Considering relaxing my hair

and let me add that Curl Keeper works woooonders.

Maybe putting their gel or another clear gel over the CK woudl help wiht the tropical weather.
3b, and increasingly c pieces... my curls will always be a little confused, but that is just fine!
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After much deliberation I finally relaxed my hair...but not totally relaxed just loosened the curls a bit...
I did it once last summer and loved the results (kinda looked like Kate Hudson's hair with a bit more thickness and frizz) it was much easier to manipulate than my regular hair...
My hairdresser used a very mild relaxer that basically kinda fades over time so it's not "permanent"....not on my hair anyway....I found that after a while my curls started to regain their normal curl formation...
I did it again a couple of weeks ago but I've been straightening ever since and don't know what the result will be like when I leave it curly...
That said, it may not work the same on everyone...he told me that usually it damages ppl's hair (and yes mine is a bit dryer after I did it but not horribly dry or anything) but it also made my hair much softer and much easier to manage and to straighten...
It all depends on how well your hair will take it...
Also keep in mind that my hair is coarse, as in the actual strand is very thick and it can withstand a lot of stuff being done to it before it breaks...if you have thinner hair (as in the actual strand is thin) I'm not sure how a relaxer (even a mild one) would react with it.
HTH.
Was 3b then I did a soft relaxer and I think I'm now a 3a
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You just have to maintain and use better products trust me it will ruin it...and make it weak...
Ok, I'll just add my 2 cents also.

I used to relax by 3b hair a lot over the years. One thing you really need to know, is that you can be pretty sure that you won't have a consistent curl. Now, most of us have a variety of curls on our heads already, but I just wanted you to know that you will most likely end up with some hair that's straighter than others.

I would end up using a curling iron on the areas that were a little too straight.

I've been using Curl Keeper and AG Re:coil with pretty good luck. I just visited a really humid place and it wasn't too bad using those products. My hair took forever to dry, but the poof wasn't too bad!
3B, with some 3C
Thanks for more input!

Just to say I only picked up the Frizz Ease serum because:
a) I recognised it.
b) I was in a rush and didn't have time to read the ingredients of everything else.
c) I've used the Frizz Ease gel for a while and not had any problems with it.
d) My hair looked terrible and I was desperate - my hair also looked better after using it than it did before I used it.

CurlKeeper? - Is it available outside of the US? Does it leave your hair hard and crunchy? I hate hard helmet hair, but if it doesn't I may look into getting it. Also where can I get it from?

What does anyone think of the Curls Rock stuff? Or any of the TIGI stuff? I've also got access to Matrix stuff now (great being in Australia because most of the stuff mentioned on this site is now available to me!!!!)

Garnier Fructis Smoothing Milk - is this anything like the smoothing cream? it comes in a pump bottle not a normal bottle.

Stay away from Sunsilk curl gel/cream - rubbish!

I am still tempted to relax my hair at some point, if it wears off then if I don't like the look it's not too bad apart from the cost and some damage. Can hair be relaxed if it's highlighted?
Fat does not make you fat. It's actually pretty important.
i can only second what the others said DO NOT RELAX YOUR HAIR. i have seen only one positive report and mostly negative. your hair is beautidul. take some new pics and share them please--i am sure that you will be able to find a good healthy solution for your tropical adjustment..
Susan suburban NY
3b going gray, not thick, waist length when wet, a bit below shoulders when dry
CG since 11/11/04
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HG: suave and honey for co-wash, deva, i use garnier fructis regular CO's or boots pink or white as leave ins and LA looks sport gel. plop w microfiber turban, then curl towel scrunch, then another turban.i sleep with the turban on. little one minute hair styling videos http://www.youtube.com/user/lazycurls
i can only second what the others said DO NOT RELAX YOUR HAIR. i have seen only one positive report and mostly negative. your hair is beautidul. take some new pics and share them please--i am sure that you will be able to find a good healthy solution for your tropical adjustment..
Originally Posted by banjocurl
When I get my computer back from being fixed I'll put some new pictures up!
Fat does not make you fat. It's actually pretty important.
Curlylaura, have you decided yet wether you are going to relax or keep your curls? with your type of hair blowdrying or flatironing shouldn't be a hassle plus you can have it straightened professionally at a salon and be frizz-free without quemically ruining your hair and when you get sick of straight hair you can always wash and be natural again. That is one of the advantages of having curly hair. If you relax then you will hate the results but you cannot go back and eventually get as frustrated as we were at some point hence why most of us are transitioning back to our natural curls. Hope this helps.
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Personally it's true...some curls will come out slightly different than others...but on my hair it's not too bad
also I would not suggest relaxing and highlighting at the same time (or relaxing highlighted hair for that matter), you'll dry it out completely
Was 3b then I did a soft relaxer and I think I'm now a 3a
pw: curly

CurlKeeper? - Is it available outside of the US? Does it leave your hair hard and crunchy? I hate hard helmet hair, but if it doesn't I may look into getting it. Also where can I get it from?
Originally Posted by curlylaura
For me CurlKeeper is the only "hold" product i need to use- I hate hard helmet-creating/sticky gels. This stuff glides on and when it dries can have a slight crispiness but scrunches out very very easily.

If I manipulate my hair (skip-curl, etc) then i think it actually can have a "relaxing effect" on my curls. if i want springy, tighter curls, I just scrunch it in its normal state. I swear I will be posting some pics of what i mean soon (hopefully tonight!)

I know you can get CurlKeeper at Curlmart and on the "Curly Hair Solutions" website www.frizzoff.com (but it looks like only U.S. and Canada for that, I'm not sure.)

It looks like Folica.com may have international shipping.... http://www.folica.com/Curly_Hair_Sol...cid=fgl_000043
3b, and increasingly c pieces... my curls will always be a little confused, but that is just fine!
http://public.fotki.com/confusedcurl/
PW: naturallycurly

Curlylaura, have you decided yet wether you are going to relax or keep your curls? with your type of hair blowdrying or flatironing shouldn't be a hassle plus you can have it straightened professionally at a salon and be frizz-free without quemically ruining your hair and when you get sick of straight hair you can always wash and be natural again. That is one of the advantages of having curly hair. If you relax then you will hate the results but you cannot go back and eventually get as frustrated as we were at some point hence why most of us are transitioning back to our natural curls. Hope this helps.
Originally Posted by Jeannie_L
I used to straighten my hair everyday with straightening irons. It took 2 hours and I'm surprised it didn't fall out, this was before ceramic irons. I'm not going to do that again mainly because where I live it's constantly humid so it wouldn't stay like that for long and I only want to loosen the curls not straighten it completely.

I'm still undecided about all to be honest.

know you can get CurlKeeper at Curlmart and on the "Curly Hair Solutions" website www.frizzoff.com (but it looks like only U.S. and Canada for that, I'm not sure.)

It looks like Folica.com may have international shipping.... http://www.folica.com/Curly_Hair_Sol...cid=fgl_000043
Originally Posted by Confusedcurl
Thanks Confusedcurl, I'll have a look into CurlKeeper. Holding breath while looking at shipping price...

$32US to ship to Australia! That's about $36AUS! Damn expensive international posting! I'll have to think about that.
Fat does not make you fat. It's actually pretty important.

It looks like Folica.com may have international shipping.... http://www.folica.com/Curly_Hair_Sol...cid=fgl_000043
Originally Posted by Jeannie_L
Thanks Confusedcurl, I'll have a look into CurlKeeper. Holding breath while looking at shipping price...

$32US to ship to Australia! That's about $36AUS! Damn expensive international posting! I'll have to think about that.
Originally Posted by curlylaura
well if you decide to bite the bullet - then go for the Liter sized bottle! I'm sure it woudl be easy to swap or sell samples to fellow Aussie curlies!
3b, and increasingly c pieces... my curls will always be a little confused, but that is just fine!
http://public.fotki.com/confusedcurl/
PW: naturallycurly

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