give the treatment a try!

Thank you again!!
Thank you Firefox7275 and chloe92us! There is so much information out there. I think I need to stick it out a bit longer to see results!
My hair is indeed very dry but I also tend to run my hands through it a lot to give it volume (flat on top). However, going to see a curly hair specialist this week so I'm excited.

Oh and I love the idea of coconut oil and honey in hair...will give the treatment a try!

Thank you again!!
Originally Posted by zosia
Stop with the running your hands through your hair, that will make it poufy and frizzy and can cause mechanical damage. Get root lift from products and techniques, including clipping your roots when wet, diffusing upside down or massaging the scalp when dry.
Root Volume for Curly Girls - YouTube
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
Oh, great you tube videos!

I'll give the clips a go! My haircut isn't great...got it cut wet and thinned out by someone before I found this website. He also told me I couldn't have layers with curly hair? Not sure about that one as the top and back of my head seem so flat now.
Anyway, I have found a highly recommended curly hair cutter here in Melbourne so will hopefully start this process with a good cute

The more I read and learn, the more I realise how badly I've been damaging my hair :-\
I did intensive deep treats my first few weeks of CG and by the second week my hair started to look great. I think it might've bounced back faster because I was already sulfate free.
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Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

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I'm really OCD about damaged hair, I think it looks trashy, so I'm a chop chop kind of person.
Just tried the honey and coconut oil treatment mask and wow! Got some nice curls and bounce! Seems my hair is drinking everything up I put on it! I assumed I'd get quite greasy but as yet, nope

Thanks for the suggestions and I'll keep trying!
Sounds like you are making huge strides forward, delighted the honey and coconut oil worked so well for you! It's a positive thing you realise how much you've been damaging your hair, you know what to change now.
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
It took my hair about six months to look anything like decent after flat-ironing for 18 months. Got there in the end.
Hi from Adelaide btw!
3b in South Australia.
I must say that the back of my hair took about 3-4 months to bounce back, and now I'm working on the front of my head. What helped my curls bounce back is putting olive oil in my hair & put a plastic cap on my head before bed. The next day, I wash, condition, & style as usual. The olive oil helps the products penetrate the hair.
Hi Starmie!
Good to see another Aussie on here!
Mine will probably take a while as well so I'm expecting maybe a year before I see any real improvement.

I'll have to try the olive oil treatment, Curlicious! Thanks for the suggestion! Hope your front curls come back soon enough

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