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xocandii 09-18-2013 10:45 AM

Share your journey from damaged hair to healthy hair?
 
Hi guys, for four years (all throughout high school) I was straightening my hair and dying it. Looking at old pictures of myself made me realize how beautiful and healthy my hair really was. So, currently I have stopped straightening and dying for almost three months now. It's realllly hard because I can't leave it down curly because of how frizzy and uneven it is (strands breaking off) so I always have it up. I cut about two inches in the beginning and i cant cut much more off right now. My curl pattern was 3a. I was hoping to hear your stories if you went through the same process for motivation :). Also, should I continue doing deep conditioning and protein treatments when they seem to have no effect on my hair? I tried a few brands. Thanks :)

Johari 10-06-2013 03:13 AM

Im going through the same thing as you! I cant wait to have long luscious curls :D

Growing out color isnt so hard as stopping heat use. But aleast you can tell your hair is growing by how much of your natural color is coming out.

I dont wear my hair down because my curls dont stay down and half if it is heat damaged to straight. I like the look of buns though.


Keep using deep conditioners and trimming splits if you have any.
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bringingcurliesback? 10-06-2013 10:35 AM

Girl I'm a 3a and I went through roughly 4-5 years of heat damage as well. It was freshmen p.e. where people first saw my natural curls. I had to explain I did NOT get a perm lol. Anyway I proceeded through high school with some heat and about sophmore year/beginning of jr. Year I was like NO. Its now or never. Been an all day everday straighten hair once in a blue moon girl since. Growing out the damage is the hardest but once you get passed that its great. Feel free to pm me (:

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sixelamy 10-11-2013 09:12 AM

I've had wavy hair since I was born, but never knew how to take care of it, so ended up with super short hair styles and straightening it when it was long. On humid days I would get so fed up, and that's where the super short cuts came in. I wore it wavy here and there way back when, and I believe I was about a 2b.

When I first started CG, about 2 years ago, I didn't do it properly (no leave in, no stylers, no sealing my moisture, used soap bars with no conditioner after) and I ended up with about 2" of dead, dry, straw-like ends. I chopped those off and started straightening again. I was also a colorer of my hair for many a year. The last color I got was highlights and lowlights, which damaged my hair pretty significantly, with straightening my hair on top of that. Been growing them out for about a year now, and keep getting cuts hoping it will come out. I still have some ends in front with highlights that are dry still, but getting MUCH better from CG method! I got my first curly Deva cut yesterday and I can't believe how different my hair is reacting, and how much more product I can leave in my hair without weighing it down. So I figured while it's short now is the time to really focus on hydration and getting it healthy to finally grow out properly. Now my hair is a 2c and 3a in spots. I believe I will be an overall 3a or even b when it grows longer and can actually finish the curl pattern like the very front of my hair. It makes a huge difference!

Just keep your hair hydrated, your hair will tell you what you need. You just have to figure out how to read it. PT can be damaging if you get too much, so be careful with this. If you find certain areas aren't curling correctly, you can spot treat with PT (I do on my underlayer and works like a charm). Same with deep conditioners. I DC about once a week, if not more if I need it. The knowing what your hair needs comes with time and experience. I highly recommend Curl Junkie Repair Me! for protein, and I absolutely love DevaCare Heaven in Hair for deep conditioner.

Firefox7275 10-12-2013 08:16 AM

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Originally Posted by xocandii (Post 2209808)
Hi guys, for four years (all throughout high school) I was straightening my hair and dying it. Looking at old pictures of myself made me realize how beautiful and healthy my hair really was. So, currently I have stopped straightening and dying for almost three months now. It's realllly hard because I can't leave it down curly because of how frizzy and uneven it is (strands breaking off) so I always have it up. I cut about two inches in the beginning and i cant cut much more off right now. My curl pattern was 3a. I was hoping to hear your stories if you went through the same process for motivation :). Also, should I continue doing deep conditioning and protein treatments when they seem to have no effect on my hair? I tried a few brands. Thanks :)

Nothing repairs hair that is breaking off sadly, most 'deep' conditioners contain little to nothing that actually penetrates. Proven beneficial ingredients include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol.

My lengths were badly damaged (very porous, breakage, velcro ends) from a combination of box dyes being pulled through to refresh the lengths, mechanical damage (24/7 ponytail, brushing repeatedly when wet, twirling), shampooing but only using a spray detangler not a 'true' conditioner.

Best thing I did was two chops of several inches to remove the worst of the damage even tho it was much shorter than I wanted. Trying to deal with two different hair types (only slightly damaged and very badly damaged) is a complete PITA and just leaves you frustrated because it never looks good.

Two years on I had cut out the worst of the damage, the porosity is relatively even, I have no new splits or breaks, hemline just needs to thicken up now. I mentally wrote off the first year, I knew it was just not going to look good for a while, but I had been abusing my hair for quite a few years before that.

CURLYanddy_ 10-12-2013 02:57 PM

I've suppressed those memories of damaged hair, sorry. :/


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kcdauda 10-12-2013 05:10 PM

I have been looking after my natural hair for the last three years and I actually can't believe how much it has transformed! Looks like different hair! Wrote a post on my blog with before and after picture if you want to read about my experience! http://kumbear-xo.blogspot.co.uk/201...r-routine.html xx

nu_natural10 10-18-2013 11:10 PM

The only thing I can think of is read the transitioning threads. I didn't really transition myself. I just decided to stop getting relaxers and did several medium chops throughout the next year. Good luck.

Johari 11-13-2013 11:33 PM

No heat at all is helping me more than reducing heat use but I still have to cut my straight ends………eventually

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WookieCurls 01-16-2014 01:55 PM

Hello everyone! I'm very new to this site and trying to grow out my hair, as well as get back my natural curl pattern. I'm a 2b and have been straightening my hair on and off (mostly on) since my freshman year of high school (I'm now 24...). I can tell it's pretty damaged. Whenever I try to wear it naturally, it's frizzy and the curls/waves are everywhere. Any suggestions on products, treatments, regiments are greatly appreciated!

Thanks!


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