please help i'm panicing

i think i'm gonna have a nervous breakdown. my hair looked so pretty just last month. there was nothing wrong with it. now EVERYTHING is wrong with it. please help. i feel like crying. my curls used to be bouncy and spiraled but now they don't do anything and they're all out of shape. it's driving me crazy. i don't know what to do. i've changed routines and products but nothing works. i'm freaking out please help me. *i'm used to be very 3A with 3B but now my hair is drooping and looking more like a 2* please please help me
3a/some 3b
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If your hair is droopy, the first thing I'd try (for my hair, at least) is clarfying. I know some people use an ACV rinse or baking soda (someone else can be more useful in that department). I confess I keep some (VO5 Kiwi Lime) clarifying shampoo on hand for those emergencies. However, once I started to really read the labels on my hair products, I've only used it once in the last 4-5 months.
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It's hard to say b/c I don't know what you were doing before your hair started looking bad, but sometimes we find a routine that works for a week or so, and then it starts becoming too much and our hair goes the other way.

You may have had good luck w/ proteins for a week, and then your hair had enough of them and began getting a dried out feeling. Or, you may have had luck w/ shampooing, and after a week your hair dried out. Or maybe you have build up from some of your products that needs to be removed. Or it could be hard water build up. Inspect what you were using in some of your products to see if it could be any of these things.
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I would agree that clarifying would help you. I use lemon juice mixed with conditioner to do this, it always seems to revive my curls so far when they are droopy, shapeless, and just generally wrong. I've been doing it weekly, my hair tends to cling to products.

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If the ACV rinse doesn't work, I would recommend using one of Jessicurl's poo's... they're sulfate free so they won't try your hair, but they also have enough lather to at least get the build-up out of my hair. I was having the same kind of problem, and using either the HCH or the Gentle Lather poo really helped!

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Ah, I'll second the recommendation for Jessicurl's HCC.
embracing my inner curl since late Nov 2006
2b/3a (I think?)
color-treated red/brown, medium-textured hair
PJ, currently using Suave citrus smoothie, B2B pom cond, GF C&S leave-in, AG re:coil, LOOB, HE SMU, Jessicurl HCC, CC, AIS
When my curls droop I like to do a DT it seems to perk them back up again beautifully :^) Also an ACV rinse is wonderful to restore shine.
Good luck
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thank you all for responding it really helped. i did an ACV rinse and that perked my curls back up and then for good measure i got a hair cut with more layers and voila! instant curl revival lol i'm so happy again, thanks guys for having my back
3a/some 3b
"I talk to myself every once in awhile. Give myself very good advice. Sometimes, I even take it"
thank you all for responding it really helped. i did an ACV rinse and that perked my curls back up and then for good measure i got a hair cut with more layers and voila! instant curl revival lol i'm so happy again, thanks guys for having my back
Originally Posted by danigirl
YAY! Glad your curls are back!
embracing my inner curl since late Nov 2006
2b/3a (I think?)
color-treated red/brown, medium-textured hair
PJ, currently using Suave citrus smoothie, B2B pom cond, GF C&S leave-in, AG re:coil, LOOB, HE SMU, Jessicurl HCC, CC, AIS
lol so is my family. i swear it's like the curls control everything, mood, ability, appearence. if the curls aren't happy i'm not happy
3a/some 3b
"I talk to myself every once in awhile. Give myself very good advice. Sometimes, I even take it"
Ah. I am having the same problem. I went home for SB and was out of my condish and was really poor so I used my straity sisters condish (bad idea. It was that new Pearl Protien that Loreal just came out with) and now my hair is no bueno. I tried a clarifying already but I'm scred to do it again. Also. I have been straitening my hair more lately, usually on Wednesday nights because I wash it so early, usually aroung 7. Could htis have broken my happy go lucky curls? And I have taken up a water aerobics class. Could the chlorine have broken my hair?

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i'm pretty sure the straighting might have some affect. an i think i heard somewhere that chlorine can way down curls. i don't know. has this just all of a sudden started?
3a/some 3b
"I talk to myself every once in awhile. Give myself very good advice. Sometimes, I even take it"
Yes. It started about two weeks ago. I'm just not sure what happened. I am going to try another clarifying tonight, but... I use three things in my hair: Tresseme Curl Gel, the curly gel I get at Sally Beauty, and Loreal Professional Texture Curl Memory Curl Cream ( it counteracts the crunchiness without undoing the curl). HELP! I straiten it once a week at the most and swim once a week at the mIn the shower I use Johnson's Baby Shampoo for curly hair (Yes it does exist) and various curly condishes. I swim once a week at the most and usually my hair doesn't get very wet and I run right home and shower. And I straiten once a week at the most too, but haven't since this happened. HELP! THere is no definition, and my curls seemed weighed down. Thank you for your help.
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lol so is my family. i swear it's like the curls control everything, mood, ability, appearence. if the curls aren't happy i'm not happy
Originally Posted by danigirl
Funny how that works, isn't it? The curls have a serious impact on the mood.
embracing my inner curl since late Nov 2006
2b/3a (I think?)
color-treated red/brown, medium-textured hair
PJ, currently using Suave citrus smoothie, B2B pom cond, GF C&S leave-in, AG re:coil, LOOB, HE SMU, Jessicurl HCC, CC, AIS
lol sfisher i act like my hair is the leader of the mob. "don't touch "the hair", don't talk to "the hair"unless "the hair" talks to you first, you do NOT make eye contact with "the hair", you RESPECT "the hair". lol i'm a freak.

joshgroban's-the only thing i can think to suggest is STOP straightening your hair. that abuse deffinately wont help to perk your curls up. have you tried plopping or diffusing?
3a/some 3b
"I talk to myself every once in awhile. Give myself very good advice. Sometimes, I even take it"
Yes. I tried plopping and it helped a little but not much. And I do diffuse on low cool with an Conair Ion dryer. I stopped straitening my hair more than two weeks ago. And I didn't do it often of for long, once a week for about a month which I know is long enough to do damage but not THIS! THere is nothing there!
CurlyCarli

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lol sfisher i act like my hair is the leader of the mob. "don't touch "the hair", don't talk to "the hair"unless "the hair" talks to you first, you do NOT make eye contact with "the hair", you RESPECT "the hair". lol i'm a freak.
Originally Posted by danigirl
embracing my inner curl since late Nov 2006
2b/3a (I think?)
color-treated red/brown, medium-textured hair
PJ, currently using Suave citrus smoothie, B2B pom cond, GF C&S leave-in, AG re:coil, LOOB, HE SMU, Jessicurl HCC, CC, AIS
wow i really have no clue. could it be that you need a haircut? that's what happened to me.
3a/some 3b
"I talk to myself every once in awhile. Give myself very good advice. Sometimes, I even take it"
ACV rinse, a little trim? That helps me.
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