Jennyfurrens-sadly I hadn't brushed my curls out for that picture. I'm not quite sure what I had done to my hair since it was such a long time ago but I know that it was after I found the Curly Girl book by a few months. I would saturate my hair with conditioner in the shower and it would dry frizzy just like the photo and I would saturate it some more and I swear my hair was so dry it would keep drinking the stuff up. I used to carry a spray bottle with water/conditioner with me and constantly touch up my hair with it. Now you see why it was really hard not to reach for the flat iron those first few months, it wasn't a pretty site! I was on CG for several months before I found any curls at all in my hair. I was disappointed with my progress so I looked up help with the Curly Girl book and that's how I ended up here.
Thanks for the compliment on the color. It's my natural hair color now. I am hoping the pictures inspire someone or at the very least it makes somebody laugh(I laughed when I saw that old picture. I forgot what my hair used to look like
) By the way I still think of your curls often. There are times I'll finger curl my curls while their damp and try to imitate your Jennyfurrens curls. I just love your curls!
hockeymomof3-Thank you! It's so hard for me to see growth since I look at my hair everyday so it's so nice to hear when someone can tell that it's grown. You have hair that I've always drooled/envied so I don't know why you're asking me since I should be asking you but since you asked:
I pretty much have done the exact same thing to my hair for the last 6 months. The products can change slightly depending on what I'm trying to use up but it follows this general routine.
Once a week I'll oil my hair/scalp. I'm currently using and loving this oil that I got at an indian store called "Brahmi Hair Treatment."
Then I'll saturate my hair with V05 Sun Kissed Raspberry(the old formula) in the shower and I add a little honey in with it to help detangle my hair.
Then I shampoo only my scalp with whatever gentle cleanser I have in the shower: )..currently that's Curls Curlicious Cleansing Cream, Trader Joe's Nourish Shampoo or African Black Soap. I rinse that out.
I then do an herbal rinse (again if I have time) made with herbs like rosemary, thyme, and parsley(that I make in my coffee maker).
I follow that up with Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment
mixed with some aloe and honey(with heat if I'm able to). I leave that on for 30 mins. to an hour.
Then I flip my hair upside down and use Too Shea
on my hair from the ears down. I've got the amount of conditioner that I leave in on my hair down to a science now. I flip my hair upside down and apply it until all my hair clumps together in one perfectly smooth clump and then I do a quick 2 second water rinse to help spread the conditioner to every strand of my hair.
I wait for the drips to stop while I'm in the shower and then I'll scrunch out the extra moisture with some paper towels and air dry. I never blow dry my hair anymore.
If I'm going someplace special and want to use gel I usually make my own flax seed gel. I still love the way my hair looks the best with my own homemade formula more than any gel I've ever bought so I've stuck with it...I just don't always have the time to make it every week.
To revive/detangle my curls in the morning I spritz my hair with Oyin Greg Juice
I know it sounds like a lot but for the most part I only mess with my hair once a week. If I'm having a bad hair day I've been doing some "curly updos" which have been fun to experiment with especially as my hair gets longer.
I really couldn't tell you what has made the biggest difference in my hair. I think it's a mixture of all the little things. I don't flat iron or color my hair anymore and I try not to use heat except for the DT. I sleep on a satin pillowcase. I do not use hair rubber bands that pull out my hair anymore(I used to get breakage from that I'm sure) instead I make my own hair tie cut out of cheap black nylon pantyhouse
or I'll use a pretty hair accessory that doesn't damage my hair. I am pretty much just much more gentle and I spoil my hair rotten now.
Medusahair- I did get a few hours of sleep now. :P It had been 2 years since I had last used those chemicals on my hair and I had tried to have the damage cut out of my hair but I guess it's possible that it might not have been completely grown out yet.
Believe it or not it looked worse when it was relaxed. I lost so much hair when I straightened my hair though and all those crazy baby hairs that I complained about when I first joined have now grown in and my hair is so much thicker now. I'll remind you why my hair isn't on your head..because you have such boingy, shiny curls that are your very own to play with!(I'd be happy to take them off your hands if you don't want them though.
Since this is my thread and I've always had to guano my own threads here's another striking comparison. The first photo was taken in June 2005 and the second was exactly a year later June 2006 when I got the exact same haircut.
It's funny all of my teenage years I thought my hair was straight, just poofy so that's why I had to straighten it. I was in such denial.
But yes I do love my hair now and I really do mean it when I say there's no way I could've embraced my curls and learned to love them if it wasn't for you guys!
Whew sorry this is so long.