Can't figure it out.

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After My curls suffered damage from balayage and straightening(only a few months), I got a lottttt of hair chopped off, and dyed back to my original darkest brown. This has helped tremendously, however the left side of my hair is still being stubborn. I used to have corkscrew curls, and they are not like that on the left side anymore. If I would have cut my hair like this in the past, I would have had a head full of curls.

I am 28, is it possible this is a hormone change? Has anyone experienced this? I sooooo regret dying my hair. I feel like if I would have left it alone to begin with, my hair wouldn't have changed.
I'm assuming that despite getting a lot chopped off, at least some of the hair you have left was also exposed to straightening and dyeing at some point? If so, I'd say give it some more time for all the damage to grow out and be cut off. I kept my hair naturally curly a majority of the time for almost 10 years before I briefly went back to straightening about 4 years ago. After about two months of straightening with a blow dryer and round brush, then following with a large curling iron to add some loose wave and movement, I completely fried my hair. When I realized the damage I was doing, I stopped, but it took close to a year for my natural curl pattern to return. Pre-straightening I was a pretty consistent 2c, but for that 6 months to a year after I stopped, I was more like a 2a/2b. My hair was just fried and refused to curl. It just took time for all the damage to grow out. Now I'd say I'm a 2c in the winter and 3a the rest of the year.
2c/3a
Porosity: low at roots; normal mid-shaft; high at ends
Texture: mix of medium & coarse
Density: medium


Low-Poo: SM Fruit Fusion
RO: GVP Conditioning Balm; Long Hair Don't Care
Stylers*: UFDCM; BRHG; AG Re:Coil; CCCC Lite for Day 2 or 3 refresh
*these are my past go-to stylers. currently going through my product stash trying to find a new routine for more volume.
Occasional use: CJ Repair Me; Jason Dandruff Relief Shampoo 2:1


CG (or mod CG since I low-poo?) since June 2015
Thanks so much! I will wait it out. I am normally a 3A, so it's a big change seeing it any straighter. What hair routine do you use?
I low-poo about every three days, focusing on just cleansing the scalp and not intentionally washing the length of my hair - whatever shampoo runs down is fine. I apply a good amount of conditioner until my hair has that seaweed feeling, and I squish in the conditioner, letting it sit on my hair while I finish my shower. Then I rinse it out completely.

Out of the shower, I apply my UFDCM to very wet hair in 3 sections: left, right, flip over to do the back, 2 pumps per section, so 6 pumps total. I rake then squish it in. I typically then top that with a harder hold gel like BRHG, and lately have had a lot of success by mixing a little water with the BRHG first. I rake that in, then depending on how wet my hair feels, I might add a little more water back in just by filling my palms with a little water before scrunching. Then I scrunch upside down, a lot. After flipping right side up, I scrunch some more with a flour sack to squeeze a lot of the excess water out. Sometimes I plop for about 15 minutes, sometimes I don't. Then I diffuse dry, using the pixie method of diffusing.

I never used to mix water with the BRHG, or add more water in after. That's something I tried for the first time a couple weeks ago, and both times I got 4th day hair. So it appears the extra water does good things!

In the winter when my hair felt drier and didn't have as strong a curl pattern, I washed it more often (just because I needed to start from scratch more often to have good looking hair). Because I was washing it more frequently and because it was just drier from the weather, I used CJ Curl Rehab every week or so towards the beginning of my shower, and covered that with a shower cap for the rest of my shower before rinsing out. It was my way to try to deep condition without having to set aside time for deep conditioning

I have also just recently started using an olive oil pre-poo about once a week before washing my hair, and really love the results of that. I just don't have the time to do it more often, but on the weekend I'll add EVOO to the length of my hair starting below the ears, put it up in a clip, and let it soak in for however long I can manage before it's time to shower (I try for a minimum of 2 hours).

Oh, and since I damaged my hair long before I heard of CG or found this website, I unfortunately never had this info to try it out myself, but since protein is supposed to help damaged hair, maybe you want to try CJ Repair Me! It's a protein treatment that's also very moisturizing. I use it once in a while when my curls start looking a little limp, and it gives them a great boost.

Hope this helps, and good luck!
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2c/3a
Porosity: low at roots; normal mid-shaft; high at ends
Texture: mix of medium & coarse
Density: medium


Low-Poo: SM Fruit Fusion
RO: GVP Conditioning Balm; Long Hair Don't Care
Stylers*: UFDCM; BRHG; AG Re:Coil; CCCC Lite for Day 2 or 3 refresh
*these are my past go-to stylers. currently going through my product stash trying to find a new routine for more volume.
Occasional use: CJ Repair Me; Jason Dandruff Relief Shampoo 2:1


CG (or mod CG since I low-poo?) since June 2015

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