Determining type, The Big Chop, Highlighting/heat damage question
I love this forum! Now I have a few more questions.
1. I am pretty sure I'm a 2c, but as I read more about type, I'm realizing I might be a 3a. I thought I was 2c because of the trouble I have getting my under layers to curl. However, I was looking at these pesky under layers the other day, and noticed a couple spiral curls growing out from my roots. I haven't had a highlight since June. Which leads to my next question...
2. Could approximately 10+ years of heat styling (hair dryer and hot rollers every day) and highlights have straightened my hair? Is it possible that if I continue CG and don't highlight anymore, I could get curlier hair? Which leads to my third question...
3. In that case, is it worth considering growing it all out and doing The Big Chop?
Pictures posted here.
Yes highlighting and heat styling can damage the curl pattern, temporarily or permanently. Work with your hair properties, if your hair is fine or damaged use hydrolysed protein, if it's porous or lacking in elasticity use coconut oil. Also beneficial for damaged hair includes ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol.
I find my underlayers suffer from drying out too quickly when plopping too.
I am beginning to wonder if plopping and I are not destined for each other. It's SO nice to get my hair out of my way when it's that wet (it's currently about two inches from APL) but it *does* make it straighter.
I have been experimenting with gels too. I tried the Fructis Curl Scrunch Gel with Deva ArcAngel and BRHG all mixed together. The Fructis gives me adorable spirals on top and meh on bottom. Maybe it will work better if I don't plop.
- rewetting the nape and in front of the ears
- not plopping too long
- flour sack towels.
I do still have a straighter underlayer at the back but TBH I think that's natural, I've never had that any different.
Do try gently scrunching out the water with a towel tho, then clipping the roots (can do this off your face), you might prefer the results.
I'm sorry you didn't get many responses in your previos post. I don't see why transitioning or big chopping has to be limited to us who are tightly coily. I'm black and didn't have a relaxer, just excessive flat iron damage, so when I broke up with my ex* and decided to go back to my natural hair, I cut it all off. I didn't even realize that was "big chopping".
I think it's very and time consuming to where your hair natural when it's damaged and the new growth isn't. It ends up looking really wonky when you style it minimally. You have to either twist/bandu it or, in your case, plop/scrunch it to death. I think it all depends on what your comfortable with. If your ready to spend time keeping up with protein treatments, plopping, using harder hold stylers, your hair certainly could look nice. It doesn't look bad from the pictures. If your going back to your curls for the ease of it, you might want to consider a BC.
I think I have it a lot easier than those with two textures on their head. My hair looks really bad with heat damage though. It's a fluffy hot mess.
*My ex had nothing to do with me wearing my hair straight. I just take my emotions out on my hair. Hey, it grows back :p!
Jessiebanana, thank you so much for this! I've never loved myself with super short hair, so this would be a big move. I've always spent a lot of time on my hair. It's been the one aspect of my appearance that I feel confident about. This is a life change for me now. I love the way my hair looks in hot rollers but I also feel like I would love to dedicate a few years to seeing how this natural thing works.
And sometimes a new phase of life is the best way to start new hair too. :-)
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