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Need Help! Once Lovely, Now Rubbish Hair

Hi guys.

A Brief Intro

When I was about 13 my hair began curling right at the back by the nape of my neck. Then it took over and within about 2 years it was seriously curly.

I straightened it as best I could with a brush and hairdryer (I am 26 now and hair straighteners weren't really around so much then).

When I got to college (16) I gave up and let it curl, the response I got was great so I kept it natural from then on. It was a lovely tight corkscrew curl.

My Problem

For some reason, my hair is now curly on the right, and almost straight on the left. Some parts don't respond to anything even putting it into rollers. I think those bits may be somehow damaged.

I can't do anything with it now and it's upsetting. I used to get compliments wherever I went, shops, restaurants anywhere. I must say I got so used to that, that now I wont wear my hair down because I know it doesn't look like that anymore.

Has anyone heard of this happening? It's horrible and I can't get it to look good no matter what I do.

I was thinking about getting a perm. It kills the 'oh it's all natural' thing I had going on, but it might help.

What is the general feeling on perming naturally curly hair? I can't think of what else to do other than straightening but I don't like me with straight hair.

Help!
Thats very weird. How long has this been happening? Do you sleep on that side? Have you tried plopping, or scrunching. Some pics might help us see what you mean.

Its hard to imagine the curl just "going away", so maybe you're right about the damage. If its damaged, a perm might worsen that. How does your new growth look? Does it look like it might be curling? If so, maybe a good trim would help it curl up more.

Sorry, lots of questions there, now I read it back!

Maybe someone else has more answers.

Liz x
Here are my curly pics, password is fuzz

http://public.fotki.com/zeldagoblin/

But then again, too few to mention...
Thanks for the reply. I have always been aprehensive about posting images of me online.

What is plopping? Sounds interesting...I have scrunched LOADS to try and give it a curl. Nothing works.

It does seem like the new growth is curling - but that is only about half an inch worth. It's odd but the areas of hair I am referring to also dry much quicker than the rest of my hair, is that a sign of damage?

I think it could have got damaged the last time I had it coloured, it's not something I do often, but it was ok before that as far as I can remember. It was a long time ago as the colour has almost grown out and my hair is past my shoulders.

To answer your original question of how long it's been happening, I'm not sure I can remember completly. Probably about a year now.

Thank you again I appreciate the reply.
Thanks for the reply. I have always been aprehensive about posting images of me online.

What is plopping? Sounds interesting...I have scrunched LOADS to try and give it a curl. Nothing works.

It does seem like the new growth is curling - but that is only about half an inch worth. It's odd but the areas of hair I am referring to also dry much quicker than the rest of my hair, is that a sign of damage?

I think it could have got damaged the last time I had it coloured, it's not something I do often, but it was ok before that as far as I can remember. It was a long time ago as the colour has almost grown out and my hair is past my shoulders.

To answer your original question of how long it's been happening, I'm not sure I can remember completly. Probably about a year now.

Thank you again I appreciate the reply.
Originally Posted by CurlyJoviFan
What products do you use? Do you shampoo?
OMG, LOOK!!

...It's a siggie.
I have the same exact problem, one side is very curly, nice tight curls while the other side is just limp it curls a bit but the ends are really straight. The reason this happened to me though is because when i was about 13 yrs old my mother got my hair relaxed and the stylist who did it left it in longer on the left side.

Im really not sure how to fix this but i try to scrunch a little extra on that side when i add my gel to make it look curlier just like you do but it doesnt really work either!
one day at a time..

What products do you use? Do you shampoo?
Originally Posted by wild_sasparilla
Yep I use T-Gel usually as I have eczema and it can make my scalp very dry. T-Gel makes it feel SO much better. Other than that I sometimes use other 'curl friendly' shampoos.

I use a mousse by Umberto Guanni (can't remember spelling right now) which I used to swear by and have used ever since embracing the curls! I have used a zillion other things too, but always go back to that.
I just found this about plopping (sounds so funny!) and it looks great - I can't wait to give that a go tomorrow.

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlco...les.php?id=140

Can this be done overnight so the hair is practically ready in the morning?
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Yes, you can try plopping overnight. Some curlies do that.

I am suspecting your uneven curl might be caused by damage. Perming would just make that worse in the long run. You may have to deal with it until it grows out -- which takes a lot of patience.

There are products available to enhance curl, so don't give up!
I just found this about plopping (sounds so funny!) and it looks great - I can't wait to give that a go tomorrow.

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlco...les.php?id=140

Can this be done overnight so the hair is practically ready in the morning?
Originally Posted by CurlyJoviFan
I plopped this morning (that really doesn't sound good!) and it really did help! It's so easy too and less work than before as it dries while I do other things. Great!

It's not perfect and those straight horrible bits are reluctant, but at least they blend in better now. I don't know WHY I didn't know about this method before!

Thanks for suggesting it.

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