Can anybody help me?
I have extremely curly hair, and I always have. I've decided I wanted to try something new. I've talked to my friends and they've suggested straightening it, so I thought that was a good start. I've tried using the hair kit that comes in a box, which only worked for and hour ow two and my hair went curly again. For my entire life, my hairstyle has been curly frizz in a ponytail, and if anyone could tell me what products to buy so I can straighten it- that would be SO helpful.
1) Take a detour to Live Curly Live Free - Home and read up on hair properties. A lot of people start off very concerned about figuring out if they're 2b or 3C or 4a, (and for me anyway, knowing my curl pattern helps a lot for hairstyling), but to best figure out hair CARE, you need to determine your hair properties -- density, porosity, texture, and elasticity. LiveCurlyLiveFree.com has clear discussion on this stuff to help you determine yours. (If you're interested, they also have a hair analysis service.)
2) I'd start a daily hair diary. I did that when I first started and kept info on what products I used, different ingredients, routines, dew points, whether it was a hair wash day or "second day hair", etc. and it really helped my learning curve a lot! I've been naturally curl for 8 months now and I still make notes in my hair diary to help fine tune things.
3) Start leisurely reading through the forums and articles here on nc.com. It will very well feel intimidating at first because there's SO much into here, but little by little you'll understand a whole lot more.
4) Ask questions of the forums here. There are lots of curlies here whose hair is their hobby, and they've learned a lot about curly hair care and are happy to share what they know.
Hope that helps. :)
I know that you came here for information and advice on straightening your hair. I can't advise you to straighten your hair. I once straightened my hair with one of those home kits, and it was the worst thing I ever did to my hair. My hair wasn't damaged by the process, and didn't come out dry or anything, but it lost all its bounce, life, and body. Before the process, my hair would hold any set I liked was bouncy and lively. After, it was limp, lifeless, and would not hold any type of set at all. Until the process grew out and was cut off, I was more miserable with my hair than I had ever been before in my life.
My advice to you is like Devushka's, look around the forums here and see the other option for your hair. Not to straighten, nor to live forever with a bushy frizz that you hate, but to find the proper products and routine to bring out its best, so you can actually enjoy your curls.
At least, give this option a bit of time and study, and a trial before you choose to chemically straighten your hair.
Welcome to our community.
We hope you'll decide to embrace your curly hair; we've got lots of great information about how to do that. In case you're still interested in straightening, you might want to check out our hair straightening information section.
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